Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NFL Week 8 Pick Results

Winning team in bold.

Unanimous Picks (8-2)


Lions @ Falcons
Dolphins @ Jaguars
Seahawks @ Panthers
Texans @ Titans
Chargers @ Broncos
Rams @ Chiefs
Bears @ Patriots
Raiders @ Browns


Washington @ Cowboys
This loss has to go on the Cowboys offense, which was struggling even before Romo got hurt. They had two more turnovers, but I think the game was really lost on the 6 drives that ended on a punt, turnover on downs, or the first half expiring. The Cowboys just need to score more than 17 points to win games.
Colts @ Steelers
This was just a massive breakdown in the Colts' defense. The Steelers scored touchdowns on 5 of their first 6 drives, all 76 yards or longer. In spite of the Steelers having a not-so-dominating second half, that was enough to put the game out of reach for the Colts.

Split Picks: (APR 3-2, SRS 2-3, Line 3-2)

Packers (APR, SRS) @ Saints (Line)
Part of this was the Packers failing to get into the end zone early, aided by some really idiotic playcalling. I mean, when you've got Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, and Davante Adams in your receiving corp, you don't need Julius Peppers on the field in a goal to go situation.
Part of this was the defense once again failing to get a punt, or even slow down the Saints in the second half. And once Aaron Rodgers tweaked his hamstring, and the Packers stopped scoring on every drive, this game was pretty much over.
Bills (APR, SRS) @ Jets (Line)
The Bills may not be a great team, but the Jets are awful. This was just a flat mistake for the Line to take them here.
Vikings (APR, SRS) @ Buccaneers (Line)
A close game featuring a couple bad teams. A couple notable differences for the Vikings. For the first time since their late September blow out win over the Falcons, they scored more than 16 points, and they didn't turn the ball over. It wasn't by any means a dominating performance, but it was enough to get a road win over a weak opponent.
Ravens (APR, SRS) @ Bengals (Line)
Is there any figuring the Bengals? Given their three games prior to this one, they looked doomed to a long ugly slide at least until they could get AJ Green Back. Instead they got some solid receiving production from Mohamet Sanu, okay results from their running back by committee approach, and decent production from their defense, that held their opponent under 27 points for the first time since September. In all, it was enough to stop the Ravens, who before this week looked like they might run away with the AFC North.
Eagles (SRS) @ Cardinals (APR, Line)
Watching this game, it seemed like the Eagles were mostly the better team on offense. But 6 punts and 3 turnovers meant they had a lot of drives that didn't put any points on the board, and gave the Cardinals opportunity to control the game, which they did.


APR 11- 5 64-37-163.2%
SRS 10- 6 62-39-161.3%
Line 11- 5 69-32-168.1%