We’ve nearly hit the midway point of the season already and I can only assume that it’s gone just a quickly for all of you to this point. And just like most weeks previous, there are some very intriguing games on the slate for Week 8. Additionally, we get football at 9:30 am ET from London, and despite it including one of the least successful organizations of the past decade it’s still early football.
There are only 3 divisional matchups this week and they’re good ones. The most anticipated is without a doubt the Dallas Cowboys traveling to the Washington Redskins in the late afternoon game, but the Carolina Panthers at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers deserves a little more attention I think as a quality game. Each are currently on a losing streak and need a win to move towards their preseason expectations.
Per the last few weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Denver Broncos doesn’t seem quite as interesting as it originally looked early in the season, but the division is starting to look crowded with the San Diego Chargers winning 3 straight, and the Oakland Raiders appear poised to surge as well.
I really like the New England Patriots hosting the Chargers on intrigue alone, I’m very curious to see if Deshaun Watson can continue his level of play against the Seattle Seahawks defense and this New York Jets matchup with the Atlanta Falcons continues to feel underrated as well.
The Indianapolis Colts are in a world of hurt when looking at their matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals at a glance. The Bengals’ front seven is a rough group for the Colts offensive line to hope to contain, and their three running backs will be a tall task for the Colts struggling linebackers and secondary. Limiting yards after contact as well as their ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is going to be paramount for any success in this one.
Our staff nailed 12 of 14 games in Week 7 and we’re looking to continue that rate of success.
This week the following contributors voted on each game: Brett Mock, Matt Danely, Josh Hudgens, Chris Blystone, Andrew Aziz, Jared Malott and Jake Arthur. Again, our group voted ‘winners’ which have been bolded, with the vote counts in parenthesis and unanimous predictions were noted by an asterisk (*).
Thus far the staff’s numbers are: Faraz Majid – 43/67 (64.2%) | Brett Mock – 59/99 (59.6%) | Chris Blystone – 55/99 (55.6%) | Matt Danely – 54/99 (54.5%) | Andrew Aziz – 55/99 (55.6%) | Jake Arthur – 47/84 (56%) | Jared Malott – 53/86 (61.6%) | Stephen Reed – 52/99 (52.5%) | Chris Shepherd – 45/85 (52.9%) | Josh Hudgens – 39/69 (56.5%) | Mark Lowry —21/43 (48.8%)
Sunday 9:30 ET
Vikings (6) @ Browns | Contrarian: Chris Blystone
Sunday 1:00 ET
Bears @ Saints (6) | Contrarian: Matt Danely
Colts @ Bengals (6) | Contrarian: Jared Malott
49ers @ Eagles*
Chargers @ Patriots (6) | Contrarian: Danely
Panthers @ Bucs (4) | Contrarians: Josh Hudgens, Andrew Aziz, Malott
Raiders* @ Bills
Falcons (5) @ Jets | Contrarians: Danely, Blystone
Sunday 4:05 ET
Texans @ Seahawks*
Sunday 4:25 ET
Cowboys* @ Redskins
Sunday 8:30 ET
Steelers (5) @ Lions | Contrarians: Danely, Hudgens
Monday 8:30 ET
Broncos @ Chiefs*