Week 8 and some pretty big surprises at the top of the NFL standings. If the season ended today. Your NFC teams would be Philadelphia, Minnesota, New Orleans and the Rams, with the wild cards being Seattle and Green Bay. Your AFC teams would be New England, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Kansas City, with the wild cards being Buffalo and Miami. But a lot could change in the next 9 weeks. One team could make a playoff run like Baltimore, like Denver, like Cincinnati, Detroit or Atlanta. Get ready for the home stretch.
Last week’s Results
Head to Head: 10-5
Against the Spread: 6-5-4
Season to date
Head to Head: 58-48
Against the Spread: 34-42-14
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Bye week teams: NY Giants, Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee
Thursday, October 26
Miami at Baltimore
Line: Ravens by 3
It’s hard to tell how the Miami Dolphins would do if they didn’t lose their top quarterback for the season. But they’ve eked out some hard fought victories and will take on a weakened Ravens team. This will be a tough matchup.
Smooth’s Pick – Baltimore (22-16)
Sunday, October 29
Minnesota at Cleveland
Line: Vikings by 9½
This is the third game to be played in London with the Browns being the “home” team. It really doesn’t matter where they play, they’re gonna have a tough time beating a tough Vikings defense.
Smooth’s Pick – Minnesota (31-12)
Altanta at NY Jets
Line: Falcons by 4
The Falcons are on a three game losing streak and they’re going to have a tough time with Jets in the Meadowlands. Look for a close game and a possible upset brewing.
This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – NY Jets (24-21)
Carolina at Tampa Bay
Line: Bucs by 2
Both teams are slumping. But I have to give the edge to the Bucs in this one. They’re a desperate team and need a victory.
Smooth’s Pick – Tampa Bay (23-20)
Chicago at New Orleans
Line: Saints by 9
Head Coach John Fox may have just turned this Bears season around with two big wins. But they travel to the “Big Easy” where wins don’t come that easy in the Superdome. Look for the Bears to come crashing back down to earth.
Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (27-14)
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Line: Bengals by 10½
The continued fall of the once mighty Colts continue in Cinncy where the Bengals have a much better chance of winning. Still no signs of life with Andrew Luck, meaning they’ll continue to struggle.
This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – Cincinnati (31-10)
LA Chargers at New England
Line: Patriots by 7½
A few years ago this would have been a good matchup. But the Bolts haven’t stepped up. They did get a few final second victories against weaker teams, but Tom Brady and the crew will be licking their chops.
Smooth’s Pick – New England (30-14)
Oakland at Buffalo
Line: Bills by 2½
The Raiders got a big win verses the Chiefs to save their season. Now they’ll have to travel to Western New York where the Bills are looking at ending a five game slide against the Silver and Black.
Smooth’s Pick – Buffalo (28-13)
San Francisco at Philadelphia
Line: Eagles by 13
The Niners continue their slide as they travel to the city of brotherly love, but there won’t be any love for the Niners. It could get ugly fast.
Smooth’s Pick – Philadelphia (42-7)
Houston at Seattle
Line: Seahawks by 5½
The Texans may have found a diamond in DaShaun Watson. They’re at .500 and travel to Century Link Field where it’s hard to win. If this is a low scoring game, the Texans may just pull off the upset.
Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (27-24)
Dallas at Washington
Line: Cowboys by 2
If either of these teams are going to catch Philly, they’re going to have win fast. Unfortunately this matchup favors the Eagles as a process of elimination. Even worse if it ends in a tie. The Redskins with a slight advantage due to home field.
Smooth’s Pick – Dallas (24-21)
Pittsburgh at Detroit
Line: Steelers by 2½
The Steelers and the Lions began playing each other going all the way back in 1934, but the franchises have never met in prime-time. Detroit is riding a two game losing streak, Pittsburgh with a two game win streak.
Smooth’s Pick – Detroit (26-23)
Monday, October 30
Denver at Kansas City
Line: Chiefs by 7
The Broncos are looking worse and worse by the week. Two straight ugly losses and now a match up with division rivals in KC. After 5 straight wins, two losses. They look to get back on the winning track.
Smooth’s Pick – Kansas City (24-17)
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