The Lions fired a ton of their offensive coaching staff and promoted a guy named Jim Bob Cooter to run the offense. He has the best name in the NFL and possibly the entire world. We wish him the best of luck…he will need it.
I went 7-6 against the spread last week. I hit on an underdog moneyline with Oakland to come out positive on the week.
Which team will stay undefeated, Green Bay or Denver?
We pick every NFL game against the spread and throw out a few upsets in Week 8 of the 2015 NFL season.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-8.5) – My pick is Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have played like a potential playoff team since firing Joe Philbin. They are still a work in progress, but I’d give them a slight advantage in a short week. The Patriots had to scrap to get the victory against the Jets on Sunday. Miami has always played the Patriots tough, even during their down years. I’m taking the points.
Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs (-5.5) – My pick is Kansas City Chiefs
The Lions fired the offensive coordinator and many of the offensive line coaches this week. The offense is now being coordinated by a guy named Jim Bob Cooter…yes, that’s his real name. The Chiefs have a fantastic pass rush and ole’ Cooter can’t fix the offensive line in a week. The Chiefs have issues on offense since Jamaal Charles was ruled out for the season, but the Lions will have issues moving the ball as well. I’m taking the Chiefs.
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens (-3) – My pick is San Diego Chargers
Neither the Chargers nor the Ravens have had much success this season. The Ravens have been losing close games. They’ve been in every game in the 4th quarter. The Chargers have historically been a strong road team. San Diego will keep this one close or possibly win outright.
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (+1) – My pick is Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh has been without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the past month. He is expected to start Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. Big Ben has had great success against teams from Ohio. The Bengals couldn’t figure them out last year. This year’s team is balanced and Andy Dalton is more careful with the ball. This game could be close, but I believe in the Bengals.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (+1.5) – My pick is Minnesota Vikings
The Bears are coming off their bye week and Minnesota looked great against Detroit on Sunday. I called out Teddy Bridgewater a few times and he had possibly had his best game in the NFL. He should be able to have another week of success against Chicago’s secondary. I’m taking the Vikings to cover on the road.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (OFF) – My pick is
This game is currently off the board until we know more about which quarterbacks are expected to play.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-7.5) – My pick is Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs offense has finally started to click. They should have won their game last week against the Redskins. Their defense let them down. Mike Evans makes a huge difference when he’s healthy. Atlanta was hot out of the gates, but has looked human the last few weeks. Atlanta may win this game, but Tampa will keep it close. I’m taking the points.
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns (+4.5) – My pick is Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are 11-1 ATS when facing a team with a losing record on the road. They’ve been handling their business under coach Bruce Arians. The Browns have injuries spread all over their offense and some key players on defense. Arizona goes to Cleveland at the perfect time. I’m taking the Cardinals to cover.
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints (-3.5) – My pick is New York Giants
The Saints are on a two-game winning streak. They beat Atlanta on a short week and held on to the win against Indy. They are still not your stereotypical Saints teams of the past. They have many more weaknesses. Their defense and running game are two of their biggest flaws. The Giants were out-everything’d in their loss at Philly and their win against Dallas. They also have issues on defense as well. I don’t trust neither team, so I’m taking the points in this one.
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams (-9) – My pick is St. Louis Rams
I don’t think the Rams will score a ton in this game, but their defense will make Colin Kaepernick look like a junior varsity quarterback. The Niners are really bad. This line is probably two points higher than it should be, but I’m still taking the Rams.
New York Jets at Oakland Raiders (+2.5) – My pick is Oakland Raiders
All the peripherals point to a Jets pick here, but I’m ignoring them. I saw the Raiders play the last few weeks. They are better than advertised. They are more complete on offense than half of the league. I’m taking the Raiders in a possible moneyline play.
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys (+6.5) – My pick is Seattle Seahawks
I’ve been down on the Seahawks all year, but they are facing Dallas at the right time. Matt Cassel threw three interceptions in his first game with Dallas. They just fed the ball to Darren McFadden and actually had success. McFadden is made of glass, so I don’t expect that to happen again. Seattle will rebound on the road.
Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos (+3) – My pick is Green Bay Packers
One team will leave this game with a blemish on their record (we will not see a tie). Denver has been squeaking by games with an outright win and a lot of covers against the spread. The Packers are the best team in the NFL. I’ve been pushing people to lay down bets on them all year. Green Bay will cover in Denver.
Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers (-7) – My pick is Indianapolis Colts
I haven’t had the best record on Monday night games. I’m going against the grain and picking the Colts. Carolina’s passing attack goes through tight end Greg Olsen. The Colts have had success against big tight ends in the past. Carolina may still win this game, but Indy will at the very least, get a backdoor cover.
*These picks are for entertainment purposes
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Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob