2018 Week 8 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 3 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! But this year we’ll have their picks up right HERE each and every week, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
Without further to do, here we go:
Week 8 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 62% record for the season, so that’s three years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. I had an awesome Week 7 getting me to 68-37 (64.8%). And I intend to keep you at 62%+, as well as keep you ahead of Ryan.
So far this season I’m 6 for 7 on Locks of the Week and 3 for 7 for Upsets of the Week. Let’s see what I can do for you for Week 8…
Lock of the Week => New England Patriots (-15) over Buffalo Bills
Well, time to go back to well and pick on the poor Bills. They now have a toasty old Derek Anderson under center and have essentially no weapons outside of LeSean “Shady but really Hurtin” McCoy. The Patriots on the other hand are coming off impressive wins over the offensive juggernaut known as Patrick Mahomes and one of the better defenses in the league lead by Khalil Mack (and no, as a Bears fan, I haven’t recovered yet from the Kevin White catch on the 1 yard line that didn’t quite make it into the end zone). Buffalo’s defense has actually been decent, being ranked 6th overall per DVOA, but their offense is so pathetic (ranked dead last per DVOA) that there’s really no chance they’ll be able to take advantage of the Pats middling defense (ranked 18th overall per DVOA). Lock in the Pats this week.
Upset of the Week => Seattle Seahawks (+3) over Detroit Lions
Detroit has gotten a kick from the emergence of RB Kerryon Johnson, but their offense has been just as mediocre as it always has been (ranked 15th per DVOA). The Seahawks also have a mediocre offense (ranked 20th per DVOA), but are coming off a bye and have a surprisingly strong “post-Legion of Boom” defense, ranking 4th overall per DVOA. Plus, the Lions are sucking wind on defense being ranked 3rd to last per DVOA, which is not something that trading for Damon Harrison is going to solve, no matter how many snacks you give him. I have my money on Russell Wilson and Seattle in a close upset.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
It has been a terrible few weeks from me, but that’s what the beginning of the season is for. As the power duo at 1 Patriot Way in Foxborough always say, you want to be playing (picking) you’re best in November and December. So, with that, we’re on to week eight.
Locks of the week:
Texans at home against the Dolphins.
Bears at home against the Bears.
Lions at home against the Seahawks.
Chiefs at home against the Broncos.
Steelers at home against the Browns.
Patriots at the Bills.
If you aren’t new to this site or our Podcast then you know HaKung and I have told you Eli Manning has been done since 2015. Add in the obvious rebuild they are going through on defensive side, and that equals me taking the Redskins on the road in New York.
Much like New York, the Raiders are in a full-on rebuild, and they are three-point home dogs against the Colts. I hate teams going East to West and just don’t believe in this Colts team enough to take them in this bad team matchup. Give me Oakland.
The Eagles and Jaguars are both teetering and both may very well be in must-win territory. The Jaguars are unraveling whereas the Eagles just haven’t executed to this point. I’ll take disappointment over dysfunction, Eagles win.
The Ravens and Panthers have both been surprising this year, and Sunday’s tilt is basically a pick ’em. I’ll ride with the home team, Carolina by a field goal. The rematch of the Saints at the Vikings (the site of last years Minneapolis miracle), is the game of the week. Saints are too good, their defense is starting to play better (have held last three opponents to 18, 19, 23 points) and they have revenge on the mind, Saints win.
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Scott King’s Picks
Nothing special this week, still grinding. I think the Jags bounce back and I think the Giants aren’t as bad as their record.
This week, I’ve finally caught my cool rival Ryan. It’s glorious. Now, I’m trying to climb the ladder. There are three tough games this week— Eagles/Jags, Ravens/Panthers, and Saints/Vikings.
Eagles and Jaguars: This should be a defensive struggle. I like picking the most desperate teams. The Jaguars have lost three games in a row. They need this and Sacksonville is due for defensive show-out game. Give me the Jaguars in this game.
Ravens and Panthers: I just believe in Cam right now. He just led the Panthers to a comeback victory over the Eagles. I see the Panthers making a serious run. I like the Panthers at home over the Ravens.
Saints and Vikings: This game was tough for me. I’m not a big Cousins fan (I’m a Redskins fan lol) however I like the weapons around him against a bad Saints defense and now the Vikings defense is starting to ball. I like the Vikings at home over Drew Brees and the Saints.
Everyone needs to rock with me this week. Joanne was fluke last week. 13-1? Who does that? Where they do that at?!
Texans / Eagles / Bears / Bengals / Lions / Chiefs / Giants / Steelers / Ravens / Raiders / Rams / 49ers / Vikings / Patriots
Going to focus on the games that could cause major swings in divisions beginning with Philadelphia at Jacksonville. It’s a win or bust game for both sides and given the sudden vulnerability of the Jacksonville defense and the tenuous hold of the QB job Blake Bortles has I will take the Eagles to bounce back from that shocking collapse to Carolina.
Speaking of the Panthers they are involved in the toughest game for me to pick. The Ravens lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Saints but played pretty well. Carolina were terrible for three quarters then stunned Philadelphia in the fourth quarter. Which Panthers are we going to get? One thing I do know is that they won’t overcome a 17-point defense against Baltimore. So I will take the Ravens in a tight one.
The last massive game is New Orleans at Minnesota. This looks like the battle for the #2 seed in the NFC and the Vikings finally have found a running game with Latavius Murray. But New Orleans’ incredible resiliency and the fact the Minnesota defense isn’t quite what it was last year puts me in the Saints camp. Maybe Everson Griffen’s return will make a difference but he hasn’t played for a month.
Week 7 Results
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