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Thinking It Through

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NFL Picks, Week 8

Every year I participate in a Pigskin Pick ’em group organized by an obnoxious friend of mine from high school who spends his Sundays doing nothing but watching NFL football. I spend very little time watching football, and yet I continue to dream of beating him. And so every week I dutifully make my picks.

As always, winning teams in caps.

Tampa Bay at MINNESOTA — Do my eyes deceive me, or is Minnesota 5-2? Somehow, the Vikings have quietly become a decent football team. Of course, they’ve had a fairly favorable schedule, and now they’re playing the horrible Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Indianapolis at TENNESSEE — QB Matt Hasselbeck has turned the Titans into a team that’s not completely terrible, and they should be able to beat the Colts at home.

SAN DIEGO at Cleveland — The Chargers are coming off a bye week, and should still be smarting from their shocking and pathetic collapse against the Broncos two weeks ago. The Browns can apparently only win games that fall on QB Brandon Weeden’s birthday, which comes but once a year.

Washington at PITTSBURGH — Did the Steelers salvage their season last week when they beat Cincinnati? Who knows. But they should be able to beat the Redskins, despite the best efforts of dynamic Washington QB Robert Griffin III.

Miami at NY JETS — Team Blowhard isn’t looking quite so bad lately, after dominating the Colts and then barely losing to the Patriots. They’ll continue to impress this week, with a win over the Dolphins.

SEATTLE at Detroit — I don’t have any confidence in the Lions, while the Seahawks have been full of surprises. Can they beat Detroit, and improve to 5-3? Yeah, I think so.

Jacksonville at GREEN BAY — The Packers have been steadily improving. Jacksonville has not.

Carolina at CHICAGO — Chicago looks like one of the best teams in the league — terrific defense, better-than-average offense. Carolina, on the other hand, has fallen apart after last year’s promising season.

ATLANTA at Philadelphia — I don’t think Atlanta can go 16-0, but they should be able to beat a weak Eagles team and go 7-0.

NEW ENGLAND at St. Louis — The Patriots appear to be on a quest to give me a heart attack by blowing a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter every week. They should be able to beat the Rams ... but expect them to make it interesting.

Oakland at KANSAS CITY — Yes, I am picking the woeful Chiefs, but only because they’re playing Oakland, perhaps the most woeful team in the league. Anyway, this game should be the most woeful game of the week, and the winner should get some kind of Woeful King crown.

NY GIANTS at Dallas — The Giants lost to the Cowboys at home in week 1. Will that happen again? Or has New York gotten its act together. I’m going with the latter. Expect some fun Tony Romo scrambles, though!

New Orleans at DENVER — New Orleans has gotten a little better after a terrible start. But they’re still not what you’d call a good football team. And they won’t be able to beat a confident Broncos team, and a rejuvenated Peyton Manning.

SAN FRANCISCO at Arizona — Remember when the Cardinals looked like a playoff team early in the season? Well, times have changed. They’ll continue their free-fall on Monday, when the 49ers dominate.

Week 7 results:

Me: 11-2 Overall: 67-37
My obnoxious friend: 12-1 Overall: 70-34

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