POORE'S PICKS: Week Eight

Tom Brady set records with Randy Moss as his primary target. Now Moss is on the other side trying to expose the Patriots defense for Brett Favre. Can the 30-something Brady prove he's better than the 40-something Favre in the Game of the week? Jim Poore shares his thoughts on this weeks' games against the spread.

It is very strange how Brett Favre can stay in the news no matter what he does. First he is retiring. Then he is not. Then he is involved in an alleged texting and picture scandal. Now, the talk is whether or not he is going to play in this Sunday's game against New England. The absolute latest report is that Viking coach Brad Childress is actually planning on sitting him down in favor of Tarvaris Jackson.

This cannot sit too well with Favre. After all, his consecutive game streak would be on the line, although earlier this week Favre did say that in the past he should have taken time off to properly heal his wounds. It's a little too late for that. He is likely going to be a game time decision, regardless of what Childress says. I don't know how Favre will be able to talk about himself so much if he doesn't play. Many people feel that a player should not play through his injuries if they are in fact hurting their team. This is clearly the case here. A healthy Tarvaris Jackson is clearly the better option for Minnesota this week over a hobbling, and most importantly, really struggling Brett Favre. We will see if Brett will put himself before the team. The feeling here is yes. And then he can get his ankle examined after the game. Followed by his head.

As always, home team in CAPS.

DALLAS 6 1/2 Jacksonville
The Cowboys are an absolute mess right now, and with Tony Romo out for several weeks, the circus is only going to get worse. They were in trouble with a healthy Romo. The Jags haven't done much, and they haven't been great on the road. The Cowboys need a win, and desperately. I think their season is lost, it just isn't official yet. I'll take them here though.
Cowboys 26-17

DETROIT 2 1/2 Washington
Yes, that was read correctly. The Lions are in fact favored this week. They haven't been that bad, and their defense has been surprisingly pretty decent. Matthew Stafford returns against a Washington team that really can't be trusted on either side of the ball. I like the Lions here, as they are coming off of a bye week and they have been a fairly tough out this year despite their record.
Lions 27-21

NEW YORK JETS 5 1/2 Green Bay
The Jets are coming off of a bye week, and Darelle Revis looks like he is ready to return to full strength. This is only going to make the already very good Jets even tougher. The Packers are no slouch, but haven't been the powerhouse many were expecting. I like the Jets here, because of the bye week, home field, and most importantly, I just think they are the better team.
Jets 30-20

ST. LOUIS 3 Carolina
The Rams are the second surprise favorite this week, but they are playing the lowly Panthers, who are on a one game win streak. The Rams are better than expected, and the Panthers might actually be worse than expected, if that is to be believed. I like St. Louis here, who is in a fight for the NFC West.
Rams 20-13

CINCINNATI 2 Miami
The Bengals are definitely not the team many thought they were going to be, but I think Miami is. The Dolphins have been in some close games this year, and they will be this week too. But this time they will be on the winning end. I just don't think the Bengals are that good. I like the Dolphins here.
Dolphins 24-20

KANSAS CITY 8 Buffalo
Considering where the Chiefs were last year it is pretty remarkable that they are favored in a game, let alone eight points. But they deserve it. Their younger players have developed faster than anyone expected, and they are a very decent team right now. The Bills almost pulled off a miracle last week, and I don't see that happening two weeks in a row. Take the Chiefs here.
Chiefs 29-17

SAN DIEGO 3 1/2 Tennessee
The Chargers are another team that needs to win and win now, or their season will be totally lost. They have a lot of problems right now. The Titans, on the other hand, are playing pretty well. This is a tough pick. I guess I will have to go with the better team right now, and that is Tennessee. The Chargers will have to wait for a lesser opponent to get another win.
Titans 26-24

ARIZONA 3 Tampa Bay
The Cardinals will likely have all three of their wide receivers healthy for the first time, and that should help. The Bucs have been a big surprise, but I still don't think they are that good. Neither is Arizona truthfully, but they are better than Tampa.
Cardinals 27-14

OAKLAND 2 1/2 Seattle
The Raiders are coming off of one of their biggest wins ever, last week's destruction of the Broncos. The Seahawks have quietly not been too bad, and I think the Raiders are still going to be sky high after last week's win. I like Seattle here as I just think they are playing better overall.
Seahawks 28-23

Pittsburgh 1 NEW ORLEANS
The Steelers have been very good, and the Saints are coming off of a terrible loss at home last week. They must bounce back this week as they really have been under performing all year. The Steelers are a tough opponent but the Saints need to right the ship before it starts sinking.
Saints 23-21

INDIANAPOLIS 5 1/2 Houston
Both teams are coming off of a bye week, and the Colts want payback after their early season loss to the Texans. It isn't going to be easy. The Colts are once again decimated by injuries, but Houston hasn't been all that strong despite their good record. Peyton Manning always seems to get it done, and he will here too. I like the Colts to win, but Houston will keep it very close.
Colts 41-37

GAME OF THE WEEK

NEW ENGLAND 5 Minnesota
This might not be the best game record wise, but with the return of Randy Moss to Gillette Stadium for the first time since his trade, it should make for a pretty fun atmosphere. The Patriots are a surprising 5-1, and I think they will have a better record after this week's game. I think many have forgotten about Adrian Petersen because of all the hoopla surrounding Moss, but I think New England finds a way to get it done.
Patriots 27-20

STINKER OF THE WEEK

SAN FRANCISCO 2 Denver
Nobody should be surprised that the Broncos are in the Stinker of the Week after last week's total embarrassment. The 49ers have been a total disappointment, but they should have enough to get by Denver here.
49ers 29-24

Record For Week Seven: 5-9 ( 6-8 without the spread )
Record Through Week Seven: 41-44-3 ( 49-38-1 without the spread )
Game of Week Record: 3-3
Stinker of Week Record: 2-3-1

 

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It is very strange how Brett Favre can stay in the news no matter what he does. First he is retiring. Then he is not. Then he is involved in an alleged texting and picture scandal. Now, the talk is whether or not he is going to play in this Sunday's game against New England. The absolute latest report is that Viking coach Brad Childress is actually planning on sitting him down in favor of Tarvaris Jackson.

This cannot sit too well with Favre. After all, his consecutive game streak would be on the line, although earlier this week Favre did say that in the past he should have taken time off to properly heal his wounds. It's a little too late for that. He is likely going to be a game time decision, regardless of what Childress says. I don't know how Favre will be able to talk about himself so much if he doesn't play. Many people feel that a player should not play through his injuries if they are in fact hurting their team. This is clearly the case here. A healthy Tarvaris Jackson is clearly the better option for Minnesota this week over a hobbling, and most importantly, really struggling Brett Favre. We will see if Brett will put himself before the team. The feeling here is yes. And then he can get his ankle examined after the game. Followed by his head.

As always, home team in CAPS.

DALLAS 6 1/2 Jacksonville
The Cowboys are an absolute mess right now, and with Tony Romo out for several weeks, the circus is only going to get worse. They were in trouble with a healthy Romo. The Jags haven't done much, and they haven't been great on the road. The Cowboys need a win, and desperately. I think their season is lost, it just isn't official yet. I'll take them here though.
Cowboys 26-17

DETROIT 2 1/2 Washington
Yes, that was read correctly. The Lions are in fact favored this week. They haven't been that bad, and their defense has been surprisingly pretty decent. Matthew Stafford returns against a Washington team that really can't be trusted on either side of the ball. I like the Lions here, as they are coming off of a bye week and they have been a fairly tough out this year despite their record.
Lions 27-21

NEW YORK JETS 5 1/2 Green Bay
The Jets are coming off of a bye week, and Darelle Revis looks like he is ready to return to full strength. This is only going to make the already very good Jets even tougher. The Packers are no slouch, but haven't been the powerhouse many were expecting. I like the Jets here, because of the bye week, home field, and most importantly, I just think they are the better team.
Jets 30-20

ST. LOUIS 3 Carolina
The Rams are the second surprise favorite this week, but they are playing the lowly Panthers, who are on a one game win streak. The Rams are better than expected, and the Panthers might actually be worse than expected, if that is to be believed. I like St. Louis here, who is in a fight for the NFC West.
Rams 20-13

CINCINNATI 2 Miami
The Bengals are definitely not the team many thought they were going to be, but I think Miami is. The Dolphins have been in some close games this year, and they will be this week too. But this time they will be on the winning end. I just don't think the Bengals are that good. I like the Dolphins here.
Dolphins 24-20

KANSAS CITY 8 Buffalo
Considering where the Chiefs were last year it is pretty remarkable that they are favored in a game, let alone eight points. But they deserve it. Their younger players have developed faster than anyone expected, and they are a very decent team right now. The Bills almost pulled off a miracle last week, and I don't see that happening two weeks in a row. Take the Chiefs here.
Chiefs 29-17

SAN DIEGO 3 1/2 Tennessee
The Chargers are another team that needs to win and win now, or their season will be totally lost. They have a lot of problems right now. The Titans, on the other hand, are playing pretty well. This is a tough pick. I guess I will have to go with the better team right now, and that is Tennessee. The Chargers will have to wait for a lesser opponent to get another win.
Titans 26-24

ARIZONA 3 Tampa Bay
The Cardinals will likely have all three of their wide receivers healthy for the first time, and that should help. The Bucs have been a big surprise, but I still don't think they are that good. Neither is Arizona truthfully, but they are better than Tampa.
Cardinals 27-14

OAKLAND 2 1/2 Seattle
The Raiders are coming off of one of their biggest wins ever, last week's destruction of the Broncos. The Seahawks have quietly not been too bad, and I think the Raiders are still going to be sky high after last week's win. I like Seattle here as I just think they are playing better overall.
Seahawks 28-23

Pittsburgh 1 NEW ORLEANS
The Steelers have been very good, and the Saints are coming off of a terrible loss at home last week. They must bounce back this week as they really have been under performing all year. The Steelers are a tough opponent but the Saints need to right the ship before it starts sinking.
Saints 23-21

INDIANAPOLIS 5 1/2 Houston
Both teams are coming off of a bye week, and the Colts want payback after their early season loss to the Texans. It isn't going to be easy. The Colts are once again decimated by injuries, but Houston hasn't been all that strong despite their good record. Peyton Manning always seems to get it done, and he will here too. I like the Colts to win, but Houston will keep it very close.
Colts 41-37

NEW ENGLAND 5 Minnesota
This might not be the best game record wise, but with the return of Randy Moss to Gillette Stadium for the first time since his trade, it should make for a pretty fun atmosphere. The Patriots are a surprising 5-1, and I think they will have a better record after this week's game. I think many have forgotten about Adrian Petersen because of all the hoopla surrounding Moss, but I think New England finds a way to get it done.
Patriots 27-20

SAN FRANCISCO 2 Denver
Nobody should be surprised that the Broncos are in the Stinker of the Week after last week's total embarrassment. The 49ers have been a total disappointment, but they should have enough to get by Denver here.
49ers 29-24

Record For Week Seven: 5-9 ( 6-8 without the spread )
Record Through Week Seven: 41-44-3 ( 49-38-1 without the spread )
Game of Week Record: 3-3
Stinker of Week Record: 2-3-1

 

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