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NFL picks 2018, Week 8: Experts see easy wins for the Bears and Steelers

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Can’t miss picks for EVERY game this week.

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It’s Week 8, almost the halfway point of the season. After a September of extended preseason, we now have enough to start to form a better picture of who’s who, legitimate and all that. Kind of.

This week’s action starts with a confusing Houston team hosting the Dolphins. Miami’s hot start didn’t last (surprise). They’re 1-3 in their last four games, but that one win did come against a pretty tough Bears team.

It wasn’t too confusing. The Dolphins were bad, and the Texans won, convincingly, on Thursday.

But enough about Thursday.

We have a London game this week. Remember when the NFL was going to stop putting those turds on television at 9:30 in the morning? That didn’t last. The Jags, London’s home team, get an Eagles team that’s really hard to figure out right now. Precedent shows experience matters when it comes to playing overseas, but our panel is still split on who’s going to win this one.

The Broncos put a hurtin’ on the Cardinals last Thursday. A game that four of our panelists got wrong. It won’t be so easy on the road in Kansas City this week. The Chiefs defense is finally hitting its mediocre stride, and that’s enough when you have Pat Mahomes and company on the other side of the ball.

Locks of the week

Our panel hasn’t missed on a unanimous pick since the Bills upset the Vikings in Week 3. (That does not count this season’s two tie games). We have four games that everyone agrees on this week, and two more that everyone BUT the coin agrees on.

Everyone’s picking the Patriots to beat the Bills. That’s the most obvious one this week. The Steelers get an across the board thumbs up against the Browns. With Hue Jackson threatening to get involved in the offense play calling, that’s never been a more obvious pick.

If there’s one game that everyone just might end up regretting, it’s the Packers at Rams. It’s still pretty unlikely. If the Rams don’t score a million points, they can lean on Aaron Donald to make things really difficult for Aaron Rodgers all day.

The Bears should beat the Jets, but the coin disagrees. We talked about the Broncos at Chiefs already. The coin’s the lone holdout there.

Toss up games

A rematch of last year’s thrilling NFC title game has our experts divided. The Saints are red hot after last week’s win on the road against the Ravens. Their defense is coming on now too. Minnesota struggled early in the year, but they seem to have things dialed in now.

I’m a little surprised that only three of our folks are picking the Panthers, at home, against the Ravens. That one could go either way.


This week’s guest picker is a familiar face around these parts. Jeanna Thomas is a certified authority on all things NFL, and you probably recall her byline here. She’s the talent manager for our team brands now. She’s also a Falcons fan, so be real nice to her.

You know the rules. Our computer picks are via OddsShark. As for the coin, that’s a real nice 2007 U.S. quarter dollar featuring the great state of Oregon. I like it because it’s got a trout on the back of it.

The humans here are allowed to change to up two picks by Friday, to account for injuries and whatnot.

NFL picks, Week 8

Games RVB Stephen White Geoff Schwartz Charles McDonald Adam Stites Christian D'Andrea Jeanna Thomas Coin flip OddsShark computer
Games RVB Stephen White Geoff Schwartz Charles McDonald Adam Stites Christian D'Andrea Jeanna Thomas Coin flip OddsShark computer
MIA vs HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU MIA MIA MIA HOU
PHI vs JAX JAX PHI PHI PHI JAX JAX PHI PHI PHI
NYJ vs CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI NYJ CHI
TB vs CIN CIN CIN TB CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN
SEA vs DET DET SEA DET SEA DET DET DET DET DET
DEN vs KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC DEN KC
WAS vs NYG WAS WAS WAS NYG NYG WAS NYG NYG WAS
CLE vs PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
BAL vs CAR BAL CAR BAL BAL BAL CAR BAL BAL CAR
IND vs OAK IND IND IND IND IND OAK IND IND OAK
GB vs LAR LAR LAR GB LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR
SF vs AZ SF SF AZ SF SF AZ SF AZ SF
NO vs MIN NO NO MIN NO NO MIN MIN MIN MIN
NE vs BUF NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE
Last week 10-4 10-4 11-3 8-6 7-7 11-3 11-3 7-7 8-6
Season total 61-46 71-36 67-40 65-42 61-46 70-37 62-45 52-55 68-39
Daaaaaamn those picks are :fire emoji:!