Week 8 is here and the rough days of the season are upon some teams. And while some can handle it, there are others that wilt under the pressure. Now we come to the part of the season where the cream rises to the top and the bubbles fizzle on teams that were thought to be potential playoff contenders. The great part about all this action is there is no telling which team will show up and when. Someone may surprise us this week in the NFL. And others may surprise us in an unexpectedly bad way. We are all witnesses to this madness we call the NFL. Without any further wait, here are the proclamations for Week 8 in the NFL.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
- The Miami Dolphins will score over 25 points in this game. The offense has been excellent the last two games for Miami although it has been against weaker competition than the Patriots. But in this game, the Dolphins offense will show that they are better than they were at the beginning of the year and they will test the Patriots.
- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have been connecting on the regular on the field. And in this game, the Dolphins will try to take him away. But look for him to at least get one big catch in this one as he and Brady will connect for one touchdown. Although he will score, Gronk will not get more than five receptions.
- Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones has been making plays over the last two weeks and in this game he gets Tom Brady at least once. However, this week it will not go back for a touchdown. But you better believe that Jones is going to make something happen versus New England.
Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs
- Matt Stafford and the Detroit offense are without their offensive coordinator due to him being fired recently. And with interim offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, the Lions will go back to slinging the rock all around the yard. Look for Stafford to throw the football at least 40 times and watch him connect on at least two touchdowns, with one going to Calvin Johnson aka Megatron.
- The Kansas City Chiefs have been known for their “dink and dunk” offensive style. Well, this week they take a few shots up top with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. And one of these shots will end up paying off for the Chiefs as Maclin will go after a questionable Lions secondary.
- The Lions and the Chiefs will end up getting at least five pass interference calls combined. Both teams have issues when it comes to defending the pass and both teams have weapons that can cause problems for the other’s defense. And as a result, there will be some flags flying in the secondary.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
- The Falcons have recently slowed down a little bit. But in this game, they will get it reeved back up again. Look for the Falcons to put up 35+ points against the Bucs defense in this one. And for the icing on the cake, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will get at least two touchdowns.
- Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin will get 100 yards rushing in this game. The running back formerly known as the Muscle Hamster has been good at times and bad at others. Something tells me Atlanta brings out the best in him this game.
- Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant will nail a field goal of 50 yards or more. Although he is getting up there in age, the dome does not present much of a distraction in regards to the weather and the wind. When he makes this one, he will make it with ease.
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns
- The Cardinals ran the ball very well on Monday night versus the Baltimore Ravens. And in this game, they pick up where they left off. Veteran running back Chris Johnson will rush for over 100 yards and a touchdown. The speedster out of East Carolina has had a great time reviving his career in the Desert and he will continue to do so versus the Browns.
- The Cleveland Browns have a decision to make. Do they start Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel at quarterback? Well, in this game it may not matter because both will be looking up at the sky trying to imagine what shape the clouds are in. The Cardinals bring tremendous pressure and they will get to the quarterback at least four times on Sunday.
- Cleveland has a speedy wide receiver/return man in Travis Benjamin. And in one play, he will show how speedy he is. He will return a punt for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. And with that, the crowd will be electric.
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
- The St. Louis Rams have been tearing folks up on the ground behind rookie running back Todd Gurley. And in this one, he will eventually get the 49ers. Look for him to get at least 120 yards rushing and one touchdown.
- The San Francisco 49ers have been struggling offensively this season. Some can be pinned on the offensive line and some can be pinned on quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Well, this week the receivers help out Colin and make plays. Look for the 49ers to have at least six different players catch a pass this game.
- Both the 49ers and the Rams will not score over 20 points. This will be one physical football game, as it always is. And both teams will show their strengths and their limitations.
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
- The Giants will have at least four sacks this game. The pressure and different looks Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnolo can create combined with the issues the Saints can have on their offensive line will lead to a long day for Drew Brees.
- Running back Mark Ingram had a really good game last week running the football for New Orleans. Well, this week he gets around 60 yards and scores one touchdown. And when he scores, maybe he does Drake’s dance again.
- Giants’ running back Shane Vereen has been dynamite out of the backfield this year. And in this game, expect him to pick up where he left off. Look for Vereen to get at least five receptions and three of those will be for first downs.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
- Stefon Diggs has been dynamite for the Vikings at wide receiver. It seems like he and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater have found something on the field. And the Bears will get to witness the next performance of these two as Diggs goes for two touchdowns and at 100 yards receiving on Chicago.
- The Chicago defense has not had much to cheer about this year. Well, in this game they will have at least one thing to rejoice about. The Bears will get at least one turnover in this game. That would be huge for defense that can struggle.
- Quarterback Jay Cutler has been solid since he returned to the team from injury. But this game he is about to have Sunday will remind those that were not fans of his why they don’t like him much. Cutler will end up with at least three interceptions, with one going for a touchdown.
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
- The San Diego Chargers were pretty embarrassing last week versus the Oakland Raiders. They will definitely be looking to redeem themselves this week versus Baltimore. Look for them to put up at least 24 points against the lowly Ravens defense.
- Steve Smith Sr. has been a warrior for the Ravens this season. And he will continue to do so versus the Chargers. He will have at least seven receptions for 90 yards in this one. The Chargers have issues in their secondary as well.
- Tight ends will be huge in this game. And with that being said, the Ravens will have two touchdowns from the tight end position. Both Crockett Gilmore and Nick Boyle have been good for Joe Flacco and will continue to do so in this game.
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
- The Bengals are still waiting on running back Jeremy Hill to get it going like he did in 2014. Well, this game may be the one he starts getting it going. Look for the young running back to get at least 80 yards rushing and a touchdown.
- It isn’t looking like Ben Roethlisberger will make the start this Sunday versus the Bengals. If that is the case, then the Bengals will be having a meeting at the quarterback. Look for Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap to get at least two sacks in this one and the Bengals to get five total.
- The Bengals have not had a return for a touchdown in a while defensively. Well, that changes in this game as Cincinnati cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick picks off a pass and runs it back for a touchdown this week.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
- If Marcus Mariota plays, there will be some fireworks from the Titans offense. Look for the Titans to get at least three touchdowns this week through the air, with at least two going to tight end Delanie Walker and wide receiver Kendall Wright respectively.
- Houston has had one consistent bright spot this year and his name is DeAndre Hopkins. The exciting wide receiver will receive a lot of attention this weekend. But like other weeks when he received a lot of attention, he will find a way to produce. Look for another 100 yard game from the emerging star wide receiver.
- There will be a couple inexplicable turnovers in this game. And of course you can expect those turnovers to come from someone that you would not expect. And it will leave you scratching your head.
New York Jets at Oakland Raiders
- The Raiders were on fire last game versus the Chargers. But in this game, the fire will be consumed by a blizzard. Look for the Raiders to score 13 points or fewer against the Jets stifling defense.
- The Jets have a bull in a china shop at running back in Chris Ivory. When he gets going, he makes the Jets a tough team. Expect him to bring his hard-nosed style to this game and go for at least 100 yards rushing.
- Amari Cooper has been excellent this season. But in this game, he will be locked up at Revis Island. Cooper will not get more than three catches this game.
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
- The Seahawks got a little mojo back last weekend. And expect them to come out again ready to go. With Matt Cassel at quarterback for the Cowboys, expect them to get at least two interceptions in this game.
- The Dallas offensive line now has a main back to block for. Darren McFadden has been named the starting running back for the Dallas Cowboys and will get the lion’s share of the carries. Look for him to go for 100 yards behind this massive Cowboys offensive line.
- The Dallas defense is in for a challenge this game containing Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. Well, with the shape of the Seahawks offensive line, they will at least make it home a few times. Greg Hardy will have at least two sacks and the Cowboys will have at least 4 sacks this game.
Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos
- The Packers have been surviving without wide receiver Jordy Nelson this year. Well, in this game they will feel the loss of him some. Expect Aaron Rodgers to throw at least one interception in this one and feel the pressure that Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and crew can bring.
- The Broncos have had some issues getting the running game going. And in this game, it will sputter yet again. The Packers will be solid in their play up front and make Peyton Manning have to beat them.
- Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews will have at least two sacks in this game. The Denver line is not very good at this point and the Packers can bring pressure from all angles. That is a dangerous combination for the Broncos.
Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers
- The Colts have been sputtering offensively and this game will be no different. They will be facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL and Luck appears to not be very healthy. That does not bode well for a team that likes to put the ball in the air. Expect them to not score more than 16 points.
- Cam Newton had a little rougher outing last week versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Look for the exciting Panthers quarterback to clean up the mistakes and make it happen for his team. He will not have an interception and will have three touchdowns total (one running and two passing).
- The Panthers’ linebacker duo of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis will combine for 20+ tackles. Both these guys fly all over the field and make a great impact. Expect them to star on Monday Night Football.
Week 8 is here and the excitement has arrived. Who takes advantage of the moment provided to them?