Last year, San Diego was the only team to march into Denver and get a win, so, yes, clearly, the Chargers are fully capable of beating the Broncos in Colorado. So you have your answer that you were so anxiously seeking.
Last week was a bit of a tough one for me, as I went 9-6 on the picks, while Kevin Roberts went 11-4 to close the gap a bit on our season-long competition. That brings the season records to 70-34 for me and 68-36 for Kevin. Because I know you give a damn.
Anyway, on to Week 8.
San Diego Chargers (5-2) @ Denver Broncos (5-1)
Kevin Roberts: Broncos – Was last week the beginning of San Diego’s yearly implosion? Only maybe.
Taylor Smith: Broncos – Peyton obviously remembers what happened in this same game last year. San Diego’s depleted secondary won’t be able to keep up.
Detroit Lions (5-2) vs. Atlanta Falcons (2-5) in London
Kevin: Lions – Atlanta might be the pick in the Georgia Dome, but they’re in London so forget that.
Taylor: Lions – Holy crap, this game starts at 6:30 in the morning! Sorry you have to watch the Falcons, Londoners.
Minnesota Vikings (2-5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5)
Kevin: Vikings – This matchup favors Minny for the most part, but given the weak defenses and young quarterbacks, it’s truly a toss-up.
Taylor: Buccaneers – I think Mike Glennon is pretty good. I think Teddy Bridgewater will be pretty good eventually. But the guy that’s pretty good now gets the edge over the guy that will be pretty good later.
Buffalo Bills (4-3) @ New York Jets (1-6)
Kevin: Jets – The start of a nine-game run to save Rex? Doubtful, but a win is a win.
Taylor: Jets – We’re both picking the Jets here, which can’t be a good sign.
Chicago Bears (3-4) @ New England Patriots (5-2)
Kevin: Patriots – Chicago just seems lost. Unlikely they’re marching into New England and righting the ship against a suddenly strong Patriots team.
Taylor: Patriots – The Bears are on the road, which means they have a chance, and that makes no sense.
Seattle Seahawks (3-3) @ Carolina Panthers (3-3-1)
Kevin: Seahawks – No way Seattle loses three in a row, right?
Taylor: Seahawks – No, Seattle can’t lose three in a row.
Miami Dolphins (3-3) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)
Kevin: Dolphins – Jax D has actually looked solid but Miami has also looked decent. Hard to see this being the Jags’ second win.
Taylor: Dolphins – I hate picking Joe Philbin’s team to win, but a Jacksonville winning streak isn’t something I’m prepared for.
Baltimore Ravens (5-2) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-2-1)
Kevin: Bengals – Cincy is in a free-fall. Luckily Joe Flacco never plays well in Cincinnati.
Taylor: Ravens – Baltimore just seems to be on a roll right now, which is the opposite of what the Bengals are on. Whatever the opposite of a roll is. A slide? Let’s go with that.
Houston Texans (3-3) @ Tennessee Titans (2-5)
Kevin: Texans – Houston is sliding a bit, but nothing cures that better than a date with the sad sack Titans.
Taylor: Texans – Zach Mettenberger! Finally, the Titans are going to use their best quarterback. Too bad they suck.
St. Louis Rams (2-4) @ Kansas City Chiefs (3-3)
Kevin: Chiefs – KC seems to be pretty legit and I can’t see Austin Davis carving them up on the road.
Taylor: Chiefs – Missouri battle!
Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (5-1)
Kevin: Cardinals – The desert is a tough place to play and Nick Foles has mostly been hot garbage.
Taylor: Cardinals – The Eagles pitched a shutout last time out, which seems impossible. Arizona has a real shot at winning the NFC West.
Indianapolis Colts (5-2) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
Kevin: Steelers – Indy’s hot run is going to end eventually and Pitt tends to be strongest at home.
Taylor: Colts – Outside of a three-minute stretch late in the second quarter, the Steelers did very little on Monday night. And you’re damn right I’m bitter.
Oakland Raiders (0-6) @ Cleveland Browns (3-3)
Kevin: Raiders – Oakland has played hard lately and Cleveland isn’t going anywhere with the Hoyer we saw last week.
Taylor: Browns – As much as I’d like to see the Browns lose this game (because it would certainly mean the end of Hoyer), I can’t imagine it.
Green Bay Packers (5-2) @ New Orleans Saints (2-4)
Kevin: Saints – I think the Packers are the better team but this is bound to be a shootout and the Saints are so much better on their home field.
Taylor: Saints – I’m not confident in this pick at all, considering the Saints nearly lost at home to the freaking Bucs a few weeks ago. But ah well.
Washington Redskins (2-5) @ Dallas Cowboys (6-1)
Kevin: Cowboys – It’d be so fitting for Dallas to lose their first game since Week One to the damn Redskins, but I’m riding this wave as far as it’ll take me.
Taylor: Cowboys – Jim Haslett tends to give Tony Romo some problems, but this is a new Cowboys team.
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