Vikings at Browns
Jake: Dating back to the start of 2015, the Browns have a cumulative record of 4-35. Today, in London that record will improve to 5-35 as the Browns earn their first and potentially only victory of the season.
Jacobs: Another gift for the people of London as they get the pleasure of watching the Cleveland Browns play football today. No need to set your alarm clocks and wake up early for this one, it should be ugly. Vikings are red hot and the way their Defense is playing, it doesn’t matter who of the 3 bad Browns QBs is under center for this one.
Vikings 24 Browns 6
Falcons at Jets
Jake: This boils down to which team is more awful than the other team. With 50 mph winds and rain expected in East Rutherford, New Jersey I am expecting an ugly one. The Falcons offense has been mediocre this season, scoring just 21 points per game ranking 16th in the league. I expect them to score in that range today, more than the Jets offense will put up led by journeyman Josh McCown.
Jacobs: The AFC East has given the Falcons nightmares this year, and the Jets will look to complete the sweep for the division at home today. With a loss at home to the Dolphins already on the resume, this is an Atlanta team that is capable of losing to anybody. Coming off an embarrassing performance in Foxboro though, I think they get their shit together a little bit, and win by a TD in New Jersey.
Falcons 24 Jets 17
Panthers at Buccaneers
Jake: This has been the very definition of a disappointing season for the Buccaneers. With a bum shoulder for Jameis and a defense with more holes in it than Osama Bin Laden’s body, I am tempted to go with the Panthers. At home though, I see the cannons firing and firing often at Raymond James Stadium as the Bucs get one game closer to .500 to narrow the gap in the NFC South.
Jacobs: Kind of a desperation game for the Hard Knocks Buccaneers as they host Cam Newton and his inability to finish a press conference. Carolina is coming off a brutal showing in Chicago last week, losing to a team that threw the ball just 7 times. Hard to know which Cam will show up, that one or the guy who picked apart the Patriots in Foxboro earlier this season. I think the good Cam shows up today, but Jameis has a big day to match him, and the Bucs win a close one.
Bucs 27 Panthers 24
49ers at Eagles
Jake: I don’t think anybody would have penned the Eagles as the best team in football heading in to Week 8. I think everyone in America would have penned the 49ers as one of the worst teams in football heading in to week 8. When the best goes up against the worst, predictions come rather easy.
Jacobs: The winless 49ers take on what looks like the best team in the NFC right now in Philadelphia today. Carson Wentz is having an MVP type year, and this game should do nothing to change that. San Fran had been playing teams close up until that drubbing Dallas gave them a week ago. I think they play better, but still have no shot in this one.
Eagles 31 49ers 17
Bears at Saints
Jake: Mitchell Trubisky threw just 7 passes in a win last week while completing only 4. The Saints, on the other hand look like a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the NFC.
Jacobs: Chicago has been surprising some people and finding ways to win ballgames with zero production at the QB position. Mitchell Trubisky will have a good chance to throw the ball today if John Fox allows it, against a bad Saints pass D. That defense has been improving throughout and will probably look a lot better then they actually are today. Big day for Drew Brees in the dome.
Saints 28 Bears 10
Chargers at Patriots
Jake: Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers have squared off 6 total times in the playoffs and regular season in their careers. Tom has won all 6 of them. Yes, the Chargers have been hot as of late but this steak is most definitely going to 7.
Jacobs: Two of the hottest teams in the NFL go at it in Foxboro today with the Patriots and Chargers. San Diego has ripped off 3 straight, and should have no problem moving the football against the Patriots defense. We will see how that group reacts after the loss of Donta Hightower in the middle. Chances are, it wont be pretty. Still tough to see LA coming in and winning on the road here. Brady does enough for New England to get the job done.
Patriots 31 Chargers 24
Raiders at Bills
Jake: Who would have thought the Bills would have the 4th best record in the AFC at the halfway point of the 2017 season. This will be a competitive game, but coming off an impressive last second win against the Chiefs I expect the momentum to continue for the Raiders.
Jacobs: Oakland comes in off a big win over KC last Thursday, in a season saving ballgame. They have been a much different team on the road this year however, and Buffalo is never an easy trip for them to make. I think Oakland gets back to looking like one of the better teams in the AFC as most people expected them to be, and steals one on the road.
Raiders 24 Bills 21
Colts at Bengals
Jake: The Bengals have been a laughingstock of a team this year. Good thing they have the good fortune of going up against the Colts this week.
Jacobs: Pretty brutal matchup with not much to see in Cinci today. The Colts have been awful, and we can only pray for Jacoby Brisett’s life dropping back behind that offensive line today. Bengals offense has been better since the change at Offensive Coordinator and that should continue today.
Bengals 27 Colts 17
Texans at Seahawks
Jake: I personally see this as the game of the week. In Seattle, the Texans are coming in with a hot rookie Quarterback and an owner who simply doesn’t have the respect from his players. Today, I am going to expect the unexpected.
Jacobs: This is a really good football game between two of the best teams in the league. Desaun Watson is a stud, but playing in Seattle presents a whole new type of challenge. I think the guy has proven that he can step up to those challenges, and I think Houston pulls the upset.
Texans 27 Seahawks 24
Cowboys at Redskins
Jake: With both teams at .500, there is no escaping the fact that the Redskins have had a much more difficult road to get here. The Redskins have lost to the Eagles twice and the Chiefs once while the Cowboys have had the good fortune of having played the 49ers, Cardinals and Giants. Still, I see the Cowboys getting over the hump to get to 4-3.
Jacobs: Always fun to watch these NFC East late afternoon games, and they are always tough to predict. Dallas looked great last week, and need to again if they want to win in Washington. This is game both teams need to keep postseason hopes alive, and with a Zeke suspension still looming, Dallas knows their days might be numbered. I think they get the W on the road here.
Cowboys 28 Redskins 24
Steelers at Lions
Jake: The Steelers have been a funky team to watch both on and off the field this season. With Mike Tomlin continuing to exhibit zero control over his team, this is going to be a good one in Detroit. I am expecting Matt Stafford and the Lions to pull away late.
Jacobs: These teams are going in the opposite direction with a couple of bangs up franchise QBs. Lions started hot, but have cooled down, and the Steelers are looking more like we thought they would to start the year. They key for Pitt is to just hand the ball to Leveon 30+ times, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t continue that tonight. I think their offense shows up, and pulls on the win on SNF.
Steelers 31 Lions 24
Broncos at Chiefs
Jake: The Broncos offense has been a complete joke. Ranking 24th in the league in points scored they simply can’t do much on that side of the ball. Facing off against a hungry and to be perfectly honest underachieving Chiefs team, at Arrowhead Stadium this will be an easy win for the Chiefs,
Jacobs: The once unbeatable KC Chiefs are reeling, with the Broncos coming to town on Monday Night. Thankfully for them, Trevor Simien and the Denver offense should make the Chiefs D look better, and I think they take care of business and get back in the W column.
Chiefs 27 Broncos 21