After a disappointing 1-2 Week 6, we bounced back with a 2-1 record in Week 7. My overall record sits at 10-5 on the season and we’ll try to make it another three wins in Week 8. This week’s picks center around these three games:

  • Washington at Buffalo
  • Arizona at Baltimore
  • Detroit at Denver

 

Tebow-Fever Is Rivaling Bieber-Fever---AP Photo

Game #1: Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills (-5.5) (in Toronto)

No one, AND I MEAN NO ONE circles the wagons like the 4-2 Buffalo Bills. After a frustrating Week 6 loss to the Giants, the Bills used their entire bye week last week to game plan for the 3-3 Washington Redskins. Both teams are dealing with a plethora of injuries, but the Redskins will play without three key offensive players, Tim Hightower, Chris Cooley, and Santana Moss. The Bills will be without some of their better linemen, Demterius Bell and left tackle Kyle Williams. Losing Williams hurts the Bills because Washington defensive end, Brian Orapko is a nightmare to deal with. The Redskins will look to pound the ball early on with Ryan Torian and Roy Helu to keep the ball hawking Bills’s defense at bay.

The Bills’s defense leads the league in interceptions (12) and have one of the league’s top rushers in Fred Jackson. I’d feel much better picking the Bills if this game was in Buffalo, but with a rookie quarterback and a ton of injuries on offense, the Skins will start to fade. Lay the points and take Buffalo.

The Pick: Buffalo Bills -5.5

Game #2: Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens (-13)

The Ravens performed their own rendition of ‘Sleep Walk City’ last Monday night in Jacksonville. The 4-2 Ravens are unbeaten at home and welcome in a reeling Cardinal team (1-5) that has yet to win on the road.

I could get into a really long winded analysis about this game, but this is your classic West Coast team flying East after a loss. In Arizona’s case, they have dropped five in a row. The Ravens only had 16 yards of total offense last Monday, so expect the entire Baltimore offense to come out angry. This game has rout written all over it. Take the Ravens and lay the points.

The Pick: Baltimore Ravens -13

Game #3: Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos (+3)

Tim Tebow mania has taken America by storm. I’ve always been a huge Tebow backer and supporter (ask Adam) ever since his days at Neese High School. Tebow is not the prototypical NFL quarterback. His play is ‘sandlot style’. He can make plays with his legs and doesn’t exactly have the best touch or release in the league. However, Tebow knows how to win and no player plays with more heart. Heart and passion mixed with snow in Denver spells trouble for a team who has played five of seven games indoors. Add in the injury to Matthew Stafford and the loss of running back Jahvid Best and I just see a third straight loss coming for 5-2 Detroit. The Broncos will roll Champ Bailey to Calvin Johnson’s side, so that match-up will be entertaining all game long. Von Miller and Elvis Dummervil create a dynamic pass rush that will get to Stafford.

Given the weather and injuries, I like the Broncos in this game. Tebow’s first home start will be a successful one.

The Pick: Denver Broncos (+3)

Last Week: 2-1
Year-To-Date: 10-5