Pickard’s Sunday Picks: Week 8

There is an exciting slate of 13 games on Sunday. Here are final score predictions for all of the Week 6 Sunday contests, with reasoning.

Keep track of my “Sunday Score” all season long. This weighted formula gives me five points for every correct outcome. For every team whose score I predict exactly correct, I get an additional three points. Here’s how I’ve fared so far:

Sunday Score: 311

Winner/Loser picked correctly: 52/89

Week 8

Seattle Seahawks 34, Atlanta Falcons 7

The Seahawks have been playing extremely good football lately and are near the top of the Super Bowl conversation. Meanwhile, the Falcons have been terrible … and will be without Matt Ryan this week. This could be a long game for Atlanta fans.

Philadelphia Eagles 20, Buffalo Bills 24

The Buffalo Bills enter at 5-1 and finish at 6-1, while the Eagles take another loss. The offenses will play pretty similar games, but the Bills’ defense will edge out the Eagles’ in this one.

Los Angeles Chargers 13, Chicago Bears 20

Both of these teams have underperformed so far, but I have no faith at all remaining in the Chargers after they lost to the Steelers (led by third-stringer Devlin Hodges) and the Titans (led by backup Ryan Tannehill).

New York Giants 14, Detroit Lions 21

This is somewhat of a toss-up for me because I think these two teams are in very similar situations and I expect both teams to have similar performances. Detroit’s offense gets the edge thanks to experience.

Oakland Raiders 24, Houston Texans 34

The Raiders will snag a garbage-time touchdown, but the difference will actually be far greater than it appears. The Texans will handily defeat the Raiders this week in a similar manner to the Packers’ win over Oakland last week.

New York Jets 14, Jacksonville Jaguars 20

The Jaguars are the better football team here and their defense could show a few similarities to the Patriots’ defense that shut down the Jets last week — just on a much smaller scale, of course.

Cincinnati Bengals 6, Los Angeles Rams 34

The Rams will win this game by many possessions. I would be surprised to see the Bengals score a touchdown.

Arizona Cardinals 21, New Orleans Saints 34

The Cardinals will keep this game close as they have done in almost all of their games this season, but the Saints will pull away in the final minutes of this game, which will be Drew Brees’ first since the hand injury he suffered earlier in the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21, Tennessee Titans 17

I have no clue what to expect from this game because the Titans are impossible to judge after a close win against the Chargers, who should be good but aren’t, and the Buccaneers have done a solid job shutting down Christian McCaffrey twice this season.

Carolina Panthers 17, San Francisco 49ers 31

The San Francisco 49ers are a perfect 6-0 and they will continue their undefeated season against the Panthers this week as Kyle Allen is handed his first loss of the year.

Denver Broncos 13, Indianapolis Colts 34

The Broncos seem to be throwing in the towel already. They’re 2-5 and just traded Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers. The Colts, meanwhile, are looking to build on their AFC South lead but need a win to do so.

Cleveland Browns 3, New England Patriots 27

It will be windy and rainy and cold in New England for this late afternoon matchup. Both teams’ passing attacks will be affected, and the Patriots’ defense should capitalize on young Baker Mayfield’s weather-prompted errors all game long.

Green Bay Packers 28, Kansas City Chiefs 17

This Chiefs team has some great offensive weapons to surround Matt Moore and could win a couple games despite Patrick Mahomes’ absence. But not against a red-hot Packers team. The Chiefs will be handed their third loss in four games after starting the year 4-0.

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