week 8 nfl picks

The 2019-20 NFL season is projecting to be the most difficult yet for our pickers. Dan and Brandon both came into this season with winning percentages over 60%, and have struggled to stay above .500. A 9-5 record in Week 7 catapulted Dan back into contention only three games behind Brandon as we head into Week 8.

After seven weeks in the NFL only two teams remain unbeaten–the New England Patriots (+250) and San Francisco 49ers (+1000) who are both dominating thanks in part to their aggressive defenses. One of our pickers has an unbeaten falling this weekend–who will it be?

Standings after Week 7

Brandon Reid: 58-47-1

Dan Schalk: 55-50-1

Redskins at Vikings

Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. Washington is lucky they had Miami on their schedule because this is looking like a 1-15 squad.

Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings surprised me last week putting up 42 points in Detroit. While the Packers are cruising, the Vikings are announcing themselves in the NFC. The Vikings have the 3rd highest point differential in the league. They are holding opponents to 17 ppg, while scoring 27. They are also 3rd in the league in rushing at 160 yards per game. They’re also playing the Redskins this week.

Seahawks at Falcons

Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. The Falcons cannot do anything right to start the season and now Matt Ryan might miss this week’s contest–yea, give me Seattle by a large margin.

Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. The Falcons are a horrible football team this year. They cannot run the ball, and they are giving up a whopping 32 ppg.

Chargers at Bears

Dan Schalk: Chicago Bears. Both teams have under-performed to start the year–but I have more confidence in the Bears defense at home to shut down an injury-riddled Chargers squad.

Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Chargers. The Bears offense is just a mess and I have no faith in that unit. If they were playing a less experienced QB this week, I may roll with them. But I think Phillip Rivers can navigate the tough Bears defense enough to outscore the Bears woeful offense.

Giants at Lions

Dan Schalk: Detroit Lions. The Giants are just lacking talent in too many areas to consistently win in the NFL.

Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. That Daniel Jones talk was fun for a couple of weeks. Now they have fallen back to earth with three straight losses, the last one being to the Arizona Cardinals. I have the Lions at home.

Jets at Jaguars

Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. Leonard Fournette is going to outduel Le’Veon Bell in this matchup of great running backs. That alone will be enough for a Jags victory.

Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jets give up a lot of sacks. That’s not good when facing Jacksonville. The Jets are scoring 10 ppg. How could I pick them?

Bengals at Rams

Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Rams. This matchup will not be close–and I’m not high on this Rams team as much as I was a few weeks ago. Look for the Rams front seven to wreak havoc and have a defensive field day.

Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Rams. Not much to talk about here. The Rams need to work on getting their defensive chemistry back. A weak stretch of their schedule is definitely going to help that. This is a very long trip for them to London though, so who knows.

Buccaneers at Titans

Dan Schalk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you forecasted this matchup back when Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota went 1-2 in the 2015 NFL Draft, you would’ve thought each team would possess franchise signal callers right now—not so much. I’m picking Tampa Bay because Winston is coming off a terrible campaign (and subsequent bye week) his inconsistency should work out in his favor this weekend.

Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. What concerns me for Tennessee in this game is the possibility of it being a shootout scenario. And while the Bucs defense gives up 30 ppg, their defensive front is nothing to take lightly, especially for a team that has given up a league high in sacks this year. But Jameis has been sacked his fair share this year too, and with the Titans new addition of Jeffery Simmons, I have confidence that Tennessee can make the Bucs time in Nashville a little difficult. The Titans defense gave up a season high 20 points last week, but that was mostly due to their inability to find Austin Ekeler as he had 125 total yards and a score. Tannehill definitely gave the Titans offense the spark they needed last week as he spread the ball to eight different receivers with laser sharp throws from the pocket, and on the run. The Titans scored 23 points on only eight possessions. That was remarkable for a Titans offense that had been struggling under their previous quarterback. I think the momentum is trending towards Tennessee right now, and they’ll have the advantage of the home crowd. The line is 2.5 for Tennessee, which is scary. For my betting folks, the over/under is 45.5. I would take the over and run with it all day.

Eagles at Bills

Dan Schalk: Philadelphia Eagles. I’m a self-proclaimed Bills ‘hater’ and I got the night sweats last weekend after picking the Bills to win a game—my first such Bills victory pick since I began doing the MFST pick’em segment in 2014. Not this weekend as the Eagles will look to right the ship after the embarrassment they put up in Big D on SNF.

Brandon Reid: Buffalo Bills. The Bills offense concerns me…when facing a tough defense. I hesitate to consider them a real contender this year because of that. Their defense is their calling card and they are riding it to a 6-1 record after this Sunday. I’m afraid that Carson Wentz will not have time to be real effective this week. They are transitioning a rookie, Andre Dillard, into that offensive line, and DeSean Jackson is questionable. To make matters worse, the Eagles defense is not that good.

Broncos at Colts

Dan Schalk: Indianapolis Colts. I firmly believe if Drew Lock did not get hurt in the preseason he would be the starter of this Denver team by now–Joe Flacco is that bad and the Broncos are going nowhere fast.

Brandon Reid: Indianapolis Colts. I can’t see the Broncos keeping pace with the Colts. I still don’t know who the Colts really are this year, but I know who the Broncos are. And they just traded one of their top offensive playmakers. Seems as if they are leaning towards phoning in the rest of the year.

Cardinals at Saints

Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. I’m still not a believer in Teddy Bridgewater, but at home against a Cardinals team that is young and inexperienced, I’ll take the Saints to win by double-digits. But for long-term success this season, New Orleans needs a healthy Drew Brees.

Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. OK Teddy, I see you. Even without Alvin Kamara, I can’t see the rookie QB and rookie head coach beating Sean Payton in the dome.

Panthers at 49ers

Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. I don’t know, there is just something about this game that has upset written all over it–I believe the 49ers are the better team, but they’re bound to slip up sooner rather than later.

Brandon Reid: San Francisco 49ers. Don’t look now, but Kyle Allen is 5-0 as a starter in the NFL. The Panthers have really surprised me with this current four game winning streak without Cam. And McCaffrey is in full-on beast mode. But the 49ers defense is a different animal right now. The only thing that concerns me with the 49ers this week is they are banged up offensively. But still a home game they should win.

Raiders at Texans

Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. I think this will be a high-scoring affair and the Texans will do enough late in the fourth quarter to seal a single-digit victory.

Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. The Raiders have surprised me with wins over Indianapolis and Chicago. I’m afraid their offense is too banged up this week to out-score the Texans and their Top 10 offense.

Browns at Patriots

Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. Give them the Super Bowl trophy now.

Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. I’m just not picking against the Patriots right now, especially at home. The Browns offense has been a huge dud this year. It won’t get better this week.

Packers at Chiefs

Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. I don’t think the Chiefs offense will all of a sudden become terrible, but they are not the same without Mahomes under senter.

Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. Well, never say never. I have to pick against the Chiefs now because I don’t trust Matt Moore against the Packers defense, or to out-duel Aaron Rodgers.

Dolphins at Steelers

Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. I am streaming Mason Rudolph in multiple fantasy football leagues this weekend–not because I think he’s really that good, but the Dolphins defense is that bad.

Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers offensive line protects their QB. That should be enough to help the Steelers make more plays than the Dolphins. I think Snowflake has been kidnapped and the water has been drained from the “tank” in Miami.

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