skinshog Posted October 28, 2005 Share Posted October 28, 2005 http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/writers/peter_king/10/27/pickoff.week.8/index.html Week 8 Matchups 1 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Cleveland (2-4) at Houston (0-6) The Expansion Bowl. Or "The You-Can't-Stop-Joe-Pendry's-Offense-You-Can-Only-Hope-to-Contain-It Bowl." My only prediction here is Pendry will allow David Carr to throw it more than the nine times he did last week. Houston 17, Cleveland 9 1 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Jacksonville (4-2) at St. Louis (3-4) These two teams haven't met since 1996. Why do I get the feeling that the game doesn't mean as much to Rams Nation as does the intrigue between the Ram front office and coach Mike Martz, who will be watching the game at home and not phoning his offensive coordinators from his suburban home? Jacksonville 20, St. Louis 13 1 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Arizona (2-4) at Dallas (4-3) The Dallas D has 21 sacks and eight interceptions. I expect both totals to double against young and very nervous Josh McCown at Texas Stadium on Sunday. Dallas 20, Arizona 3 1 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Minnesota (2-4) at Carolina (4-2) I don't know what's wrong with Daunte Culpepper. I saw him at his best--crushing the Saints in Week 3. But he's already thrown more picks in six games (12) than he threw in 16 last year (11). You can't tell me it's all Randy Moss. Carolina 24, Minnesota 10 1 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Washington (4-2) at New York (4-2) I love this game. Just love it. Santana Moss (and his 19.6-yards-per-catch average) is licking his chops at facing the 31st-rated pass defense in football. I say with big brother Peyton in the house (and Peyton will be at Giants Stadium Sunday), Eli shows off another ending. I think Eli's going to get a patent for impossible finishes pretty soon. New York Giants 21, Washington 20 1 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Chicago (3-3) at Detroit (3-3) I was at the game the last time these teams met. Joey Harrington bought his ticket out of Detroit that day, throwing five interceptions to hand the Bears a win they barely deserved. I expect Jeff (Don't Call Me Karim) Garcia to manage the game a little better in this one. Detroit 16, Chicago 10 1 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Green Bay (1-5) at Cincinnati (5-2) Guess who's leading the NFL in touchdown passes? Brett Favre. Fourteen. Guess who's second? Carson Palmer. Thirteen. Knowing how respectful Palmer is, I expect him to do a Wallace Cleaver impersonation when he meets Favre before the game. Cincinnati 23, Green Bay 21 1 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Oakland (2-4) at Tennessee (2-5) The temptation is to say: Hey, the Raiders, at 2-4, aren't dead yet. And then you look at the next 25 days: at Tennessee, at Kansas City, Denver, at Washington. Oooof. Oakland 27, Tennessee 20 4:05 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Miami (2-4) at New Orleans (2-5) Well, they're not going to be the New Orleans Saints anymore. Why retard progress? Let's just give 'em a new name in their new city right now. Miami 20, Baton Rouge 10 4:05 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Kansas City (4-2) at San Diego (3-4) On my tombstone will be the words: Stubbornly, he didn't know when to take San Diego out of his Fine Fifteen. San Diego 22, Kansas City 17 4:15 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Tampa Bay (5-1) at San Francisco (1-5) Chris Simms has the benefit of a bye week and faces a pass defense allowing 329 yards a game. If he doesn't throw for 300 and three scores, I'll be stunned. Tampa Bay 34, San Francisco 10 4:15 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Philadelphia (4-2) at Denver (5-2) The most notable stat of the day will be the total of Philadelphia rushes: 28. I asked Andy Reid the other day: "Who do you think you are, Mouse Davis?" But I think he'll start to tilt more toward 60-40 run-pass from now on. Philadelphia 16, Denver 13 8:30 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Buffalo (3-4) at New England (3-3) Poor Buffalo. Coming off a crushing loss at Oakland, traveling west to east, traveling again to Foxboro, and facing a team that's been off for two weeks. A Belichick team that's been off two weeks. This one could be ugly. New England 24, Buffalo 10 9 p.m. ET Preview | Matchup Baltimore (2-4) at Pittsburgh (4-2) Not to rub it in, but the offense run by Brian Billick and Jim Fassel is averaging 11.5 points per game. In six games, the Ravens have run for one touchdown. Gentlemen, polish your resumes. Pittsburgh 17, Baltimore 3 Season Total Last week: 6-7 Overall: 54-46 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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