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2013 NFL Picks Against the Spread: Week 8


Locks of the Week
Continue to ride this year’s lone undefeated in the league and anticipate a bounce back from a team that once went unbeaten.

Chiefs (-7) vs. Browns
The Marty Schottenheimer Bowl pits an undefeated K.C. squad against a Brown-bag club whose four losses have come by an average of nearly 14 points.

Patriots (-4.5) vs. Dolphins
The P-Men have not lost to the Fins since a 22–21 letdown on Dec. 6, 2009. Expect Rob Gronkowski to earn respect with a dominant Gronk performance.

Blowout Bargains
Two of the best teams in the NFL take on a two of the most embarrassing — one winless and one hoping to lure Brett Favre out of retirement.

49ers (-13.5) vs. Jaguars (at London)
London’s “home” team will be beaten by San Fran hooligans in the first year of Jacksonville’s four-year commitment in England.

Seahawks (-10) at Rams
This Monday nighter will coincide with Game 5 of the World Series in St. Louis. No one in the Gateway to the West will watch this blowout.

Backdoor Cover
Peyton Manning will bounce back from the unexpected loss at Indianapolis last Sunday night, but it won’t be easy.

Redskins (+13) at Broncos
Mike Shanahan’s Mile High homecoming may or may not end in a win, but it won’t be a landslide, either.

Sucker Bets
Stay away from these games unless you’re a degenerate or a hometown homer who has to have action on every game, every week.

Saints (-12.5) vs. Bills
Don’t know why, but Buffalo continues to roam into covers and/or straight up upsets with Thad Lewis under center.

Bengals (-7) vs. Jets
Cincinnati avoided a local blackout. But the fact that there was some debate for the AFC North leaders is not a good sign.

Eagles (-6.5) vs. Giants
Neither of these NFC East squads is reliable in anything but their unreliability.

Packers (-6) at Vikings
Adrian Peterson rushed for a combined 508 yards and scored three total TDs in three games (including playoffs) against Green Bay last season.

Lions (-3) vs. Cowboys
Shockingly the Dez Bryant vs. Calvin Johnson debate has taken flight, which both these teams are capable of.

Cardinals (-2.5) vs. Falcons
Carson Palmer has a five-game multi-INT streak; Matt Ryan has thrown two picks in one game since a five-INT dud vs. Zona in 2012.

Steelers (-1.5) at Raiders
NFL Films “Voice of God” John Facenda should voiceover the highlights/lowlights of this throwback rivalry, if only for old times’ sake.