What’s up people, great to be back talking some more Football for Oddschecker, and the big games and big talking points just keep rolling as we enter Week 8.
Before I give you my picks for this weekend, I just want to talk about the decline of the Jacksonville Jaguars. There are real problems and it sounded like they came to a head, as there were reports of fighting in the locker room.
What I would say to the coaching staff is that if they are looking to fix this now, It is probably too late. These things do happen more often than people think, with 53 guys who all want to win, all have big egos and big opinions there is bound to be friction, but a team needs to be united in adversity and not fractured.
If they want to get back on track, they can do only one thing and that is win on the field. We will see if they can do that at Wembley this Sunday.
Going onto Week 8, the three games that intrigue me all kick off early. Firstly, we’ve got the Redskins going to the Meadowlands to take on the Giants. I’m saying this now: If New York lose this, then stick a fork in them, they are done for the season.
It’s a winnable game for them, but the Redskins will be on a high after doing so well against the Cowboys. They stopped the run and looked good on offense. Adrian Peterson looked like his old self, putting up 99 on the ground.
The Skins can take a stranglehold on the NFC East with a win and with the Giants struggling, especially at QB, I’m putting up the Road team for the win.
Next up, let’s look at the Chiefs hosting the Broncos at Arrowhead. There are signs now that the Chiefs are coming alive on defence, and that makes them a scary prospect, because only the Rams in the whole league match their offense.
Arrowhead is LOUD at this time of year, and is so tough to play in. Denver do have a chance – These type of divisional rival match-ups are sometimes unpredictable, and the Chiefs D can still be got at. But they’re not playing Arizona like last week. This is a great team they are playing, with the hottest QB in the game and weapons all over the field.
I’m having the Chiefs continuing to roll.
Finally, it might not be the standout game on paper but the Bucs at the Bengals is an interesting one to me. I normally avoid the Bengals because they always have the capacity to break your heart every time you think they have turned the corner.
But they are at home and have a chance to kick right on from that schooling by the Chiefs. They are playing a Bucs team that fell apart in the fourth quarter against the Browns and were lucky to win in overtime.
The problem with Jameis Winston is that by throwing multiple interceptions in a game (like he’s done the last two weeks), you’ll always give the opposition a chance and you can’t afford to do that on the road in Cincinnati.
The Bengals have AJ Green and hopefully Joe Mixon back fully fit after recent troubles. If so, I think they’ll make a statement by going 5-3 and putting pressure back onto the Steelers and Ravens in a tight AFC North.