Mikey's Crystal Ball: Week 8

Last week: 6-7

Season record: 72-31

Man, what a crazy Week 7 we had. And by crazy, I mean lousy. Maybe the Giants not playing threw me off my game, but I did correctly pick that the Jags would score 12 points--just not that the Ravens would only score 7. I also underestimated the Saints' offense against the Colts' D--and New Orleans scored twice as many points (62) as I predicted (31). Sean Payton's an ornery injured dude, or maybe the Colts are that bad. Anyway, welcome back G-men and hopefully my prognostication ability.

Arizona at Baltimore--Poor Kevin Kolb. His stat line and his a** are going to be black and blue after Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and company exact revenge for a Monday night loss in Jacksonville. Ravens 31, Cardinals 10

Minnesota at Carolina--I sort of feel like the fantasy gods are smiling on me this week. Aaron Rodgers is on a bye but my backup is Cam Newton, and he gets this juicy matchup. That, and the Panthers' D should squelch the Christian Ponder hype. Panthers 27, Vikings 17

Jacksonville at Houston--Is this finally the year the Texans reach the postseason? They have to be annoyed that the Ravens couldn't effectively end the Jags' chances last week, but just have to take care of business. Texans 23, Jags 16

Miami at NY Giants--It sure would be nice if the Giants scored a few times early and keep us all from reaching the antacids. Giants 30, Dolphins 17

New Orleans at St. Louis--Let me put things in perspective this way--the Saints scored 62 points last week, while the Rams have scored 56 points all season. That said, you just know this game will be closer than it should be. Saints 31, Rams 20

Indianapolis at Tennessee--The only reason this game would have been interesting would have been to see Kerry Collins face the team he retired from. But Collins is on injured reserve, which means Curtis Painter again. Yikes. Titans 24, Colts 10

Washington vs. Buffalo at Toronto--Here we go Buffalo, here we go. Eh? Bills 26, Redskins 23

Detroit at Denver--Sure, the Broncos has an emotional come from behind win last week in Miami, and they are home. But the Lions are not the Dolphins, and this Denver team is pretty awful. Lions 34, Broncos 24

New England at Pittsburgh--The Pats are 6-1 against Pittsburgh in the last 7. I guess that's as good a trend as any. Patriots 33, Steelers 30

Cleveland at San Francisco--The most intriguing part of this game will be the post-game handshake. Niners 24, Browns 6

Cincinnati at Seattle--The most intriguing part of this one will be......oh, who am I kidding? There is nothing intriguing here. Seahawks 17, Bengals 13

Dallas at Philadelphia--The schedule does set up nicely. We get the 0-6 Dolphins. The Redskins play the rested and high-flying Bills. And these two teams beat up on each other, and unless there is a tie, one of them has to lose. Eagles 31, Cowboys 28

San Diego at Kansas City--There are no decent Monday night games until the Giants play the Saints on November 28. Well, maybe Bears/Eagles next week, but not really. Chargers 24, Chiefs 17

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