This N’ That With Tony Mack: NFL Picks: Week 8

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 28, 2004

NEW HAVEN — Even though I make weekly picks for BASN, I’ve long since stop trying to figure out the trends in the NFL. How else do you explain the Rams getting mooned in Miami or Atlanta getting torched by the Chiefs at Arrowhead?

To be honest, the Red Sox winning the World Series is more troubling to me. Do you realize that the world will be coming to an end by the time this article appears in print?


31-year old running backs Priest Holmes (690 yards) and Curtis Martin (683) are currently 1-2 in the league in rushing. Each this year will try to become the second player in NFL history to lead the league in rushing when starting the season at age 30 or older. The only player to accomplish the feat is Hall of Famer Marion Motley, who rushed for 810 yards for the 1950 Cleveland Browns at 30 years old. If either Holmes or Martin leads the league, he would become the oldest rushing champion in NFL history. Through their first seven games, Holmes is on pace to rush for 1,577 yards, and Martin for 1,561 yards.

LAST WEEK: 7-7 (60-43 on the year)

GRRRRR!!! We took a chance on the Jets and Browns, but they both came up a bit short. However, we did have the Jags, Saints, and the boys from Motown.



Big Ben meets Big Bill in one of this week’s big games. The Black and Gold are still basking in the glow of their win against the Tuna Helpers two weeks ago while the Pats held off the Jets to remain undefeated. The Hub will have a parade for the conquering Red Sox later this week. They may have another set for February.

Pick: Steelers.


Another Eagles win, another week of Terrell Owens stories. This week, TO’s new victim is Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome. TO was apparently a bit miffed at the way the Wizard negotiated with him following his “trade” to the Ravens. Maybe, just maybe Ray Lewis and the boys will be a little more motivated this Sunday.

Pick: Ravens


Is it me or do the Giants and Vikes meet every season. Big Blue is still reeling from their home loss to Motown while the Vikes didn’t need Randy Moss to defeat the Titans last Sunday. While the D is still a bit suspect, Daunte Culpepper continues to put up MVP numbers for the Purple Gang. That should continue on Sunday.

Pick: Vikings



Kudos to Reverend Edwards for lashing back at the New York tabloids and fans for trying to psychoanalyze his team following a tough loss at Foxboro. It’s too bad they haven’t appreciated Gang Green’s best start in franchise history. Even though this could be a trap game, there’s no doubt in my mind that Herm will have them ready to play against the Fish on Monday night.

Pick: Jets.


Jags over Texans: The battle of Leftwich vs. Carr could quietly be the game of the week.

Lions over Cowboys: In honor of Smokey Robinson’s induction into BET’s Walk of Fame, the boys from Motown will make the Tuna Helpers shed “Tears Of A Clown”.

Chiefs over Colts: Just a hunch. This has all the makings of a no-punt contest.

Bengals over Titans: Even though Cincy’s D is still suspect, the Titans may be in a freefall mode.

Packers over Redskins: A Joe Gibbs thought balloon: “I cam back for this?”

Panthers over Seahawks: The Birds haven’t been the same since the Rams debacle.

Bills over Cardinals: The 16 people at this game will be entertained.

Falcons over Broncos: Michael Vick bounces back against the puzzling Broncos.

Chargers over Raiders: Can the Bolts make the playoffs?

49ers over Bears: This ESPN game features a special halftime edition of Celebrity “Go Fish” featuring Ben Afflect and Billy Crystal.