BASN NFL Picks: Week 8

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 28, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Ho hum, just another week of fantastic finishes in the NFL. In fact, last week’s histronics were just a part of another record-setting week around the league.
This past Sunday there were five games that featured teams (Eagles, Giants, Vikings, Seahawks, and Rams) coming back from seven-point-or-more deficits in the fourth quarter to win in regulation — the most such games in NFL history on a single day.
Looking at this Sunday’s games, you could possibly get some more last second happenings again. In the NFC East, the Redskins invade the Meadowlands in a showdown with the Giants. The Chargers host the Chiefs in an AFC West battle.
Also in a “battle” for the top spot in the NFC North, the 3-3 Bears travel to Motown to meet the 3-3 Lions at Ford Field. Finally, ESPN Sunday Night Football returns as the Buffalo Bills visit Foxboro to meet the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
Since his rookie season, LaDainian Tomlinson has been held under 50 rushing yards just 10 times including last Sunday against the Eagles. However in five of the 10 games following such performances, LT has rushed for at least 100 yards, twice gaining over 200 yards. In the other five games, he’s averaged 82.4 yards.
Oakland’s Derrick Burgess has had at least 2.0 sacks in three straight games. Which player holds the NFL record for the most consecutive games with at least 2.0 sacks?
A. Reggie White
B. Kevin Greene
C. Tim Harris
D. Deacon Jones
In 2000, St. Louis’ Marshall Faulk set an NFL record with three 4-touchdown games in a single season. In being named the NFL’s MVP that season, Faulk finished with a then-NFL record 26 touchdowns on the season.
LAST WEEK: 8-6 (58-39 overall)
Great finishes are great for fans, but can be lousy for guys like me. We took a serious hit when the Tuna Helpers, Chargers, and Cheeseheads fell in the final minutes. However, we did have the Rams and Giants come through. Not to mention the Bears, Lions, and Colts before a brief scare.
Talk about extremes. Last week, Grandpa Gibbs’ boys opened up a can of you know what against the Niners while Lil’ Eli helped lead Big Blue past the Broncos. Now the teams meet Sunday in an early first place showdown. While New York is doing their thing on the turnover margin (19 takeways, 2nd only to Cincy’s 23), they’ll have to keep an eye on Santana Moss. The ex-Jet has four 100-yard receiving performances in his last five games. This may be the game that makes folks take notice of the Skins.
Pick: Redskins.
There’s no truth to the rumor that the San Diego Padres will be declared winners of the NFC North if this game ends in a tie. However, the team with the better offense will probably win in this litmus test for both teams. Jeff Garcia sparked the Boys from Motown past his old Cleveland cronies last week while Chicago outlasted the fading Ravens. Given the fact that both teams have made generating offense seem like splitting the atom, we’ll use the ole Chi-town karma and take the road team.
Pick: Bears.
We previously mentioned what the Chiefs will have to expect with LT coming off a seven yard (SEVEN YARDS???) game. Even if Tomlinson does or doesn’t go off, history says this will be a close contest. In fact, eight of the last nine games in this series have been decided by seven points or less. That should play right into the league’s mantra of close, exciting finishes. Given the fact that K.C.’s defense is slowly coming back to earth and that San Diego is still muttering to themselves, this should work into the Bolts’ advantage.
Pick: Chargers.
While the Bills were sucked up in the Black Hole last week, the Brady Bunch were taking a week off and more than likely taking notes. This may prove to be a good preparation for the Pats as they get ready for a showdown with the undefeated Colts next week. Now we’re not saying that Coach Belichik’s boys are looking past the Bills. But if Willis McGahee opens his mouth to the press again, you get the feeling that New England will gladly tell when he can put it.
Pick: Patriots.
Two teams who are seemingly going in opposite directions meet at the Ketchup Place on Monday Night. While the Ravens obviously have offensive problems, it’s their vaunted defense that’s starting to deteriorate a bit before our eyes. While you never really want to bet against the firm of Lewis, Lewis, & Company, it appears that their powers of persuasion have started to wain. As for the Steelers, they appear to just rolling along and looking to reach a peak as the weather gets colder. With Monday being Halloween Night, the Black and Gold will be looking to give a faithful and harty BOO to Baltimore.
Pick: Steelers.
Panthers over Vikings: Carolina adds to Minny’s growing road woes.
Bengals over Packers: This could be the game of the day.
Cowboys over Cardinals: Note to Drew Bledsoe. THROW IT AWAY!! THROW IT AWAY!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, THROW IT AWAY!!
Browns over Texans: Houston will be dressed as a professional football team for the holiday.
Saints over Dolphins: This is a sentimental pick for the suffering Saints.
Jaguars over Rams: The Jacksonville defense will turn Jamie Martin into Martin Lawrence (sorry, it was the best I could do……I’m open for suggestions: Jamie Foxx, Martin Van Buren, etc..)
Raiders over Titans: Especially if No. 9 isn’t under center for Tennessee.
Eagles over Broncos: Just a hunch. Plus, I’m still not ready to believe in the Broncos.
Bucs over 49ers: Just because they can…..And they definitely will.
IDLE: Atlanta, Indianapolis, N.Y. Jets, Seattle