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NFL Week 8 -- The best just get better

October 30, 2007|By ROBERT KELLER / Pulse Correspondent

With almost half the season of football over, things begin to heat up. Teams begin to play harder to get into the playoffs. For others, it's just for pride. There are only nine weeks before the post-season and the unbeaten and winless are still out there.

The best game this week was Jacksonville at Tampa Bay. The Jaguars came in 4-2 while the Buccaneers came in 4-3. Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia had not thrown an interception this season until halfway through the second quarter. It wasn't his last, though. Garcia managed to throw two more interceptions, one in the last 30 seconds of the game. In the end, the Jacksonville offense and defense came out with a win, 24-23.

Other games this week included Washington at New England, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, and Philadelphia at Minnesota. Washington didn't stand a chance against New England as the Patriots thrashed the Redskins 52-7. Pittsburgh stayed atop its division by defeating Cincinnati 24-13. Philadelphia shut down the Vikings 23-16 in a heated matchup.

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I went 4-0 with my picks this week, bringing me to 15-13. I picked Tennessee to beat Oakland, and they did with a score of 13-9. I picked New England and Indianapolis, which beat Carolina 31-7. The Giants beat Miami 13-10 in London. It was the first NFL game off the continent.

This week, I predict Washington will win on the road against the New York Jets, Jacksonville will win in New Orleans, Seattle will win in Cleveland, and Indianapolis will win at home against New England.

Washington's offense might have sputtered against the Patriots, but they should be able to overcome this Jets defense easily. The Saints have a three-game winning streak, but it will come to an abrupt halt against this strong Jacksonville offense. Seattle should be able to beat the Browns since they still have a few weapons left. The Patriots can score as many points as they want, but even Tom Brady can't match up to the Colts heavy offense and strong defense.

New England at Indianapolis will be the biggest game of the season as the battle of the undefeated comes to Indianapolis. The Colts offense has a few good weapons that can shut down the Patriots defense. Even if the Patriots are still cheating, they can't read Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. He calls too many audibles! Even the defense of the Colts can't be read as they shift quite frequently. All Tom Brady needs to do to have his first loss is throw an interception. Once that occurs, the offense will shut down. An even bigger advantage in favor of the Colts is the field is in a dome. New England could face some problems playing in a dome.

Helmets will fly the next few weeks as the scramble to make the playoffs heats up.

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