NFL Week 8 open thread

posted at 12:31 pm on October 27, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a genuine streak going now, beating the Baltimore Ravens 19-16 last week to post their second straight victory after starting the season with a four-game losing streak.  They travel to Oakland today, a team with an identical 2-4 record that has its own problems.  They’re last in the league in passing, and their passing defense is only middling. They beat San Diego two weeks ago and Jacksonville in week 2, but have usually been competitive even in their losses.  Pittsburgh needs to step up their run game and their run defense. Brett Keisel will return this week, so expect to see an improving Pittsburgh beat Oakland, 24-20.

Last week, I finally had a decent slate of predictions, finishing 5-2 to move my season record above .500 for the first time to 24-23.  Can I extend my streak? Let’s see (all times ET):

  • Cowboys at Lions (1 pm, Fox) - Dallas has performed impressively the last couple of weeks, but their only road victory came at the expense of the hapless Eagles. Detroit has similar strengths and weaknesses, but they’re playing at home, and that will make the difference today. Detroit over Dallas, 31-28.
  • Browns at Chiefs (1 pm, CBS) – Kansas City is the last unbeaten team in the league, thanks to the surprising loss by Denver at Indianapolis last week.  The Browns are improving, but, er … not that much, and not on the road. Chiefs go to 8-0 with a 33-21 win at home.
  • Dolphins at Patriots (1 pm, CBS) – It’s a game that has implications for the AFC East, but really only if Miami can beat New England.  The Jets would love to see the Pats lose, being just one game behind them, but even though the Patriots really aren’t excelling in any one area this year, they can put it all together well enough to keep winning, especially at home. Pats over Fins, 28-20.
  • Barrycaders at Broncos (4:25 pm, Fox) – I kid, I kid, but the Redskins won’t be laughing when the Broncos get an opportunity to rebound from last week’s upset at home.  Washington has a high-powered offense, but Peyton Manning will shred their 22nd-rated pass defense and Denver will exploit their 29th-ranked rushing defense to give Peyton lots of play-action sets. Expect a high-scoring game, with Denver winning 52-42. Don’t leave your TV set except at the commercial breaks.
  • Packers at Vikings (8:30 pm, NBC) – Is it worth listening to Bob Costas’ pontifications to watch this? The Vikings’ MNF performance was so bad it made the New York Giants look dominating. The Vikes always rally for a Packers game, but that’ll last until the first three-and-out. Green Bay over Minnesota, 33-13.
  • Seahawks at Rams (MNF, 8:30 pm, ESPN) – The line has Seattle by 13, but the Rams aren’t exactly doormats, and they’re playing at home.  On the other hand, if you look past their 25th-ranked passing offense, the rest of their game is Top 5 in the league.  Seattle beat Arizona on the road last week 34-22, and I’ll call the same result in today’s game with the same score.

 

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The Gophers have a better record than the Vikings – all is right with the world.

Vikings are going to get killed tonight – it is not going to be pretty.

gophergirl on October 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

the Patriots are declining. Too many years of end of round draft picks-and Tom Brady is starting to decline as he get’s older-not his fault we all do-it’s a young mans game.

Bill Belichick is still the best.But his long term success and always having ten wins or more for ten straight seasons also have given him the draft pool that record entails. It catches up to you.

gerrym51 on October 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Go Crimson Hide!

Flange on October 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

My formerly helpless Panthers are turning out pretty good so far. Almost makes me want to root for them (that’ll have to wait for next week in any case).

nobar on October 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

The Gophers have a better record than the Vikings – all is right with the world.

Vikings are going to get killed tonight – it is not going to be pretty.

gophergirl on October 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

…as soon as I saw the score yesterday…I knew that would make your whole weekend!

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Go NINERS!!!

Rovin on October 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

GO BRONCOS!

scalleywag on October 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The Gophers have a better record than the Vikings – all is right with the world.

Vikings are going to get killed tonight – it is not going to be pretty.

gophergirl on October 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

How bout them Goldens? Ya betcha!

TXUS on October 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I hope Brady improves and that his hand injury is minor.

dogsoldier on October 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Who are the Bravehearts playing?

msupertas on October 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Flying to London doesn’t seem to be a distraction for the Niners—up early 14-0…………

Rovin on October 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Harbaugh should sit Kaepernick in the second half and let McCoy get some quality reps. Two rushing TD’s is enough—playing with fire here—inviting an unnecessary injury.

49ers-28*******Jags-O

Rovin on October 27, 2013 at 2:18 PM

CHIEFS! Just hoping their O can throw down some more points this week. Going to need them VS the teams coming up.

LaughterJones on October 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

O/T, but Lou Reed died today at the still-young age of 71.

Sacramento on October 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

…The Detroit Lions………………s u c k !

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2013 at 3:51 PM

…The Detroit Lions………………s u c k !

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Here a fresh slice of crow pie :)

Ugly on October 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Memo to Dallas defense: Just because the QB tells everyone he’s going to spike it doesn’t mean that is what he’s going to do. Don’t just stand there like a bunch of jackasses.

Mark1971 on October 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Lions – Cowboys has just got interesting.

rbj on October 27, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Who did Lou Reed play for?

They weren’t saying Booo, they were saying Louu.

SparkPlug on October 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

31/30 with Stafford making the winning TD. Epic. Great game.

Ugly on October 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

…The Detroit Lions………………s u c k !

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Here a fresh slice of crow pie :)

Ugly on October 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

….I… s u c k !
…the Lions just won!

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Dallas can’t lose enough games.

gerrym51 on October 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I wanted to cover my eyes in those last few seconds… but we prevailed!

Ugly on October 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

What does a Minnesota Vikings fan do after his team wins the Super Bowl? Turns off the xBox and goes to bed.

pdigaudio on October 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Wow! Morrissey could be 100% on his picks, if he didn’t have to choose his Steelers to win…… Steel-men down early to the Raiders 14-0.

Rovin on October 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Heck of an ending to that Cowboys/Lions game.

gophergirl on October 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Great final drive for the Lions. How bout that Stafford?!

gator70 on October 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Great final drive for the Lions. How bout that Stafford?!

gator70 on October 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Stafford won it, no doubt. But he almost gave it away.

I wish I had recorded it…

Ugly on October 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Well, Bob’s Your Uncle (Costas)!!!! The announcers on Fox have been saying “Redskins” as often as possible without any hint of embarrassment. Good for them. Denver up 7-Ø.

ExpressoBold on October 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Cowboys Fan reaction to loss

Ugly on October 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM

The Barrycade Redskins – Broncos doesn’t seem to be high scoring.

rbj on October 27, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Potomac Redskins – Denver Broncos:
……………………….7 – 7

ExpressoBold on October 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Jeeze o pete… the Jets are getting murdered (35-6).

CPT. Charles on October 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Ruh Roh Broncos fans! Potomac Redskins: 21 Denver Broncos: 7
.
Early in the third quarter.

ExpressoBold on October 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Drew Brees, 5 TDs.

Oh yeah…DA RAIDAZ!

Black & Gold in Da Super Bowl!

Christien on October 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Wow-the Oakland QB has more rushing yards than the entire Steelers team combined, despite having a QB rating (so far) of 32.8

Del Dolemonte on October 27, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Stick a fork in the Jets… they’re done (49-9).

CPT. Charles on October 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Potomac Redskins collapsing in the 4th quarter…

ExpressoBold on October 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Congrats to QBs Tom Brady and Drew Brees, who both passed Fran Tarkenton today for alltime career touchdowns. Both are now tied for 4th place at 343 TDs; the next man to catch is Dan Marino with 420.

The Patriots also tied the Oakland Raiders for most regular-season wins among the original 8 AFC teams ((432) but Oakland will likely retake the lead shortly with a win over Pittsburgh.

Del Dolemonte on October 27, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Steelers about to lose. Oh well, I lost my passion for them when Rooney fell into a deep man crush with O”turdboy. Hope they lose every remaining game, and fire that coach of theirs that came in and rode Cowher’s coattails. He’s running a hip-hop sideline. Fist bumping, chest bumping. I was on board at the beginning, but he sucks. Keep on pickin em, Ed.

msupertas on October 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Day-um. Broncos just having fun with the Maryland Redskins.

rbj on October 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Poor Ed.

gerrym51 on October 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Got my sweats on, cup of hot chocolate and snuggled under quilt. Here’s hoping the Vikings shock pretty much everybody.

gophergirl on October 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Tweet from The Onion:

Packers Warm Up By Rolling Around On Field Clutching Knees

Del Dolemonte on October 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

I wouldn’t blame the British for withdrawing their ambassador over the NFL sending them that dog of a game.

WannabeAnglican on October 27, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Got my sweats on, cup of hot chocolate and snuggled under quilt. Here’s hoping the Vikings shock pretty much everybody.

if they win it will shock me.!

gerrym51 on October 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Hey Ed,

how about some smiley icons on this website.

gerrym51 on October 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Yeeeees! The Stoolers lose to the Raiduh’s AGAIN and my Ravens stay a game ahead.

ManWithNoName on October 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

The Raiders definitely have the best fullback under center in the NFL.

Chiefs got away with one after trying very hard to give it away.

Stafford didn’t listen when everyone said the game was done with 55 seconds left. I wonder if this will be another “moral victory” for Jerry Jones. At least Romo didn’t throw this one away with interceptions.

Freelancer on October 28, 2013 at 10:51 PM