NFL Picks Week 8
Each week, the Steelers Now staff is picking each NFL game.
Alan Saunders: 68-35
Parker Hurley: 62-41
Mike Asti: 60-43
Ron Lippock: 59-44
Mike Asti: 11-3
Parker Hurley: 10-4
Ron Lippock: 10-4
Alan Saunders: 11-3
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings
Asti: Vikings. Cousins is rolling and the Redskins are bad and banged up. That’s a recipe for disaster for Washington.
Saunders: Vikings, by a lot.
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
Saunders: Seahawks, I guess. Not feeling confident in a 1 p.m. Eastern.
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts
Saunders: Colts. Really can’t figure them out, but I guess I’ll start picking them.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans
Asti: Bucs. My pick is mostly for my distain of the very average Titans.
Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints
Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Rams in London
Asti: Rams. The Bengals are a great opponent for a struggling that offense with tons of talent.
Saunders: Rams in a jolly old beat-down.
Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills
Asti: Eagles. While the Eagles haven’t been all that impressive, the Bills have also yet to prove themselves.
Saunders: Bills? Eagles have been very unimpressive.
Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears
Asti: Bears. The Charges desperately need a win, but this Chicago defense salivates at the chance to feast on desperate teams.
Saunders: Bears defense might have to do it on their own, but I think they can.
New York Giants at Detroit Lions
Saunders: Lions are the far better team.
New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars
Saunders: Jaguars and the ghost of Minshew Mania will be more than enough to handle the sad-sack Jets.
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers
Saunders: 49ers might be the best team in the NFC.
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots
Asti: Patriots. I guarantee it.
Saunders: Patriots, guaranteed.
Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs
Asti: Packers. Green Bay’s edge comes by being much healthier.
Saunders: Packers are in much better shape right now.
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
Asti: Steelers. Pittsburgh couldn’t have asked for a better matchup coming out of the bye. The Steelers have their issues, aren’t healthy and are even dealing with drama, but the Dolphins are terrible in every aspect of the game. Nothing is a sure thing, but this is about as close as it gets. A Steelers loss and there’s no reason for fans to care about the rest of the season. Steelers, 30-10
Hurley: Steelers win but do not cover. We need to learn about who Mason Rudolph is in this game. With a bad pass rush and time off, Rudolph should have a big game. Steelers, 24-14
Lippock: Steelers over Miami – this will be closer than some think, but Pittsburgh still wins.
Saunders: Steelers. This is the rare game where the Dolphins actually have an incentive to win — or at least don’t have a disincentive to win — as they hold both teams’ first-round draft picks. So this one will just come down to talent, but the Steelers have more of that, too. Pittsburgh rolls, 35-17