Week 8 NFL Picks.

Hey Buster, How About an Otter Creek?

Hey Buster, How About an Otter Creek?

I’m up in Boston this weekend for the classic AFC East tilt between the Dolphins and the Patriots.  Back in the day, when Bledsoe and Marino were battling it out, these were some classic games and when Miami started strong this season it looked like they might challenge the Pats for divisional supremacy.  But, since that start the Dolphins have been playing like themselves and the Patriots have looked…well, a bit like the Dolphins at times.  You never want to write off a team like the Patriots, but if they don’t knock around the Dolphins at home, it’s a sure sign things have changed.

Week Eight Beer:  Otter Creek Hop Session Ale

The idea behind session beers is that they are something you can drink all day, or leisurely over the course of a game and not get too dinged up.  They’re for people who can’t stomach a Coors Light, but don’t want to churn through a six pack at 6 percent ABV.  Otter Creek a newer offering from the Middlebury, VT brewer checks in at a modest 4.25% ABV.  You’ll hardly feel a thing!  The beer is remarkably light, but I wasn’t all that impressed with the flavor.  A few seconds after my first sip, I couldn’t remember what it tasted like.

Am I Sorry I Didn’t Get Sierra:  Yes.

I suppose if you wanted to have six, it would be a decent choice, but not a great selection if you are savoring one after work. In related news, you may be offered one of these the next time you visit my apartment.

Rankings So Far:

  1. Heady Topper Double IPA
  2. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
  3. Shed IPA
  4. Bell’s Midwestern Pale Ale
  5. Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA
  6. Deschutes Brewery IPA
  7. Otter Creek Hop Session Ale
  8. Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA

Ok, let’s do this, we’re already a day late.

Kraft, Record: 22-12-1

Dallas (+3.5) over Detroit.  

Denver (-12.5) over Washington.  Bounce back.  Big Time.

New Orleans (-11) over Buffalo.  New Orleans comes back strong and Buffalo’s ridiculous run of covers with Thad Lewis must stop.

Pittsburgh (-2.5) over Oakland.  The Steelers won’t die.

Atlanta (+2.5) over Arizona.  Famous JK line, “Can they both lose?”

***

Big Dub, Record: 21-13-1

  1. Dallas (+3.5) over Detroit
  2. Cincinnati (-6.5) over New York Jets
  3. Oakland (+2.5) over Pittsburgh
  4. Arizona (-2.5) over Atlanta
  5. Seattle (-11) over St. Louis

***

DC, Record: 16-17-2

Detroit (-3.5) over Dallas.  I’m no big fan of Detroit, but Dallas winning two weeks in a row just seems wrong.

Miami (+6.5) over New England.  It feels like the right time for a small losing streak out of the Pats.  Miami keeps it close in the divisional standings.

Oakland (+2.5) over Pittsburgh.  For the second week in a row I reject the notion of Pittsburgh laying points.  Perhaps a letdown?

Green Bay (-9) over Minnesota.  Maybe Christian Ponder gets it now.  Or maybe he doesn’t and the Packers win by A LOT.

Seattle (-11) over St. Louis.  Seems like a really bad spot for the Rams.  You know, what with the whole Brett Favre thing.  My god, what a sad day for DA that Favre isn’t starting this week for the Rams.  Can you imagine?

***

Grossy, Record: 21-13-1

Atlanta (+2.5) over Arizona.  I’m just going to pretend that this is week one and we’re operating under the assumption that Atlanta is a far better team than the Cardinals.  Even with the Falcons banged up and tanking the season, the Cards don’t really strike me as a team that “takes care of business” at home.  Or the road, or anywhere really.  I’ll take a few points with Matt Ryan against Carson Daly.

Washington (+12.5) over Denver. I think the shine is a bit off Peyton’s forehead–if you know what I mean.  The Redskins can score points, RG3 is looking better and the Broncos aren’t a team I trust with big spreads.  Plus, isn’t there some type of Mike Shanannahan revenge factor?  That’s got to be good for a few points.  Standard backdoor cover.

Green Bay (-9) over Minnesota.  Is this game in London?  No?  The Vikings are purely bad news on this continent.  Especially when the turn the wheel back over to Christian Ponder who looks a lot like David Carr without the upside.  Green Bay is probably starting some guys from the local high school at WR, but it doesn’t matter.  This is a rout.

New England (-6.5) over Miami.  Going to be at the game, have a long-standing hatred of the Dolphins–it just feels like the right thing to do.  Pats have to have this one, should bounce back and beat Miami by two scores.  Stay tuned for Brady’s post-game wardrobe.

Seattle (-11+∞) over St. Louis.  When Brett Favre says no, you are at rock bottom.  Where do you go after that rejection?  Do you buzz your secretary and say, “Get me the number for Jeff Blake’s agent?”  I don’t know.  I don’t like to predict shutouts in the NFL, because you usually end up looking foolish, but really, how does St. Louis score here?  What unlikely series events must occur?

 ***

Nichols, Record: 16-19

  1. New Orleans (-11) over Buffalo
  2. Pittsburgh (-2.5) over Oakland
  3. Denver (-12.5) over Washington
  4. Green Bay (-9) over Minnesota
  5. Seattle (-11) over St. Louis

***

JCK, Record: 16-19-1

  1. New England (-6.5) over Miami
  2. Pittsburgh (-2.5) over Oakland
  3. Green Bay (-9) over Minnesota
  4. Dallas (+3.5) over Detroit

 

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6 thoughts on “Week 8 NFL Picks.

  1. If Seattle is going to score 14 points, they could have the courtesy to lose the game outright.

    really disappointing.

  2. Game really turned some weeks, too. I do hate those Seahawks.

    The impact on self-esteem will be posted tonight, I did manage to get the D.A. stuff up, which includes some spit and glue.

  3. It doesn’t make any sense. Seattle didn’t turn it over, the rams didn’t have any fluke plays such as a KO return for a TD or Punt return, Kellen Clemens at QB….if you told me all of that before the game, I’d take Seattle -24.5

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