The Week 8 picks are in ... and we just missed out on getting a chance to see the top two teams in our NFL Power Rankings face off on Thursday. That's right: Until Week 7, the Chargers were right behind the No. 1 Broncos. And they would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids.
Actually, it was the Chiefs' fault. Regardless, we got some positive feedback on our weekly Tuesday accounting of the NFL pecking order, as per usual.
Not sure I totally understand the tweet; I just want to know if I am #KillingYou softly.
As for the rest of the teams, take a gander below. And, as always, feel free to share your take ... @HarrisonNFL is the place.
Now, let's get to it!
Elliot Harrison went 10-5 on his predictions for Week 7, giving him a record of 66-39-1 so far this season. How will he fare in Week 8? His picks are below.
A loss puts Cincinnati two games behind Baltimore in the AFC North with no more head-to-head matchups left. It would also mire the Bengals in a four-game non-winning streak. (Ties complicate writing, huh? Who says "non-winning" streak, anyway?) Cincinnati's defense has allowed a whopping 480.7 yards per game over its past three. The tide has to turn -- right? And Ravens running back Justin Forsett can't keep running like Tony Dorsett -- right? #BALvsCIN
On the flip side, Blake Bortles has struggled. My rookie quarterback Power Rankings thus far:
1) Derek Carr
4) Logan Thomas
Can Bortles help the host Jaguars string together a two-game winning streak? Yes, if he avoids turnovers. Simply put, Bortles has been a giveaway machine, throwing 10 picks in five games. Jacksonville's defense has done its part over the past two weeks, allowing opponents to register a mere 278 yards per game and a 22.6 percent success rate on third and fourth downs. That's strong. #MIAvsJAX
As far as Chicago's quarterback, we mentioned in our latest NFL Power Rankings how inconsistent his play has been. "Too bad he has no good receivers to throw to," quips NFL researcher @ChristensenDrew. Take a look at some of the numbers my boy Drew pulled up: On passes that travel less than 15 yards in the air, Cutler has a completion percentage of 75.3, a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 13:2 and a passer rating of 108.3. On passes that travel 15 yards in the air or more, his completion percentage is 31.3, his TD:INT ratio is 1:5 and his passer rating is 35.8.
Yeah, so, uh, going with New England here. #CHIvsNE
I do, however, watch Arian Foster -- and marvel that more people aren't taking notice of the season he's having. Call it The DeMarco Effect. Apparently, everyone's favorite vegan-for-a-year has been envisioning bacon in the second level of opposing defenses; Foster has rushed for 100 yards in five of six games. Since their Week 1 shocker in Arrowhead, meanwhile, the Titans have scored more than 17 points just once. #KenWhisen-punt? #HOUvsTEN
Ellington is on pace for 1,048 rushing yards, which would make him the third Cardinal since Y2K to cross the 1,000-yard threshold. The Eagles' run game has, for the most part, fallen victim to injuries up front, though 203 yards against the Giants in Week 6 was a hopeful sign. Nick Foles, meanwhile, has been victimized by general suckage. From Week 4 to Week 6, he completed just 57.9 percent of his passes and threw more picks than touchdowns. #Sub70PasserRating #PHIvsAZ
Methinks Brian Hoyer a) won't throw 40 passes again like he did in Cleveland's loss to the Jags last week and b) will actually average more than 5 yards per attempt. A win here for Hoyer will give him seven in his first 10 starts with the Browns, tying him with Tommy O'Connell for the fourth-best record through that many starts in franchise history. O'Connell, as I'm sure you all know, was Cleveland's quarterback when the team lost the 1957 NFL Championship. Otto Graham started 8-2, by the way. #OAKvsCLE
Kidding. Andrew Luck has been simply outstanding for his team, as well as for all of your fantasy teams. (Why couldn't he do this for my team, Plantar Smashiitis, last year? Oh well.) Consider that in his past five games, Luck is 5-0 with a 67 percent completion rate, 357.8 passing yards per game, a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 14:4 and a passer rating of 106.5. Those numbers = sexytime. Speaking of, the Steelers will be facing their second premier NFL beard after topping Ryan Fitzpatrick's Texans on Monday. I've emailed Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau -- and hit him up on LinkedIn -- imploring him to add "Witness" to his film study of Amish grooming habits. Can LeBeau's unit force three turnovers again? For the record, the Steelers forced three-plus turnovers in consecutive games once last year and once the year before. They'll need to repeat that feat Sunday to have a chance. #INDvsPIT
What once seemed like a possible postseason preview will feel like a playoff in the here and now for the Saints, given their situation. But despite their home-field advantage, they'll ultimately fall prey to the power of Aaron Rodgers. Do people realize he has 18 touchdowns against one interception? His passer rating is 117.3. ... Shouldn't he be mentioned prominently in the MVP discussion? (@HarrisonNFL) #GBvsNO
Washington's run game hasn't been reliable, either, as Alfred Morris simply hasn't been breaking tackles like normal. He's hovering around 60 yards per game and 3.8 per carry. DeMarco Murray is more than doubling that game yardage. As for Tony Romo? No. 9 is straight dealin' for the host Cowboys. #WASvsDAL