Sizzling matchups all around in Week 8 ...
One underrated showdown that really excites me: Jets at Raiders, which features a spectacular uni matchup with AFL overtones, history and (suddenly) current relevance.
Now that's some serious analysis.
Below, you'll find my thoughts on that matchup -- and every other one in Week 8. As always, let me know your take: @HarrisonNFL is the place. Uni talk is cool, too.
Now, let's get to it!
Elliot Harrison went 9-5 on his predictions for Week 7, giving him a record of 64-41 so far this season. How will he fare in Week 8? His picks are below.
OK, back to 2015. Kansas City could win this game based on a pass rush that will make Matthew Stafford uncomfortable. Given that Detroit has no ground attack ( 68 yards per game -- dead last) to keep K.C. honest, protecting Stafford will be difficult. Still, thinkin' the change at OC helps Stafford and Co. when it comes to the general game plan. #DETvsKC
The Browns need a win, as their next two games are at Cincinnati and at Pittsburgh. Cleveland needs to keep Carson Palmer in check to stay in this one. The Browns' run defense is worst in the league, but if they can limit the home runs to John Brown and intermediate routes to Larry Fitzgerald, CJrejuvenatedK and Andre Ellington won't beat them all by themselves. #AZvsCLE
[Insert Oh what a difference a year makes lazy-brained line here.]
The 2015 Chargers can't run the ball, even though they spent a first-round pick on Melvin Gordon. Over the last two weeks, Mike McCoy has dialed up 127 pass plays versus 42 runs. That's throwing the ball 75 percent of the time. Unfortunately for the Ravens, if ever there was a team to throw the ball on, they are it.
Oh boy, is this an interesting game. Well, for the five people -- outside of Tennessee and South Texas -- who are watching it. Those five people will see a Houston victory, as the team rebounds from the absolute embarrassment in Miami last week. Marcus Mariota returns to the lineup for Tennessee, but the reality is that he has looked quite rookie-ish since the spectacular performance in Week 1. Since posting a perfect 158.3 passer rating in his NFL debut, Mariota has seen that number steadily decline: 96.3 to 84.2 to 68.1 to 67.6. This is the week the allegedly-fierce Texans pass rush starts displaying what has thus far been merely hype (13 sacks in seven games). Oh, and Alfred Blue is going to get 20 carries, fantasy peeps. #TENvsHOU