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Kibbles and Picks 2020 - Week 8

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A pair of great weeks means that the standings remain the same.

I went 11-3 with my Week 7 picks. Unfortunately, so did Stella. This means that her lead stays at six games as we approach the season’s midway point. It’s also worth noting that the only games we got wrong for the entire week were the ones where we disagreed – we were both 8-0 in those contests.

We’ll see if that good luck can carry forward into Week 8. We once again differ on six of the week’s 14 games; maybe this time, I’ll be able to gain a little on her. Or maybe she extends her lead. Either way, here’s hoping there’s not another tie – be nice to see some movement one way or the other. Wish me luck – as usual, I probably need it.

Our kickoff is the week’s kickoff – Atlanta at Carolina. I’m picking the Panthers to win at home; Carolina has done a great job overcoming the loss of Christian McCaffery – I expect that to continue against an Atlanta squad that keeps finding new ways to lose games. Teddy Bridgewater will be able to move the ball against this defense. Stella thinks that the Falcons are just too dangerous on offense to write off here. She likes Matt Ryan to have a good day throwing the ball – she’s calling big games from both Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. She likes Atlanta here.

Eventually, I’ll stop being a homer, but we’re not there yet. I’m picking New England to beat Buffalo almost entirely because I can’t imagine the Pats losing four in a row. I mean, I can talk myself into the idea of the New England secondary forcing a couple of big turnovers by Josh Allen. If the Patriots can keep the score low and control the ball on offense, they’ll take down the Bills. Stella scoffs at my lack of rationality regarding the Patriots. She thinks Josh Allen might turn the ball over, but she also thinks that he’s going to go off for a couple of big plays with his arm and maybe with his legs. She thinks the Bills easily handle New England.

From there, we’re off to Detroit, where I have the Lions beating the Colts. While the Lions haven’t set the world on fire, there’s still a lot to like here. I’m thinking that D’Andre Swift had his breakout last week and is going to continue on an upward trajectory. That’ll allow things to open up for Matthew Stafford; I think Detroit moves the ball. Stella likes Indy to pull things out. It’s not that she has particularly strong feelings about any aspect of the team, but she does think they’re good enough across the board. They might not jump off the page, but they win – Stella thinks that trend continues.

Pittsburgh/Baltimore is probably the biggest matchup of Week 8. I like the Ravens to win at home. I just don’t think the Steelers defense has the answer for Lamar Jackson. While Baltimore’s running game hasn’t been as productive, the Ravens will still find a way to score plenty of points. Stella likes the Baltimore offense, but she thinks their defense is going to have trouble holding up against Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of Pittsburgh’s offense. She’s betting on T.J. Watt and the Steelers pass rush to force Jackson into some mistakes. Either way, we’re both expecting this to be a great game across the board.

In a game that promises to be profoundly … uninteresting, the Chargers are taking on the Broncos. I’m picking the Chargers because I like rookie QB Justin Herbert. Stella is picking the Broncos because she likes them at home. Neither one of us is invested in this game at all; they can’t all be winners.

And lastly, in the San Francisco/Seattle tilt, I’m picking the Seahawks to win at home. It’s easy enough – Russell Wilson is one of the best QBs in the league, his performance last week notwithstanding; we’re not going to see another three-pick day. D.K. Metcalf is one of the most physically impressive skill players in the league. The defense is a little creaky, but they’ll make it work. Stella likes the 49ers to put it together against Seattle; she thinks their thorough dismantling of the Patriots last week has them riding high. Their offensive scheming should counteract the Seattle secondary. This is another one that has a chance to be a really good game either way.

And there it is. Week 8. Here’s hoping that this is the one where I at least start to make a dent in Stella’s lead.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN’S PICKS

Thursday, Oct. 29

Atlanta at CAROLINA

Sunday, Nov. 1

NEW ENGLAND at Buffalo

TENNESSEE at Cincinnati

Las Vegas at CLEVELAND

Indianapolis at DETROIT

Minnesota at GREEN BAY

NY Jets at KANSAS CITY

LA RAMS at Miami

Pittsburgh at BALTIMORE

LA CHARGERS at Denver

NEW ORLEANS at Chicago

San Francisco at SEATTLE

Dallas at PHILADELPHIA

Monday, Nov. 2

TAMPA BAY at NY Giants

Week 7 record: 11-3

Season record: 65-39-1

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STELLA’S PICKS

Thursday, Oct. 29

ATLANTA at Carolina

Sunday, Nov. 1

New England at BUFFALO

TENNESSEE at Cincinnati

Las Vegas at CLEVELAND

INDIANAPOLIS at Detroit

Minnesota at GREEN BAY

NY Jets at KANSAS CITY

LA RAMS at Miami

PITTSBURGH at Baltimore

LA Chargers at DENVER

NEW ORLEANS at Chicago

SAN FRANCISCO at Seattle

Dallas at PHILADELPHIA

Monday, Nov. 2

TAMPA BAY at NY Giants

Week 7 record: 11-3

Season record: 71-33-1

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