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Friday, October 27, 2006

NFL Week 8 Picks


*At least all those dumb Monday night football commercials that air everyday telling me how long till the next game have the Patriots in them this week. But the inevitable truth is, eventually they will go back to just pissing me off. The good news is, one of my favorite aspects of the NFL came back in full force this week. After being muzzled by his coach, and limping out to his worst start in recent memory (30 catches / 373 yards / 1 TD), Bengals WR Chad Johnson announced that "I'm back", and better than ever. Not only did Johnson guarantee that he would score more than once against Falcons DB DeAngelo "Falls" (the two are good friends), he even offered to pay for T.J Housmandzadeh's fine after the two celebrate together in the aftermath. Topping that, Johnson asked that the press refer to him from now on as "Ocho Cinco" in order to properly celebrate the NFL's Spanish heritage month. And just to finish up, he asked reporters if they had seen the new dollar bills, because according to him, they now have his picture on them. Oh man. I tell ya, I never get sick of this guy and I hope he does come back and start scoring and dancing again. So long as I'm not playing against him in fantasy that given week. But now onto the more pressing matter, my picks for week 8. I couldn't help but notice that I picked 3 out of the 4 NFC South teams to win this week (and the Colts are the lone AFC team I picked minus Monday night). I'll admit it's one of my favorite divisions, but believe me, picking 3 of them this week wasn't intentional. However, I picked that conference as the strongest before the season began (narrowly ahead of the NFC East), so maybe they will reward me by covering all 3 matchups I picked and guaranteeing me a winning week. And of course here's to hoping my Pat's don't let me down on Monday night in what I've dubbed the "Bethel Johnson Bowl"...*

Week 8 Picks

Atlanta Falcons (+3.5) @ Cincinnati Bengals
New Orleans Saints (-1.5) vs Baltimore Ravens
St. Louis Rams (+9.5) @ San Diego Chargers
Indianapolis Colts (+3) @ Denver Broncos
Carolina Panthers (-4.5) vs Dallas Cowboys

Monday Night
New England Patriots (-1.5) @ Minnesota Vikings

Last Week: 4-1-1

2006 Season: 23-15-5 (.605)

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