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NFL Weekend with John Brockway

NFL Weekend with John Brockway


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WEEK 8 GAME PICKS

LAST WEEK: 8-6

SEASON RECORD: 66-38

TOP GAMES

PATRIOTS AT BILLS: THE PATS OFFENSE WILL LOOK TO USE THEIR TIGHT ENDS IN FAVORABLE MATCHUPS AND THEIR DEFENSE WILL FORCE TYROD TAYLOR TO STAY IN THE POCKET AND FORCE BUFFALO TO WIN WITH THE PASSING GAME. THE BILLS OFFENSE MUST FIND SOMEONE TO MAKE PLAYS IN THE PASSING GAME WHILE THEIR DEFENSE MUST PLAY STRONG IN THE RED ZONE AND FORCE FIELD GOALS INSTEAD OF TD’S. PICK: PATRIOTS 30-17

LIONS AT TEXANS: DETROIT’S OFFENSE NEEDS TO GET THEO RIDDICK AND ERIC EBRON IN MATCHUPS AGAINST LB’S AND THE DEFENSE NEEDS TO FORCE OSWEIELER TO HOLD THE BALL AND MAKE DECISIONS. THE HOUSTON OFFENSE NEEDS OSWEILER AND HIS WR’S TO GET ON THE SAME PAGE AND HAVE BETER TIMING WHILE THE DEFENSE NEEDS TO TACKLE WELL AND PREVENT LARGE YARDS AFTER CATCHES. PICK: LIONS 31-28

PACKERS AT FALCONS: GREEN BAY NEEDS THE OFFENSE TO BE BALANCED WITH A STRONG RUNNING GAME AND SHORT PASSING GAME WHILE THE DEFENSE WILL NEED THEIR BANGED UP SECONDARY TO LIMIT BIG PLAYS FROM JULIO JONES. ATLANTA NEEDS THE OFFENSE TO ATTACK DEEP AND THEIR DEFENSE TO KEEP GREEN BAY IN THIRD AND LONG TO LIMIT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR SHORT PLAYS. PICK: FALCONS 34-30

EAGLES AT COWBOYS: PHILLY’S OFFENSE NEEDS CARSON WENTZ TO PLAY MISTAKE-FREE FOOTBALL AND THE DEFENSE NEEDS TO MAKE EZEKIAL ELLIOT BOUNCE AROUND AND FIND HIS CUTS. THE DALLAS OFFENSE NEEDS DAK PRESCOTT TO PLAY WITH POISE AGAINST THE BLITZ AND THEIR DEFENSE TO PLAY TIGHT TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE AND MAKE THE EAGLES BEAT THEM WITH THROWS OVER THE TOP. PICK: COWBOYS 23-21

THE REST

REDSKINS AT BENGALS (IN LONDON) PICK: BENGALS 27-24

JETS AT BROWNS PICK: JETS 30-20

CHIEFS AT COLTS PICK: CHIEFS 31-27

RAIDERS AT BUCS PICK: RAIDERS 33-27

SEAHAWKS AT SAINTS PICK: SEAHAWKS 34-24

CARDINALS AT PANTHERS PICK: CARDINALS 35-27

CHARGERS AT BRONCOS PICK: BRONCOS 27-22

VIKINGS AT BEARS PICK: VIKINGS 26-19

IN THE NEWS

GIANTS RELEASE K JOSH BROWN; BROWN ISSUES STATEMENT CLAIMING HE WAS NEVER VIOLENT WITH HIS EX-WIFE

DOLPHINS RB ARIAN FOSTER RETIRES AFTER 7 1/2 SEASONS

DOLPHINS SIGN S BACCARI RAMBO

PATRIOTS ACQUIRE OLB KYLE VAN NOY AND SEVENTH-ROUND PICK FROM LIONS FOR SIXTH-ROUND PICK

BRONCOS ACQUIRE TE A.J. DERBY FROM PATRIOTS FOR FIFTH-ROUND PICK

BEARS RELEASE RB JOIQUE BELL

SEAHAWKS RELEASE RB C.J. SPILLER

FALCONS SIGN RB STEVAN RIDLEY; RELEASE G MIKE PERSON AND LB A.J. HAWK

PACKERS WAIVE WR JARED ABBREDERIS WITH INJURY SETTLEMENT

49ERS WAIVE NT IAN WILLIAMS WITH INJURY SETTLEMENT

EXPECTED RETURNS

COWBOYS WR DEZ BRYANT (KNEE)

BEARS QB JAY CUTLER (THUMB)

BROWNS CB JOE HADEN (GROIN)

BROWNS QB JOSH MCCOWN (COLLARBONE)

BILLS NT MARCELL DAREUS (HAMSTRING)

SAINTS CB DELVIN BREAUX (LEG)

REDSKINS TE JORDAN REED (CONCUSSION)

LIONS TE ERIC EBRON (ANKLE/KNEE)

LIONS RB THEO RIDDICK (ANKLE)

LIONS RB DWAYNE WASHINGTON (ANKLE)

COLTS WR DONTE MONCRIEF (SHOULDER)

COLTS WR PHILLIP DORSETT (HAMSTRING)

CARDINALS WR JOHN BROWN (LEG)

BEARS RB JEREMY LANGFORD (ANKLE)

PANTHERS CB JAMES BRADBERRY (TOE)

PANTHERS DT VERNON BUTLER (ANKLE)

CHARGERS CB BRANDON FLOWERS (CONCUSSION)

INJURY REPORT
QUESTIONABLE

BILLS LT CORDY GLENN (ANKLE)

BILLS WR ROBERT WOODS (FOOT)

TEXANS RB LAMAR MILLER (SHOULDER)

CARDINALS WR MICHAEL FLOYD (HAMSTRING)

PACKERS WR RANDALL COBB (HAMSTRING)

REDSKINS CB JOSH NORMAN (CONCUSSION)

VIKINGS RB JERRICK MCKINNON (ANKLE)

VIKINGS WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON (CONCUSSION)

WEEK-TO-WEEK

BRONCOS RB C.J. ANDERSON (TORN MENISCUS; PLACED ON I.R.; COULD RETURN IN 8 WEEKS)

BILLS RB LESEAN MCCOY (HAMSTRING)

BILLS WR MARQUISE GOODWIN (CONCUSSION)

CHIEFS RB JAMAAL CHARLES (KNEES)

SEAHAWKS DL MICHAEL BENNETT (KNEE)

FALCONS RB TEVIN COLEMAN (HAMSTRING)

LIONS CB DARIUS SLAY (HAMSTRING)

REDSKINS RB MATT JONES (KNEE)

EAGLES NT BENNIE LOGAN (GROIN)

BROWNS QB CODY KESSLER (CONCUSSION)

CHARGERS CB CRAIG MAGER (CONCUSSION)

COLTS DE HENRY ANDERSON (KNEE)

COLTS DE KENDALL LANGFORD (KNEE)

49ERS OLB AARON LYNCH (HIGH-ANKLE SPRAIN)

49ERS CB RASHARD ROBINSON (SPRAINED MCL)

SAINTS CB STERLING MOORE (ABDOMEN)

JETS C NICK MANGOLD (FOOT)

TITANS CB PERRISH COX (CONCUSSION)

TITANS LG QUINTON SPAIN (HYPEREXTENDED KNEE/BONE BRUISE; OUT 3-4 WEEKS)

OUT FOR SEASON

JETS QB GENO SMITH (TORN ACL)

BEARS QB BRIAN HOYER (BROKEN ARM)

TEXANS RT DEREK NEWTON (TWO TORN PATELLAR TENDONS)

JAGUARS NT ROY MILLER (ACHILLES’)

CARDINALS WR JARON BROWN (TORN ACL)

EAGLES CB RON BROOKS (TORN QUAD)

CHARGERS DL CARAUN REID (TORN ACL)

BILLS S AARON WILLIAMS (HEAD/NECK)

POWER RANKINGS – THROUGH WEEK 7

TOP 5
1. PATRIOTS 6-1

2. VIKINGS 5-1

3. SEAHAWKS 4-1-1

4. COWBOYS 5-1

5. BRONCOS 5-2
BOTTOM 5
28. PANTHERS 1-5

29. JAGUARS 2-4

30. BEARS 1-6

31. 49ERS 1-6

32. BROWNS 0-7

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