Joe-Pinions: Sports

4 Nov 2010 – NFL Pick ’em, Week 8 Results

Posted in Football (NFL) by txtmstrjoe on 04/11/2010

Week 8 results:

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins:  Miami beat Cincinnati, 22-14, which means I got this pick RIGHT.  The Dolphins’ kicker Dan Carpenter hit five FGs for the second game in succession, and running back Ricky Williams added a rushing touchdown, to keep the team undefeated on the road so far.  In contrast, the Bengals look like a team that is increasingly in turmoil as the season marches inexorably on.  Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer missed twenty one of his thirty eight passes and gained a paltry 156yds through the air.  For a man with a hitherto solid reputation as a productive and accurate passer, as well as two much-ballyhooed wide receivers (Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens) as primary targets, Palmer’s performance was particularly miserable.

Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks:  I got this pick WRONG by thinking the Raiders were set for a let-down after their mile-high beat-down of their archrivals, the Denver Broncos, the previous week.  The Raiders played another great game, this time at home, with quarterback Jason Campbell topping the 300yd passing mark (with 310yds and 2TD) and running back Darren McFadden gaining 111yds on the ground.  Combined with a great defensive performance (they allowed only 162 total yds and got eight sacks!), the Raiders look to be on the rise.  In contrast, the Seahawks still can’t win on the road.

New Orleans Saints vs. Pittsburgh Steelers:  This was a big win for the Saints, and I got this pick RIGHT.  Saints quarterback Drew Brees had an early interception, but completed all but two of the rest of his passes, leading the defending champions to a 20-10 victory over the mighty Steelers.  The Steelers could only muster one touchdown, a run-in by running back Rashard Mendenhall.  The Saints defense did a good job to limit the Steelers to 279 total yds, more than living up to their undersold reputation (the Saints defense is one of the NFL’s best).

San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos:  The 49ers won in London in a flyaway “home” game, a pick I got RIGHT.  The 49ers had reserve quarterback Troy Smith take the start from injured incumbent starter Alex Smith (no relation).  Running back Frank Gore had another very strong game, and Troy Smith showed off his excellent mobility when he got flushed out of the pocket.  The Broncos, meanwhile, played a bit like the 49ers have been playing for most of this season, shooting themselves in the proverbial foot with drive-killing penalties and other mistakes despite a very efficient and productive game by quarterback Kyle Orton.  The Broncos did a good job keeping the 49ers off the scoreboard for most of the first half, but the defense could not hold San Francisco back for the entire game.  The 49ers took a two touchdown lead with around six minutes to go, but allowed Denver to score six points on a Orton pass to ex-49er Brandon Lloyd with 2:19 to go.  The 49ers had an inept final drive and punted back to Denver, but Orton threw a game-ending interception to cornerback Shawntae Spencer.


I went 3-1 this week, which brings my season total to 19-13.  The 49ers are on their bye week this weekend, so I will pick one extra game tomorrow to bring this week’s total back up to four games.

I’ll see you all tomorrow evening with this weekend’s picks!


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