After a mediocre record last week, I will try to return to prominence once again in making these picks straight up rather the tough way, against the spread. I'll Pick & Pan the Ravens/Bengals game in tomorrow's posting. So here goes:
(More on "NFL Picks & Pans: Week 8" after the 'Jump')
49ers over Titans: Fresh off of their first win shouldn't matter for Tennessee, as SF is looking to get back on track. Both teams have good running games, but SF's run defense is much better than the Titans and gets the nod.
Giants over Chargers: Great game and a very important one for both teams. However, after three straight losses, New York can least afford another home loss while San Diego, win or lose, might actually catch the Denver again.
Broncos over Steelers (Monday night): Accuse me of thinking with my heart and I'm guilty as charged. However, despite their flat showing in Baltimore last week, the Broncos have been real tough at home and as good as Pittsburgh has been, they do not seem unbeatable when they're on the road, as evidenced by bad losses at Chicago and Cincinnati. Thus the Broncos are my 'Upset Special Pick of the Week!'
Last week: 8-5
Season record: 82-34