NFL Pick Six: Look for the Denver Broncos to Bounce Back


The Denver Broncos are back home this week and the Know It All Football writers are back after a week off for another edition of “NFL Pick Six.”

Heading into the meat of Week 8, college football guru Ryan Osbahr is dropping his NFL knowledge on the rest of the writers with an 18-6 record this season. Dane Marvin is right behind him at 14-10 while Michael Augustine and J.P. Scott are pulling up the rear on the losing side of things with records of 11-13 and 13-18 respectively.

Let’s see how the guys think Week 8’s juiciest matchups are going to shake out!


Dolphins at Patriots – I can’t fault Miami for losing its third straight game to the Bills, who are much better than their record indicates. But will the Dolphins’ slide continue? Will this Miami team more closely resemble the one that beat the Colts at Indy or the one that got housed in New Orleans? I say the latter, despite an ever-weakening Patriots defense. Pick: Patriots

Cowboys at Lions – The Lions lost a heartbreaker at home last weekend to a borderline elite team. The Cowboys won on the road against a banged up pretender with no home field advantage of which to speak. The Lions need this one more and they’re still at home. Pick: Lions

Giants at Eagles – The Giants got their first win but let’s face it, it was not pretty. Hillis may have outrushed Peterson but he didn’t even crack 40 yards. Manning’s receivers are hapless. As for Philly, no one was less surprised that Nick Foles wasn’t “the man” than I, for his two career wins have both come against the Buccaneers. But it looks like Vick will play, so I like that ridiculous 9-game home losing streak to finally come to an end. Pick: Eagles

Redskins at Broncos – What will the temperature be at game time? Talk of Peyton’s ability to handle cold weather football has begun once again, but it’s premature. The Redskins got a nice win last weekend, but who knows if they would have gotten it without the loss of Cutler and Tillman to injury. In short, they are going to be too overmatched on the road in Denver (unless Peyton goes down and Brock Osweiler sees the field). Pick: Broncos

Jets at Bengals – The Jets really surprised me last weekend but the Bengals surprised me even more. I like the home team in this one because the Jets don’t have an A.J. Green. If, by chance, the Jets happen to draft or sign some weapons for Geno Smith in the coming year, they could cause a lot of trouble in the AFC. Pick: Bengals

Steelers at Raiders – The Steelers are on a bit of a roll with a whopping two-game win streak. The Raiders may have only two wins but they have hung with some quality teams and have beaten a better team than Pittsburgh (San Diego). I usually go with the home team in this scenario, but I’ve gone with the home team in all my other picks. Therefore, I like the Steelers to run it to three. Pick: Steelers


Dolphins at Patriots – Miami has come crashing back to earth the last few weeks. The Patriots, while decimated with injuries are finally starting to get it together on offense. Pats win big. Pick: Patriots

Cowboys at Lions – Cowboys have struggled on the road this season and Sunday will be no different. The win over the Eagles in Philadelphia was big, but the Eagles are mess. There is no team in the league that is as up and down as Dallas and that will continue this week. Pick: Lions

Giants at Eagles – A lot of this game depends on the health of Mike Vick. I don’t see a possible way that the Eagles can win this game with Matt Barkley behind center after the way he looked last week. This one will be close, but give me the New York football Giants. Pick: Giants

Redskins at Broncos – Just when it looks like the Redskins have got the corner turned, they have to travel across the country and face a wounded and re-focused Denver team. I don’t think RG3 has enough magic to pull off this upset. Pick: Broncos

Jets at Bengals – This matchup is a lot better than most expected at the beginning of the season. The Jets have been playing some great football and are coming off a big win. Unfortunately for them, they are going up against a very confident Bengals squad that is not only undefeated at home this season, they are on an impressive 3 game win streak. That continues. Pick: Bengals

Steelers at Raiders – While I typically tend to favor the home teams, and it’s hard to argue that The Raiders have one of the better home field advantages in the league…. my gut tells me The Steelers have enough to take care of business on the road here. Pick: Steelers


Dolphins at Patriots – The Pats are reeling from a tough division loss and are heading back home for redemption. No way New England loses this at home, especially to a slumping Miami team. Pick: Patriots

Cowboys at Lions – The Lions should be able to stymie what the Cowboys do best at this point, which is pass. Even if DeMarco Murray plays, it’s doubtful he’ll make much of an impact. Detroit’s offense should benefit from the absence of DeMarcus Ware to take this one. Pick: Lions

Giants at Eagles – The Giants finally got themselves a win, coming against a team just as pitiful. The Eagles have been disappointing this year but not so much so as to lose at home to the G-Men. As much as I want to think that New York can ride the ‘momentum’ of last week’s win, the team is nowhere near together enough to defeat a much better Philly squad. Pick: Eagles

Redskins at Broncos – Word is that Peyton Manning is still sore from the hit he took in Indy during his Sunday night return to Lucas Oil Stadium. He looked rattled, but still managed the offense pretty well. This one has some makings of a major upset, but barring a hit that could take Manning out of the game; I don’t think Washington can hang, especially with that putrid defense. Pick: Broncos

Jets at Bengals – Can the Jets win two games in a row this year? After a hard-fought victory over the depleted Patriots, New York is sitting pretty at 4-3. The problem is Cincinnati’s defense will give Geno Smith all the trouble he can handle and more. If the Jets can run on them, I see them sneaking out in a close one. However, if the Jets’ defense can’t control the (at times) explosive Bengals’ offense, they might not be able to keep up. Pick: Jets

Steelers at Raiders – Pittsburgh is on a roll and may have uncovered new found motivation to compete in an inconsistent division. Oakland has shown flashes of improvement all year and both teams are pretty evenly matched, especially on defense. Yet Pittsburgh has the more powerful offensive weapons and should keep the Raiders in check all day. This one should be a good game. Pick: Steelers


Dolphins at Patriots – The Patriots rarely lose two games in a row, especially when the second game is at home. Yes, the defense is depleted, but these are the times historically when no-name guys in New England step up and play like Pro Bowlers. Add in the continued evolution of this young offense and the return of Rob Gronkowski and this one could get ugly. Pick: Patriots

Cowboys at Lions – It’s shootout city in the Motor City this weekend, as two of the game’s classic gunslingers square off. Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo will put plenty of points on the board, but in the end, Dallas’ lack of a running game with be the difference in this one. Pick: Lions

Giants at Eagles – If any quarterback not named Josh Freeman were playing for the Vikings Monday Night; the Giants would be 0-7 right now. The Giants are still a mess and don’t have what it takes to go into Philly and get a win, regardless of who is taking snaps for the Eagles. Pick: Eagles

Redskins at Broncos – This one will be close. RGIII is starting to get it together, largely due to the emergence of tight end Jordan Reed. Denver got punched in the mouth last week and proved they are human, but Peyton Manning is too much of a professional to let his team lose focus. Washington’s defense will cost them the victory in the one. Pick: Broncos

Jets at Bengals – I don’t see the close game that others see in this one. The Jets have been able to win and keep games close due to matchups. The problem is there isn’t a single spot on the field where the Jets match up well against the Bengals. Andy Dalton has the Cincinnati offense humming with too many weapons for Rex Ryan’s group to account for. I like Cincy BIG. Pick: Bengals

Steelers at Raiders – The Raiders played tough against the Chiefs two weeks ago in arguably the NFL’s toughest stadium (Arrowhead). Now the return home after a bye, rested and focused. The Steelers come to town riding a two-game win streak, but now they travel across country to take on a team that has been preparing for them for two weeks. The 2013 Steelers are not talented enough to overcome that. Pick: Raiders




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