NFL Quick Pick: Complete Week Eight Schedule, Vegas Lines, Stats, VAVEL Picks

NFL Quick Pick: Complete Week Eight Schedule, Vegas Lines, Stats, VAVEL Picks

6-0 Green Bay Packers at 6-0 Denver Broncos is the spotlight game for Week 8 of the NFL season.

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Harold Connett

It's Week 8 in the NFL and teams are beginning to reach the halfway point of their seasons. There have been many surprises and disappointments along the way.

The Carolina Panthers (6-0) and Atlanta Falcons (6-1) lead the way as surprises in the NFL. The NFC South was the weakest division last season as the Panthers won a division title with a 7-9 record. Their turnarounds have been quick and dramatic.

The downturn of the NFC West, the league's toughest division in 2014, has been eye-opening as both the San Francisco 49ers (2-5) and Seattle Seahawks (3-4) have been struggling to stay out of the division's cellar.

NFL Week 8 Schedule (Byes:  Bills, Eagles, Jaguars, Redskins)
Thursday, October 29 Time (EDT) TV Line (Westgate Superbook)
Dolphins (3-3) @ Patriots (6-0) 8:25 PM CBS/NFL Network Patriots -7.5
Sunday, November 1 Time (EDT) TV Line (Westgate Superbook)
Lions (1-6) - Chiefs (2-5) @ London 9:30 AM FOX Chiefs -4.5
Buccaneers (2-4) @ Falcons (6-1) 1:00 PM FOX Falcons -7
Cardinals (5-2) @ Browns (2-5) 1:00 PM FOX Cardinals -4.5
49ers (2-5) @ Rams (3-3) 1:00 PM FOX Rams -8.5
Giants (4-3) @ Saints (3-4) 1:00 PM FOX Saints -3
Vikings (4-2) @ Bears (2-4) 1:00 PM FOX Vikings -1
Chargers (2-5) @ Ravens (1-6) 1:00 PM  CBS Ravens -3.5
Bengals (6-0) @ Steelers (4-3) 1:00 PM CBS Bengals -1
Titans (1-5) @ Texans (2-5) 1:00 PM CBS OFF
Jets (4-2) @ Raiders (3-3) 4:05 PM CBS Jets -1.5
Seahawks (3-4) @ Cowboys (2-4) 4:25 PM FOX Seahawks -6
Packers (6-0) @ Broncos (6-0) 6:30 PM NBC Packers -3
Monday, November 2 Time (EDT) TV  
Colts (3-4) @ Panthers (6-0) 6:30 PM ESPN Panthers -7

Spotlight Game:

Green Bay Packers - Denver Broncos

Two 6-0 teams meet on Sunday Night Football in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXII, the Broncos first championship team. The Broncos will have a bittersweet night on Sunday as they celebrate that Super Bowl winning team at halftime, as well as inducting ailing owner Pat Bowlen into the Broncos' Ring of Fame. Bowlen is suffering from Alzheimer disease.

The Packers enter the game with the league's eighth ranked running game. Leaning on running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks, the Packers have turned to the run game to make up for the loss of wide receiver Jordy Nelson, a key target for Aaron Rodgers in the passing game.

The Broncos have the top defense in the NFL but have one of the worst offenses. Peyton Manning is clearly not comfortable in the new Kubiak offense that emphasizes bootleg passes and the running game. Neither one has been effective. Coming off the bye week, it is hoped that the Broncos will debut a more effective offensive attack to go along with their shutdown defense.

Stats:

League Leaders
Passing Team Yards Tackles Team Total
Philip Rivers SD 2,452 D'Qwell Jackson IND 79
Rushing     Sacks    
Devonta Freeman ATL 621 Michael Bennett SEA 6.5
      Carlos Dunlap CIN 6.5
      Chandler Jones NE 6.5
Receiving     Interceptions    
DeAndre Hopkins HOU 776 Mike Adams IND 4
      Josh Norman CAR 4
      Charles Woodson OAK 4

Team Leaders

Offense YPG Defense YPG
Total Offense   Total Defense  
San Diego Chargers 430.7 Denver Broncos 281.3
Passing   Passing  
San Diego Chargers 343.6 Denver Broncos 192.2
Rushing   Rushing  
Carolina Panthers 144.7 New York Jets 71.5

All stats via nfl.com

VAVEL NFL Writers Picks

  Eastern Barratt Zevchik Connett Alberto Wahlgren Boal Williams Bagay Bowen
MIA @ NE NE NE NE NE NE NE MIA NE NE MIA
DET @ KC KC KC DET KC KC KC DET KC KC DET
TB @ ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL
ARI @ CLE ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI
SF @ STL STL STL STL STL STL STL STL STL STL STL
NYG @ NO NYG NYG NYG NO NO NO NO NYG NO NYG
MIN @ CHI MIN CHI MIN CHI MIN MIN MIN MIN CHI MIN
SD @ BAL BAL SD BAL BAL SD BAL BAL BAL BAL SD
CIN @ PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT CIN  CIN PIT PIT CIN CIN
TEN @ HOU TEN TEN TEN HOU TEN HOU HOU HOU TEN TEN
NYJ @ OAK NYJ NYJ NYJ OAK NYJ OAK NYJ OAK OAK NYJ
SEA @ DAL SEA SEA SEA SEA DAL SEA SEA DAL SEA SEA
GB @ DEN GB GB GB DEN GB GB DEN GB GB GB
IND @ CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR
Last Week 10-4 10-4 10-4 10-4 8-6 7-7 9-5 8-6 9-5 9-5
This Week 8-6 6-8 7-7 11-3 8-6 12-2 9-5 9-5 10-4 6-8
Overall 80-39 73-46 74-45 77-42 73-46 76-43 72-47 72-47 72-47 68-51
  Buckley Taylor Blakely Hunsicker #Graham *Evans *Frank *Huff **Tall +White
MIA @ NE NE NE NE NE NE NE MIA NE NE NE
DET @ KC DET KC KC KC DET KC KC KC DET KC
TB @ ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL ATL
ARI @ CLE ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI
SF @ STL STL STL STL STL STL STL STL STL STL STL
NYG @ NO NYG NO NO NO NO NYG NO NO NYG NO
MIN @ CHI MIN MIN MIN CHI MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN
SD @ BAL BAL SD BAL BAL SD SD SD BAL BAL SD
CIN @ PIT PIT CIN PIT PIT CIN CIN PIT CIN PIT CIN
TEN @ HOU TEN TEN TEN HOU TEN HOU HOU TEN HOU TEN
NYJ @ OAK OAK OAK OAK OAK NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ
SEA @ DAL SEA DAL SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA
GB @ DEN GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB DEN GB
IND @ CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR IND
Last Week 10-4 7-7 9-5 8-6 6-7 8-6 10-4 8-6 10-4 8-6
This Week 8-6 9-5 10-4 10-4 8-6 9-5 8-6 10-4 9-5 8-6
Overall 70-49 71-48 71-48 66-53 67-36 65-39 64-40 57-47 51-35 45-27

Pick in BOLD denotes a correct pick.  *Did not pick in Week 1.  **Did not pick in Week 1 and Week 3.  +Did not pick in Week 1-3.  #Did not pick in Week 6.

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