It is already Week 8 of the NFL season, and it feels good doesn't it?
Normally, we as Kansas City Chiefs fans are already looking ahead to the draft, wondering who the team can draft with a top-10 pick. This season? Nothing matters except for the next Sunday, which seems to always be too far away.
Kansas City finds itself 7-0 and with two more games before the bye week. After that, the Chiefs face some team that has a loss. Ho-hum. Before that matchup though, Andy Reid and the boys welcome in the Cleveland Browns, who are losers of two straight and holders of a 3-4 overall mark.
So, do the Chiefs get halfway through their season undefeated?
As always, all of the lines below are from Oddsshark.com.
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-9)
Cleveland has a solid defense led by corner Joe Haden and a front seven including Jabaal Sheard, Phil Taylor, Barkevious Mingo and Paul Kruger. The Browns will not make it easy to have a breakout offensive performance, but then again the Chiefs likely will not need one.
Jason Campbell is starting this game for Cleveland, and he's pretty bad. I'm not looking for a blowout in this one, but Kansas City should win.
Pick: Kansas City 20, Cleveland 6
Matt Conner: Chiefs 17, Browns 3
I think the Chiefs defense feasts once again (no reason to believe otherwise), but the Browns' defense is better than most people think. Could be a bit closer than this.
NJChiefsFan: Chiefs 24, Browns 0
The Chiefs' defense gets their first shutout of the season and it's about time.
KaloPhoenix: Chiefs 23, Browns 14
Jason Campbell gets some yardage with his feet and hooks up with Josh Gordon for a score. He also tosses a couple bad picks that set the offense up in good positions. Browns D is pretty darn good, but not good enough to overcome the turnovers.
Chris Thorman: Chiefs 27, Browns 10
The Browns will get a couple of scores but Jason Campbell will have at least three turnovers in a Browns' loss.
MNChiefsFan: Chiefs 27, Browns 6
The Browns offense against our defense is one of the more unfair matchups of this season. I don't anticipate the force of nature that is Jason Campbell doing anything against our defense. On offense, I expect to see us build on some positive things we did against a superior Texans defense. We roll to 8-0, and the target on our back gets bigger.
Now, back to Matt Verderame for the rest of the Week 8 picks:
Carolina Panthers (-6.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This game is a primetime contest? Luckily, the Bucs fans can go back to enjoying their Sunday this week. Carolina has a good defense but has no ability to move the football despite having some decent playmakers. In other words, pass the clicker.
Pick: Carolina 23, Tampa Bay 13
Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (-3)
This is phenomenal. Jason Garrett vs, Jim Schwartz in an epic duel of two awful coaches. Even better, this bad boy pits two teams that constantly shoot themselves in the football against each other. All in all, Dallas is playing better football at the moment.
Pick: Dallas 28, Detroit 27
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
Honestly, is the NFL trying to murder football internationally? If you are the Jaguars, do you just call the league office and say "The hell with it. We're not winning anyway and that plane flight is brutal. Give us the loss and some free miles on our points card?" The answer is yes.
Pick: San Francisco 31, Jacksonville 6
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-7)
In case you have not seen the Dolphins play this season, this is a fans' reaction to seeing their offensive line. Brutal stuff. Miami has allowed 26 sacks this year, on pace to break the all-time record. Can you imagine this group against Kansas City?
Pick: New England 31, Miami 20
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (-12)
Buffalo has been better than expected with Thad Lewis running the show, but this is not a good spot for those boys. New Orleans is at home, coming off a bye week, after a brutal loss. Good luck.
Pick: New Orleans 38, Buffalo 23
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-5)
New York finally won a game on Monday, but the victory was about as inspiring as this. The Giants are absolutely terrible, and although the Eagles are no dynamo, they should be able to pull it off at home. What better time to snap that pesky nine-game home losing streak?
Pick: Philadelphia 30, New York 24
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (-7)
This is a very intriguing game. The Jets are better than expected, but the Bengals are no walkover and could take a stranglehold on the AFC North with another victory. In a game with two excellent defenses, it should be decided on who makes the big mistake first.
Pick: Cincinnati 16, New York 10
Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders
Pittsburgh suddenly looks like a football team, while the Raiders are not atrocious. Still, it is tough to pick Oakland against a Steelers team that believes it can win their division (although it won't). Should be a fun game, with lots of points being put up.
Pick: Pittsburgh 34, Oakland 27
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)
I can't believe the NFL has the nerve to put this on television. Atlanta had trouble closing out the dumpster fire that is the Buccaneers at home last week, and the Cardinals might be the most uninteresting team in football. I would rather watch this any day.
Pick: Arizona 22, Atlanta 20
Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos (-13)
Both of these teams might as well tell the punter to stay home. For all the talk about how the Chiefs offense will hold them back, the Broncos have an even worse problem defensively. Has anybody even seen Denver's defense? It might be time to send out an all-points bulletin. At this point, I have more faith in Bigfoot existing in my closet.
Pick: Denver 45, Washington 38
Green Bay Packers (-10) at Minnesota Vikings
Another craptastic primetime game. Think of this next sentence in a promo commercial voice:
"Tonight on NBC, the Packers at the Vikings. How long until the stadium empties out like it's on fire? Tune in at 7."
Pick: Green Bay 35, Minnesota 13
Seattle Seahawks (-12) at St. Louis Rams
Kellen Clemens is starting against the Seahawks defense. In related news, Clemens has waged his year's salary on Seattle in this one.This is a rare game where if the Seahawks win by less than the spread, it should also count as a loss in the standings.
Pick: Seattle 24, St. Louis 9
Last week: 10-5 (7-8 ATS)