Friday, October 26, 2012
Friday Forecast: Week 8 predictions
By Jamison Hensley
I would've had a perfect week if not for the Browns and Josh Gordon's dropped fourth-quarter pass. This week, there's only two AFC North teams playing because the Ravens and Bengals are on byes. This is how I see the games playing out ...
Chargers 23, Browns 20: I was leaning toward an upset by the Browns because I don't believe the Chargers are as good as some think. But San Diego gets the edge here because it's coming off an extra week of rest. The Chargers have a record of 35-15 under Norv Turner (since 2007) for the remainder of the season after the bye. Brandon Weeden should continue his hot streak against a mediocre pass defense to keep the Browns close. But, as Browns fans know, Cleveland can't seem to win close games. Cleveland is 0-4 this season in games decided by seven points or less.
Steelers 30, Redskins 20: The Steelers return home where they've been a different team this season. The Steelers will start off quick (Ben Roethlisberger has a 119.6 passer rating in the first quarter), which will put pressure on Robert Griffin III. This could be the game where RG3 looks like a rookie. The Steelers won last Sunday because of running back Jonathan Dwyer. But they probably won't need him this game. Pittsburgh's downfield passing attack will get on track against the Redskins, who have allowed six 300-yard passers in seven games. Washington has only held two teams under 26 points this season.
Week 7 record: 2-1. Season record: 12-7.
Texans 43, Ravens 13 (my prediction: Texans 34, Ravens 23)
Colts 17, Browns 13 (my prediction: Browns 28, Colts 20)
Steelers 24, Bengals 17 (my prediction: Steelers 27, Bengals 17)