Jay’s Plays 2015 NFL Picks: Week 8 betting primer Jay Flemma GNN
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Jay’s Plays 2015 NFL Picks: Week 8 betting primer and picks


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Another 5-1 week for Ernesto the Prediction Iguana - his third consecutive 5-1 week, which brings the season totals to 19-6. That's a better than 75 percent record. (Once again, it was the darned Rams who tripped him up for the only loss of the week.)

ANOTHER 5-1 WEEK FOR THE BEST SPORTS PROGNOSTICATOR IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.  SEASON TOTALS STAND AT  A SOLID 19-6
ANOTHER 5-1 WEEK FOR THE BEST SPORTS PROGNOSTICATOR IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM. SEASON TOTALS STAND AT A SOLID 19-6

Here are this week's winners before they happen!

OVER EASY!



PATRIOTS-Dolphins OVER 45

The Patriots look unstoppable, particularly at home. The Dolphins show marked improvement against the Texans, rolling up 44 points and with Ryan Tannehill throwing for four TDs, no picks and 282 yards. Should be another shootout for a league addicted to points and casual eyeballs.

BRONCOS-Packers OVER 37

Even with Jordy Nelson out, Aaron Rodgers has too many weapons. The Packers may top 37 on their own. Meanwhile, even Peyton Manning at the end of a Hall of Fame career should still be able to put enough points on the board to help hit a surprisingly low over.

NFC SOUTH HOME COOKIN'!

PANTHERS (+1/2) vs. Colts

A Falcons-Panthers playoff showdown will be worth diamonds. Suffocating defense: That's how you win championships in this league. Now the Panthers - like the Bengals in the AFC - have to turn that into playoff success, too. Meanwhile, the Colts have yet to get unleashed -- except of course for that laughable fake punt play that looked like something out of a Tecmo SuperBowl video game. You pull a stunt like that against the Buccaneers, not the defending world champions.

FALCONS (-1) vs. Buccaneers

Speaking of the Buccaneers, they have shown us absolutely nothing all year long. The Falcons won last week while playing a sloppy game, leaving at least 10 points on the field. (They were lucky to pull out that win.) A slightly sharper game this week will have them clear of Tampa Bay by the 3rd quarter.

RED ALERT!

Jets (+5) at RAIDERS

The Jets improved and are impressive in rolling to 4-2 so far and claiming - for now - the top wild card spot. Fitzpatrick moves the team and makes good decisions. The Raiders are like China - an enigma wrapped in a mystery. Which Raiders team will show up from week to week? Again, we look to defense to tell the final story. The Raiders will make one turnover too many and the Jets will close the deal.

COWBOYS-Seahawks UNDER 47

The Cowboys have no offense and the Seahawks are lousy on the road.

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About the author

Jay Flemma

Jay Flemma

Starting with a blog and a dream, Jay Flemma launched his first sports-writing website in 2004. Some 13 years and 25 major golf championships later, Jay has won multiple national sports writing awards. Besides GNN, his work has appeared in numerous books as well as on-line at Cybergolf, PGA.com, GolfObserver, GolfChannel.com and many other sites and print magazines. When not trying to find a lost golf ball, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet, sports and trademark lawyer in Manhattan. His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors. Jay lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., and is fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Trinity College in Connecticut.

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