NFL Week 8 Picks 2016 NFL Predictions Week 8: Jacksonville Jaguars 2-4-0 VS Tennessee Titans 3-4-0 (-3.5), Washington Redskins 4-3-0 VS Cincinnati Bengals 3-4-0 (-3), Kansas City Chiefs 4-2-0 (-2.5) VS Indianapolis Colts 3-4-0, Oakland Raiders 5-2-0 VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-3-0 (-1), Seattle Seahawks 4-1-1 (-3) VS New Orleans Saints 2-4-0, Detroit Lions 4-3-0 VS Houston Texans 4-3-0 (-2.5), New York Jets 2-5-0 (-4) VS Cleveland Browns 0-7-0, New England Patriots 6-1-0 (-6) VS Buffalo Bills 4-3-0, Arizona Cardinals 3-3-1 VS Carolina Panthers 1-5-0 (-2.5), San Diego Chargers 3-4-0 VS Denver Broncos 5-2-0 (-5.5), Green Bay Packers 4-2-0 VS Atlanta Falcons 4-3-0 (-3), Philadelphia Eagles 4-2-0 VS Dallas Cowboys 5-1-0 (-4.5), Minnesota Vikings 5-1-0 (-6) VS Chicago Bears 1-6-0

2016 NFL Week 8 Predictions



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Chris Ransom Last Updated: October 26, 2016.



Jacksonville Jaguars 2-4-0
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Tennessee Titans 3-4-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


Jesse Lucas is 66-40 after going 10-5 in week 7. Jason Bantle and Tanya Holmes are tied for second now at 64-42. Tanya took the lead over Jason after week 6, but Jason went 11-4 dominating in week 7 thanks to taking the Dolphins and Jets in upsets while Tanya took the Dolphins, Colts, and Chargers in upsets. Oren is now 60-46 after being the overall leader two weeks ago. I am now 58-48. I've posted my fourth winning week in a row, but am still in last place.


Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Will Win: Blake Bortles has weapons to throw to with wide receiver Allen Robinson, wide receiver Allen Hurns, and tight end Julius Thomas. Jacksonville has a talented defense, but you have to wonder if this defense would be doing better with a coaching change.


Why the Tennessee Titans Will Win: This game is gonna come down to whether Blake Bortles or Marcus Mariota can avoid turnovers. Thomas and Hurns are dealing with injuries for the Jaguars. Perrish Cox suffered a concussion injury against the Colts which makes this game a lot harder to call.


Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin has emerged into a great offensive tackle combination. Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan at 3-4 outside linebacker have 11.5 sacks combined with Orakpo getting 7 sacks against left tackles while Morgan has 4.5 sacks against right tackles. DeMarco Murray can get 100 rushing yards on the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has 12 passing touchdowns and 6 interceptions compared to the 9 passing touchdowns and 9 interceptions by Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles. Mariota's completion percentage 61.5 is higher than Bortles 57.6 plus Mariota has more passing yards 1,604 compared to Bortles 1,567 passing yards.


Both quarterbacks have 11 turnovers on the year. Blake Bortles has 9 interceptions and 2 fumbles while Mariota has 6 interceptions and 5 fumbles. The chess match will be what Bortles does on third down with him only completing 37.3 percent of his passes against cover 2 defenses on third down versus Mariota's ability to avoid fumbles through bad snaps. That will be the real chess matchup between these two quarterbacks and I like the Titans in that regard since Dick Lebeau invented the Tampa 2 defense. Mariota is much better on the road then when he is at home and that makes projecting this game even more difficult.


Prediction: Tennessee enters as a 3.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $155 dollars, the maximum bet is $175 dollars with the average gambler betting around $165 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5 points. I like the Titans to win and cover with the over in this game. The Titans find a way to win this home game in convincing fashion.


Final Score Titans 28 Jaguars 17





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Washington Redskins 4-3-0
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Cincinnati Bengals 3-4-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


Welcome to my newest segment Bye bye bye. I'll grade each team on a bye week. In week 8 there are 6 teams on bye weeks. Those teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams, and San Francisco 49ers.


The Baltimore Ravens are getting a C- grade. The Ravens started 3-0 and lost 4 straight. Whenever I picked against the Ravens they always won 3-0 the first three weeks and whenever I picked the Ravens to win they always lost 0-4.


Pittsburgh gets a B- grade since I expected them to start 5-2 with losses to Cincinnati and Philadelphia. The Steelers beat the Bengals, but lost to the Dolphins. Ben Roethlisberger being injured is a huge reason why I'm being so easy on the Steelers.


Miami is getting a B grade. The way the Dolphins have played the last two weeks with Jay Ajayi running wild on both Pittsburgh and Buffalo has to make you feel extremely optimistic.


The New York Giants are 4-3. They won 2 in a row after being 2-0 and losing 3 in a row. I had the Giants at 3-4 at this point so the Giants get a B grade for slightly exceeding my expectations.


The Los Angeles Rams get a C grade for their 3-4 start. This is what I expected from the Rams heading into the bye week. San Francisco gets a D grade since I thought they may be winless at this point heading into week 7 meaning the win over the Rams keeps them from getting an F grade.


Why the Washington Redskins Will Win: Washington has injuries on the offensive line with Trent Williams at left tackle and Brandon Scherff at right guard. Kirk Cousins has to avoid turnovers for Washington to have a chance.


Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Win: Cincinnati is fully healthy for the first time all season heading into London. Andy Dalton has not thrown an interception since week 3. Dalton played turnover free football against Miami, Dallas, New England, and Cleveland in consecutive weeks. Dalton avoided turnovers at Heinz Field as well back in week 2.


One could argue that New England's secondary is the only one of those secondaries outside of Miami, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland without Joe Haden that's an impressive secondary. Dalton's two interceptions in 2016 came against the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos.


The scary thing is Dalton didn't get Tyler Eifert back until last week so Dalton has been extremely consistent when avoiding turnovers. Josh Norman and Breshaud Breeland are injured plus DeAngelo Hall is on injured reserve so I love the Bengals in this one because they are at full healthy.


Jay Gruden, Mavin Lewis's former offensive coordinator prior to Hue Jackson succeeding Jay Gruden is facing Cincinnati for the first time as a head coach. Marvin Lewis is a defensive coordinator and he used to give advice to Gruden so he knows Gruden's offense inside and out.


Prediction: Cincinnati enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $140 dollars, the maximum bet is $160 dollars with the average gambler betting around $150 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 46.5 points. I am taking the over. The Bengals win and cover the spread.


Final Score Bengals 34 Redskins 20





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Kansas City Chiefs 4-2-0
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Indianapolis Colts 3-4-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


Jason Bantle and Tanya Holmes will have their DraftKings lineups set in 2016. Tanya's week 1 lineup got her $200 dollars. Her week 2 decision to start the Jaguars defense kept her from wining money, but she didn't lose any money. Her lineups for weeks 3-7 cost her $15 dollars. If you want to enter a lineup on Draft Kings this week it costs $3 dollars.




Why the Kansas City Chiefs Will Win: Kansas City is completely healthy on offense. They will run the ball with Spencer Ware and Jamaal Charles hoping to keep Luck off the field. Erik Walden and D'Qwell Jackson are on the left side of the Colts linebacking core. Josh McNary and Robert Mathis are worse against the run. As long as left tackle Eric Fisher and left guard Parker Ehinger are healthy they should be able to open up a crease for Ware and Charles to run to the middle and run outside to the left hoping to attack the Colts run defense which ranks 25th in the NFL giving up 118 yards per game. Chiefs offensive line has not allowed a sack in their last two contests and face an extremely weak defense.


Justin Houston has a chance of making his debut on Sunday after practicing with the Chiefs last week. Ramik Wilson had his best game with 5 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, and 8 total tackles. We have not seen the Chiefs linebacker unit with Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, and Ramik Wilson all at full health yet meaning we have not seen the potential of the Chiefs entire 4 linebackers as a unit.


Marcus Peters will play field cornerback with Eric Berry at strong safety, Ron Parker at free safety, and Steven Nelson at boundary cornerback. The Colts still ahve injuries with Dwayne Allen, Philip Dorsett, and Donte Moncreif. I think the Chiefs have a slight advantage because of this.


Why the Indianapolis Colts Will Win: The Colts have an incredible offense led by Andrew Luck. The Colts may be able to do enough to win if Luck avoids turnovers. Luck had 2 games all season when he played turnover free football without an interception or a fumble. The Colts offense averaged 34 points in both of those contests against the Detroit Lions in week 1 and Tennessee Titans in week 7. Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger are the only quarterbacks to play turnover free football against the Chiefs this season. Kansas City is 1-2 on the road in 2016 while Indianapolis is 2-1 at home and has scored a minimum of 26 points in each home game in 2016.


Prediction: Kansas City enters as a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $120 dollars, the maximum bet is $140 dollars with the average gambler betting around $130 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 49.5 points. I am taking the over with the Chiefs winning, but the Colts cover the spread in a 1 point win.


Final Score Chiefs 28 Colts 27





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Oakland Raiders 5-2-0
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-3-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Oakland Raiders Will Win: Oakland's offensive line was flawless last week and looks to build on that momentum. Derek Carr heads to Tampa Bay. Oakland is 4-0 on the road in 2016. Tampa Bay is 0-2 at home in 2016.


Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Win: Jameis Winston has yet too have a breakout game at home. He faced two tough defense at home with Rams and Broncos. The Raiders defense does not scare me. Oakland is 32nd in run defense and the Raiders do not have the corners to keep Mike Evans from making plays. Cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves III can be effective against Oakland Raiders wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Linebackers Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, and Daryl Smith can stop Oakland Raiders running back Latavis Murray. Noah Spence got by Joe Staley on tape last week and is beginning to blossom.


Prediction: Tampa Bay enters as a 1 point favorite. The minimum bet is $100 dollars, the maximum bet is $120 dollars with the average gambler betting around $110 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 49.5 points. I like the Buccaneers to win and cover in this game with the over.


Final Score Buccaneers 37 Raiders 35





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Seattle Seahawks 4-1-1
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New Orleans Saints 2-4-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Win: Seattle played well on defense and is heading to New Orleans after a 6-6 tie. Russell Wilson could have a big day with Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, and Jimmy Graham on the road with New Orleans having injuries on the secondary.


Why the New Orleans Saints Will Win: New Orleans is at home. I considered picking the Saints in an upset back in the preseason. I think this game will be a shootout though.


Prediction: Seattle enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $145 dollars, the maximum bet is $165 dollars with the average gambler betting around $155 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47.5 points. I am taking the over as Seattle and the over as they win and cover.


Final Score Seahawks 38 Saints 31





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Detroit Lions 4-3-0
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Houston Texans 4-3-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Detroit Lions Will Win: Detroit has Taylor Decker at left tackle, Graham Glasgow at left guard, Travis Swanson at center, right guard Larry Warford, and right tackle Riley Reiff form a formidable offensive line. Detroit drafted Decker in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft and Glasgow in the third round. Glasgow made his first start at right guard in week 5 VS the Eagles and dominated against Fletcher Cox which influenced Caldwell to start Glasgow at left guard over 2015 first round pick Laken Tomlinson who struggled in that game. This offensive line is the biggest reason why Matthew Stafford has 15 pasing touchdowns and 4 intercepetions in 2016. Stafford has had 8 passing touchdowns and no interceptions since Caldwell named Glasgow a starting guard back in week 5. Houston is so depleted on secondary with Kareem Jackson, Jonathan Joseph, and Kevin Johnson injured so Stafford's clinic may continue in Houston.


Ziggy Ansah is healthy at 4-3 right end as is Devin Taylor at 4-3 left end. Derek Newton got injured on Monday Night Football and with Chris Clark starting at right tackle, his former offensive line coach Jim Bob Cooter now the Lions offensive coordinator will game plan around getting by Clark with Ansah or Taylor.


Why the Houston Texans Will Win: Darius Slay may miss this game after getting injured against Washington. DeAndre Hopkins may be able to bail Brock Osweiler out. Houston can wi if Lamar Miller gets over 100 rushing yards.


Prediction: Houston enters as a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $120 dollars, the maximum bet is $140 dollars with the average gambler betting around $130 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5 points. I picked Houston in the preseason, but with some of their defensive players injured, I love the Lions in an upset with their offensive line under Glasgow and their defensive ends at full health. I'm taking the over in this game.


Final Score Lions 28 Texans 23





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New York Jets 2-5-0
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Cleveland Browns 0-7-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the New York Jets Will Win: Geno Smith is on injured reserve. Ryan Fitzpatrick is heading to Cleveland. Brandon Marshall will take off isf Joe Haden is out again.


Why the Cleveland Browns Will Win: If quarterback Josh McCown, quarterback Cody Kessler, or cornerback Joe Haden is cleared to play, that may provide enough spark and momentum to help the Cleveland Browns obtain their first victory of the season. Kevin Hogan will start though, but he's getting Spencer Drango one of the top guards in the 2016 NFL Draft starting at left guard. The Jets do not have Eric Decker so if they can just double team Marshall and stack 8 in the box on Forte then they have a shot. The Jets will be favored, but this is Cleveland's best shot. Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib are finally making plays and Ben Ijalana is terrible at right tackle.


Prediction: New York enters as a 4 point favorite. The minimum bet is $100 dollars, the maximum bet is $170 dollars with the average gambler betting around $205 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 41.5 points. I am taking the Browns in an upset at home and the under. This is Cleveland's one window of opportunity where they have a realistic shot at a win.


Final Score Browns 20 Jets 10





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New England Patriots 6-1-0
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Buffalo Bills 4-3-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


@CockyBelichick is my favorite Twitter user of all time. His twitter feed is that epic. He always inserts the #kisstherings hashtag and it is badass. I'm going to post his 5 best tweets on our site every week like David Letterman does with his top 10 jokes until the owner of this twitter feed requests I take them down because his tweets are that epic. I did this last year and plan on doing it once again in 2016. Let's go with the top 5 Tweets from the Patriots win over Pittsburgh in week 7.



Yeah, I'm actually picking the Browns.




Building up the Matthew Stafford hype machine. Nice.




Does Julian Asange or Edward Snowden operate the Fake Bill Belichick @CockyBelichick twitter account. Just curious.




Just curious, do you have a gold toilet seat.




All that matters is that the Patriots are 6-1.



Why the New England Patriots Will Win: Heading into June, I thought there were two teams with the potential to be complete at quarterback, offensive line, defensive end, secondary, and wide receiver/tight end. The team in the NFC that had this potential was the Green Bay Packers. With Eddie Lacy on IR along with Sam Shields, it's hard to say they are that team. In the AFC, I easily pinpointed the Patriots as that team. Tom Brady at quarterback check.


Now we look at the Patriots offensive line. Nate Solder at left tackle, Joe Thuney, at left guard, David Andrews at center, Shaq Mason at right guard, and Marcus Cannon at right tackle. New England will be okay at offensive tackle as long as Solder plays left tackle with Volmer or Cannon being his bookend despite Volmer being on the PUP list along with right guard Tre Jackson. The Patriots offensive line may not be at 100 percent yet, but it's effective enough with Tom Brady under center.


New England has 3 defensive ends that can rush the quarterback in 4-3 right end Jabaal Sheard, 4-3 left end Rob Ninkovich, and rotational defensive end Chris Long who can play either side. Malcolm Brown the defensive tackle out of Texas is a good 4-3 defensive tackle. Outside linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins are excellent pass rushers, run stuffers, and guys in coverage at outside linebacker as well. New England checks out at quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line.


Look at the secondary. Malcolm Butler is at field cornerback with Logan Ryan complimenting him at boundary cornerback. Both strong safety Patrick Chung and free safety Devin McCourty are versatile enough to start in either safety role. You have Eric Rowe now at nickel cornerback plus Cyrus Jones at dime cornerback with Justin Coleman at quarter cornerback. Coleman sucks, but obviously there is enough depth on the secondary for everything to check out. The one guy on this secondary that they cannot lose is Devin McCourty with no backup free safety behind McCourty on the Patriots depth chart.


Finally we get to wide receivers and tight ends. Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and former Bill Chris Hogan are great in the outside and can be even better in the slot. Belichick has two top 10 tight ends in Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. You also have pass catching running backs like James White and Brandon Bolden even with Dion Lewis injured plus LeGarrette Blount is a quality running back when healthy. New England has a pretty complete team short term, but a lot of their best players are in contract years which could motivate them to win it all after Tom Brady got suspended for deflate gate. Brady did his time and is back and better than ever, but my point is the Patriots are the most complete team in the NFL when taking injuries into account at this point heading into week 8 and their 6-1 record showcases that.


Why the Buffalo Bills Will Win: Buffalo has Cordy Glenn at left tackle, a guy they did not have in the first match. Left guard Ritchie Incognito and center Eric Wood have to push these guys back at the line of scrimmage so LeSean McCoy can run the ball if the Bills are to have any chance of winning without Sammy Watkins at wide receiver.


Buffalo can keep this low scoring if Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby work as a team like they did in week 3. Even if everything comes together, its hard to see Buffalo sweeping New England with all their injuries at this time. The Patriots should win, but Buffalo may keep this close enough to where it is a single digit game.


Prediction: New England enters as a 6 point favorite. The minimum bet is $215 dollars, the maximum bet is $255 dollars with the average gambler betting around $330 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47.5 points. I am taking New England to win and cover plus the under.


Final Score Patriots 27 Bills 20





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Arizona Cardinals 3-3-1
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Carolina Panthers 1-5-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


Speaking of Bill Clinton. Every week leading up to the College Football Playoff we will have Bill Clinton's College Football Playoff where Bill Clinton ranks the top 4 teams in College Football. This is the third year Bill Clinton has posted his College Football Playoff.


Bill Clinton's College Football Playoff Selection Special



  1. Alabama Crimson Tide

    Alabama is the defending Champion as Nick Saban is once again the biggest pimp in College Football.





  2. Clemson Tigers

    At #2 we have the Clemson Tigers. Clemson was the runner up in 2015 and they will give opponents hell in 2016.





  3. Michigan Wolverines

    Jim Harbaugh is ready to cheat his way to a Big 10 Championship thanks to his satellite cameras. Jabrill Peppers knows how to spice up a defense.





  4. Washington Huskies

    Nothing like watching Huskies orgasm when they pant like Monica Lewinsky during sex.



  5. Previous Rank: Not Ranked





Why the Arizona Cardinals Will Win: Carson Palmer is facing a weak secondary with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd focused on revenge with Carolina following a tie game. This game was originally going to air at 4:25 PM EST in week 8, but it got flexed with the Green Bay VS Atlanta game that was supposed to air at 1 PM.


Why the Carolina Panthers Will Win: Carolina was on a bye week in week 7. Carolina had 2 weeks to adjust and prepare for this game. Something tells me the Panthers step up.


Prediction: Carolina enters as a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $125 dollars, the maximum bet is $145 dollars with the average gambler betting around $135 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 48 points. I am taking the over. Carolina wins and Arizona covers the points spread.


Final Score Panthers 28 Cardinals 27





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San Diego Chargers 3-4-0
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Denver Broncos 5-2-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the San Diego Chargers Will Win: San Diego is depleted with injuries. The Chargers are on a two game winning streak against Denver and they beat the Atlanta team the Broncos failed to defeat in overtime.


Why the Denver Broncos Will Win: Denver did not have Gary Kubiak against the Chargers. Denver looks like the team that started the season 4-0 before losing to Atlanta. You have to think revenge is crossing Denver's mind with Oakland currently owning the first place tiebreaker over the Denver Broncos. Denver has a stout defense and arguably the most complete defense in the entire NFL. Demarcus Ware may return plus the combination of C.J. Anderson Devontae Booker will get teams attention.


Prediction: Denver enters as a 5.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $210 dollars, the maximum bet is $250 dollars with the average gambler betting around $230 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44 points. I like Denver to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Broncos 30 Chargers 20





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Green Bay Packers 4-2-0
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Atlanta Falcons 4-3-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


Stephen Colbert: Nation its time to break down week 7. I'm not here to talk about how inept Roger Goodell is for flexing the Packers VS Falcons game from 1 PM EST to 4:25 PM EST for ratings nation. We have 10 owners in the Bantle Fantasy Football League that we are going to evaluate at the halfway point.


Avengers are currently 1-6 in last place. The fact that they only had 93 points on Stolty's Stars who are ninth amont the ten teams at 2-5 is really bad. Avengers decision to take Rob Gronkowski at 6 cost them a winning record since they could not get any other skill players to build around Gronk. The owners of these teams are clearly in the tier 4 doormat category.


The other 3-4 owners are Heath Berman of H.B.'s Vinegar Strokes, Car RamRod, and Taco Corp. H.B.'s Vinegar Strokes has been up and down throughout the season nation. It's not just that, Car RamRod has been pulling out similar wins in random fashion and managed to defeat one of the power 3 teams. Using a first round pick on Dez Bryant each of the last two seasons has been costly. Finally, Taco Corp. Taco Corp had a keeper on Winston in the fifteenth round and drafted Andrew Luck. Then they traded Winston for additional draft picks. These 3 owners would be in the tier 3 underdog category.


Nation, there are two 4-3 teams in a shootout for the final playoff spot with Breez Nuts at 4-3 as well as Anti-Bantle at 4-3. These owners have their moments and are great owners. Mitch got his fantasy team to the playoffs last year and assembled a similar team to do well and Anti-Bantle did win the 2014 Bantle Fantasy Football League which took place prior to the first Bantle Bowl in 2015. Even though Anti-Bantle spent a first round pick on Peyton Manning after winning the league title, going from first to worst paid off since they got Antonio Brown and Tom Brady while completely reloading. Anti-Bantle also leads the league in scoring despite being 4-3. The owners of Breez Nuts and Anti-Bantle would be in the tier 2 contenders category.


The 3 5-2 teams are Jimmy, The Chosen One's and Gangster Squad. Jimmy Dicken won the league title in 2015 as a 4 seed, Jason Bantle lost to Jimmy in the finals, and Chris had the best regular season record, but got screwed once the playoffs arrived in epic fashion thanks to a spectacular showing by my producer of the Colbert Report Jimmy.



Gangster Squad is still in first place, but lets talk about why these 3 owners are once again the power house owners of the BFFL. Bantle Fantasy Football League bitch. Jimmy got Lamar Miller after using a first round keeper on Julio Jones along with another keeper on Allen Robinson. While keeping Eli Manning and then getting Matthew Stafford through the waiver wire.


Jason used late round keepers on Jarvis Landry and Cam Newton while trading picks for Todd Gurley and then moving up for David Johnson. They also got LeSean McCoy and Danny Woodhead before Woodhead got placed on IR. This was a team that made great moves.


Chris went with Devonta Freeman and Le'Veon Bell at running back with his keepers. Traded up to 8 hoping for Rob Gronkowski and had to settle for Adrian Peterson. Drafts for value getting playmakers like Doug Baldwin, Larry Fitzgerald, Julian Edelman, and Marvin Jones in the fourteenth round after using a 11th round keeper on Freeman. Gets Travis Kelce at tight end. Moves up for Winston with Taco Corp and then moves up for Bortles as a backup. Drafts the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs defenses. Acquires Tevin Coleman, Matt Ryan, Jay Ajayi, and Michael Floyd. Drafts Jason Witten and signs Gary Barnidge for a week during Kelce's bye week only to dump his tight ends and stack up on playmakers while Justin Tucker lines up at kicker. Nation, it's moves like this that win you championships, but Mr. Ransom has to capture the Bantle Bowl before earning any bragging rights.


We've only completed one half of the regular season nation. We still have 7 more weeks plus the 2 weeks of playoffs games to decide who plays for and who wins the 2016 Bantle Bowl and who plays in Bantle Bowl 2. We will find out the answers to these questions in due time, but until then this is Stephen Colbert signing off.


Why the Green Bay Packers Will Win: Green Bay has a ton of injuries at cornerback with Sam Shields, Damarious Randall, and Quentin Rollins injured. Not having Eddie Lacy or James Starks also hurts the Packers who clobbered a Bears team that had a third string quarterback and a secondary worse than what Rodgers faces during practice squad. Chicago was not much of a challenge, but going to Atlanta will be.


Rodgers will have time thanks to David Bahktiari at left tackle and Bryan Bulaga at right tackle. Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford can blanket Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb like those Falcons corners did against the Denver Broncos.


Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win: Matt Ryan has Jake Matthews at left tackle and Ryan Schrader at right tackle along with Alex Mack at center. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are a great 1 2 punch at running back. Those two backs can keep Rodgers off the field. Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu should torch the Packers secondary.


Prediction: Atlanta enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $130 dollars, the maximum bet is $150 dollars with the average gambler betting around $140 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 52.5 points. Atlanta wins while Green Bay covers the spread with the under occurring.


Final Score Falcons 26 Packers 24





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Philadelphia Eagles 4-2-0
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Dallas Cowboys 5-1-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


The Dallas Cowboys are now 22-17 under Bill Lumbergh even after the Cowboys 4-12 season in 2015. Lumbergh went 12-3 after taking over for Stephen Jones following the week 1 loss to the 49ers back in 2014. Lumbergh now has to give Coach Garrett advice while dealing with more suspensions than he's used to. If Lumbergh cannot maintain a winning record after year 3, I am open to making a new fictional character the Cowboys GM. Right now Dallas is 5-1 and Lumbergh may keep his job another year.




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Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Win: Philadelphia is not the same team offensively without Lane Johnson. Their only hope will be for the Dak Prescott/Tony Romo quarterback situation to be a distraction. I don't think that's gonna be a distraction with Dallas wisely starting Prescott. Without Dez Bryant this could be a defensive game.


Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win: I'm not sure if Dez Bryant will return this week. That is going to be a huge momentum booster for Dallas since Philadelphia does not have a #1 field corner that can stop Bryant.


Prediction: Dallas enters as a 4.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $190 dollars, the maximum bet is $225 dollars with the average gambler betting around $210 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43.5 points. Dallas wins while Philadelphia covers by forcing the game into overtime with the over.


Final Score Cowboys 24 Eagles 21 OT





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Minnesota Vikings 5-1-0
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Chicago Bears 1-6-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


I just cannot stand ESPN's Monday Night Football Coverage. Monday Night Football On KDKA is back with Bob Pompieni, Mark Madden, and Andrew Filiponi. Tonight the gang is in Chicago.


Pompieni: Welcome to Monday Night Football. Bob Pompieni along with Mark Madden and Andrew Filiponi covering ESPN Monday Night Football on KDKA from Soldier Field. Mark what are your thoughts on this game?

Madden: Minnesota has to win this game. One of the MLB teams will remained cursed in the 2016 World Series and that has to be more entertaining Bob with the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians.

Filiponi: Well, I like the Vikings as well Mark.

Madden: Unless the Bears pay Smokey the Bear or Mr. Grinch to give Sam Bradford roofies then the Vikings got this.

Filiponi: What the hell does the Grinch have to do with Halloween.

Pompieni: Tonights game is sponsored by Uno Chicago Grill. A place you can get the best pizza in Chicago.

Madden: No, Tonights game is sponsored by Little Caesar's the Pizza that says, "Fuck you Chicago. Your pal Detroit.

Pompieni: We'll be back with kickoff after we get you hungry with ads from Uno Chicago Grill, Little Caesars, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Papa John's, and even Sir Pizza. Our Pizza commercials will be longer than the Bears drives tonight.



Why the Minnesota Vikings Will Win: Minnesota is not going to lose two in a row even with backup offensive tackles. Chicago is banged up on secondary and we are not even sure if Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, or Matt Barkley starts. I'd take Chicago in a spooky upset with Cutler returning.


Why the Chicago Bears Will Win: Jay Cutler is making his return on Monday Night. The Vikings enter as 6 point favorites, but Cutler returning will be huge, and I can see the Bears winning this game with Cutler back and over 10 days to prepare for Minnesota. In a way, you can argue that this game is Chicago's Super Bowl.


Prediction: Minnesota enters as a 6 point favorite. The minimum bet is $220 dollars, the maximum bet is $260 dollars with the average gambler betting around $240 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 40.5 points. I like the Bear to win and cover in an upset with the under in a defensive game.


Final Score Bears 20 Vikings 16





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