Randall the Handle's Week 8 NFL selections

Here's a look at which teams Randall the Handle's going with in Week 8 of the NFL regular season.

Here's a look at which teams Randall the Handle's going with in Week 8 of the NFL regular season.

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:36 PM ET

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Seahawks (4-3) at Lions (2-4)

LINE: DETROIT BY 2

Watching the Lions can be like watching a drunk chase a balloon on a cliff. However, if you're willing to endure the turning and twisting that accompanies such endeavors, this could be as good a spot as any. The Seahawks are overvalued. They rank highly because of wins over Green Bay and New England. We all know how the Green Bay game ended and Seattle was completely outplayed by the Patriots. Those victories were in Seattle. In four road games this year, the Seahawks have amassed a grand total of 51 points with only win occurring at struggling Carolina. Detroit gave away game to Bears but defence is improving while offence is already capable. Perceptions and current records create an inaccurate short price here.

TAKING: LIONS -2

Dolphins (3-3) at Jets (3-4)

LINE: NY JETS BY 2.5

This matchup is not a favourable one for the Jets. They need to run the ball for any chance at a win but Miami's run defence is at the core of any success the Dolphins have had. Forcing Mark Sanchez to pass is one of the more comforting thoughts for an opposing defence. He has few targets to throw to, plus he prefers to stay short with check down passes. Miami lost a tough OT game to the Jets earlier in the year. The Jets have yet to sweep the Fish in Rex Ryan's tenure. The Jets come off a difficult game over their hated rivals while the Fish have been resting and fine-tuning their improving offence under impressive rookie QB Ryan Tannehill's leadership. Give us the better team, in a better situation with the better quarterback taking points and we'll gladly oblige.

TAKING: DOLPHINS +2.5

Raiders (2-4) at Chiefs (1-6)

LINE: KANSAS CITY BY 1

How bad are the Raiders? The Chiefs are favoured here, that's how bad. This is the same Kansas City squad whose only lead this entire season was after booting a field goal to knock of the Saints in overtime. However, this visitor could be what the doctor ordered. Oakland is winless on the road in three tries, being outscored by a combined 95-39. The Chiefs have opted to go with Brady Quinn at quarterback and while Matt Cassel's benching might be unjust, a new face at the helm can't hurt. Kansas City has had issues stopping the run but Oakland's overrated running game ranks 31st in the league. Chiefs are rested while the Raiders may be gassed after close loss to Falcons and OT win over Jaguars. KC can take advantage.

TAKING: CHIEFS -1


 

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Patriots (4-3) vs. Rams (3-4)

(AT LONDON)

LINE: NEW ENGLAND BY 7

New England travels to old England to take on a Rams team that has shown vast improvement and could catch the Pats spent after pair of exhausting games. Patriots having trouble at the safety position and Jeff Fisher savvy enough as a game planner to test the vulnerable unit. Full touchdown seems excessive for current Patriots on a neutral site.

TAKING: RAMS +7

Colts (3-3) at Titans (3-4)

LINE: TENNESSEE BY 3.5

The Colts have more public appeal as they are the sexier team aesthetically with QB Andrew Luck at the forefront compared to the non-descript Titans. But Indy still a work in progress and they head out on road for only the third time this year where they were walloped by combined 76-30 in previous two away.

TAKING: TITANS -3.5

Chargers (3-3) at Browns (1-6)

LINE: SAN DIEGO BY 2.5

Admit it. Backing the Chargers here, is more about fading Cleveland than endorsing San Diego. The Browns aren't sexy but they have some decent parts and they may have discovered a receiver that can actually catch in youngster Josh Gordon. Chargers too unreliable to trust as a road favourite, especially traveling through three time zones.

TAKING: BROWNS +2.5

Jaguars (1-5) at Packers (4-3)

LINE: GREEN BAY BY 16

Well this is a big spread, ain't it? Understandably. After all, the Packers seem to be getting back to their 15-1 form from a year ago while the already inept Jaguars continue to lose and have now lost their best player. But in today's NFL, there is not a huge disparity from first to worst. Lots of room for a back door cover here.

TAKING: JAGUARS +16

Falcons (6-0) at Eagles (3-3)

LINE: PHILADELPHIA BY 2.5

The Falcons may not be quite as good as their unblemished record suggests but they certainly lay over this train wreck of an opponent. The Eagles found a fall guy in DC Juan Castillo this week. Last we checked, it was Michael Vick who has them anchored offensively, leading a 30th-ranked offence. Atlanta is not the team to correct things against.

TAKING: FALCONS +2.5

Panthers (1-5) at Bears (5-1)

LINE: CHICAGO BY 7.5

Bears did not look so great in their win over the Lions on Monday but Chicago has a way of coming out gangbusters after a subpar performance. You couldn't ask for a better visitor to abuse. Carolina has derailed, led by unstable and apprehensive Cam Newton. Ron Rivera's return to Chi-town figures to be an unpleasant one.

TAKING: BEARS -7.5

Redskins (3-4) at Steelers (3-3)

LINE: PITTSBURGH BY 4.5

It's tempting to give a lean to the Steelers with their stellar home record but endorsing this feisty Redskins group trumps such temptation. Pittsburgh continues to do battle despite slew of injuries but asking it and a vulnerable defence to win by a margin against this dangerous offence is a risk we're not prepared to take.

TAKING: REDSKINS +4.5

Giants (5-2) at Cowboys (3-3)

LINE: NY GIANTS BY 2

This one is not about revenge. This is about having the superior Giants failing to get swept by the most erratic, underachieving, misguided and disappointing team in the league. The Cowboys have covered just four of past 22 when favoured at home, including three straight home losses to this visitor. Expect more of the same.

TAKING: GIANTS -2

Saints (2-4) at Broncos (3-3)

LINE: DENVER BY 6

Don't get all worked up over the Saints winning consecutive games. This is a bottom-dwelling defence that, among other things, ranks 30th against the pass. That should have Peyton Manning licking his chops. This is Denver's first home game in a month and the always riled crowd at Mile High will be amped up even higher for this prime-time event.

TAKING: BRONCOS -6

49ers (5-2) at Cardinals (4-3)

LINE: SAN FRANCISCO BY 6.5

Anyone in the football business will tell you that divisional games are the most intense and focused upon. That makes it difficult to be spotting such heavy road points in a prime time game such as this one, even though we consider the Niners to be the superior club. Arizona happy to return home where it has quietly won eight of past nine.

TAKING: CARDINALS +6.5

Last week: 4-7-2

Season: 54-45-4

Best bets, last week: 0-3-0

Best bets, season: 11-10-1


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