NFL picks and predictions, Week 8: Bills vs. Saints 2016
The Buffalo Bills have skirted by rather well despite missing E.J. Manuel. Thad Lewis has stepped in as the team’s starter and won one of two games played. An 82.5 quarterback rating isn’t all bad given the situation, going along with a 62.5 percent completion percentage with three touchdowns to just one interception.
The Bills’ suprising mediocrity doesn’t compare to the turnaround that the New Orleans Saints have made, however. The team is coming off a Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots, but the loss was their first. The Saints started the season 5-0 after winning just seven games total in 2012. Unsurprisingly, experts overwhelmingly expect the Saints to win at the Superdome on Sunday.
Tampa Bay has lost some close games, especially earlier in the season, but the Bucs haven’t looked all that competitive in their last two meetings. The games were decided by 11 and eight points, respectively, but neither game was winnable for the Buccaneers.
Carolina opened up as narrow 3-point favorites for this matchup, probably due to the home-field advantage enjoyed by the Buccaneers. However, the line moved further in Carolina’s favor throughout the week, with the Panthers being favored by as much as 7 points, according to OddsShark.
The Raiders needed a bye week to heal some wounds, and as Silver and Black Pride reported, Wednesday gave them the news they wanted to hear. Starting center Stefen Wisniewski was back at practice on Wednesday after missing the past two weeks with a knee injury.
Losing Wisniewski forced the Raiders to do some shuffling at the offensive line, and it showed in the past two weeks. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been sacked 13 times since Wisniewski went out, with nine of those sacks coming last week against the Chiefs.