Pudge’s Picks – Thursday Night Week 8
It was a bit of a better week picking games in Week 7 for me. I finished 10-5 straight upup, while going 7-8 against the spread. The Colts win over the Broncos was the big shocker from last week. Obviously there were several outcomes that I wouldn’t have predicted, but nothing that came out of left field.
My season totals stand at 67-40 straight up and 50-57 against the spread.
There’s been talking recently about the possibility of a Thursday Night doubleheader. I’d honestly be in a favor of it. Frankly I’d also be in a favor of a Sunday night doubleheader, assuming they started the games relatively early. Like say around 6 Eastern. If a West Coast team is hosting, it will always be the late game. I just don’t want to be up to 1 am watching games. It’s fun every once in a while but would get taxing if it happened every week.
I’m thinking many of these new schedule changes are eventually going to come so that the NFL season is longer, not necessarily in terms of number of games (18 games seems a decade or more away), but in length of time the season covers. I don’t think we’re that far from seeing the double bye week, and wouldn’t be shocked to eventually see a triple bye week. After all, if the goal is truly to make the game safer, giving players more rest makes sense. And I’m sure the networks wouldn’t be upset over having an NFL-dominated programming block over 23 weeks instead of 20.
Carolina Panthers (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)
Thursday, October 24 at 8:25 pm ET on NFL Network
Line: Bucs (+6.5)
The Panthers have dominated bad teams this year, beating the Giants, Vikings, and Rams by an average of 26 points. But they did lose to the Cardinals on the road, and with a Ron Rivera-coached team and Cam Newton-led team, there is always the potential for a letdown. But the Bucs were so bad last week vs. the Falcons and looked to be on the verge of quitting on Greg Schiano. Having a short week is usually a bad recipe for success in such a situation.
Arizona beat Carolina with tough defense and pressuring Newton. Patrick Peterson locked down Steve Smith, and if Revis can do the same, they got a shot. Losing Martin is huge but may not be that big a deal this week since they were unlikely to run the ball well against Carolina’s front anyway. So they will hope Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams can exploit the Panthers secondary and keep it close. With a couple of Newton turnovers, and there’s a chance Tampa gets their first win.
Spread Pick: Panthers
Straight Pick: Panthers