NFL Week 8 Primetime Preview

Hello and welcome to my Sunday Night Preview between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, as well as my Monday Night Preview between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.  Let’s begin with a Texas sized matchup.

5:30 PM PT NBC DAL -5.5

Eagles

(4-2, 1-2 away)

4-2

Cowboys

(5-1, 2-1 Home)

How Philadelphia Wins:  Carson Wentz needs to limit his mistakes, and the Eagles need to play the same defense that helped them to a 21-10 upset of the Minnesota Vikings last week.  Philadelphia needs to run the football well too, otherwise this could be a long day for Wentz and the offense.

How Dallas Wins:  Keep on getting the ball to Ezekiel Elliot.  He already has 703 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns on the season.  As long as Dak Prescott continues to play like a veteran, and Dallas’s offensive line continues to protect him, the Cowboys should be more than ok in this one.

The Bottom Line:  I still have a lot of questions about Carson Wentz.  He has a bright future, but he’s far from a finished product.  The Cowboys have more talent, and that will be the difference in this one.  Dallas will widen their gap in the NFC East once this one concludes.

5:30 PM PT ESPN MIN -4.5

Vikings

(5-1, 2-1 away)

5-1

Bears

(1-6, 1-2 Home)

How Minnesota Wins:  Continue to play solid defense, and don’t let Bradford do more than what is needed.  Take what the Bears give you in this one.  This isn’t the same defense that took this outfit to the Super Bowl ten years ago.

How Chicago Wins:  Brian Hoyer has surprisingly overachieved this year.  As long as he continues to find Alshon Jeffrey, the Bears will have a chance in this one.  Pressure Sam Bradford and limit the Vikings offensive weapons.

The Bottom Line:  You probably know by now that I have little to no faith in the Bears this season.  I am picking the Vikings to win, and don’t be surprised to see that trend continue throughout the season.

I am 69-47-2 on the year.  Hope you are all having as good or better luck than I am this football season.

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