Week 8 NFL Picks and breaking down the shocking NBA trade

Posted: 10/28/2012 by levcohen in Basketball, Football

Week 8 NFL Picks:

*= upset pick

Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears:
Spread: Bears favored by 7.5 points
Over/under: 42.5
My prediction: Bears- 27, Panthers- 16
Bears cover
Over

San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns:
Spread: Chargers favored by 3
Over/under: 43.5
My prediction: Chargers- 24, Browns- 20
Chargers cover
Over

Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions*:
Spread: Lions favored by 2.5
Over/under: 43.5
My prediction: Seahawks- 17, Lions- 13
Seahawks cover
Under

Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers:- Lock
Spread: Packers favored by 14.5
Over/under: 45.5
My prediction: Packers- 30, Jaguars- 17
Jaguars cover
Over

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans:
Spread: Titans favored by 3.5
Over/under: 47
My prediction: Titans- 35, Colts- 32
Colts cover
Over

New England Patriots *at* St. Louis Rams: (game in London)
Spread: Patriots favored by 7
Over/under: 47
My prediction: Patriots- 26, Rams- 17
Patriots cover
Under

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets:
Spread: Jets favored by 2
Over/under: 38
My prediction: Jets- 23, Dolphins- 21
Jets cover
Over

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles*:
Spread: Eagles favored by 3
Over/under: 42.5
My prediction: Falcons- 23, Eagles- 2o (hope I’m wrong)
Falcons cover
Over

Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers:
Spread: Steelers favored by 4
Over/under: 44.5
My prediction: Steelers- 27, Redskins- 24
Redskins cover
Over

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs*:
Spread: Chiefs favored by 1
Over/under: 42
My prediction: Raiders- 23, Chiefs- 13
Raiders cover
Under

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys*:
Spread: Giants favored by 2.5
Over/under: 48
My prediction: Cowboys- 24, Giants- 21
Cowboys cover
Under

New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos*:
Spread: Broncos favored by 6.5
Over/under: 55
My prediction: Saints- 35, Broncos- 31
Saints cover
Over

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals:- Monday Night
Spread: 49ers favored by 7
Over/under: 38.5
My prediction: 49ers- 14, Cardinals- 9
Cardinals cover
Under

Upset picks:
Cowboys over Giants
Saints over Broncos
Raiders over Chiefs
Falcons over Eagles
Seahawks over Lions

Lock of the week:
Packers over Jaguars

Breaking down the NBA Shocker trade:
Oklahoma City Thunder trade: James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook, Lazar Hayward
Houston Rockets trade: Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first round picks and a second round pick

Player reactions:
http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/50703/nba-players-react-to-harden-trade

Why OKC did the trade: They are a small market team, and already signed Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka to long term deals. They offered James Harden a 54 million dollar deal (just 4.5 million less than the max offer), but he declined, so they decided to trade him. In return, they got a proven veteran, Martin, who has scored more than 23 points per game in multiple seasons. They got a young, exciting player, Lamb, who could turn out to be somewhat like Harden. They also got some picks to help build for the future. The Thunder are basically saying: We can’t compete with the Lakers and Heat this year, so why not make trades for the future?

Why Houston did the trade: The Rockets are rebuilding. They need a star, and James Harden is a great place to start. With their backcourt, they now have Jeremy Lin and Harden. They play in one of the biggest cities in the country, so they will be able to pay Harden. They gave up Martin, who wasn’t much of a value for them, and Lamb, who is unproven. They have plenty of picks, so the three they gave up wasn’t a big blow. They also got three bench players who can help them.

Downside for OKC: They dealt themselves a huge blow for this season, losing the only edge they had over the Lakers: consistency. I think they could have done this exact trade after the season in a sign and trade. Martin is also a free agent after this year, so while they won’t have to pay as much for him, they’ll still have to pay if they want to keep him.

Downside for Houston: They traded a huge amount of picks and youth, and now they have to pay Harden a max contract. Lin-Harden-Omer Asik could be getting 40+ million a year. That isn’t a “big three” to build around.

Bottom line: This is a decent trade for both sides, but it could have been better. The Thunder continue to build for the future, and the Rockets still have a long way to go.

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