The 8News Pigskin Picks: Week 11

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Week 11 is here and last week proved to be a tough test for our panel of experts.

As always, feel free to play along at home.

king-robbRobb Crocker, 8News Digital Content Manager (Last week – 4-4, Overall – 52-28)

L.C. Bird Skyhawks @ Hermitage Panthers

Pick: Hermitage Panthers

In James Carney we trust. Besides, no one beats the Panthers on their home field.

Monacan Chiefs @ Dinwiddie Generals

Pick: Dinwiddie Generals

Monacan is good but Dinwiddie is really good.

Oklahoma Sooners @ West Virginia Mountaineers

Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia will win in a close game by three.

Virginia Cavaliers @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Virginia will start Matt Johns but the results will be the same.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies

I don’t see the Hokies dropping two straight and Notre Dame is not that good.

William & Mary Tribe @ Richmond Spiders

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Earlier this season, I said that the Tribe would hand the Spiders their first loss. I was wrong – I won’t be this time.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Seattle Seahawks

Will we see the same Seahawks team we saw last week? No, but they will be good enough to beat the Eagles.

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

Pick: Green Bay Packers

The Redskins are too inconsistent week in and week out.

ronRon Carthen, 8News Editor & Vlogger (Last week – 5-3, Overall – 51-29)

L.C. Bird Skyhawks @ Hermitage Panthers

Pick: L.C. Bird Skyhawks

Woody Winborn not being able to play is a big loss for the Panthers. I will go Skyhawks this week.

Monacan Chiefs @ Dinwiddie Generals

Pick: Dinwiddie Generals

I’m taking the Generals due to home field advantage in a shootout.

Oklahoma Sooners @ West Virginia Mountaineers

Pick: Oklahoma Sooners

This will be the best game on Saturday but I see Oklahoma winning this shootout when it’s all over.

Virginia Cavaliers @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Huge win for the Yellow Jackets over Virginia Tech and I expect that momentum to build this week.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Can’t see the Spiders losing to W&M who have been disappointing this season.

William & Mary Tribe @ Richmond Spiders

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Can’t see the Spiders losing to W&M who have been disappointing this season

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Seattle Seahawks

Looks like things are starting to come around for the Seahawks especially their offense

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

Pick: Washington Redskins

I don’t want to do this as a Packers fan but no chance our defense stops Kirk Cousins especially with play action passes. If Clay Matthews returns then it may be different.

MitchMitch Carr, 8Sports Director (Last week – 5-3, Overall – 50-30)

Pick: L.C. Bird Skyhawks

I’ve been looking forward to this matchup all year, and then Hermitage QB Woody Winborn breaks an ankle. I feel terrible for Woody. He’s a good kid, and he’s really talented, and I wanted to see this grudge match in its full force. Unfortunately, I don’t think Hermitage can beat Bird with a backup QB.

Monacan Chiefs @ Dinwiddie Generals

Pick: Dinwiddie Generals

I believe Monacan is really good, but I believe Dinwiddie is the best 4A team in the state.

Oklahoma Sooners @ West Virginia Mountaineers

Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers

Oklahoma has one of the worst defenses in the nation. The game is in Morgantown. Get ready to smell the scent of burning couches all around West Virginia. Wild and Wonderful!

Virginia Cavaliers @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Matt Johns is starting. Benkert may have had some issues, but his floor is higher than Johns’ ceiling from what I have seen of the two.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

South Bend is a tough place to play, and the Irish have talent, even if it hasn’t performed this year.

William & Mary Tribe @ Richmond Spiders

Pick: Richmond Spiders

This season has been an unmitigated disaster for the Tribe. They can hardly get a lead and when they do they can’t keep it. Richmond has been much more consistent.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Seattle Seahawks

Wheels off the Wentz Wagon. The ‘Hawks just won at New England. There’s no way they lose at home to a last place team.

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

Pick: Green Bay Packers

I keep thinking Aaron Rodgers and company will get this figured out. I think this is the Week.

Kerri webKerri O’Brien, 8News Investigative Reporter (Last week – 4-4, Overall – 49-31)

L.C. Bird Skyhawks @ Hermitage Panthers

Pick: L.C. Bird Skyhawks

I just think they are the better team overall.

Monacan Chiefs @ Dinwiddie Generals

Pick: Dinwiddie Generals

They are still undefeated, there’s no stopping them now.

Oklahoma Sooners @ West Virginia Mountaineers

Pick: Oklahoma Sooners

The offense has been unstoppable. Oklahoma has the edge on QB and special teams.

Virginia Cavaliers @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

They are coming off a big win against Virginia Tech and will be running on with that momentum.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

They are coming off a big win against VA Tech and will be running on with that momentum.

William & Mary Tribe @ Richmond Spiders

Pick: Richmond Spiders

It’s been a tough year for William and Mary. The Spiders are a solid team.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Seattle Seahawks

Not making this mistake again…I love my Eagles and they looked good last week but they don’t win on the road.

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

Pick: Washington Redskins

I think the Skins could pull out a win over the not so hot this year Packers, especially at home.

will-12Will Armbruster, 8News Digital Producer (Last week – 4-4, Overall – 48-32)

L.C. Bird Skyhawks @ Hermitage Panthers

Pick: L.C. Bird Skyhawks

The Skyhawks are hungry for revenge after Hermitage ended their season in the second round of the playoffs last year.

Monacan Chiefs @ Dinwiddie Generals

Pick: Dinwiddie Skyhawks

The Generals have been a fixture atop our #8SportsBlitz Top 10 poll this season. I like them at home against a tough Monacan team led by dynamic QB Syour Flud.

Oklahoma Sooners @ West Virginia Mountaineers

Pick: Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma is the better team, but West Virginia will keep this one close at home.

Virginia Cavaliers @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The Yellow Jackets average more than 250 yards rushing per game + Virginia’s defense is allowing just shy of 450 yards per game = Georgia Tech cruises at home.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Fighting Irish are 1-point favorites at home, which shows just how little trust we have in Notre Dame. But they are the more talented team, and while I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Tech steal this one on the road, the Hokies haven’t given me any reason to pick the upset.

William & Mary Tribe @ Richmond Spiders

Pick: Richmond Spiders

The Spiders need a win to clinch a bye in the first round of the FCS playoffs next week. The Tribe, meanwhile, have little play for other than ending a three-game skid against their in-state rivals.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Seattle Seahawks

I like the Seahawks to build off last week’s impressive victory over Touchdown Tom and the New England Patriots.

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

Pick: Green Bay Packers

The three people who read this blog consistently know I never pick the Redskins. I’ll be damned if that changes this week against my Packers, regardless of how bad A-Rodg & Co. look right now.

amanda-malkowskiAmanda Malkowski, 8News Good Morning Richmond Anchor (Last week – 4-4, Overall – 46-34)

L.C. Bird Skyhawks @ Hermitage Panthers

Pick: L.C. Bird Skyhawks

I’ll follow the sports guys’ leads on this one and go with L.C. Bird. They’ve had a good season and look forward to seeing how they do in the playoffs.

Monacan Chiefs @ Dinwiddie Generals

Pick: Dinwiddie Generals

I’m in bed around Blitz time, so I’m going to follow the sports guys on this again!

Oklahoma Sooners @ West Virginia Mountaineers

Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers

I’m going to go with WVU. It’s a risky bet, but the hometown advantage may help.

Virginia Cavaliers @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Virginia has been hit or miss all season. I’m thinking Georgia Tech is going to pull this one out.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies

Morgan Dean, I’m rooting for you now. I was skeptical about VT at the beginning of the season, but they’re impressing me now. I’m looking forward to watching this one.

William & Mary Tribe @ Richmond Spiders

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Going with the local boys this time, but I think both teams are struggling a bit.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Seattle Seahawks

I think the Seahawks will have a good playoff run. The Eagles are hit or miss, but I’m thinking this one is will be a miss.

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

Pick: Washington Redskins

Boy oh boy, in August if you had told me I’d pick the Redskins I wouldn’t have believed you. But look at us now!

tracey-smith-web-2Tracey Smith, 8News Reporter (Last week – 3-5, Overall – 45-35)

L.C. Bird Skyhawks @ Hermitage Panthers

Pick: L.C. Bird Skyhawks

High school is always a tossup; I’ll go with L.C. Bird.

Monacan Chiefs @ Dinwiddie Generals

Pick: Monacan Chiefs

I know I have picked Monacan before, and I believe they did me well. Here’s to hoping they help my record.

Oklahoma Sooners @ West Virginia Mountaineers

Pick: Oklahoma Sooners

I think this will be a good game to watch. I know West Virginia will have the home field advantage, but I pick the Sooners.

Virginia Cavaliers @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The Cavs have just let me down one too many times this season.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies

I like the fighting Irish… but I’ll root for the Hokies this week.

William & Mary Tribe @ Richmond Spiders

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Against JMU was the only time I would pick against the Spiders. I know it’s an away game but I think they can beat the Tribe.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Seattle Seahawks

I’m sorry Kerri, but your Eagles have let me down too many times this season. Seahawks it is

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

Pick: Green Bay Packers

Again, Redskins, I just can’t put full faith in you until you prove yourselves.

Chip VT 2Chip Brierre, 8Sports Anchor (Last week – 3-5, Overall – 39-41)

L.C. Bird Skyhawks @ Hermitage Panthers

Pick: L.C. Bird Skyhawks

The loss of Woody Winborn doesn’t have Hermitage worried, but it has me worried. We’ll see if Patrick Kane’s defense can keep it close to get the W.

Monacan Chiefs @ Dinwiddie Generals

Pick: Dinwiddie Generals

The Generals have that look from 2013 where they won the 4A state title. Give me the Generals.

Oklahoma Sooners @ West Virginia Mountaineers

Pick: Oklahoma Sooners

Sooners can sneak back into the playoff mix with a win over the Mountaineers, and Bob Stoops tends to finish seasons stronger than his Oklahoma teams start lately.

Virginia Cavaliers @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Considering Georgia Tech just upset Virginia Tech in Lane Stadium, I have to believe the Yellow Jackets will be more fired up for this matchup in what is essentially the Coastal’s toilet bowl.

Virginia Tech Hokies @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies

The Hokies need a pick me up before their crucial rivalry matchup with Virginia next week, they get it on the road in South Bend in a tough battle.

William & Mary Tribe @ Richmond Spiders

Pick: Richmond Spiders

The Spiders need a playoff bye week in the first round to get their roster patched up. Richmond is littered with injuries, so expect them to understand the stakes despite missing the CAA title this season. William and Mary isn’t who we thought they’d be, that’ll be their tagline for the 2016 season.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Seattle Seahawks

Did you know? In all of Russell Wilson’s losses as Seattle’s starting QB, he has never lost a game by more than 10 points. That’s the best margin of loss in the NFL at quarterback. Carson Wentz won’t fare well at the 12th man.

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

Pick: Washington Redskins

Trap game, TRAP game, TRAP GAME. Washington got a gritty win over Minnesota a week ago, people are starting to drink the Redskins Kool-Aid while Green Bay has lost four in a row, everybody is blaming Aaron Rodgers for the Packers woes. R-E-L-A-X…. relax Green Bay, Redskins want to atone for that wild-card loss to the Packers at the end of last season and it’s not Aaron Rodgers fault the Packers roster around him has underperformed substantially. Why else do they pick up Christine Michael off waivers?

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