The 8News Pigskin Picks: Week 14

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, left, sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Week 14 has some great subplots. Can the Redskins end their losing streak? Will Navy continue to dominate Army? Who will separate from the pack? Can anyone stop the Cowboys? Will Chip stay at the bottom of the standings this week?

As always, feel free to play along at home.

ronRon Carthen, 8News Editor & Vlogger (Last week – 5-3, Overall – 68-36)

Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights

Pick: Navy Midshipmen

Navy has some skilled players done for the season but they will walk away with their 15th win straight win vs Army.

James Madison Dukes @ Sam Houston State Bearkats

Pick: James Madison Dukes

There will be plenty of TDs in this match but I give the edge to James Madison and will hand Sam Houston their 1st loss of the season.

Richmond Spiders @ Eastern Washington Eagles

Pick: Eastern Washington Eagles

Spiders have a tough road task and I’m afraid they will come up short.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Washington Redskins

Carson Wentz has thrown 7 TD and 11 INT since Week 3. If the Redskins don’t take advantage and hand the Eagles only their 2nd home loss of the season that’s a terrible loss.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

This is the perfect game for the Browns to finally get their first W of the season but they will come up short despite the return of RG3.

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

Great 3-way tie for 1st in the AFC South but Andrew Luck and the Colts will get the W.

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I’m amazed that the Bucs are tied for 1st place in the NFC South and they should keep the momentum going at home

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Pick: New York Giants

Biggest matchup will be Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys running game vs Giants rush defense.  Eli Manning should have a better day throwing the ball and end Dallas’ 11-game winning streak.

king-robbRobb Crocker, 8News Digital Content Manager (Last week – 4-4, Overall – 66-38)

Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights

Pick: Army Black Knights

Upset special. Go Army, Beat Navy!

James Madison Dukes @ Sam Houston State Bearkats

Pick: James Madison Dukes

Dukes will outlast the Bearkats.

Richmond Spiders @ Eastern Washington Eagles

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Spiders win in an upset.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Washington Redskins

This is a must-win game. If Washington losses, they might as well pack it up for the season.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

If Cleveland has a chance to win, this might be the game, but Brittle Bob, I mean RGIII, will have too much rust to lead the Browns to victory.

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

Houston is not good.

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New Orleans’ defense is horrible.

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Pick: New York Giants

New York is in a must-win situation.

will-12Will Armbruster, 8News Digital Producer (Last week – 8-0, Overall – 66-38)

Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights

Pick: Navy Midshipmen

All bets are off when these two throw down, as is the case with any heated rivalry. Navy has been the better team this season, so I give them the slight edge at home.

James Madison Dukes @ Sam Houston State Bearkats

Pick: James Madison Dukes

Sam Houston’s high-powered offense averages an FCS-best 53 ppg.  But JMU ranks second at 43 ppg, and the Dukes’ defense is much improved.

Richmond Spiders @ Eastern Washington Eagles

Pick: Eastern Washington Eagles

Eastern Washington’s offense (averaging just shy of 44ppg) will be too much for a Kyle Lauletta-less Richmond squad.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Philadelphia Eagles

Redskins fans haven’t had a good head-scratching loss in a while. They’re due.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

Trap game? I mean, the Browns have to win at some point, right? Maybe. But not this week.

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

Did you see Andrew Luck’s four touchdown performance on Monday Night Football? Whatever slump he was in to start the season is clearly behind him.

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay has really turned things around the past month.

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Pick: New York Giants

This is the week the Cowboys streak finally ends.

Kerri O'BrienKerri O’Brien, 8News Investigative Reporter (Last week – 6-2, Overall – 65-39)

Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights

Pick: Navy Midshipmen

James Madison Dukes @ Sam Houston State Bearkats

Pick: James Madison Dukes

Richmond Spiders @ Eastern Washington Eagles

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Philadelphia Eagles

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Pick: Dallas Cowboys

MitchMitch Carr, 8Sports Director (Last week – 4-4, Overall – 64-40)

Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights

Pick: Navy Midshipmen

Despite last week’s loss, the Midshipmen are the better team

James Madison Dukes @ Sam Houston State Bearkats

Pick: James Madison Dukes

Sam Houston State is on the downside of an era in which it would’ve won multiple national titles were it not for North Dakota State. The Dukes are a team on the rise.

Richmond Spiders @ Eastern Washington Eagles

Pick: Eastern Washington Eagles

You could predict a Richmond win last week because UND had won every close game it had played. That’s not the case this week. The Eagles have one loss this season, and it is to North Dakota State and only by 6 and on the road. Most of their wins are by double digits.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Washington Redskins

The Eagles are falling apart. Despite consecutive losses, the Redskins still look good… until they hit the red zone. That needs to improve.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

Browns? Nah

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

Brock Osweiler says an offensive explosion is coming. He’s right. It’s just not coming for HIS team.

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Tampa Buccaneers

The Saints are a fickle bunch, but one thing I know is that D is terrible. Jameis is playing better as the season continues.

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Pick: Dallas Cowboys

How can you pick against this team? They’ve earned all of my overconfidence in them.

tracey-smith-web-2Tracey Smith, 8News Reporter (Last week – 7-1, Overall – 61-41)

Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights

Pick: Navy Midshipmen

AMERICA’S GAME! This is one of my favorite games of the year! Coming from a military family, I love to root for both sides. I have one grandfather who served in the Navy and another who served in the Army. I’m going to pick Navy, simply because their record speaks for itself

James Madison Dukes @ Sam Houston State Bearkats

Pick: James Madison Dukes

Needless to say I’m upset I’ll be missing this game at JMU. I have been so impressed with our team this year.

Richmond Spiders @ Eastern Washington Eagles

Pick: Eastern Washington Eagles

This was a tough one, I have picked the Spiders for almost every game this season, but I’m trying to think smart here. I hope the Spiders win but I’m picking the Eagles.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Washington Redskins

This is tough because both teams have let me down this season. Last time they played the Redskins came out on top. I’ll go with my dad’s team and hope they can give him an early Christmas gift.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

I always feel bad for Browns fans. They won’t be any competition for the Bengals. Cincinnati will take this win.

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Houston Texans

This is a big game for Houston. They really need this win to air the edge in their division. I think Andrew Luck with the Colts is on fire, but I think the Texans defense will be able to keep him back.

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I can’t believe it but the Bucs are on a roll right now and I think it will carry over.

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Pick: Dallas Cowboys

For the record, I hate this. Being the daughter of a Redskins fan, I am never happy to see Dallas doing this well. But sometimes I can’t follow my heart, I have to follow the stats. I don’t think the Giants will be able to squeeze another win past the Cowboys.

amanda-malkowskiAmanda Malkowski, 8News Good Morning Richmond Anchor (Last week – 5-3, Overall – 61-43)

Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights

Pick: Navy Midshipmen

James Madison Dukes @ Sam Houston State Bearkats

Pick: Sam Houston Bearkats

Richmond Spiders @ Eastern Washington Eagles

Pick: Eastern Washington Eagles

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Washington Redskins

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Houston Texans

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: New Orleans Saints

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Pick: New York Giants

Chip VT 2Chip Brierre, 8Sports Anchor (Last week – 6-2, Overall – 58-46)

Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights

Pick: Navy Midshipmen

Seal Team Six.

James Madison Dukes @ Sam Houston State Bearkats

Pick: James Madison Dukes

Two high-scoring offenses, but Dukes’ defense has more experience in shootouts.

Richmond Spiders @ Eastern Washington Eagles

Pick: Richmond Spiders

Kevin Johnson is the real deal. Defense can make stops when its back is against the wall. This was accomplished on the road. EWU hasn’t faced a team like Richmond that is battle tested this season.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Washington Redskins

At some point, they’re going to win. I can keep picking them if they are still favored because they should be winning these games. Washington rights the ship in Philly, Gruden coaches well there.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

Robb thinks this is the game Cleveland finally wins, has he watched the Bengals these past two weeks?

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck is back and primed to seal the deal in the AFC South.

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees had an off game against Detroit last week, he hasn’t had back to back games without a touchdown in years. Bucs have been solid, Brees will humble their defense.

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Pick: New York Giants

This is where the win streak ends for Dallas. New York must win to stay in 5th in the NFC standings. Cowboys already are in the playoffs, they’ll keep it interesting.

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