2013 Week 8 5* NFL Pick: Saints -10.5 49ers -15.5 -3.5 4* Packers -7.5 #nflonedotcom

[Bills/SAINTS] Former Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone, and Bills, 1-4 ATS in their last five Road games will find the Saints, 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a bye week, a tough foe today for a Bills defense allowing over 380 yards per game. While its rushing attack is only managing 86.7 yards per game, Brees, 102.6 rating, is commanding a passing attack that is rolling 311 yards per game; simply too much for the Bills on the Road.

[49ers/JAGUARS] As the NFL heads to London, it appears that Gabbert, 36 rating, may be back at the helm versus a 49ers team that is 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Jaguars, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games, will have its hands full with the 49ers rushing attack averaging 143 yards per game; Gore, 4.3 ypc and Kapernick, 5.7 ypc. Its defense allowing over 390 yards per game.

[Packers/VIKINGS] With Freeman going down with a concussion, it appears that Ponder, 65.9 rating, will be back at the helm of a Viking team that is powering only 214.3 passing yards per game. Back on track, look for a Packers offense that is powering over 434.7 yards per game to go to the air on Rodgers arm, 104.5 rating, and never look back. With its defense allowing only 79 rushing yards per game, look for the Vikings to struggle to find the end zone in this one.

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  1. WINNER – Bills 17, SAINTS 35 – New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) – Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes and hit 10 different targets, as the New Orleans Saints shook off the rust to post a 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills at the Superdome. Brees had 332 yards on 26-of-34 passing for the Saints (6-1), who were coming off their bye. They suffered their lone loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion a week earlier at New England on a last-second touchdown pass by Tom Brady. Star tight end Jimmy Graham and rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills both had two touchdown receptions for New Orleans. Graham was questionable heading into Sunday after suffering a foot injury against the Patriots, who held him without a catch. Buffalo quarterback Thad Lewis was under pressure from the get-go. He fumbled three times, losing two, and threw an interception while completing 22-of-39 passes for 234 yards with a touchdown to wideout Stevie Johnson. Johnson and tight end Scott Chandler both had 72 yards on seven catches for Buffalo (3-5), which has lost three of its last four games.

  2. WINNER – 49ers 42, JAGUARS 10 – London, England (SportsNetwork.com) – The winless Jacksonville Jaguars have been searching for answers all season. Not even a change of scenery could help the limping team Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore each scored two touchdowns on the ground as the San Francisco 49ers dominated the Jaguars by a 42-10 margin. Gore carried the ball 19 times for 71 yards for the 49ers (6-2), who have eclipsed 30 points in each game of a current five-game winning streak. The accomplishment ties a team record for consecutive games scoring 30 or more points, also set in 1994 and 1997. Kaepernick completed 10-of-16 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown for San Francisco, which made its second trip to Wembley Stadium after having bested the Denver Broncos 24-16 on Oct. 31, 2010. Kaepernick also carried the ball seven times for 54 yards. Chad Henne connected on 29- of-45 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars (0-8), who are off to the worst start in team history.

  3. WINNER – Packers 44, VIKINGS 31 – Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Aaron Rodgers and his seldom-used receivers are making it work. Rodgers threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers’ 44-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Rodgers, who was a perfect 10-of-10 for 172 yards and his pair of scores on third down, finished 24-of-29 for the Packers (5-2), who have won four straight games. Green Bay was 13-of-18 on third down overall and tallied points on each possession before its final drive where it took a knee. Jordy Nelson, the only mainstay among the receiving corps, caught seven passes for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Eddie Lacy carried the ball 29 times for 94 yards and a score in the triumph. Adrian Peterson ran for 60 yards and a score on 13 carries, while also adding three receptions for 23 yards for Minnesota (1-6), which has dropped three in a row. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34 last December to make the postseason, but lost to Green Bay in the wild-card encounter a week later. Peterson rushed for 409 yards in his two regular-season outings versus Green Bay last year and added another 99 yards on 22 carries in their wild-card tilt. Christian Ponder struggled in his return to the lineup, completing 14-of-21 passes for 145 yards. Ponder got the starting nod after the newly-acquired Josh Freeman suffered a concussion during Monday’s 23-7 loss to the New York Giants. Cordarrelle Patterson set an NFL record with a 109-yard return on the opening kickoff in defeat.

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