2014 Week 8 NFL Picks: 5* Colts -3.5, 4* Texans -3.5 #freenflpicks #nflpick

[Colts/STEELERS] Having fallen off the wagon against in Week 7, it is impossible to resist the Colts.  The Colts arrive 5-0 ATS in their last five games in outscoring their opponents by 18 points on nearly 500 yards per game.  While the rushing attack is only averaging 86.3 rushing yards per game this season, Luck, 110.5 rating, had already powered out 19 touchdowns.  Although Roethlisberger arrives with a 96 rating himself behind an offense averaging over 380 yards per game, the Steelers have struggled versus winning teams in 2014.  This game will hinge on the Colts defense that is allowing only a 26% 3rd down percentage this season.

[Texans/TITANS] With its offense only powering 320 yards per game, the TITANS will struggle against the Texans today.  Even though their defense is allowing nearly 400 yards per game, the return of Foster, 4.9 yards per carry, has put the Texans back on the right track.  Having faced two of the NFL elite over the last three weeks, look for the Texans to run over a Titans team that arrives 0-4-1 ATS in their last five Home games, and 1-5 ATS in their last six matchups with Houston.  While both of these defenses have struggled on third down, look for the Texans to have the upper hand versus a Titans defense that is also allowing over 360 yards per game.

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  1. LOSER – Colts 34, Steelers 51 – Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – With a legacy-defining streak on the line, Ben Roethlisberger rose to the occasion and played the best football of his career. Roethlisberger carved up a good Indianapolis defense for 522 yards and six touchdowns and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to win 100 of his first 150 career starts in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 51-34 victory over the Colts on Sunday. Roethlisberger completed 40-of-49 passes to nine different receivers and matched Boomer Esiason for the fourth- most passing yards in a single game in league history. He finished just 32 yards shy of Norm Van Brocklin’s NFL record of 554, which was set back in 1951. He also set the Steelers franchise mark for passing yards and touchdowns. Antonio Brown was once again Roethlisberger’s favorite target, reeling in 10 passes for 133 yards and a pair of scores. Heath Miller had seven grabs for 112 and a touchdown, Martavis Bryant went for 83 yards and two touchdowns and Markus Wheaton found the end zone for the first time in his career. Le’Veon Bell also gained 148 yards from scrimmage for the Steelers (5-3), winners in three of their last four games. Roethlisberger’s career day overshadowed Andrew Luck’s second career 400-yard passing game. Luck completed 26-of-45 for 400 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. T.Y. Hilton made six catches for 155 and a touchdown as the Colts (5-3) saw their five-game win streak come to an end.

  2. WINNER – Texans 30, Titans 16 – Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Arian Foster finished with three total touchdowns to lead the Houston Texans to a 30-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Foster rushed for a 151 yards and two scores on 20 carries and added a receiving touchdown for the Texans (4-4), who snapped a three-game skid. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 19-of-35 passes for 227 yards and a score, and DeAndre Hopkins had a game-high 95 receiving yards on five catches in the win. Rookie Zach Mettenberger threw for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns with an interception on 27-of-41 efficiency in his first career start. Delanie Walker and Justin Hunter each caught a score for Tennessee (2-6), which dropped its second straight game heading into its bye week.

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