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APC NFL Picks, Week 8: Writers take Rams straight up, fans think Packers cover the spread

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We can’t quite bring ourselves to pick the Packers this week — at least not most of us.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

As the Green Bay Packers prepare for arguably the toughest game on their 2018 schedule this weekend, the writing staff here at Acme Packing Company is showing little faith in their ability to pull out a victory over the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams. Sure, the Packers have showed up in games like this before — think back to their drubbing of the 5-0 Houston Texans in 2012 — but LA feels like a team that’s unstoppable on offense right now.

Thus, APC’s writers are nearly unanimous in our picks for this week’s game, taking the Rams straight up with only two exceptions. Let’s all give credit to our Jordan Smith and Kris Burke for keeping the faith in the Green and Gold, and here’s hoping their pick ends up being the right one.

Meanwhile, Sunday night’s game between the Saints and Vikings will have major implications, both within the two teams’ divisions and across the NFC as a whole. By a narrow 7-6 margin, APC is going with

Week 8 NFL Picks

Game Tex Jason Peter Kris Bob Jon M Jordan Matub Mike Paul Shawn Wendi Zach APC Pick
Game Tex Jason Peter Kris Bob Jon M Jordan Matub Mike Paul Shawn Wendi Zach APC Pick
MIA @ HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU*
PHI @ JAX PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI JAX PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI
BAL @ CAR BAL CAR BAL CAR CAR BAL CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR
NYJ @ CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI NYJ CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI
TB @ CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN*
SEA @ DET SEA SEA DET SEA DET DET DET DET DET SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA
DEN @ KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC KC*
WAS @ NYG WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS WAS*
CLE @ PIT PIT PIT PIT CLE PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
IND @ OAK IND IND IND IND IND IND IND OAK IND IND IND IND IND IND
SF @ ARI ARI SF SF SF SF SF SF ARI SF ARI SF SF SF SF
GB @ LAR LAR LAR LAR GB LAR LAR GB LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR LAR
NO @ MIN NO MIN MIN NO NO NO NO NO NO MIN MIN MIN MIN NO
NE @ BUF NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE*

FanPulse Results

APC’s writers don’t like the Packers to win the game this week, and neither did our readers in our FanPulse survey. However, with the point spread sitting at nine points currently (after opening at Rams -8.5), they do think the Packers will cover, expecting an average margin of victory for Los Angeles at seven points. Turf Show Times readers are right in step with that as well, expecting an eight-point victory for their team.