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HH's Hump Day NFL Pick'em - Week 8

Guess what day it is??? Well, it's Thursday but Mike Harar continues Year 2 of his weekly pick'em contest - with new and improved prizes!!

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Welcome everybody to Week 8 and a Thursday edition of the Hump Day NFL Pick'em, with special prizes brought to you each week by our friends at NRG!


After a desperately needed and well deserved vacation to Mexico, we are back!  Maybe it was the all-you-could-drink adult beverages by the pool.  Maybe it was the Redskins victory that we were finally able to enjoy.  Whatever the reason, we are refreshed and ready to get back to business.  However, the staff of the Hump Day offices did not get in to Washington DC until late last night so we are only able to provide you an abridged version of the Pick'em today.  All will look the same, except there will be no witty comments attached to each game.  Some say that is actually an improvement to the article, but I disagree so we will have the normal set up again for next week.

As far as last week was concerned, after watching all the games we were amazed as we finished again with a record of 8-7, giving us eight points AGAIN.  This is something like the 203rd week in a row this has happened so it is imperative that we get over that hump somehow.  Would any of our twenty contestants come close to the mediocre number?  Here were the top 10 performers:























As you can see, we had a three way tie at the top with nine points.  After our lovely assistant drew a name out of my favorite Redskins hat, the winner was:


Congrats to DownLowTooSlow!!!!!!  Please email me your address and we will get your prize right out to you.

So with another 8-7 week, we improved our overall record to 49-56-1 and inched ever closer to the magical .500 record that has become our great white whale.  Let us now move on to Week 9!

Here we go!

For those of you who are new to our game, I state the rules:

This is a weekly contest in which I will make my game picks each Wednesday and invite you, the loyal Hogs Haven readers, to make your own picks in the comments section.

I will incorporate the spread as determined by Las Vegas the Tuesday before the games and you can earn 1 point for each correct choice.  I will add up the points at the end of each week, and the winner will earn a fabulous prize, courtesy of NRG, that will then be mailed to them.  If there are multiple contestants tied for the lead, there will be a drawing to determine the overall winner.  There will only be twenty contestants, so the first twenty responses will get in.

Each week the prize will change, and this year (unlike last year), a prize will be given out every single week since you are now only competing against each other and not me.  Simple right??

Here are my picks for this week:

San Diego Chargers (+8.5) at Denver Broncos: Pick: Broncos (-8.5)

Detroit Lions (-3.5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (in London): Pick: Lions (-3.5)

Minnesota Vikings (+3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pick: Vikings (+3)

Chicago Bears (+6) at New England Patriots: Pick: Patriots (-6)

St. Louis Rams (+7) at Kansas City Chiefs: Pick: Chiefs (-7)

Seattle Seahawks (-5) at Carolina Panthers: Pick: Seahawks (-5)

Buffalo Bills (+3) at New York Jets: Pick: Bills (+3)

Miami Dolphins (-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars: Pick: Dolphins (-6)

Houston Texans (-2) at Tennessee Titans: Pick: Texans (-2)

Baltimore Ravens (+1) at Cincinnati Bengals: Pick: Ravens (+1)

Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5) at Arizona Cardinals: Pick: Eagles (+2.5)

Indianapolis Colts (-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers: Pick: Colts (-3)

Oakland Raiders (+7) at Cleveland Browns: Pick: Raiders (+7)

Green Bay Packers (+1.5) at New Orleans Saints: Pick: Packers (+1.5)

Washington Redskins (+9.5) at Dallas Cowboys: Pick: Redskins (+9.5)

So there are my Week 8 picks. The winner this week will have this fabulous prize to look forward to, courtesy of NRG:

Two tickets to the next Redskins home game against the Buccaneers at 1pm on November 16!

That's right - you and a guest will be there as our Burgundy and Gold continue to fight for their playoff lives!

I will announce this week's winner next Wednesday on the next Hump Day post.

Good luck!!