I’m very happy for Buffalo Bills fans in the Capital Region. Same goes for the area’s New York Jets fans, if there are any left.
CBS6 (WRGB) made the prudent decision this week to televise the Bills’s game against the New England Patriots on Sunday at 1 p.m., eschewing the potential blowout loss the 0-7 Jets could suffer against the 6-1 Kansas City Chiefs, which takes place at the same time.
The Bills are 5-2 and lead the AFC East. After starting 4-0, the Bills have stumbled of late, losing to the Tennessee Titans and Chiefs and barely beating the Jets last Sunday.
The Patriots’ dynasty appears to be over. Cam Newton is proving he is no Tom Brady. Heck, he’s not even the Cam Newton that led the Carolina Panthers to an appearance in Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Newton was benched in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Meanwhile, the Jets are not just awful, they are an embarrassment. How Adam Gase is still the head coach of the team astounds me. They actually scored one more touchdown than the Bills and still lost. The J-E-T-S are a M-E-S-S! I’m surprised the cardboard fans at MetLife Stadium aren’t wearing paper bags over their faces. I bet the area’s Jets fans will be happy not to have the game on locally.
As for my contest against Gazette news columnist Sara Foss, I gained another game. I went 11-3 to go to 70-34-1. Sara was 10-4 to improve to 72-32-1.
You can play The Daily Gazette U Pick ‘Em Football Contest by going to https://dailygazetteprofootball.upickem.net/.
Here are my Week 8 picks.
Carolina 30, Atlanta 27
Buffalo 24, New England 16
Tennessee 30, Cincinnati 23
Cleveland 34, Las Vegas 21
Indianapolis 27, Detroit 24
Green Bay 40, Minnesota 10
Kansas City 50, N.Y. Jets 3
L.A. Rams 27, Miami 23
Pittsburgh 21, Baltimore 20
L.A. Chargers 30, Denver 13
New Orleans 31, Chicago 17
Philadelphia 34, Dallas 10
Tampa Bay 38, N.Y. Giants 14
WEEK 8 TV SCHEDULE
(Announcers, games subject to change)
FOX23 (WXXA), NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video — Atalanta at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFL Network: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink; Amazon: Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer).
CBS6 (WRGB) — New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn).
FOX23 — Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver); New Orleans at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink).
NBC13 (WNYT) — Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Indianapolis at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Michael Grady); N.Y. Jets at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins); Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson); Tennessee at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (Spero Dedes, Adam Archuletta); L.A. Rams at Miami, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake); Las Vegas at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin); L.A. Chargers at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely); San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak).
ESPN — Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants, 8:15 p.m. (Steve Levy, Brain Griese and Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters).