All the picks in one place! The BookieSmash team breaks down every NFL game for Week 8, and offers the best bet for each game using our wide array of betting sites. Read on before placing your bets this week!
SUNDAY, OCT. 30
Washington Redskins at Cincinnati Bengals
It's another London game, this time between the Redskins and Bengals. Both of these teams appear to be roughly evenly matched, so it's a little bit surprising to see the Bengals listed at -3 here. The Redskins blew one late against the Lions last week but have otherwise been playing pretty well in recent weeks. The loss of Matt Jones at RB likely won't be much of a factor here, it will just be on Kirk Cousins to avoid throwing picks. As long as he can do that, we like Washington to keep this one close.
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons have been mighty impressive so far this year, and even in the loss to the Chargers last weekend, they had the game pretty well secured before blowing things at the end. Going up 17 resulted in the team letting off the gas a bit and failing to score much in the second half, and Philip Rivers made them pay. The Packers look extra one-dimensional right now with RB Eddie Lacy going under the knife, and Aaron Rodgers has not been at his sharpest this year. If this was a team with higher expectations putting up the results the Falcons have, this line would be -4.5, so there looks to be value here at -3.
Detroit Lions at Houston Texans
The Lions may have managed to pull off the win last week, but this remains a highly flawed team with a terrible defense that can't really stop either the pass or the run. The Redskins and the bumbling, fumbling Matt Jones couldn't take advantage of this awful run defense. As bad as Brock Osweiler has been for the Texans, you can bet they'll come out looking to fire a steady dose of Lamar Miller runs if he shows he's healthy in practice this week. Jadeveon Clowney is going to do scary things knowing he doesn't have to worry about the Lions running — the team has almost no healthy backs — and the Texans cover at home.
Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans Saints
The Saints always play much better at home, and that's where they'll be for the Week 8 date with the Seahawks and their outstanding defense. Drew Brees and Co. got bottled up against the Chiefs, but the friendly confines of their home dome should allow them to get back on track, even against a Hawks defense that's allowing only 4.8 yards per play. They just need to make sure they get after this putrid Seahawks offensive line and put pressure on Russell Wilson.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
It's been pretty much a roll show for the Patriots since they got Tom Brady back, and the market expects that to continue this week as they're solid road favorites over the Bills. While the Patriots are getting healthier as the season continues, it's the opposite for the Bills. Although star DT Marcel Dareus is back, the Bills are dealing with a ton of injuries on offense as their receiving corps has been absolutely decimated and now LeSean McCoy looks likely to sit. He's been their only offense recently, and it's hard to see how this team is going to keep up with a Patriots team that's sure to put up points.
Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Bucs
The Bucs defense finally showed some life with the addition of Gerald McCoy, returning from injury and constantly disrupting the 49ers up front. As for the Raiders, they've been among the worst teams on that side of the ball. However, things have slowly turned for the better. The defense has gone from allowing a historically bad 8+ yards per play to merely worst in the league at 6.7. This defense has a good amount of talent and should not continue to be this bad, especially against a one-dimensional Bucs offense that's trotting out a scatback and giving him carries with Doug Martin out injured.
KC Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts
Both of these teams picked up wins last week, with Andrew Luck dragging the Colts to victory at Tennessee and the Chiefs riding Spencer Ware and the defense to a home win over the Saints. The Colts are still not a good football team, with a defense that's second-worst only in front of Detroit. However, the Chiefs are not the type to put up big point totals. Coach Andy Reid is likely to lean on the run, just like when the team only scored 27 at home against the awful Saints defense. The Chiefs' salty defense is particularly strong against the pass too, which should necessitate more runs than usual from the Colts, helping kill the clock.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
It was another great week for the Chargers as they got a monster road W against the Falcons after falling behind by 17 in the first half. However, one has to wonder how long they can keep this up, particularly with all of the injuries piling up. The best way to attack this Denver D is on the ground — they rank second against the pass but just 14th against the run. The Chargers do have Melvin Gordon, but while he has piled up touchdowns, he has struggled to really produce consistently, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. As soon as Rivers is forced into third-and-long spots, this could go downhill for San Diego.
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are coming off a bye in a crucial game here at home against the Cardinals. A loss here and their season is almost certainly toast as they would be 1-6. They've had two weeks to prepare and figure out a way to slow down an Arizona offense that really struggled against the Seahawks. The big key will be finding a way to get Larry Fitzgerald under control. With other Arizona WRs hobbled and/or bad, if they can take Fitzgerald away, it will basically be up to the very capable David Johnson to do it all. That's tough for any RB to do, so we think the Panthers get the big win and cover at home.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
The Eagles understandably struggled on offense last week in a win over the Vikings that was largely fueled by turnovers and special teams. They'll have an easier assignment this week against a Cowboys unit that's been quite porous against the pass at 22nd in the league. The Eagles, meanwhile, have throttled opposing passing games but only been about average against running games. That's bad news against Ezekiel Elliott and this elite Dallas offensive line. Both teams should be able to score in this one.
MONDAY, OCT. 31
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Green Bay made mincemeat of the Bears on Thursday night, so they come into this battle with the Vikes having a little extra rest and time to prepare. That's going to be a must against this ferocious Vikings defense. The return of Jay Cutler is also at hand, and it's hard to see what that will mean. Both Cutler and WR Alshon Jeffery are probably playing for their next contracts, and nobody seems to believe this one will be close as the public is piling on the Vikings. We think the Bears surprise some people and keep this one close in a low-scoring affair.
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