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NFL Week 8 Picks, Odds and Live Scores
Welcome to Week 8 in the NFL! There are a ton of interesting matchups on tap this week, including the Seahawks against the Saints, and the London game between the Bengals and Redskins. Minnesota is also looking to get back on the winning side of things in this week’s Monday Night primetime game, after suffering their first loss of the season last week to a dominent Eagles team. What surprises does this week have for us?
NFL Odds Week 8
Last week was a week to forget, as we went 1-7, but what’s more important is being on the same side as the sharps. It started off badly with a Chicago Bears loss on TNF, and things never got back on track. Our lone winning pick was the New Orleans Saints, who covered the sharp line of +7 by a single point. Things will turn around though, if we stay the course.
Week 8 NFL Predictions
This week we have picks for 7 games: Arizona at Carolina, the Lions vs. Texans, Green Bay against Atlanta, Cininnati hosting Washington in London, the Seahawks at Saints, the Jets visiting the winless Browns, and the Monday night game, Minnesota vs. Chicago. Let’s get in to it!
Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers Prediction
BET CAROLINA PANTHERS -2.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. These two underachieving teams get to face off in an NFC Championship rematch from last year. The Carolina Panthers took that game in a 49-15 drubbing and while things are looking a lot worse for them this season, they will be eager to improve their 1-5 record with a win here. The NFC South isn’t that competitive, with the 4-3 Falcons sitting on top of the division, so Riverboat Ron and company know they aren’t out of the running yet. If the Panthers can get their 26th ranked pass defense in order, they could be an elite team again.
The Arizona Cardinals don’t have much luck against this Panthers team at home, as the home team a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two, and Carolina’s an impressive 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 between them. On paper, stats wise, the Cards look to be the clear winner, but based on last season’s result, trends, and the demoralizing tie this team had to settle for last week, these Panthers are sure to pounce on the wounded birds. It’s do or die time. Take the Carolina Panthers at -2.5.
Detroit Lions @ Houston Texans Prediction
BET DETROIT LIONS +2.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions are about to stretch it to 4 wins in a row this Sunday. Stafford is on a roll and burgeoning into a top QB, which is a potent weapon with such a pass heavy Lion offense. Ranked 3rd in the league with a passer of 105.7, 4th in TD passes, and 8th in total passing yards with 1914, this quarterback and team are on the way up. The Houston Texans unfortunately, are not. That loss to Denver on a big stage was a turning point for this team. With a poor run defense, the Lions will be able to take advantage. The Texans pass defense is quite strong though, allowing only 184.7 passing yards per game, and with an 11th ranked pass rush could give Stafford some problems.
This is another game where on paper, without context, Houston is the play. But recent trends say otherwise. The Lions are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after a straight up and ATS win, and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after getting over 350 yards in their last game. Houston is only 1-5 ATS in their last 6 against a team with a winning record, and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. These are two teams going in different directions. Stats included, this should probably be around a PK, so take the points. Take the Detroit Lions at +2.5.
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons Prediction
BET ATLANTA FALCONS -2.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. For yet another week going, we are taking the Atlanta Falcons. They disappointed us, and themselves, last week, but will make up for thei performances the past two weeks. As stated last week, they did not deserve to lose those two games, and should be firmly in the lead of their division. Their offense is still absolutely stunning, ranking 1st in the league with 32.7 points per game and yards with 433.6, 2nd in passing yards with 319 per game, and QB Matt Ryan has a passer rating of 113.6, and has thrown for at least 200 yards in his last 46 games in a row, an NFL record! The problem for them has been defense, but the Green Bay Packers aren’t anything special when it comes to that, with a 20th ranked pass offense, and ranked 29th in number of large pass plays of over 20 yards with 14.
QB Aaron Rodgers showed a bit of his old self last week, but the buck stops here. The Packers aren’t good at carrying over momentum, going 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 after a straight up win. The Falcons, on the other hand, play up to their opponents, going 4-0 ATS in their last 4 against a team over .500, and are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 overall. We’ll keep riding this train. Take the Atlanta Falcons at -2.5.
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears Prediction
BET MINNESOTA VIKINGS -4.5 AT BET365. Let’s skip ahead to Monday night now for the primetime game, which pits the top of the NFC North against the bottom. The Chicago Bears get their starting QB Jay Cutler back, but it’s just in time for the Minnesota Vikings to right their longboat. Money actually came in on Minnesota once Cutler was announced to be playing, so sharp consensus is that he won’t be saving the Bears anytime soon, especially against this top notch Vikings defense. This Minny team will deal with Cutler easily, with their 4th ranked pass defense, allowing only 197.8 passing yards per game. They’ve also only allowed one 40+ yard pass the entire season. This defense also has 9 interceptions and 7 fumble recoveries, and a +11 turnover ratio. They are also the only team to have 4 players with at least 3 sacks.
Minnesota’s offense isn’t where it should be for a team that just had it’s first loss last week. They rely on defense and just win games. Turnovers are what hurt the Vikings during their last outing. They will learn from it and bounce back this week in a big way. Take the Minnesota Vikings at -4.5.
Washington Redskins @ Cincinnati Bengals Prediction
BET CINCINNATI BENGALS -2.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Get your play in early for this one because it’s a a London game with a 9:30am kickoff time, with the ‘home’ team being the Cincinnati Bengals. They are coming off a sorely needed division win against the Browns in which AJ Green was the key. He has been the key in all of Cincy’s wins so far, as when he is effective, they win, and when he is not, they lose. He is the main reason the Bengals’ pass offense is ranked 4th in the league, with 276.9 pass yards per game. This team is also ranked 3rd in 40+ pass completions with 8. The Washington Redskins‘ pass defense is nothing to write home about, sitting at an average 243.6 pass yards allowed per game.
The Bengals are longterm cash plays going 15-7-2 ATS in their last 24 games overall, and are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 after getting at least 350 yards total in their last game. The Redskins are coming off a demoralizing loss to the Lions in which they outplayed them the entire game and still lost, while the Bengals regained their thirst for blood by using the Browns as a stepping stone to get back into the game. This is another story of two teams going in different directions, and at the end of the day both teams will be be sitting at .500. Take the Cincinnati Bengals at -2.5.
Seattle Seahawks @ New Orleans Saints Prediction
BET NEW ORLEANS SAINTS +3 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. This might be the most interesting game on the card. Both teams match up against each other very well, trading strengths. The New Orleans Saints are an offensive powerhouse behind Drew Brees. He is averaging 350 passing yards per game, the best of his career, and last week broke a record throwing his 100th 300-yard game. His team’s pass offense is ranked 1st in the league with 339.3 passing yards per game, but the Seattle Seahawks have a top 10 pass defense themselves, allowing 226 pass yards per game. Another strength is the Saint’s pass protection, which has only allowed 9 sacks, but this goes up against a Seattle pass rush that has 20 sacks. Brees also has a strong QB rating of 104.4, good for 4th in the league, but the hawks’ QB rating against in only 76.2, also good for 4th in the league.
Virtuall deadlocked, two things make the Saints the right pick. Trends do not favor Seattle, as they are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after an ATS win. The Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last 5, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after getting more than 250 passing yards in their last game, and a stunning 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games against a team that’s over .500. The other thing that makes the Saints the play is the points. This is a game where the points aren’t needed, but we will take them for extra security. Take the New Orleans Saints at +3.
New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns Prediction
BET CLEVELAND BROWNS +3 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Mark this down. The Cleveland Browns will be 1-7 after this week. Well, if not, they will at least have covered the spread. This matchup is just what the doctor ordered for the winless team. They actually have a top 10 running game, and their passing weaknesses are all but erased, given the New York Jets abysmal pass defense. They are allowing 282.7 passing yards per game, 27th in the league, and have given up nine 40+ pass plays, good for 31st in the league. Their QB rating against is also ranked 30th at 104.1. The Jets are also having some turmoil in the locker room, as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t feeling any love after being benched, but returns for this game.
These Jets are just as bad as the Browns when it comes to trends as well. They are only 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after allowing less than 90 rushing yards in their last game, and only 1-4 ATS in their last 5 overall. New York is no elite team, sitting at just 2 wins better than Cleveland. If there’s any time for the Browns to get a win it’s this game. Take the Cleveland Browns at +3.
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