NFL Week 8 Picks

*Editor’s Note: Our own Nick Bair sent this week’s picks in from across the pond, so we gave him a break on explaining his reasoning this time. 

Thursday October 27th

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-3.5)

NB: Tennessee Titans.

RH: Tennessee Titans. My partner is currently living it up in Europe. He took a few minutes between going to the Arsenal match and having the unfortunate pleasure of attending the Rams vs Giants game to send me his picks. The extra half point has me a little worried, but the Titans have at least shown flashes of competence this season unlike the Jags.

Sunday October 30th

Washington Redskins vs Cincinnati Bengals (-3) (In London)

NB: Washington Redskins.

RH: Cincinnati Bengals. Washington could potentially be without starters Josh Norman, Matt Jones, Trent Williams and Jordan Reed in this matchup against Cincinnati. Despite their struggles ATS this season (3-4) this is a good spot for the Bengals here and with the injury to Big Ben they are in a prime position to take over the AFC North.

Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (-3)

NB: Atlanta Falcons.

RH: Green Bay Packers. The Falcons could be starting a new yearly ritual of falling apart after Week 5. Green Bay is coming in off extra rest and the Pack are 8-4 ATS on the road since the start of last season.

Detroit Lions at Houston Texans (-2.5)

NB: Detroit Lions.

RH: Detroit Lions. The Lions are on a roll while the Texans seem to get worse by the week. I might be on an island here, but I don’t think Brock Osweiler is quite as bad as his play on Monday against Denver. This is his chance to get back on track against a Lions team who has already allowed 18 touchdown passes this season.

Seattle Seahawks (-2.5) at New Orleans Saints

NB: Seattle Seahawks.

RH: New Orleans Saints. I don’t think we should underestimate the affect a game like Seattle just played can have on a team. The Saints are also 3-0 ATS as a home underdog since the start of last season.

New England Patriots (-6) at Buffalo Bills

NB: New England Patriots.

RH: New England Patriots. The Pats have revenge on their minds heading into this one after suffering their only loss of the season in Week 4 against Buffalo. It also looks as if the Bills will be without Lesean McCoy for this one, keep betting on the Pats.

New York Jets (-4) at Cleveland Browns

NB: Cleveland Browns.

RH: Cleveland Browns. Everyone buckle their seatbelts for a battle between the two worst teams in the league based on DVOA. I’m not sure why this line is so high with the way the Jets have played this season. I think the Browns not only cover in this one, but get their first (and possibly only)  win of the season!

Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1)

NB: Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

RH: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is a tough one as I like the way both teams are currently playing. I’ll go with the Bucs as I think there is just a touch of value on the Tampa side. This game has sneaky shootout potential.

Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) at Indianapolis Colts

NB: Kansas City Chiefs.

RH: Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs look ready to go on a roll similar to the one last season. The Colts find themselves in a familiar situation facing a team that has the advantage at almost every position except for quarterback. Grab this line early as it has the potential to rise by game time Sunday.

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (-5.5)

NB: Denver Broncos.

RH: Denver Broncos. The Chargers are playing really good football, but I’ll take Denver in this one as the Broncos are already 3-1 ATS at home this season. This is more of a stay away than anything.

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers (-2.5)

NB: Carolina Panthers.

RH: Carolina Panthers. As I mentioned earlier you have to take into account the game Arizona just played in. Throw on the fact the Panthers have an extra week to prep for an Arizona team they embarrassed in the playoffs last season.

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (-4.5)

NB: Dallas Cowboys.

RH: Philadelphia Eagles. This game has a little bit of everything in it. First place in the NFC East on the line, the first installment of Wentz vs Dak and a battle between the number one offense by DVOA (Dallas) and the number one defense by DVOA (Philadelphia). I’ll take the points in what should be a close, physical game between these two rivals.

Monday October 31st

Minnesota Vikings (-6) at Chicago Bears

NB: Minnesota Vikings.

RH: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings offensive line (or lack thereof) was exposed last week by the Eagles pass rushers causing concern for Minnesota going forward. However that will not matter in this one as the Vikings get back on track against the terrible Bears.

Season Record:

NB: 55-51-1 (9-6 Last week)

RH: 45-61-1 (7-8 Last week)

-Nick Bair & Randy Haines

Odds according to Westgate Las Vegas

Photo credit: Getty Images


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