Week 8 of the NFL regular season is here. No, it’s not mid-season, don’t forget that starting this year the regular season is made up of 18 weeks.
There are plenty of headlines towards Week 8. The Arizona Cardinals keep winning, the Detroit Lions remain winless, and the Kansas City Chiefs are in real trouble. Also, we’ve some new tenants in the Head Coaches hot seat.
We already have the Week 8 odds fully loaded. Be sure to check ‘em and pick your favorites!
NFL Week 8 Preview
You better be ready. The action begins on Thursday Night with what could finish being a preview of the NFC Championship Game. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will pay a visit to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.
On Sunday, among many other interesting matchups, we’ll have Derrick Henry vs Jonathan Taylor. Henry leads the league in rushing yards, followed by…that’s right, Taylor. Also, Ezekiel Elliott and Dalvin Cook will collide on Sunday Night. It should be a great day for old school football enthusiasts.
Last but not least, the Kansas City Chiefs hope to catch a break when the New York Giants visit them on Monday Night.
The NFL Week 8 odds are ready and waiting as we look through each game. Keep in mind that the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders will not be playing.
NFL Games of the Week
Green Bay Packers
Arizona Cardinals (-6)October 28, 8:20 p.m. ET
The Green Bay Packers (6-1) have played particularly well, but they’ve found more than one way to win. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve a very talented roster. However, they’ve suffered too much against weaker teams such as the Chicago Bears and the Washington Football Team.
They could suffer a little bit more on Thursday Night when visiting the Arizona Cardinals (7-0). Davante Adams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning Rodgers could be without his best target. Adams is third in the league with 744 receiving yards.
Regarding the unbeaten Cardinals, Kyler Murray suffered some nasty hits against the Houston Texans in Week 7. Nevertheless, the dual-threat quarterback kept producing. With Zach Ertz now on board, Arizona’s offense is kind of unfair.
Defensively, Markus Golden and Chandler Jones have combined for 11 sacks. Byron Murphy has contributed with three interceptions. We’re talking about a well-balanced team.
The Cardinals are 4-1 straight up in their last five games against the Packers. Also, they’re 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games played in October.
Cincinnati Bengals (-10)
New York JetsOctober 31, 1:00 p.m. ET
Believe in Joe Burrow! Believe in Ja’Marr Chase! Believe in Logan Wilson! Believe in Trey Hendrickson! Bottom line, believe in the Cincinnati Bengals!
Cincy went to Baltimore and crushed the Ravens 41-17 in Week 7. Burrow threw for 416 yards, 201 to Chase, and three touchdowns. The Bengals also scored two rushing touchdowns. They have it all.
On the other hand, the New York Jets (1-5) will be welcoming the Bengals without QB Zach Wilson. The rookie is expected to miss two to four weeks due to a knee injury. Mike White and Joe Flacco (recently acquired on a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles) will be the replacement options.
Expect the Jets to heavily rely on the running game. This is the opportunity that Michael Carter, Elijah Moore, and Ty Johnson were expecting. Defensively, they’ll have to pick their preferred poison, that’s it.
The Bengals are 1-9 SU in their last 10 games when playing on the road against the Jets. They’ll improve to 2-9 on Sunday.
Tennessee Titans (-1)
Indianapolis ColtsOctober 31, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Tennessee Titans (5-2) are in control of the AFC South, but the Indianapolis Colts (3-4) are getting into rhythm. Good thing the Titans are visiting the Colts on Sunday to settle which team is better once and for all.
Expect both to heavily rely on the running game. Derrick Henry leads the league in rushing yards with 869, Taylor’s second with 579. Henry has scored 10 touchdowns, while Taylor has scored five. I’m telling you; it’s going to be an epic battle.
If Julio Jones and T.Y. Hilton make it, we would also have a very talented lineup of receivers. It would also include A.J. Brown, Michael Pittman Jr, and Mo-Alie Cox.
The Colts lead the all-time series 35-19-0. They’re 14-4 SU in their last 18 games when playing at home against Tennessee. You can also expect some fireworks, the total has gone over in the Titans’ last five games on the road.
Los Angeles Rams (-14½)
Houston TexansOctober 31, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Los Angeles Rams (6-1) did the right thing by trading Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford. It’s not just that Stafford has a better arm, but he’s also a better leader, on and off the field. He has thrown for 300+ yards in four games. That’s the same number of games in which he threw three or more touchdown passes.
With Stafford under center, Cooper Kupp has become an elite receiver. Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee and Van Jefferson have also benefited greatly. Defensively, Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and Nick Scott have been sensational. They also are a well-balanced team.
The Houston Texans (1-6) isn’t a well-balanced team, and they’ll suffer against the Rams. QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to be back, but that shouldn’t change things. I still don’t understand why the offense doesn’t rely more on the running game. Last week, none of their running backs had more than seven attempts. That’s ridiculous considering they’ve David Johnson, Mark Ingram, and Phillip Lindsay.
We’ve a double-digit spread here. Houston is 1-5 ATS in their last six games against opponents from the NFC. Also, the total has gone over in six of the Rams’ last nine games. Expect that trend to continue in a blowout.
Cleveland Browns (-3½)October 31, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) will be coming back from a much-needed bye week. Ben Roethlisberger isn’t the same, that’s why I expect the Steelers to become a run-first team. With Juju Smith-Schuster out, Big Ben can only trust in Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool.
Rookie RB Najee Harris has done a great job, both running and catching the ball. Fortunately for him, the defense can also contribute a lot. T.J. Watt is third in the league with 7.5 sacks, and he fully recovered from a groin injury.
The Cleveland Browns (4-3) come from a huge victory over the Denver Broncos. Not because the Broncos are good, but because they played without Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt. Case Keenum and D’Ernest Johnson did a great job replacing them.
Mayfield and Chubb are expected to play against the Steelers, but Hunt will remain out. Defensively, Myles Garret has had a great season, he leads the team and the league with 9.5 sacks. He’s the current favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year.
Expect a fierce divisional battle. The Steelers lead the all-time series 77-61-1, but the Browns are 4-1 SU in their last five games at home.
Philadeplhia Eagles (-3)
Detroit LionsOctober 31, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Philadelphia Eagles (2-5) lost their last two games and now they’re tied with the New York Giants and the Washington Football Team. QB Jalen Hurts has done a good job, but he lacks weapons. Other than TE Dallas Goedert and WR DeVonta Smith, he can’t rely much on anyone else.
After trading Zach Ertz to the Cardinals, now the Eagles will be without RB Miles Sanders for several weeks. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 7. Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott are expected to have a bigger role.
The Detroit Lions (0-7) will play host to the Eagles looking for their first victory. Last week, they fought bravely against the Rams, but it wasn’t enough. TE T.J. Hockenson remains their best receiver, but he’s not an explosive weapon.
D’Andre Swift has become a dual-threat RB and their best chance to win. He comes from a 144 total yards game, including one receiving touchdown. The Lions deserve to be the home underdogs, but this looks like a good opportunity to get their first W.
Expect points. The total has gone over in four of Philadelphia’s last five games when playing on the road against Detroit.
San Francisco 49ers (-3½)
Chicago BearsOctober 31, 1:00 p.m. ET
Jimmy Garoppolo is back, and head coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear, he’s the San Francisco 49ers (2-4) starting QB. He didn’t do a good job against the Colts in Week 7 (181 yards, 1 touchdown, two interceptions). However, rookie Trey Lance isn’t ready yet.
The Niners are expected to heavily rely on RB Eli Mitchell, at least for now. He ran for 107 yards and one touchdown in Week 7. Remember that George Kittle is out due to injury. He’s expected to be back on November 7.
They’ll pay a visit to the Chicago Bears (3-4), a team who’s in a similar QB situation. Justin Fields threw for 184 yards and three interceptions in Week 7. I still think he’s a better option than Andy Dalton. He just needs more confidence.
Khalil Herbert has become the team’s most reliable running back. Damien Williams is back, but he’ll need some time to get back into rhythm.
The Bears are 5-2 SU in their last seven games when playing at home against the 49ers.
Atlanta Falcons (-3)October 31, 1:00 p.m. ET
The Carolina Panthers (3-4) have lost four games in a row, but HC Matt Rhule is backing up QB Sam Darnold. PJ Tucker finished the game against the New York Giants in Week 7, but Darnold’s job isn’t in doubt. That’s assuming the Panthers don’t make a trade for Deshaun Watson.
Carolina has really missed Christian McCaffrey, who won’t be eligible to return until Week 9. Chubba Hubbard hasn’t done a bad job, but he’s not a dual-threat and he lacks explosiveness.
The Atlanta Falcons (3-3) will be welcoming the Panthers with open arms. Carolina is the perfect opponent to increase their winning streak to three games.
Kyle Pitts is finally responding. The fourth pick in the 2021 draft surpassed the 100-yard mark in Atlanta’s last two games. He has become Matt Ryan’s most reliable target, while Calvin Ridley remains the best second option.
Atlanta’s backfield is now led by Cordarrelle Patterson. The RB/WR has become a very valuable asset to the offense. He ran the ball 14 times in Week 4, Mike Davis only did it four times.
The Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last six games when playing at home against the Panthers.
Miami Dolphins (-13½)
Buffalo BillsOctober 31, 1:00 p.m. ET
Miami Dolphins’ (1-6) head coach Brian Flores told the press that Tua Tagovailoa is the starting QB. Nevertheless, rumor has it that the Dolphins are the favorites to land Deshaun Watson. Tagovailoa would be involved in the trade.
Not everything is Tagovailoa’s fault. In fact, he threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns in Week 7, but the defense couldn’t hold Matt Ryan. The backfield hasn’t helped much either. Myles Gaskin hasn’t surpassed the 70-yard mark in any game.
The Buffalo Bills (4-2) will try to crush the Dolphins after enjoying their bye-week. They’re at the top of the AFC East, but two weeks ago they suffered a heartbroken loss to the Titans. The defense was truly embarrassed by Derrick Henry.
Offensively, the Bills should be fine even with TE Dawson Knox out due to injury. Josh Allen is among the top candidates to win MVP. Also, Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders have become a very dangerous duo.
The Bills are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home. Also, the total has gone over in five of their last six games against Miami.
New England Patriots (-5½)
Los Angeles ChargersOctober 31, 4:05 p.m. ET
Mac Jones is looking better each week. The New England Patriots (3-4) rookie QB threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7. Damien Harris and J.J. Taylor scored two rushing touchdowns each, meaning Jones doesn’t have to carry all the pressure.
Defensively, they’ve improved over the last couple of weeks. They faced the Jets in Week 7 but regaining confidence prior to facing the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) it’s huge.
The Chargers own a very explosive offense thanks to Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Jared Cook. Williams is among the league’s leaders in receiving touchdowns with six.
Los Angeles will be back after enjoying its bye-week. After losing 34-6 to the Ravens in Week 6, the coaching staff had a lot to fix, especially on defense.
The Patriots are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games against an opponent from the AFC West. However, the Chargers are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games.
Seattle Seahawks (-3½)October 31, 4:05 p.m. ET
The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) come off their bye-week and will be looking to get their second victory in a row. Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence threw for 319 yards in their last game, showing he has what it takes. Don’t get wrong, he still has a lot to improve, but the talent is there.
I think Jacksonville improved since relying more on James Robinson as their starting RB. He ran for 73+ yards in each of their last five, also scoring at least one touchdown. WR DJ Chark will miss the rest of the season, meaning Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault roles will increase.
The Seattle Seahawks (2-5) need Russell Wilson back, but he’s not expected to return until Week 10. They’ve lost two games in a row with Geno Smith under center. Most recently, they only scored 10 points against the New Orleans Saints.
D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett remain a dangerous duo, but Smith isn’t as efficient as Wilson when going deep. Not having Chris Carson has also been tough for Seattle, Alex Collins is a reliable RB, but he lacks experience.
The Jaguars vs Seahawks will be a tough one to predict. Jacksonville is 2-4 ATS in its last six games against Seattle. Don’t expect too many points, the total went under in four of Seattle’s last five games.
Washington Football Team
Denver Broncos (-3)October 31, 4:25 p.m. ET
The Denver Broncos lead the odds board against the Washington Football Team thanks to playing at home. That’s it. Vic Fangio’s team just lost to the Browns despite facing their practice squad offense.
Denver has been dealing with a lot of injuries, especially on defense, but that’s no excuse. Lately, Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t been able to move the chains. Maybe it’s time for the Broncos to rely more on the running game. Rookie Javonte Williams seems like a very good RB.
Washington’s also on the downside. They’ve lost three in a row, scoring 13 points or less in the last two. RB Antonio Gibson has been dealing with an injury, but they don’t want to place him on reserve. Maybe they should, for him to fully heal. J.D. McKissic is more than capable of carrying the load.
Terry McLaurin remains an elite receiver. The problem is that he’s all alone out there.
The WFT are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Broncos. Also, the total has gone under in five of Denver’s last seven games. Expect that trend to continue.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5)
New Orleans SaintsOctober 31, 4:25 p.m. ET
Tom Brady did it. He became the first QB in NFL history to throw for 600+ touchdown passes. He did it during a masterclass against the Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved to 6-1. They scored 38 points even with Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski out.
Defensively, the Buccaneers have improved a lot since losing to the Rams in Week 4. They allowed 22 points or less in each of their last four games. Beating the New Orleans Saints (4-2) would allow them to increase their advantage at the top of the NFC South.
What can we say about the Saints? Well, they’re not a particularly good team, but they’ve found different ways to win. Jameis Winston remains an inconsistent QB, but Alvin Kamara is more than capable to carry the load.
Only 4% of the betting market believe the Saints will be able to cover. The Buccaneers are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games when playing on the road against the Saints. They shouldn’t have any problem improving to 4-8 on Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys (-2½)
Minnesota VikingsOctober 31, 8:20 p.m. ET
Two explosive offenses will collide on Sunday Night. That’s not all, both will be well-rested after enjoying their bye-week. That means Dak Prescott, and Dalvin Cook have had more time to fully recover and put up a show.
The Cowboys (5-1) haven’t lost since their opener. Prescott and WR CeeDee Lamb have become a very dangerous duo, while Ezekiel Elliott has been regaining confidence. Michael Gallup has been cleared to return to practice. If he plays, Prescott will have plenty of options to throw to.
On the other hand, we’ve the 3-3 Minnesota Vikings. Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, and Dalvin Cook are one scary offense. However, they need more help from the defense, otherwise they won’t be able to catch Green Bay.
Expect Cook and Elliott to shine in Dallas vs Minnesota. Also, expect the total to go over. The total went over in Dallas’ last five games against an opponent from the NFC North.
New York Giants
Kansas City Chiefs (-10)November 1, 8:15 p.m. ET
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (3-4) are in trouble. Luckily for them, Daniel Jones and the New York Giants (2-5) come next.
Mahomes had a terrible game in Week 7, throwing for 206 yards and one interception. The rest of the offense didn’t help much, but he’s the leader. Kansas City’s problems go way beyond Mahomes. Defensively, they own one of the worst units in the league. They allowed 29 points per game. They need to improve as soon as possible.
The Giants come from a huge victory over the Panthers. Mahomes isn’t Darnold, but still. They managed to win despite not having Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay, and Kadarius Toney. They all remain questionable.
The Giants’ biggest concern should be the backfield. Saquon Barkley isn’t expected to return until Week 9, and Devin Booker hasn’t met expectations. Elijhaa Penny could be more involved on Monday Night.
The Chiefs should take advantage of this game to win comfortably and regain confidence. They’re 92 SU in their last 11 games against an opponent from the NFC East.
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