NFL Week 8: Bets To Make

Jaguars at Titans

Line: Titans -3.5, Pick: Titans-The Titans are coming off a tough loss to the Colts at home, which could be concerning; however, Mariota had a good performance and the defense is expected to step up against a Jacksonville team that has only put up over 20 points once in the last five weeks.

Redskins vs. Bengals

Line: Bengals -3, Pick: Bengals-The Bengals are going to carry their momentum into London this week, coming off of a win against Cleveland. The Browns lost last week? *Gasp*. The Redskins’ run game seems to fuel their offense and lead to wins by opening up options in the air for Cousins, but expect the Bengals’ defensive line to hold strong.

Chiefs at Colts

Line: Chiefs -2.5, Pick: Colts-Both teams are coming off wins and seem virtually equal in talent. The Colts offense looked encouraging last week and they are going to keep it going this week. Colts have the edge in a shootout at home.

Raiders at Buccaneers

Line: Buccaneers -1, Pick: Buccaneers-Tampa Bay looked promising coming off of their bye week, granted it was only against the 49ers. They are going to come out confident and determined, as they are getting healthier every week. Travel is going to take the Raiders back a step and the Bucs are going to complete a bay area sweep.

Seahawks at Saints

Line: Seahawks -3, Pick: Seahawks-Regardless of the tie last week, Seattle’s defense lived up to its reputation. The Saints’ offense is not going to be as explosive as they have been so far this year. The Seahawks are going to take care of business in Jimmy Graham’s return to New Orleans.

Lions at Texans

Line: Texans -3, Pick: Lions-The Lions have been one of the surprise teams this season and they are going to continue to surprise this Sunday. While the Texans were hyped up with expensive offseason additions, they have not looked as encouraging recently. The Lions’ offense is going to put points on the board and steal one in Houston.

Jets at Browns

Line: Even, Pick: Jets-By far the most exciting game this week…not. Both teams are so bad that Vegas cannot predict which one is worse. Well, the answer is the Browns. The Jets are coming off a good win and Fitzpatrick is fired up more than ever. Also, the Browns may not even want to win this game.

Patriots at Bills

Line: Patriots -6: Pick: Patriots-The Bills are more up-and-down than a roller coaster. You never know what you are going to get with them. The Patriots are coming in with confidence and some leftover anger from losing to the Bills earlier this season. Furthermore, the Bills just dropped a game against the Dolphins, while in the process making the Dolphins offensive and defensive lines look like an all pro team. Additionally, the Bills are arguably the most banged up team in the league right now. Not a good recipe for Buffalo.

Cardinals at Panthers

Line: Panthers -3, Pick: Cardinals-Both teams have been underwhelming this year, but the Panthers more so. The Panthers’ secondary is clearly suffering the consequences of letting Josh Norman walk. That paired with the wide receiving core of the Cardinals should be concerning for Panthers’ fans. The Cardinals are going to grind a win out in Charlotte, or at least cover the spread.

Chargers at Broncos

Line: Broncos -6, Pick: Chargers-The Chargers have not lost by more than six points all year. While their record is not impressive, they have shown that they can hang with any team, especially a couple weeks ago when they beat the Broncos. Also, the Broncos have shown mixed signals, in terms of quality of offense. The Broncos could come out hot, but the Chargers have proven they can keep up.

Packers at Falcons

Line: Falcons -3, Pick: Packers-The Packers are coming off a long rest week, and the Falcons just suffered a worrisome loss. Aaron Rodgers seemed back to normal against the Bears, and he is going to show up Sunday, especially against that Atlanta secondary.

Eagles at Cowboys

Line: Cowboys -4.5, Pick: Eagles-The Cowboys have proven that they are the team to beat in the NFC East right now. They are arguably the hottest team in the league, as they are currently on a five game win streak. On the other hand, the Eagles just beat the last unbeaten team in the league. Both teams have demonstrated that they can play at a high level. Carson Wentz has been rather impressive so far, and he is not going to shy away from a big stage Sunday night. This game can go either way, but regardless, the Eagles will cover the spread.

Vikings at Bears

Line: Vikings -5.5, Pick: Vikings-The Vikings looked virtually unstoppable before last week. Additionally, they have the best defense in the league, and are going up against a Bears team that has only scored more than 20 points once this year. Vikings are going to show that they are resilient, and their defense is going to eat up Matt Barkley like he is lunch.

*Spreads are based on ESPN and are subject to change

By Brandon Pollack                               Photo Credit: Scout.com

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