NFL Week 8 Picks Against The Spread
NFL Picks Against Spread Week 8
Welcome to another week with the NFL picks against the spread. You are here with a writer who is currently 10 full games over .500 on the year.
Although I should be a betting man, I am not because that is illegal in my place of residence. I will continue to win my office pools.
This week has a few interesting lines. There are close to four double-digit home underdogs, which is something that is usually untouchable. This isn't the most intriguing week of the season. There is no Peyton Manning versus Andrew Luck matchup. There doesn't seem to be any great rivalry game on the slate that would make it unpredictable. The games are good teams versus bad teams.
Those could sometimes be the hardest to pick. The Kansas City Chiefs almost felt their first loss of the season against Case Keenum, the Houston Texans' third-string quarterback at one point. Geno Smith outplayed Tom Brady and beat his team in overtime (albeit on an interesting penalty call). There could be great games out of ones that look like blowouts.
This week looks to be one where the red zone will be watched if your favorite team isn't playing. Nothing seems to be a must watch. Try and test your luck against this week's spread. If you think you have what it takes to pick what looks like "obvious" games, then take the challenge. Put your picks in the comment section to take on mine.
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2013 Season: 57-47-2
Carolina Panthers (-6.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Another stinker of a Thursday Night Football game. No offense to the Carolina Panthers here, but Greg Schiano's Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been god awful this season. He is a candidate to be the first coach fired in the NFL. The Panthers will win easily on a healthy dose of Cam Newton and a defensive touchdown. Carolina 20 Tampa Bay 9
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots (-7.5)
Is there any way to know which New England Patriots is for real? The Miami Dolphins are coming in at the perfect time. They are missing their best player on each level of the defense if Aqib Talib doesn't return (Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork are both out for the season). The Dolphins have gone on a three-game slide after a hot start to the season. The points seem to be scary, but I believe Tom Brady can give his team a 10-point win. Miami 14 New England 24
San Francisco 49ers (-17.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The San Francisco 49ers have been nearly forgotten thanks to the way the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have been playing. Their schedule has been weak since a Week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Jacksonville Jaguars are by far the weakest. San Francisco 34 Jacksonville 10
Dallas Cowboys @ Detroit Lions (-3.5)
This is probably the best game of the week. After a fabulous game last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Detroit Lions will be disappointed once again. It will be close the entire time, but expect the Dallas Cowboys to take it late and have everyone jumping on the bandwagon. Dallas 24 Detroit 21
Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5)
The Cleveland Browns are sending out Jason Campbell against the undefeated Chiefs. Even during his prime, Campbell was an average quarterback at best. This is going to go bad for the Browns. Even with the points, I am going with the Chiefs. Cleveland 13 Kansas City 31
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5)
The New York Giants are back. They are going to turn it around and win the division! This is not going to happen. The Philadelphia Eagles are hungry to win their first game at home in over a year. The Cowboys only have a one-game lead in the division. DeSean Jackson is going to have his usual big game against the Giants to push the Eagles to a win. New York 27 Philadelphia 34
Buffalo Bills @ New Orleans Saints (-7.5)
I understand it is the Buffalo Bills. I understand it is the New Orleans Saints at home. It looks like a shutdown case to pick Drew Brees over Thad Lewis. It isn't that cut and dry. The Bills have not lost a game by more than a touchdown all season. I don't expect that to start this week. Buffalo 30 New Orleans 37
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5) @ Oakland Raiders
Who knows about these two teams? Terrelle Pryor has the talent to beat bad teams by himself. The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a two-game winning streak after a 0-4 start. They may be looking ahead to a trip to New England and could trip up in this game. They will win, but it will be close. Pittsburgh 13 Oakland 10
New York Jets @ Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)
The Bengals were my pick to win the AFC this season. The Jets were my pick to be the worst team in the league. The latter of those predictions aren't looking too good, but the Bengals are so good at home. Geno Smith is going to have a bad game even without Leon Hall out of the defense. New York 21 Cincinnati 28
Atlanta Falcons @ Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)
The Atlanta Falcons are having an awful season. Julio Jones and Roddy White are not going to play. However, they still have Tony Gonzalez. Steven Jackson is coming back this week. They are playing Carson Palmer. Atlanta 31 Arizona 21
Washington Redskins @ Denver Broncos (-13.5)
The Washington Redskins allow the second-most yards per attempt in the NFL. They are playing Peyton Manning. This isn't going to end well. Washington 30 Denver 45
Green Bay Packers (-7.5) @ Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings just cannot find a competent quarterback. Josh Freeman was awful and then got hurt. Christian Ponder will get the start this week. The Green Bay Packers will be missing some skill position weapons, but they will still win by more than a touchdown. Green Bay 23 Minnesota 12
Seattle Seahawks (-10.5) @ St Louis Rams
Usually, I would always pick against the Seahawks on the road getting this many points. Then again, they are playing Kellen Clemens. With the skill players they brought in being extremely ineffective, especially Tavon Austin, only makes his job harder. Richard Sherman might get four pick-sixes in this game. Seattle 41 St Louis 10