NFL week 8 is here and football is entering the midseason. Picking NFL games straight up is hard enough, but picking against the spread is even tougher. Here are the NFL week 8 picks against the spread. (Spreads are from ESPN as of Thursday morning)
Last week: 10-4, Overall:55-50
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings (-16)
Minnesota is on a roll coming into this game with the offense moving the ball well. Kirk Cousins will also want to get revenge against his old team. Case Keenum may want revenge against the Vikings, but he has less tools around him. On a short week, the Redskins won’t come close.
Seattle Seahawks (-8.5) at Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan is out for this game, so the Falcons will likely struggle on both sides of the ball. The Seahawks should be able to cover on the road.
Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5) at Buffalo Bills
Philadelphia is not stopping the pass well right now. Josh Allen should be able to have a big day and his defense will back him up at home. The Bills will win the game and improve their already impressive record.
Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears (-3.5)
Two teams that are underperforming will meet in Chicago this weekend. The Chargers look worse than the Bears right now, but Philip Rivers always keeps games close. He will do the same in this one.
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (-6.5)
New York is coming off of a loss to the Cardinals at home. Even though the Lions aren’t playing well either, they should be able to beat the Giants by a few scores, even without Quandre Diggs who was traded to Seattle.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans (-2.5)
The Titans look a little better with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. Tampa Bay had a bye week before this game to prepare. Bruce Arians should have his team ready to play.
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts (-5.5)
As the weeks go on, the Broncos are losing more and more players. Some have been due to injury, but the latest player to leave the lineup is Emmanuel Sanders who was traded to the 49ers. Indianapolis should be able to run the ball and play good defense in order to cover the spread.
Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams (-13.5) (Game in London, England)
Zac Taylor better know a lot about the Rams in order to have a chance in this game. Even then the Rams should have enough talent to cover this spread, and a lot more, over the lowly Bengals.
Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints (-10.5)
Drew Brees reportedly might play in this game. Either way, New Orleans has been playing good defense this year, so they should be able to cover against the Cardinals, who have surprised this season.
New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars (-6)
People are likely freaking out after the big loss to the Patriots this past week, especially because Sam Darnold said he was “seeing ghosts”. They should be able to play the Jaguars fairly close if they feed Le’Veon Bell.
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5)
Kyle Allen has played well for the Panthers, but will now have to go up against a great defensive line all the way across the country. The 49ers will likely drop a game in the next few weeks, but they should be able to run the ball and cover against the Panthers.
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots (-13)
The Patriots made waves on Monday Night Football because of their pressure. They will continue to pressure well, especially because the Browns don’t have a great offensive line. New England will exploit the Browns in this game.
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (-7)
Against the Packers, the Raiders showed that they can score against good defenses, but they can’t play defense themselves. Houston will take advantage of the Raiders’ inability to get pressure on the quarterback and will win big.
Green Bay Packers (-4) at Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes was back at practice already. Unfortunately, he won’t be 100 percent and his defense still has issues. With Aaron Rodgers and the Packers firing on all cylinders, they should be able to go into Kansas City to get the win.
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (-14)
Pittsburgh’s offense may be banged up, but their defense is playing at an elite level. They will not allow the Dolphins to keep this game within 14 points.