NFL Week 8 is here. 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 tallysight as of Tuesday morning)
Last week: 6-7, Season total: 52-54-1
NFL week 8 picks against the spread
Thursday Night Football
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (-6)
The undefeated Cardinals have one of their toughest tests yet when they take on the Packers. Fortunately for the Cardinals, the Packers could be without Davante Adams to go along with so many other players. Arizona should win and cover given the Packers’ injuries.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-3)
The Panthers are free-falling right now. Their defense was playing so well to start the season and so too was Sam Darnold. That has all changed. Atlanta has shown signs of life recently, winning three of their last four. Matt Ryan is playing well and they should be able to cover at home.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-13.5)
Buffalo is coming off a bye and playing a struggling Miami team. The Dolphins only have one-win, but they still have talent on the roster and Tua Tagovailoa has just returned from injury. They should at least put up a fight in this one, even if the Bills win by 10 or so points.
San Francisco 49ers (-3.5) at Chicago Bears
The 49ers lost a tough one in a bomb cyclone storm. They really have struggled despite their preseason expectations. With Jimmy Garropolo and Trey Lance playing poorly, it will be hard to move the ball consistently against the Bears. Chicago’s defense is playing well and their only losses on the season have come to good teams. It should be a close one, which means the Bears should cover.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (-3.5)
Normally, the pick would be the Browns to win and cover, but they are so banged up right now. Baker Mayfield may not play and even if he does, he doesn’t look comfortable. Nick Chubb returning from injury helps, but there are still so many other players who will miss this game. Pittsburgh probably won’t win, but should be able to keep it close after coming off a bye.
Philadelphia Eagles (-3) at Detroit Lions
Other than their big loss to Cincinnati, the Lions have been playing teams tough. They will eventually get a win and this week seems like a solid time to pick one up. The key will be to contain Jalen Hurts‘ running ability, which the Lions should be able to do. Detroit can get Dan Campbell‘s first win as head coach.
Los Angeles Rams (-14.5) at Houston Texans
Tyrod Taylor may play after returning to practice, which is the only saving grace for the Texans. The Cardinals just covered a 16.5-point spread against them. This week, the Rams should win by at least two touchdowns.
Tennessee Titans (-1) at Indianapolis Colts
The Colts had a brutal schedule to start the season and should be content to sit at 3-4 this week. Tennessee will be the popular pick after thrashing the Chiefs, but the Colts can run the ball well too, and they have the better defense. Add in the fact that the Colts are at home in this one and they should be able to win.
Cincinnati Bengals (-9.5) at New York Jets
Cincinnati put the league on notice by dominating the Ravens in week 7. This could be a letdown performance, but the Jets are really hampered by injuries right now. Zach Wilson is out and the Jets were so desperate for a quarterback that they traded for Joe Flacco. Cincinnati should win and cover.
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers (-5.5)
The Chargers had a bye week to prepare for this game, while New England is flying across the country. Mac Jones has been playing solidly, but he will not be able to keep up with Justin Herbert and the Chargers.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks (-3.5)
Even with Geno Smith at quarterback, Seattle is playing good teams close. Considering the Jags are not a solid team, the Seahawks should win and cover at home behind their rushing attack.
Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos (-3)
There are reports that Vic Fangio is losing the locker room. The Broncos have lost four straight and Washington’s defense battled tough against the Packers in week 7. If they give that same effort in week 8 against Denver, Washington should be able to keep it close.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5) at New Orleans Saints
New Orleans only beat the Seahawks by three points without Russell Wilson. On a short week, the Buccaneers should be able to put up too many points for them to keep up.
Sunday Night Football
Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) at Minnesota Vikings
The bye week allowed Dallas to rest up, which was important for key players like Dak Prescott and DeMarcus Lawrence to heal up. Even if Lawrence doesn’t play, all signs point towards Prescott playing. Their offensive attack is a lot to account for and their defense is forcing turnovers. Dallas should be too much for the Vikings.
Monday Night Football
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (-10)
The Chiefs have some real issues to figure out. They are getting exactly what they need this week. Kansas City gets an extra day to get their issues figured out. They are also playing the Giants, who are very injured at the moment. Expect this to be the start of the Chiefs bouncing back.
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