NFL Week 8 Betting Advice: Spreads to Bet, Avoid

NFL Week 8 Betting Advice: Spreads to Bet, Avoid

by October 30, 2021 0 comments

Every week billions of dollars are wagered on the NFL. The most popular type of bet is the spread. Each week there are a few games with an appealing spread and others with an ugly spread. To help bettors figure out which spreads they should bet on and which to avoid, two of our NFL writers, Mike Fanelli and Dale Money, give their take on every spread for each of this weekend’s games.

To recap, last week, Mike finished with a 7-5 record while Dale finished 3-9. For the year, Mike is 50-49-1 while Dale is 53-46-1. Let’s take a look at their picks for Week 8.

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Be sure to check out our NFL betting advice article each week.

Game

Mike

Dale

Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills -14

BUF -14

MIA +14

Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons -3

ATL -3

ATL -3

Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions +3.5

DET +3.5

DET +3.5

Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts -3

TEN +3

TEN +3

Los Angeles Rams vs Houston Texans +16

LAR -16

LAR -16

Cincinnati Bengals vs New York Jets +10.5

CIN -10.5

NYJ +10.5

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns -4

PIT +4

PIT +4

San Francisco 49ers vs Chicago Bears +4

SF -4

SF -4

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Seattle Seahawks -3.5

SEA -3.5

SEA -3.5

New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Chargers -4.5

LAC -4.5

LAC -4.5

Washington Football Team vs Denver Broncos -3.5

WAS +3.5

WAS +3.5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints +4.5

TB -4.5

TB -4.5

Dallas Cowboys vs Minnesota Vikings -3

MIN -3

MIN -3

New York Giants vs Kansas City Chiefs -9.5

KC -9.5

KC -9.5

 

The Team to Bet

Mike: Cincinnati Bengals -10.5

Before opening weekend, no one in their right mind would say the Bengals would be the top team in the AFC seven weeks through the season. However, that is precisely the case. This week, the Bengals will face the New York Jets without their starting quarterback. With Zach Wilson out with a knee injury, Mike White will make his first career start tomorrow. The Jets have been underdogs in every game this season. They have covered the spread only once, losing the other games by 19.6 points per game. Meanwhile, the Bengals have won their past two games by a combined score of 75-28. Whether it’s with Joe Burrow in the air or Joe Mixon on the ground, the Bengals will win this game by at least 14 points.

Dale: Minnesota Vikings -3

The Dallas Cowboys are coming into this weekend’s match with plenty of momentum. They just finished a five-game winning streak and now face a Vikings club that has won two games in a row but sits at 3-3. So why are the Cowboys underdogs? It might be in part due to that vicious Vikings pass rush which ranks tied for first in the NFL in sacks. While the Vikings haven’t had the best of starts, it isn’t due to Kirk Cousins, who just had his best week so far, throwing for over 370 yards and three touchdowns. Now he faces a Cowboys pass defense that ranks 11th worst in yards allowed to quarterbacks, already allowed 1,770 yards on top of 12 receiving touchdowns. Take the Vikings plus the points.

The Team to Avoid

Mike: Cleveland Browns -4

Coming into the season, the Browns had massive expectations. However, they are currently 4-3 and have been killed by the injury bug this season. The Browns have struggled as the favored team this season, going 2-2 against the spread. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers have played well as the underdog this season. In three games as the underdogs, the Steelers are 2-1 against the spread, winning both games outright, including against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. More importantly, the Steelers are coming off their bye week and are mostly healthy. The Browns, however, will have several starters fighting through injuries tomorrow, including Baker Mayfield. While they are at home, the Browns shouldn’t be the favored team in this game. Expect the Steelers to pull off the upset victory.

Dale: Philadelphia Eagles -3.5

As the Philadelphia defense has been conceding points like a floodgate lately, the Detroit Lions should be confident about their chances of getting for their first season win. Detroit just finished off a game against the Los Angeles Rams, in which they put that dynamic Rams offense to the test. The Lions’ secondary ranks 26th in passer rating, which continues to be their main bugaboo. It will be interesting to see what Jalen Hurts can do as he has struggled in the air. Currently, the Eagles rank fifth-worst in ground yards allowed. This game could go down to the wire, with a late field goal deciding the outcome.


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