Here’s a quick look at the NFL games for week 8:

 

0-7 Colts at 3-3 Titans
Indianapolis (+7½); under 43½
Look for the Colts to bounce back after last week’s humiliation and keep it close. Tennessee is over rated in my opinion.

 

2-4 Jaguars at 4-3 Texans
Houston (-10); over 41½
Jacksonville is ripe for a letdown after last week’s upset, and I’m not a fan of teams having to play on the road after a Monday night game.

 

1-5 Vikings at 2-5 Panthers
Minnesota (-3½); under 47
Not sold on the Carolina defense; look for Adrian Peterson to have a big day.

 

5-2 Saints at 0-6 Rams
St. Louis (+14½); under 48½
New Orleans does not play nearly as well on the road as they do at home, and a ripe for a bit of a letdown after last week.

 

1-5 Cardinals at 4-2 Ravens
Baltimore (-11); over 43
Ravens will be fired up, especially on offense after last week. Arizona is a notoriously bad team when playing on the east coast.

 

0-6 Dolphins at 4-2 Giants
Miami (+10½); over 43
The Giants play down to their opponents and should win easily, but Miami covers the spread.

 

3-3 Redskins at 4-2 Bills
Buffalo (-4); under 47
Washington’s defense is fine but their offensive line is decimated. Buffalo has made a huge step forward with their OL this year compared to last season.

 

5-2 Lions at 2-4 Broncos
Detroit (-3); over 43
The Lions are a young team that is for the first time having to face adversity after having tasted success. Denver’s defense is bad, Willis McGahee is out with a broken hand, there’s nobody for the quarterback to throw the ball to, the line can’t block and they have tape on Tebow after his first start; Detroit’s losing streak ends here.

 

5-1 Patriots at 5-2 Steelers
Pittsburgh (+3); under 52½
There are plenty of reasons to go either way in this game, so I’ll just settle with the home underdog – but I wouldn’t put any money on either team. If anything I’m more confident in the under.

 

3-3 Browns at 5-1 49ers
San Francisco (+9); over 38½
Another game I don’t feel strongly about against the spread either way, but I do like the over in this one.

 

4-2 Bengals at 2-4 Seahawks
Cincinnati (-1½); over 36½
Again, I usually go with the home team when the visitor has to travel far but I’ll make an exception in this case; I just don’t believe Charlie Whitehurst can get it done against the Bengals defense.

 

3-3 Cowboys at 2-4 Eagles
Dallas (+3½); under 48½
Another game in which I’m much more confident in the under/over than the point spread. As we saw, the Dallas defense is legit. In the last four games they are giving up 19.5 point per game, and if it wasn’t for Tony Romo blunders that number would be just 15.8 ppg.

 

4-2 Chargers at 3-3 Chiefs
San Diego (-3); over 44
Yes, the Chiefs are hot and Matt Cassel is healthy, but KC is facing San Diego at the wrong time. The Chargers are embarrased over that second half performance against the Jets and are back home, where I believe they will take care of business Monday night.

 

 

 

Three-team (9 points) teaser [3 units]:
Vikings-Panthers under 47
Saints-Rams over 44½
Bengals-Seahawks over 31½

 

3 units:
Lions -3 at Broncos

 

2 units:
Rams +14½ vs Saints
Cardinals-Ravens over 43
Dolphins +10½ vs Giants
Cowboys-Eagles under 48½

 

1 unit:
Colts-Titans under 43½
Texans -10 vs Jaguars
Vikings -3½ at Panthers
Vikings-Panthers under 47
Ravens -11 vs Cardinals
Dolphins-Giants over 43
Bills -4 vs Redskins
Pats-Steelers under 52½
Browns-49ers over 38½
Bengals -1½ at Seahawks
Chargers -3 at Chiefs

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