NFL Week 8 Against The Spread Picks Battle
I stunk the place last week. I get it. But if you went with Joe’s picks, you did slightly better.
The great thing about the NFL is it gives you a chance to bounce every weekend, and that’s what I intend to do.
Let’s see the best Against the Spread Picks in the NFL Week 8.
Joe’s NFL Week 8 Picks Against The Spread
Pittsburgh Steelers +3.5 at Baltimore
The AFC North takes center stage in Week 8 as the NFL’s Game of the Week with the Steelers heading to Baltimore to take on the Ravens for the first time.
Pittsburgh won a hard-fought game against the Titans last week and remain undefeated at 6-0. The Ravens were on a bye in Week 7 but won their last game at Philly to improve their record to 6-1.
I’m not sure how this number is remotely accurate unless handicappers and sharps alike are using Ravens’ numbers from the 2019 season.
This passing offense has been awful this season. The Steelers’ secondary is their weak point, but their overall defense has been quite strong.
Pittsburgh is the only team in the NFL without a loss and their schedule hasn’t exactly been easy.
This line seems like quite the overreaction here, as home-field advantage doesn’t have much value and these teams seem evenly matched. I think Ravens -1 might be a fair line.
Right now, we’re getting 2.5 more points. Take the points with the Steelers and don’t look back.
Miami Dolphins +4 vs. Chargers
Right off their beating of the Bears on Monday night, the 5-2 Rams head to Miami.
The Dolphins have won 3 straight games after losing their first two games. However, they will make a change at quarterback, benching Ryan Fitzpatrick for a rookie, Tua Tagovailoa.
It is clear Los Angeles is the better team here, but they are coming off a short week and a bit of travel over their MNF win over the Bears. I actually like this game a bit more with Tua at QB rather than Fitzmagic.
Not because he’s a better quarterback, but because he’s a bit of a wild card. The Dolphins are a good football team and are getting four points, and the Rams don’t have much tape on Tua or how he will fit into the Fins’ offense.
The best they can do is watch his old Alabama tapes, which isn’t going to be enough for a confident gameplan.
I’ll take the +4 with the home dog and the rookie quarterback looking to start his NFL career with a bang.
Detroit Lions +2.5 vs. Colts
The Colts come into their game against the off a bye week and sporting a 5-1 record. We last saw them win a shootout against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 31-27.
After starting the season 0-2, the Lions have now won two of their last three games. Last week, they narrowly escaped in Atlanta with a 23-22 victory.
Detroit looked awful to start the year, but have come on as of late, especially offensively. Golladay’s health has been crucial for the success of this offense and he’s been a gamechanger for this offense.
The Lions are playing much better football than they were to start the year, and the Colts 4-2 record is misleading.
Their four wins have come against some of the NFL’s worst teams, the Jets, Vikings, Bengals, and frankly, despite their record, the Bears, as well.
I think the Lions have a good shot to win this game outright. I like them +2.5 and on the moneyline.
Alonzo’s NFL Week 8 Picks Against The Spread
Cincinnati Bengals +6.5 vs. Titans
Since Joe Burrow entered the NFL, he has been a covering machine for those taking the points each week.
Burrow doesn’t have an excellent offensive line that gives him enough time, yet, the rookie always makes plays and move the ball.
Against the Titans, he doesn’t need a capable offensive line. Tennessee has one of the worst pressure defenses in the NFL, recording only seven sacks in six weeks. Only Carolina and Jacksonville have a worse number.
The Titans offense can and will score points against Cincinnati, but Burrow will have all the time in the world to match Tennessee score by score. Take the points.
Las Vegas Raiders +2.5 at Cleveland
The Raiders got blown out by the Buccaneers, but that game was a lot closer than the scoreboard suggested.
Las Vegas was down by a touchdown, deep in Tampa Bay’s territory, when Jon Gruden decided not to go on a 4-and-1. He kicked the Field Goal, and the Bucs scored 21 unanswered points to close the deal.
The Browns have a -21-point differential this season. They beat the lousy Cowboys, Washington Football Team, and Bengals twice. Their only decent win was against Indianapolis.
Also, Cleveland just lost Odell Beckham Jr. for the year. I get that most people say Baker Mayfield plays better without OBJ in the lineup, but without him, defenses can focus more on Jarvis Landry and the run game.
Let’s not forget two weeks ago, the Raiders shocked the Chiefs. I feel a lot more comfortable laying down the points than trusting Baker Mayfield.
Seattle Seahawks -3 vs. 49ers
Plenty of people are impressed by the 49ers’ win against New England, and they should be. But against Seattle, it won’t be as simple.
The Seahawks can score on every play. They lead the league with 33.8 points per game. For Seattle to lose, QB Russell Wilson had to throw three interceptions. I don’t see how that happens again.
Seattle’s defense is the worst in the NFL in terms of yards, but their biggest weakness is the passing defense. The San Francisco 49ers are a running team.
Whenever you put the ball in QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s hands, bad things happen. Just last week, he threw two picks despite the win against the Patriots.
The Niners won’t have WR Deebo Samuel nor RB Jeff Wilson, who rushed for over 100 yards against New England. Those two are vital losses to a team that needs to match Russell Wilson score-by-score.
It should be a fun game, but San Francisco’s offense will be under a lot of pressure to keep the Seahawks’ pace. Lay the points.
Season Overall Against The Spread Record