NFL Week 8 – Best Bets Against the Spread
Week 7 did not go well. I went 0-4 with the picks, one of the worst weekends I can remember betting football. However, we need to have a short memory when it comes to betting sports. Week 8 is upon us, let’s rake in some profits. As always, check back on the free picks, for a Monday Night Football pick.
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Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1 Total 49.5
Oakland head across the country to take on the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Both teams are in similar positions. They’re both young teams, with young signal callers, looking to take the next step this season.
The Raiders improved their record to 5-2 after defeating the Jaguars in Jacksonville last week, winning by a score of 33-16. It was one of the better performances by Oakland’s defense this year, which has been a soft spot, despite plenty of offseason additions.
The Bucs started the season with a win, before losing three straight games. They have rebounded as of late, winning their last two contests, including a 34-17 beat down at San Francisco last week. The win improved their record to 3-3. They are currently second in the AFC South.
This is an excellent spot for Tampa Bay after they have regained some confidence. The Raiders went back home to Oakland after facing the Jaguars and were once again required to fly back down to Florida to play this week’s game.
It’s a perfect spot for a letdown against a Tampa Bay team that is playing their best football of the season. The odds opened at pk, and despite nearly 80 percent of betting action on the Raiders, the line hasn’t moved much.
Pick: Buccaneers +1
Detroit Lions at Houston Texans -1 Total: 46
The Lions head to Houston to take on the Texans in a game that is critical for both teams in their respective divisions. Theses franchises are very much in the playoff race at the moment, but a loss this week would put a serious dent in their chances.
The Texans are coming off a demoralizing loss on Monday Night against their divisional opponent, the Denver Broncos. Quarterback Brock Osweiler and got very little going in the 27-9 loss, which dropped Houston’s record to 4-3.
Osweiler was one of the biggest signings of this year’s offseason. He has disappointed in a big way since taking over as the starting quarterback in Houston. A few more poor outings and head coach Bill O’Brien must consider going to backup quarterback, Matt Savage.
The Lions have an identical record at 4-3 after defeating the Redskins at Ford Field last week by a score of 20-17. Detroit has won three of their last four games and has turned their season around after starting the year with a 1-3 record after four games.
Houston opened the game as -2.5 favorites. About 60 percent of wagers have come in on visiting Lions. The odd have shifted to -1 or -1.5 at most sportsbooks.
After last week, it’s tough to want to put your money down on the Texans, but this is a spot where I like them to have a big day, especially offensively. The Lions defense has been one of the worst in the league, and lets’s not forget Houston has an assortment of talented skill players, including wide receivers Will Fuller, DeAndre Hopkins and running back Lamar Miller.
I always like to target the Lions away from Ford Field, even if they’re playing in another dome environment in Houston. The public is much too low on them now, and Detroit isn’t a team that needs to be feared. Look for them to bounce back this week.
Pick: Texans -1
New York Jets at Cleveland Browns +2.5 Total: 44
This isn’t one that fans across the league will be tuning into, but it’s one of my favorite spots of the week. New York and Cleveland are firmly building for next year and far out of the playoff race.
The Jets did get a win last week against Baltimore, their first in five weeks. Geno Smith played well in the 24-16 victory. Unfortunately, Smith tore his ACL in last week’s win. For now, it will be Ryan Fitzpatrick back under center until further notice. With a 2-5 record, New York may end up giving Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenburg by the end of the season.
Josh McCown will also start once again for the Browns. Cleveland is the only team in the league without a victory this season. They were thrashed by their AFC North rivals last week at Cincinnati 31- 17.
The Browns are my favorite play of the week. It would be nice to get this one at +3, but it’s unlikely that line will be available again. The main reason I’m high on the Browns in this contest is that firstly, they’re at home, but secondly, Josh McCown is once again under center.
McCown has been an above-average quarterback for the past few years, that few talk about. The Jets are a “funnel” defense, meaning they defend the run much better than the pass, forcing teams to throw. This is a matchup McCown can win.
The Browns are a disaster defensively, but they’ve fared considerably better against the run. Fitzpatrick hasn’t performed well this season, even in good matchups, and he could easily lay an egg in this one. Cleveland gets their first win this Sunday.