NFC East Weekly NFL Betting Picks: Week 8
by Dave Schwab - 10/23/2013
The 4-3 Dallas Cowboys have forged the early lead in the NFC East after last week’s 17-3 victory over Philadelphia. Washington improved to 2-4 with a win over Chicago, and New York posted its first victory of the year by hammering Minnesota 23-7 this past Monday night, which just so happened to be my NFC East Pick of the Week. This raised my year-to-date record to 6-1 with a net profit of $1,770.
Each week of the season I will briefly preview all the games in the NFC East and highlight my top Pick of the Week with the use of Doc’s Sports Unit Betting System. I will be tracking the results as the season progresses with the goal of making at least $2,000 profit with my picks by the end of the year. All lines quoted have been provided by 5Dimes.
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.)
The main takeaway from New York’s win this past Monday night was its ability to take care of the ball. After posting a costly -16 turnover ratio during their six-game losing streak, the Giants recorded a +2 ratio against the Vikings. Eli Manning completed only 23-of-39 attempts for 200 yards and one touchdown, but more importantly, he did not throw an interception.
It looked like Nick Foles was ready to assume the starting quarterback job for Philadelphia after two solid performances in relief of an injured Michael Vick. That was until last Sunday’s dismal performance against the Cowboys in which he completed just 11-of-29 attempts for 80 yards. The good news for Eagles’ fans is that Vick is set to start this Sunday’s game, but it remains to be seen just how mobile he will be playing on a tender hamstring.
Philadelphia is 8-2 straight up in the last 10 meetings, and they have been opened as a 5.5-point home favorite for this contest. The total has been set at 52.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions (Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.)
This Sunday’s game should be a good test to see how the Cowboys handle a bit of success. They have won their last two games, but consistency on either side of the ball has not been their strong suit. Dallas stepped to the plate last week by holding Philly to just three points, but its 30th-ranked pass defense will be tested against a much better gunslinger this time around. Look for Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ offense to counter as the third-highest scoring unit in the league.
The Lions remain in the thick of the NFC North title race at 4-3, but they are coming off a tough 27-24 loss to Cincinnati as 2.5-point home favorites. They are averaging 26.6 points a game, but this number gets ramped up even higher with a total of 98 points in three previous home games this year. Playing right into the Cowboys’ soft spot, Matthew Stafford leads a passing attack that is ranked fifth in the NFL with an average of 294.7 yards a game.
Detroit has lost five of the last seven meetings SU, but it has been opened as a three-point home favorite this time around. The total for the NFC clash has been set at 51.
NFC East Pick of the Week
Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos (Sunday, Oct. 27, 4:25 p.m.)
The big story in Washington all season long has been the up-and-down play of second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III. After a dismal 0-3 start, the Redskins have won two of their last three games, with RG III showing shades of the form that made him an overnight sensation as a rookie. The problem heading into this week’s matchup is a defense that continues to open the flood gates in both yards (389.0) and points (30.7) allowed. Over the past three games, Washington held Oakland to 14 points, but they gave up 31 points to Dallas in a loss and 41 points to the Bears in last week’s win.
Denver’s six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt in last Sunday’s mistake-filled 39-33 loss to Indianapolis as a six-point road favorite. Now that Peyton Manning can put aside all the hype that went along with the game against the Colts, look for this offense to start firing on all cylinders against one of the most porous defenses in the league. The Broncos have feasted on the NFC East this season with lopsided victories over New York and Philadelphia along with a shootout victory against Dallas.
Denver comes into its final game against this division as a 13.5-point home favorite. With the half point currently in their favor on a two-touchdown spread, I am going with the Broncos to pull off the sweep while covering the points as my NFC East Pick of the Week.
3-Unit Play Take Denver (-13.5) over Washington
YTD Record 6-1 (+1770)
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