Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 8
by Dave Schwab - 10/22/2014
The Giants cost me another one of my weekly picks for the NFC East by failing to cover as seven-point road underdogs in 31-21 loss to Dallas last Sunday. Fortunately, New York has a bye this week as I try and rebuild my overall return on the year.
Every week of this year's NFL regular season I will briefly preview all the games in the NFC Eastusing 5Dimes betting odds, and along with that I will release my NFC East "pick of the week" with the use of Doc's Sports Unit Betting System. I have been tracking my results from week-to-week as the season wears on with the ultimate goal of generating a solid profit with my picks. Heading into Week 8 of the NFL season, my yearly return on a $100 wager using the recommended unit play stands at +$200.
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals (Sunday, Oct. 26, 4:05 p.m.)
The Eagles went into last week's bye at 5-1 both straight up and against the spread following their most impressive outing of the season with a 27-0 shutout of the New York Giants as 1.5-point home favorites. Everything finally came together for Philadelphia in that game on both sides of the ball, but the two biggest takeaways were the six sacks of Eli Manning on defense and LeSean McCoy's 149 yards rushing on offense.
Arizona keeps winning games as well and with a 5-1 SU (4-2) record on the year. It now has a surprising game and a half lead over San Francisco in the NFC West. The offense got a boost in last Sunday's 24-13 victory against Oakland as 3.5-point road favorites with quarterback Carson Palmer making his second straight start after missing three games to a back injury. He threw for 253 yards and two scores in the win. This followed a solid performance the week before against Washington in which he completed 28-of-44 attempts for 250 yards and two scores in a 30-20 victory.
The Cardinals have been listed as 2.5-point home favorites against Philly , and the total for this game has been set at 48.
NFC East 'Pick of the Week'
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (Monday, Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.)
The Redskins finally added one in the win column last week to snap a four-game skid with a 19-17 victory against Tennessee. They still failed to cover as 6.5-point home favorites to fall to 0-4 ATS in their last five outings. First-year head coach Jay Gruden is still holding out hope that Robert Griffin III might be available for this game, but if he cannot go he will turn to Colt McCoy as his starting quarterback on Monday night.
Dallas has been the talk of the NFL this season at 6-1 SU (5-2 ATS), and for good reason. Ever since it suffered a mistake-prone loss to San Francisco on opening day, the offense has rode the legs of DeMarco Murray all the way to a six-game winning streak that has the Cowboys sitting in first place in the division. Tony Romo has done his part by taking care of the ball and making the key completions when he needs to the most, and the defense has 12 takeaways to its credit.
Washington comes into this division showdown as a heavy 10-point road underdog, and the total for the game has been set at 49.5. Even if RG III is ready to go, it is highly doubtful that this offense will have all that much success on the road in Big D. If McCoy gets the start, this unit will struggle to find the end zone all night long. The one thing about this rivalry is that the Redskins always seem to play the Cowboys tough, which should keep the scoring down in this one. That is why this week's NFC East "pick of the week" is a 3-unit play on the "under" in Monday night's game.
3-Unit Play: Take Washington at Dallas "Under" 49.5
YTD: 4-3 (+$200)
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