NFL Office Pool Picks Week 8 with Expert Analysis and ATS Predictions
It was a relatively underwhelming week for my office pool selections as we didn’t fare too well. If you’re in a season-long pool like me, it wasn’t crushing, but it certainly didn’t help the cause. The best thing about betting is that there is always a new day to tackle and learn from the mistakes you made the week prior. I’ve done my research. And while this piece goes out well before kick-off and line movement comes into effect, I’m confident in my plays and would recommend them to anyone. Let’s have a great Week 8.
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Week 8 Picks Against the Spread
Arizona Cardinals -3.5 over Green Bay Packers: This game is going to be the game of the week. And while I feel bad betting against Aaron Rodgers (because he’s on my fantasy team), I think the Cardinals are the more complete team and the team with the better defense. At home, I believe we see a four- or seven-point win.
Chicago Bears +3.5 over San Francisco 49ers: The Bears cannot play any worse than they did against the Bucs. The Niners are overrated, and I’m through thinking they are a good team. The Bears will win this game outright on their home field, and Justin Fields will have a solid bounce-back game.
Detroit Lions +3 over Philadelphia Eagles: No matter the result, you can’t say the Detroit Lions are not trying to win games. They gave the Rams all they could handle last week and fell just a touchdown short. I like their attitude and motivation coming into this one as I think the Eagles are among the worst teams in the NFC. Give me the points here.
Cincinnati Bengals -9.5 over New York Jets: No bet against the Jets is a bad bet, especially with Zach Wilson likely out for this one. The Bengals are a really good team, and the only fear is they may be fat and happy after destroying a division foe. Nonetheless, I’d rather back the Bengals in this spot than the Jets.
Atlanta Falcons -2.5 over Carolina Panthers: Both of these teams are majorly flawed, but I’ll take the Falcons’ offense over anything the Panthers have to offer in this contest.
Indianapolis Colts +1 over Tennessee Titans: This is going to be a really good division clash. And if the Colts can win this game, they’ll get right back in the hunt for the division. Both teams come into this one off a win, so I’ll take the home team in this spot, but only just.
Pittsburgh Steelers +3 over Cleveland Browns: All season long, I’ve been harping about how bad the Steelers are, but I think this is a good spot for them to build off their win vs Seattle as they are now rested and are facing another backup QB.
Buffalo Bills -13.5 over Miami Dolphins: It’s tough to lay double digits on the spread in a division showdown, but the Bills are miles better than the Dolphins. I expect the Bills to come out fired up about their Week 6 loss to Tennessee
Los Angeles Rams -14.5 over Houston Texans: The Rams should have never been a massive favorite against the Lions. So, why am I laying double digits with them against the Texans? Well, the Texans are worse than the Lions, and the Rams got their scare last week. Expect focus and a dominant performance here.
Los Angeles Chargers -5.5 over New England Patriots: The Patriots will not hang 54 points on the Chargers like they did the Jets. The Chargers are rested and will be ready to dominate this game and put themselves in a position to make a run for the division title. The Pats don’t score more than 21 here, and the Chargers cover this spread.
Jacksonville Jaguars +3.5 over Seattle Seahawks: At this point in the season, with Russell Wilson out for a while, I’m taking a shot with the Jags and calling for the upset outright. I told you guys two weeks ago that the best chance for the Jags to win a game was vs Miami, and they did just that. This is another great chance to win a game, and we are getting the hook on a field-goal spread? I’ll take it and a sprinkle on the money line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4.5 over New Orleans Saints: The Bucs offense is simply too hard to contain. They have too many weapons for Brady to choose from, and they pick you apart no matter what. The Saints’ offense is among the worst in the league, and I am calling for a repeat of last year’s beatdown.
Washington Football Team +3.5 over Denver Broncos: The Broncos shouldn’t be favored against anyone, other than maybe the Jets and the Texans. Washington has an offense capable of good things, and I’ll roll with them here getting the hook on a field goal game.
Dallas Cowboys -1.5 over Minnesota Vikings: From a betting perspective, I think this is a disrespectful line towards the Cowboys. The Cowboys, while flawed, have been miles better this season than the Vikings. The Cowboys could put up 30+ in this one, while the Vikings struggle at times offensively. Lay the short number with the better team.
New York Giants +10 over Kansas City Chiefs: At any moment, the Chiefs could break out of their slumber and put up a 50-burger on their opponents and everyone would think all is right in the world again. I don’t see that happening this week. The Giants kind of have a good defense. And with a bit of momentum on their side and panic starting to creep into the Chiefs’ locker room, this could be a good spot to grab the points with the G-Men.
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