After checking in on the week 8 betting lines, all signs are pointing toward a bunch of closely contested games taking place on Sunday. 11 of the 12 matchups feature a spread that’s less than a touchdown – eight of which are four points or less.
NFL picks for the entire slate get you ready for the action, but trying to cover every base has never been my forte. Instead, I’d rather be meticulous and pick my spots where value is staring me in the face.
Here are some NFL betting tips for week 8 that might help you identify the best value wagers.
Target the Under at Ford Field
I was initially intrigued by backing the Lions +3, but the more I assess this matchup, the more the “under” comes into light.
We just saw the total in the Lions and Falcons game in the dome in Atlanta close at 54, and the Falcons defense is arguably the worst in football. The Colts are coming off their bye and rank 2nd in the NFL in yards allowed and 4th in points surrendered (per game).
After already coming down from 51 to 50, I recommend a bet on the under.
Quick, before it drops any lower.
Shop the Line in Denver
Surely you are used to shopping your lines if you bet sports online. Doing it here allows you to capture the “hook” at XBet, and here’s why the Broncos +3.5 seems to make a whole bunch of sense.
If you followed last Sunday’s closing lines closely, you saw the Broncos vs. Chiefs game kick-off at KC -7 in several spots. That game took place at Mile High, just like week 8’s tilt against the Chargers.
This week 8 line is suggesting that the Chiefs are only 3.5 points better than the Bolts. I don’t buy it, do you?
As terrific as Justin Herbert looks, the Chargers rank behind the Broncos defensively in nearly every significant statistic. Frankly, this NFL betting tip for week 8 isn’t so much about endorsing a big bet on Denver.
I’m simply pointing out that something doesn’t add up when comparing the Broncos odds over the last two weeks.
Green Bay Crushes Poor Defenses
With the Vikings vs. Packers line pushing a full touchdown at lots of sites, you may still be able to latch onto Green Bay -6.5 at SportsBetting.ag. Any thoughts of the Vikings mounting a rally Sunday at Lambeau Field – take the following into account.
The Pack got abused against a ferocious Bucs defense in week 6, however, let’s look at what Aaron Rodgers and his crew have done in their other five games versus less-than-stellar defenses.
W @ Vikings, 43-34.
W vs. Lions, 42-21
W @ Saints, 37-30
W vs. Falcons, 30-16
W @ Texans, 35-20
30 or more points on each occasion and now A-Rod gets a putrid Vikes D that clocks in 30th in the NFL in points allowed (32.0 ppg). Yannick Ngakoue was traded, Danielle Hunter is officially done for the year, and now 5x Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith appears detached amid trade speculations.
Yeah, The Pack should roll in this one.
The Patriots Offensive Struggles Could Reach A Climax
The Bills have been waiting for their time to overtake the Patriots and claim the throne in the AFC East.
That time is now.
After combing through video evidence that depicts just how poor Cam Newton is playing, I found the following tweet that pretty much sums it up.
Cam Newton is the 1st Patriots player with 0 touchdown passes and multiple interceptions in back-to-back games since Drew Bledsoe in 1995.
He is the 1st Patriots player with 0 touchdown passes, at least 3 Int and under 100 Pass yards since Steve Grogan in 1983 pic.twitter.com/CscjRSnGeB
Expecting Cam to kick things into gear on the road in Buffalo against a feisty front seven and a disciplined secondary – that’s wishful thinking at its finest. I’m a Pats fan and even I’m not that naïve.
Sunday’s game in Orchard Park is a perfect opportunity for the Bills to officially announce themselves as the cream of the crop in their division. I’m afraid Josh Allen and company are going to leave no stone unturned.
For additional perspective into NFL betting for week 8, check out who Noah Davis is backing in his weekly columns.
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