Best Bets for NFL Parlays in Week 8, 2020
The Panthers (+7.5) and Buccaneers stepped up and did their part for my top NFL parlay picks last week. The Patriots and Bears, unfortunately, did not.
It only takes one bad pick to trip up a good parlay, but our goal every week is to string together some good picks and one elite value pick to turn a solid bet into a big payday.
Should you disagree with any of the picks, you can omit them and change the parlay however you wish. You’re also always free to target these NFL parlay picks as individual bets.
That said, it’s onward and upward. Let’s dive into the madness and see what my favorite parlay picks for NFL week 8 are.
Falcons vs. Panthers Over 49 (-110)
My first bet of this week 8 NFL parlay is the Over in the Falcons vs. Panthers game on Thursday Night Football.
Both of these offenses are capable of hanging 30+ points without much effort. Carolina saw their game total top this mark last week, and if the Falcons go back to their struggling ways on defense, this feels like an easy total to top.
Add in the potential return of Christian McCaffrey, and there’s a lot of upside in this matchup.
Carolina’s pass defense has been strong, but both of these units have fatal flaws. I see both sides moving the ball at will, and on a short week, we could get the rare TNF game that does not disappoint.
For a little more on this game, check out our week 8 Falcons vs. Panthers betting preview.
Raiders vs. Browns Over 53.5 (-110)
This is another game where we should see a lot of scoring. The Browns keep losing bodies, as Odell Beckham Jr. was lost for the year, and they still don’t have Nick Chubb back.
While that hurts their offense, Cleveland has a terrific matchup against the Raiders, who have allowed 30+ points in five of six games in 2020.
Neither defense is scary right now, while both teams can attack in every facet of the offense. I like a shootout here, much like we saw between the Browns and Bengals a week ago.
The best part? This total was actually even higher back when we handed out our Raiders vs. Browns week 8 betting pick. It now feels like a slightly safer bet to target the Over.
Pittsburgh Steelers to Win (+160)
This is the diciest call of these week eight NFL parlay picks, to be sure. However, I tend to think a lot of the focus will be on the Ravens, simply because they were 14-2 a year ago, and will be at home.
What we should pay a little more attention to is the fact that Lamar Jackson and co. just haven’t been that dominant this season.
He also wasn’t great against Pittsburgh the last time he faced them.
How Lamar Jackson’s last start against the Steelers went:— Daniel Valente (@StatsGuyDaniel) October 27, 2020
– Just 161 passing yards
– 3 interceptions (career high)
– 54.9 passer rating (career worst)
– Sacked 5 times (reg. season career high)
Ravens narrowly escaped with the win but Pittsburgh did a great job limiting Lamar. pic.twitter.com/3DfM7aYFad
Jackson lacks depth in his supporting cast, and the team may be without top running back Mark Ingram in this one.
Even if Ingram suits up, Baltimore relies on the running game a ton, and they’ll be facing the league’s very best run defense. That needs to be noted, too, seeing as the Steelers stifled Derrick Henry last week.
Pittsburgh might be the more balanced team, and they’re doing something special in 2020. Not only can they send the message that the AFC North is theirs, but they’ll also be looking to stay undefeated with a clutch road win.
I love their value as a stand-alone bet, and this pick really takes this parlay up a notch.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-11) -105
Lastly, we can feel pretty good about the Buccaneers clearing this 11-point spread against the New York Giants this week.
Tampa Bay has been very scary defensively lately, as they wiped the floor with the Packers two weeks ago, and last week they contained a fairly dynamic Raiders offense.
If those two offenses couldn’t get past Tampa Bay, I’m not really sure why we’re supposed to think the guy that did this will.
Daniel Jones is going to be lost in this matchup. Even if he isn’t, the Buccaneers are also stacked offensively. With the Bucs starting to pull away as the team to beat in the NFC, this really isn’t the game for them to lay an egg.
I’m not alone here, either. Check out our week 8 Buccaneers vs. Giants pick for a closer look at this matchup.
Top Week 8 NFL Parlay Bet
- Falcons vs. Panthers Over 49 (-110)
- Raiders vs. Browns Over 53.5 (-110)
- Pittsburgh Steelers to Win (+160)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-11) -105
This looks like a fun NFL parlay for week eight, and the upside is pretty fantastic. A $100 wager on this parlay over at Bovada could bring back $1,750.00.
I feel good about the Over in this week’s TNF game. The Panthers have a pretty dynamic offense, while both of these teams are capable of scoring rather quickly.
Carolina’s defense is a little better than anyone gives it credit for, but on a short week, I think I’d favor the offenses. Getting 50 total points out of this one doesn’t seem like it’s asking a whole lot.
The other game total I like is higher, but possibly even safer. Cleveland and Las Vegas are just really bad defensively, and are both coming off of games where they allowed 34+ points.
The offensive firepower is pretty strong for both sides, as well, so the Over looks like a good bet.
Tampa Bay winning by 12 on the road over the Giants doesn’t feel like a tall order. New York is really bad on offense, and I don’t see a reason why the Bucs should let this one get close.
The only bet with real risk here (in my opinion) is the Steelers as +160 underdogs in Baltimore. However, Pittsburgh is the league’s last undefeated team, and this matchup favors them considerably.