Best Bets and Predictions for Week 8 NFL Games
Just two teams on the bye (Raiders, Ravens) leave us with a juicy 15 game slate in week 8. Green Bay and Arizona battle it out on Thursday to kick things off while Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs try to get off the schneid versus the Giants on Monday night.
Sandwiched in between are 13 Halloween games destined for some spooky outcomes.
I’ll run through my week 8 NFL predictions for all of the matchups before zeroing in on the Halloween schedule for my three best bets of the week.
Bills Over Dolphins
Don’t expect any funny business Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park. Buffalo is rested coming off a bye and has scored 31 or more points in five straight games. Meanwhile, Miami has lost six straight and looks disinterested on defense.
We know Miami’s at a major disadvantage on both sides of the ball, and unfortunately for the Phins fan base, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Buffalo leads the NFL in takeaways (16) and turnover differential (+11). They don’t have a single player listed on the injury report as of Tuesday. Miami sits -2 in turnover differential and will likely be without two of their three starting wideouts.
Did I mention that the Bills beat this same group 35-0 in South Beach back in week 2?
This one could turn into a laugher fairly quickly.
Browns Over Steelers
Is there even a drop-off from Baker Mayfield to Case Keenum? I’m not sure there is, and Browns offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. doesn’t think there is either.
Boding well for Cleveland’s offense is the impending return of two key pieces – RB Nick Chubb and RT Jack Conklin. This comes one week after WR Jarvis Landry and LT Jedrick Wills Jr. rejoined the fray.
Not boding well for the Steelers offense is the simple fact that they’re no longer a dynamic bunch. Big Ben’s arm is deteriorating in front of our eyes; he’s just not an efficient quarterback at this stage of his career. To help confirm this notion, know that Roethlisberger’s QBR (42.1) is lower than Taylor Heinicke’s. Know that Ben’s got a lower passer rating than Jalen Hurts and a lower completion % than Jared Goff.
As for the Steelers running game, woof.
Pitt’s ranked 29th in rushing yards per game (81.2) and 27th in yards per carry (3.7)
Those looking for money-line predictions, lock this in as one of the best NFL picks in week 8.
Rams Over Texans
Houston can’t score, and they can’t stop their opposition. The Texans have been outscored 62-8 over the last two weeks, and that doesn’t include getting drubbed by the Bills 40-0 in week 4. Houston’s -106 point differential ranks dead last in the NFL.
Word on the street is that Tyrod Taylor will start in week 8; perhaps Houston receives a boost and is more invigorated all around. Nevertheless, it’ll be an uphill battle trying to keep pace with the Rams on Sunday.
While the Texans lack in talent, the Rams are brimming.
Matt Stafford is a genuine MVP candidate, and so his number one target. To help put Cooper Kupp’s blistering start in perspective, realize that Kupp has more receiving yards this season than all of the Falcons receivers have combined. In fact, Cooper’s got more receiving yards than the Bears and Saints wide receiving corps as well.
Cooper Kupp today:— StatMuse (@statmuse) October 24, 2021
He is the first WR in the Super Bowl era with 800+ yards and 9+ TD in the first 7 games of a season. pic.twitter.com/0ZANYq5DDG
The dude is on pace for 136 catches for 1,964 yards and 22 TDs.
Other NFL Predictions in Week 8
- Cardinals to Beat the Packers
- Eagles to Beat the Lions
- Chargers to Beat the Patriots
- Falcons to Beat the Panthers
- Bears to Beat the 49ers
- Colts to Beat the Titans
- Bengals to Beat the Jets
- Jaguars to Beat the Seahawks
- Broncos to Beat The Football Team
- Buccaneers to Beat the Saints
- Vikings to Beat the Cowboys
- Chiefs to Beat the Giants
I’m not eating the chalk with all of the week 8 predictions. After beating the Bills and thrashing the Chiefs, most assume the Titans will take care of business in Indianapolis. Not me. I like Indy to upset Tennessee and pull within one game of the lead in the AFC South standings.
Another upset pick on my radar is the Vikings over the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Dallas was a one-point favorite when the week 8 opening lines were released, however, the public has jumped all over the Cowboys, pushing this line to three.
Fade the public and expect to see some late-game heroics from Captain Kirk.
Best Bets for Week 8
- Bears (+3.5) vs. 49ers
- Jaguars (+3) vs. Seahawks
- Buccaneers (-5) vs. Saints
Staying on theme with some upset NFL picks in week 8, I’m loving the Bears +3.5 at home versus a reeling San Francisco squad. The Niners have lost four in a row, and Kyle Shanahan refuses to remove Jimmy Garoppolo from the equation. That’s going to be a problem heading to Soldier Field facing an angry team.
Speaking of a reeling team, Seattle has lost three in a row and looks lost in all three phases. Jacksonville is still riding the momentum from their first win of the season and is rested off their bye week. Geno Smith is who we thought he was.
Finally, the Buccaneers are hitting their stride and won’t be deterred by a limited Saints team. You can’t run the ball on Tampa Bay, and New Orleans averages a paltry 176.2 passing yards per game (31st in the NFL). Everything points toward another Bucs massacre.
More on this game below, along with the rest of my top against the spread picks in week 8.