The 2017 season continues with NFL week 8 action. Week 8 features the biggest bye week of the year including Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tennessee sitting idle on their couches this week.
Last Week’s game picks turned into a pathetic 5-10 week. That brings my overall season total to a slightly above average record of 56-50. Since I’m coming off a bad week, the chances are that I rock week 8. If you agree or disagree with my picks, make sure to tweet at me @treydaubert. Let’s not waste any more time with the introduction. Without further ado, here is your week 8 NFL game picks against the spread.
Thursday Night: Miami At Baltimore (BAL -3)
We were actually on a streak of pretty great Thursday night games. That seems to be coming to an end with this ugly game. It’s Joe Flaccid (Flacco) against Matt Moore. Well, it could have been the epicenter of quarterbacks who don’t care if Cutler was playing instead of Moore. This seems like a coin flip game. I’ll side with the Ravens but really could go either way.
Sunday 9:30 A.M. ET: Cleveland At Minnesota <LONDON GAME> (MIN -9.5)
We should apologize to the people that live in London in advance for sending them the Browns. Well, I guess if any team is going to lose a scheduled home game it should be the Browns, right? Remember when the Browns went on record for saying Carson Wentz would never be a top 20 quarterback? Remember when Cleveland passed on Deshaun Watson and picked DeShone Kizer instead? Ok enough Browns jokes, you get the point. Take the Vikings.
Sunday 1 P.M. ET: Oakland At Buffalo (BUF -2.5)
The Bills have proved to be no gimme putt but Vegas is telling you the Raiders would be favored if this game was in Oakland. Home field represents 3 points of course. Derek Carr seems like he has recovered from his back injury. With Amari Cooper out of witness protection, you have to like the Raiders chances.
Sunday 1 P.M. ET: Indianapolis At Cincinnati (CIN -10.5)
This line is just too juicy not to take. Yes, Indy just got beat 27-0 against the Jags but I’m not sure Cincy is 11 points better than anyone. Vontaze Burfict is kicking people, Joe Mixon is starting to cause problems, and Marvin Lewis is just as a lame duck coach as Chuck Pagano. Take the Colts.
Sunday 1 P.M. ET: Los Angeles Chargers At New England (NE -7)
The Pats are starting to find an identity and are coming off a big win over the Falcons. New England has held their last three opponents to under 20 points. The Chargers have also won three straight games oddly. Don’t over think this one, take the Patriots.
Sunday 1 P.M. ET: Chicago At New Orleans (NO -9)
The Saints can put up 50 points on anyone. The Bears meanwhile can’t even score offensive touchdowns. Mitchell Trubisky just won a game with 4 completions. He’s only completing 50 percent of his throws in 3 starts. Since the Adrian Peterson trade, the Saints running game has also really taken off. I like New Orleans big here.
Sunday 1 P.M. ET: Atlanta At New York Jets (ATL -5)
The public is finally starting to realize that the Falcons aren’t that good without Kyle Shanahan. The Jets have been competitive this year and Josh McCown has been rather great. Atlanta has lost three straight games and turmoil has started to come about with Steve Sarkisian. The Falcons should win but I’m going to take the points.
Sunday 1 P.M. ET: San Francisco At Philadelphia (PHI -12.5)
After playing on Monday night, Philly could be a little sluggish. Philly also lost Jordan Hicks and Jason Peters for the year. San Francisco is also coming off an embarrassing loss to Dallas but has lost 5 games by a field goal. The Eagles are the best team in the NFC but I love taking the points over 10.
Sunday 1 P.M. ET: Carolina At Tampa Bay (TB -2.5)
A division game that seems to be a coin flip. Since 2009 the series has ended in a swept in one direction. This is the first meeting on the season here. Scam Newton has been the model of inconsistency and we never really know which guy will show up. I would take the Bucs but this game is a coin flip.
Sunday 4:05 P.M. ET: Houston At Seattle (SEA -5.5)
At this point, I’m not betting against Deshaun Watson. He also just got his starting left tackle back Duane Brown. Watson has 12 touchdown passes the past 3 games. Until this guy fails, I’m not betting against him. Take Houston.
Sunday 4:25 P.M. ET: Dallas At Washington (DAL -2)
Dallas is coming off a win over San Francisco but more importantly found their identity on defense. David Irving returned from suspension and DeMarcus Lawrence is having a career year leading the NFL in sacks. Washington was exposed by the Eagles. The Redskins strength is the pass rush but Dallas has the best offensive line in football. Take Dallas as Zeke continues to run wild.
Sunday Night: Pittsburgh At Detroit (PIT -3)
The Steelers are the most predictable team in the league. Teams that are .500 or less winning percentage, the Steelers are going to struggle. The Lions are coming off a bye and are tough to beat at home. This Martavis Bryant trade request could really cause Pittsburgh problems this week. I like the Lions getting points here.
Monday Night: Denver At Kansas City (KC -7)
Teams that play zone are coming to give the Chiefs problems. The Broncos do exactly that. Denver’s defense will keep them in this game. A division game that Denver has won 7 of the last 10 meetings. As the weather gets colder, Alex Smith struggles will grow.