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NFL Picks Against the Spread 2018: Week 8 Games

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Here are some suggestions when trying to beat the odds.

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Before the eighth Sunday of the 2018 NFL regular season kicks off, let’s have some fun by taking a look at the spreads for today’s games. (Click here for NFL Week 8 picks without regard to the spread.)

Here are suggestions when trying to beat the odds. You can find all of today’s NFL betting lines and over/unders via SB Nation. My season record so far is 41-63-3 after going 6-7-1 last week.

NFL Week 8 Games

Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars: The Eagles SHOULD win this game. They have Carson Wentz. The Jaguars have Blake Bortles. But after seeing this team blow multiple leads this season, it’s just hard to trust Philadelphia. If I’m going to be wrong, as I often have been this year, I’m going to be wrong in a way where I rightfully doubt the Eagles. I’ll take the Eagles to win but just by one point. Jags cover. PICK: Jaguars +3.5

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (-10): Even the Broncos know they’re not good. It’s why they’re expected to be sellers at the NFL trade deadline. The Chiefs are very good and they will win this game comfortably. PICK: Chiefs -10

New York Jets at Chicago Bears (-7.5): The Bears have lost two in a row but they’ve come very close to winning those games. Chicago might not be elite but they’re better than losing three in a row. Especially playing at home. Vic Fangio’s defense could cause some problems for rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. PICK: Bears -7.5

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (-8): The Browns almost beat the Steelers in Cleveland back in Week 1. The game ending up being a tie instead. That game might have some thinking this will be another close matchup. I don’t think so. The Steelers should be well-rested following their bye. I think they’ll be in top form during a comfortable win. PICK: Steelers -8

Washington Redskins (-1) at New York Giants: This is a fishy line. Washington is 4-2. The Giants are 1-6. Why is this game essentially a pick ‘em, then? Maybe the G-Men are “due for a win” but I think it’s clear they’re just bad. Washington isn’t a juggernaut but they’re solid at least. PICK: Washington -1

Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions (-3): The Lions have been building some momentum lately. But it’s not enough to convince me they’re better than Seattle, whose defense is still good. I like the points in this situation. PICK: Seahawks +3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals (-4): To no surprise, the Bucs look worse with their second best quarterback starting each week. The Bengals are due for a bounce back after a tough spot on the road in KC last Sunday. PICK: Bengals -4

Baltimore Ravens (-2.5) at Carolina Panthers: You have to give the Panthers credit for being resilient. Cam Newton is certainly keeping this team in games even when they don’t look awesome throughout. But eventually those struggles could catch up to the Panthers. Baltimore’s defense should really be able to keep this Carolina offense in check. PICK: Ravens -2.5

Indianapolis Colts (-3) at Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are tanking. And if they’re not, then they’re just really bad as they’re trying to win. The Colts aren’t a good team but they’re better than other horrible teams. Frank Reich versus Jon Gruden is a big coaching mismatch … in the Colts’ favor. PICK: Colts -3

San Francisco 49ers (-1.5) at Arizona Cardinals: The Cards beat the 49ers earlier this season. I’ll say they find a way to do it again. It’s not like the 49ers aren’t good enough to blindly earn faith. PICK: Cardinals +1.5

Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams (-9): The Rams are much better than the Packers, but Aaron Rodgers is much better than Jared Goff. That’s not even meant to be a shot at Goff, who is good. But Rodgers illustrates the difference between a “good” quarterback and an elite one. Even if you don’t think the Packers will win, you have to think Rodgers could make it a one-possession game. PICK: Packers +9

New Orleans Saints (-1.5) at Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have beaten up on some bad teams lately. I’m not fully convinced they’re “back.” The Saints, meanwhile, are very legit. And you can bet that they’re looking for revenge following the Minnesota Miracle earlier this year. PICK: Saints -1.5

New England Patriots (-13.5) at Buffalo Bills: I’d stay away from this game. There could be some upset potential here with the game being in Buffalo and the Bills widely being counted out. With that said, Buffalo’s offense is literally the worst in NFL history as determined by DVOA. So since I have to make a bet, I’ll lean with the Pats. PICK: Patriots -13.5