NFL Spreads Week 8: Best Picks Against the Spread

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Oct 24, 2016

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Members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins likely popped some champagne on Sunday evening as the NFL’s last unbeaten team, the Minnesota Vikings, fell in Week 7. Rumor has it some members of those Dolphins do celebrate when the last unbeaten team loses each year. Of course that Miami team was the only club to ever finish a perfect season. Here’s a quick look at all Week 8 matchups with Sports Interaction NFL odds. Games on Sunday unless noted. The Rams, Dolphins, Giants, Steelers, 49ers and Ravens are on the bye.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans, Thursday

Point spread: Tennessee -3 Total: 45.5 I will have an in-depth preview of this game later this week at Sports Interaction. If seeing these AFC South rivals playing on a Thursday seems familiar, it should. This will be the third year in a row they do so. The Jaguars won the previous two, but those were both at home. Pick ATS: Titans

Washington Redskins at Cincinnati Bengals

Point spread: Cincinnati -2.5 Total: 46.5 This is the NFL’s final game in London this season, back at Wembley Stadium with a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is a former Bengals offensive coordinator. The Skins saw a four-game losing streak end Sunday in a 20-17 defeat in Detroit. Cincinnati will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time this season following a 31-17 victory over terrible Cleveland on Sunday. Pick ATS: Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts

Point spread: Kansas City -1 Total: 49.5 Kansas City won a second straight game Sunday, 27-21 over New Orleans. It was the 300th career game coached for the Chiefs’ Andy Reid. Indianapolis won at Tennessee, 34-26, behind 353 yards passing and three touchdowns from Andrew Luck, who has never lost to the Titans. The Chiefs have lost the past three meetings in this series. The teams last met in Indianapolis in the wild-card round of the playoffs following the 2013 season and the Colts staged the second-biggest comeback in playoff history in rallying from a 38-10 third-quarter hole to win 45-44. Both Alex Smith and Luck threw four touchdown passes. Pick ATS: Colts

Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Point spread: Tampa Bay -1.5 Total: 49 It’s the Pirate Bowl. Oakland won 33-16 in Jacksonville on Sunday. The Raiders are 4-0 on the road and 5-2 overall for the first time in 15 years. Rather than head back to California and fly across country again next weekend, the Raiders are holding a psuedo-training camp this week not far from Tampa. The Bucs came off their bye and won 34-17 at San Francisco behind three TD passes from Jameis Winston and 154 yards rushing from Jacquizz Rodgers. Pick ATS: Buccaneers

Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans Saints

Point spread: Seattle -3 Total: 47 Seattle tied Arizona in the desert on Sunday night, 6-6, in a crazy game. The Seahawks were lucky to get that result as they were dominated statistically. Seattle kicker Stephen Hauschka missed the potential winning 27-yard field goal with seven seconds left in OT. New Orleans had a two-game winning streak end in a 27-21 defeat in Kansas City despite 367 yards passing and three scores from Drew Brees. The Seahawks have won the past three meetings vs. the Saints, last 23-15 at home in the divisional round of the playoffs following the 2013 season. Pick ATS: Saints

Detroit Lions at Houston Texans

Point spread: TBA Total: TBA Short week for Houston after visiting Denver on Monday. The Lions won a third straight close game (all at home), 20-17 over Washington. Matthew Stafford, who is having his best season to date, threw the winning 18-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left. He set up game-winning field goals in the previous two games. Pick ATS: Texans

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns

Point spread: New York -2.5 Total: TBA Here’s a rare realistic chance for the winless Browns to get a victory in 2016. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft also could be in play regarding this game. Cleveland was no match for Cincinnati on Sunday. New York lost starting quarterback Geno Smith to a knee injury in the second quarter of a 24-16 win over Baltimore. Former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick played well in his place, but it’s not yet clear who starts this one. The Jets have won the past three meetings in this series. Last year at home, New York prevailed 31-10 in Week 1. Cleveland turned the ball over five times and had 12 penalties. So typical Browns. Pick ATS: Jets

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Point spread: New England -6 Total: 47.5 Rematch of a Week 4 game in Foxboro in which Buffalo handed New England its only loss of the season, 16-0. It was the first time the Patriots were shut out at home since 1993. And it was Buffalo’s first road shutout in five years. But the Patriots had third-round rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback that day as Tom Brady was serving the final game of his suspension. Brady has been playing like an MVP since his return. The Patriots won in Pittsburgh on Sunday fairly easily. Buffalo was upset in Miami and saw top tailback LeSean McCoy leave with a hamstring injury so monitor his status. Hard to see him playing, however. Pick ATS: Patriots

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

Point spread: Carolina -2.5 Total: 48 This looked to be one of the games of the year in the NFL as it’s a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Carolina won that at home, 49-15, picking off Carson Palmer four times and forcing seven turnovers overall. However, the Panthers, who come off their bye week, don’t resemble that team at all with a 1-5 record. Maybe the week off will change things, but only two teams in NFL history have started 1-5 and made the playoffs. Arizona absolutely blew Sunday night’s 6-6 tie to Seattle as the Cardinals’ special teams imploded. One of those mistakes was a missed Chandler Catanzaro 24-yard field goal to win the game in OT. Pick ATS: Panthers

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

Point spread: TBA Total: TBA Short week for Denver as it hosted Houston on Monday night. The Chargers rallied from a 17-point deficit to win 33-30 in overtime at Atlanta. Does it seem like these teams just played? They did Week 6 on a Thursday in San Diego, and the Chargers played their best defensive game of the season in a 21-13 victory. Philip Rivers threw for 178 yards and one touchdown as the Chargers snapped their streak of 10 straight divisional losses. Denver head coach Gary Kubiak, also the offensive play-caller, missed the game for health reasons but is back now. Pick ATS: Broncos

Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Point spread: Atlanta -3 Total: 52.5 Extra time to rest up for the Packers as they beat visiting Chicago 26-10 last Thursday as Aaron Rodgers played his best game of the season with 326 yards and three touchdowns. Atlanta threw away a 17-point home lead in a 33-30 OT loss to San Diego. The Falcons went for it on fourth-and-1 from their own 43 in OT but were stopped, setting up the Chargers’ winning kick. Green Bay has won the past four meetings vs. Atlanta, most recently 43-37 at home in 2014. Pick ATS: Packers

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Point spread: Dallas -4.5 Total: 43.5 This is the Sunday night game, and I will have an in-depth preview later this week. It’s a matchup of rookie quarterbacks between Eagles No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz and Cowboys fourth-rounder Dak Prescott. Dallas comes off its bye week. Pick ATS: Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, Monday

Point spread: Minnesota -5 Total: TBA I will have an in-depth preview of this game later this week. Bit of an advantage for the Bears in that they played last Thursday, albeit losing in Green Bay to fall to 1-6. QB Brian Hoyer broke his left arm and could miss the rest of the season. QB Jay Cutler is expected back from his thumb injury. Minnesota played easily its worst game of the year in losing 21-10 in Philadelphia on Sunday. Pick ATS: Vikings

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