NFL Week 8 Preview

By: Nick Radivoj

Week 7 was not as welcoming as we would have liked as we go a putrid 4-10 on the week bringing the season total to 51-55-2 (48%) on the year. We still have plenty of NFL action to make this up for the rest of the year and it all starts with NFL Week 8. We welcome the Bills, Eagles, Rams, and Vikings back from bye as well as say goodbye to Chiefs and Chargers for a week. No time to waste so let’s dive in!

Baltimore Ravens (4-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)

When: 8:15 PM on 10/27

Line: Ravens -1.5

O/U: 45

Tom Brady may very well be close to blowing a gasket in Tampa as he suffered his worst loss of the season last week against Carolina and maybe even worst loss in his career. Offense was sputtering all day unable to move the ball consistently throughout the afternoon. If the Bucs have any aspiration of post season football it starts here, offense needs to get back on track and that starts with the man under center connecting with the weapons he has outside in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Meanwhile, Ravens bring to town an explosive offense of their own as they finally welcomed back WR Rashod Bateman last week from injury. Bateman makes explosive plays able to take it to the house at any given time. I expect the Bucs to finally find their way north of 20 points and for the Ravens to not be too far behind.

The Play: Over 45

Denver Broncos (2-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)

When: 9:30 AM on 10/30 (London)

Line: Jaguars -2.5

O/U: 39.5

This could very well be the biggest game for both Russel Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett in their short time as Denver Broncos. Rumors are circling that if Broncos don’t win this game then Hackett could find himself on the way out only 8 games into his first season as Head Coach. With their backs up against a wall, I will take the points with the Broncos here. I wish I could have gotten on this line earlier at 3.5 but still feel like there’s a chance this offense could get back on track behind Russ. Jacksonville is a young team in their own right who have shown that they aren’t able to win games late either which could bode well for Denver here. Russ better be Dangerous this week over the pond or his Broncos could find themselves in trouble early in this 2022 season.

The Play: broncos +2.5

Carolina Panthers (2-5) at Atlanta Falcons (3-4)

When: 1 PM on 10/30

Line: Falcons -4.5

O/U: 42

Panthers find their second win of the season shortly after trading away their star RB to the San Francisco 49ers. Coincidence? I think not. All joking aside, Panthers getting draft capital from CMC is good for their long term growth as a franchise as they are nowhere close to being able to win now. Panthers now have the luxury to spreading the ball around as they have no need to force feed anyone the ball as no one demands that kind of power over this offense. Carolina’s secondary is beaten up but luckily find themselves playing an Atlanta team who rarely sees themselves throw more than 20 times a game this year. Atlanta wins this game but I will take the points with the division dog as I can grab main key numbers of 3 and 4 with Carolina.

The Play: Panthers +4.5

Chicago Bears (3-4) at Dallas Cowboys (5-2)

When: 1 PM on 10/30

Line: Cowboys -10

O/U: 42.5

The Play: Under 42.5

Miami Dolphins (4-3) at Detroit Lions (1-5)

When: 1 PM on 10/30

Line: Dolphins -3.5

O/U: 51.5

Miami welcomed their starting QB back last week as Tua is now 4-0 on the season in games he starts and finishes. This offense seems to be firing on all cylinders with Tua behind center as opposed to the backups they had the prior 3 weeks. Shocking. Detroit has one of the worst defenses in the NFL and I expect Miami to capitalize here with explosive plays from Tyreek, Waddle, and Mostart come Sunday afternoon. Detroit has calmed down from their explosion they put on display earlier in the season but barring turnovers they should find themselves over 20 points here as well. Miami has been playing multiple backup level players in their secondary as they have been dealing with injury which Lions QB Jared Goff should exploit. Dolphins win as they swim over the total in the Motor City.

The Play: Over 51.5

Arizona Cardinals (3-4) at Minnesota Vikings (5-1)

When: 1 PM on 10/30

Line: Vikings -3.5

O/U: 49

Buyers beware as the new Call of Duty gets released this weekend so Cardinals QB Kyler Murray could be showing up sleepy for this one. Cardinals welcomed back a much-needed Deandre Hopkins who added a great jolt of energy coming back from suspension. Byron Murphy has had good success this year defending against opposing #1 WRs but Justin Jefferson brings too much big play potential to be silenced all game. Ultimately, Minnesota wins by 4 with a bye week to prepare for this game and an intense home field advantage which should mess up the timing of Arizona’s offense. 

The Play: Vikings -3.5

Las Vegas Raiders (2-4) at New Orleans Saints (2-5)

When: 1 PM on 10/30

Line: Raiders -2

O/U: 48

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs has been playing like a player possessed over his last 3 games as he has averaged over 140 rushing yards in each and totaled 6 touchdowns over the same stretch. Raiders offense has shown to be explosive putting up over 30 last week while also giving up over 20 to a rather bad Texans’ offense. New Orleans brings big play potential with rookie WR Chris Olave and RB Alvin Kamara wich should help us go over this total. New Orleans needs to beware of Raiders edge rushers coming in to sack whoever they plan to start this week but besides that should find matchups over the field to attack.

The Play: Over 48

New England Patriots (3-4) at New York Jets (5-2)

When: 1 PM on 10/30

Line: Patriots -1.5

O/U: 40

New England got embarrassed on Monday Night Football losing by almost 20 to Chicago at home. After taking a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter the patriots found themselves not scoring another point for the rest of the game. Patriots should come out firing behind Mac Jones this week to get themselves back to .500 on the year. New York lost an explosive rookie this past week in Breece Hall as the running back suffered a torn acl. Missing that explosive play potential, New York will need to find a way to make plasy in othe r ways behind second year QB Zach Wilson. Wilson hasn’t been asked to do much this season thus far as they have leaned heavily on a run game and solid defense, but with the run game taking  ahuge hit ther could be trouble brewing in New York. Patriots defense takes advantage of a still unexperienced Zach Wilson and get themselves back to .500.

The Play: Patriots -1.5

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-0)

When: 1 PM on 10/30

Line: Eagles -11

O/U: 43

We welcome back the only undefeated team remaining in football from bye as the Eagles are set to host their in-state counterpart in the Pittsburgh Steelers. My expectation is for this high powered Philadelphia offense to come out firing on all cylinders and for the Steelers to have to play catchup early. Philadelphia getting up early will give us variance for Pittsbuurgh throwing to get back in the game either creating turnovers and short fields or Pitt finding the endzone to reach thsis number. Eagles to score close to 30 while Steelers get over double digits as well.

The Play: Over 43

Tennessee Titans (4-2) at Houston Texans (1-4-1)

When: 4:05 PM on 10/30

Line: Titans -2

O/U: 40.5

We all saw what Josh Jacobs did this past weekend to the Houston Texans defense and why are we to think that Derrick Henry won’t do more of the same. Over the past few year, Derrick Henry has dominated the Texanans’ and I expect that trend to continue as he will rush for over 100 and most likely snag a few rushing touchdowns of his own in this one. Davis Mills has shown flashes of talent but still demonstrates that he isn’t a long term solution at the QB position. Titans stay hot after starting the year off shaky as they move to 5-2.

The Play: Titans -2

Washington Commanders (3-4) at Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1)

When: 4:25 PM on 10/30

Line: Colts -3

O/U: 40

Indianapolis Colts have seemed to have enough of the Matt Ryan experiment as the long tenured QB has been delegated to the bench as Indy will move forward the Sam Ehlinger as their starting QB along with Nick Foles as their primary backup. This game will feature backup QBs on both sides of the field as Washingto will still be without Carson Wentz but seemed to have found some spark on offense behind their backup. Washington’s Taylor Heinecke may be the backup but has had experience in the starting role over the past few years. Colts will more than likely lean on Jonathan Taylor and the run game this weekend as Ehlinger makes his first career start in the NFL which should bode well for Washington’s defense as they are much better defending the run than the pass. I’m grabbin the number of 3 here with the underdog but don’t love anything in this game overall.

The Play: Commanders +3

San Francisco 49ers (3-4) at Los Angeles Rams (3-3)

When: 4:25 PM on 10/30

Line: 49ers -1.5

O/U: 43

A rather tough season so far for both of these California teams as both have underwhelmed. Both offenses should get a nice jolt of energy as Rams should be welcoming back WR Van Jefferson while 49ers will be incorporating new weapon Christian McCaffrey more into the offense. This 49ers team looks deadly to face on paper as they now have playmakers all over the field in CMC, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle but will the trigger man behind center be able to take advantage of his weaons on the outside. The two teams faced off earlier this year with Rams losing 24-9 on the road. I expect Sean Mcvay and this Rams offense to look more in sync now with a field stretcher coming back into the fray and a much needed bye helping the offense return to form. Both teams get into double digits and hopefully end with a 24-20 final.

The Play: Over 43

New York Giants (6-1) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3)

When: 4:25 PM on 10/30

Line: Seahawks -3

O/U: 45.5

New York enters this game 6-1 as everyone expected earlier in the offseason. Both Geno Smith and Daniel Jones have impressed this year showcasing a good handle of their offenses leading to Seahawks being atop the NFC West and the Giants having one of the best records in football. Seattle will be without star WR DK Metcalf as he is recovering from an injury, so I expect the offense to lean more towards running the ball behind rookie RB Kenneth Walker. Same goes for New York as Daboll and the Giants offense have leaned heavily on RB Saquon Barkley throughout this year. I expect both teams to keep this one on the ground for a main portion of this game and to try to enter the 4th quarter in a 1 possession game in an attempt to win it late. One thing that scares me is the obvious breakaway potential that both of these running backs contain able to pop off an 80 yard touchdown at any point. We are aiming for a 24-20 final here to cash an under for us.

The Play: Under 45.5

Green Bay Packers (3-4) at Buffalo Bills (5-1)

When: 8:20 PM on 10/30

Line: Bills -11.5

O/U: 47.5

In hopes of being fully transparent, I will throw the disclaimer that I hate this pick and it’s mainly a grab at Aaron Rodgers being this large of an underdog. This Packers team can very well just not be good but they still have one of the best QBs to ever play the position. Bad news for Green Bay is that they are going up against one of the best teams in the NFL currently on the road. Buffalo isn’t an easy place to play along with the fact that they have playmakers littered all over the offense and deefense. The more I dive into this game the more I hate it for Green Bay but I’m going to assume that Lafleur and company can get something figured out on the offensive end and keep this one within 11.

The Play: Packers +11.5

Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) at Cleveland Browns (2-5)

When: 8:15 PM on 10/31

Line: Bengals -3

O/U: 47

This Bengals offense has changed drastically since the start of the year. To begin the season, Bengals offensive gameplan had been running on 1st and 2nd  down with Mixon and then depending on Joe Burrow to play hero ball on 3rd down which led to turnovers, sacks, and drives being killed. Now, Bengals HC Zac Taylor has allowed Burrow to have more control at the line using his best skillset of being able to dissect a defense and take advantage of mismatches that they may have. I believe Bengals should take this one but won’t discount an AFC North primetime game as Cleveland has playmakers of their own to keep this one within a field goal.

The Play: Over 47

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