The NFL is approaching the midseason mark, and things have certainly continued to heat up from week to week in the season. With week 8 now on the calendar, some teams are already thinking about home field advantage in the playoffs, while others are mired in turmoil, in big need of a big win, or simply moving ahead week to week and looking to perform. Take a look at all of the NFL games slated for week 8 and an early look how they will play out.
At Tennessee -9.5 Indianapolis 43.5
Both of these teams are coming off miserable defeats in their last games. Indianapolis got absolutely crushed by the New Orleans Saints, losing by more than 50 points, and the Titans lost big to the Texans in a game that was for first place in the division. So both teams will be looking to rebound. The Titans are the better team this year, but after last week, beating the Colts by more than 9 points might be a stretch.
At Houston -10.5 Jacksonville 42.5
The Texans just got a huge win over the rival Titans and now will be facing the Jaguars, coming off a big win of their own, a surprising victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. That big win was probably more illusion than anything else, and especially if Houston gets Andre Johnson back, their offense is going to be even better in week 8. Look for Houston to win but Jacksonville to keep it close and beat the spread.
At Carolina -3.5 Minnesota 47.5
The Panthers play host to the Vikings, and now both teams have rookie quarterbacks at their helms. Cam Newton has exceeded expectations exponentially thus far, and Ponder won’t be able to lead his offense like Newton does his. Panthers win at home and cover.
New Orleans -12.5 At St. Louis 48
One of the best teams in football will head on the road to one of the worst teams in football. The Saints are riding about as high as you can be right now, and while that could mean that this is a trap game, it won’t. Look for the Saints to steamroll the Rams and cover the spread, beating the Rams by two touchdowns or more.
At Baltimore -12 Arizona 44.5
The Ravens are heavy favorites at home, playing host to the Arizona Cardinals. On Monday Night though, the Ravens suffered a major letdown, losing to the Jaguars. That doesn’t bode well for the Cardinals, because the Ravens will be seeking to get that loss off their shoulders and will be firing on all cylinders to win and win big.
At NY Giants -10 Miami 43
The New York Giants will look to further build their lead in the NFC East, coming off their bye week to host the terrible Miami Dolphins. The G-Men tend to play down to their opponents, so they’ll win, but don’t be surprised if the Dolphins find a way to keep this one close and beat the spread.
At Buffalo (Toronto) -6 Washington 46
The Bills have a de facto home game, albeit in Toronto and not Buffalo. Coming off their bye week, and a disappointing loss before that, they need a win here to stay competitive in the AFC East and stay a step ahead of the New York Jets. The Bills will get a win over the depleted Redskins and will cover the spread.
Detroit -3.5 At Denver 43.5
Detroit is coming off two straight losses after a hot start to the season, and the Tim Tebow era is underway in Denver, as the Broncos had a big 4th quarter comeback last weekend to defeat the Dolphins. Detroit is simply better, and they’ll get the road win and cover the spread, as Tebow can’t lead a miracle comeback every weekend.
New England -3 At Pittsburgh 51
The premiere match-up of the weekend is the Patriots visiting the Steelers. The Patriots are 3 point favorites, something you wouldn’t always expect against the Steelers, who are playing at home. The Steelers won’t like that, and will also want to reclaim divisional supremacy after the Ravens lost on Monday night. Steelers get the upset at home.
At San Francisco -9.5 Cleveland 38.5
The 49ers are big favorites over the incoming Browns, and San Francisco has become one of the early season best teams in the league. Whether or not they stay up to that level remains to be seen, but they have plenty to handle the Browns at home. As for the week 8 point spread, don’t be surprised if the Browns keep it close.
Cincinnati -3 At Seattle 38
The Bengals head on the road to visit the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams have had some ups and downs this season, but surprisingly to many, the Bengals have had more ups than not behind their rookie QB and WR combo of Dalton and Green. This week though, the great Seattle home field crowd makes the difference, and the Seahawks get the upset win.
At Philadelphia -3.5 Dallas 51
The Sunday night game for week 8 showcases the Eagles hosting the rival Cowboys. The Eagles will be favored in the game, and both teams are in need of a win. Another loss for the Eagles here likely sinks their season for good, while Dallas is trying to turn the corner and contend for a playoff spot. Look for the Eagles to hold home court and get a big win here.
San Diego -3.5 At Kansas City 44
The Chargers head on the road on Monday night to visit the resurgent Kansas City Chiefs, who started the season terribly but are now coming off a very impressive win over the Raiders. The Chargers blew a game against the Jets last weekend, and they aren’t going to want to let that happen again. The Chargers with a big win on the road as they cover the spread.
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