Several NFL teams are approaching the halfway mark of their season with the arrival of Week Eight. The Kansas Chiefs are the only team without a loss, while the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have yet to win a game.
The favorites are coming off one of their better weeks this year, covering the betting line in nine of the 15 games. All of the six underdogs that covered, however, managed to win outright. Below are picks against the spread for every contest in Week Eight.
Carolina Panthers (-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers have only covered one point spread this year. On Thursday night, they won’t have starting running back Doug Martin. The Panthers have won three of four, and the Bucs could be catching them at the wrong time.
Prediction ATS: Carolina
San Francisco 49ers (-16.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week after week, the Jaguars continue to prove that they are one of the worst NFL teams in the past few years. Playing at home hasn’t seemed to make difference, considering they’re losing in Jacksonville by an average of 26 points. The 49ers have won their last four games by at least two scores, and Sunday should be no different.
Prediction ATS: San Francisco
Dallas Cowboys (+3) at Detroit Lions
The Cowboys have played better than their 4-3 record might indicate. Two of their losses have come to the Broncos and the undefeated Chiefs. It won’t be easy to stop the Lions on their home field, but Tony Romo could be set for a very big game.
Prediction ATS: Dallas
New York Giants (+5.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
The Giants got their first win in Week Seven, even though much of the credit goes to the poor play of the Vikings. New York’s defense looked better than it has all year, and Eli Manning managed to not throw an interception. With injuries to Nick Foles and Michael Vick, Matt Barkley could be forced to make the first start of his career. If that’s the case, the Giants could go into their bye week on a two-game winning streak.
Prediction ATS: New York
Cleveland Browns (+7.5) at Kansas City Chiefs
Bryan Hoyer led the Browns to three straight wins, but the team hasn’t been the same since an injury ended his season. With Brandon Weeden as the starter, Cleveland is winless and 0-4 against the spread. The Chiefs haven’t shown any signs of slowing up and should remain undefeated heading into Week Nine.
Prediction ATS: Kansas City
Buffalo Bills (+11.5) at New Orleans Saints
The Saints are a dominant home team, but there’s a good chance they’ll be missing their best offensive weapon in Jimmy Graham. An injury prevented the tight end from catching a pass in New Orleans’ last game, and the team went on to lose for the first time in 2013. The Bills are under .500, but six of their seven games have been decided by one score. They might not win, but they should be able to remain competitive for most of the way.
Prediction ATS: Buffalo
Miami Dolphins (+6.5) at New England Patriots
The Dolphins haven’t beat the Patriots since 2009, and most of those losses haven’t been close. Ryan Tannehill has struggled during Miami’s losing streak, throwing five interceptions in three defeats. With Rob Gronkowski back on the field, New England’s offense should be improved from the first part of the season.
Prediction ATS: New England
New York Jets (+6.5) at Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are proving themselves to be one of the best teams in the AFC. However, they haven’t been dominant, with only one of their five wins coming by more than seven, and none of them coming by two scores. Geno Smith has had a few terrible games, but the Jets defense could give them a chance to pull off the upset
Prediction ATS: New York
Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders
The Raiders are 2-4 on the season, but they’re 2-1 at home. Pittsburgh is on a bit of a roll with two straight victories, but their offense is still struggling, scoring just one touchdown in each of those wins. The Steelers haven’t been great against the run, and they might not have an easy time containing Terrelle Pryor.
Prediction ATS: Oakland
Washington Redskins (+12.5) at Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning has been limited in practice with ankle injury, but it appears he’ll be ready to go in Week Eight. He should have a big game against one of the worst defenses in the league. The Redskins put up 45 points last week, but no team has been able to keep up with Denver when they’ve been at home.
Prediction ATS: Denver
Atlanta Falcons (+2.5) at Arizona Cardinals
Due to injuries to Roddy White, Julio Jones and Steven Jackson, the Falcons have fallen short of expectations this year. However, it looks like the running back is finally set to return. The Falcons have a major edge at quarterback with Matt Ryan over the Cardinals' Carson Palmer, and that could be enough to help them get the road victory.
Prediction ATS: Atlanta
Green Bay Packers (-9) at Minnesota Vikings
In his debut with the Vikings, Josh Freeman showed just why the Buccaneers benched him, as he completed less than 38 percent of his passes and failed to throw a touchdown. After suffering concussion-like symptoms, Freeman might be forced to sit in favor of Christian Ponder, who was benched earlier this season. Whoever plays at quarterback, they’ll have trouble keeping pace with the Packers.
Prediction ATS: Green Bay
Seattle Seahawks (-11) at St. Louis Rams
The Rams are so desperate at quarterback that they even gave Brett Favre a call when Sam Bradford went down with a season-ending injury. With few free agent options available, St. Louis will give Kellen Clemens the starting nod. His 62.2 career passing record doesn’t bode well for a matchup with the best secondary in the league.
Prediction ATS: Seattle