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NFL Week 8 Wagers To Take
Week 8 of the 2016 NFL regular season is here, and it’s brought 13 games’ worth of betting possibilities with it. This labyrinth of opportunity can, as always, get a bit confusing, so we’re here to direct you toward our three best bets of the week. All game odds come courtesy of RealBet.
The Best NFL Bets Of The Week
By Dan Favale
All game odds for our bets of the week come from RealBet.eu. As always, double check them before placing your wagers, just to make sure the lines haven't moved.
Buffalo Bills (+7) vs. New England Patriots (-7)
The Buffalo Bills have been one of the NFL's biggest surprises this year. Despite missing star wideout Sammy Watkins, they rank sixth in points scored per game. And their defense is as strong as ever, checking in at eight in points allowed per game.
But the Bills are finally too banged up.
Running back LeSean McCoy was limited in last week's loss with a hamstring injury, and the situation doesn't appear to have improved. He is listed as questionable for Sunday, and even if he plays, you can bet his snaps will be monitored.
Without him on the field, the Bills are so much easier to defend. He opens things up for the passing game and allows the opposition to send more guys on blitzes. And with their offensive potential that curtailed, the Bills aren't a particularly good play against any team, let alone the league-lording New England Patriots.
What else can we say about them? Tom Brady played like he was sleepwalking in the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and still he threw a pair of touchdowns. This team continues to operate in a world all its own, and there's no reason to believe they'll falter now, against a half-hobbled Bills squad that doesn't hold a candle to them even at full strength.
The Pick: New England Patriots (-7)
Cleveland Browns (+3.5) vs. New York Jets (-3.5)
Are things so bad for the New York Jets that they're only 3.5-point favorites over the perennially incompetent Cleveland Browns?
But we're going to ignore that and roll with them anyway.
While the Jets would be better off with Geno Smith under center at this point, or so it seems, he's dealing with an ACL injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been terrible this season, but he at least held his own after Smith went down last week.
Besides, the Browns defense, which ranks 30th in points allowed per game, makes just about any quarterback look good. So long as the Jets offensive line gives him time, Fitzpatrick will be able to keep the chains moving long enough for the Jets to score multiple touchdowns and win by more than four points.
On the defensive side, the Jets have nothing to worry about. Their own defense has been disappointing, but the Browns have one of the six worst offenses in the league. Their quarterback situation is a mess, and not even the Jets' underachieving secondary can get burned by their lackluster receiving corps.
This is a game New York will win by more than the sportsbooks think.
The Pick: New York Jets (-3.5)
New Orleans Saints (+2.5) vs. Seattle Seahawks (-2.5)
This is a matchup that, on the surface, the Seattle Seahawks should dominate.
Seattle has the league's top defense and is more than capable of slowing down the New Orleans Saints' top-eight offense. The Saints' defense, meanwhile, ranks dead last in the league in points allowed per game. They have relinquished more passing touchdowns than any other squad in the NFL. They have let up more passing yards than all but one other team. Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks offense should feast.
But will they?
The Seahawks rank 28th in points scored per game thus far and are hovering near the bottom seven of passing touchdowns. Wilson has been inconsistent under center. He isn't moving like he normally does, suggesting he's still not fully healthy.
And yet, all of that is of minimal concern when matching up against the Saints defense. It is that bad. And even if, for some reason, the Seahawks cannot get their offense going, that only means the game will come down to which squad's defense is more on point. That's not only a game the Seahawks can win, but it's one they would revel in.
No matter how you slice or contextualize this contest, the Seahawks have the clear edge—one that's worth far more than a 2.5-point line.
The Pick: Seattle Seahawks (-2.5)
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