NFL Betting: NFL Matchups for Week 8

Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2012 NFL betting campaign covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Week 8!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4 SU, 4-2 ATS) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-2 SU, 3-3-1 ATS)
Spread: Minnesota -6.5, Total: 42.5

Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN – Thursday, October 25th, 8:30 ET

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As badly as the 2-4 Bucs have looked at times this year, they really aren’t all that far out of the thick of the fight for the playoffs in the NFC, where seemingly no one really wants to put a chokehold on the few available slots. Minnesota is one of the teams that really could make a difference in the conference this year, as it needs perhaps just five more wins over the course of the rest of the campaign to ultimately end up in the second season in the rough and tumble NFC North, where all of the teams are beating each other up. In order to win this one though, the Vikes are going to have to fight history. They have lost five in a row both SU and ATS to Tampa Bay, and that includes just last year in Week 2 when QB Josh Freeman and company went on the road and came away with a 24-20 victory as short underdogs against what proved to be a relatively hapless Minnesota outfit.

Miami Dolphins (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ New York Jets (3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS)
Spread: New York -1, Total: 41

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ – Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 ET

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The Jets and Dolphins have a great history against one another, and this year, they seem to be about as evenly matched as could be. The Fins had New York dead to rights just a few weeks ago when these teams met, and the season would have looked a heck of a lot different right now had K Dan Carpenter’s kick in overtime gone true instead of wide to the left. As it is though, the Jets still have hope in spite of their 3-4 record, and Miami is still just a 3-4 team that is on the outside of the playoffs looking in. If New York wins this game, the Fins are going to be in a lot of trouble at 3-5 with games still to play against the Patriots and Bills, but a win, and again, perception is much, much different. The Dolphins have gone 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings here in the Big Apple, but in the end, the team is still just 5-12-1 in their last 18 meetings overall against the Jets, including the failed attempt at the cover in a 23-20 loss in Week 3.

San Diego Chargers (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ Cleveland Browns (1-6 SU, 3-3-1 ATS)
Spread: San Diego -2.5, Total: 44

Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH – Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 ET

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There is a heck of a lot of respect here for the Browns, as the insinuation is in place that this is going to be the team’s second win of the season. San Diego is the short favorite, but it is almost as if the books are just begging for you to bet on it, knowing that almost 80% of the public action halfway through the week is on the Bolts. Lose this one, and it is very possible that the AFC West could be a three-way tie at 3-4 atop the lousiest division in the game. Cleveland knows that it is better off losing this one than winning it, but when you’ve got a young team like this that is just trying to figure out how to get its bearings about it, every win is a good one. History seems to be on San Diego’s side, as the Chargers have won five of the six all-time meetings since the Browns came back to the Dawg Pound, but both teams hold 3-3 ATS records in those clashes.

Washington Redskins (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS)
Spread: Pittsburgh -4.5, Total: 47.5

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 ET

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We never really would have thought that the Redskins and Steelers, two teams that historically have prided themselves on their defenses, would end up being in a situation where they would be playing in a game where 47 points is an ‘under’ result. However, with QB Robert Griffin III and QB Ben Roethlisberger slinging the ball all over the field, anything is possible. This is an important one in the playoff push for both clubs, and a win would go a long way towards helping both out. Washington has covered three of the last five in this series, but it hasn’t won a game SU against the Steelers since 1991. The last meeting came in 2008, and the Steelers came to FedEx Field and crushed the Redskins 23-6. Washington has averaged just 216.0 yards per game in the last three games against the Steelers, all of which have ended in defeat.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ Green Bay Packers (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS)
Spread: Green Bay -15.5, Total: 45.5

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI – Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 ET

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The great news for the Jaguars is that they have won back to back games in this series, and the only trip that they ever took to Lambeau Field, they walked away with a 28-25 victory. Aside from that, the news is only bad. RB Maurice Jones-Drew and QB Blaine Gabbert are both out of the field, and that’s just terrible news for a team that has been outgained by over 1,000 total yards over the course of the last five games combined. Green Bay has gotten its act together in spite of the fact that it just hasn’t really had a full team this year, and this isn’t going to be an exception this week. QB Aaron Rodgers will need to be at his best if the Pack are going to cover a point spread like this, which is the biggest that we have seen this season to date and likely the biggest that we will see for the entire campaign unless these Jags just continue to be a nightmare.

Indianapolis Colts (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ Tennessee Titans (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS)
Spread: Tennessee -3.5, Total: 3.5

LP Field, Nashville, TN – Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 ET

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The Colts and the Titans were both really left for dead just a few weeks ago, but since that point, Tennessee has figured out how to get RB Chris Johnson going on the ground, and Indy has won two out of three without Head Coach Chuck Pagano on the sidelines. Sure, both are still quite a long ways away from getting into the second season, but there are lots of wins to be had here in the AFC South, and if either of these teams can start to dominate against the other and the Jaguars, the opportunity to get into the second season will at least still be present. QB Andrew Luck is still looking for his first ever road win in the NFL, and he is going to be going against QB Matt Hasselbeck to try to get that victory. The home team has won three straight games, while the Titans are 3-1 ATS in the last four dating back to the QB Peyton Manning days in Indy.

Carolina Panthers (1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS) @ Chicago Bears (5-1 SU, 4-1-1 ATS)
Spread: Chicago -7.5, Total: 43

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL – Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 ET

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The Panthers are a wreck at the moment, and there is a point that QB Cam Newton has to figure out how to get the job done. His stats are there, but he just isn’t winning games, and it is starting to wear on both him and his team. Meanwhile, there are some pundits out there that think that the Bears are the best team in the NFL, and though that seems like a stretch to us, it is undeniable that this squad has a shot to win the Super Bowl this year. QB Jay Cutler is going to be in the lineup in spite of the fact that he took a nasty shot to the ribs last week. The Bears have won back to back games in this series, but since the 29-21 win in the 2006 playoffs for Carolina here at Soldier Field, the teams are both 1-1-1 ATS in the three meetings against each other. The Bears won 34-29 last year, and Newton had over 400 of the 574 yards that the Panthers had in defeat.

Atlanta Falcons (6-0 SU, 4-2 ATS) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS)
Spread: Philadelphia -1.5, Total: 45

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA – Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 ET

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The Falcons and the Eagles always make for interesting games against each other, and this is one of those games that just makes you scratch your head. The defense for Philly was obviously in enough disarray to fire its defensive coordinator on its bye week, and the offense has been turning the ball over at a breakneck pace. And yet the team is favored against an Atlanta team that is the only undefeated club in the game and has really shown no flaws whatsoever over the course of the season? It just doesn’t make all that much sense when push comes to shove. The Eagles have got to have this one, or they risk falling out of the playoff picture. If that happens, bid adieu to both QB Michael Vick and Head Coach Andy Reid. Philadelphia had won and covered three in a row in this series before the Falcons won 35-31 last year at the Georgia Dome when these teams collided.

Seattle Seahawks (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS) @ Detroit Lions (2-4 SU, 1-4-1 ATS)
Spread: Detroit -1, Total: 43

Ford Field, Detroit, MI – Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 ET

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The Lions are on life support once again, and a loss in this one is probably going to end their season. There are just too many teams that are in front of them right now by too many games to make up the difference in the final nine weeks of the season. Meanwhile, Seattle is still just rolling right along and trying to keep the pressure on the Cardinals and the 49ers in the NFC West. A loss would really be debilitating for sure. The Seahawks have won three games in a row in this series, but the home team has covered all three of those games. Seattle won 9-6 here in Motown in ’06, and that was the only time that the team won here in Detroit since 1987. The Lions haven’t won a game SU against Seattle since 1999, and they haven’t won a game here in Detroit against it since 1996.

New England Patriots (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS) vs. St. Louis Rams (3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS)
Spread: New England -6.5, Total: 47

Wembley Stadium, London, England – Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 ET

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The NFL heads back to London for its annual game on the other side of the pond, and it is up to New England and St. Louis to give the country of England a show. QB Tom Brady is one of the more recognizable figures that the sport has to offer, and he is a great ambassador for the game, especially knowing that the Rams aren’t exactly bringing any icons with them to the UK. The Pats will keep control of their fate in the AFC East with a win, while the Rams are just trying to get back to .500 under Head Coach Jeff Fisher. New England had covered three in a row in this series, including the Super Bowl, until four years ago when these two last met, a game that ended in a 23-16 victory for the Pats as nine-point favorites.

Oakland Raiders (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS)
Spread: Kansas City -1, Total: 41

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO – Sunday, October 28th, 4:05 ET

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The Chiefs and the Raiders hate each other, but they are both seemingly helpless teams at this point in the campaign. However, in spite of the fact that there are only three wins between them, both are still in the thick of the fight in the lowly AFC West. A win for either team would really look and feel huge, especially if that win came for a Kansas City team that is making a change at quarterback for the long haul. QB Brady Quinn is taking over under center, and he figures to be the man calling the shots for at least the next few weeks or so. This definitely is as good of a team to be having an audition against as there is in the NFL. The underdogs have remarkably covered 11 straight in this series, but what’s all the more impressive is that those dogs have all been pups by 4.5 points or fewer.

New York Giants (5-2 SU, 3-4 ATS) @ Dallas Cowboys (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS)
Spread: New York -2, Total: 47.5

Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX – Sunday, October 28th, 4:25 ET

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They say that one game doesn’t make a season, and that’s why the whole world really shouldn’t have overreacted to the fact that the Giants were beaten by the Cowboys on the first Wednesday night of the season this year. Since that point, New York has rolled off five wins in six games, and the Cowboys are just 2-3 and look horrendous. The G-Men very well could be at least 2.5 up on the rest of the pack by the time this week is over with if they can win, but they will only be a half game up in the win column, losing the tiebreaker to the Cowboys if they end up losing. Remember though, that the Giants have never lost a game here in this stadium, winning three straight games both SU and ATS here in Jerry World. If that keeps up, there are going to be a heck of a lot of heads rolling in Big D over the way that the ‘Boys are playing.

New Orleans Saints (2-4 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ Denver Broncos (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS)
Spread: Denver -6, Total: 55.5

Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO – Sunday, October 28th, 8:20 ET

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Denver and New Orleans should be putting on a show on Football Night in America, knowing that this is the highest ‘total’ that we have seen to date this year and might see for the rest of the campaign. QB Drew Brees and QB Peyton Manning are both surefire Hall of Famers, and it’s not every week that we see that take place. New Orleans is starting to claw its way back into the playoff race in the NFC after that horrid 0-4 start to the year, but this is a really tough task against a Denver team that has just gotten back to the top of the AFC West after a great win over the Chargers from down 24-0 in primetime two weeks ago. There are a lot of high scoring games in the history of these two, but not a lot of wins for the Saints. That’s why Denver is getting the nod by almost a full touchdown.

San Francisco 49ers (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-3 SU, 3-3-1 ATS)
Spread: San Francisco -6.5, Total: 37.5

University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, AZ – Monday, October 29th, 8:30 ET

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The last game of the weekend is going to be an interesting one, knowing that the 49ers and Cardinals are only separated by a game in the NFC West. Arizona is sliding in the wrong direction though, having lost three straight games, and a fourth straight defeat would certainly be signaling some massive problems for Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt. The Niners not only are trying to make sure that they keep pace in the NFC West, but that they have the Falcons and Bears in their sights as well. A long winning streak both SU and ATS by San Francisco in this series finally went by the boards last year when these two met, as the Cards came up with what, at the time, was a season-saving 21-19 victory, one that probably gave Whisenhunt another crack at his job this year.

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