NFL Betting: NFL Matchups for Week 8

Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2013 NFL betting campaign covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Week 8!

Carolina Panthers (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6 SU, 1-5 ATS)
Spread: Carolina -6.5, Total: 40.5

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL – Thursday, October 24th, 8:25 ET

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The Bucs actually beat the Panthers twice last season, but there’s not really a good chance that they are going to win either of the games with Carolina this time around. Tampa Bay is a wreck, and it can’t seem to get much of anything right. We really don’t know why the team hasn’t dismissed Head Coach Greg Schiano yet (pardon us if we sound like a broken record for saying that week after week after week after week), and now, things are worse with RB Doug Martin likely out for the rest of the season with a torn labrum. QB Cam Newton has over a 100 career QB rating against Tampa Bay, and if he was to just post a 100 QB rating this week, it would be a huge drop from his last two games in which he combined for a QBR of nearly 150.

Miami Dolphins (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) @ New England Patriots (5-2 SU, 3-4 ATS)
Spread: New England -7, Total: 44.5

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA – Sunday, October 27th, 1:00 ET

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The Dolphins looked like they were going to be out of the blocks like a house of fire this year, but after starting off at 3-0, they have dropped three straight games. Not all is lost at this point, as they can get back within just a half game of the Pats if they can find a way to win this one. That’s easier said than done against New England, though it is definitely worth mentioning that the Patriots have already gone 0-4 ATS this season against teams from the AFC East. QB Tom Brady is dealing with a hand injury that isn’t being talked about much, but we wonder if it is going to really be a deterrent come Sunday’s game. Remember that this is a man that has already had three games this year with less than a 50 percent completion percentage. The Pats swept the season series last year, and they have a 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS record in the last six in this series.

Dallas Cowboys (4-3 SU, 6-1 ATS) @ Detroit Lions (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS)
Spread: Detroit -3, Total: 51

Ford Field, Detroit, MI – Sunday, October 27th, 1:00 ET

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Remember two seasons ago when the Cowboys were up 27-3 on the Lions? QB Tony Romo got pick happy and literally brought Detroit back into the game, and it ended up being a real coming out party for QB Matthew Stafford, as his team roared back to win the game as a part of the push to the playoffs. At this point, both of these teams are in a good position to get into the playoffs, but both are hanging precariously to threads. Dallas has a bit more leeway knowing that it is in the NFC East, where the whole division flat out stinks, but this is going to be a really tough test against a Lions outfit that is successfully scoring points against everyone that they run up against. It could be a huge day for WR Calvin Johnson. Here’s your stat of the day, though: The Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last seven when they are playing in their second straight road game. The one loss came at CenturyLink Field against the Seahawks, who seemingly never lose at home.

New York Giants (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS)
Spread: Philadelphia -5.5, Total: 51.5

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA – Sunday, October 27th, 1:00 ET

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We’ve been saying it for weeks, but the team that was once known as the 0-6 New York Giants are now just one win away from being two games back of the lead in the NFC East with just half the season gone. The schedule has been brutal for New York, but it did the job last week, and now it has to play what feels like a must win game in the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles are there for the taking. They were beaten last week by Dallas at home, they have a situation here where they are in a game that they feel like they have to win, and they arguably have their worse of their two quarterbacks coming into the game in QB Michael Vick once again. Vick did tear up the G-Men in a win a few weeks ago with his legs, but if the Giants can figure out how to slow down Vick, they did a good job with RB LeSean McCoy. This might be one there for the taking after all.

Cleveland Browns (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS) @ Kansas City Chiefs (7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS)
Spread: Kansas City -7.5, Total: 39.5

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO – Sunday, October 27th, 1:00 ET

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Had you told any good NFL fan outside of Kansas City that the last team in the league to be undefeated this season was going to be from the AFC West, not a single soul would have told you that it would be the Chiefs. Heck, had you asked that question to NFL fans last WEEK, few would have told you that the Chiefs would be the last unbeaten standing. Alas, here we are, as the 1972 Dolphins are watching intently to see when the Chiefs slip up. It’s coming, but it sure doesn’t seem like it’s coming this week. The Browns are a mess, and they have officially thrown in the towel on QB Brandon Weeden. Giving the ball to QB Brian Hoyer after Weeden got hurt was one thing. Giving the ball to QB Jason Campbell, who is aging, has had no history of being successful in the NFL, and for the love of God, was beaten out by Hoyer for the backup job this year without Weeden being injured is a sign that it’s all over for the former Okie State star. This is a game that will have so little offense in it that the earth’s rotation might literally stop.

Buffalo Bills (3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS) @ New Orleans Saints (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Spread: New Orleans -11.5, Total: 49

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA – Sunday, October 27th, 1:00 ET

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QB Thad Lewis has done a yeoman’s job with the Bills thus far in two weeks of play. He has found a way to cover against the Bengals, and he beat the Dolphins on the road as a big underdog. However, the task is about to get a heck of a lot more difficult. Going on the road to New Orleans is hard regardless of the situation, but to be a third string quarterback who really is just better off for most teams on the practice squad, and going to the Bayou with the Saints coming off of a devastating loss and a bye week to think about it makes the pick all the more difficult. This is a great survivor pick for those of you who are still in pools. The last time that Buffalo won a game in this series was way back in 1998. Since then, it’s three double digit wins and three covers for the Saints.

San Francisco 49ers (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7 SU, 1-6 ATS)
Spread: San Francisco -17, Total: 40.5

Wembley Stadium, London, England – Sunday, October 27th, 1:00 ET

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The Jaguars haven’t had any luck winning games or challenging in them on American soil, so why not try overseas? The time might be coming for the Jags to be playing as a regular home team in London, so this is a good step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the other team that is coming to Jolly Old England is San Francisco, a team that has been playing with its hair on fire over the course of the last few weeks. We’ve already seen Jacksonville an underdog by 26 against the Broncos, and that was what it took for it to cover its first game of the season. It’s not all that likely that this game is going to be that much different. The Niners have actually only beaten the Jags once in their history, and that was back in 2009.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) @ Oakland Raiders (2-4 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Spread: Pittsburgh -2.5, Total: 40.5 Coliseum, Oakland, CA – Sunday, October 27th, 4:05 ET

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If the Steelers really are back and ready to contend in the AFC North, this is a game that they had better not screw the pooch in. There really is no excuse for a good team to be losing to a team like Oakland, especially in such dire circumstances after the bad start to the season. The Steelers have managed at least 400 yards in each of their last three games against the Raiders, yet it is Oakland that has had the last laugh in two of those three games. In fact, the men in silver and black have outdone the men in black and gold three times since 2006 in four games, and the Raiders are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. It’s a dangerous one for sure for QB Ben Roethlisberger and the gang.

New York Jets (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS) @ Cincinnati Bengals (5-2 SU, 4-2-1 ATS)
Spread: Cincinnati -6.5, Total: 41

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH – Sunday, October 27th, 4:05 ET

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It’s really tough to imagine that this game between the Jets and the Bengals is not just relevant, but that it might be the game of the week as well. These two teams are both contending for playoff spots, and if the Jets can figure out how to pull off the upset, there is a real chance that both of these teams could be in first place at the end of the week. QB Geno Smith and the gang are a long ways away from winning games like these on the road against playoff contenders, but the signs are there that the men in green are headed in the right direction. The Bengals have gone 20 out of 21 games without allowing a quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards against them, and this figures to be another one of those efforts.

Atlanta Falcons (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS)
Spread: Arizona -2.5, Total: 45

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ – Sunday, October 27th, 4:25 ET

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This is the first time all season long that the Cardinals have been favored in a game, and it’s really strange to think that the first time is going to come against the team that hosted the NFC Championship Game last season. Alas, the Falcons are still introducing themselves in the huddle, especially on the offensive side of the ball, where it looks like another week where WR Harry Douglas is going to have to be the main man on the outside. The Cards are 3-4, but when you look back at their losses, they have been beaten in three games by NFC West teams, two of which have come on the road (and the third of which came on Thursday to Seattle), and the last of which came against the Saints. Aside from that, there has been no beating the Cards, and this might not be an exception, especially knowing that the home team in this series has won six games in a row.

Washington Redskins (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) @ Denver Broncos (6-1 SU, 3-4 ATS)
Spread: Denver -13, Total: 58

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO – Sunday, October 27th, 4:25 ET

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The Broncos have almost eerily quietly failed to cover three games in a row, and that was culminated last week when they were beaten by the Colts on the road. Now, they get a Washington team that they should beat the snot out of. The Redskins have to be encouraged to see a good game out of QB Robert Griffin III, one in which he wasn’t afraid to run the football regardless of the situation. That’s a part of his game, and he really can’t be scared to get hurt again. He’s got a bad defense that he is facing this week, but if LB Von Miller is the one that is spying him more often than not, this could get ugly. The Redskins have gone 7-2 ATS and 5-4 SU in the last nine games in this series, but a lot of that featured QB John Elway quarterbacking the Broncos.

Green Bay Packers (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS)
Spread: Green Bay -9, Total: 47.5

Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN – Sunday, October 27th, 8:30 ET

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As if it wasn’t bad enough that we had to watch the Vikings play in primetime last week, now we get to see it again! Minnesota is a wreck offensively. First, it was QB Christian Ponder, and then he was threatened to be sat down by Head Coach Leslie Frazier. Ponder did himself in by getting hurt, which opened the door for QB Matt Cassel. And then it was QB Josh Freeman, who went 20-of-53 against one of the worst defenses in the league last week, and, whether it be by legitimate injury or by bruised ego from that bad performance, it appears as though the quarterback rotation just seven games into the season is cycling all the way back to Ponder again. Yuck. About the only intrigue here is seeing WR Greg Jennings going against his old team. The home team has won and covered four in a row in this series, but don’t expect to see RB Adrian Peterson rumble for nearly 200 yards like he did in Week 17 last year when these two met.

Seattle Seahawks (6-1 SU, 5-2 ATS) @ St. Louis Rams (3-4 SU, 2-5 ATS)
Spread: Seattle -10.5, Total: 42

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO – Monday, October 28th, 8:40 ET

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A couple weeks ago, this would have looked like a really intriguing game. Then QB Sam Bradford got hurt and Bernie Kosar’s favorite signal caller, QB Kellen Clemens has taken over as the starter for the rest of the year. Now, it just feels like this is yet another romp waiting to happen, as the Seahawks march closer to getting the NFC West title and the first round bye in the playoffs that is almost certain to come with that. The Rams are only garnering 28% of the betting action early in the week, and probably for good reason. They’re guaranteed to be sharp on Monday Night Football this week, but that won’t necessarily mean all that much. St. Louis did win this game last season at home, and they did cover the game up at CenturyLink Field as well, but we have a feeling that this is a bit of payback that is coming for Seahawks backers.

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