Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Week 8

Week 8 of the 2012 NFL betting campaign is about set to kick off on Thursday night, as all 32 teams continue their conquest to lift the Lombardi Trophy. Today, we take a look at our Top 10 Betting Tips, as we point out some of the most important people, teams, and trends that you’ll be hearing all about as the season continues.

You’re not going to find a team that has been more dominating against another team like the streak that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on against the Minnesota Vikings. The Bucs have won and covered five games in a row in this series, and some of those wins have come in some interesting circumstances. Two of the five wins have come here at the Metrodome, where Thursday night’s game is going to be, and in both of those games, Tampa Bay was an underdog. You might think that the underdog is a great bet on Thursday Night Football, but the best time to bet underdogs is clearly when the…

Bet at 5dimesOakland Raiders are playing against the Kansas City Chiefs. A whopping 11 straight times these two have played, the underdogs have come out on top, something that you never truly expect to see, especially knowing how close this series really is. The Raiders themselves have also had the underdogs cover in five of their first six games of this season, and that’s a notable trend in itself. That’s the exact sort of trend that the…

Detroit Lions are hoping stops this week. The Lions are the slender one-point favorites against the Seattle Seahawks, and they have played in five of their first six games this year which have been covered by the pups. Detroit is more or less on life support right now at 2-4 thanks to the fact that all sorts of teams are in great shape in the NFC, but there aren’t many men that need a win right now more than…

Michael Vick. Head Coach Andy Reid is clearly trying to keep his job by deflecting some of the disarray of this team onto his assistants. Since he calls the shots offensively, he really didn’t have much of a choice but to ditch DC Juan Castillo during the team’s bye week. Now though, there is nothing left for Reid to hide behind. Vick is the man that he picked to be his quarterback, and he picked him to win games like this one at home against the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons, a team which looks like it can do no wrong. Vick has eight picks already this year, and there are only a handful of men that have more than he does. His 77.7 quarterback rating is bad, but it isn’t as bad as that of…

Matt Cassel, who was worst in the league at 66.2 before getting benched. Cassel was left on the bench thanks to a concussion two weeks ago versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it doesn’t look like he is going to be called back onto the field any time soon as long as QB Brady Quinn manages to keep his head on straight. Quinn has been bad over the course of his whole career, but he can’t be as bad as a man who had a 66.2 quarterback rating and threw nine picks in five games… right? It’s amazing that the Chiefs are favored in this game, but we have to remember that Oakland only just barely beat the…

Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Jacksonville was a nightmare in the second half of that game, especially after QB Blaine Gabbert joined RB Maurice Jones-Drew on the sidelines in street clothes. The Jags were outdone by 142 yards in that game, marking the fifth straight in which they were outgained by at least 104 yards. In those four games, Jacksonville has been outgained by over 1,000 yards. No team has less offense and less defense in the league than do the Jaguars, which makes them the polar opposite of the…

San Francisco 49ers, who have outgained their opponents this year by a total of 727 total yards this year. Of course, a lot of that yardage difference came against the New York Jets, but this was a team that did this last year as well. The Niners didn’t necessarily beat you with their offense, but they got the job done with their defense and did enough to win games. Now with QB Collin Kaepernick running some more of the Wildcat look, San Fran is all the more dangerous, and that’s why it is nearly a full touchdown favorite on the road against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football. You paying attention,…

Tim Tebow? For all of this pomp and circumstance surrounding Tebow this year, he has made three pass attempts and has 22 rushing attempts to go with his two tackles on special teams. He is averaging 15.4 total yards per game between throwing and rushing, and he just isn’t getting the ball in the spots that you would have figured he would be playing in. Why New York doesn’t just turn around and hand him the ball on the goal line or let him take it out of the Wildcat/shotgun and run straight forward is beyond us. That’s part of the reason why the Jets are just barely favored over the Miami Dolphins this week. We’re trying to figure out whether it is Tebow or…

Cam Newton that is taking more heat for not producing right now. Newton has probably unfairly been brought under scrutiny by the media for the way that he is leading the 1-5 Carolina Panthers this year. The truth of the matter is that his stats really are on par with where they were last year, save for the fact that his rushing touchdowns are down. The real problem with the Panthers though, is that they are only converting on 31.7 percent of their third down opportunities. That’s why they are one of the biggest underdogs on the board this week against the Chicago Bears. The only team that has a worse third down conversion percentage in the NFC is the…

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are connecting on just 29.2 percent of their third down. The Bucs are going to have to stay in front of the down and distance for this whole game and not get off schedule against the Minnesota Vikings, or they could be in for a long day. Head Coach Greg Schiano has fixed quite a bit in the Sunshine State over the course of his just few months or so on the job, but he still has a lot of work to do if he wants to get the pirate ship navigated back towards the playoffs once again in Tampa Bay.

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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