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NFL Week 8 Predictions
First, here's a quick word about losing bets. As a bettor, they've got to sting, but they've also got to be instantly forgotten. That said, you need to know where you went wrong. In the case of Week 7 where touchdowns were scarce throughout the NFL, I'm still not sure how I managed to miss two unders between offensively challenged teams. These things happen.
Here's a snapshot of the lousy week that was:
- Kansas City/Oakland UNDER 46.5 (loss)
- Los Angeles Rams +2 against Denver (win)
- Cincinnati/Pittsburgh UNDER 41.5 (loss)
Miami (+3) @ Baltimore (-3) O/U: 37
These two squads are both limping into Week 8 after going a combined 0-4 over the last two weeks. Even more telling is the utter lack of offense generated during this stretch. The Dolphins have not scored a single touchdown in their last two and the Ravens have only managed a pair of TD's. I expect these trends to continue, so a very-low scoring game seems more than probable. The total reflects this as if Vegas is tempting those with the mindset of "they only have to reach 37." Problem is, these two teams might need their next three games to combine for that many points.
TAKE UNDER 37
Indianapolis (+11) @ Cincinnati (-11) O/U: 42
Did anyone happen to notice how bad the Colts looked offensively last week without Andrew Luck? Couple that with the Bengals continued offensive ineptitude (16.3 ppg) and I'm heading down "under" road again for better or worse. To those who have followed my NFL picks the last few weeks, I seriously don't always pick unders! But here we have two bad offenses, one fairly adequate defense (Cincy's), and a game complexion that will feature a lot of uninspiring playcalls.
TAKE UNDER 42
Denver (+7) @ Kansas City (-7) O/U: 43
This is another matchup of teams entering Week 8 on two-game losing streaks. The difference between them, however, is in the details. Kansas City let one slip away last week against Oakland, losing 31-30 after seeming to be in control in the third quarter. That loss came on the heels of a 19-13 loss to the Steelers in Week 6. While the Chiefs probably aren't brimming with confidece right now, neither loss was particularly bad unlike Denver's last two games where it lost to the hapless New York Giants and then got shut out by the Las Angeles Chargers. This seems like the perfect spot for Kansas City to get back on track. Let's lay the seven here.
TAKE Kanasas City -7
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