The Buffalo Bills will look to slow down Drew Brees and the well-rested New Orleans Saints in one matchup while the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles try to hold down the fort on their home turf in their respective NFL Week 8 betting matchups.
Pro football gamblers everywhere will have all the ammunition they need in order to cash in on all three contests, thanks to this expert, Week 8 NFL betting breakdown.
NFL Week 8 Betting Matchups
The Buffalo Bills (3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS) may have recorded an impressive (lucky?) 23-21 win over Miami in their Week 7 AFC East divisional battle last weekend, but the rebuilding team is undoubtedly going to have their hands full when they take on a well-rested New Orleans Saints (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS) team that is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season two weeks ago.
Buffalo covered the spread against Miami as a 6-point road dog to improve to 2-0 ATS over their last two games and 3-1 ATS over their L/4.
New Orleans lost to New England 30-27 on Oct. 13 while failing to cash in against the NFL betting line as a 2.5-point road dog to snap a three-game ATS winning streak.
Analysis: The Bills have really overachieved in Doug Marrone’s first season at the helm, but I think it’s pretty evident that they’re not going to win this contest. I’m not real fond of the point spread surrounding this matchup, but I am going to advise NFL pro football bettors to back the Saints, mostly because I expect them to force young backup quarterback Thaddeus Lewis into at least two turnovers that help new Orleans get the separation they’ll need to cash in as a nearly two-touchdown favorite.
The Saints have compiled a perfect 5-0 ATS mark in their last five games following a bye week while also going 6-2 ATS in their L/8 home games against a team with a losing road record and a blistering 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games overall.
The Bills are just 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games following an SU win and a disheartening 1-4 ATS in their last five road games overall.
The Pick: New Orleans -13 Points
The Dallas Cowboys (4-3 SU, 6-1 ATS) have won two straight games including the commanding 17-3 spanking they put on Philadelphia this past weekend.
The Detroit Lions (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS) are coming off a heartbreaking 27-24 Week 7 loss to Cincinnati as a 2.5-point home favorite that dropped them to 3-2 SU and ATS over their last five games overall.
So, what’s gonna’ happen when these two NFC playoff hopefuls meet in Week 8?
Let’s take a look.
Analysis: These two teams are extremely evenly matched as their offensive and defensive points per game averages are within 2.0 points on both sides of the ball no less. Having said that, I am going to urge NFL gamblers to back the Detroit Lions based on the fact that they are playing at home in this contest – and seeing as how Matthew Stafford won’t have to worry about DeMarcus Ware in his face all afternoon.
Conversely, Dallas ‘ mediocre offensive line – and porous pass defense – will both be severely tested in this contest against Detroit ‘s ferocious defensive line and elite wide receiver Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson among others.
Throw in the fact that the Cowboys are just 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following an SU win while the Lions have managed to compile a phenomenal 11-4 ATS mark in its L/15 games in the month of December.
The Pick: Detroit -3 Points
The New York Giants (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS) and Philadelphia Eagles (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS) will square off in an NFC East divisional battle that features two absolutely desperate teams looking to pick up a much-needed victory when they meet in this twice-annual clash.
New York is coming off a solid 23-7 win over dysfunctional Minnesota on Monday night while covering the spread as a 4-point road dog to move to 2-0 ATS over their last two games.
Philadelphia looked mediocre at best in its 17-3 Week 7 loss to Dallas , never coming close to cashing in as a 3-point home favorite to snap their modest two-game SU and ATS winning streaks.
Analysis: For this contest, I am going to advise NFL gamblers to play the O/U Total, mostly because I don’t believe in either one of these teams and you just never know which team (good or bad) is going to show up.
The G-Men and Birds combine to average 42.1 points per game but it is each team’s porous defense that will allow the final score to play Over the Total in this one.
New York and Philadelphia combine to give up a whopping 58.9 points per game and that figure is just enough to go over the 52.5-point O/U Total.
The Over is 7- 2 in Philadelphia ‘s last nine home games and 5- 1 in their last six games against their NFC east counterparts. The Over is also 9- 4 in New York ‘s last 13 games in the month of October and 4- 1 in their last five games against NFC East opponents.
The Pick: Over 54.5 Total Points