NFL Divisional Round Playoff Betting Cheat Sheet

NFL Week 8 Five ? Lock Picks

Finding lock picks in the NFL for Week 8 is all about looking for teams moving in opposite directions. St. Louis hosts San Francisco in an obvious game where 2 teams are moving in opposite directions.

Another game, one that’s not as obvious, is the New York Giants at the New Orleans Saints. The G-Men did win their last game, but they faced a downtrodden, beaten up, Dallas squad. In Week 8, they take on a healthy New Orleans Saints team. The other lock pick game pits reeling Indianapolis against efficient Carolina.

A Closer Look At My NFL Week 8 Five ? Lock Picks

What: San Francisco 49ers (2-5) at St. Louis Rams (3-3)
When: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET 
Where: Saint Louis, MO
Stadium: Edward Jones Dome
Weather: N/A
Spread: Rams -7.5
Moneyline: San Francisco +340 vs St. Louis -425
Game Total: 39
Watch: FOX
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Listen: San Francisco vs St. Louis

Analysis: San Francisco has turned into what many believed them to be at the beginning of the season, one of the worst teams in the NFL. The 49’ers beat Baltimore 2 games ago, but in their last, they imploded against rival Seattle.

San Francisco is averaging a horrible 14.7 points per game. The defense is allowing 25.7 points and over 406 yards per matchup. If San Francisco is going to keep this game close versus St. Louis, the 49’ers defense is going to have to shut down rookie RB Todd Gurley.

Gurley has heated up behind the Rams’ offensive line in recent games. He rushed for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns from 19 attempts versus the Browns in Week 7. Two games ago, Gurley rushed for 159 yards from 30 attempts against Green Bay. When Gurley is running well, the rest of the Rams’ offense excels.

Defensively, St. Louis should have no trouble containing San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick. Kap is likely to be trying to get away from Aaron Donald all afternoon long in this. St. Louis will cover the spread.

Pick: St. Louis

What: NY Giants (4-3) at New Orleans Saints (3-4)
When: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET 
Where: New Orleans, LA
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Weather: N/A
Spread: Saints -3.5
Moneyline: NY Giants +150 vs New Orleans -170
Game Total: 49.5
Watch: FOX
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: NY Giants vs New Orleans

Analysis: The Giants haven’t looked all that great in their last 2 games. A lot of the issues have to do with the G-Men’s defense. Philadelphia rushed for 158 yards and Sam Bradford passed for 280 yards against the Giants 2 games ago. In Week 7, Dallas rushed for 233 yards and QB Matt Cassell passed for 227 yards against the Giants’ D.

New Orleans played its most complete game yet against Indianapolis in the Saints’ 27 to 21 win in Week 7. The Saints are 3 and 1 in their last 4 games. They’re 4 and 1 ATS in their last 5 games. New Orleans, as crazy as it sounds, could end up at 6 and 4 before their bye week if they can beat the Giants this week, the Titans next week and Washington in Week 10.

The Saints offense is averaging close to 300 passing yards per game. The Saints rushed for 183 yards against the Colts with RB Mark Ingram rushing for 143 yards from 14 carries. All of a sudden things are looking up in the bayou.   

Pick: New Orleans

What: Indianapolis Colts (3-4) at Carolina Panthers (6-0)
When: Monday, November 2, 2015
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET 
Where: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Weather: 63° F | Light Rain
Spread: Panthers -6.5
Moneyline: Indianapolis +245 vs Carolina -290
Game Total: 46
Watch: ESPN
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Listen: Indianapolis vs Carolina

Analysis: Indianapolis is an absolute mess. The offensive line just isn’t doing enough for the Colts to protect QB Andrew Luck. Indy’s defense is ranked thirty-second in the NFL.

The Colts have no shot against Carolina unless the Panthers just fall apart. QB Cam Newton continues to be efficient in the passing attack. Most of the time when Newton throws an interception, it’s because the ball bounces off of the receivers hands. Newton is playing with more poise this season than he was playing with last season.

Carolina’s rushing attack is now ranked first in the NFL in yards per game at 144.7 now that the Jets failed to rush for one-hundred yards against the Patriots in Week 7. Carolina’s rushing attack should have no problem punishing Indy’s defense. This game has the looks of a blowout.

Pick: Carolina
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