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NFL Week 8 Parlay


Thomas Snodgrass

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

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The Detroit Lions were absolutely decimated by the Baltimore Ravens last week, and as the first leg of my parlay in Week 7, it was all over just as soon as it began.

A common misfortune for frequent parlay bettors.

But, with all 32 teams in action for Week 8, there will be more wagering options to select.

Or, more misfortunes to dodge.

However you choose to view it.

As always, the parlay will consist of one underdog moneyline, two spreads, and one over and under.

Let’s bob and weave our way through the Week 8 slate, and find the right legs for a profitable parlay.

I’ll be building this parlay on FanDuel.

Moneyline – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (+128)

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ passing attack appears to be on the rise.

Wide receiver Diontae Johnson returned to the field, and his presence was immediately noticeable.

Johnson’s presence gave Pickett another trustworthy option to target, and Johnson was able to pull the focus of defenders away from George Pickens, allowing Pickens to receive looser coverage and more catchable passes.

Johnson and Pickens simultaneously ran routes for the first time since Week 1, and last week against the Rams the duo collectively snagged 10 passes for 186 receiving yards.

That’s 81% of Pickett’s 230 passing yards.

With Pickett’s top-two targets back on the field, I like Pittsburgh’s chances against Jacksonville’s 31st-ranked passing defense, allowing 273.9 passing yards per game.

The Steelers defense appears to be tightening up as well, allowing just 27 points over their last two games combined, both wins, over the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Rams.

T.J. Watt chasing around Trevor Lawrence will be especially uncomfortable for the Jags, and with Lawrence recently dealing with a knee injury, Lawrence may not be comfortable in the first place.

Spread – Houston Texans (-3 | -102) vs. Carolina Panthers

The Houston Texans are better than I expected.

The Panthers are worse than I expected.

Therefore, It feels appropriate to back the Texans to cover here, especially with nearly even odds.

Houston has won three of their last four games, and if not for a late field goal from the Atlanta Falcons, they’d be on a four game winning streak.

Carolina has lost all six of their games to kickoff the 2023 season, and on top of that, they have yet to cover a single spread (0-5-1).

The Panthers are now the only team that has failed to cover a single spread.

When it comes to the first two picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, Carolina QB Bryce Young and Houston QB C.J. Stroud, early indicators show that the Panthers may have misfired.

While there’s still a long way to go in deciding who will have the better career, Stroud is clearly the better QB right now.

Spread – Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5 | -115) vs. Washington Commanders

The last time these two squared up, it was a narrow overtime victory for the Eagles.

With all the talent that Philadelphia has, on both sides of the ball, I think they were mildly embarrassed by that threadlike result.

It’s time for the Eagles to show that the Commanders do not equate to their standard.

Philadelphia’s rushing defense will halt Washington’s already subpar ground game, as the Eagles’ allow the least amount of rushing yards in the NFL.

And with Commanders’ quarterback Sam Howell being the most sacked QB in the league, the Philly’s defense will be living on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

As for Washington, their defense is just plain bad.

They’ve allowed an average of 27.1 points per game, and even allowed 33 points to the Denver Broncos in Week 2, and 40 points to the Chicago Bears in Week 5.

That’s shameful.

The only thing these two teams share is a division. There are no other parallels here.

Philly should win by more than a touchdown.

Over – New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins (o47 | -110)

The Dolphins scored a season-low 17 points last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, but with Philly doing what they do best, controlling the possession and killing the clock, Miami’s offense rarely saw the field.

The Dolphins held the ball for a time of 23:17, the Eagles, 36:43.

The good news for Miami is that this week, the Patriots come to Miami, and New England has an average time of possession of 27:22, that’s 30th in the NFL.

There should be plenty of Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, and Jaylen Waddle sightings on Sunday.

The Patriots’ defense has been far from spectacular, allowing 25.3 points per game, so the Dolphins should be able to score well over 30 points in this one.

New England is already without their top defensive players, linebacker Matthew Judon and cornerback Christian Gonzalez, so offenses have become comfortable moving downfield against the Pats’ defense.

On the other side, Miami’s defense is not that great either.

The Dolphins allow an average of 22.1 first downs per game (29th in the NFL), 256 passing yards per game (21st in the NFL), and 26.7 points per game (27th in the NFL).

New England’s offense has shown some signs of improvement, especially from Mac Jones in last week’s 29-25 win over the Buffalo Bills.

Tagovailoa and Jones will be throwing often in this game, trying to put their teams on top.

I’ll say the final score will be 38-24, Dolphins.

Under – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans (u35.5 | -108)

The Titans’ offense has already been underwhelming this season, and this week, they may be placing rookie QB Will Levis under center.

It looks like Malik Willis could get some quarterback time as well.

I see a lack of commitment here from Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel, and I don’t like the looks of that.

I would assume Derrick Henry would receive a large share of the offensive workload, in attempt to take pressure off the Titan’s inexperienced QB combo, but against the Falcons’ defense that is allowing just 95.3 total rushing yards per game (8th in the NFL), Henry may find little room to work with.

Atlanta’s offense is far from the “Greatest Show on Turf”, but they have done a decent job of winning games, currently sitting at 4-3.

The wins are nice, but they are still averaging just 16.4 points per game (29th in the NFL).

With the Titans’ throwing two unseasoned quarterbacks under center, and the Falcons winning games by a very small margin, I don’t see many points on the scoreboard in this matchup.

I’ll say the final score will be 17-10, Falcons.

NFL Week 8 Parlay – FanDuelOdds
Pittsburgh (ML) vs. Jacksonville+128
Houston (-3) vs. Carolina-102
Philadelphia (-6.5) vs. Washington-115
OVER 47 (NE vs. MIA)-110
UNDER 35.5 (ATL vs. TEN)-108
Parlay Odds+3003

A $10 wager on this parlay would win $300.38!

How To Bet NFL Parlays

A parlay bet is a sports wager that combines several bets on one ticket alone.

Usually, you would go with moneyline bets but can use spreads, totals, and futures.

You can include props in many cases, and bettors can choose to link together just two sides, or up to 15 or more depending on the sportsbook.

Parlays are wholly customizable meaning bettors get to choose how big they want the odds to go.

How many sides will be included, and how difficult is it to make each leg of the parlay or do the same game parlays.

The way to establish consistency is to have just two or three sides and avoid chasing astronomical odds.

It’s fine to take your shot at a massive payout as well, but be sure to only risk money you’re prepared to lose.

If you fancy regular bets, we got the NFL week 8 odds analysis worth checking out.


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A fan of both the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, which is rare! Thomas provides sports betting content with the intent to educate and enter...

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