Week 7 of the NFL provided us with plenty of entertainment. From seven TE TDs on National tight end day to Tom Brady’s 600th passing TD. Let’s hope for more of the same in Week 8.
Last week’s parlay was a bust, but I was right on five out of my other eight bets.
With NFL odds for Week 8 finding their range, let’s preview all 15 games.
This week’s parlay will again consist of five teams, while I shall be making other picks for the remaining games.
Packers: Green Bay beat the Football Team at Lambeau Field. It was a game full of mistakes, with six combined fumbles. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers has continued his excellent form with 274 yards and three TDs.
Rodgers was backed up by star WR Davante Adams and TE Robert Tonyan, who had 76 and 63 yards, respectively. The running department was non-existent, with only 57 rushing yards.
Rashan Grey led the team in sacks with two as well as forcing a fumble. Overall, the defense played exceptionally well. The D forced three turnovers on downs, two of which were inside the Packers’ 5-yard line.
Cardinals: Arizona is still unbeaten this season after victory over the Texans. Kyler Murray had a ropey start to the game with a safety and an interception. However, he quickly settled into his rhythm to produce 261 passing yards and three TDs for 31 unanswered points to cover the spread.
Murray only added 10 yards on the ground. Chase Edmonds and James Conner had 81 and 64 yards, respectively, which made up for Murray’s lack of yards.
The defense was excellent. They conceded just 135 yards to Davis Mills and 42 yards to the Texans’ running backs. The defense went 5 seconds short of 3 quarters without conceding a point.
Both these teams are fighting to be the NFC top seed. The Cardinals will hope they can hold onto their unbeaten record. The Packers will be looking to continue their six-game winning streak. Both teams are strong on both sides of the ball. However, I would say the strongest point of each team is their offense. The Cardinals are favorites and I agree with the sportsbooks.
I am picking the Cardinals to win and am including them in my parlay.
Panthers: Carolina benched Sam Darnold during their loss to the Giants. Darnold went 16 of 25 for 111 yards and had an ugly interception. P.J. Walker replaced Darnold in the fourth quarter and went for only 33 yards and completed just three of his 14 attempts.
Neither QB was backed up by the Panthers’ run game. The running backs combined for just 56 yards at an average of 3.3 yards per carry. D.J. Moore was the only positive player for the Panthers, with 73 yards.
The defense was able to limit the Giants to a 5-3 scoreline until the end of the third quarter. But they couldn’t stop the injury-hit Giants offense from scoring 2 FGs and 2 TDs late in the game to seal the game.
Falcons: Atlanta beat the Dolphins thanks to a last-second field goal. Matt Ryan led the way with 336 yards and two TDs. He also threw an unfortunate interception that was more Ridley’s fault than Ryan’s.
Kyle Pitts picked up where he left off with another huge game. Pitts had 163 yards from just seven receptions. He blew up everyone who tried to cover him.
The defense only had one sack, but they did pick Tua off twice. Those two picks were poor passes from Tua and both were straight to the defender. The defense wasn’t as solid against the run, giving up 4.5 yards per carry to Myles Gaskin.
Both these teams have been poor for the majority of this season. Sam Darnold seems to be reverting to how he played in New York. The Falcons are improving but still seem to be short-handed in their secondary and need more offensive weapons for Ryan. I think that the Falcons will win and cover the spread of -2.5.
I am adding the Falcons to my parlay.
Dolphins: Miami lost to a last-second field goal for the second straight week. The Dolphins cannot stop conceding the big-time plays, such as Russell Cage’s 49-yard TD and Kyle Pitts’ 39-yard catch late in the first half.
Tua Tagovailoa continues to show his potential. He did throw two shocking picks, which both led to the Falcons scoring. However, to put them in the lead, he went 9 of 10 for 110 yards and two TDs on the Fins’ final two drives.
The defense conceded three chunk plays, but worst of all, they relinquished a 32 second, 62-yard drive, which ended with a field goal right before halftime. This defense looks utterly different from the dominating defense we saw last season.
Bills: Buffalo is coming off its bye week. In Week 6, they narrowly lost to the Titans by three. Sean McDermott went for it on 4th down and one, which lost the Bills the game.
Josh Allen was excellent again with 353 yards, three TDs, and an interception. Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley, and Stefon Diggs were very productive with 268 combined yards.
The defense was blown up by a bulldozing Derrick Henry. Henry had 143 yards, three TDs, and averaged 7.2 yards per carry. The Bills’ run defense should have an easier time against the Fins as they only run the ball 30% of the time and lack such a talismanic talent as Henry.
The Dolphins season keeps getting worse. Now there are trade rumors with Deshaun Watson, even though Tua is starting to show his potential. The Bills are now 4-2 and will be looking to increase their advantage in the AFC East. The Bills are enormous favorites for this game. In Week 2, the Bills shut out the Fins in a 35-0 win. I expect a similar margin of victory for the Bills, so I think they will cover the spread of -13.5.
With Tua back, I’m betting the over at 49 points.
49ers: San Francisco lost to the Colts on Sunday. Jimmy Garoppolo was back in the QB seat. He went for 181 yards, one TD, and two late interceptions. A few costly fumbles undid the 49ers.
Elijah Mitchell started proceedings with a 14 yard TD run. Mitchell finished with 107 total yards, but the 49ers had to move away from the run after losing the lead. Deebo Samuel was Jimmy G’s most productive receiver with 100 yards.
The defense did recover two fumbles and broke up five passing attempts. However, the D couldn’t stop the Colts’ offense from consistently scoring in every quarter.
Bears: Chicago lost to the Bucs on Sunday. It was a one-sided game for the whole of the first half. However, the Bears’ defense fought back in the second half and only conceded three points.
The defense was woeful in the first half. They conceded 35 points and 223 yards to a rampant Bucs offense. Compare this to the 185 second-half yards and only three points they conceded.
The offense feels like it’s clueless under Justin Fields. Fields only had 184 passing yards and three poor interceptions. The run game can only support Fields to a certain extent. Herbert rushed for 100 yards.
The Bears’ season is like a rollercoaster. You’re never quite sure which Bears team is going to show up each Sunday. The 49ers’ season isn’t going to plan either. They are now 2-4 and are a long way off the playoffs. The 49ers are worthy favorites for this game.
I am betting the 49ers to bounce back after their loss and cover the spread of -3.5.
Steelers: Pittsburgh beat the Seahawks in Week 6. Ben Roethlisberger continued his uninspiring play at QB with 229 yards and a TD. He was more accurate in this game, completing over 70% of his passes.
Diontae Johnson stepped up as the number one receiver with 71 receiving yards on nine receptions. Rookie Najee Harris also had an outstanding game with 127 total yards.
The defense stood firm against backup QB Geno Smith. He was only allowed 209 yards and a TD. However, the defense was run over by Alex Collins. Collins was allowed to rush for 101 yards and a TD.
Browns: Cleveland dominated the Broncos even though the scoreline might not back that up. Cleveland didn’t concede any points in the first half and only relinquished 228 total yards to the Broncos.
Baker Mayfield was inactive due to his shoulder injury. Case Keenum replaced Baker and did a solid job leading the offense. The offense leaned heavily on the run game even with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt injured.
D’Ernest Johnson rushed for 146 yards and a TD. He was rampant and should now receive some carries, even when Hunt and Chubb are fit. The banged-up receiving core didn’t put up any special numbers.
The Browns are still unsure if Baker will be fit for this Sunday. Even if he isn’t, Keenum is still a high-class backup, so the odds shouldn’t change too much. The Steelers will hope they can come off their bye week refreshed and raring to make the playoffs. The Browns are narrow favorites for this game, and I think they will cover the spread of -3.5.
The Browns will be the third team in my parlay.
Eagles: Philly lost to the resurgent Raiders team. Jalen Hurts continued his excellent form with 236 passing yards and two TDs. He also topped the Eagles’ rushing stats with 61 yards. Yet he only completed 53% of his passes.
Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith regained their form after a quiet last game. They had 70 and 61 yards, respectively, with Miles Sanders going for 30 yards on just six carries.
The defense just couldn’t control Derek Carr, who had 323 yards and two TDs. They also didn’t pressure Carr at any point during the game. The only blip he made was an interception.
Lions: Detroit remains the only winless team in the league. They lost to the Rams on Sunday by nine points. The Lions led the Rams for the whole of the first quarter and entertained the fans with unexpected onside kicks and two fake punts. However, none of this brought them their elusive first victory of the season. They had regained the lead in the third quarter, but couldn’t hold onto it in the fourth.
Jared Goff went for 268 yards, a TD, and two INTs. He was wildly inaccurate again but, he was able to find Kalif Raymond several times. Raymond ended up with 115 yards.
The defense couldn’t keep a lid on Cooper Kupp. Kupp went for 156 yards and two TDs. The front seven also struggled to pressure Stafford, with Julian Okwara picking up the Lions’ only sack.
Detroit is always in games going into the fourth quarter. So far, they just haven’t been able to mount a successful comeback. The Eagles are now 2-5, although it feels like they have played better than their record. The Eagles are favorites for this game, and I don’t see them losing.
For that reason, I am adding the Eagles to my parlay.
Titans: The Titans tore the Chiefs to pieces on Sunday. Ryan Tannehill was very accurate with 270 yards, a TD, and an INT. Derrick Henry also threw a pass for a five-yard TD.
A.J. Brown came out with a bang. Brown had 133 yards from just eight receptions. It was an incredible display. However, the Chiefs were able to reign in the Titans’ offense during the second half.
The defense held the Chiefs to just three points. Mahomes was injured, but the Titans held him to completing just 57% of his passes even before this injury.
Colts: Indy beat the 49ers at Levi’s Field. Carson Wentz made some excellent plays, but several pass interference calls meant he didn’t put up better stats. Wentz had 150 yards with two TDs, completing 65% of his passes.
As always, Jonathon Taylor had a great day. He rushed for over 100 yards with a TD. Michael Pittman was surprisingly the most productive receiver with 105 yards and some incredible catches.
The defense forced four fumbles and recovered two of them, as well as picking off Jimmy G twice. The D forced the 49ers into mistakes several times and made sure the 49ers couldn’t attempt a late comeback.
Both teams pulled off dominant wins on Sunday. These two teams lead the way in the AFC South. Both teams will be looking at this game as a must-win match. They have both been potent on offense this season, so I think these teams will hit over 49 points in what the sportsbooks have as the tightest game of the week.
However, I am taking the Titans to win and am adding them to my parlay.
Bengals: Cincinnati demolished the Ravens 41-17 on Sunday. Joe Burrow went for an outrageous 416 yards, three TDs and just one INT.
Burrow’s connection with Chase keeps on improving. Chase had 201 yards from just eight receptions. Chase now has the most receiving yards in a player’s first seven career games since 1970. Surely the Pro Bowl in his rookie season beckons?
The defense stood up to the dual-threat QB test. Lamar Jackson was only allowed to complete 48% of his passes, but he did rack up 88 rushing yards at an average of 7.3 yards per carry.
Jets: New York lost to the Patriots on Sunday. Zach Wilson was injured early in the second quarter and is now confirmed to miss the next two games. This is a massive blow to Wilson, and the injury could stunt his growth at QB.
The Jets have traded for Joe Flacco, who knows the system well, having played there last year. He will act as a more serviceable QB than Mike White, who threw two picks on Sunday.
The defense conceded 54 points, seven TDs, and 559 total yards. They were also only able to sack Jones once, and they didn’t have a single pick despite deflecting five passes.
The Jets are still in the opening phases of their rebuild, so these losses are to be expected. The Bengals rebuild seems to be complete with the way they are playing. The Bengals are now the number one seed in the AFC. I don’t think anyone would have predicted that this time last year. I believe that these teams will hit over 43.5 points due to both teams having relatively stacked offenses.
However, I am betting that the Bengals cover the spread of 9 points.
Rams: LA beat the Lions at SoFi Stadium. It was a close affair until the Rams pulled away in the fourth quarter. Matthew Stafford had a point to prove against his old team. He threw for 334 yards and three TDs to round off an imposing display.
Cooper Kupp had another outstanding day with 156 yards, and two TD catches. Kupp is now leading the way in receiving yards in the NFL with 809 yards from seven games and nine TDs.
The defense held Goff to just 268 yards and was able to pick him off twice. The D also managed two sacks and three tackles for a loss to round off an excellent second-half defensive display.
Texans: Houston lost to the Cardinals on Sunday. Davis Mills continued his inconsistent season with just 135 yards on 23 completions. He was inaccurate on deep shots and was only able to complete dump-off passes.
After a promising rushing game last week, the running backs only totaled 42 yards. The receivers weren’t able to contribute either. Nico Collins was the most productive WR with a paltry 28 yards.
The defense couldn’t control any part of the Cardinals’ offense. They relinquished 261 passing yards and 172 rushing yards. However, the D did manage four sacks and a first quarter safety.
The Rams are now 6-1 and are making a big playoff push. They are battling with the Cardinals for first place in the NFC West and the number one seed in the NFC. The Texans are hoping they can figure out their QB situation this season to continue their rebuild next year. I think the Rams will easily cover the spread of -14.
I am betting on the under at 48 points as the Texans will struggle to break into double digits.
Patriots: New England demolished the Jets on Sunday in Foxborough. Mac Jones was excellent, with 307 passing yards and two TDs for the day. He also finished with an above-average 67% completion rate.
Damion Harris backed up Jones with another 100-yard rushing day. Harris averaged an incredible 7.6 yards per carry. Surprisingly, Brandon Bolden was the most productive receiver.
The defense shut down most plays by the Jets. The D finished with two sacks, two interceptions, and a forced fumble. It was a dominant display, and they looked like the Pats defense we’re used to seeing.
Chargers: LA is coming off their bye week. Last time out, they lost to the Ravens 34-6. It was a devastating loss. Justin Herbert had 195 yards and couldn’t gain any momentum throughout the game.
The running game was non-existent, with a woeful 26 yards at an average of 2.1 yards per carry. The O-line relinquished two sacks and several pressures.
The Ravens’ run game trampled the defense. The running game totaled 187 yards for Baltimore. Jackson did throw two picks, but Herbert couldn’t take full advantage of the short field.
The Chargers have had an explosive start to the season. Their bye week has come at the perfect time after this loss. The Patriots are now second in the AFC East and will be looking to put some pressure on the Bills. I think these teams will score over 48.5 points, with both teams boasting explosive offenses.
I am betting on the Chargers to win, but they won’t cover the spread of -5.5.
Jaguars: Jacksonville is coming off its bye week. In their Week 6 game, they beat the Dolphins to end their 20 game losing streak. The whole offense had an excellent match.
Trevor Lawrence had 319 passing yards and an exquisitely thrown TD. Marvin Jones showed his latent ability by going for 100 yards from seven receptions.
The defense did allow an injured Tua to throw for 329 yards and two TDs. However, they never let the Fins’ run game gain momentum, limiting Malcolm Brown and co to 77 yards.
Seahawks: Seattle lost to the Saints in a low-scoring affair. Geno Smith was only able to complete 55% of his passes for 167 yards. The Seahawks are clearly missing Wilson, who will be out for at least another two games.
Alex Collins didn’t have as good a game this week as he did last week. Collins only averaged 2.2 yards per carry. DK Metcalf was the only receiver who stepped up. He had 96 yards and a TD.
The defense conceded 222 yards to Jameis Winston. However, the Seahawks managed four pass deflections that resulted in Winston only connecting on 55% of his passes.
The injury-hit Seahawks will still be without Chris Carson and Russell Wilson. This so far has been a significant hindrance for Seattle. The Jags will be full of confidence after their first win since Week 1 of the 2020 season. However, I expect normal service to resume for the Jags and the Seahawks to justify favoritism.
I am betting the Seahawks to win and cover the three-point spread.
Football Team: Washington was heavily beaten by the Packers. Taylor Heinicke was very average again. He had 268 yards, a TD and an INT.
Terry McLaurin had 122 yards and the only TD reception. He is the only player who is consistently performing for this offense week in, week out. Antonio Gibson has been excellent this season, but he only had 51 rushing yards against Green Bay.
The defense was disappointing again on Sunday. They conceded 274 yards and three TDs to Aaron Rodgers. On the bright side, they were able to sack him three times and managed four tackles for a loss.
Broncos: Even though the scoreline doesn’t suggest this, the Broncos were dominated by the Browns last Thursday. It never felt like the Broncos could take the lead, especially after being shut out in the first half.
Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t seem to be the answer at QB for the Broncos. He went for 187 yards from 23 completions. It looked like he was afraid to take deep shots. An excuse could be that he was throwing to an injury-hit receiving core.
The front seven is supposed to be one of the best in the league. However, they let third-string RB D’Ernest Johnson rush for 146 yards. They also conceded 200 yards to a backup QB.
The Broncos have now lost four straight games after starting the season 3-0. They seem to be lacking in all departments. The Football Team has had a rocky start to the season. They could turn it all around with a win in Denver. I think these two teams will score under 44 points in this game. This is due to both teams having questionable QBs and strong defenses.
I am betting on the underdog Washington Football Team to win and cover the spread of +3.5.
Buccaneers: Tom Brady led Tampa Bay to a crushing victory over Chicago. It was a very one-sided game, with the Bucs scoring 35 first-half points. The second half only saw three points scored as the Bears sharpened up on defense.
Tom Brady had 211 yards due to plenty of short field drives. He also threw an outrageous four TD passes in the first half. Leonard Fournette continued his rampant form with 90 total yards.
The defense only allowed three points all game. They did struggle against the run again, giving up 143 yards. This has been their one weakness all season. However, they picked off Fields three times.
Saints: The Saints beat the Seahawks at Lumen Field. Jameis Winston had another average game with 222 yards and a TD. The most worrying stat is Winston only completed 55% of his passes.
Alvin Kamara struggled to rush the ball, but he made up for that with 128 receiving yards. He was the only skill-position player who made a meaningful contribution for the Saints.
The defense held strong against backup QB Geno Smith, allowing him only 167 passing yards. The Seahawks were only able to add 90 rushing yards. It was a dominant display from the Saints’ defense.
This divisional match is critical for the playoffs. The Saints are only one win behind the Bucs. The Bucs’ offense has found some explosive form and I can’t see the Saints’ defense being able to spoil the Bucs’ party. That is why the Bucs are worthy favorites for this game.
I am betting on Tampa Bay to win and cover the spread of -4.5.
Cowboys: Dallas is coming off its bye week. In their Week 6 match, the Cowboys beat the Patriots in a thrilling contest. Dak Prescott led the way with three TDs and a brilliant 445 passing yards.
CeeDee Lamb was unstoppable with 149 yards and two TDs. Lamb was ably backed up by TE Dalton Schultz, who finished with 79 yards. The run game didn’t have much joy, with only 3.9 yards per carry.
The defense conceded 29 points to rookie QB Mac Jones and co. The secondary was able to limit Jones with an interception. However, the front seven couldn’t handle the rampant Damien Harris, who had 101 rushing yards.
Vikings: Minnesota is also coming off its bye week. In their Week 6 match, they narrowly beat the Panthers. Kirk Cousins was excellent with 373 yards and three TDs.
Adam Thielen had his first big day of the season with 126 receiving yards. Justin Jefferson also had a good day with 80 yards. Dalvin Cook was the standout performer with 140 rushing yards for the day.
The defense let the Panthers stay in the game. They conceded big plays at the worst possible times, such as a two-point conversion to let the Panthers tie the game at the very end of the 4th quarter after a 96 yard drive in 90 seconds.
The Vikings D will need to improve considerably to stop Dak and his explosive receivers. The Cowboys are now easing ahead in their division. They must maintain their lead if they want to have a good playoff seed. I don’t think these teams will hit over 54.5 points on Sunday due to the inconsistency of the Vikings’ offense.
I am betting on the Cowboys to win and cover the spread of -2.5.
Giants: The Giants won their second game of the season by demolishing the Panthers. Daniel Jones was adequate with 203 yards and a TD. Jones was also very accurate, completing 70% of his passes.
Darius Slayton was the most productive Giant with 63 yards from five receptions. However, the most impressive player was Devontae Booker, who had 67 totals yards and a TD.
The defense was excellent. They only allowed 144 passing yards and 56 rushing yards. The front seven also managed six sacks and seven tackles for a loss.
Chiefs: Kansas City lost to the Titans. Patrick Mahomes did not have a good game, finishing with 206 yards and an interception. He had to leave the game in the fourth quarter, but is expected to be fit for this game.
The run game was non-existent for the Chiefs. Mahomes was the lead rusher with 35 yards. Tyrek Hill and Travis Kelce combined for 138 yards, but they couldn’t generate any yards after catch.
The defense only turned up in the second half. A.J. Brown was uncoverable, stealing the limelight with 133 yards. The Titans only had 92 second-half yards, but the game was already sealed by halftime.
The Chiefs are now 3-4 and are third in their division, two wins behind the Chargers. Things need to change quickly if the Chiefs are to make the postseason. The Giants are now 2-5 and they will be hoping they can take advantage of a lackluster Chiefs team. I think these teams will score under 52.5 points, with question marks looming over both offenses.
I am picking the Chiefs to win and cover the ten-point spread.