NFL Preview – Week 8

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NFL Preview – Week 8

The Wolf previews each of the televised matches in Week 8 of the NFL. The Wolf is expecting a shootout between the Cowboys and Redskins and has made over 50 points his best bet of Week 8.

Match
(Time AEDT)

Best Bets

Miami @ Baltimore
(Fri 11:25am)
Miami+3 ($1.91)
Minnesota @ Cleveland
(Mon 12:30am)
Minnesota -9.5 ($1.91) 💰
Oakland @ Buffalo
(Mon 4am)
Oakland +2.5 ($1.95)
Indianapolis @ Cincinnati
(Mon 4am)
Over 41 ($1.91) 💰
LA Chargers @ New England
(Mon 4am)
New England -7 ($1.87) 💰
Chicago @ New Orleans
(Mon 4am)
Chicago +9 ($1.91) 💰
Atlanta @ NY Jets
(Mon 4am)
Atlanta -4.5 ($1.91) 💰
San Francisco @ Philadelphia
(Mon 4am)
Philadelphia -13 ($2) 💰
Carolina @ Tampa Bay
(Mon 4am)
Tampa Bay -2 ($1.91)
Houston @ Seattle
(Mon 7:05am)
Under 46 ($1.87)
Dallas @ Washington
(Mon 7:25am)
Over 50 ($1.91) 💰
Pittsburgh @ Detroit
(Mon 11:30am)
Pittsburgh -2.5 ($1.83) 💰
Denver @ Kansas City
(Tues 11:30am)
Under 43 ($1.91)

NFL Match Previews

Miami @ Baltimore – (Fri 11:25am)
This shapes up as an ugly game to kick off Week 8 of the NFL, with the Ravens hosting the Dolphins in Baltimore. The Dolphins are a surprising 4-2 in the AFC East, despite some average play from first-choice QB Jay Cutler. Cutler picked up a rib injury against the Jets last week and it was left to back-up QB Matt Moore to guide the Dolphins to a 31-28 victory. Moore starts this week, giving the Dolphins an upgrade on Cutler, and played well when Ryan Tannehill was injured last season. Meanwhile, Joe Flacco couldn’t get anything going against the Vikings in Week 7, but it didn’t help that wide receiver Mike Wallace was taken out by a nasty hit from the Vikings Andrew Sendejo. There’s not a lot of options for Flacco other than dump off plays to running back Buck Allen. Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, Breshad Perriman and Ben Watson are all questionable for Thursday Night Football, highlighting the headaches facing Flacco. The unders would be the usual play here, but The Wolf is worried about the 37 total game score and doesn’t want to rely on either one of these offences for the overs to hit. The Ravens are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, while the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 clashes. The Wolf is taking the Dolphins with the field goal start against a Ravens side lacking attacking options.
Best: Miami +3 ($1.91)

Minnesota @ Cleveland – (Mon 12:30am)
Last week’s game in London between the Cardinals and Rams failed to live up to expectations, with the Rams shutting out the Cardinals 33-0, and there’s the risk that this game could go the same way. Vikings QB Case Keenum was limited at Wednesday’s practice and it’s a situation worth monitoring. The same can be said for wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who continues to battle a groin injury. The Vikings will likely have to air the ball out as the Browns have been strong against the run this year. If Diggs can’t go, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph will be Keenum’s primary targets. The Browns suffered a massive blow last week, losing stalwart Joe Thomas to injury and The Wolf can’t see how the Browns can replace the veteran. They also have Myles Garrett in the concussion protocol. The Browns will also struggle to run the ball, forcing rookie QB DeShone Kizer to throw the ball which could spell trouble for the Browns and head coach Hue Jackson. The Wolf is happy to stick with the superior side here, but recommends keeping an eye on the health status of Keenum and Diggs. The Vikings are 9-3 ATS against a team with a losing record, while the Browns are 1-11-1 ATS against a team with a winning record.
Best: Minnesota -9.5 ($1.91)

Oakland @ Buffalo – (Mon 4am)
The Raiders bounced back in a big way last week, defeating the Chiefs at the death 31-30. QB Derek Carr didn’t looked hampered by his recent back injury as he went on to throw for 417 yards and three TDs. Wide receiver Amari Cooper has been a flop this season before a breakout night against the Chiefs, recording 210 yards and scoring two TDs. The Raiders have had a big turnaround to prepare for this road trip to Buffalo as well. Starting RB Marshawn Lynch has been suspended for this clash, with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington to share the backfield duties, and both are running the ball better than ‘Beast Mode’ at the moment. The Bills don’t have many receiving options for QB Tyrod Taylor, with running back LeSean McCoy his best target. He’ll prove a handful for the Raiders linebackers. The Raiders will look to Khalil Mack to get pressure on Taylor and limiting the time he has with the ball. The other thing working against the Bills in this spot is the short turnaround they’ll have in facing divisional opponent, New York Jets, next week. The Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings against the Bills and look in a good spot with the start and straight up as well.
Best: Oakland +2.5 ($1.95)

Dallas @ Washington – (Mon 7:30am)
The Wolf was surprised that the Cowboys went up as favourites on the road, but it was to be expected after Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott gashed the 49ers last week for 147 rushing yards and three TDs in total. Meanwhile, the Redskins took it to 6-1 Eagles, who are arguably the best side in the NFL at the moment. The Redskins will be sweating on the availability of Josh Norman as he will be crucial to their chances of getting the win and shutting down the Cowboys No.1 receiver, Dez Bryant in the process. The Wolf is expecting a shootout here and for Redskins QB Kirk Cousins to exploit the Cowboys weak secondary. The Redskins are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss, while the overs is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the sides. Chips in the overs!
Best: Over 50 ($1.91)

Pittsburgh @ Detroit – (Mon 11:30am)
It looks like the Steelers have finally worked out the formula for success – give the ball to Le’Veon Bell! Bell carried the ball 35 times for 134 yards in last week’s win over the Bengals and carried the ball 32 times for 179 yards and a TD in the Week 6 win over the Chiefs. Feed the Bell! Big Ben’s woes on the road have been well-documented, but if there is heavy dose of Bell against the Lions, he won’t have to make too many decisions. The Lions are coming off the bye, but were gashed by the Saints running backs for a combined rushing total of 189 yards in Week 6. Lions QB Matthew Stafford should have enjoyed the week off to recover from a rib injury and will realise there is now an opportunity to do something in the NFC North after the collarbone injury suffered by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Steelers look to have finally found some momentum and should cover in Detroit before heading on bye.
Best: Pittsburgh -2.5 ($1.83)

Denver @ Kansas City – (Tues 11:30am)
The Broncos were shut out 21-0 against the Chargers last week, but despite that effort, The Wolf is expecting a strong response from the Broncos and thinks the TD start could be too big for the Chiefs to cover. The Broncos struggled to move the ball against the Chargers, but Trevor Siemian should have better success against a Chiefs side which was gashed by Derek Carr last week. CJ Andeson should also have more luck running the ball against the Chiefs, helping take the pressure off Siemian. Other than a poor performance against Giants running back Orleans Darkwa, the Broncos defence should be able to slow down the rushing ability of rookie running back Kareem Hunt. The Wolf is keen on both the unders and the Broncos with the start here. The Broncos are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Kansas City, while under is 8-1 in the Broncos last 9 games following a loss.
Best: Under 43 ($1.91)

The Wolf’s Best Bets: 49-52-2