Free Preview: NFL Pickbook Week 8
Week 8 starts to separate the playoff contenders from the pretenders with divisional and conference games around. Rob Trayah looks at a set of games to add to your betting ticket for Week 8.
Good match-ups for the early games lean into two top match-ups toward the later slate. We start early with some narratives available for the bettor with tight lines across the board.
|Team||Opp||Last5||H/A||STR||WG O/U||WG ML||Caesars O/U||Caesars ML||CGT O/U||CGT ML||BreakDown|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Cleveland Browns||2-3||5-3||49||-420||49||-380||48.5||-380||49||-400||49||-400||50.5||-370||50.5||-342||Steelers -8: The Browns seem to be in total disarray and last week's kick to the stomach loss to Tampa isn't going to help this week. The Steelers will be fresh off a bye, still with no Le'Veon Bell, but that hasn't slowed them down yet. Week 1's tie in Cleveland was the closest thing to a tropical storm so expect Pittsburgh to come out firing. No weather concerns here and Big Ben at home is a hard thing to stop so look for the Steelers to cover the eight.|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1-4||4-4||54.5||-190||54.5||-200||54||-190||54.5||-190||54||-200||54||-192||54.5||-181||Bengals -4: Cincinnati got drummed by the Chiefs at Arrowhead last week, but get to return home and face Jameis Winston's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The loss of Kwon Alexander at linebacker hurts the Bucs in pass coverage and expect to see Joe Mixon out of the backfield, early and often. Tampa is 0-4 ATS in their last four, including two of Winston's starts. This the definition of a pride game for Cincy. After getting embarassed in a prime-time game, the Bengals should be ready to go back at home.|
|Seattle Seahawks||Detroit Lions||4-1||4-4||49||130||49.5||140||49||130||49.5||130||49.5||140||49.5||125||49.5||130||Seahawks +3: Coming off the bye, Seattle plays their first game after losing owner Paul Allen. They travel to Detroit, where the Lions are fresh off a 32-21 win over Miami. The Seahawks are winners of 3-of-4 going 3-1 ATS during that stretch. Their road struggles are well documented, but this Seattle team has been able to run the ball, out-gaining opponents in three straight games. Control the clock, control the game and let Wilson do his thing.|