Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton and Derek Carr will be looking to lead their respective teams to huge, Week 8 home victories when the Detroit Lions host the Seattle Seahawks, the Cincinnati Bengals host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders host the Indianapolis Colts. If you’re looking for some excellent picks that you can put together as part of a Week 8 parlay, then let’s get to my expert picks right now.
Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
🏈: Seattle Seahawks (3-3) at Detroit Lions (3-3)
⏰: Sun. Oct 28, 2018 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
📺: FOX, DTV: 710
🎰: Detroit Lions: -2½ -110 | -140 | U 49 -110
Detroit looked good in their 32-21 road win over Miami on Sunday, but I’m not convinced, seeing as how the Dolphins are pretty damned awful. Seattle is well-rested after getting a bye this past weekend. The Seahawks rolled to an emphatic 27-3 blowout win over Oakland two weeks ago and Russell Wilson and company have won three of their last four games overall.
While Matt Stafford and the Lions average almost three points per game than Seattle does in this matchup, the Seahawks have the far better defense in allowing almost seven points per game fewer than Detroit. Seattle has won two straight in this series including last season’s 26-6 smackdown in Seattle and I believe the more mature Seahawks will find a way to get it done again.
Seattle is 5-1 ATS in their last six games in the month of October while Detroit has gone 0-5 ATS in their last five Week 8 games. For me, Seattle has the edge at quarterback and an even bigger edge at head coach – by a mile.
Predicted Score: Seattle 27 Detroit 23
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals
🏈: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-3)
⏰: Sun. Oct 28, 2018 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
📺: FOX, DTV: 709
🎰: Cincinnati Bengals: -3½ -110 | -185 | U 54½ -110
Tampa Bay managed to get past Cleveland 26-23 in overtime on Sunday as Jameis Winston overcame two interceptions and no TD passes by passing for 365 yards and adding 55 rushing yards and one touchdown while the Bucs got two other rushing scores and a late field goal in OT to get the win. Cincinnati got completely overwhelmed by the explosive Kansas City Chiefs in their 45-10 blowout on Sunday night while never coming close to covering the spread as a 6.5-point road underdog.
Despite their humbling loss, I believe Andy Dalton and the Bengals are a near lock to win and cash in against the Bucs in Week 8. While Tampa Bay averages just over 1.5 points per game more than Cincinnati, the Bengals have the better defense in this matchup by an average of 3.6 points per game.
More importantly, Cincinnati is playing at home and they’re desperate to snap a two-game skid. Tampa Bay has gone 1-4 ATS in its last five games, 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 road games and 2-11 SU in its last 13 road dates. Cincinnati has gone 6-3 ATS in its last nine games and an identical 6-3 SU in their last nine home dates. I don’t trust Tampa Bay one iota and neither should you!
Predicted Score: Bengals 31 Buccaneers 24
Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders
🏈: Indianapolis Colts (2-5) at Oakland Raider (1-5)`
⏰: Sun. Oct 28, 2018 4:05 PM ET
🏟️: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
📺: CBS, DTV: 712
🎰: Indianapolis Colts: -3 -105 | -155 | O 50½ -110
The Colts pounded the hell out of the dysfunctional Buffalo Bills 37-5 this past weekend as quarterback Andrew Luck tossed four TD passes and no picks and Indy’s defense picked off veteran Derek Anderson three times in the win. Oakland had a bye last weekend following their 27-3 smackdown loss against Seattle in Week 6. While the Raiders are playing at home in this contest and the Colts are clearly trying to work their way back to being a respectable franchise, the pick for this Week 8 matchup is crystal clear to me. Oakland has completely and utterly underachieved in winning just one game this season and they should probably be winless after referees handed them a win over Cleveland in Week 4. On the flip side of the coin, Indianapolis has played about as well as can be expected, seeing as how they have an awful defense. Still, the Colts have an elite quarterback in Andrew Luck and Oakland just looks like a team that is completely clueless at this point. Indianapolis averages over nine points per game more than Oakland while also giving up almost three fewer points per game defensively. The Colts have won four of the last five against the Raiders and I expect them to improve on that mark despite being on the road. I’m going with Andrew Luck to lead Indy to the win and you should too!
Predicted Score: Indianapolis 31 Oakland 27