Why are Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers home underdogs against Joe Flacco and a Baltimore Ravens team that doesn’t appear to be any better than Carolina?
Can Matthew Stafford the Detroit Lions subdue Russell Wilson and the visiting Seattle Seahawks in their Week 8 matchup of fringe playoff hopefuls?
Last but not least, will the Minnesota Vikings need another ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ in order to get Drew Brees and the visiting New Orleans Saints in their highly intriguing Week 8 matchup?
If you’re looking for underdogs offering great betting value in their respective NFL Week 8 matchups, then look no further!
Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers
🏈: Baltimore Ravens (4-2) at Carolina Panthers (3-2)
⏰: Sun. Oct 28, 2018 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
📺: CBS, DTV: 705
🎰: Baltimore Ravens: -2 -110 | -130 | O 43 -110
Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens were on the wrong end of a narrow 24-23 home loss to New Orleans that saw them fail to cash in as a 2.5-point home favorite just as I predicted last week. The Ravens had a chance to get the game to overtime by kicker Justin Tucker missed an extra point after Baltimore scored with just 24 seconds remaining.
Prior to the miss, Tucker was an amazing 222 for 222 on conversions since coming into the league in 2002. he was also the only kicker without a miss (112 for 112) since the league moved the ball back in 2015.
“I can’t tell you exactly what happened,” Tucker said, “but at the end of the day I feel like I cost us the game.”
Carolina pulled off an improbable comeback to beat Philadelphia 21-17 as Cam Newton tossed a TD pass to veteran tight end Greg Olsen with 1:22 remaining to lift the Panthers to victory. Newton passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns while leading Carolina to three fourth-quarter scores.
I have no idea why Baltimore is favored in this Week 8 matchup, but I feel like they shouldn’t be despite the fact that they are limiting the opposition to a league-low of just 12.8 points per game. Baltimore is just 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 games in the month of October while Carolina has gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 8, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games. Carolina wins outright to cover the chalk.
Predicted Score: Carolina 23 Baltimore 21
Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
🏈: Seattle Seahawks (3-3) at Detroit Lions (2-3)
⏰: Sun. Oct 28, 2018 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
📺: FOX, DTV: 710
🎰: Detroit Lions: -3 -115 | -165 | U 49½ -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
Sunday Night Football: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
🏈: Sunday Night Football: New Orleans Saints (5-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1)
⏰: Sun. Oct 28, 2018 8:20 PM ET
🏟️: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
🎰: Minnesota Vikings: -1 -110 | -120 | U 53 -110
The Minnesota Vikings may have needed a miracle the last time they met New Orleans, but they won’t need one when they host the Saints in Week 8 – because they’re not winning. I know Minnesota has won three straight including their 37-17 beatdown of the Jets on Sunday, but New Orleans has won five straight and now, they’re playing defense like they were last season. The Saints got past Baltimore 24-23 in a tight affair on Sunday to improve to 4-0 ATS over their last five games.
Minnesota has gone 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games and 2-4 SU in their last six games against New Orleans. The Saints, on the other hand, are 4-1 ATS in their last five games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five Week 8 contests. Maybe it’s me, but I’m thinking karma is a b#*ch and the Vikings are about to get a dose of some.
Predicted Score: Saints 27 Vikings 24