October 29, 2021

Corrigan's Gambling Corner: NFL Week 8 Best Bets

It is Week 8 of the NFL season and this feels like the week where teams start to separate themselves. There are a couple of big-time division matchups that may have some serious playoff implications.

There are some great games this week, but there are also some clunkers. However, the beauty of gambling is that every game can be a great game, even if you have to watch the New York Jets attempt to play American football. 

The board is looking outstanding and I cannot wait to share the five winners I have picked out for you.

Anyway, let's get to the main event, here are our best bets for Week 8. As always, please remember to gamble responsibly. 

*Odds Via the FanDuel Sportsbook

Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

The Lions are long overdue for a win. After Justin Tucker hit literally the longest field goal in NFL history to beat the Lions in the final seconds, it seemed like all hope was lost for the Lions. Then, it happened again when the Lions allowed the Vikings to march down the field in the final seconds to kick a game-winning field goal.

At some point, the Lions will not lose in a heart breaking fashion, and that time is now. 

With Jared Goff and D'Andre Swift on offense, the Lions have shown flashes of being able to move the ball and rip-off big plays. Although the stats are ugly on offense and defense, the Lions are set up to succeed this week. The Eagles will be without Miles Sanders for a few weeks and the defense has been putrid lately. 

If the Lions come out hot as they did against the Rams, I am not sure that Jalen Hurts and the Eagles can recover. We are taking the Lions on the Moneyline, but if you do not want to go that far, taking them to cover the spread is also a solid play. 

Pick: Lions ML +162

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

The Titans just went through a tough stretch against the Bills and the Chiefs. They came out and beat both of them and the offense is finally starting to pick up momentum. The hard part of the schedule is not over, however, as they will travel to Indianapolis this week. 

The Colts lost on the road to the Titans during Week 3 and since then, they are 3-1 and the offense is averaging 28.2 points per game during that stretch. Carson Wentz is starting to settle in even after this all-time hilarious interception. 

I just could not resist.

The key to this game is going to be how well the Colt's contain Derrick Henry. The Colts give up the fewest rushing touchdowns per game, but they are allowing teams to run for 111 yards per game.

The good news for the Colts is that the Titans' offensive line is banged up and a combo of DeForest Buckner and Kwity Paye off the edge gives the Colt's a slight advantage in this one. 

Both teams are playing very well, but the Colts will come out of this one with a home win.

Pick: Colts -2.5 (-115)

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets

You want to talk about two franchises that are going in completely different directions. At 5-2 and in first place of the AFC North, it seems like the Bengals have started to blossom with Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase leading a deadly offense

The Jets on the other hand, well, they definitely are an NFL team, there is no arguing that.

Zach Wilson will be out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury, so it will be Mike White taking the snaps for the Jets. No, that is not a made-up person. 

Even with Wilson, the Jets offense ranks 32nd in scoring (13.2), touchdowns per game (1.5), rushing yards per game (72), and INT thrown % (5.1%). The defense is not much better as they rank towards the bottom in the league in most statistical categories. 

With the Bengals having a really solid defense, and the Jets having absolutely no hope, the Bengals will win by at least two touchdowns. 

Pick: Bengals -11.5 (-106)

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

The Browns will be getting a big boost in this one when Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb return from injury. Even if Mayfield was not able to return, Case Keenum proved that the Browns can move the ball with anyone taking the snaps.

Both teams have solid defenses that have underperformed at times. The Browns' defense is ranked 18th in scoring (23.6) but they are also second in yards allowed (295.6) and yards per play (5.0). They are especially dangerous against the run as they are only allowing 80.4 yards rushing per game. 

The Steelers are a little worse on the defensive side of the ball, but talent-wise, they match up with anyone. Any defense that has T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, and Minkah Fitzpatrick on the field at the same time is very dangerous to any offense. 

This game is going to be decided on which offense stinks the worst. The Browns have the better offense on paper, but Mayfield is still dealing with a shoulder injury and the Browns are just very banged up. Luckily for Cleveland, Chubb is back and the Steelers are allowing 107.7 rushing yards per game. 

The Browns are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 games against Pittsburgh and they have covered in six out of their last nine games overall. Even though the Steelers are 4-2 ATS in their last six against Cleveland, the Browns are just the better team, and with the game in Cleveland, the Browns are the obvious play.

Pick: Browns -4 (-110)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

The Saints famously crushed the Buccaneers in the regular season last year, but New Orleans is a completely different team in 2021. You just cannot trust Jameis Winston to win you any games, especially against the defending champions. 

The good news for the Saints is that the Buccaneers' pass defense is very pedestrian. While that may be because of some unlucky injuries, Tampa Bay is ranked 23rd in passing yards allowed (264.7), 28th in opponents completion percentage (70%), and 28th in penalty yards per game (42.1). 

This game is going to come down to whether or not Winston shows up. Winston has had some horrific games this year, especially last week against the Seahawks. We know that Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will be able to hold their own because they have the entire year. Tampa Bay is third in points per game (33.3), second in yards per game (423.4), and sixth in yards per play (6.1).

This is a weak line because the game is in New Orleans, and Vegas is giving the Saints too much respect because of what happened last season. We are throwing the trends out in this one and just sticking with the best team. 

Pick: Buccaneers -4.5 (-108)

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