It may feel like some kind of fever dream — especially if you’re a New York Jets fan — but whether you’re ready for this truth bomb or not, the 2020 NFL regular season is suddenly nearly halfway done. With contenders emerging in earnest and the race to the bottom (and for presumptive No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence) in similarly full effect, it’s time for CanadianBettingSites to drill down to the smartest Week 8 NFL picks for Bitcoin bettors and currency bettors alike.
New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs
Speaking of Gang Green, let’s not mince a single word: You’ll have a hard time finding an easier pick than when the defending Super Bowl champs take on the hapless Jets, the last remaining winless team in the NFL.
This game is a slam dunk of godly proportions.
The Chiefs win this one by a country mile.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2020
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Another week, another bitter division rivalry renewed in the ruthless NFC North. The Packers are sitting pretty in this one, however, as they have the privilege of welcoming a 1-5 Minnesota team that’s perhaps the most disappointing outfit in all of football. With the Vikes surrendering over 30 points per game, expect something perhaps even uglier than Green Bay’s 43-34 win in the Twin Cities to kick off the season. With that in mind, bettors may be drawn toward taking the home team -7 over at Sports Interaction.
The Packers will make it a season sweep against the Vikings.
Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns
Cleveland has a new lease on life under the first-year coach Kevin Stefanski and enters Week 8’s contest against Las Vegas undefeated at home. The Raiders are no slouch outside the Sin City-limits given that they knocked off the Chiefs at Arrowhead, but the Browns won’t shy away from a high-scoring affair, especially on the heels of an exciting last-gasp win over the Bengals.
Pick Cleveland to take care of business against the Silver and Black.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Down the road in Baltimore, the winner of the first of two Ravens-Steelers meetings in November stands to make a major statement in the quest for Super Bowl LV. Styles make fights, and this one might just feature the best offence in football playing host to the game’s stingiest defence. It truly could come down to the final seconds, and given the razor-thin margin separating these teams on paper, the edge has to go to the home team and reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson.
Which teams average the highest win probability when entering the 4th quarter this season?
📈: Ravens, Seahawks, Steelers, Titans, Dolphins
📉: Jets, Jaguars, Giants, Eagles, Washington
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 20, 2020
Pick the Ravens to hand Pittsburgh their first loss of the year.
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are likely not quite as good as their record. They still have plenty of questions to answer as it pertains to putting points on the board, after all, but Matt Nagy boasts a truly fearsome group on defence that will give any quarterback nightmares — and it just so happens that the visiting Saints have an ageing Drew Brees under center who wasn’t especially mobile even in his athletic prime. Top sportsbooks have installed New Orleans as the favourite by about a field goal, but there’s no legitimate way to prepare for a front seven boasting a trio as vicious as Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, and Akiem hicks.
Pick the Bears to pull the upset at Soldier Field.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
This could be the toughest pick of the Week 8 slate. The Patriots have been forced to fight a two-front war against COVID-19 and colossal expectations in the post-Tom Brady era and have struggled to put points on the board. Meanwhile, cannon-armed QB Josh Allen and the Bills haven’t yet proven the AFC East truly belongs to them, instead preferring to beat up on lesser teams so far this season. We could be in store for a low-scoring affair in Orchard Park, with turnovers and red zone defence potentially determining the victor.
Take the Bills at home.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
The NFC West is arguably the NFL’s toughest division from top to bottom in 2020, and the Seahawks are setting the pace. Despite suffering their first loss in Week 7, MVP candidate Russell Wilson and the Hawks are still in much better shape than the defending conference champion 49ers, who have a winning record in large part because they had the incredible luck of facing both the Giants and Jets early on.
This Russell Wilson TD pass to David Moore in week 2 had a 6.3% chance of being completed, per @NextGenStats
That’s the lowest completion probability % of a catch this season pic.twitter.com/6Ag7r32xtq
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) October 22, 2020
Expect the Hawks to add to their impressive 2020 resume with a home victory.
Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals
The Titans are proving week by week that their upset wins in last season’s playoffs over the Patriots and Ravens were no fluke, seizing command of the AFC South thanks to some bright, efficient play from not just all-world running back Derrick Henry, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Bengals, meanwhile, have struggled to stop quality opponents from scoring, making Tennessee an attractive point spread bet at -4 at 10bet.
The Titans will not be denied in Cincy.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
The NFC East is as confounding as divisions get, and we’re once again treated to one of its fierce rivalries in primetime. The Cowboys aren’t quitting despite the devastating loss of QB Dak Prescott for the season but will face modest expectations at best in their second straight road game. Both defences will make mistakes in this game, but the Eagles will be the ones to bend without breaking.
Pick Philly on Sunday Night Football.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants
It took the Giants until the second half of October to earn their first win of the season.
Meanwhile, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ dreams of a championship run aren’t the least bit preposterous. Tampa Bay moneyline bettors will definitely appreciate the value of 1.22 odds at William Hill, too.
The Bucs will roll right through the G-Men on Monday Night Football.