NFL Week 8: Best Underdog Bets Bets In The NFL

NFL Week 8: Best Underdog Bets Bets In The NFL

Week 8 of the NFL schedule opens on Thursday night with a good looking matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals.

Thursday nights are typically known for dull matchups, but that should be a good one in the desert. We really need something better after that ugly display on Monday Night Football.

The weather had something to do with that game, but it’s not the only explanation. We had a quarterback matchup consisting of Jameis Winston and Geno Smith.

I know, I know, Winston has been much improved, but Winston vs. Geno, eh. Neither quarterback was able to get on track in the bad weather conditions, though Geno probably wasn’t doing much in perfect weather.

The biggest upset in Week 7 was a 41-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. It isn’t much of an upset, with the Bengals winning as 6.5-point underdogs. It didn’t come as a surprise.

We had the Bengals playing the Ravens tough for one of our Week 7 underdog bets. The Lions didn’t win, but they made things interesting early and did enough to cover for us.

The Houston Texans also had an early advantage against the Cardinals, but that fell to pieces in a hurry. The Cardinals pulled away for a 31-5 win with 31 unanswered points after the Texans scored on a safety. Kyler Murray had his head ripped back on a facemask which the officials missed for those 2 points.

Upsets in Week 8? I’m sure there are some out there to be found. We have a couple of underdog predictions on the card. Head below for our free NFL Week 8 best underdog bets.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions

Date and Time: October 31, 1:00 p.m. EST

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 (-105) -180 Over 48 (-108)
Detroit Lions +3.5 (-115) +160 Under 48 (-112)

The Philadelphia Eagles are at Ford Field on Sunday afternoon looking for a win against the Detroit Lions. This is a winless Lions team that is the only club in the NFL without a win. They’re going into this contest with no wins and seven losses.

That’s not to say that the Lions haven’t tried hard, though. They came close many times this season. The most notable was the 66-yard field goal that Justin Tucker hit to break an NFL record.

That was a heartbreaker for the Lions. They also lost to the Minnesota Vikings on a last-second field goal after taking the lead seconds earlier. If there’s any positive, the Lions are in the driver’s seat for the first overall pick and they’ve been competitive despite no wins.

The Lions had the Rams on the ropes early this past weekend, as they had a 10-3 lead following the 1st quarter. Good work for the Lions, but couldn’t keep up against the high-powered Rams. Now an Eagles team led by Jalen Hurts comes to Ford Field.

Philadelphia are coming off a lackluster performance in Las Vegas with a 33-22 loss at Allegiant Stadium. They were down 30-7 going into the 4th quarter and scored some garbage points to make the score look better. With the loss, the Eagles slipped to 2-5 on the season.

Hurts goes into Detroit having passed for 10 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 61.2% completions. He passed for 236 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions, but just 52.9% completions.

The Eagles are 21st in the league with 347.7 yards per game. They’ve been very average with 22.7 points per game. I don’t know about this game if the Eagles are going to be average again. The Lions have been putting in effort despite going 0-7 so far. Their persistence could pay off in Week 8.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions Betting Trends:

Eagles

  • 0-4 ATS in their previous four games as a favorite on the road
  • 1-8 ATS in their previous nine games as a favorite
  • 2-8 ATS in their previous ten games on the road
  • 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games versus a team with a losing record
  • 5-12 ATS in their previous 17 games after a loss

Lions

  • 0-10 overall in their previous ten games
  • 0-7 overall in their previous seven games at Ford Field
  • 6-3 ATS in their previous nine games versus the NFC
  • 4-2 ATS in their previous six games in October
  • OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games versus the NFC East
Eagles vs. Lions Pick
DETROIT LIONS +3.5

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns

Date and Time: October 31, 1:00 p.m. EST

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Pittsburgh Steelers +4 (-112) +170 Over 42.5 (-107)
Cleveland Browns -4 (-108) -195 Under 42.5 (-113)

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns are scheduled for a rivalry matchup at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Steelers are feeling good about their chances after beating the Broncos, 27-19, and Seahawks, 23-20 OT.

They advanced to 3-3 on the season with the win, which came after a 27-17 loss against the Packers in early October.

Pittsburgh are 27th in the NFL with 323.8 yards accumulated per game. With a run game that hasn’t been going anywhere, Ben Roethlisberger has been in a tough position.

Roethlisberger is going into this one with 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 65.1% completions. He’s been fine. Certainly not the same quarterback from his best years.

The Steelers rely on their defense, which has been solid with 22 points against per game. They might be able to keep a Cleveland offense that may or may not have Baker Mayfield back on the field.

Mayfield has not been cleared to return to practice, so it’s tough to see him going. However, Nick Chubb has returned to the field. Case Keenum may get the go, so the Steelers must prepare for both quarterbacks.

The Browns have defense, but I haven’t been particularly impressed recently. They slowed down a bad Broncos’ offense in the rain and wind, though they allowed 47 points to the Chargers and 37 points to the Cardinals prior to that performance.

Off a bye week expect the Steelers to be prepared for the Browns in a rivalry game. It should be a good game that comes to the final quarter. The points are probably what you want to have.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns Betting Trends:

Steelers

  • 11-4 ATS in their previous 15 games as an underdog
  • 19-7-1 ATS in their previous 27 games in October
  • 33-16-1 ATS in their previous 51 games on the road versus a team with a winning record at home
  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games after a win
  • 4-2 ATS in their previous six games versus the Browns

Browns

  • 6-3 ATS in their previous nine games
  • 4-1 overall in their previous five games at FirstEnergy Stadium
  • 1-8 ATS in their previous nine games versus the NFC North
  • 0-6 ATS in their previous six games in Week 8
  • UNDER is 6-2 in their previous eight games versus the Steelers
Steelers vs. Browns Pick
PITTSBURGH STEELERS +4
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