Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season brings plenty of interesting matchups Sunday, November 1, so I’ve prepared my best NFL betting picks for the upcoming weekend.
There are some intriguing divisional matchups on Sunday’s slate that seek bettors’ attention. The Vikings take on the Packers, while the 49ers meet the Seahawks, bringing a lot of attractive picks to choose from.
Things are heating up, as we’re nearing the midpoint of the season, and the NFL betting action is always interested when stakes are high.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-6.0)
Back in the opening week, the Packers destroyed the Vikings 43-34 in Minneapolis, recording their third straight victory over Minnesota. Meanwhile, the 5-1 Packers established themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders, while the Vikings earned a terrible 1-6 record through the first seven weeks.
After a terrible performance in a 38-10 defeat at Tampa Bay in Week 6, the Packers bounced back with a convincing 35-20 victory at Houston. They stormed the front and scored three first-quarter touchdowns while building a 28-7 lead until the break.
I don’t see the Packers regressing in Week 8, especially not against the Vikings’ defense. Minnesota will get its star RB Dalvin Cook back, but the Vikings are yielding 32.0 points per game (30th in the NFL) on 127.0 rushing yards (22nd) and 286.7 passing yards (29th).
The Vikings earned their lone win in Week 4, outlasting Houston 31-23 as 3.5-point dogs. They played well and foolishly lost in Seattle 27-26, while the Vikings completely fell apart in last weekend’s 40-23 home loss to Atlanta.
I think the Vikings are not capable of slowing down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ fluid offense. Even if RB Aaron Jones remains on the sidelines, Green Bay has so many dangerous weapons. The Packers’ offensive line is doing a great job, too, so I’m betting on the hosts to score 24 or more points.
Green Bay scored 30-plus points in each but one outing this season. Jones’ eventual absence will only drive Rodgers to throw the ball frequently, and the eighth-time Pro-Bowl tossed for 364 yards and four touchdowns against the Vikings in Week 1.
Week 8 Best Bet: Green Bay Packers over 23.5 points (-150)
Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns (-2.5)
Sunday’s clash at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland will see a couple of teams that have struggled mightily to defend thus far. The Las Vegas Raiders (3-3, 3-3 ATS) are yielding a whopping 32.8 points per game (31st in the NFL), while the Cleveland Browns (5-2; 3-4 ATS) are slightly better with 31.6 points allowed per contest (29th).
The Browns are surrendering only 92.1 rushing yards per game (5th), but their secondary is a complete disaster, allowing the third-most yards (288.1). Also, the Browns yielded 16 touchdowns through the air, and Derek Carr should know how to take advantage of their defense.
Carr tossed for 1726 yards, 13 touchdowns, and just two interceptions this season. The Raiders are scoring 28.5 points per game (11th), and Derek owns the third-best quarterback rating of 112.8.
However, the Raiders have been an absolute joke defensively. They allowed fewer than 32 points only once in 2020, and the Browns shouldn’t have any problems moving the ball against Las Vegas. Cleveland loves to run, while Las Vegas has allowed the most rushing touchdowns (12).
Odell Beckham’s season-ending injury is a massive blow for Cleveland, but they still have plenty of solid playmakers. Kareem Hunt and Jarvis Landry will have to step up, as well as Baker Mayfield who tossed for 297 yards and five touchdowns in a 37-34 victory over Cincinnati last Sunday.
I would be surprised if these two teams failed to produce 50 or more points. It’s a huge game for both Raiders and Browns, so I expect to see a lot of scores down the stretch of each half. The over is 5-1 in Cleveland’s last six home games, and it is 6-0 in Las Vegas’ previous six contests overall.
Week 8 Best Bet: Over 49.5 points (-140)
Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals (+5.5)
The Cincinnati Bengals (1-5-1; 5-1-1 ATS) are riding a three-game losing streak, and things are not getting easier with the Tennessee Titans (5-1; 2-4 ATS) coming to the town. Cincy dropped the previous two contests despite scoring 61 points in the process, while Tennessee is coming off its first loss in 2020.
With another negative script on the horizon, the Bengals will lean on Joe Burrow once again. The first pick overall from the previous draft just tossed for 406 yards and three touchdowns, but the Bengals lost to Cleveland 37-34.
Cincinnati’s defense has struggled a lot over the last few weeks. The Bengals are yielding 133.7 rushing yards per game (28th in the league), so Derrick Henry and the Titans should run over Cincy.
However, the Titans have some serious defensive issues, too. They are allowing 25.5 points per game (17th) on 401.8 total yards (25th). Also, Tennessee is 26th in passing yards allowed (272.0), so meeting Joe Burrow could be a problem.
Therefore, I’m betting on the over. The Titans are coming off a 27-24 defeat to Pittsburgh and will be keen to get back on the winning track. However, I don’t see them shutting down the Bengals’ offense, but I’m pretty sure that Tennessee will drop a lot of points on Cincinnati.
Week 8 Best Bet: Over 51.5 points (-138)
New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs (-19.5)
I’ve never bet on the NFL clash with the spread as huge as this one. Also, I super rarely back double-digit favorites, but this one is just calling my name.
The 0-7 Jets are the worst team in the NFL, and not only because of their record. They are simply a lousy team and lack talent everywhere. New York covered the spread in an 18-10 defeat to Buffalo last weekend after six straight ATS losses, but it was just another terrible performance by the Jets.
They racked up a paltry 191 total yards while surrendering 422 in a return. And while the Bills struggled in the red zone (0-for-5), the Chiefs will know how to score touchdowns.
On the other side, the Chiefs dismantled Denver 43-16 on the road despite tallying only 286 total yards. They had a pair of interceptions and recovered a couple of fumbles, so the Chiefs’ mighty offense literally had a day off.
I think the reigning champs won’t have any problems to record another convincing victory. Give me the Chiefs to cover a 16.5-point spread. They are 14-2 ATS in the last 16 outings, while the Jets are 2-8 ATS in their previous ten showings on the road.
Week 8 Best Bet: Kansas City Chiefs -16.5 (-163)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-3.0)
The 49ers destroyed the Patriots 33-6 this past Sunday, while the Seahawks are coming off their first loss of the season last Monday. Seattle was beaten by Arizona 37-34 in overtime, and I’m looking for the Seahawks to bounce back in this one and avoid another loss in the NFC West play.
The Niners (4-3; 4-3 ATS) took full advantage of Cam Newton’s terrible day in the office, but this time, their banged-up defense will have to deal with the highest-scoring offense in the NFL.
The Seahawks (5-1; 4-2 ATS) blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead at the Cardinals to snap a five-game win streak. Russell Wilson had a bad game despite throwing for 388 yards and three touchdowns, as he also had three costly interceptions.
I don’t think Wilson will turn the ball over three times against the Niners, but he certainly can throw for three or more touchdowns. The Seahawks’ defense has been awful thus far, but their offense has been spectacular, and with all the injury problems among the 49ers, I think the hosts will win Sunday’s clash by three or more points.
Seattle is 13-5 SU and 14-4 ATS in its last 18 meetings with San Francisco, and the Seahawks covered in 10 of their previous 12 home matchups with the Niners.
Week 8 Best Bet: Seattle Seahawks -2.5 (-115)