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Betting Cheat Sheet NFL Week 8

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No matter what they do or who’s coaching them, the Cleveland Browns just can’t seem to find the franchise quarterback they’ve been looking forever since Bernie Kosar hung up his cleats over two decades ago. Since then the Browns brain trust has passed over Ben Roethlisberger, who grew up in Ohio and played collegiately in Ohio, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson.

Carson Wentz continues to show why he’s no a star in the making, but now a flat-out star while Cam Newton continues to look more like Clark Kent than that guy with an ‘S’ on his chest. Oh yeah, a lot went down in Week 7 and now, with Week 8 looming, NFL betting buffs everywhere need to know what’s likely to go down this coming week.

Betting Cheat Sheet NFL Week 8

Minnesota -10½ +110 at Cleveland
9:30 AM ET (NFL Network) in London

Maybe it’s me, but right now I’m thinking I’d rather see Johnny Manziel or RG3 suit up for the Browns than whoever they’re going with under center these days. Cleveland has no chance of beating a Vikings team that is playing its usual brand of lockdown defense.

Oakland at Buffalo -2½ -115
1 PM ET (CBS)

A lot of folks have been high on the Raiders since last season, but I’m not one of them because they play little to no defense. And speaking of defense, the Bills are smash-mouthing their opponents all over the place this season under first-year head coach Sean McDermott. I’m thinking Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy lead the way to victory for the surprising Bills in this one.

Indianapolis at Cincinnati -10½
1 PM ET (CBS)

I picked Chuck Pagano to be the first head coach fired this season despite the fact that many were going with the favored Jets head coach Todd Bowles. Looks like I might be right. Indianapolis is completely awful. Cincinnati, despite their blemishes and the fact that Vontaze Burfict puts the ‘dirt’ in dirty, wins and cover the spread with ease!

Los Angeles Chargers at New England -8½ +110
1 PM ET (CBS)

I’m still trying to figure out why everyone is oh-so-fired-up about New England’s 27-7 beatdown over Atlanta last weekend when it’s clear the Falcons are a mess right now. Philip Rivers and the Chargers aren’t flying all the way across the country for nothing. I like the Bolts to get the big upset in something of a shootout against Tom Brady and a Patriots defense I’m still on the fence about.

Chicago at New Orleans -10 +105
1 PM ET (Fox)

The Bears got past Carolina in a shocker last weekend 17-3 but that’s because Cam Newton kept giving the ball away. Mitch Trubisky completed all of four passes in the win and there’s no way an offensive effort like that is going to cut it against Drew Brees and the Saints team that is suddenly playing competent defense this season.

Atlanta -5 at New York Jets
1 PM ET (Fox)

The Falcons are clearly still reeling from their Super Bowl beatdown and look nothing like the explosive team they were a year ago. The Jets got absolutely robbed against the Patriots two weeks ago and lost a heartbreaker to Miami this past weekend. New York is just due for something good to happen to them. I smell an ‘upset’ brewing.

San Francisco at Philadelphia -12½
1 PM ET (Fox)

After seeing the Niners get all kinds of smacked around by Dallas in their 40-10 loss last weekend, I’m thinking Carson Wentz and the high-flying Eagles have this game well in hand by the time halftime rolls around. I’m also wondering why Kyle Shanahan no longer looks like the offensive ‘genius’ everyone kept saying he was with Atlanta last season while Sean McVay has immediately transformed the lowly Rams into an offensive juggernaut.

Carolina at Tampa Bay -1½
1 PM ET (Fox)

He’s certainly not leaping tall buildings in a single bound, nor is he faster than a locomotive. As a matter of fact, Cam Newton can’t find his third option on most passing plays and looks like he’s regressing faster than LeBron James’ miraculously reappeared hairline. Jameis Winston outplays Newton to lead Tampa Bay to the hard-fought NFC South divisional win at home.

Houston at Seattle -5½
4:05 PM ET (CBS)

I kept telling everyone almost two years ago when he was leading Clemson to the first of back-to-back national championship appearances, that Deshaun Watson was going to be a flat-out superstar. Apparently, the Browns, the Niners – and every other team that needed a quarterback – weren’t listening. Still, I like Seattle’s still daunting defense to make Watson finally look like a rookie for the first time this season while Russell Wilson and their improving offense to put some points on the board.

Dallas -2 at Washington
4:25 PM ET (Fox)

The Cowboys blew out San Francisco last weekend while the Redskins took a humbling loss on the chin on Monday night. Still, even on a short week, I like Kirk Cousins and company to get past their NFC East rivals at home in a high-scoring affair. Maybe everyone’s forgotten Dallas has a pitiful pass defense, but I haven’t.

Pittsburgh -2½ -120 at Detroit
8:30 PM ET (NBC)

Matthew Stafford and the Lions are well-rested after getting a bye last week, but it won’t matter with Ben Roethlisberger and company playing solid football on both sides of the ball coming into this contest. Jacksonville ‘opened up a can of whup-ass’ on the Steelers three weeks ago in a stunning 30-9 road win over Pittsburgh and that apparently woke up a Steelers team that had been sleep-walking through the first few weeks of the season.

Denver at Kansas City -7½ +105
Monday, 8:30 PM ET (ESPN)

These longtime AFC West rivals have both lost two straight, but really, Kansas City hasn’t looked that bad in either defeat. Denver, on the other hand, suddenly has problems scoring the ball and many are wondering if 2016 first round pick Paxton Lynch should be starting over Trevor Siemian – again. Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce make just enough plays against Von Miller and Denver’s stout defense to make a narrow home win stand up.