NFL WEEK 8 Takeaways: Bengals hold on, another day for Mahomes, Redskins run all over Giants, Panthers are back

A lot of action in the 1 o’clock games sheesh! There were 5 games that combined for 42 points or more, which is usually most overs on many sites. Therefore many overs probably hit today, anyways there was a ton of action. As the NFL year winds down and we are already heading into week 9, these games are crucial for a lot of playoff/wildcard teams. Speaking off…

Bears get back in the win column

The Bears do their job on home turf and walk over the Jets. Mitchell Trubisky meant business from the moment he walked into the stadium today dressed as Bears legend Mike Ditka. Trubisky threw for 220 yards for 2 touchdowns while Jordan Howard had 22 carries for 81 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bears defense held all Jets receivers to 61 yards or less while the Jets running backs combined for 14 carries and 153 yards. The Jets Sam Darnold did not throw an interception which is a good sign but only 1 touchdown pass for 153 yards today. The Bears now improve to 4-3 and 3-1 at home. The Bears clearly have what it takes to play deep into the January but it is now staying consistent and winning the games they are suppose to win. The Bears now sit waiting for the Vikings and Packers to play and if both teams lose they will be tied for first place with Minnesota.

Bengals hold on after 4th quarter blunder

Bengals almost let the game slip form their hands. As the Buccaneers had their backs against the wall heading into the third quarter down 34-16 they went back to Ryan Fitzmagic and he connected right away on his first drive. The Buccaneers put up 18 points in the third to come back and tie the game up but the Bengals hit a late quarter filed goal to see the deal and give them the win 37-34. The Bengals scored just 3 points in the third. The Buccaneers are a tough to team to read with clear QB issues, they started out hot and now have simmered down moving to 4th in the NFC South with only hopes set on a wild card spot at the moment. The Bengal’s nail biting win gives them some separation from the Ravens as they are tied for first with Pittsburgh now.

Mahomes and the Chiefs improve to 7-1

Broncos certainly made it interesting and surprised a lot of fans today only losing to Kansas City by 10, but Patrick Mahomes had another day and another 4 touchdown pass evening. Mahomes although throwing for 4 TD’s and 303 yards has thrown now 4 interceptions over his last 4 games. There is a sign of some coming down to the earth for the young QB but definitely nothing to worry about as he continues to throw the ball downfield and be successful at it. This loss for Denver puts them now 3-5 on the year, in third in the AFC West and 1-2 in divisional play for them. The Broncos saw some more success from their running back Pat Lindsay rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown as well as Case Keenum throwing for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 INT. The Broncos seem like they will be looking on from the outside come playoff time.

Redskins cover spread with easy win over Giants

Redskins cover the spread easily and improve to 5-2 on the year on a 3-game win streak heading back to home field vs Atlanta a team that is struggling greatly. It seems the Redskins run games was in full command today as Adrian Peterson broke for a 64-yard touchdown and had 149 yards on the day. Alex Smith had just 1 touchdown and 178 yards the Redskins for sure managed the clock well today and made it simple. The Giants are well definitely not doing anything exciting this season. For all the fans who believe Eli Manning is not the issue you are delusional the one interception he had thrown literally directly to a double covered receiver and into the safety’s hands is a prime example of how immobile and done Eli is. I hope you took this spread from my 1PM NFL week 8 picks article because this was a give me.

Panthers are BACK!

Panthers are back! Cam Newton did his signature showboat after a 14-yard touchdown run as he signed the ball for a fan. That is example one as to why the Panthers are back and ready to roll. The Panthers held the Ravens to 192 yards and all Ravens receivers to 54 yards or less on the day. While Newton threw for 219 yards 2 touchdowns and a rushing one. Christian McCaffery had a rushing and receiving touchdown as DJ Moore had 90 yards receiving the ball was spread out well against a good Baltimore defense another example as to why the Panthers are back. The Panthers stay in Carolina and welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a week 9 tilt. The Panthers now improve to 5-2 on the year one game behind the Saints who play in Sunday primetime vs Minnesota.





Top 1:00 PM games, lines, over/under and more!

Browns @ Steelers

The Browns are given 8 points, meaning Pittsburgh has to cover and win by nine. For some reason, I could see the Browns possibly covering the spread losing by 3-6 points. The Browns defense has not been terrible. The glaring stat here is the Browns have allowed 413.6 yards per game, and 25.3 points per game so they definitely struggle but there are times they show some bright spots. The over/under in this game is also 48.5, I think we can expect Pittsburgh to put up 30-36 points meaning Cleveland would need to put up around 16-20 points. Something I think is definitely possible, the Browns score around 21.6 points a game and Pittsburgh averages around 28.5 points. I would say go Pittsburgh money line to stay safe, over to be on the line and the Steelers spread to be risky.

Jets @ Bears

The Bears are coming off two bad losses and have home field advantage. The Jets have not looked consistent this year, they have been a little all over the place this season. Some decent wins and some bad loses but they are always going to be a team that competes. The Bears certainly will not take the Jets lightly as they have lost to Miami and New England the last two weeks. With the NFC North being so tight right now the Bears cannot afford another bad loss, they will definitely win this game I just don’t know about covering a 10 point spread.. I believe Chicago comes out on top. The spread I have is Bears to cover 9.5 points, so a 10 point win is a must for the Bears if you go spread. The over/under is 42.5 which is a little low, makes sense though the Jets average around 26 points and Bears 28.3 points, realistically based off their averages the over is for sure to hit. But I could see Chicago holding the Jets to around 15 points while they only score 21-27 points. The under is always risky to bet but last week seven under’s hit. I’d do Chicago, with the under.

Redskins @ Giants (PICK OF THE WEEK)

A divisional game is always a must. The Giants have been off to another terrible start and anytime you bank on this team to hit an over you are playing with fire. This may be the best game of the week though, the Redskins are to cover -1.5 meaning win by two points and you hit. I’d 100% guarantee the Redskins will win by at least 2 points, this seems like a trap game, a game where they want you to be all over. Redskins offense averages around 21 points while the Giants average 19.6 points, the Redskins defense allows just 20.2 points. We can expect the Giants to score around 14 points then that means the Redskins to score probably 21+ points against the Giants defense that allows 26.4 points. Redskins to cover the spread.

Ravens @ Panthers 

Another small spread, the Ravens are given 2 points to start while the Panthers have to win by three points to hit. The over/under is 44. Looking at both these teams, the Panthers making a push for the NFC South lead coming off a big win last week vs Philadelphia and the Ravens coming off a brutal loss, one that Justin Tucker will never forget this game is going to come down to the wire. The Ravens are tied right now for the AFC North lead the Bengals play a tough Tampa Bay team and Steelers play the Browns, this means this is a big game for Baltimore. Per say they don’t win I would expect the over to hit here and the Panthers to cover the 2 points, if they win it’ll either be by one touchdown or a field goal. Panthers with the spread and over for this game sounds good to me.

4:25PM and Sunday night game picks coming later today, stay tuned. 


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