Originally written on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 11/3/14
First off, I’d like to thank NextImpulseSports.com for the opportunity to write for the site; I couldn’t be any happier to be part of the team. With the niceties out of the way, let us analyze Week 8 of the NFL season. As we near the halfway point of the Regular Season we pretty much know what to expect from every NFL team. That being said, the NFL is so volatile and teams are so heavily dependent on individual performers that anything can happen on any given Sunday (shout out Willie Beamen!). In this column I am going to give my opinion on some of my favorite lines of the weekend and some other prop bets that could be fun. I am not a professional gambler and don’t claim to be one. I’m just a sports fanatic and an avid fan of Las Vegas. We’ll keep it at that. You guys ready? Let’s get it on! All lines according to 5dimes.eu The Teaser: Giants +11.5 Giants/Eagles Over 44 Do we even know what we’re getting with the Giants? Has there ever been a team that is a scarier 1-6? You just never know with a New York Giants team coached by Tom Coughlin. Last week they got back on track and earned their first win of the season, albeit against a Vikings team that started Josh Freeman. What are the odds Freeman had a concussion for 74.73% of that game? Anyways, I believe the Giants gained some much needed confidence during that game and it is time for Eli Manning to go all Good-Eli Manning all over the NFL. That starts this week in Philadelphia against the putrid Eagles secondary (and defense in general). Chip Kelly’s squad (Love you Chip!) is 3-4 and looking to get back in the division race. The problem for the Eagles is that Nick Foles is concussed and Michael Vick has a plethora of injuries and is most likely coming back a week early. Look for the Giants to keep this one close and, in my opinion, come away with the victory. In terms of the overall points in this one, bet the over and bet it big. The line on points is relatively low, mostly because I believe that Vegas is concerned about the volatility of both offenses. The Eagles only scored three points last weekend and Eli Manning has thrown 15 interceptions so far this season. However, both the Giants and Eagles defenses are horrendous. The Giants have the 23rd ranked defense according to DVOA, while the Eagles rank 28th. Meanwhile, the Eagles sport the 8th ranked offense according to DVOA. The Giants are ranked 29th offensively in those rankings but I am going to take some creative leeway and say that the Giants will fly up those rankings by the end of this season. While we’re at it….. Giants/Eagles Over 51 Just do it. I’m telling you, just freaking do it! Prediction: Giants 31 – Eagles 28. Spreads: Browns +5 first half @ Chiefs Browns +9 @ Chiefs Did Andy Reid sell his soul to the devil? Or the BBQ Gods? Or any type of diety? In consecutive weeks Reid’s Chiefs have faced the following Quarterbacks: Fitzpatrick, Pryor, Keenum, and now Campbell. Oh, and the Chiefs face Thad Lewis of the Bills next week. While the Chiefs have been flying high and possess an unblemished 7-0 record, it’s not as if they have been incredibly impressive. Hell, they almost got beat last week by Case Keenum and the team posing as the Houston Texans. I personally don’t have any faith in Jason Campbell’s ability to compete against the KC defense, which is ranked 2nd in DVOA, but I do have faith in the Browns defense to contain Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith. A first half bet on the Browns in every game this season would have resulted in a 6-1 record. Although their first loss in this scenario occurred last week against the Packers, I believe this is a strong play and should result in a victory. I feel a bit less confident about the +9 for the game bet, but still think this is a touchdown game at worst. Prediction: Chiefs 24 – Browns 17 Patriots -6.5 v. Dolphins The Dolphins are in shambles. Last week they lost at home to the Thad Lewis led Bills. The offensive line has basically been on life support for the past couple of weeks and it doesn’t really get that much better with the addition of Bryant McKinnie this week. I believe the Fins are in a bit of a tailspin and this is not the week they correct their problems. The Pats have been a disappointment this season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Tom Brady doesn’t look like Tom Brady, his young receivers have a case of the drops (sounds like an STD, scratch that from the record), and Danny Amendola is in a morgue somewhere in or around Boston. The lone bright spot for the Patriots is that Mr. Gronk came back last week and looked like GRONK. I think the offense is going to get back on track this week and the defense will continue it’s strong play. Prediction: Patriots 31 – Dolphins 20 Steelers -1 @ Raiders The Steelers are back. Well, they’ve won two straight and now have the pleasure of taking on the Raiders. Despite the game being in Oakland, I believe the Steelers should be favored by closer to 4.5-5 points. I guess Mike Tomlin’s decision to take all the fun out of football has worked well. Look for Big Ben and LeVeon Bell to have solid games and for the Pittsburgh D to step up in a big way. Prediction: Steelers 24 – Oakland 13 Falcons +1 @ Cardinals Sorry, I have to take Matt Ryan on the road over Carson Palmer at home. I may be sucked into still thinking this Atlanta team is good but for some reason I don’t think they’re out of it quite yet. Look for the Falcons to have a breakout game in Arizona and take another victory home. The reason being that Palmer can’t close out games and the Cardinals defense isn’t what we thought it would be. Prediction: Falcons 28 – Cardinals 24 Over/Unders: Steelers Over 21 @ Raiders Raiders Under 19 v. Steelers As I mentioned previously, I believe the final score will be Steelers 24 Oakland 13. Before I ever look at the NFL spreads or total points on gaming sites I spend a couple of minutes thinking about how the game will play out and then write down my score prediction. Then, I compare that prediction to the actual lines. If there’s a large gap (usually more than 3.5 points) then I would consider it to be a “green” bet. This certainly fits the criteria on both sides for me. Four Team Teaser 49ers ML v. Jaguars Saints ML v. Bills Packers ML @ Vikings Seahawks ML @ Rams Come on folks, do I really need to explain this one to you? Sure, four team parlays are always a horrendous idea. Do I care? Absolutely not. Be Bold!   Follow me on twitter @TheSportsGuy33 and visit my site SportsMoneyLife.com Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Devils unveil unique coaching by committee situation

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.