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NFL Week 8 schedule: 5 best bets on favorites

With the NFL Week 8 schedule in full swing, here are five favorites who should not only win but cover their spreads on Sunday.

5. Atlanta Falcons (-3) vs. Carolina Panthers

Who thought the Falcons would ever make this list? Not yours truly, and yet here we are. Atlanta has gotten itself to 3-3after beating the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. Meanwhile, the Panthers are a complete disaster. After starting the season 3-0 they’ve lost four straight, while quarterback Sam Darnold has crashed and the offense is still without All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey. Lay the points and believe in the Falcons, who are clearly the better team.


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4. Minnesota Vikings (-3) vs. Dallas Cowboys

The line initially had the Cowboys favored by a few points in most Vegas books, but things turned quickly with news that Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott might not play on Sunday night with a lingering calf issue. If Prescott is out, that means Cooper Rush is going to be seeing the starting gig, and that is great news for Vikings’ bettors laying only a field goal. Rush covering that spread, even with the talent around him, would be a huge upset.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4.5) at New Orleans Saints

How can you bet a giants Tom Brady right now? He’s leading the league in passing yards and touchdown passes, despite being only enough to have seen dinosaurs roaming the earth. While the Saints are 4-2 and at home with a quality defense, Brady has been lighting up. every opponent, and New Orleans has one of the NFL’s more anemic passing attacks. It’s not a great matchup for Jameis Winston and Co.


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2. Cincinnati Bengals (-11) at New York Jets

This is where we get to a couple of huge numbers for favorites on the road. Forget the old belief about laying points on the road. The Bengals are one of the league’s best teams, solid on both sides of the ball. Conversely, the Jets are about as solid as the Titanic after meeting the iceberg, and now they’re starting Mike White at quarterback. This is stealing.

1. Los Angeles Rams (-15) at Houston Texans

The Texans are running out Davis Mills at quarterback fore another week, which means take the Rams, lay the 15 points and don’t look back. Los Angeles has been rolling at 6-1, and Houston doesn’t have the talent or coaching to keep this close. The Rams might take their foot off the proverbial gas after the first half, and it’ll still be enough to cover the big number.

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