Can Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles bounce back from their stunning NFL Week 7 collapse when they host a reeling – and even more desperate – Jacksonville Jaguars team this coming weekend?
Can the Green Bay Packers and the mighty Aaron Rodgers keep up with Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and the rest of the loaded Los Angeles Rams?
Last but not least, will the Buffalo Bills ‘show up’ in their Week 8 AFC East matchup against Tom Brady and the streaking New England Patriots?
Let’s find out the answers to all of these questions and more as I offer up my trio of NFL Week 8 parlay picks.
NFL Week 8 Parlay Picks
Philadelphia (3-3) at Jacksonville (3-3)
When:Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM ET Where: Wembley Stadium, London TV: NFL TV NFL Week 8 Odds: Philadelphia -3 / Total: 41
Like almost every other Super Bowl champion in recent memory, Philadelphia clearly has a ‘hangover’ after winning it all a year ago. The Birds completely fell apart in their crushing 21-17 home loss against Carolina this past weekend while failing to cover the spread as a 5-point favorite. Still, the Birds are the pick for me in Week 8 seeing as how Jacksonville has all sorts of problems right now.
The Jaguars got completely humbled in their 20-7 home loss against Houston on Sunday and will now likely be turning over the keys to career backup Cody Kessler after benching ineffective starter Blake Bortles following one of the turnover-prone performances that have come to define his career.
While Philly has lost three of four, they’ve at least been competitive in suffering each defeat by four points or less. The Eagles have also been able to put a decent amount of points on the board in their most recent losses, Jacksonville on the other hand, has been limited to 14 points or less in losing three straight and four of their last five games. The Jags have been held to seven points or less in two straight games and three of their last five games overall. Philly averages almost six points per game more than Jacksonville while giving up just over one fewer point per game defensively. The Eagles are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in the month of October while Jacksonville has gone 2-6 ATS in their last eight games in October and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Carson Wentz leads Philadelphia to the easy win over a Jacksonville team that is clearly in big trouble right about now after reaching the AFC title title last season.
NFL Week 8 Pick: Eagles 28 Jaguars 14
Green Bay (3-2-1) at LA Rams (6-0)
When: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:25 PM ET Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California TV: FOX NFL Week 8 Odds: Rams -8.5 / Total: 56.5
The Packers had yet to take the field for their Week 7 Monday Night Football matchup against Oakland at the time of this writing, but I don’t think the outcome is going to make much difference for Aaron Rodgers and the Pack even if they do get past Oakland as I predicted.
The fact of the matter is that Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams are now, superior to Rodgers and the Packers – on both sides of the ball. The unbeaten Rams average 33.5 points per game to Green Bay’s far more modest 24.6 points per contest (16th). On the other side of the ball, Los Angeles limits the opposition to just 18.2 points per game while the Packers allow 24.0 per contest. The Packers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against their NFC counterparts, an uninspiring 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October and an identical 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. Jared Goff, and Todd Gurley have their way against Green Bay’s uninspiring defense to lead the way to the SU win and ATS cover!
NFL Week 8 Pick: Rams 35 Packers 23
New England Patriots (5-2) at Buffalo Bills (2-5)
When: Monday, October 29, 2018 at 8:15 PM ET Where: New Era Field, Buffalo, NY TV: ESPN NFL Week 8 Odds: New England -13 / Total: 44.5
I can’t begin to describe how awful the Buffalo Bills looked in their completely pitiful 37-5 loss against Indianapolis on Sunday, but I will say it was completely unbearable. Instead of solidifying the offense with his presence, veteran quarterback Derek Anderson tossed three interceptions and Buffalo got blanked for three of the game’s four quarters.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots did what they always do – they problem-solved their way to a hard-fought 38031 win over a good Chicago Bears team that threw everything they had at them. I’m just not going to waste a lot of time on this Week 8 pick simply because I believe it is a one-sided affair just waiting to happen. New England averages a whopping 19 points per game more than Buffalo. Tom Brady and company have gone 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games and a blistering 18-4 SU in their last 22 games. New England has won 17 of its last 20 road games outright while winning a commanding 22 of their last 25 meetings against the Bills. Can the Patriots cover the spread as big, nearly two-touchdown home favorites? Yes, they can!
NFL Week 8 Pick: Patriots 38 Bills 10