Betting Tips & Predictions – NFL Gameweek 8
Betting Tips & Predictions – NFL Gameweek 8
In our NFL Betting Tips preview we look ahead to three selected matches in Gameweek 8 and give our predictions and betting tips.
Washington Redskins @ Cincinnati Bengals – 1.30pm Sunday 30th October
The NFL is back at Wembley after making it’s debut at Twickenham last week. The team from America’s capital plays in England’s capital as they take on the Bengals at the most famous stadium in the world. The Redskins suffered a blow last week as their four game win streak came to an end with an agonising 20-17 road loss to the Detroit Lions as they just couldn’t quite hold onto their lead in the final quarter. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is having another solid season ranking 6th in the league with 1996 pass yards for ten touchdowns, leading his side to a positive record of 4-3 after seven game weeks. Washington received another boost midweek as it was confirmed that Jordan Reed and Josh Norman both travelled to London with the squad as they continue their recovery from concussions. Norman was a huge miss last week as his absence considerably weakens any secondary, which is clear to see by the Panthers’ abysmal start to the season since he was traded. There were concerns that without Jordan Reed the offence would drop off but Vernon Davis stepped up agains the Lions with six catches for 79 yards, a season high for the 12th season tight end. The Redskins are considered underdogs in this with the spread sitting at +3 against them but they have an excellent record against the spread and at a neutral ground they should have the edge.
The Bengals head to London off the back of a confidence building 31-17 win over the Browns last week, this is no major achievement but the impact it could have an their key players after having very good games could boost them heading into this much tougher clash. Quarterback Andy Dalton has had a strong start to the season in terms of yards with 2065 but has only found his man in the endzone a disappointing eight times. In last weeks preview we predicted that AJ Green and Jeremy Hill would finally kickstart their season against the Browns after underwhelming starts and that’s exactly what they did. Hill rushed for 168 yards from nine carries, averaging an impressive 18.7 yards per carry while Green clocked up 169 yards from 8 catches which moved him up to second in the league with 775 yards with just Julio Jones in front of him. The Bengals’ rush defence is questionable, allowing a 24th worst 180 yards per game and against Redskins running back Matt Jones who’s already on 460 yards, they could struggle once again. With Hill and Green finding form last week things look more hopeful in Cincinnati but whether they can replicate these performances against a much tougher team than the Browns remains to be seen. We’re yet to see a big point game in England this season so this one could well be the one to get the fans roaring.
Washington Redskins to win: (Best Priced at 13/10 with Betway) – BET HERE
Over 48.5 points: (Best Priced at 19/20 with Bet365) – BET HERE
1st touchdown AJ Green OR Jeremy Hill: (Best Priced at 9/2 with SkyBet) – BET HERE
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills – 5pm Sunday 30th October
The Patriots are back to looking like the best team in football once more following another convincing win last week, a 27-16 victory at the Steelers. Since Brady and Gronk came back from suspension and injury respectively the Pats have played like Super Bowl champions and it’s almost impossible to pick out a team who could be capable of stopping their wide range of attack. Brady has completed an astonishing 75% of his passes since his return, racking up over a thousand yards for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is one touchdown away from becoming New England’s all-time leading touchdown scorer as a score on Sunday would give him sole lead on 68, an incredible achievement considering he’s not even a wide receiver. All looks set for him to take this record as his averages against the Bills are very good indeed, seventy yards and one touchdown per game so expect him and Brady to link up and cause some damage to the Bills defensive line. This will arguably be the ‘new’ Patriots’ biggest test of the season as the Bills are no pushovers but Belichick’s men have got up a serious head of steam and no team in the league looks capable of beating them.
Buffalo have recovered from an 0-2 start, which led head coach Rex Ryan to all but write off their season but four straight wins put their record to 4-2 with prospects looking much rosier in upstate New York. The first of these wins was against their opponents in this game, a 16-0 shutout victory at the start of this month. This win can’t be read into too much, the Pats had rookie Jacoby Brissett in the pocket as Brady’s original replacement Jimmy Garoppolo and were without injured Rob Gronkowski. The Bills’ four game win streak came to an agonising end with a narrow 28-25 defeat to the Dolphins. A big blow to the Bills could be the absence of LeSean McCoy who attempted to play through a hamstring injury last week but aggravated it and is now questionable for this fixture, he’d be a huge miss in the toughest game of the season with his 598 rush yards and 6 touchdowns proving invaluable. Buffalo are still likely to be without Sammy Watkins in their offence so if McCoy were to be ruled out here, their already slim chances would take a further knock. They will take some heart from the strength of their pass defence which is allowing only 235 pass yards a game largely thanks to corners Stephen Gilmore and Ronald Darby but they’ll be put under the microscope as Brady will look to pick out the gaps to find one of his many receivers.
New England Patriots -6: (Best Priced at 10/11 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Blount TD & Patriots win: (Best Priced at 6/5 with Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Second half first TD scorer Rob Gronkowski: (Best Priced at 7/1 with Paddy Power) – BET HERE
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