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NFL Week 8 Picks, Betting Predictions & Best Bets To Back: Halloween Treats

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The Week 8 NFL betting schedule features 16 games and concludes the day before Halloween. This one is loaded with tricks and treats, including a Gotham vs. Metropolis Showdown.  But there's nothing to fear once you check our can't-miss picks.

Nowhere is the "trick or treat" storyline more prevalent than in the swamplands of northeastern New Jersey. The New York Jets will be the road team when they "visit" the New York Giants Sunday at 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. 

Gotham and Metropolis sound far more exotic than "New Jersey." 

The teams have switched places in a sense. A year ago, the Giants were seen as an up-and-coming threat in the NFC behind first-year coach Brian Daboll. Big Blue not only reached the playoffs but knocked out the Vikings on the road in the Wild Card Round. 

This season, the 2-5 Giants are trying to find their footing and build on their Week 7 win over Washington. In that game, Daniel Jones' offense scored its first first-half TD of the season.

Following the loss of Aaron Rodgers, the upstart Jets have fought their way to a 3-3 record. Gang Green is coming up a rock-fight upset of Philadelphia in Week 6 and the bye. 

Give our regards to Jimmy Hoffa

The CBS national game at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday features both a Super Bowl 23 rematch and a possible peek at Super Bowl 58. Joe Burrow and the Cincy Cats swing into Silicon Valley to face the host 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Rose, California. The 49ers are rolling with Brock Purdy as their starting QB. 


RELATED: Super Bowl 58 Odds


The Octo-Box returns in to NFL RedZone this week with 8 games in the 1 p.m. Sunday slot. 

Speaking of "tricks," Week 8 begins with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo. The Sunday night game has the Bears at SoFi to face the Chargers. On Monday, the Las Vegas Raiders visit Detroit. At least we'll some crazy costumes in the Motor City. 

Bye Week: No teams are on the bye this week.

Now it’s on to our Week 8 NFL picks to back on your sports betting app: 

NFL 2023 Season Week 8 Picks

Oddsmakers on betting apps have now set betting lines on these games. Let's take a look at the schedule for our NFL Week 8 picks and best bets: 

DateMatchupWeek 8 Picks
Thursday, Oct. 26 Buccaneers @ Bills Bills ATS
Sunday, Oct. 29Rams @ Cowboys Rams ATS
Sunday, Oct. 29Vikings @ Packers Vikings Moneyline
Sunday, Oct. 29Falcons @ Titans Falcons ATS
Sunday, Oct. 29Saints @ Colts Colts ATS
Sunday, Oct. 29Patriots @ Dolphins Patriots ATS
Sunday, Oct. 29Jets @ Giants Jets Moneyline
Sunday, Oct. 29Jaguars @ Steelers Jaguars Moneyline
Sunday, Oct. 29Eagles @ Commanders Under 45 Points
Sunday, Oct. 29Texans @ Panthers Texans ATS
Sunday, Oct. 29Browns @ Seahawks Seahawks ATS
Sunday, Oct. 29Chiefs @ Broncos Under 46.5 Points
Sunday, Oct. 29Ravens @ Cardinals Ravens ATS
Sunday, Oct. 29Bengals @ 49ers Bengals ATS
Sunday, Oct. 29Bears @ Chargers Over 45.5 Points
Monday, Oct. 30Raider @ Lions Under 44.5 Points

All NFL Week 8 best bets are accurate as of publication (October 23). NFL Week 8 picks are subject to change. Use the BetMGM promo code BOOKIESPICKS to get a $1,000 risk-free bet for your NFL Week 8 picks.

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Thursday, October 26
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo, 8:15 p.m. (Prime Video)

Tom Brady was 33-2 against the Bills in his career. Unfortunately for the Bucs, the now-retired Brady could be anywhere this week. But Buffalo. Little wonder why this was among the biggest preseason lines in the NFL at -11. It's since tightened to Buffalo -7.5. Both teams limp into this one. The Bucs' offense has fizzled in back-to-back home losses. The Bills barely beat the Giants before suffering Week 7's biggest point-spread upset in a loss to the Patriots. Normally, this Thursday night game would scream "under" but this number is too low. The Bills have the edge in talent and Josh Allen is up for a rebound performance at home.  

Best Bet: Buffalo -7.5 (-110) with Caesars Sportsbook


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Sunday, October 29

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dallas is coming off a Week 6 win over the Chargers and the bye. This game should give Dak Prescott and the 'Boys a chance to open up the offense. But Aaron Donald will be in full pursuit.  Rams WR Puka Nacua continued his campaign for Offensive Rookie of the Year with 8 catches for 154 receiving yards in Sunday's ugly loss to the Steelers. The Rams are one of many up-and-down teams in the league. And this should be an up week, especially with the 6 points. 

Best Bet: Rams +6 (-110) with Caesars Sportsbook

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Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Two NFC North teams try to keep pace to with Detroit Lions. The early line had the Vikings as a 1-point road favorite. It has since flipped to Green Bay -1. There's nothing to indicate Jordan Love can keep up with Kirk Cousins. Even at Lambeau. The Vikings have lost 4 one-score games this season. As long as Cousins doesn't turn the ball over too often, the Vikings should find a nice cushion here. And the road win.

Best Bet: Vikings ML (-105) with DraftKings Sportsbook

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Atlanta Falcons at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Titans coach Mike Vrabel spent his bye weekend being inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame and openly cheering for the Patriots in Foxboro. Not sure how Titans fans felt about the cheering part. The Falcons are winning close, low-scoring games and sit atop the NFC South at 4-3. This line has flipped from Tennessee being a tight 1-point home favorite to the Falcons holding the -1 road line. Bijan Robinson should be back to 100% health this week for the Falcons, who have become adept at erasing Desmond Ridder's mistakes. The Titans QB situation is a mess, neither Ryan Tannehill nor Malik Willis inspire confidence. No need to sweat the under of 37.5 here. 

Best Bet: Falcons -1 (-110) with DraftKings Sportsbook


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New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (FOX)

The line here opened with the Saints at 1.5 point road favorites. But the Colts have pushed in the other direction and are now 1.5-point favorites at home. Both teams lost to Jacksonville in the past 2 weeks. The Colts have a solid front seven and Gardner Minshew can keep them in most games (see Week 7). Certainly here at home against the Saints. Derek Carr has been stuck in neutral. This game may force a Jameis Winston appearance in the second half. We're not sure if this line might move even further in the Colts favor. 

Best Bet: Colts -1.5 (-110) with DraftKings Sportsbook

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)

The Dolphins were held to just one offensive touchdown in their 31-17 loss to the Eagles Sunday. The Eagles took away the run, and Dolphins were unable to strike deep. The Patriots pulled off their biggest upset of the post-Tom Brady Era in Week 7 by beating Buffalo. The Bills, meanwhile, beat the Dolphins by 28 points. Hmmm. None of Miami's five wins have come against teams with more than 2 victories: New England, the Giants. Carolina, Denver, and the Chargers. The Patriots kept it close (24-17) in Week 2. Once upon a time, you could have gotten Miami -4. No more. This line peaked at -12.5 but has settled at 10.5. The Dolphins have covered in 6 straight against New England. This number is too big to make it 7.

Best Bet: Patriots -10.5 (-110) with DraftKings Sportsbook

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New York Jets at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS)

The Battle Of Gotham returns with Zach Wilson and Daniel Jones sharing the spotlight. The Giants won a playoff game last season but now headed to a third-place in the NFC East. Gang Green has gone 3-3 since Aaron Rodgers was hurt in his first series of the season. More importantly here, the Jets are 4-2 ATS. The Jets defense will be too much for the Giants to handle and be the difference maker here. The Giants have lost 7 straight as underdogs against the AFC East. Take the Jets here at -3, But move to the over - yes the over - on 35.5 points if the live moves any further. 

Best Bet: Jets -3 (-110) with DraftKings Sportsbook

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pittsburgh opened as 1-point home favorites. The line has since flipped to Jacksonville -2. Both of these teams have performed well against the line. The Jaguars are 5-2 and Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS following its upset "home" win over the Rams at SoFi Stadium. The T.J. Watt - Trevor Lawerence matchup is pivotal here. The Jaguars have just enough in the running game to keep the Steelers from going all-out on every play. But Lawrence will need Calvin Ridley to have his 2023 break-out game to make sure he doesn't get completely stomped into the turf of Acrisure Stadium. The Jaguars have covered in 7 straight road games. The moneyline here is still a good price.

Best Bet: Jaguars ML (-125) with DraftKings Sportsbook

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Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Commanders, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Unfortunately this game has to happen twice a year. The line has moved from Philly -4 to -6.5. The Eagles have won 7 straight against NFC teams. The Commanders have been pesky with larger lines this year. But given how the Eagles were able to smother the Dolphins' offense Sunday night. Sam Howell and the Commanders might have trouble getting to 14 points. The points average for these teams is 45.3 points. But the Eagles' defense will deliver for under bettors this time. 

Best Bet: Under 45 Points (-110) with DraftKings Sportsbook

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Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

The Future Is Now. The top 2 players and quarterbacks taken in the 2023 NFL draft offer a neat sneak peak at what might in store for the league. Bryce Young for the Panthers and C.J. Stroud for the Texans. Both teams are in full development mode. This is solid test for both. And a good one for bragging rights. The Panthers opened as 3-point home favorites. They are now 3-point home underdogs. Stroud and the Texas are more than 3 points ahead of their Carolina counterparts on the development curve. Young is still trying to develop a groove with any receivers aside from Adam Thielen. The Texans will be ready for that. 

Best Bet: Texans -3 (-110) with DraftKings Sportsbook

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Cleveland Browns at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Deshaun Watson is fast becoming one of the NFL's all-time flops. His health reamins a question again for this week. P.J. Walker and Kareem Hunt pulled off a thrilling come-from-behind win at Indy. But the Browns won't win at Seattle making the same sorts of mistakes they made on Sunday. Cleveland is 0-2 ATS on the road. Seattle's +3.2 average scoring margin is enough to earn the cover here at home. Meanwhile, Geno Smith, Kenneth Walker, and Pete Carroll continue to find ways to win, good or bad, clean or ugly. 

Best Bet: Seahawks -2.5 (-110) with DraftKings Sportsbook

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Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

The Kansas City Chiefs are 6-1. But the K.C. Swifties are unbeaten. Park Avenue is riding a wave of unexpected popularity with a new-found market of fans thanks to Taylor Swift's it-sure-looks-real relationship with Travis Kelce. The Shield loves having TS showing up on game day to boost hear beau. The Chiefs have steadily improved since their Opening Night loss to Detroit. They have held the opposition to 20 or fewer points in all six wins. The Chiefs beat Denver and covered the 10.5-point line in a 19-8 win at KC on October 12. The Broncos had failed to cover in 7 straight before Sunday. But the Chiefs don't run it up if they don't have to. Eight of their past 10 games as favorites have gone under the points total. This will make it 9 of 11.  

Best Bet: Under 46.5 Points (-110) with DraftKings

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Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

The Ravens are again emerging as the toughest out in the AFC. Lamar Jackson torched the Lions for 357 passing yards, 3 TDs in the air, and another on the ground, in a 38-6 win. The Ravens are too deep and experienced to avoid "trap games" in the desert (see Dallas). Joshua Dobbs’ completion percentage has fallen to just 49.1% in the past two weeks. Look for a similar tepid number against the Ravens' defense. The Ravens are 3-1 ATS on the road. And their +7.3 scoring margin should improve this week. 

Best Bet: Ravens -8 (-110) with DraftKings

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Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

The most intriguing QB matchup of the week sees the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft (Joe Burrow) going against the the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft (Brock Purdy). The entire 49ers' offense looked irrelevant in a 19-17 Week 6 loss at Cleveland. The 49ers will be coming off a Monday night game at Minnesota. Deebo Samuel is out for this one, too. The 49ers hope to have Trent Williams, and Christian McCaffrey back at 100% by kickoff. The ailing Burrow is coming off a bye and the Bengals will have had the extra time to try and game plan to get Joe Mixon more involved into the offense, in addition to keeping Ja'Marr Chase happy with double-digit targets. This line has moved from SF -1 to SF -5.5. A good price for Cincinnati, which has won 7 straight against NFC teams. 

Best Bet: Bengals +5.5 (-110) with DraftKings

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Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

NBC is happy with this dog because it presumably delivers the No. 2 and 3 TV markets in the U.S. - Los Angeles and Chicago. Of course, only one person in LA is a true Chargers fan. The rest go to SoFi to root for the opposition. Expect another "home" crowd for the visitors with plenty of Bears apparel visible throughout the stands. Undrafted free-agent QB Tyson Bagent started, won, covered for the Bears Sunday in a 30-12 rout of the Raiders. Bagnet is the only QB to start in the NFL this season with a perfect (1-0) record ATS. Justin Fields remains week-to-week with an injured thumb. But the Bears won't feel any pressure to rush him back. 

Best Bet: Over 45.5 Points (-110) with DraftKings Sportsbook

Monday, October 30

Las Vegas Raiders at Detroit Lions, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Expect plenty of ghosts and ghouls in the stands at Ford Field. The Lions score a convincing victory in front of a national TV audience. Especially after the house of horrors they experienced at Baltimore in Week 7. Treat yourself to the under on this one. 

Best Bet: Under 44.5 Points (-115) with DraftKings

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Bill Speros is an award-winning journalist and editor whose career includes stops at USA Today Sports Network / Golfweek, Cox Media, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel and Denver Post.