Thu, Oct 25, 9:21am by Staff Writer
Week eight of the 2018 NFL season features a heavyweight clash in the NFC when New Orleans visits Minnesota.
An important match takes place in London where the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to take on a Jacksonville team that is looking to rediscover the form that took it an AFC Championship Game a season ago.
Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans
Friday, 26 October 2018 at 11:20am at NRG Stadium, Houston
It’s an all-AFC matchup on Thursday Night Football this week when the Houston Texans host the Miami Dolphins.
Houston is a short-priced favourite to win the match at $1.29, with Miami at $3.70.
Houston has won four matches in a row after dropping its first three games this season. The Texans are in one of the NFL’s weakest divisions in the NFC South and grabbed a 20-7 win against their division rivals Jacksonville last week.
The Texans are in first place in the AFC South after that road win as 3.5-point underdogs.
The improvement for Houston has come on the defensive side of the ball, with only 36 points allowed in the past three games, compared to 74 in the first three games of the season.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly suffered a collapsed lung in the game and did not fly with the team from Jacksonville, instead taking a bus. He threw for 139 yards and one touchdown against the Jags.
Miami starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill is expected to miss his third straight game through injury, with Brock Osweiler filling in.
The Detroit Lions tore apart the Dolphins’ running defence in week seven, amassing 248 yards and three touchdowns.
The Texans are 7-1 all-time against the Dolphins, with Miami’s only win being the last time these two teams clashed in 2015.
Houston should have no trouble brushing aside the Dolphins in this one and unless Deshaun Watson is a late scratch, we expect them to cover the handicap.
Best bet- Houston Texans to cover 7.5-point handicap at $1.90
Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders
Monday, 29 October 2018 at 5am at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
The Colts and Raiders are both last in their respective divisions and clash at the Coliseum on Monday morning.
Indianapolis is a $1.64 favourite to win the match, with Oakland a $2.35 home underdog.
Indianapolis has lost a number of close games this season but owns a 2-5 record. Their two wins have been by at least 12 points.
Oakland’s 1-5 start has been the by-product of some abysmal play on both sides of the ball.
The Raiders enter this game off a bye and amid reports that coach Jon Gruden is willing to trade anyone on his roster.
Indianapolis is not yet out of the AFC South race as it trails Houston by just two games.
Andrew Luck’s top receiver T.Y. Hilton returned in last week’s 37-5 win against Buffalo after two games out with an injury. He had two touchdowns as the Colts produced their best performance of the season.
Oakland is 9-7 all time against Indianapolis, with the teams last meeting in 2016. On that night it was Oakland who were victorious 33-25.
The Raiders have also covered five of their past six games coming off the bye. We are going to take a chance on the silver and black to turn things around and snare a much-needed victory.
Best bet- Oakland to win at $2.35
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
Monday, 29 October 2018 at 11:20am at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
New Orleans and Minnesota meet for the first time since the Vikings pinched a fairy tale win at the deal in the playoffs last season.
The oddsmakers have found it hard to split the two teams ahead of this one, with the Vikings narrow $1.86 home favourites and the Saints $1.95 outsiders.
Last season’s miraculous walk-off touchdown in the Divisional Round playoff game between these two teams in Minnesota was the first in NFL playoff history and will be replayed for years to come.
The Vikings will face a stern test on Monday when they play a Saints side coming off an impressive road win at Baltimore.
The Saints held on for the 24-23 road win as Drew Brees joined the 500-TD club alongside Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady.
Minnesota has taken sole ownership of the NFC North with its third straight win in week seven after defeating the Jets 37-17.
Adam Thielen is the first player in the Super Bowl era to have at least 100 receiving yards in his team’s first seven games of the season as he continues to be a difference maker for the Vikings.
This is a tough spot for New Orleans as it’s a second consecutive road game for them. There isn’t much separating the two teams, but home field advantage comes in handy in these sorts of games and the Vikings should pinch a close one.
Best bet- Minnesota Vikings to win at $1.86
NFL Week 8 Odds
Miami Dolphins $3.75 @ Houston Texans $1.29
Philadelphia Eagles $1.57 @Jacksonville Jaguars $2.47
Denver Broncos $4.65 @ Kansas City Chiefs $1.21
Cleveland Browns $3.85 @ Pittsburgh Steelers $1.28
Washington Redskins $1.92 @ New York Giants $1.92
New York Jets $3.44 @ Chicago Bears $1.33
Tampa Bay Buccaneers $2.68 @ Cincinnati Bengals $1.50
Seattle Seahawks $2.32 @ Detroit Lions $1.64
Baltimore Ravens $1.82 @ Carolina Panthers $2.03
Indianapolis Colts $1.65 @ Oakland Raiders $2.30
San Francisco 49ers $1.87 @ Arizona Cardinals $1.97
Green Bay Packers $4.30 @ Los Angeles Rams $1.24
New Orleans Saints $1.95 @ Minnesota Vikings $1.89
New England Patriots $1.08 @Buffalo Bills $8.75
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