Week 8 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Hanson)
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Here are my Week 8 NFL picks against the spread:
Cincinnati Bengals -5 (over New York Jets)
Building some momentum with their three-game winning streak, the Bengals are one of the most complete teams in the NFL. The Bengals rank 12th in total offense (18th in rushing and ninth in passing) as well as ninth in total defense (eighth in rushing and 13th in defense).
The duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have been terrific for the Bengals in back-to-back games. Dalton has 709 passing yards and six touchdowns and Green has 12 catches for 258 yards and two touchdowns during their past two games.
Typical of any rookie quarterback, New York's Geno Smith has been inconsistent and has alternated between terrific performances and poor performances. Based on his pattern, he's due for a dud.
The Bengals will force him into some mistakes as the Dalton-to-Green connection continues to roll on offense.
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New York Giants +5 (over Philadelphia Eagles)
With their first win of the season last week, can the Giants put together a winning streak before their bye next week?
The Eagles get Michael Vick back, but his hamstring may still not be 100 percent, which could limit many of his big rushing plays. Vick is averaging a league-best (for quarterbacks) 61.4 rushing yards and 9.3 yards per carry.
Even if the Giants don't win, I expect them to keep this game competitive and cover the spread.
Oakland Raiders +2.5 (over Pittsburgh Steelers)
When picking games against the spread, there are two things that I typically like: (1) home underdogs and (2) teams coming off a bye. Based on that criteria, the Raiders fit the bill in both cases.
The Steelers have picked up some momentum by beating the the up-and-down Jets and the Ravens, but I think the Raiders are also not as bad as some think.
Fortunately for the Raiders, running back Darren McFadden had the bye week to recover from his hamstring injury and was described as looking more explosive this week at practice. In addition, Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore, one of my FanDuel values for Week 8, has been highly productive recently: 20/356/3 over his past four games.
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