NFL's Best Week 8 Underdog Picks
With Week 7 of the NFL in the books we know there's a new TD king in Peyton Manning as the long-time signal-caller threw four touchdown passes on Sunday night bringing his career total to 511, the most in NFL history. Week 8 could be just as special, however, as the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers get things going Thursday night and Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys wrap it all up Monday evening.
San Diego Chargers +8
Although the San Diego Chargers play the Broncos at home, they are getting eight points and have an offense that can compete with that of the Broncos. Phillip Rivers is quietly putting in the best season of his career and even with their two top running backs injured, third-stringer Branden Oliver has emerged and is already the team's leading rusher with 316 yards on a 4.4 yards per carry average. Running the ball is simply a luxury for the Chargers as their passing attack ranks sixth when it comes to yards per game and Rivers' 17 touchdowns to three interceptions is a ratio that points to further success on Thursday night. It's hard to see the Chargers beating Denver at home after the way they dominated the San Francisco 49ers last week, but the Chargers shouldn't have too much trouble ending the game within eight points.
Baltimore Ravens +2
The Baltimore Ravens are 5-2 through seven weeks of action, and this coming Sunday they're slated to play the 3-2-1 Cincinnati Bengals a week after they were shutout 27-0 by the Indianapolis Colts. The Ravens had a similar outcome last Sunday as they beat the Atlanta Falcons 29-7. They have one of the most underrated offenses in the league as their passing attack ranks ninth, and running attack eighth when it comes to yards per game. Their defense has been able to stop the run but not the pass this year, which may be enough to beat the Bengals as the status of A.J. Green is still unknown and the Bengals offense combined to rush for just 32 yards on 12 carries last week against the Colts.
Philadelphia Eagles +2.5
With another small spread in play the Philadelphia Eagles, just like the Ravens, will have to win their game on Sunday for their sports betting fans to be victorious. They square-off with the 5-1 Arizona Cardinals, a squad that is undefeated at home this season but has the strong-armed interception prone quarterback Carson Palmer under center. Palmer has been sidelined with a shoulder injury for part of the year, but with just one interception this season he's due to come back to reality, which should happen this week against an Eagles defense that ranks sixth overall according to Pro Football Focus. The Eagles offense is their moneymaker, however, and the Cardinals defense will be a worthy opponent making this one of the must-watch games of the week. The Eagles should be able to move the ball against a Cardinals defense that's not only underperforming, but banged-up and shorthanded as well.