Another NFL Sunday is here, bringing plenty of excitement to the bettors. Week 8 is full of interesting matchups that offer intriguing picks and markets. We’re ready for another 7-point NFL teaser that brought us some nice wages over the last few weeks.
Sam Darnold saw ghosts in Week 7. The Patriots’ defense was all over him. Darnold was sacked only once, but the Pats picked him off four times. Sam completed 11 of his 32 passing attempts for 86 yards in the worst performance of his life. The Jets were humiliated 33-0.
The Jaguars’ defense is not that scary. They are allowing 21.1 points per game (12th in the NFL) on 361.0 total yards (19th). The Jags’ pass defense is 17th in football, yielding 243.9 yards per outing. It seems like a nice opportunity for Sam Darnold to bounce back.
Likewise, the Jags are surrendering 117.1 rushing yards per contest (tied-21st). The Jets will have a chance to expose that run D, or should I say, it’s the opportunity for Le’Veon Bell to put on a strong performance.
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Bell had 15 carries for 70 yards against the Patriots. Considering the Pats’ defense and the Jets’ terrible O-line, you have to give credit to Bell’s numbers. He’s doing a great job for the banged-up Jets this season, tallying 501 yards from scrimmage and a couple of touchdowns.
I won’t give you the Jets’ numbers, not because they are awful, but because the Jets had so many injury problems with their quarterbacks. Darnold missed four games in 2019 due to mononucleosis, and in three of those four contests, the Jets had their third-string QB under center.
Darnold returned in Week 6 with a terrific performance against the Dallas Cowboys. He tossed for 338 yards and two touchdowns leading the Jets to their first victory of the season. I think he cannot replicate that terrible display from the previous week.
Furthermore, the Jaguars don’t look like a team capable of thrashing off the Jets. They are coming off a 27-17 win at Cincinnati, and the Bengals are still winless in 2019. The Jags are scoring 20.6 points per game (20th in the NFL), relying mostly on their ground game that ranks 5th in the league with 140.1 yards per game.
However, the Jets’ run defense is one of the few things that worked well this season. They are surrendering 92.2 rushing yards per contest (11th). Hereof, I think the Jaguars won’t beat the Jets by 14 or more points.
The second team I would like to tease are the Los Angeles Rams. They opened as 10-point favorites against the hapless Cincinnati Bengals, but the bettors’ early action shifted the odds. Still, I think the Rams will cover, and teasing them to 5.5 points seems like a sure shot.
The Rams are coming off a 37-10 victory at the Atlanta Falcons. Their defense finally looked good, especially their secondary strengthen by Jalen Ramsey’s addition. It’s an important thing to know, as the Bengals are racking up 252.1 yards through the air (12th in the NFL).
On the other hand, the Bengals’ ground game is dead last in football with paltry 53.1 yards per contest. Cincy is scoring only 16.3 points per game (28th), allowing 26.6 in a return (24th). Likewise, the Bengals are surrendering 430.9 total yards per outing which are the most in the NFL.
Considering all these numbers, I don’t see how the Bengals will cope with the Rams. Furthermore, they are struggling with injuries, missing some important players in their defensive unit. The Rams desperately need a win, so I’m backing them to grab it by six or more points.
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