NFL Week 8 Preview

By Monty Babers
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Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys (Noon on FOX)
● Spread – Dallas-6.0
● Moneyline – Rams +210, Cowboys -260
● Total – 45.5
The 4-2 Dallas Cowboys are back home, coming o  a bye week to take on the 3-4 LA Rams. Most of the public money is on the Cowboys and for good reason, LA has lost 2 of their last 3. The Rams offense has been much better than expected; averaging 384.6 yards per game, but the defense is giving up an average of 337.7 yards a game, most of that being pass yards. With most of the offense for Dallas coming from the passing game, they should be able to carve up the middle of the pack Rams defense with ease, as well as mix in a dynamic rushing attack to control this game from early on. The Cowboys defense will be well rested, complementing the offense nicely, on average they only give up 304.3 yards a game and less than 200 in passing, so the Rams heavy passing attack will struggle; helping Dallas to secure a victory in a two touchdown game for my prediction! Dallas takes care of business in a 35-21 victory.
Hot pick: Dallas -6
Cincinnati Bengals @ San Francisco 49ers (3:25 on CBS)
● Spread – SanFrancisco-5.0
● Moneyline – Bengals +205, 49ers -250
● Total – 43.5
This might be the game of the week! If you’re looking to take an underdog this week, look no further than Cincinnati! The 49ers have a troublesome injury report with Deebo Samuel ruled out, Brock Purdy and Trent Williams are both ruled as questionable, with Sam Darnold expected to make the start for the Niners. SF is coming o  two straight frustrating losses, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to get any easier as they get into the meat of their schedule. This topsy-turvy 3-3 Bengals team seems to just now be finding their stride as Joe Burrow looks back to form and the o ense is finally clicking! It is a must win for both franchises, but the Bengals definitely need it more. With Purdy and Williams both potential sit outs, that concerns me about their ability to scratch out a win here even at home against a Cincinnati team who seems to be getting better every week. I really love the Bengals in this game as the underdog! It may be low-scoring, look for the under in this one with a score of 24-17 in favor of Cincinnati.
Hot pick: Cincinnati+205
Las Vegas Raiders @ Detroit Lions (Mon. 7:15 p.m. on ESPN)
● Spread – Detroit-8.0
● Moneyline – Raiders +320, Lions-420
● Total – 46
While most of America likes Detroit and Vegas is giving them 8 points, the Lions seem to really struggle when they face a good defense. Las Vegas has an underrated defense, they have been playing lights out, keeping them competitive while the o ense has struggled due to Jimmy G on the injury report and bad play calling. With Jimmy back for this game, look for it to be closer than expected. Max Crosby, Las Vegas’ elite edge pass rusher is ruled questionable; if he plays, he’s a game wrecker and can turn the tide of games by himself, but if he can’t make the start; the Lions should have sigh of relief as that gives them breathing room to open up one of the most dynamic o enses in football. This will be a close one, with the over hitting! Lions 28-Raiders 20
Hot pick: Vegas+8
● Other Hot Picks!
○ Miami-9.5
○ Over 35.5 NYJ vsNYG
○ Pittsburgh+2
○ Over 35 ATL vs TEN
○ Baltimore -10

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