Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:52 AM
Week 8 Exotic Wagers, Parlay & Teaser Bets
Week 8 of the NFL season is here and now that teams are beginning to hit their mid-season stride, bettors are finally able to find crucial betting angles now that they have a sample size big enough from this season to make adequate predictive analysis.
After cashing two parlays in Week 7, I have chosen to give out my picks for two parlays and one teaser prior to Week 8 hoping to help NFL bettors cash tickets or inspire them to build parlays of their own.
My top selections for Week 8 in the NFL can be found below.
Odds & Payouts per FanDuel Sportsbook - Subject to Change
NFL Week 8 Parlay Best Bets
The Birds and The Bees Parlay
- Philadelphia Eagles -8.5 vs DAL (-110)
- Pittsburgh Steelers +3.5 @ BAL (-104)
Payout: 2-Team Parlay +274 at FanDuel
Two of the “Killer B’s” that helped guide a dynamic Steelers’ offense to fruition for the majority of the last decade have departed from the Steel City (Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell), but clearly the most important one is still in town, as “Big” Ben Roethlisberger, after tearing his UCL in Week 2 of last season, has led his team to a perfect 6-0 start to open Pittsburgh’s 2020 campaign.
The key to the Ravens’ success on offense has been Lamar Jackson’s ability to extend plays and pick up first downs with his feet in crucial situations – but I think he will have a tough time getting things going on the ground against a Steelers’ defensive front allowing just 68.8 rushing yards per game (2nd in NFL).
Although the stats do not necessarily show it, Lamar struggled for the majority of Baltimore’s most recent matchup with Philadelphia, especially when the Eagles’ pass rush was able to put some pressure on the reigning MVP.
Things do not get any easier this week against a Steeler defensive front anchored by T.J. Watt. Coach Tomlin is one of the most sound strategic coaches in the league, and I trust he will have a solid defensive strategy to contain the mobile quarterback, heading into his fifth battle with the Jackson led Ravens this weekend.
Pittsburgh is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games when listed as an ‘underdog.’
Big Ben did not visit Baltimore last year due to his injury, but the last two times he did, the Steelers won and covered.
I am going to take the undefeated squad with the points here. Give me the Steelers +3.5.
For the second leg of this parlay, The Eagles and the Cowboys will square off on Sunday Night Football to determine the current leader of the NFC East, and my favorite bet of the week comes from this game.
Rookie from James Madison University, QB Ben DiNucci will make his first career NFL start for the Cowboys this week following the injuries to Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton, in what will likely become the turning point in the season for both of these teams.
Dallas has one of the worst defenses I can recall from recent memory, an O-line depleted of injury and talent, and a quarterback that was drafted in the seventh round from an FCS school this past spring.
I believe this division is Philadelphia’s to lose, and the only team that really has the potential to compete with them this year is Washington – mainly because of the WFT’s 2-1 division record.
The Cowboys have averaged less than 10 points per game since the injury of Prescott and could not stop a nosebleed on defense. Give me the Eagles -9 here in a blowout.
Two-Way Road Team Money Line Parlay
- Los Angeles Chargers (-162) at Denver
- Las Vegas (+124) at Cleveland
Payout: 2-Team Parlay +262 at FanDuel
After four consecutive heartbreaking losses to the Panthers, Chiefs, Buccaneers, and Saints (all by seven points or less), the Chargers finally got over the hump last week by beating the Jaguars 39-29.
Despite the injury sidelining RB Austin Ekeler since Week 5, LA’s offense has really come together in recent weeks, averaging 29 points per game in its last three contests, which can mainly be attributed to the speedy progression of rookie QB Justin Herbert.
Anthony Lynn’s guys now get a crack at a Broncos team led by Drew Lock ranking 28th in points per game (19.3) and 31st in points per play (0.296). Los Angeles’ offense has continued to look better every week, and I believe 21-24 points will be more than enough to reign victorious in this contest. Give me the LA Chargers to beat Denver on Sunday afternoon.
Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a torn ACL in the Browns 37-34 victory over the Bengals last week, just adding to an injury list already consisting of Myles Garrett, Austin Hooper, and Nick Chubb.
It took every bit of a gutsy, five-touchdown performance from Baker Mayfield to take down the Bengals (1-5-1) last week, and I believe the Raiders have a much better team than Cincinnati.
I think the Raiders are undervalued here, as Jon Gruden’s team has already been forced to matchup with the Buccaneers, Chiefs, Patriots, Saints, and Bills this season while still boasting a 3-3 record.
Squaring off with a banged-up, overrated Cleveland team should be a breath of fresh air for Derek Carr and company this week. Give me the Raiders to go on the road and upset the Browns to complete this parlay.
NFL Week 8 Teaser Bets
- Tennessee Titans +0.5 at Cincinnati
- Kansas City Chiefs -13.5 vs. N.Y. Jets
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6 at N.Y. Giants
Payout: 3-Team Six-Point Teaser +140 at FanDuel
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are the heaviest favorite in a matchup so far this season on Sunday afternoon for a good reason, as the (0-7) Jets sit as a 19.5-point ‘underdog’ against the defending Super Bowl champs.
The Jets are the worst team in the NFL and there is virtually a 0% chance Kansas City loses this game, but for some reason I have an odd feeling about the spread.
The Bills are nowhere near the quality of the Chiefs, but the Jets led for a good portion of the game last week against the Chiefs and only ended up losing by eight.
I feel much better about the Chiefs -13.5, than -19.5.
20 points is a hefty total to lay against anybody because no matter what the score is, the backdoor cover always feels within reach. Kansas City will likely run the Jets out of the building on Sunday, but I am taking the Chiefs by two touchdowns just to be safe.
The Titans kicking struggles finally caught up to them last week when Stephen Gostkowski missed a game tying field goal with time expiring, as Tennessee dropped their first game of the season in a thrilling 27-24 loss to the undefeated Steelers.
No need to sound the panic alarms in the Titans organization, as this was the squads first loss of the year and the team played well enough to win the game against a title contender in the AFC, except for the last few seconds.
The Titans are averaging 34.4 points per game in their last five games, and this week Ryan Tannehill gets to go up against a Cincinnati defense surrendering over 27 points per game (21st in NFL). Give me the Titans -0.5 against the one-win Bengals.
Giants fans did not enter the season with high hopes, but the little hope they had was crushed when the team lost RB Saquon Barkley to a season-ending ACL injury back in Week 2.
Joe Judge is off to a 1-6 start as the Giants head coach, but the team has tallied a slightly impressive 4-3 record ATS. Now they square off against a Tampa Bay team that is just now starting to put all the pieces together to beat “good teams.”
The G-Men are not one of those teams…
The Buccaneers will win this game, but I am going to take the extra six points at the tail end of this teaser just in case of a Daniel Jones garbage time, backdoor cover. Bucs -6, to close out the week.
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