NFL Football 2023 Week 8 Preview. The AFC North is the only division with all four teams at .500 or better. The Ravens are leading at 5-2, with the Bengals at the bottom at 3-3. All teams in all divisions will be playing this weekend, so look forward to seeing some movement throughout the standings.
Week 8 NFL Schedule and Lines
The Chiefs and the Eagles are the top teams at 6-1, but they’re only ahead by a slim margin. Squads like the 49ers, Ravens, Dolphins, Bills, and even the Lions and Jaguars are right behind them.
Thursday, October 26
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3) at Buffalo Bills (4-3) Buffalo Bills (-8.5, 42)
Sunday, October 29
- Houston Texans (-3, 43) at Carolina Panthers (0-6) Texans (-3, 43)
- Los Angeles Rams (3-4) at Dallas Cowboys (4-2) Cowboys (-6.5, 45.5)
- Minnesota Vikings (3-4) at Green Bay Packers (2-4) Vikings (-1, 43)
- New Orleans Saints (3-4) at Indianapolis Colts (3-4) Colts (-1, 43.5)
- New England Patriots (2-5) at Miami Dolphins (5-2) Dolphins (-9.5, 47)
- New York Jets (3-3) at New York Giants (2-5) Jets (-3, 36.5)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (5-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) Jaguars (-2.5, 42)
- Atlanta Falcons (4-3) at Tennessee Titans (2-4) Falcons (-2.5, 36.5)
- Philadelphia Eagles (6-1) at Washington Commanders (3-4) Eagles (-6.5, 43.5)
- Cleveland Browns (4-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-2) Seahawks (-3, 40)
- Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at Arizona Cardinals (1-6) Ravens (-8.5, 44)
- Kansas City Chiefs (6-1) at Denver Broncos (2-5) Chiefs (-7.5, 45.5)
- Cincinnati Bengals (3-3) at San Francisco 49ers (5-2) 49ers (-5.5, 45)
- Chicago Bears (2-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) Chargers (-8.5, 46.5)
Monday, October 30
- Las Vegas Raiders (3-4) at Detroit Lions (5-2) Lions (-8.5, 45.5)
The Bengals Visit the 49ers
Cincinnati has not lived up to expectations this season, but they might get a break in San Francisco. The Bengals had a bye week, and the 49ers had a short week and are coming off of two losses. Cincinnati won their last two. Plus, Brock Purdy is on concussion protocol after presenting concussion-like symptoms on the plane ride home from Minnesota. He’s not ruled out for Sunday yet, as he’s done some light practice, but if he is, Sam Darnold will take his place.
These teams don’t meet often, but when they have, the 49ers won 12 out of 15 times, and in the last five matches, they scored UNDER four times. Maybe that’s the way to play this game. Go for the Under.
The Battle Between the Top Two Draft Choices
Carolina might not be the most exciting team to watch since they haven’t won a game yet this season, but their rookie quarterback, Bryce Young, was the No. 1 draft pick this year, and he’s going against the No. 2 pick, C.J. Stroud of Houston. Stroud has done better, as the Texans have won three of their last four games.
Both quarterbacks have roughly the same number of sacks, but Young has six interceptions, while Stroud only has one. The Texans haven’t been consistent with their point totals but average more than the Panthers. Unless Stroud has an off game, the Texans will win and cover.
The Browns are Starting Walker Under Center Versus Seattle
Cleveland’s Deshaun Watson left last Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. P.J. Walker replaced Watson for the rest of the game. He only successfully made 15 of 32 passes for 178 yards and one interception, but he got the win.
Walker should be playing against the Seahawks, so watch the lines to see if they change. Seattle has won their last two home games by 10 points. They should be able to win this one, too, and cover. It won’t be that close.
The Rams are Better Than They Look
The LA Rams visit Dallas as 5.5-point underdogs this week. The Cowboys are coming off a bye week and had total control in their two home games against the Patriots (38-3) and Jets (30-10). Will they do the same with the Rams?
LA’s Matthew Stafford only has a 59.8 completion percentage, but he has a total of 1,908 yards (fourth in passing yards) this season. That’s probably because he has one of the best wide-receiver duos in the NFL. Rookie WR Puka Nacua ranks first in receptions (58) and fourth in yards per game at 107.4. He’s paired with elite receiver Cooper Kupp.
Unfortunately, Stafford isn’t too efficient, with only seven touchdowns, six interceptions, plus 18 sacks. Their defense is a middling unit with one outstanding player, Aaron Donald, who will be a threat to Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys will win this one at home and should be able to do it by more than 5.5 points.
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