Free NFL Picks Week 8 - Washington Redskins vs Cincinnati Bengals

Washington Redskins team during practice

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:46 PM GMT

It’s the first ever trip to the UK for the Redskins and Bengals. How should NFL bettors approach this game on their week 8 NFL picks? We’ve got all major markets covered here: SU, ATS and Totals.
 

 

    Washington Redskins vs Cincinnati Bengals  
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A second straight London game is on the NFL betting card this week when the Redskins take on the Bengals at Wembley Stadium. Bengals stopped the rot with a 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns in week 7 but what takeaway there is from that result is debatable. Browns are so beatable this season, it’s not funny anymore. Knowledge is power and the Bengals had the advantage of knowing head coach Hue Jackson from his days as an offensive coordinator in Cincy. In fact, the 31 points Dandy Andy and the Bengals put up marks their highest tally of the season. Prior to that the veteran starter struggled under the new offensive scheme averaging just 18 points per game.

In spite of the uncertainty that surrounds the Bengals this season – (how do they really measure up?), – books opened with the Bengals laying -3. Too optimistic? Redskins are hardly a model of consistency…you could say, therein lies the thinking behind this NFL betting outlook. Plus, the Redskins deposited a right doozy in week 7. The 20-17 loss to the Lions saw Kirk Cousins’ form go up-and-down through the four quarters and that poor play did cost Washington the win. That said knee-jerk reactions prompted by the most recent result can be misleading. Going into week 7 they were sporting a four-game winning streak. That’s better form than the Bengals have.

 

Free NFL Picks: Redskins +3 (-110)

Best Line Offered: at Sports Interaction

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The Survivor

For the 3-4 SU Bengals this is a pivotal week 8 clash. A win would lift them up to 4-4 SU and back into contention in the AFC North. For the Redskins, this is an equally pivotal week. Sat third in the suddenly competitive NFC East behind a 4-3 SU mark a loss could be tantamount to disaster as the gap in the table would grow. So the premium on the win can’t be understated. Given that these two teams are making their first-ever trip to London, it adds a whole new dimension to handicapping. Which team will adjust better to the conditions, travel and climate? Tough to tell, really. What we can tell is what each team seems to be in 2016, especially each quarterback. Frankly, Dalton looks lost and confused. Cousins isn’t exactly an elite quarterback but he’s comfortable in Jay Gruden’s system, and so long as he doesn’t overthink things and keeps the errors down there is a real chance the Redskins could serve up a surprise. This isn’t a lock week 8 NFL pick by any means. Fortune favours the brave, so they say.

 Free NFL Picks: Redskins +136

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Game Total

The Redskins boast a 5-2-0 OVER record ahead of week 8 while the Bengals boast a 4-3-0 OVER record. By those stats, shading the OVER in total betting is tempting. Granted the Bengals offense has struggled but in the Redskins they face a defense that is leaking 27 points on average. It might surprise some NFL bettors to learn that the Bengals defense is also leaking 27 points per game. Where the Redskins trump the Bengals is in offense as Kirk Cousins and his O-line are putting up an average of 25.33 points per game, which is a touchdown more than what Andy Dalton and the Bengals O-line were able to produce in the first six games, excluding last week’s win over the Browns.

 

Free NFL Picks: Over 46.5 (-115)

Best Line Offered: at William Hill

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