NFL Betting: What We Learned From Week 8

David Lawrence

Monday, October 27, 2014 3:01 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 3:01 PM UTC

Week 8 was the last Sunday in October, which means we’ve now completed two months of football. There was lots of good NFL betting action once again and here’s what we learned from the lines.

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The Denver Broncos are the Best Team in the NFL…Right Now
It’s hard to argue with the fact that the Denver Broncos are the best team in the NFL right now. Although they have the one loss in Seattle, they have reeled off four consecutive wins in impressive fashion. They have averaged 37.3 points per game in wins over the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers. Their defense hasn’t allowed more than 21 points in any of those games.

The best part might be that the Broncos have developed a ground game with Ronnie Hillman. He’s rushed for 100+ yards in two of three starts and could be a real asset in the colder months.

Remember, the Broncos looked invincible at this time last year and while they look even stronger this season, we’ll have to monitor to see if they taper off in the colder months.


The Kansas City Chiefs have Righted the Ship
A lot of people wrote off the Kansas City Chiefs when they lost their opening two games. They had scored just 27 combined in those contests and a lot of people figured this would be a down year for them. Faster forward six weeks later and this team is on a roll. The Chiefs have won four of five with impressive wins in San Diego and in Miami, and home to New England.

The Chiefs defense has been a big part of their turnaround as they allowed 26 and 24 in the first two games. Since then, they haven’t allowed more than 22 in any contest and have given up an average of 15.6 per game. They’re 4-3 and still have games against the New York Jets and a pair against the Oakland Raiders, so they should again be in the playoff hunt.


Those Seattle Seahawks Obituaries were a Tad Premature
So those who laid the Seahawks to rest after they hit 3-3 last week, you may want to reverse course. It wasn’t pretty this week but the Seahawks went into Carolina and got the win and have upcoming home meetings with the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants. A couple of weeks from now, this team could easily be 6-3 and back in the thick of things in the NFC playoff race.

The Seahawks continue to be their own worst enemy as dropped interceptions and turnovers over their own (in scoring range, no less) is what made Sunday’s win in Carolina so close. If they can clean up their own mistakes, they should be able to get back in contention and start looking like the team that won the Super Bowl last season.


Quite the Playoff Race in the AFC
We’ll hear a lot more about it in the coming weeks but take a look at how tight the AFC playoff race is going to be. As of right now, the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills hold the two wild card spots in the AFC. The Chargers figure to have one of those spots but the Bills will be in a tight race with teams like the Baltimore Ravens (5-3), Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3), Kansas City Chiefs (4-3), Miami Dolphins (4-3), Cleveland Browns (4-3) and Houston Texans (4-4). This is going to be one heck of a crowded race down the stretch of the season and it should prove to be quite entertaining.

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