NFL Picks: Week 8 Fades & Games to Avoid

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1:21 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 1:21 PM UTC

With six teams off this week, and just thirteen games played between Thursday and Monday, it is significantly easier to find games to stay away from than games to add to your NFL picks.

Our daily NFL Week 8 coverage continues with our NFL Week 8 Betting Odds Report!

After carefully going over the NFL odds, I was able narrow down a large field of non-plays in my opinion to a trio of sports betting picks for Week 8.

The Jets and Bengals Can Be Nervous Time

The New York Jets are playing surprisingly good football and utilizing all their best assets to reach 4-3, with five covers. Gang Green’s strength is in the trenches at the line of scrimmage, with a potentially dominating offensive line and a big and active defensive front.

Besides exceptional play up front, Rex Ryan has a defense good enough to be ranked fourth in the league and an apparent keeper in rookie quarterback Geno Smith.

Cincinnati has full control of the AFC North and is a solid 5-2 on the season. The Bengals have everything needed on both sides of the ball to make noise if they stay healthy by the time the postseason arrives.

However, they opened as a touchdown home favorite and when consider five of their seven games have been decided by a seven points or less, the Jets defense and the up and down play of Smith, putting on the NFL football handicappers' hat, it might be best to pass.

Jacksonville Spreads Giving New Meaning to Contrarian Thinking

Anybody perusing the NFL betting odds from sportsbooks has to feel uneasy thinking about any Jacksonville Jaguars game. Your standard issue handicapper or football bettor is going to look at 17 points and try and make a case for taking the Jaguars. One problem, there is not one.

The Jags are playing like jags, without a win and one cover, which happened to be when they were receiving 26.5 points. Jacksonville is being whipped by an average of 20.8 points a game.

Yet, what is San Francisco’s motivation, showing the folks in jolly old England how good they are or how truly dreadful Jacksonville is.

In the sports betting world, it would take contrarian thinking to back the NFL betting favorite who has won and covered four in a row, compared to the pitiful underdog.

Denver’s Defensive Concerns as Double Digit Favorites

The Broncos have tumbled from the ranks of the unbeaten, and while their defense was not ripped apart by Indianapolis, they never made a crucial stop to keep the Colts from scoring when needed early.

Denver’s defense is in the bottom five of the NFL and they will face a Washington offense which is starting to click. Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense needed every one of the 499 yards they put on Chicago in the 45-41 come from behind thriller.

Like the Broncos, the Washington defense looks like the after effects of a skilled "Call of Duty" player.

With how both offenses are operating and both defenses having more holes than a box of Cheerios, do you want to give or take 13.5 points in this non-conference clash?

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