OddsChecker Staff Roundtable: Week 8 NFL Upset Picks and Predictions
We're back, folks!
After a couple of down weeks, our staff picked up the slack last week, going 4-2 with our upset picks for a 97% ROI. That'll do.
Notably, no one picked the Jets last week, a move which has notoriously not ended well for us. That's a good thing -- considering the bets shi...pooped the bed in a 54-13 loss to the Pats. Anyhoo...DON'T PICK THE JETS!
In addition to an ever-growing abundance of top-notch content, our staff will be providing us with their favorite upset picks each week of the season.
Now, the word “upset” could mean many different things to many different people. But for the purpose of this piece, we’re focusing entirely on moneyline plays.
In other words, we’re picking surprise winners and losers. Let’s get to it!
Week 8 NFL Upsets and Predictions
New England Patriots Over Los Angeles Chargers (+185)
The Patriots still do not have the most explosive offense, but things are coming together. Running back Damien Harris has ripped off two straight 100-yard rushing performances, while rookie quarterback Mac Jones continues to give the offense a high floor with his consistency in the passing game. It would not be too surprising to see the Patriots control the clock on offense and do enough on defense to keep this game tight, and potentially pull off the road upset.
-- Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass)
Detroit Lions Over Philadelphia Eagles (+162)
I was burned by picking the Lions once this season, but I am going back to the well since I believe this team is not nearly as bad as the 2008 team that went 0-16. Detroit is a couple of plays away from having two wins, which is the same as the Eagles' win total entering this week. I understand the reason Detroit is underdogs, but Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has not played well for the last couple of weeks, and Philadelphia's offense does not look like it has an identity with Miles Sanders injured. The Eagles are 0-4 straight up In their last four games against teams with losing records, and they will play down to their competition once again.
-- Mike Spector (@MikeSpector01)
Now 6-1 on the season with upsets! I think I was the only one brave enough to bet on the Bengals last week as they cashed the biggest outright upset priced (+230) in Week 7. Now with Week 8 here, I'm going with the only winless team left in the NFL to finally get its first win of the season. Call me crazy but I'm feeling good about this one. The Lions play with grit, meanwhile, the Eagles seem like the opposite. This one is in Detroit so I like that aspect for the Lions. The Eagles have the 24th ranked defense and 27th in red zone defense. The Lions are winless but they haven't given up on their head coach. Jalen Hurts has been bad despite the great fantasy numbers everyone talks about. He has the 26th worse QBR in the NFL right now. If Hurts struggles, I really believe there is a chance we see Gardner Minshew get a chance here. A Gatorade shower for Dan Campbell ensues as he gets his first NFL head coaching win this Sunday and we can stop all the chatter about a team going winless in 2021.
-- Tom Viera (@Tom_Viera)
Yes, the Detroit Lions are winning a football game this week. To their credit, they've played hard for Dan Campbell and I've had this one circled for a couple of weeks now. While Nick Sirianni is showing his team a picture of a flower (no, seriously, that's what he did this week), Dan Campbell is running trick plays and fighting for his life against a much better Rams team. The Lions have lost two soul crushers against the Ravens and Vikings in recent weeks, this time they finish the job and head into the bye week on a high note.
-- Matt O’Leary (@MattOLearyNY)
Carolina Panthers Over Atlanta Falcons (+145)
After an embarrassing loss to the Giants, who could possibly want to put anything on the Panthers this week? That would be me. The Falcons have no pass rush, they allow every quarterback they play plenty of time to find an open receiver. Even though Darnold is horrible, this game will allow the Panthers to feel like it's September again for them (when they went 3-0).
-- Geoff Fienberg (@gfienberg17)
Tennessee Titans Over Indianapolis Colts (+130)
Over the last two weeks, the Titans have defeated the Bills and utterly smacked the Chiefs. No matter what you think of Kansas City at this point, that was an all-around impressive performance by Tennessee. Yes, the Colts have picked up their play since losing to the Titans in Week 3, but so have their counterparts. I'll take the red-hot Titans at plus money any day.
-- Elisha Twerski (@ElishaTwerski)