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Here's a look at the early NFL Week 8 opening lines and spreads. NFL handicapper Matt MacKay is here with his best bets against the spread to make now ahead of the Week 8 NFL slate.

NFL Week 8 Against the Spread Picks and Odds: Make These Early Rams vs 49ers, Browns vs Bengals Bets, and More

The past few weeks in the NFL have seen underdogs dominate spreads and even win games outright. The Atlanta Falcons, the New York Giants, and Cincinnati Bengals are among the most profitable teams to bet against the spread, returning huge value seemingly every week. Conversely, plenty of teams should be faded when betting on ATS moving forward. There are six teams with under 30 percent of games covered this season, most notably the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After being designated as significant favorites in the previous three weeks, oddsmakers finally decided to go in the opposite direction with Green Bay, giving them 10.5 points in a primetime road game against Buffalo. Aaron Rodgers has never been a double-digit underdog in his entire career, so it will be interesting to see how the Packers perform with their backs to the wall against an offensive juggernaut like the Bills. Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville, and New Orleans comprise the other four teams failing to cover above 30 percent of games this season.

Let's check out the current value that should be tailed on several against-the-spread lines in four games ahead of an exciting NFL Week 8 slate.

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NFL Week 8 Best Spread Picks

Miami Dolphins (-3 @ -110) at Detroit Lions: (Bet $100 to Collect $191) -- Best odds available at Caesars (click here)

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The Dolphins play much better when Tua Tagovailoa is healthy under center, but they survived a near scare in South Beach in Week 7 and failed to cover the 7.5-point spread against Pittsburgh. Tyreek Hill is a cheat code, especially facing a Detroit defense that is ranked as a bottom-ten unit against the pass. Jaylen Waddle fills in when Hill is blanketed, while veteran running back Raheem Mostert could dust the Lions' bottom-three run defense. Getting the rushing attack established early will be the key for Miami covering this game as three-point road favorites. I expect first-year head coach Mike McDaniel to have Miami prepared to win by at least three points in a plus-matchup after enduring a previous three-game losing slump due to Tagovailoa's injury.

Pittsburgh Steelers (+11 @ -110) at Philadelphia Eagles: (Bet $100 to Collect $191) -- Best odds available at Caesars (click here)

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The Eagles have been a massive success story this season, but the run defense is vulnerable, and 11 points is quite a large number to cover. The battle for the Keystone State will occur in Philadelphia, where the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to muster up another gutsy performance as they did against Tampa Bay in Week 6. Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett has made some mistakes, but he isn't scared of the big moment and will be playing close to where he grew up, which makes me like his outlook despite the tough matchup. Philadelphia will be well-rested off of their Bye, but sometimes, this works against teams, creating rust to shake off. The Steelers covered against Miami by 1.5 points. If they can get Najee Harris going against Philadelphia's run defense, which is allowing 109 yards per game, I like Pittsburgh to lose by ten points or less with their tough-nosed defense against a run-centric Eagles offense.

San Francisco 49ers (-1.5 @ -110) at Los Angeles Rams: (Bet $100 to Collect $191) -- Best odds available at DraftKings (click here)

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Historically, Kyle Shanahan dominates Sean McVay. The coaches aren't playing football on the field, but they are calling the plays. The Rams have lost the last four regular-season matchups against the 49ers, including a 24-9 win in the Bay Area during Week 4. Consecutive losses against Atlanta and Kansas City have the 49ers desperate for a win. Expect Shanahan to leverage newly acquired running back Christian McCaffery to open up the passing attack and return it to a lower-volume, higher-efficiency offense with Jimmy Garoppolo. Matthew Stafford is playing terribly behind a bad offensive line and could be in store for another seven sacks against Nick Bosa and Fred Warner, which makes me like the 49ers to cover as two-point road favorites at SoFi Stadium in Week 8.

Cincinnati Bengals (-3 @ -115) at Cleveland Browns: (Bet $100 to Collect $187) -- Best odds available at BetMGM (click here)

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I'm shocked at this line. Cincinnati has been trending up with a stout defense and prolific passing attack led by Joe Burrow, while Cleveland has lost four consecutive games. Yes, most of the Browns' losses have been one-possession games, but they cannot get out of their way in big moments. Whether it's an ill-advised throw from Jacoby Brissett in crunch time, or Nick Chubb getting bottled up and stalling the offense, Cincinnati should end its four-game losing slump against Cleveland on Monday Night Football. The Browns have a bad run defense, which could get Joe Mixon going behind a slowly improving offensive line that cost a ton of money in free agency. If that doesn't hit, Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd always burn defensive backs downfield. Cincinnati is allowing 18.9 points per game, ranked eighth-lowest in the league, which means stopping Chubb is the top priority to improving their ATS record to 6-2.

NFL Week 8 Best Bets Against the Spread

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