In The Bettors Corner: Best Bets Week 8

It's already Week 8, and the season is moving too fast for me as always. In one fantasy league I'm in; I am 0-7. Unbelievable. 0-7. After following the Browns injury report closely all day last week, I decided to play Donovan Peoples-Jones at receiver in desperation of that first win. Seconds before kickoff, the on-field reporter lets everyone know People-Jones will not play due to an injury in pre-game. How the hell do you get hurt in pre-game? I immediately tried to take him out of the lineup, and it was blocked! I lost by 1 point. Bad teams find ways to lose, I guess. 3-0 last week. On to week 8.

Titans at Colts

1:00pm ET

Tennessee totally dismantled the Chiefs at home Sunday in what was supposed to be one of the best games of the day. Tennessee moved up and down the field at will in the first half against the Kansas City defense and got after Patrick Mahomes all day and even knocked him out of the game. After impressive wins over Buffalo and Kansas City the Titans sit at 5-2 and head to Indianapolis, who are winners of two straight and are a fourth-quarter meltdown in Baltimore away from being winners of four straight. Carson Wentz has his best quarterback rating in his career at 102.8 and has the Colts offense coming off back-to-back 30 point performances. With the Bengals, Raiders, and Chargers all playing good football, the only avenue to the playoffs for Indianapolis could be to win the division, so this is likely a must-win game. Tennessee beat the two teams from the AFC Championship game last year, so there may be nowhere to go but down for them. Indy needs it and their home. Indianapolis by a field goal.

BET: Indianapolis -1

Panthers at Falcons

1:00pm ET

What happened to Carolina? After starting 3-0 the Panthers have lost four games in a row, benched starting quarterback Sam Darnold and have been kicking the tires on the Deshaun Watson situation. The offense reached a low point Sunday in New York with only three points and Darnold being benched. The offense clearly misses Christian McCaffrey; defenses are crowding the line of scrimmage and daring Darnold to beat them. That's not going to happen. Darnold needs a strong running game, and he can be a game manager. Atlanta sits at 3-3 after beating the Dolphins in Miami, but still don't look like a playoff team. The teams they beat have a total of 4 wins. They won two games by field goals at the buzzer. Atlanta still turns the ball over and has critical penalties at the worst times. Their 3-3 record is due to their poor schedule early. Carolina has the better defense and better coach. Matt Rhule will figure it out, and the Panthers will get a win they desperately need. Panthers in a tight one.

BET: Panthers +3.

Patriots at Chargers

4:05pm ET

Leave it to Bill Belichick to hang 54 on the poor Jets. I understand the Jets are a sad organization, but 54 is a little steep. The Patriots have three wins. Two against the Jets and Houston. They are not a good football team. Mac Jones has had his moments, but he is still a rookie and learning on the fly. They played Dallas tough but ultimately lost, went to the wire with Tampa but could not get the win. Like I said earlier, bad teams find ways to lose. The Chargers are coming off a bye week they certainly needed. After becoming the darlings of the NFL after beating Kansas City and Las Vegas on a Monday night, the Ravens smacked them back down to earth two weeks ago. Baltimore never trailed and dominated both lines of scrimmage in the game and had Justin Herbert running for his life. In most cases, teams are not as good as there best win (Kansas City) or as bad as their worst loss (Baltimore). The Chargers are a solid team with an excellent young quarterback. They can't stop the run and have had their trouble in the red zone at times. But they are certainly good enough to handle the Patriots. I've heard New Englanders say that the Patriots only put up more points than Sunday twice in the Tom Brady era. They're kidding, right? He's gone New England, it was Tommy boy all along not Belichick. Deal with it; Chargers roll here.

BET: Chargers -5

Something to think about...

Since 2014 teams favored by two touchdowns or more have covered 74% of the time. Last week Arizona(-18) covered, the Rams (-16.5) did not. Maybe a small lean to the Rams this week, giving at the moment 14.5.

Season record 16-9

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