We moved the line and spread in our favor to come up with three winners last week. Unfortunately we needed all four to win in order to cash the ticket and it was the Thursday night game that did us in for the second straight week. It sucks when you have a losing ticket before the Sunday games are even played. We’ll steer clear of this week’s Thursday Night Football game, which has seen a close split in the early wagers, indicating oddsmakers nailed the opening line of Texans -7 for their matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Teasers allow us to move the spread or total by as much as six points in our favor, increasing the odds of a winning ticket. However, the payout isn’t nearly as lucrative, but we could use all the help we can get in order to beat the house. Let’s take a look at a winning Week 8 four-team teaser bet.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Opening Line: Eagles -3.5
Teaser Line: Eagles +2.5
Teasing this line in our favor almost seems like easy money. The Eagles opened as a 3.5-point favorite, but we’ll take the six points and turn them into a 2.5-point dog against a Jags team that is in complete disarray right now. The Jags have injury issues on offense and that’s allowed them to score a total of four touchdowns over their last three games. The defense hasn’t been able to play to its reckless abandon because any mistake could result in a big play that leads to opponent points and a deficit the offense just isn’t capable of overcoming.
We watched Blake Bortles get yanked from last week’s game after turning the ball over twice, but there is no plan B. Cody Kessler isn’t an upgrade and unless the Jags swing a deal for a QB, they’ll have to stick with Bortles. The former first-round pick is incapable of winning games by himself and without the pieces in place, the Jags will continue to struggle. It hasn’t been all rosy for the Eagles, but they have the personnel in place and Carson Wentz has proven to be the real deal behind center.
Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers
Opening Total: 43
Teaser Total: 49
I was seriously looking at the under before teasing the total, now I’ll definitely put this game on my card for this week. Two teams that enjoy playing defense and do it very well go head to head against a total that opened at 43. To feel better about the pick I raised the total by six points and like the Ravens to once again be stingy on the defensive end. They limited the powerful Saints to just 24 points and cashed the under last week for the fifth straight game. Baltimore owns the NFL’s No. 1 scoring defense at 14.4 points per game and surrenders the fewest yards with just over 280 per contest.
With Cam Newton directing the show you would expect the Panthers to be more explosive. However Ron Rivera and Norv Turner want Cam to be more of a quarterback and less of a runner. While the passing numbers have improved, Newton’s big play ability has been limited. He’s completing a career-best 65.6 percent of his passes, but he’s been slow to take unnecessary chances and that will likely prolong his career. It hasn’t been a boon on the scoreboard.
Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams
Opening Line: Packers +9.5
Teaser Line: Packers +15.5
Give me Aaron Rodgers and two-plus touchdowns any day. And with a week off to mend from his knee injury and get the rest of his team ready for this matchup makes this an easy pick on our teaser card. The Packers might not win the game outright, but Rodgers is totally motivated by the opening spread that saw the Rams as a 9.5-point favorite. And don’t count the Packers out of anything yet. Rodgers has shown us why he’s one of the greatest of all-time with a pair of epic comebacks this season to add to his legacy. He’ll come up with ways to get around the Rams defense, which had a resounding performance in shutting down the Niners. But they aren’t facing C.J. Beathard this week.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Opening Line: New England -13.5
Teaser Line: New England -7.5
It’s not cool to kick a team when it’s down, but the Bills are about to get kicked big time. The QB situation in Buffalo is so bad that Derek Anderson, who was signed just a few days earlier, started last week’s game against the Colts. And as expected, it didn’t go very well. Anderson may be better after chiseling off some of the rust due to his inactivity, and he’s probably a better option than Nathan Peterman, but the Bills failed to score a touchdown against one of the worst defensive teams in the league. And they were destroyed by a Colts running game that had a problem doing anything prior to last week. New England should win this game comfortably, but teasing the line insures a victory on our weekly card.
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