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2019 NFL Week 8 Betting
More than half the teams hit the midway point as the 2019 NFL regular season schedule heads into Week 8. Dallas and Baltimore take the week off leaving a 15-game slate, including a return to London for an interconference tussle between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals. The International Series returns to Wembley Stadium this time around for the third of four games across the pond. The NFL has a game scheduled for Mexico City later in the year.
The Minnesota Vikings handed Kirk Cousins a lot of money to be their quarterback and he spurned the Skins to take the cash. Things didn’t go smoothly in his first season as the Vikes missed the playoffs a season after playing for the NFC championship. Cousins will meet his former club for the first time when the Redskins visit the Twin Cities on Thursday to open the week in one of 10 interconference matchups on the slate.
There are no divisional matchups this week, but the number of games within each conference could bring some clarity to the early playoff picture. It’s a good time for posturing within the AFC and NFC for teams looking to gain a tie-break advantage. One such contest takes place in Atlanta where the Falcons finish a stretch of three straight games against the NFC West by hosting the Seahawks.
Other games within the NFC have the Giants in Detroit taking on the Lions, The Cardinals face another stiff test against the New Orleans Saints and Carolina takes a trip out west to square off with the 49ers. The AFC also offers up some intriguing matchups. The Jets visit the Jaguars and the Raiders head to Houston as part of the early Sunday games.
Oakland has experienced just one winning season since 2002 and even that seemed like a failure. The Raiders went 12-4 in 2016 and the youthful group looked ready to turn a corner. However, the loss of Derek Carr late in the year proved to be too big of an obstacle to overcome. They reached the playoffs but were bounced by Brock Osweiler and the Texans, 27-14, in the Wild Card round. This will be their first meeting since that day.
Following his trade to the Browns, Odell Beckham Jr. said he wanted to turn his team into the “new Patriots.” A reference, of course, to what Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and everyone else associated with the team past and present have been able to accomplish over the last two decades. OBJ and his “new Patriots” will get a chance on Sunday afternoon to knock off the present Patriots when the clubs collide in Foxboro. Flex scheduling has been in effect since Week 5, so if things are going the way the Browns and Pats hope they are at the mid-point of the year, NBC could be calling.
We don’t often see regular season games between teams that met in the preseason, but we have one instance on Sunday night, and it should be a good one. Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes takes on two-time winner Aaron Rodgers in a rematch of the very first Super Bowl. At the time of the playing in January of 1967, the game wasn’t even called the Super Bowl. Known as the AFL-NFL Championship, the Packers and coach Vince Lombardi defeated the Chiefs, 35-10.
The betting week closes with another all AFC matchup when the Dolphins visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
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