With the NFL season approaching the midway point, our NFL Week 8 predictions in 2022 should start to get a little easier compared to past weeks. Some teams have started to reveal themselves as either contenders or pretenders, although there have been a few holdouts.
That just means we had to put a little extra thought into our NFL picks for today.
NFL Week 8 predictions 2022
If you look at this week’s schedule, you’ll know that making NFL Week 8 predictions in 2022 won’t be easy. There are some seriously good games on tap, including a few rivalry games.
Nearly a dozen games opened with a spread no bigger than three or four points. That hasn’t made our NFL Week 8 picks particularly easy, but we’re up for the challenge. Here are our five most confident NFL Week 8 picks.
All odds taken October 25 at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Broncos vs Jaguars
If you want a virtual lock for our NFL Week 8 predictions in 2022, take the under in this game. The Broncos have only scored more than 16 points once this year while also allowing an average of 16.4 points per game defensively. It’s that same logic that makes us think that this will be a close game that probably won’t be won by more than a field goal.
Just like the Broncos, the Jaguars have lost four in a row, so it’s tough to believe in them when making NFL picks against the spread because Jacksonville has done little to warrant being a favorite.
That being said, somebody will have to win this game. Trevor Lawrence has at least started to protect the ball a little better. If the Jags can avoid turnovers in this game, they should be able to outscore the Broncos.
But Denver’s defense isn’t going to let them fall too far behind, enabling the Broncos to keep this game close enough to beat the spread.
- SU Pick: Jaguars (-156)
- ATS Pick: Broncos +3 (-110)
Steelers vs Eagles
The Eagles got to enjoy their bye last week while still being unbeaten, and they should have no problem getting focused to face their in-state rivals. But while the Philadelphia offense has been balanced and consistent, the Eagles have only scored more than 30 points once this year.
Also, only two of their wins this season have come by more than 10 points, which is why the spread in this game is a little high.
For the most part, the Steelers have been solid defensively this year, save for their disastrous trip to Buffalo.
They’ve been able to hold four of their seven opponents to 20 points or less, which has helped to keep them competitive. In terms of NFL picks straight up, the Eagles at home this week is probably the safest bet. But our NFL picks for today include the Steelers staying close and beating the spread.
- SU Pick: Eagles (-550)
- ATS Pick: Steelers +10.5 (-105)
Bears vs Cowboys
The Bears are coming off a stunning Monday night win over the Patriots. While four New England turnovers helped, the Chicago offense looked downright functional, scoring 33 points and gaining 390 total yards.
That should give them a glimmer of hope ahead of their trip to Dallas. Keep in mind the Bears only have one loss this year by 10 points or more, so they’ve done enough to stay within striking distance of most teams.
Dak Prescott was good but not great in his return from injury last week. The Cowboys scored 24 points in that game but haven’t scored more than 25 points in a game this year. That doesn’t leave much margin for error when it comes to covering a double-digit spread.
- SU Pick: Cowboys (-480)
- ATS Pick Bears +9.5 (-105)
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Packers vs Bills
The Bills have won three in a row and are double-digit favorites over the Packers, so Buffalo winning straight up is among our top guarantees in our NFL Week 8 predictions.
The question is whether Buffalo can cover the spread in the first game the Packers have been double-digit underdogs with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. After three straight losses, things aren’t looking good for Green Bay. Rodgers has averaged six yards per pass or less in all three games and isn’t getting enough from the Green Bay rushing attack.
Perhaps more importantly, the Bills have the best defense in the league, so they should continue to frustrate Rodgers, allowing Allen and the Buffalo offense to pull away and cover the spread.
- SU Pick: Bills (-500)
- ATS PIck: Bills -10.5 (-110)
Bengals vs Browns
The Browns have enjoyed a lot of success in this rivalry in recent years, winning six of their last eight head-to-head meetings with the Bengals and their last four home games in this rivalry.
Unfortunately, the Browns haven’t played well lately, losing four in a row while giving up at least 30 points in two of those four games.
Granted, the Browns excel at running the ball and can score plenty of points themselves. But Cincinnati is rounding into form on both sides of the ball. The Bengals have been surprisingly good on defense, holding teams to 20 points or less in five of seven games.
Meanwhile, Joe Burrow is heating up with 300 or more passing yards in back-to-back games and three passing touchdowns in both of those games. The Browns don’t have a good enough defense to stop that and they won’t be able to keep up against Cincinnati’s defense, so we’re leaning toward the Bengals winning and covering on the road.
- SU Pick: Bengals (-180)
- ATS Pick: Bengals -3 (-118)