Things are starting to get interesting in the NFL as we are almost halfway through the regular season. By this point in the season, excuses along the lines of “slow starts” or “Super Bowl hangover” simply don’t apply anymore. As the saying goes, you are what your record is.
On that note, here is our three-game parlay for Week 8 of the season.
Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
NFL Betting Odds: Bears -9
You don’t even know where to start with the Panthers, who are a mess from top to bottom, coming off a firing of their GM and their quarterback, Cam Newton, sounds like he’s on the verge of a breakdown. They’ll need to pull their socks up in Chicago, where the Bears have been a monster on the defensive side of the ball. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS this season on grass; this could get ugly if Carolina’s defense doesn’t keep it close, because the Chicago defense has everything it takes to get to most quarterbacks; a pivot as fragile as Newton could be broken by halftime. This is a huge game for Newton and the Panthers, and they could fail miserably.
Pick: Bears -9
New England Patriots @ St. Louis Rams
NFL Betting Odds: Patriots -7
These two are the NFL’s annual ambassadors to Europe as the Pats and Rams play at Wembley Stadium in London, and this is the Patriots’ second time playing in England since 2009. The Patriots actually have a very good following in Europe, but that may not matter much with a Chelsea/Manchester United soccer match going on in London at the same time. The Rams are actually a decent team, they just have a terrible offense and Sam Bradford still doesn’t have enough weapons to say if he is a good quarterback or not. That being said, the St. Louis fan base is getting restless and he’ll need to pick it up soon. They’ll keep it close in London, at least.
Pick: Rams +7
New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos
NFL Betting Odds: Broncos -6
If you like offense, this should be the game for you as Denver’s Peyton Manning will go up against one of the worst NFL defenses we’ve seen in a long time in New Orleans. On the other side, Drew Brees has full license to throw the ball as much as he wants and the Denver defense can be exposed, especially if the Saints get into a rhythm. The Saints would like to turn this game into a shootout, but the Broncos have the players to force a turnover or two, and quite frankly if you had to pick a defense to get a stop when it’s needed, which defense are you choosing? Sunday Night Football; bright lights; national television; Cris Collingsworth fawning over both quarterbacks (although still not as bad as Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football); the stage is set for a fun night in Denver.
Pick: Broncos -6