Sunday, October 29, 2017

Week 8 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are Dan Yanotchko's Week 8 NFL picks against the spread:

Washington Redskins +3 over Dallas Cowboys (3 Units)

This is a game that could potentially have playoff implications, as both teams need this win badly to keep pace with the Eagles. Dallas still will have Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup, but he will have a hard matchup against a Washington defense that has only given up 94.5 yards per game and only 3 touchdowns. I like Kirk Cousins being able to attack a weak Dallas secondary that has given up 11 touchdowns and 216 yards per game. Take the points at home here.

Atlanta Falcons -6.5 over New York Jets (5 Units)

The Falcons were stifled by the Patriots in their rematch last week, and this is a game that feels like the Falcons will use to jump start their second-half campaign. The Jets have played great all year, and they have been in most games, but Atlanta will have a much needed breakout game for their struggling offense. The Jets allow opposition rushers 126.6 yards per game, 4.3 yards per carry, and five touchdowns. The Jets secondary has also allowed a league-high 15 touchdowns through the air. This is a get-right game for Atlanta, so I'll give the points.

Detroit Lions +3 over Pittsburgh Steelers (3 Units)

The Lions have had a strong year, and now they also have a shot to win the NFC North due to the injury suffered by Aaron Rodgers. The Steelers have reeled off back-to-back impressive wins in Kansas City and against the Bengals as well. The Lions have a very stout run defense that only allows 94.3 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry, and they will be able to slow down Le'Veon Bell. Also the Steelers do not do well with distractions and Martavius Bryant is a big one. It's been an underdog year, so take the points at home.
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