Jay’s Plays 2017 NFL Picks: Week 8 betting guide
Jay's Plays

Jay’s Plays 2017 NFL Picks: Week 8 betting guide


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Upsets by the Bears and Chargers triggered Ernesto the Prediction Iguana’s worst week in three years – a 2-4, 1-2 performance that left the season totals at 12-6 overall, 5-4 in teasers. That makes three big wins by the bears over quality opponents, as they beat both the Ravens and Steelers, making them and the Rams the season’s most remarkable surprises.

Ernesto will rebound this weekend, or he’ll get replaced by the cats for a few weeks. As always, we do teasers here, so you get to move the line six points in either direction, using lines from Vegas Insider and the HOME TEAM IN CAPS.

GREEN LIGHT



PATRIOTS (-1) vs. Chargers
SEAHAWKS (+0.5) at Texans

Home teams went 9-5 last week, a big improvement over the first third of the season. Both home favorites in this pick are rounding into shape nicely. The Chargers and Texans are overmatched going into perhaps the two toughest environments in their respective conferences.

YELLOW ALERT

PANTHERS (+8.5) AT Buccaneers
Eagles (-4.5) at 49ERS

Don’t be surprised if Panthers vs. Eagles is the NFC Championship match-up. The Bucs have been up and down at best, and the winless 49ers have no hope of moving the ball consistently against the Eagles’ stingy defense.

RED WARNING

BENGALS-Colts UNDER 49.5
Steelers (+3) at LIONS

Six or seven touchdowns is too many for the punchless Colts and inefficient Bengals. When are they going to get rid of Marvin Lewis? Or is it one of those situations where if they do, they’ll never see the north side of seven wins? Pittsburgh finally found their mojo on both offense and defense, but they have to be careful not to look past Matt Stafford and a Lions offense that can light it up.

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Jay Flemma

Jay Flemma

Starting with a blog and a dream, Jay Flemma launched his first sports-writing website in 2004. Some 13 years and 25 major golf championships later, Jay has won multiple national sports writing awards. Besides GNN, his work has appeared in numerous books as well as on-line at Cybergolf, PGA.com, GolfObserver, GolfChannel.com and many other sites and print magazines. When not trying to find a lost golf ball, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet, sports and trademark lawyer in Manhattan. His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors. Jay lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., and is fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Trinity College in Connecticut.