Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season kicks off tonight with a "Thursday Night Football" matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins. By now, fans should have a pretty good idea of which teams are truly contenders, and which will be watching the postseason from home come January.
If you're looking to bet on this week's slate of games, here are three matchups that can potentially be exploited against the spread (ATS).
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1. Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans (-7)
The Oakland Raiders have exceeded expectations thus far, sitting at 3-3, but when they lose, they tend to lose big. Their three losses have come by an average 18.7 points per game (PPG), and Oakland lost all three by at least 18 points. The Houston Texans, meanwhile, are 2-1 when playing at home in 2019, with those two wins coming by 11.0 PPG. Oakland also has the No. 29 pass defense in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings, which could be a problem against Deshaun Watson, who has thrown 13 TDs this season (T-No. 5 in the NFL).
2. Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots (-13)
The Cleveland Browns' offense is in utter disarray, and things likely won't get much better against the New England Patriots. The defending champs are forcing a turnover on a league-best 22.8 percent of their opponent's drives, while Cleveland has turned it over 17.8 percent of its drives, which is the fourth-worst mark in the NFL. Baker Mayfield has been sacked on 7.4 percent of his drop backs thus far, the 10th-highest rate in the league, while the Patriots lead the NFL with 50 QB hits, rank second in sacks (26) and are third in sack percentage (9.7 percent). Six of New England's seven wins have come by at least 13 points, and given Cleveland's offensive woes, the Patriots' defense looks poised to dominate the Browns at home in Week 8.
3. Arizona Cardinals (+10.5) vs. New Orleans Saints
Don't look now, but the Arizona Cardinals are red hot. Arizona has ripped off three straight wins, two of which came on the road. While the New Orleans Saints have won five consecutive games, they haven't exactly been blowing opponents out. Six of their seven wins have come by single digits, and the lone exception was an 11-point victory against the Chicago Bears last week. Arizona is unlikely to pull off the upset, but the Cardinals have a chance to keep this game within 11 points.
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