We’re working back toward the black here at Contest General, posting a second consecutive 2-1 ATS week thanks to the Vikings and Browns. With just 13 games on the docket for Week 8, the pickings are a little bit slimmer than usual, but we still have a few positions that we think can put you in the win column in our NFL Pick ‘Em Contests.
2017 NFL ATS Record
Miami Dolphins +3 at Baltimore Ravens – Is it possible that the Dolphins are actually better with Matt Moore at quarterback than they were with Jay Cutler? We think so. The way Moore drove down the field in consecutive drives last week against the Jets was more impressive than anything Cutler has done all season. Now, with Cutler out with cracked ribs, it’s Moore’s ball for at least a week or two. But this NFL pick is more about the Ravens than the Dolphins. Baltimore is awful. Its offense has no healthy wide receivers of note at the moment, and Joe Flacco looks like he’s stuck around too long at the end of his career. If the Ravens are capable of losing at home to the Bears, they’re sure as heck capable of getting beaten at home on a short week by the Dolphins, too.
Minnesota Vikings -9 vs. Cleveland Browns – We’re going to get back on the Vikings bandwagon for a second consecutive week. Case Keenum and the Vikes have been on point recently, and the ground game has proven to be capable with Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray splitting up the work that used to be done by Dalvin Cook. We cashed with Cleveland last week as well, but the Browns are a wreck offensively. They’ve lost their leader in Joe Thomas at left tackle, and there’s only so many times DeShone Kizer can be yanked out of games before he mentally becomes a complete and utter mess. You’re not going to see us laying more than a touchdown often, but this spot seems to be a good one to do it.
San Francisco 49ers +13 at Philadelphia Eagles – C.J. Beathard had a bad first start under center for the 49ers against Dallas, but it surely wasn’t all his fault. That 40-10 defeat was a total team collapse. San Fran is bad, but that was the first time it had gotten its doors blown off since Week 1 against the Panthers. The Eagles are good, and we think they might actually have the best team in the NFL this year, but they’re still being asked to lay two touchdowns on a short week. Plus, they’re going to have to do all of this after their franchise left tackle and one of their starting linebackers were just lost for the season to injuries. We’ll take the points.