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Best bets for Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season

Some spots to target, fade, and stay away from on the Week 8 NFL betting card

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The goal of this article will be to examine betting angles for this week’s NFL matchups. So not only will we identify potential spots to target, but also spots that could be traps, or just to stay away from all together. Here are some plays on the DK Sportsbook that standout in Week 8:

Spot Worth Targeting: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons

There’s no other way to put this — the Falcons are absolute trash. They’ve dropped their last four games (two in which they were favored) by a combined 63 points. They lost home last week as three-point underdogs to the Rams by 27 points. The Seahawks are a comparable team to the Rams, playing each other in a one-point game on TNF a few weeks back. Matt Ryan (ankle) is likely out for this one, meaning Matt Schaub will play QB. Russell Wilson, who’s in the driver’s seat to win MVP, is going to gash the worst pass defense in the league. I’d be shocked if Seattle doesn’t double this spread in an easy cover.

The play: SEA -7

Trap Spot: Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears

I think the public is still buying into the perception that the Bears’ defense is good enough to carry them to wins against bad teams. While that may be true in some cases, the Chargers might not be bad enough to make that statement true. For starters, the Bears’ point total last night was fake news — they scored two garbage time touchdowns, and were essentially held to 10 points (had to get that in there, as I’m still bitter about my CHI team total loss). The Chargers have a good enough defense to limit the Bears, so it might not take many points to win this one. But the Bears give up plenty of points — 60 total in their last two games. The Chargers are a little bit of a joke right now because of the poor start to the season, and the way they lost at the goal line in Tennessee last week. But they also generally bounce-back strong to finish seasons. I have zero faith in the Bears here.

The trap: CHI -4

Potential play: LAC +4

Stay Away Spot: Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers

I had a couple early season fades of the 49ers, and paid the price. They’re undefeated, and playing a relatively unknown QB in Kyle Allen at home this week. While it feels like a strong spot to back them, the Panthers are a very good team. Allen’s starting to make a name for himself, and is undefeated as the starter. While the 49ers are better defensively, the Panthers are right there behind them, as one of the best defenses in the NFC. I could really see either team grinding this one out, which puts some value on the Panthers, but also can’t bring myself to fade one of the best teams in football yet again. This is a stay away spot for me, but a game I’m looking forward to watching and learning from. It should teach us a lot about the picture in the NFC.

Stay away: Both sides

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