Insider’s Guide to predictions and hot takes for a sport or a game. This edition is from the Tipico Sportsbook Team to share their thoughts from Week 8 and a preview into Week 9.
What we learned from Week 8
Week 8 of NFL action gave us all the thrill that we expect week in and week out. Some hot teams stayed hot, while others got a dose of reality. Win streaks were extended, losing streaks were snapped, and so much more for us to die into on this edition of the inside scoop.
Week 8 Takeaways
Andre Zammit, VP of Tipico Sportsbook: Time to watch out for the 49ers. They just made easy work of the current Super Bowl champs and are finally .500 after a slow start to the season. They also have five home games in a row, sounds like they are firing up for a hot streak. The Lions continue to do what they do best. For what feels like the one-millionth time, they blow a double-digit lead going into the fourth quarter and end up with their sixth loss of the season. Someone call Joe Exotic to whip these Cats into shape! The Parity of the NFL is unmatched the season, just look at the division leader. The Vikings, Falcons, and Seahawks are all leading the divisions after eight weeks! Before the season these three teams to win their respective division would have paid out +327500 in a parlay!
Sunny Gupta, Sportsbook Manager: Where did the Commanders come from? Terry McLaurin had an insanely clutch reception late in the game carrying Washington to three wins in a row, making them above .500! Every team in the NFC Beast is now .500 or above. Pretty good for last year's “weakest division.” Broncos Country turns up the heat, thanks to Russel Wilson who was feeling limbered up after stretching on the long flight to London. Christian McCaffrey dressed up as a QB, RB, and WR this Halloweekend. He became the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson to have a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game. The Eagles and Bills continue their regular season dominance with easy wins over the Steelers and Packers. Both sit as the two favorites to win the Super Bowl (Eagles +500, Bills +240).
Vincent Pepe, Quantitative Trading Analyst: The 49ers are loving their recent acquisition as Christian McCaffrey is already making an immediate impact. After becoming the first player since 2005 to record a passing, receiving, and rushing touchdown in the same game, it’s safe to say the 49ers are happy with that trade. The Bengals have done a complete 180 for the worst. Before last week, they were looking like last year’s Super Bowl team. Now they have completely fallen off without Ja'Marr Chase and lost to a weak Browns team, being able to only put up 17 points.A thriller in Arizona saw eight total touchdowns to eight different players! The Vikings are continuing to perform at a high level without relying so heavily on Justin Jefferson.
Ryan Taylor, Sportsbook Analyst: At about the halfway point of the NFL season, the first-place teams in the NFC are the Eagles (7-0), Vikings (6-1), Seahawks (5-3), andFalcons (4-4). It is safe to say that no one saw this coming before the season started, especially with how bad the early season favorites are doing. The Bucs (3-5), Packers (3-5), and Rams (3-4)have all severely underperformed. Two steps back, five steps forward. The Titans started off 0-2 and have won five games in a row since! The AFC South is surely theirs for the taking. The Dolphins offense looked as explosive as ever! Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle combined for 194 receiving yards and Tua looked fully healthy as he diced up the Lions defense completing over 80% of his passes with a 138.7 QB rating.
Brian Gilmartin, Sportsbook Analyst: Seattle looks poised to be a real threat in the NFC West this year after the Seahawks beat the Giants with ease. The Giants and Jets both lost, slowing down the NY hype train. The Eagles and Bills continue their dominance, still sitting atop of their respective conferences. The Eagles have a dangerous connection between Hurts and AJ Brown, who connect for three 25+ Yard TD passes in the first half alone. Meanwhile, the Bills sat at a comfortable two+ possession lead nearly all game against Aaron Rodgers and the struggling Packers.
From our book to you, let's take a look at the most interesting plays from the weekend.
Most Bet on Player Props Week 8
Did you take any of our most popular play props?
- Derrick Henry Anytime TD (-150)
- Tony Pollard Anytime TD (-165)
- Saquon Barkley Anytime TD (-130)
- Kenneth Walker Anytime TD (-145)
- Stefon Diggs Anytime TD (-120)
Most Bet on Games
Top 5 games with the most bets received.
- Packers at Bills
- Giants at Seahawks
- Cardinals at Vikings
- Patriots at Jets
- Bears at Cowboys
Biggest WOWs from Week 8
Money left on the board. Pregame Odds that cashed out.
- Commanders moneyline (+125)
- Ravens moneyline (+110)
- Broncos moneyline (+102)
- 49ers moneyline (-101)
- Saints moneyline (-108)
Week 9 Games to Watch
Andre Zammit: Rams @ Bucs – Both are below .500 at this point in the season. Nobody would have predicted this. One team has to get right and turn their season around.
Sunny Gupta: Rams @ Bucs – Entering the season both teams had Super Bowl hopes but at the midway point, it looks like both will struggle to make the playoffs. This looks to be a must win for both teams.
Vincent Pepe: BAL @ NO: Baltimore travels to New Orleans to play a Saints team coming off a game where they shut out the Las Vegas Raiders. A great QB duel will make this an entertaining one!
Ryan Taylor: Titans @ Chiefs. With the re-emergence of the Titans after a slow start, this game suddenly has big ramifications for eventual seeding. These are the 2 and 3 seeds in the conference and the winner of this game could set themselves up nicely in a chase against Buffalo for that one seed.
Brian Gilmartin: Vikings @ Commanders: Kirk Cousins returns to Landover, Maryland to take on a surging Commanders team that looks to try to keep pace in the NFC wild-card race and an extremely competitive NFC East. Meanwhile, the Vikings look to sustain their early season success in their press for the NFC’s top record.
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