Week 7 of the 2012 NFL season had the majority of favorites winning. Now we head into Week 8 with some interesting odds where favorites might not be a sure thing. The Falcons remain the only unbeaten team left this season, but face the Eagles in Week 8 as roaddogs. Can the Falcons go 7-0 SU. Let’s preview Philadelphia hosting Atlanta and check the Week 8 NFL Odds as I make my predictions. Here are my NFL Week 8 Predictions and we recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the eighth week of the 2012 NFL season.
The Falcons (6-0, 3-0 V) were on their bye week in Week 7. In Week 6 they got a sloppy 23-20 home win over the Oakland Raiders. Kicker Matt Bryant kicked his second game-winning field goal in three weeks, a 55-yarder with 1 second remaining. QB Matt Ryan completed 24 of 37 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown pass, but struggled with three interceptions on the day.
Here are five things that the Falcons are focusing on in order to stay atop of the league standings:
1. Must avoid missed tackles.
2. Stop the run
3. Improve the rushing attack: Smith likes to talk about being a “scoring” offense.
4. Staying near penalty-free: The Falcons have just 18 penalties for 152 yards, both marks are the lowest in the league.
5. Takeaways: The Falcons have 10 interceptions and are tied for third in the league with Cleveland and Washington while behind Chicago (13) and the New York Giants (12).
The Falcons have also forced nine fumbles and recovered seven of them. New England leads the league with 13 forced fumbles and 11 recovered. The defense has allowed 143.8 yards per game and seven rushing touchdowns this season.
Atlanta has the sixth-highest points-per-game average (28.5) and a pair of explosive receivers in Roddy White and Julio Jones to complement quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan’s 14 touchdown passes are tied for fourth-most in the NFL and his passer rating (98.8) ranks fourth.
The Eagles (3-3, 2-1 H) were also on their bye week. In Week 6 they lost to the Detroit Lions 23-26, at home. QB Michael Vick threw for 311 yards and two TDs, but he also had two interceptions. A botched snap led to another lost fumble. The Eagles now have 17 turnovers in six games, including 13 by Vick, on eight picks and five fumbles.
The Eagles come out of their bye week with two consecutive losses. The Eagles’ defense are 11th in points per game allowed (20.8) and 12th in total yards allowed (330.8). The Eagles allowed the Lions to score 20 points in the final 20 minutes.
The Falcons rallied in the fourth quarter last year in Week 2 to sink the Eagles 35-31 at the Georgia Dome, the first of three straight fourth-quarter meltdowns by Castillo’s defense that served as the catalyst to the team’s 1-4 start and disappointing 8-8 record.
Head to Head Betting Trends:
Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.
Under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.
Home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Favorite is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
Falcons are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 meetings.
Falcons are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Philadelphia.
Falcons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 8.
Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 8.
Thursday, October 25, 2012@8:20 PM ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings (-6.5) (o/u-41.5)
Sunday, October 28, 2012@1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers (-7) (o/u-47.5)
Miami Dolphins at N.Y. Jets (-1) (o/u-40.5)
San Diego Chargers (-3) at Cleveland Browns (o/.u-44.5)
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-3.5) (o/u-46.5)
New England Patriots (-7) at St. Louis Rams (o/u-47)
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (-1) (o/u-46.5)
Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears (-5.5) (o/u-45.5)
Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions (-2.5) (o/u-43.5)
Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5) (o/u-47.5)
Sunday, October 28, 2012@4:05 PM ET
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-1) (o/u-40)
Sunday, October 28, 2012@4:25 PM ET
N.Y. Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-1) (o/u-47.5)
Sunday, October 28, 2012@8:20 PM ET
New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos (-6.5) (o/u-54.5)
Monday, October 29, 2012@8:30 PM ET
San Francisco 49ers (-7) at Arizona Cardinals (o/u-37)