NFL Week 8: Previews, Spreads and Predictions for the Week's Top Matchups

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IOctober 27, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 the New York Jets makes a pass as linebacker Mario Haggan #57 of the Denver Broncos gives chase at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia NFL betting fans are excited to see QB Michael Vick start for the team this week, while Dallas' QB Tony Romo will miss six-to-eight weeks before he steps foot back onto the field.

There were many questionable calls during Week 7, but at the end of the day, it was also one heck of a week for football fans.


Green Bay Packers (4-3) vs New York Jets (5-1)

Preview: The Packers are coming off a close victory over the Minnesota Vikings, while the Jets have been itching to get back onto the field and into the spotlight.

Jets CB Darrelle Revis is finally back to full strength, and he will need to have a big NFL odds game against Aaron Rodgers and his deadly passing game.

The Jets are very well-rested and have had ample time to come up with a strategy to prevent the Packers from throwing the long ball.

QB Mark Sanchez has been spectacular for the Jets early on, and is tied for leading the league in fewest interceptions thrown thus far with only two on the season.

Spread: The Jets are giving Green Bay six points this week, making the Packers an attractive underdog option, especially after the way they played last week. 

Prediction: Rex Ryan will attempt to find a way to prevent Rodgers from playing his game, and with Revis back to full strength, I see the Jets taking this one by a touchdown. 


Minnesota Vikings (2-4) vs New England Patriots (5-1)

Preview: New England snuck out a victory against the Chargers after San Diego kicker Kris Brown failed to nail a 50-yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime. 

The Patriots have now won four straight games after kicking the season off with a 1-1 record.

Brett Favre's historic streak could be snapped this week due to an ankle injury that is keeping him out of practice on Wednesday. But as we all know, the Favre machine should be ready to go by Sunday. 

The Vikings have struggled mightily so far and will really need Favre at 100 percent if they want to steal their third win of the season against the Patriots.

Spread: The Patriots are giving up 6.5 sportsbook points to the Vikings in this matchup.

Prediction: Although Favre has proven to be one tough dude throughout his long career, I see the Patriots running away with this victory by more than a touchdown.


Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) vs New Orleans Saints (4-3)

Preview: Big Ben got lucky last week after the referees decided that they couldn't determine who recovered the QB's end-zone fumble. 

This week the Steelers will have to face the reigning champions on the road. 

The Saints haven't played as anticipated this season and are coming off a loss to the Cleveland Browns in which QB Drew Brees threw four interceptions. 

New Orleans now has losses to the Browns, Falcons and Cardinals on the year.

Spread: The Steelers are the underdog in this Sunday night duel, getting one point on the Saints.

Prediction: Pittsburgh has now won four consecutive road games and seems like the stronger overall team in this matchup. I select the Steelers to win by more than one point.