NFL Tipsheet: Mini previews and recommended bets for Week 8 fixtures

The Brady Crunch: Tom Brady's arm will get its first real test in a crucial head-to-head at Buffalo
The Brady Crunch: Tom Brady's arm will get its first real test in a crucial head-to-head at Buffalo

Romilly Evans runs you through the card with his bite-size bets for the rest of Sunday's games after Wembley...

"Lightning strikes twice. And all that remains is Tommy's smouldering sneakers."

Recommended Bet
Back Buffalo Bills (+6.5pts) to win @ 1.9110/11 or better

Arizona at Carolina
Sunday, 17:00

Arizona's Cardinals migrate east for this rematch of the NFC Championship Game, looking to banish memories of that Carolina implosion, and last week's failure to capitalise on some decent field position against Seattle in a thrilling 6-6 tie - that's right, oxymoron fans. Their number-two ranked defense at least bolstered its high-table status, and the Cards shouldn't have much to fear from a Panthers outfit still licking its narcissistic wounds from the Super Bowl. Cam Newton has been lacklustre (six picks in his opening five games, before concussion protocol knocked him out), so don't read too much into his supposed renaissance in New Orleans. The Saints grind the gears on one of the worst secondaries known to Underwhelming.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 47.5 Total Points @ 1.9110/11 or better


Detroit at Houston
Sunday, 17:00

Some days, it looks like Matt Stafford is among the sunniest quarterbacks in the league. Most days, though, it rains in Stafford's world. Quite why that is (considering his innate talent and applied attitude) is a matter for the capricious gods. However, Stafford seemed back to world-beating best, leading his Lions on a winning TD-drive, as time wound down against Washington. Golden Tate is stepping up in tandem of late, trying to fill a Megatron-sized void at number-one wideout. Houston's D has been playing tough without JJ Watt, but the wheels are beginning to loosen, if they're not coming off. Detroit, on the other hand, have won three in a row, and the ineffectual Brock Osweiler should struggle to keep pace with Stafford despite homefield advantage.

Recommended Bet
Back Detroit (+2.5pts) to win @ 1.9420/21 or better


Kansas City at Indianapolis
Sunday, 17:00

Andy Reid appears to be timing his attack run to perfection in a surprisingly competitive AFC East, as Alex Smith, Spencer Ware and a better-safe-then-sorry Jamaal Charles (swollen knee) progressively interweave their skills with a staunch D at Kansas' backbone. Reid's restrained gameplans, however, will be tested by Indy, who aren't afraid to mix it up on offense, and seem to have re-established their Andrew Luck-to-TY Hilton connection. Throw in Jack Doyle at tight end, and Luck could yet kick-start this team with his rapier-strike ability. So Reid may have to rely on his stoic patience a while longer.

Recommended Bet
Back Indianapolis to win at on the Moneyline @ 2.226/5 or better


New England at Buffalo
Sunday, 17:00

Okay, so Tom Brady isn't Jacoby Brissett. However, after Buffalo's 16-0 win over the Pats a few weeks back (their first shutout on the road in 26 years no less), I can't see why they're such heavy underdogs to repeat the feat at home - even with Brady back at the helm in place of his young back-up. Tyrod Taylor is mobile and dangerous outside the pocket, LeSean McCoy is loosening up (after his hamstring pull), and their redoubtable defense can keep Brady-to-Gronk off-line (especially with defensive tackle Marcell Dareus back). Lightning strikes twice. And all that remains is Tommy's smouldering sneakers.

Recommended Bet
Back Buffalo (+6.5pts) to win @ 1.9420/21 or better


New York Jets at Cleveland
Sunday, 17:00

Cleveland appear to be this year's cautionary tale to working hard, daring to dream, and still falling flat on your face. To be fair, losing a host of first-choice starters in pivotal positions is something of a stumbling block. And this fall from grace will gather pace here against the Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick has the reins back at QB (Geno Smith was unlucky to tear his ACL) and shouldn't relinquish them. Just none of those trademark turnovers please, Fitz.

Recommended Bet
Back New York Jets (-6.5pts) to win on Half-time H'cap @ 1.9110/11 or better


Oakland at Tampa Bay
Sunday, 17:00

Both these teams confuse me, so I should probably pass. Two eloquent cases in point: Derek Carr's scrambling is somehow paying off (courtesy of Michael Crabtree) when I thought he should be more composed; while Jameis Winston is apparently absorbing the heat when I reckoned the repeated hits (51 so far this year) would stretcher him off the park. Yet my brief is a wager-per-game, so let's spin the bottle and lean into Total Points, while these QBs ride their collective good fortune under Tampa's clear calm skies. Plus Jacquizz Rodgers and Latavius Murray are back rumbling for consistent ground gains.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 49.5 Total Points @ 2.001/1 or better


Seattle at New Orleans
Sunday, 17:00

Drew Brees in his "Thunderdome" can produce the sort of offensive Boom to even silence Seattle's notorious Legion. This match-up could be the opposite of the Hawks' 6-6 draw in Arizona last Sunday, but may prove just as frustrating for them regardless. Russell Wilson must find another level if he is the maintain scoring stride with Brees. Of course, he'll fancy his chances against New Orleans' woeful D, but these Saints are improving (granted, they can't get much worse) and Brees can do the rest to edge home.

Recommended Bet
Back New Orleans to win by 1-6 points on Winning Margin @ 5.04/1 or better


San Diego at Denver
Sunday, 20:05

Phil Rivers struck a blow for wishful thinkers everywhere by illuminating the media as to the source of San Diego's newfound ruthless streak. "We just keep telling each other we'll win the game, no matter what the score is," confided the Bolts quarterback. "And it's working." Head coaches everywhere take heed. And possibly shred that coaching badge simultaneously. Rivers' sample size is too small (two consecutive victories) and his delusion may soon be accompanied by a bout of altitude sickness as he journeys to Mile High. Denver's dominant D held Houston to a mere nine points in MNF, so expect even the Chargers' light brigade to be quelled here.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 20.5 San Diego Points @ 1.9110/11 or better


Green Bay at Atlanta
Sunday, 01:25

Green Bay need to step up if they're to validate their Super Bowl credentials (as advertised by yours truly) so this should be the game to get them rolling with a potentially crucial head-to-head marker in the NFC, come play-off time. Aaron Rodgers' offense is finally clicking (most completions this term versus Chicago) and Jordy Nelson is due a break-out performance to make up for Eddie Lacy's unfortunate injury (reaggravated ankle). More importantly perhaps, particularly on the road, the Pack's D is gaining some traction (even with a few knocks to its secondary) and can slow Matt Ryan-to-Julio Jones. That's slow but not stop - few can do that to JJ. The words "hum" and "dinger" spring to mind.

Recommended Bet
Back J.Nelson to be First / Anytime Touchdown Scorer @ 10.09/1 or better

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