NFL Week 8 Teaser Legs: Titans And Colts Can Fit, But With What?

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on October 31, 2021
NFL week 8 teasers

Teaser bets remain a popular option with many NFL bettors. But, you must use caution when selecting which teams you’ll tease, as you can’t win long-term without a sound strategy. At TheLines, we’ll go over each week’s NFL slate to see which teams fit best in teasers. Today, we look at options for NFL Week 8 teasers.

Be sure to go over our primer on teaser bets hereIt’s imperative that you understand what to look for, from the numbers to the sportsbook juice being paid.

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The Best NFL Week 8 Teasers

Our best option for NFL Week 8 teaser plays is a bit unusual as it actually includes both teams from one game. If you’re confused, just read on.

Titans (+1.5) OR Colts (+1.5)

Of course, we don’t mean to say you can find both of these right now. At sportsbooks tracked by TheLines, in fact, only one Titans +1.5 is currently even on the board. However, consider that just yesterday, the Colts were as high as +2.5.

This line has bounced around enough that you could potentially find both teams at teaser-friendly numbers this week.

With a total of , it’s right on the border of where we should feel comfortable using teasers.

Still, this should be a close game. Indianapolis in particular has a heightened urgency. Already two games back and having lost on the road to Tennessee, this is probably a must-win if they want any chance of winning the division. The road to a wild card doesn’t look easy. So, winning this would massively boost their playoff chances.

This would seem a good matchup for the Colts. They rank first in rush defense DVOA and did a solid job the first time these teams met, holding Derrick Henry to 4 YPA. They made it a grind as he didn’t find space for anything longer than a 20-yard-run.

A lot may depend on the Titans’ approach to this problem. If they air it out on early downs to mix it up, they should find more success.

Colts QB Carson Wentz played pretty poorly in the first meeting as well but has looked better lately. He posted double-digit YPA numbers in two of the past three with the other being the monsoon game against San Francisco. He should have his full complement of receiving weapons, except for Parris Campbell (IR, foot).

If you can get either team in the teaser zone, they’re worth considering.

Other Potential NFL Week 8 Teasers

Of course, teasers require more than one team, and finding a second option in Week 8 looks a bit difficult. Unfortunately, the only other team to currently land in the teaser zone looks like a dicey proposition.

Vikings (+2.5) Vs. Cowboys

UPDATE: Since first being published, doubt have surfaced as to whether Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (calf) will play, which has flipped this line out of teaser range for the Vikings. 

The Vikings and Cowboys both come off their byes to play in Minnesota.

The big question here: does Minnesota have a good pass defense? The numbers say yes. Both DVOA and EPA/play rank them among the top few pass defenses.

However, note that after the first few weeks — when they allowed 9.2 yards per attempt — they have faced an incredibly easy selection of opposing passing attacks (Lions, Panthers, injured Browns). The Cowboys obviously fit much more with their initial opponents who had their way with Bashaud Breeland and Patrick Peterson (now on IR).

And nobody has figured out how to slow down these Cowboys yet. They have been excellent and consistently so. Playing indoors here, they figure to get theirs yet again, and that’s where the issue with teasing this game comes in.

The total, currently , sits beyond where we can comfortably tease.

That isn’t to say using the Vikings is the worst option in the world. If you love the Titans or Colts, you need someone else. Just prepare to potentially sweat a final drive in a shootout that turned into a 10-point game based on one mistake or big play by a defense.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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