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.
The 2022 season has not been kind to teaser legs. Week 7’s top teaser legs went 1-2, while other, more speculative options went 2-1.
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The Best NFL Week 8 Teasers
Broncos (+2.5) Vs. Jaguars
Handicapping team performances in London is difficult. The Vikings got away with the first win against the Saints thanks to a double-doink missed field goal. The next week, the Giants upset the Packers as more than a touchdown underdog.
Russell Wilson, thanks to some high knees reps on the plane, is ready to go this week after missing the last game with an injury. Given the injury status of Wilson, an ever-thinning backfield, and the trip to London, having an extra cushion in a low-total outing makes the Broncos worth a look.
However, their top-tier defense against a reeling Jaguars offense should keep them in this game. The Broncos are allowing the lowest success rate of any defense in the NFL. Just once has a team breached 20 points and twice 17 points.
Given the propensity for this offense to completely disappear– under Wilson or not– moving this line through both +3 and +7 doesn’t hurt.
Jets (+2.5) Vs. Patriots
Variance in the Jets offense has never been higher than this week. Not only was star running back Breece Hall (ACL) lost for the year, but their best remaining offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker (triceps) was, too. In their past three wins, Zach Wilson has not thrown a touchdown pass. Newly-acquired James Robinson may be thrown to the flames right off the bat as it’s clear this team isn’t all that confident in Michael Carter being the lead back.
The Patriots are dealing with their own offensive disaster, flip-flopping between QBs Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe. Jones will get the start Sunday. The offense under Jones has been nothing short of awful, as even in their highest-scoring affair under him, Jones threw zero touchdown passes and three picks. With a total trending to be very low, every point moved is worth more.
However, his rivalry has been anything but close, even post-Tom Brady. Just once in their last four outings have the Jets kept the score within 14 points (a 30-27 loss in 2020). Added in the necessary re-invention of their offense, this game could get out of hand.
Texans (+2) Vs. Titans
The Texans and Titans are tied for the second-lowest total on the week at points. Ryan Tannehill briefly left last week’s win over the Colts with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Although reports say he’s out of the walking boot, Tannehill did not practice Wednesday.
With or without Tannehill, this is going to be a Derrick Henry game. Henry’s averaged 103.5 rushing yards against the Texans in his career and in his last two against them, King Henry rushed for a boggling 212 and 250 yards (2020– missed 2021 games with an injury). Houston’s done little to provide resistance to opposing ground games, most recently letting Josh Jacobs loose for three touchdowns. They’re 29th in yards per rush allowed and 27th in rushing success rate allowed.
Despite ground dominance, the Titans haven’t recently separated themselves in this rivalry; their last three wins all came by fewer than seven points and they even dropped their second meeting last season.
Taking the Texans through a field goal and a touchdown is one of the better options on the week.
Other Potential NFL Week 8 Teasers
Ravens (+2) At Buccaneers
Thursday Night Football odds between the Ravens and Buccaneers doesn’t quite have the same low total as the options above. However, these teams are both going to be without a lot of players. Six starters are out for Tampa Bay, including their top four defensive backs. Rashod Bateman, Mark Andrews, and Marcus Peters are all questionable.
Neither team is living up to potential, particularly on offense. The Bucs offense has been dreadful to watch lately, with their most recent outing being a three-point stinker against a Panthers team actively tanking. The Ravens’ defense is most vulnerable through the air– especially if Peters sits– but the passing offense for the Bucs has been miserable. Tom Brady has just two touchdown passes on 141 attempts over his last three games.
The Ravens have been the league’s worst second-half team, choking away leads of 28 and 10 twice, accounting for all three of their losses. Moving the line through three points is solid insurance against a team that can’t hold water in a bucket.
Rams (+1.5) Vs. 49ers
This game doesn’t have a particularly high total, but given Sean McVay’s track record against Kyle Shanahan, this game doesn’t fall into the top teaser category. Earlier this season, the 49ers dominated the Rams 24-9 in Santa Clara behind stellar play from the defensive front. Nick Bosa alone recorded five QB hits on Matthew Stafford, who’s playing the worst football of his career.
Deebo Samuel (hamstring) headlined a list of seven starters logging a DNP on Wednesday.
The real concern is the ineffectiveness of the Rams offense against a best-in class when healthy 49ers defense. Los Angeles is 31st in total EPA per play on the year, behind just the Panthers. Despite having the NFL’s best receiver and a future Hall-of-Fame QB, the Rams are 30th in passing EPA, near illustrious passing offenses like the Texans, Steelers, and Jets.
Teasing this line six points moves through three and seven, but doesn’t get it to +8. Eight isn’t a traditional key figure in football, but it’s becoming a more common differential given the rise of going for two.
Saints (+1.5) Vs. Raiders
Welcome back to the fold, New Orleans, who’s now landed on the teasers list for three consecutive weeks. Despite throwing three back-breaking interceptions– two of which were returned for touchdowns– Andy Dalton will be the starting QB for the Saints. Luckily, the Raiders are forcing the second-fewest turnovers in the league this season.
Josh Jacobs is on a tear as he seeks a new contract. He’s eclipsed his previous career-high in rushing yards (over 140) in each of his last three games and capped it off with a three-touchdown performance against the Texans. The Saints provide a lot tougher resistance than the Texans, ranking seventh in EPA per rush allowed.
A higher total and not moving the line to +8 makes this a less exciting option.
Best of luck betting on NFL Week 8 teasers.