Bengals at Steelers (PK, 48 ½) – 1:00 PM EST
Cincinnati is one of the five undefeated teams remaining in the NFL heading into Week 8, as the Bengals are fresh off the bye week with a trip to Heinz Field. The Bengals (6-0 SU, 5-0-1 ATS) are the only squad in the league not to suffer an ATS loss yet, coming off a 34-21 victory at Buffalo two weeks ago as three-point favorites. Marvin Lewis’ team continues to cash for ‘over’ bettors, going 5-1 to the ‘over,’ including 3-0 away from Paul Brown Stadium. However, Cincinnati will be playing with double-revenge after getting swept by Pittsburgh last season, including a 27-17 setback in Week 17 at Heinz Field.
The Steelers (4-3 SU, 5-1-1 ATS) have done their best to keep their heads above water without Ben Roethlisberger in the lineup the last four games. Big Ben is expected back under on Sunday for the first time since hurting his knee in a Week 3 victory at St. Louis. The Steelers saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end at Kansas City last Sunday in a 23-13 loss, as Pittsburgh turned the ball over three times. Pittsburgh has turned up its defense recently, cashing the ‘under’ in five straight games, while holding four opponents in this stretch to 20 points or less in regulation.
Vikings (-1, 42 ½) at Bears – 1:00 PM EST
Green Bay is running away with the NFC North at 6-0, but Minnesota is hanging in with hopes of Wild Card spot at 4-2. The Vikings (4-2 SU, 5-1 ATS) head to Soldier Field trying to improve on a 1-2 road record, coming off their first away victory last Sunday by beating Detroit, 28-19. Minnesota overcame a 17-6 deficit thanks to a pair of touchdown passes by Teddy Bridgewater, who threw for a season-high 316 yards. Mike Zimmer’s club finally cashed an ‘over’ following five straight ‘unders’ to start the season last week, while six of the last seven meetings with the Bears have finished ‘under’ the total.
The Bears (2-4 SU, 3-3 ATS) return from the bye after seeing their two-game winning streak snapped in an overtime setback at Detroit in Week 6. Chicago’s two victories this season have come by a combined three points against Oakland and Kansas City, while covering three consecutive games since an 0-3 ATS start. The Bears haven’t lost to the Vikings at home since 2007, which includes erasing a 10-0 deficit in a 21-13 triumph last November behind three touchdown passes by Jay Cutler.
Buccaneers at Falcons (-7 ½, 48 ½) – 1:00 PM EST
Tampa Bay (2-4 SU, 3-3 ATS) finally was turning the corner after jumping out to a 24-0 advantage at Washington last Sunday, seeking to reach the .500 mark. However, a monumental meltdown by the Buccaneers dropped them two games below .500 in a 31-30 shocking loss to the Redskins, even though they managed a cover as three-point underdogs.Jameis Winston put together his best game as a pro by throwing for 297 yards and two touchdowns, but Tampa Bay’s defense has allowed at least 31 points in the past three games, resulting in three ‘overs.’
Following a terrific 4-0 ATS start to the season, the Falcons (6-1 SU, 4-3 ATS) have failed to cover their last three contests. Atlanta got past Tennessee last Sunday, 10-7 as five-point road favorites, scoring its lone touchdown in the third quarter on a Matt Ryan hook-up withJulio Jones. The Falcons rebounded from their first loss of the season at New Orleans by relying on the legs of Devonta Freeman, who broke the 100-yard mark for the third straight game. Atlanta has won six of the past seven meetings with Tampa Bay at the Georgia Dome, including a 56-14 thrashing last season.
49ers at Rams (-8 ½, 39 ½) – 1:00 PM EST
The NFC West race halfway through the season is in Arizona’s hands, although St. Louis owns a perfect 2-0 record in the division with wins over the Cardinals and Seahawks. The Rams (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) search for back-to-back victories for the first time this season, coming off an impressive 24-6 home triumph over the Browns as 6 ½-point favorites. Todd Gurley continues his stellar rookie campaign, rushing for 128 yards against Cleveland, the third straight game the former Georgia star has busted the 100-yard plateau. The Rams have struggled with the 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome by losing three of the last four home meetings, topped off by a 31-17 setback last season.
San Francisco (2-5 SU, 3-4 ATS) has yet to win away from Levi’s Stadium this season, going 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS on the highway. The 49ers put up a stinker last Thursday night in a 20-3 home loss as 6 ½-point underdogs, while accumulating a season-low 142 yards and being held without a touchdown for the second time this season. San Francisco has been outgained in the yardage department in six consecutive games, while the defense has allowed 120 points in three road losses. How bad of an ATS run are the Niners on? Since last November, San Francisco owns a dreadful 3-9-1 ATS record the past 13 games, as four of its past five road losses are by double-digits.
Titans at Texans (-4 ½, 43 ½) – 1:00 PM EST
Two struggling teams inside the AFC South look for some way to get on track in Houston. The Titans (1-5 SU, 3-3 ATS) dominated the Buccaneers on opening day, but that’s the last time Tennessee sniffed the win column. Tennessee lost its fifth straight game last Sunday, including the fourth in a row at home in a 10-7 setback to Atlanta. In spite of covering as a home underdog, the Titans were limited to 14 points or fewer for the fourth time in five games.Marcus Mariota will sit out the second straight game with a knee injury suffered against the Dolphins, as Zach Mettenberger is set to start once again at quarterback. The former LSU standout is winless in six NFL starts, as Tennessee goes for its first road divisional victory since Week 16 of the 2013 season at Jacksonville.
Somehow, the Texans (2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS) sit one game behind the Colts for first place in the dreadful AFC South. Houston didn’t help its case for the top spot in the division after getting blown away at Miami last week, falling behind 41-0 at halftime in a 44-26 defeat as 4 ½-point underdogs. Brian Hoyer will make his third straight start at quarterback for the Texans, who have cashed the ‘over’ in four consecutive games. The Texans routed the Titans in a season sweep in 2014, including a 30-16 triumph at home.