The current NFL standings tell one story, but not the entire tale. We will get a better idea of how teams think they look as the November 1 trade deadline approaches. We have already seen a few major moves, including Christian McCaffrey heading to the San Francisco 49ers, but we have certainly not seen the last of those moves. Teams that feel they are out of playoff contention might well be willing to deal, while those struggling a little and in need of a boost might be willing trade partners. This is when we might see things change for the better or worse for the teams involved. The approaching deadline makes Week 8 that much more important, as it represents decision time for many teams. Let’s take a look at our O/U NFL Betting picks for this weekend ahead of the deadline.
O/U Picks for This Week’s NFL Games | Week 8 Betting Analysis
Washington Commanders at Indianapolis Colts – UNDER 40
All is not well in Indianapolis, as the Colts have made the decision to bench veteran QB, who they traded for this past offseason, in favor of Sam Ehlinger. The Colts are sitting at 3-3-1, but they are there in spite of the offense, which has sputtered from the off. The Commanders are 3-4 and coming off a huge win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 7, but much like the Colts, they have not been overly impressive in the offensive side of the football. The UNDER has hit in 4 of the last 5 for Washington, as well as in 7 of their last 8 non-conference games. For the Colts, 11 of their last 12 overall have gone UNDER.
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys – OVER 43
Week 7 proved to be a good one for both of these teams. The Bears delivered arguably their best performance of the season on Monday night, taking out the Patriots in a 33-14 win. As good as the win was, it still means that the Bears are a game under .500 and have work to do to get back into the playoff picture. The Cowboys also came away with a win, but it was the return of Dak Prescott from injury that was the big story there. He got better as the game progressed and should be better yet with a full game under his belt. Both teams have been trending UNDER, but that changes when Chicago plays in Dallas, with 4 of the last 6 meetings there going OVER the point total.
New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks – UNDER 45 ½
You have to say that both of these teams have been a surprise in the first half of the season. We expected the Giants to be better this season, but I don’t think anyone saw them going 6-1 through the opening 7 games. The expectation was that the Seahawks would struggle with Geno Smith under center, but he has looked great in helping Seattle to a 4-3 record. The Giants tend to keep the scoring on the lower end of the scale, with 14 of their last 18 games going UNDER the point total. They are also 3-8 O/U in their last 11 games versus teams from the NFC, so I think UNDER may be the way to go here.