Bengals -3 (at Browns) and Titans -2 (at Texans) tie as the top Bookies Battle consensus picks for NFL Week 8, each garnering nearly 80% of contest sentiment, as the competing bookmakers look to continue their current hot streak.
A hint of betting line value can be gleaned from both picks, as there’s juice attached to Cincy -3 on most NFL oddsboards, and Tennessee is up to -2.5, per Friday’s market consensus.
Cincinnati visits divisional rival Cleveland on Monday night without the services of star wideout Ja’Marr Chase, who is expected to miss several weeks with a hip injury. The Bengals, though, have been on a ticket-cashing spree, covering the spread in five straight games.
Our bookmakers are also jumping aboard Tennessee’s current four-game ATS run, laying a cheap price against a Texans club that is 1-4-1 straight up on the season. Houston has covered three straight in this series, but against spreads of +11, +10.5, and +7.
Bears +10.5 (at Cowboys) and Jets +2.5 (vs. Patriots) are tied as the third most popular Week 8 consensus picks, followed by Jaguars -2.5 (vs. Broncos in London). The Chicago and Jacksonville selections are on pace for solid closing-line value.
Here’s the list of consensus plays for the 15-game slate.
NFL Week 8 Consensus Picks, Bookies Battle 2022
|Team||Contest Line||Fri. Line||Opponent||Picks||% of Pool|
|Bengals||-3||-3 (-115)||at Browns||43||78.2%|
|Titans||-2||-2.5 (-115)||at Texans||43||78.2%|
|Jets||+2.5||+2.5 (-105)||vs Patriots||39||70.9%|
|Colts||-3||-3 (-105)||vs Commanders||29||52.7%|
- Bookies Battle consensus picks are on a fine run, tallying four straight weeks of .500 or better. The selections went 10-4 last week, an excellent clip, but not enough to top 13-2-1 in Week 4.
- Consensus picks are 55-50-3 on the season, break even against -110 vig.
- Kalen Carlisle (Wynn) leads in the season-long standings after Week 7, picking 64 winners so far. He’s followed by veterans Jason Scott (BetMGM) and Jay Rood (Bally Bet), with 63 winners apiece.
- With two weeks to go in the second-quarter mini-contest, Eric Lepard (Wynn) has the lead with a 21-7 record. Rood is in second, a game back.
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