The Top 5 OddsTrader NFL Computer Picks for the Weekend

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Marcus Mariota #1 of the Atlanta Falcons passes the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paycor Stadium. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFP

With the help of the OddsTrader BetStation app, we can find computer-generated predictions for each game on the NFL Week 8 slate this weekend.  

The app is free to download and will show you statistical comparisons of each matchup, information on past meetings as well as spread movement, injury news, and the weather forecast as we get closer to November. 

We ranked the top five picks (spreads or totals) from the OddsTrader app for Week 8 in the NFL, including which online sportsbook to find the best price, one of the many perks of using the app.

5. The Unexpected Battle of Top Six Quarterbacks in Seattle 

Our first top pick of Week 8 involves an amusing quarterback battle between Daniel Jones of the Giants (6-1) and Geno Smith of the Seahawks (4-3). Both rank among the top six in QBR this season. The Seahawks are a 3-point favorite at home, but we are dialed in on the total of 44.5 points.

New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, October 30, 2022 – 04:25 PM EDT at Lumen Field

These quarterbacks are doing some wild things as Smith leads the NFL in completion percentage, and Jones is now the first quarterback in NFL history to lead five game-winning drives in a team’s first seven games.

But the running backs should dominate in this matchup of two of the worst run defenses in the league. We know Brian Daboll’s staff is getting the best version of Saquon Barkley that we have seen in the NFL, but do not sleep on Seattle rookie back Kenneth Walker, who could win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award if he keeps doing what he has in filling in for Rashaad Penny. Both backs should have explosive runs in this one.

It was almost criminal that the Giants-Jaguars game last week finished with 40 points as both offenses had over 430 yards and 27 first downs. Every such game like that in NFL history produced at least 52 points before that one.

The Giants are a solid blitzing defense, but the Seahawks have the right offense to score on them with Walker and Smith’s unexpected accuracy this year.

We may not be crazy about the OddsTrader’s prediction of a Giants game being decided by more than eight points, but we love the over pick in this one as these teams should score more than 44.5 points. 

OddsTrader NFL Final Score Prediction: Seahawks 28 – Giants 19 

OddsTrader NFL Total Pick: Over 44.5 Points (-107) at PointsBet

4. Can Chicago Bears Successfully Take New Offense Into Dallas?

The Chicago Bears (3-4) surprised a lot of people by scoring 33 points in New England on Monday night. Can the Bears and their No. 1 rushing offense upset the Cowboys in Dallas as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 42.5 points?

Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, October 30, 2022 – 01:00 PM EDT at AT&T Stadium

The Bears have rushed for 480 yards in the last two games, but a big part of that success is unleashing second-year quarterback Justin Fields in the running game. He can get yards on scrambles with the best of them, but his designed runs are also getting effective.

For a team that has not passed the ball well, rushing Fields with David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert might be the key to getting consistent production out of this unit. 

The Cowboys lead the NFL with 29 sacks and could make things really tough on Fields if he tries to drop back to throw, so look for the Bears to keep with the ground game to make this tight and low scoring.  

Dak Prescott returned last week and showed some rust and solid play as well. But the Cowboys are still more of a Chicago-minded team this year than we are used to seeing with a reliance on the running game and defense. 

We like the OddsTrader’ prediction of a low-scoring, close game that is ultimately a Dallas win and a Chicago cover. 

OddsTrader NFL Final Score Prediction: Cowboys 23 – Bears 19 

OddsTrader NFL Spread Pick: Bears +9.5 (-105) at PointsBet

3. Will Carolina Make It Two in a Row? 

The Carolina Panthers may have pulled off the upset of the season in a 21-3 shocker over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons failed to cover the spread for the first time this season in a road loss to the Bengals, who went nuclear through the air with Joe Burrow.

Carolina is a 4-point road underdog with a total of 41 points. 

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, October 30, 2022 – 01:00 PM EDT at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Teams that can pass the ball really well put the Falcons at a disadvantage, because Atlanta lacks a pass rush and good coverage in the secondary. That is why a team like Cincinnati shredded them with Burrow throwing to a fantastic trio of wide receivers. 

When you get the Falcons down multiple touchdowns, it is hard for them to keep up when they just want to run the ball and barely throw this year with Marcus Mariota. Even in a three-score loss to the Bengals, Mariota threw just 13 passes. 

Fortunately, the Panthers are not the kind of team to light it up in the passing game, especially with P.J. Walker as the quarterback. Carolina likely just caught Tampa Bay at the right time. This is still the worst offense at moving the football in the league, and after trading Christian McCaffrey to San Francisco, it is hard to see things improving this year. 

Trust the Falcons to get back on track at home and get this cover in a game that could be a little higher scoring than the odds expect. The last meeting between these division rivals was a 29-21 win by Atlanta

OddsTrader NFL Final Score Prediction: Falcons 26 – Panthers 19 

OddsTrader NFL Spread Pick: Falcons -4 (-107) at PointsBet

2. Will the 49ers Sweep the Rams? 

Not many would have predicted this second rematch of the NFC Championship Game would feature the 3-4 San Francisco 49ers and the 3-3 Los Angeles Rams, who are both looking up in the division to the Seattle Seahawks (4-3).

But here we are in a big game with the 49ers as a 1.5-point favorite and a total of 43 points.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, October 30, 2022 – 04:25 PM EDT at SoFi Stadium

The 49ers made the big trade for Christian McCaffrey last week, and he should be even better after getting a week to study the playbook and get more comfortable with Kyle Shanahan’s running back-friendly offense. McCaffrey already looked explosive last week against the Chiefs, but the 49ers had a rough day on defense against Patrick Mahomes. 

Matthew Stafford has not lit up the 49ers in his career, and the meeting at the start of this month was another rough outing with the pass rush getting to him.

Against top defensive fronts like the Bills, Cowboys, and 49ers this year, the Rams are 0-3 and have been unable to score more than 10 points in any game. They simply cannot protect Stafford in those games, and the Rams did not go out and trade for any linemen during the bye week. 

Look for the 49ers to pounce on that line again now that Nick Bosa is healthy and back in the lineup. The 49ers are also 7-1 against the Rams in the last eight meetings. This is one team that Shanahan is very reliable at beating. Trust the 49ers to deliver again and reinforce their position as the favorite in the division with a sweep. 

We like OddsTrader’s prediction of a low-scoring, close game that goes to the 49ers again. 

OddsTrader NFL Final Score Prediction: 49ers 20 – Rams 18 

OddsTrader NFL Spread Pick: 49ers -1.5 (-102) at MaximBet

1. Does Aaron Rodgers Have a Shootout Left in Him? 

Our top pick of the week comes on Sunday night when the Green Bay Packers (3-4) meet the Buffalo Bills (5-1).

For the first time in his NFL career, Aaron Rodgers is a double-digit underdog as the Packers are 11-point road dogs. But we are more interested in the total of 47.5 points.

Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo Bills

Sunday, October 30, 2022 – 08:20 PM EDT at Highmark Stadium

Some may consider the over a bold pick since the over is 1-5 in Buffalo games this year, and only the blowout win over Tennessee hit over 47.5 points as the Bills won 41-7.

But since Josh Allen’s breakout year in 2020, the over is 20-10-1 (66.7%) in Buffalo games following a win, the highest rate in the NFL. The over is also 7-3 in non-conference games for the Bills in that time.  

Most realistic game scripts in this one favor the over, either with Green Bay getting a vintage Rodgers performance against a top defense in a shootout with Allen, or the MVP favorite from Buffalo lighting up the Packers at home in a 38-10 type of game. 

We love the OddsTrader prediction of a Buffalo cover also hitting the over in a game where Buffalo should pull away after some early competitiveness from the Packers. The weather forecast looks fine (minimal winds), so these teams should be ready to come out throwing and (hopefully) scoring. 

OddsTrader NFL Final Score Prediction: Bills 32 – Packers 17 

OddsTrader NFL Total Pick: Over 47.5 Points (-107) at PointsBet

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