If you have been following Coach Rick’s NFL teaser picks, you would know that the Coach was on fire last week with three winning picks. Teasing the Jags all the way to +14 proved to be a wise move in the Chargers 39-29 win over Jacksonville.
What’s in store on the NFL schedule for week 8? Read on as Coach delivers his best games to tease this week.
Buffalo hosts New England Sunday after the Patriots got shellacked by San Francisco and the Bills underperformed against the hapless Jets. Yes, the Bills are better, but they are banged up. Buffalo played without seven key starters/contributors in last week’s 18-10 win over the Jets.
Some of those players may return, but despite the Patriots looking horrible the past two weeks, teasing the Pats to +10.5 makes sense here.
It’s not the same New England without Tom Brady, but head coach Bill Belichick is still there and he is 163-106-9 ATS since 2004. Coming off a loss, Belichick is 41-17 ATS and as the underdog he’s 23-11-2 ATS.
When you combine the two – an underdog coming off a loss – Belichick-coached Patriots teams are a perfect 8-0 ATS. They’re also 7-1 straight up and while Coach Rick doesn’t necessarily see a Patriots victory, he believes Belichick will find a way to cover.
The Bears proved on Monday night that they are not a great offensive football team. The Rams continually put Chicago in poor field position and the Bears just couldn’t sustain a drive.
Now, the Bears return home to face a New Orleans team that continues to underwhelm in 2020. The Saints, now 4-2, got by Carolina 27-24 last week. New Orleans has won three straight but by margins of 3, 3, and 6.
The line on this game moved up to +4 after Chicago’s loss on Monday night. The Bears have the type of defense that keeps games close. They should be able to do so again against a Saints team that could be without WR Michael Thomas yet again. Emmanuel Sanders missed last week due to COVID-19 and Marquez Callaway is nursing an ankle making the wide receiver corps thin.
The Bears should be able to keep this one within 10 points and could even pull off the win at home.
The 6-0 Pittsburgh Steelers are an underdog as they head to Baltimore. Sure, the Ravens won both games against the Steelers last year, but come on!
If you’re a fan of old-school style, smash-mouth, physical football; this is the Week 8 game to watch. Pittsburgh brings in the No. 1 defense in the league in terms of total defense (286.3 YPG). The Ravens are No. 1 in scoring defense (17.3 PPG).
Both teams can run the football. Baltimore is No. 1 and the Steelers are in the top-10 in rushing offense. Both have capable quarterbacks. The series is close too. Pittsburgh has won six of the last ten. Here’s the kicker. Of those last 10 games, the margin of victory was seven points or less in seven of them. As good as Pittsburgh is, they can cover +9.5.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.