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Super Computer Week 8 Contest Picks

After some rocky weeks, the OddsShark Super Computer has had some slight tinkering done and came out of Week 7 with a 4-1 record. Now within the top five in the Team OddsShark contest, the Super Computer has plans to take over first place.

Steelers as a Pick’em vs Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers have simply dominated the Cincinnati Bengals. In the past 10 meetings between the AFC North rivals, the Steelers are 8-2 SU and ATS. Ben Roethlisberger is expected to be back on the field against the Bengals, a team that he posted a 107.4 passer rating while slinging five touchdowns and one interception against last season.

The Bengals were torched last season by the Steelers receivers giving up a combined 667 yards with an average of 13.6 yards per catch in two games. Cincy’s secondary ranks 22nd in the NFL this season, which may not bode well for Bengals fans. 

Ravens -3.5 vs Chargers

Sure, their ugly 1-6 SU record has left a lot to be desired, but at least they’ve kept it relatively close in their six losses this season. They have the advantage of hosting a west coast team in an early afternoon Sunday game, the 2-5 SU Chargers. The Chargers are winless in three road games this season, losing by an average of 9.7 points. The Chargers have struggled in their last nine November games, going 2-7 ATS while also be 1-5 ATS in their last six overall.

Baltimore have dominated at home in November, going 10-1 SU, making a 3.5 point win against a struggling west coast team an attainable goal.

Saints -3 hosting the Giants 

The Giants are a team struggling to find consistency this season, going 4-3 ATS and SU. The team has been particularly bad during road games in November, going 0-5 ATS and SU in their last five. The Saints, meanwhile, have rebounded from their 0-3 SU start, winning three of their last four SU and going 4-1 ATS in their last five games.

Eli Manning has struggled on the road this season, averaging just 198 passing yards in three road games with a mediocre 4-3 touchdown to interception ratio. Drew Brees has been his usual self at home this season, averaging 308 passing yards in three home games which should lead to trouble for a Giants team that is allowing the third most passing yards per game in the NFL.

Broncos +3 hosting the Packers

This will be just the fourth time in history when two undefeated teams of 6-0 or better square off against one another. Both of these defenses specialize in pressuring the quarterback and forcing interceptions, but that is something the Broncos are familiar with. Denver is used to working on their heels with their defense winning games, but the Packers defense has pinned their ears back thanks to holding leads and being able to gamble.

The Broncos have faced adversity all season long, but the Packers haven’t, so taking points at home in a battle of undefeated teams is wise.

Cardinals -5 Visiting the Browns 

Usually picking road favorites in the NFL is frowned upon, but in the case of Week 8’s Arizona-Cleveland contest at FirstEnergy Stadium, there’s no reason to think Carson Palmer and company can’t cover the –5 spread with ease.

The Cards (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS) own the fourth best offense and defense in the league and simply outmatch Cleveland in too many categories. The Browns (2-5 SU, 4-3 ATS) have the worst rushing defense in the NFL, which should continue to be exposed by red-hot RB Chris Johnson (567 rushing yards).

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