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Super Computer Week 8 Super Contest Picks

If you’re the optimistic type who thinks we’ll one day live in a world where humans and robots can peacefully co-exist, the OddsShark Super Computer has some news for you — you’re wrong. The Computer is back with its Super Contest picks for Week 8 and is ready to crush all the humans in its way. This, of course, makes the Super Computer seem like the bad guy, but when you consider humans were responsible for its creation, you really have to ask yourself which side is in the wrong. I guess we’ll never know...

Here’s the picks for Week 8 of the Super Contest:

Seahawks -2.5 over Saints

The Seahawks have been a nice bet on the road as they’ve now covered in five of their last six regular season road games. The offense should be ready to rock vs a Saints D that’s allowing the most points per game and the fourth-most passing yards per game. Their defense should also disrupt the high-powered Saints passing attack, and they’ve only allowed four receiving TDs so far this season.

Also, don’t be scared off by the six points Seattle scored last week. The Seahawks bounced back after a three-point performance earlier in the season to score 37 the next week. They beat teams that they’re supposed to beat, as evidenced by their 10-2 SU record vs teams with losing records, and beating New Orleans by a field goal won’t be an issue.

Falcons -3 over Packers

The most efficient offense in the league will get back into things in Week 8 action as the 4-3 Atlanta Falcons look to heat back up in Hot-lanta against the 4-2 Green Bay Packers.

Atlanta is 5-2 against the spread this season, has more offensive yards and has scored more points than any other team in the league. The Falcons will take on an underachieving Packers team this weekend that struggled to move the ball against the 1-6 Chicago Bears and is just middle-of-the-road in terms of pass defense. Matt Ryan was able to gain 335 yards through the air against the Seattle Seahawks’ stifling pass D so he should be able to execute an aerial onslaught vs these Packers.

Despite the Falcons’ horrible record as favorites in their last 10 games, the computer is predicting a 33-19 win, a final score that would easily cover the small number of points which Atlanta is laying.

Cardinals +3 over Panthers

David Johnson. That is all the reasoning you need.

Johnson has rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns in his past two games, both of which came against top-four rushing defenses. The breakout star has accounted for 48.5 percent of the Cardinals’ offensive touches and 36.8 percent of the total offense in those two outings.

The Panthers have a top-ranked rushing defense, but they have faced some bad rush teams. If you remove their two games against the Vikings and Saints – two of the bottom three rushing offenses in the NFL – then Carolina’s defense is allowing 104 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown per game. Though they may limit Johnson's yards per carry, the Cardinals will not abandon the run game.

Broncos -5.5 over Chargers

The computer is expecting a fairly easy Broncos win and cover, which is wise considering Denver has gone 7-2 against the spread in its past nine games and is 5-2 ATS so far this season.

Bizarrely, however, the Broncos have posted a less than stellar 2-8-3 ATS record in their last 13 home games against the Bolts. Last season, Denver won 27-20 but failed to cover as a 10-point fave.

Rest assured, the Broncos will be out for revenge after losing in San Diego as 3-point faves earlier this month.

Cowboys -4.5 over Eagles

The Dallas Cowboys’ youth movement has been one of the best storylines of the 2016 NFL season, and the Super Computer is expecting the good times to continue this weekend at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The ’Boys are tied with the Vikings for the best bet in the NFL at 5-1 ATS. The Dak Prescott-Ezekiel Elliott pairing has continuously ripped up defenses no matter how talented they are. Philly’s defense is stout, but a -4.5 spread for Dallas seems low for an offense of this caliber.

Zeke and Dak are exciting, but don’t forget about star wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant, who’s been sidelined for three games with a hairline fracture in his knee, is set to make his return in Sunday Night Football. Follow the Computer and take the Cowboys in Week 8.

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