The 2022 NFL season is now under way, and we have expert and free NFL parlay picks for every weekend of a terrific schedule. We are on a hot streak after correctly advising a +552 four-leg play in Week 7.
It’s Week 8 now and we are ready to take on the online sportsbooks once again across a terrific Sunday slate.
You can also check out our best NFL prop bets and our NFL picks against the spread plus our picks for both Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.
Week 8 NFL Parlay Picks & Best Bets
We gave you a terrific 4-leg play in Week 7 which hit at +552 odds:
- Dallas Cowboys Moneyline vs Detroit Lions – won by 18
- Cincinnati Bengals Moneyline vs Atlanta Falcons – won by 18
- Seattle Seahawks (+5) vs Los Angeles Chargers – won by 14
- Kansas City Chiefs (-2) vs San Francisco 49ers – won by 21
We are back again with another confident play for Week 8 and here are our parlay picks.
Leg 1: Minnesota Vikings (-3.5) vs Arizona Cardinals
The Vikings return from a bye week in prime position to finally deliver on their potential and make it into the postseason in 2022. Right now rookie HC Kevin O’Connell has his crew at 5-1 and in position as the #2 seed in the NFC.
That three-game losing skid for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers means Minnesota are now very much in control of the NFC North division, and they get a great opportunity to capitalize this weekend.
While Green Bay is a double-digit underdog for its trip to Super Bowl favorite Buffalo, the Vikes host an Arizona Cardinals team (Sunday, 1pm ET, FOX) which finally recovered its mojo with a 42-34 victory over New Orleans on Thursday Night Football. That Week 7 scoreline was a little flattering for Kyler Murray and co though – they had Andy Dalton and his multiple pick sixes to thank for the pointsfest in Glendale.
The real positive this season for the Vikes has been the ability of O’Connell to finally unlock the massive potential in WR1 Justin Jefferson – he is prominent in the betting to be Offensive Player of the Year and has racked up 654 receiving yards already. RB Dalvin Cook remains a potent force too despite his workload being relatively light so far.
We expect points in this one. The weapons Kirk Cousins has at his disposal normally means high production for home games in particular, while Murray welcomed DeAndre Hopkins back to the starting lineup by tossing him 10 balls for 103 yards last week.
These two teams met early in 2021 too and it was a thriller which produced 67 points as the Cards prevailed 34-33. We expect points again but this time we expect O’Connell and the Vikings to get the W in a 1pm ET kickoff on FOX.
Leg 2: Miami Dolphins (-3.5) vs Detroit Lions
Two teams headed in different directions lock horns at Ford Field (Sunday, 1pm ET, CBS) with the Dolphins looking to build on their win over Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football while Detroit is reeling from a 24-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The one thing Detroit appeared able to do with ease in the opening weeks of the season was score points offensively, but things are starting to dry up for Jared Goff and co. They were blanked 29-0 by the Patriots in Foxboro before being shut down by a formidable Cowboy defense last weekend.
On Sunday Detroit will need all the firepower it can muster when it welcomes the Fish to Motown – with Tua Tagovailoa now safely back under center after that recent concussion.
The Dolphins defeated Pittsburgh 16-10 last time out on primetime, a scoreline which should not have been nearly as close. So many missed opportunities to put the game away.
The positive note for Miami was that both Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill looked as dynamic and productive as ever, as the key components in an aerial attack which has explosive potential.
A few weeks ago we might have been picking 41-38 as a final and the Lions to keep it really close, but not any more. Take the Dolphins to cover on the road.
Leg 3: New England Patriots (-1.5) vs New York Jets
The Patriots head into MetLife Stadium (Sunday, 1pm ET, CBS) with a lot to prove after that shocking 33-14 home loss to the eight-point underdog Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
It was a horrible performance from Bill Belichick’s team with America expecting a beatdown. They got exactly that, just with the narrative very much flipped.
The Pats could not cope with Justin Fields on the ground while Mac Jones looked horribly rusty after returning from that high ankle sprain.
This week the Patriots in theory face another tough test, against the surprising 5-2 Jets in East Rutherford. But Gang Green notched their latest win in Denver last weekend with a heavy cost.
Sensationally talented rookie RB Breece Hall was lost for the year with a torn ACL, and RT Alijah Vera-Tucker is also done for 2022 with a triceps injury. Throw in a knee injury sustained by WR Corey Davis (he is listed as day-to-day) and it was victory at a high price.
The four straight wins strung together by the Jets had one common theme – explosive plays from the aforementioned Hall. The return of QB Zach Wilson to the starting lineup though has not ignited the offense. Wilson has struggled to get the Jets passing game going and exciting rookie WR Garrett Wilson has disappeared since Zach replaced Joe Flacco back under center.
We really like Belichick to do what he failed to do Monday night, and have his defense really put the screws on Wilson and that Jet offense. Expect Matthew Judon – who leads the league in sacks with 8.5 – to be busy in that New York backfield all afternoon.
Pats to cover as Belichick gets the required response from his embarrassed team after that MNF flop.
Leg 4: San Francisco 49ers (-1) vs Los Angeles Rams
A pivotal NFC West matchup as the 3-3 Rams host the 3-4 Niners at SoFi Stadium (4.25pm ET, FOX).
These two teams met just four weeks ago in Santa Clara, with the Niners delivering a dominant 24-9 beatdown behind a stellar defensive effort which absolutely destroyed a makeshift Rams offensive line. Well that line has only gotten worse since with LT Joe Noteboom going down with a torn Achilles.
San Francisco suffered a humiliating 44-23 home loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend, and they will have a point to prove heading to Inglewood on Sunday.
They match up well with the Rams defense with Deebo Samuel having a terrific record while new boy Christian McCaffrey should have a much bigger role to play after another week in the system following his trade from Carolina.
The Niners should really have won the NFC title game at SoFi last season to progress to Super Bowl LVI – but Jimmy G couldn’t make those key throws in the final quarter to seal the deal. We don’t expect it to be so close this time, take Nick Bosa and co to wreak havoc for Matthew Stafford and Deebo and co to produce enough offense.
OddsCritic NFL Parlay Picks for Week 8
- Minnesota Vikings (-3.5) to beat Arizona Cardinals
- New England Patriots (-1.5) to beat New York Jets
- Miami Dolphins (-3.5) to beat Detroit Lions
- San Francisco 49ers (-1) to beat Los Angeles Rams
A $20 parlay with PointsBet at +1326 odds wins $265.33 with a total payout of $285.33
NB: Odds correct when picks made on Wednesday October 26 at 0800 ET.
What is a parlay?
A parlay is a bet where winning and losing comes down to a number of selections – not just one.
So for example on an NFL Sunday you could put 6 teams into one parlay bet. All your wagers need to come up for you to win the parlay bet.
The odds multiply as your selections (hopefully) win, a bit like compound interest from your bank.
So the positive thing about a parlay is that as well as being terrific fun – you can win really big.
The downside is you have to get multiple things right to win. Getting one bet right is not easy – how about 3, 4, 5 or maybe even more.
What is the best NFL parlay strategy?
The best strategy when you are doing a parlay is play it safe and simple. Do not go for crazy big odds – remember everything has to hit for you so don’t take risks. And don’t go for exotic bets or markets. Spread or money line is good.
Our advice would be to pick a max of five selections that you are very confident in and don’t even think about the odds unless they are absolutely terrible. The fact they all multiply means you’ll get a nice payout if they all come up.
The reason we’re suggesting this strategy is that online sportsbooks just LOVE parlays. Simply because they are tough to hit on. That should tell you all you need to know. Like we say, go for surefire winners – not hopeful long shots.
Another thing we’d advise as a fun play is to pick the winners of each NFL division before the season starts and put them in a parlay. Eight teams yes, but gives you interest (hopefully) throughout the season. And could be a terrific payoff to buy you a nice holiday in the offseason.
What is a same game parlay?
As it says on the box people, all the legs of your parlay will focus on the same game.
You can put as many legs in as you want, but there is a caveat to everything here. The odds might not be as great as you might imagine – simply because some of the bets will impact each other.
For example, if you bet a team to win on the moneyline, and the same team to be leading at halftime and final, they almost go hand in hand.
Again, if you bet a player to go over his line for rushing yards, there’s a pretty good chance he’ll go over his line for carries too. Same for receiving yards and catches.
So a same game parlay is absolutely a fun way to bet, but the fact so many of the wagers impact each other does hit your odds a little. Like everything in life, there’s an upside and a downside.
How much does a $100 parlay pay?
Well, that really depends on what the odds are.
There are parlay calculators out there that help you work out the odds for your NFL parlay picks. But we’ll give you a couple of examples
Example 2: A $100 parlay where your three selections are +200, +400 and +600
You would win $10,400 and with your $100 stake back too, your total payout would be $10,500
Example 2: A $100 parlay where your four selections are +150, -120 and +210
You would win $1320,82 and with your stake back too your total payout would be $1420.82