NFL Week 8 Odds + Predictions
Looking for NFL Week 8 Odds and free NFL picks? Week 8 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday night with a ho-hum game between division rivals in Tennessee. Vegas has made the Titans 3.5 point favorites in that game – the oddsmakers have also set the odds for all of the games on a comparatively short week – six teams will have their byes.
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Let’s take a look at every game on the schedule, the odds that accompany those games and what should play out on another predictably sensational week of NFL action.
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NFL Week 8 Odds for Week 8 NFL Action
Jaguars at Titans (Opening line: Titans, -3.5 points)
Tennessee is 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games against divisional foes while Jacksonville is 4-2-1 ATS in their last seven against divisional opponents. The home team has won the last four games in the series. So who should we throw our money behind?
I’m taking Tennessee – the Jags have been awful as usual and have experienced injuries all over their improving defense. The Titans on the other hand haven’t been as bad as their record suggests.
The home team wins again in the series – this time by 6.
Redskins vs. Bengals in London (Opening line: Bengals, -6 points)
The latest in the London series pits Washington against Cincinnati – neither of these teams has played in London yet. Washington will be after their first win over Cincinnati in 25 years!
But this may be an OK spot to do it – the Skins face their former O-Coordinator Jay Gruden and will be out for a strong bounce back after a horrible loss last week. Cincinnati however is 13-5-3 ATS in their last 21 against AFC teams.
The line here has shown some movement which reflects the notion that this game should be close.
I like Cincinnati to win here by a field goal but not much more.
Packers at Falcons (Opening line: Falcons, -3 points)
The Falcons are a 3 point favorite here – not 100% sure why. After all they did blow a lead at home last week in a loss to the Chargers. The Packers on the other hand look to be on the upswing and have won four straight games against Atlanta.
That combined with the fact that the Falcons are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games after a loss makes me lean Green Bay’s way.
The Pack consider themselves an elite team – time to start showing it – I think they do.
Lions at Texans (Opening line: Texans, -3 points)
The Texans offense looked totally inept against Denver on Monday night while the Lions, who have won three straight and ATS look to post their second straight impressive road win.
Detroit is playing with a ton of confidence right now – Houston- not so much. Take Detroit to keep the roll going here.
Seahawks at Saints (Opening line: Seahawks, -3 points)
The Saints are home underdogs for the third time in three years Sunday against a Seattle team whose offense has gone south in a big way. The questions are – can New Orleans score on Seattle’s defense?
And if so can Seattle score enough on the Saints’ horrible defense? My guess is that the Hawks right the ship this week and destroy New Orleans.
Nothing is as good a cure for a bad offense as the Saints defense!
Patriots at Bills (Opening line: Patriots, -4 points)
He may not say it but Bill Belichick relishes nothing more than beating up on Rex Ryan – Bill and the Pats will be out to avenge their only loss of the season this week!
The Pats have been untouchable since Brady’s return – 3-0 SU and ATS – all in dominant fashion. The Bills will likely be without Shady McCoy which really hurts.
This game has a chance to be the blowout of the weekend with the Pats avoiding the near-impossible season sweep.
Jets at Browns (Opening line: Jets, -2 points)
Both teams are bad – both are 2-5 ATS on the year. Making things worse for the Browns is the fact that they may be forced to go with rookie, sixth-string Kevin Horgan at starting QB.
I don’t love the Jets but I absolutely can’t support the Browns – period!
Raiders at Buccaneers (Opening line: Buccaneers, -1 point)
The Raiders are 5-2 SU on the year and are 4-0 SU and ATS on the road this season – impressive.
The Bucs on the other hand are 0-2 SU and ATS on home turf this season. Oakland is legit folks and should be able to take care of an again-below average Tampa Bay team.
Chiefs at Colts (Opening line: Chiefs, -3 points)
The Chiefs are favorites on the road and why not? They are going up against one of the worst defenses in the league and an O-line that can’t protect their quarterback.
Although the Colts are 5-0 ATS in their last five as home underdog, the Chiefs are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 as road favorite. I expect Spencer Ware to run all over this Indy defense and for the Chiefs to post the easy win Sunday.
Chargers at Broncos (Opening line: -6.5 points)
This is a classic matchup between offense and defense. If there is one thing that the Chargers have been doing this season it is covering the spread.
They have been three or more point underdogs five times and have covered in each. No matter who they play, San Diego is putting up some serious offense and points.
My guess is that they do the same against Denver Sunday and that they keep this game close – an upset wouldn’t shock me either!
Cardinals at Panthers (Opening line: Pick’em)
Ugh – it’s pretty hard to like the Panthers right now but maybe the bye did them some good. That said the Cardinals will be a motivated team after the debacle Sunday night.
Carolina is stopping nobody on defense right now – expect David Johnson to roll and for Carson Palmer to have his best game in a while.
On the defensive side of the ball – last week was a good dress rehearsal for the Cards and they passed with flying colors. Take Arizona on the road to add to Carolina’s woes.
Eagles at Cowboys (Opening line: Cowboys, -4.5 points)
A juicy Sunday nighter comes our way from Dallas. The Cowboys, off their bye will get a serious test against a Philadelphia defense that was insane last week. Philadelphia has won three straight in Dallas but I don’t think it happens here.
Dallas is just too balanced on both sides of the ball right now. Momentum and an extra week should allow Dallas to post a relatively easy win – 7 points seems about right to me.
Vikings at Bears (Opening line: Vikings, -4.5 points)
The Bears will get Jay Cutler back this week – apparently! If that’s a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen. If Matt Barkley starts this is a slam dunk for Minnesota and even if Cutler suits up there is no doubt about which is the best team.
Chicago has been poor against some average defenses – Minnesota’s D is a different type of challenge.
Take Minnesota to clean up their mistakes from last week and to right the ship against one of the NFL’s worst all-around teams.
Bye weeks: Rams, Dolphins, Giants, Steelers, 49ers, Ravens
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