NFL Week 8 look-ahead lines features some key matchups starting with Thursday Night Football in Arizona between the first place Packers and Cardinals. Arizona is a 3.5-point favorite on the FanDuel Sportsbook look-ahead line, and the Cardinals remain the only undefeated team heading into Week 7 as the biggest favorite on the board – 17.5 points over the underdog Houston Texans.
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is the current co-favorite to win regular season most valuable player with MVP odds of . Murray will oppose the reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers in a key NFC clash for playoff positioning and a potential first round bye for the top team in the conference.
NFL WEEK 8 LOOK-AHEAD LINES
Week 8 NFL Primetime Games
Thursday Night Football Odds
The Arizona Cardinals are a hot ticket since Arizona sports betting launched last month. With a Thursday night primetime game against the Green Bay Packers and a potential playoff preview, the ratings will be sky high and footballs will be flying. The Cardinals (32.3 PPG) are one of five NFL teams averaging at least 30 points per game this season. Arizona is also on their way to becoming the first team to eclipse their season win total, which was 8.5 wins at the start of the season. The Cardinals started the season as the long shot to win the NFC West, and now NFL division winner odds showing the Cardinals the -120 favorite.
Sunday Night Football Odds
The Dallas Cowboys travel to tackle the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys offense leads the league in scoring (35.2 PPG), total yards per game (460) and yards per play (6.6). Both teams are coming off their bye week, and Dallas is pulling away in the weaker NFC East with a 5-1 record. The Vikings (3-3) have suffered some heartbreaking losses to start the season at Cincinnati and Arizona, and Minnesota’s offense is also top-5 in the league averaging 414 yards per game.
Monday Night Football Odds
The high-powered Chiefs offense will take on a banged-up Giants depth chart. Kansas City ranks second in yards per game and fifth in points per game; meanwhile, New York’s offense ranks 15th and 27th in those two categories, respectively
Week 8 Teams on a Bye
- Baltimore Ravens
- Las Vegas Raiders
POTENTIAL WEEK 7 IMPACT ON WEEK 8 LOOK-AHEAD LINES
Eagles at Lions
The Bengals were a 3.5 point favorite at Detroit last week and blew out the Lions. Now a weaker Eagles team is laying 4-points at Detroit on the Week 8 look-ahead line. That’s not right, unless you only play recency bias or follow scores and results without digging deeper into box scores and other performance factors.
The Lions are a huge 16.5 point underdog in Week 7 at Los Angeles against the Rams. A strong showing or unexpected win by the Lions over the Rams would certainly move the line down from -4 favoring the Eagles in Week 8. However, a loss by Philadelphia at Las Vegas will likely drop the Eagles line down from -4 at Detroit next week. Despite remaining the only winless team in the league, Detroit has shown some competitive play including a last-second loss to the AFC-leading Ravens in Week 3.
Buccaneers at Saints
The Bucs started the season as Super Bowl champs and the highest ranked team in the power rankings. Tampa Bay remains on top after statistically dominating wins the last two weeks over the Dolphins and Eagles. The Week 8 line could rise favorite Tampa Bay at New Orleans. And while the Saints may appear attractive as a home underdog, they are getting too much respect as a 4.5-point road favorite at Seattle in Week 7, and returning home off Monday Night Football games won’t help against the AFC South’s top team. The Saints are averaging just 295 yards per game and QB Jameis Winston faces his former team with the Tom Brady-led Bucs offense averaging 426 yards per game to rank top three in the league.
HOW TO USE LOOK-AHEAD LINES
TheLines turns to FanDuel Sportsbook for opening look-ahead lines for next week’s NFL games. Bookmakers begin posting these lines every Thursday — a full week before the ensuing week’s games on the schedule.
These look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.
The tendency for many bettors is to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The NFL Week 8 look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker, who is unbiased in setting the lines in advance.
Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines and odds once the current week’s lines are released. They not only apply that based on potential overreaction to the recent week’s results, but also by using team-by-team insight.
That includes key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and use of NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths, weaknesses, against-the-spread angles and personnel matchups.