The eighth Sunday of the pro football schedule falls on Halloween and sportsbooks have given bettors a treat with NFL Week 8 odds already having been posted. A down-to-the-wire NFC game kicked off the week as the Packers dealt the Cardinals their first loss of the season. Other key matchups include the Steelers versus the Browns, the Titans versus the Colts, the Patriots versus the Chargers, the Buccaneers versus the Saints and the Cowboys versus the Vikings.
A few teams experienced nightmarish performances and/or endings seven days ahead of the haunted holiday. The most alarming outcome was arguably the Chiefs 27-3 loss to Tennessee, in a game that saw Patrick Mahomes get knocked out of the game with a head injury late. Tennessee notched a second victory over an AFC powerhouse in a span of six days.
The Ravens weren’t left in much better shape than the Chiefs as Baltimore suffered a lopsided 41-17 home loss to the Bengals. Miami somehow found a way to blow yet another late lead and fell to 1-6 with a 30-28 home loss to the Falcons. In the late window, the Rams got quite the scare from the Lions in Jared Goff’s return to LA before emerging with a 28-19 win.
Here are NFL Week 8 odds along with game breakdowns with a football betting perspective.
NFL Week 8 odds
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Movement for NFL Week 8 odds
Here we glance at NFL Week 8 odds and how they change from when lookahead lines were posted to what they look at right before kickoff. First, here are the lookahead lines.
- Green Bay Packers (+3) at Arizona Cardinals (-3)
- LA Rams (-14) at Houston Texans (+14)
- Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5) at New York Jets (+3.5)
- Miami Dolphins (+11) at Buffalo Bills (-11)
- Tennessee Titans (+1.5) at Indianapolis Colts (-1.5)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at Cleveland Browns (-3)
- San Francisco 49ers (-3.5) at Chicago Bears (+3.5)
- Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5) at Detroit Lions (+3.5)
- Carolina Panthers (+1.5) at Atlanta Falcons (-1.5)
- New England Patriots (+6) at LA Chargers (-6)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (+3) at Seattle Seahawks (-3)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.5) at New Orleans Saints (+3.5)
- Washington Football Team (+4) at Denver Broncos (-4)
- Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) at Minnesota Vikings (+2.5)
- New York Giants (+13) at Kansas City Chiefs (-13)
Current point spreads
Here are the current NFL Week 8 odds.
- Green Bay Packers (+6.5) at Arizona Cardinals (-6.5)
- LA Rams (-16) at Houston Texans (+16)
- Cincinnati Bengals (-11) at New York Jets (+11)
- Miami Dolphins (+14) at Buffalo Bills (-14)
- Tennessee Titans (+2.5) at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (+4) at Cleveland Browns (-4)
- San Francisco 49ers (-4) at Chicago Bears (+4)
- Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5) at Detroit Lions (+3.5)
- Carolina Panthers (+3) at Atlanta Falcons (-3)
- New England Patriots (+4) at LA Chargers (-4)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (+4) at Seattle Seahawks (-4)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4) at New Orleans Saints (+4)
- Washington Football Team (+3.5) at Denver Broncos (-3.5)
- Dallas Cowboys (+3) at Minnesota Vikings (-3)
- New York Giants (+10.5) at Kansas City Chiefs (-10.5)
Thursday, Oct. 28
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals
The announcement that Davante Adams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday puts his availability for this contest into serious doubt. The development is naturally a major damper on a Green Bay team that just recorded its sixth straight win on Sunday, over Washington. Meanwhile, the Cardinals were busy extending a victorious streak themselves in Week 7, upending the Texans by the first 31-5 score in NFL history.
The Pack has already experienced some sluggishness on offense with Adams available, as the scheme continues to rely very heavily on him and Aaron Jones as far as skill players are concerned. That could certainly prove costly if the star receiver is unavailable Thursday for what was shaping up as the marquee showdown of the week.
The Cardinals continue to roll along, and with the upcoming test against the Packers potentially not as stiff as it originally shaped up to be, they could well be 8-0 by Friday morning. One of the more impressive aspects of Arizona’s play thus far is that the Cards apparently aren’t taking anyone lightly, as evidenced by them ratcheting up in the second quarter Sunday versus Houston after an early 2-0 deficit. With Chase Edmonds and James Conner starting to pick things up in the backfield in support of Kyler Murray and an impressive pass-catching corps that now includes Zach Ertz, Kliff Kingsbury’s crew is proving hard for anyone to slow down.
The Adams news naturally had a quick effect on the line for this game, immediately causing a plummet of as much as 3 points at some books to push the Pack from a modest to relatively heavy road underdog. Arizona was a 3.5 point favorite at FanDuel Sportsbook Sunday night and late Monday afternoon it was a 5.5 point favorite. However, were there to be an announcement in coming days that Adams has cleared protocol and will suit up, it will be interesting to see how much the number narrows again.
Sunday, Oct. 31
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
The Steelers were on bye in Week 7 following their recording of a second straight victory in Week 6, a 23-20 overtime win over the Seahawks. The Browns kicked off the Week 7 slate Thursday night by edging the Broncos, 17-14, in a game Cleveland played without Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
The Steelers got some much-needed rest in Week 7 and have had further time to adjust their offense to the absence of JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is out for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury. New offensive coordinator Matt Canada appears to have made significant strides incorporating rookies Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth into this scheme in recent games, a trend they’ll undoubtedly look to continue against a stingy Browns defense.
Cleveland still has plenty of question marks on the injury front as game week begins, with Mayfield not practicing Monday and Odell Beckham still dealing with a nagging shoulder injury that almost cost him Week 7 availability. The good news for the Browns is Chubb is projected to be available for this divisional clash with a team he averaged 7.7 yards per carry against on 14 rush attempts last season.
The Browns opened as early three-point home favorites in the look-ahead line and the public has supported them, inching that figure up a bit higher thus far.
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears
The 49ers are seemingly at a crossroads heading into this matchup, considering a 2-0 start has officially turned into 2-4 following a 30-18 loss to the Colts on Sunday night. The Bears have their own problems, as they’re coming off a 38-3 thrashing at the hands of the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
Kyle Shanahan is currently stuck in a purgatory of sorts with his quarterback situation. Jimmy Garoppolo really isn’t getting it done on a consistent basis and threw two more interceptions Sunday night. However, Trey Lance hasn’t quite looked ready himself when he’s been in and was unavailable against the Colts due to a knee injury. The Bears defense didn’t exactly look intimidating on the surface against Tom Brady and company Sunday, but Chicago actually limited the future Hall of Famer to 55.6 percent passing and is allowing just 203 yards through the air at Soldier Field, where they always seem to play much better as a unit.
The defense may indeed have plenty of heavy lifting to do if Justin Fields turns in another forgettable effort against San Francisco. The rookie threw three interceptions, took four sacks and lost two fumbles against the Buccaneers’ relentless attack. On the brighter side, rookie Khalil Herbert accomplished the notable feat of racking up 100 rushing yards at 5.6 yards per tote against what is normally an impenetrable Tampa Bay front and has now put together two consecutive strong performances.
The news Monday that Bears head coach Matt Nagy tested positive for COVID and will therefore be away from the facility for at least part of this week’s prep work adds yet another layer of murkiness to an already difficult game to prognosticate. For the moment, the Bears are somewhat surprising home underdogs.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
The Panthers’ season got more bizarre Sunday with an ugly 25-3 loss to the Giants, a game in which Sam Darnold was finally given a seat by coach Matt Rhule after yet another poor performance and rumors surrounding the team’s interest in Deshaun Watson continued to intensify. The Falcons had a much more pleasant Week 7 experience, returning from their bye week to notch a comeback road win over the Dolphins, 30-28.
It’s hard to fathom the Panthers were once 3-0 and Darnold looked a successful reclamation project in the making at that point, as Carolina has now dropped four straight and Darnold has thrown seven interceptions in the last four games while falling short of 200 yards in two of those contests. Even though he was replaced by PJ Walker in the latter portion of Sunday’s contest, Darnold remains the starter according to Rhule’s postgame press conference. The matchup against the Falcons in Week 8 does at least offer reason for a much-needed bounce-back performance, considering Atlanta has now allowed a 15:3 TD:INT and gave up nearly 300 passing yards and four touchdowns to Tua Tagovailoa.
The Falcons offense is increasingly becoming a bright spot as the team’s key players pick up head coach Arthur Smith’s scheme and enjoy some success with it. Kyle Pitts is living up to expectations as the fourth overall pick over the last pair of contests after a modest start, posting an outstanding 16-282-1 line over the last two games. Cordarrelle Patterson, another hybrid star of Atlanta’s attack, is also thriving in his mid-career transition to running back and may even be displacing Mike Davis as the lead option in the backfield.
In the wake of Week 7 results, the Falcons’ first-look projected advantage of 1.5 points has already doubled at multiple sportsbooks.
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
The Bengals’ accomplishment in the early window of games Sunday may have been partly overshadowed by that Titans’ thumping of the Chiefs, but Cincinnati’ 41-17 rout of the Ravens on the road arguably deserves as much attention. Meanwhile, the Jets were involved in a lopsided score themselves, except it was a 54-13 trampling at the hands of the Patriots in which they also lost rookie quarterback Zach Wilson to a sprained PCL that will reportedly cost him at least the next two weeks.
Cincy snapped a five-game losing streak to Baltimore with Sunday’s rousing win, which saw Joe Burrow throw for a career-high 416 yards and three touchdowns, with Ja’Marr Chase accounting for 201 of those yards and one of the scores, a memorable 82-yarder that helped break the game open in the second half. With a Big Three of Burrow, Joe Mixon and Chase complemented with the likes of Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and even tight end C.J. Uzomah, a Jets defense that allowed 551 total yards to New England could be in for another very long afternoon.
Wilson’s injury led to a trade for Joe Flacco on Monday, with the veteran quarterback returning to the team he spent 2020 with. Whether Flacco is immediately throw into the mix in this matchup remains to be seen, given there’s a new coaching staff in place in New York from the one he worked with last season. However, the matchup is at least against a team he knows very well from his days with the Ravens, although Cincinnati’s revamped defense has gotten more impressive by the week and appears to be a force against both the run and pass after several seasons of all-around futility.
This line has taken a major leap following Sunday’s developments for both teams, with the Bengals expanding from the look-ahead status as 3.5-point road favorites to now owning nearly a double-digit projected advantage.
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
The Eagles continued to spiral Sunday out in the desert, falling to the Raiders by a 33-22 score in yet another game where Jalen Hurts put on a questionable performance. The Lions put together another trademark underdog effort against a vastly superior team before falling to the Rams, 28-19, in a game that marked Jared Goff’s return to Los Angeles.
Hurts doesn’t figure to be in any immediate danger of losing his job now that Joe Flacco has been traded to the Jets, but a lackluster effort against a Detroit defense that’s among the league’s poorest could begin rumblings of giving now No. 2 option Gardner Minshew a shot for a game or two. Hurts does have an ability to round out his lines in deceptive fashion for box-score watchers, such as he did versus the Raiders with two touchdowns, no interceptions and 61 rushing yards on 13 carries. However, Philadelphia has lost two straight and has yet to prevail in a home contest in three tries, and Hurts will now potentially be without Miles Sanders for this contest after the running back suffered a low-ankle sprain that forced an early exit Sunday.
Goff and the Lions could hardly have fought any harder Sunday versus the Rams and certainly threw a good scare into Los Angeles, but the end result was their seventh loss in as many games to open the season. D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams continue to prove a formidable and versatile backfield duo and receiver Kalif Raymond eclipsed 100 yards versus the Rams, so there always seem to be the potential for that breakthrough win.
On that note, oddsmakers seem to think an underachieving squad like Philadelphia might be one capable of facilitating that first victory – Detroit is just over a field-goal underdog at home as the week begins, which is notable by the Lions’ betting standards this season.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Much like the Panthers, the Dolphins have to be wondering what has happened to a season that was supposed to see the team take another potential step forward under coach Brian Flores after narrowly missing the postseason with a 10-6 mark a year ago. Miami’s latest disappointment unfolded in front of a home crowd Sunday, as what appeared to be a 28-27 comeback win turned into a 30-28 loss with Younghoe Koo’s game-winning field goal for Atlanta as time expired. Meanwhile, the Bills were off after having suffered a road upset at the hands of the Titans to close out Week 6 last Monday night.
The Dolphins are still the team believed to have the best chance of acquiring Watson from the Texans, but if they end up getting outbid by a Panthers team that may be increasingly desperate at QB, at least Miami has what still seems a like a very good fallback option in Tua Tagovailoa. Last year’s fifth overall pick has completed 74.7 percent of his passes and posted a 6:3 TD:INT over the last two games while adding 51 rushing yards, but he’ll have an uphill battle in front of him against Buffalo. Not only are the Bills coming off a bye and looking to atone for the loss to Tennessee, but they’ve also allowed an NFL-low 180.5 passing yards per contest and just five touchdowns while picking off 10 passes.
The Rams are playing the Texans in Week 8, so this isn’t quite the slate’s biggest line; however, it could be by the time’s all said and done, considering Buffalo’s projected advantage has already risen by nearly a field goal following Miami’s loss Sunday.
LA Rams at Houston Texans
The Rams got a good reminder of what underestimating an opponent in the NFL can result in when they suffered a Week 7 scare at the hands of the Lions before prevailing late, 28-19. The Texans couldn’t quite muster the same underdog spirit as Detroit in their own challenging matchup, seeing a 2-0 first-quarter lead devolve into a 31-5 defeat to the Cardinals.
The Lions admittedly pulled every trick in the book to keep themselves in the game Sunday, pulling off two fake punts and an onside kick. The Rams still saw Matthew Stafford compile 334 yards and three touchdowns and got another stellar performance from Cooper Kupp (10-156-2), and perhaps the near miss to an inferior team will serve as the ideal incentive for better focus during the coming week against a Texans squad that’s essentially the AFC counterpart of the Lions.
The Texans forged on with rookie Davis Mills under center Sunday and never had much of a chance against Arizona. However, Monday brought the news veteran Tyrod Taylor will return to practice Wednesday and has a chance to start against Los Angeles after a stint on injured reserve due to the hamstring strain he suffered in Week 2. Such a development would presumably give Houston’s offense a chance to be much more functional against a talented defense that does give up more big plays and yardage than many might assume.
Even with the possibility of Taylor returning, Houston was still the largest underdog of the slate as the week began.
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
The Titans may be riding the most intense emotional wave of any team at the moment, having thumped the Chiefs by a 27-3 score on Sunday after also upending the Bills on Monday night six days prior. Meanwhile, the Colts may be starting to feel pretty good about themselves as well after notching a 12-point road win in the rain against the 49ers on Sunday night.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel and his staff are certainly to be credited for ensuring that a season that began with a 38-13 home thrashing at the hands of the Cardinals and also included a 27-24 overtime loss to the then winless Jets three games later didn’t spiral out of control. With the pair of aforementioned consecutive victories over AFC royalty, Tennessee is now 5-2 and looking to score a season sweep of the Colts after already recording a 25-16 victory in Week 3 that saw them limit Carson Wentz to just over 50.0 percent passing and 194 yards through the air at 5.2 yards per attempt.
One of the biggest keys to Tennessee’s surge besides Derrick Henry’s MVP-level play has been the improvement in their defense. Never was that more evident than in Sunday’s win over Kansas City, where they held the Chiefs to their first game without a touchdown in Patrick Mahomes’ starting tenure while sacking the star quarterback four times, picking him off once and forcing him to fumble twice. The Titans also did an impressive job overall against Josh Allen in the contest prior and now will try to make it a trifecta against a red-hot Wentz, who’s posted a 68.1 percent completion rate, 1,003 passing yards and an 8:0 TD:INT in the four games since Indy’s loss to Tennessee.
The public is unsurprisingly big on the Titans after Sunday’s win in particular, as they’ve already flipped a look-ahead line of Colts -1.5 to Titans -1 at multiple sportsbooks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
The Buccaneers looked every bit the part of defending champions while racking up 35 first-half points against the Bears on Sunday on their way to a 38-3 win. The Saints got a key road win on Monday Night Football, edging the Seahawks 13-10.
Tampa Bay is now 6-1 following their big win over Chicago, and there seems to be no true weak spot on either side of the ball at the moment. The Buccaneers’ offense impressively clicked Sunday despite the absence of both Antonio Brown (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (ribs), and both players should have a chance to suit up for this key divisional matchup. However, it’s worth noting Brady and his pass-catching corps do have a challenge in front of them – New Orleans held him to a 60.8 percent completion rate and a 2:5 TD:INT in two regular-season meetings in 2020, his worst figures against any team.
The Saints will look to continue Jameis Winston’s full immersion into Sean Payton’s system. Winston is limiting turnovers and is allowing the team’s top offensive weapon to do his thing. Alvin Kamara was sensational Monday night, rushing for 51 yards and catching 10 balls for 128 yards and a TD.
The Saints are getting some respect as “only” 4.5-point home underdogs to the Bucs.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks
The Jaguars were off in Week 7 after finally recording the first win of the Urban Meyer/Trevor Lawrence era, a 23-20 victory against the Dolphins in London that came on a Matthew Wright field goal as time expired. Seattle is now 2-5 on the season after falling to the Saints on Monday.
Lawrence has flashed some encouraging sings with his play the last two games, throwing for 529 yards and notching three total touchdowns. His increasing confidence and the strong play of James Robinson (576 total yards, 5 rushing TDs) could make Jacksonville dangerous against a struggling Seattle defense that goes into the matchup versus the Saints allowing an NFL-high 433.2 total yards per contest.
Seattle will have to try and win a low-scoring slugfest with Geno Smith at QB, much like they attempted Monday night against the Saints. New Orleans scored just 13 points against the Seahawks much-maligned defense, as Seattle limited the Saints to the low total despite a monster night from Alvin Kamara.
New England Patriots at LA Chargers
The Patriots put together an old-school 2007-era type of win at the expense of the Jets on Sunday, decimating New York by a 54-13 score. The Chargers were off in Week 7 after being on the wrong end of a lopsided loss themselves in Week 6 to the Ravens on the road.
New England saw Mac Jones continue his development with a pristine 307-yard, two-touchdown performance Sunday, while Damien Harris and J.J. Taylor combined for four rushing scores. New England is still just 3-4 and getting by a with a receiver-by-committee type of approach, however, which can sometimes lead to a challenging scenario versus a team with a talented secondary and an offense that can also pile up points like the Chargers.
L.A. likely underwent a fair amount of bye-week introspection after dropping a 34-6 decision to Baltimore in Week 6. That result could well prove to be an outlier that was fueled by the Bolts having to travel across the country, especially considering the Chargers went into the game 4-1. With a week to refresh and reset, Justin Herbert and teammates should come out ready to attack a New England defense allowing 350.6 total yards per game.
New England’s big breakout Sunday didn’t necessarily move the needle much with bettors who are likely factoring in the quality of opponent, as the Chargers’ look-ahead projected advantage of 6 points has only shrunk marginally.
Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos
Washington slipped to 2-5 with its third straight loss Sunday, a 24-10 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday. The Broncos opened up the Week 7 slate with a 17-14 loss to the short-handed Browns in Cleveland, Denver’s fourth consecutive defeat.
Washington’s offense has become increasingly stuck in neutral under Taylor Heinicke after some promising signs early in his starting tenure. The Football Team has scored all of 23 points the last two games, and with Ryan Fitzpatrick not yet ready to return, Ron Rivera’s only other option at the moment is Kyle Allen. On the other side of the ball, Washington’s secondary also continues to be a concern, as it’s allowing an NFL-high 300.6 passing yards per contest.
That figure might be just what the doctor ordered for a Broncos team struggling to score points in its own right. Teddy Bridgewater is still completing an impressive 70.1 percent of his throws and owns a 12:5 TD:INT, but with the four-game losing streak, some of those numbers shape up as sort of empty. The extra few days off after the Thursday loss has at least given Melvin Gordon a chance to rest up his numerous injuries, and with Washington’s struggles slowing down the pass, Denver’s air attack could be in for a resurgence, especially if Jerry Jeudy (ankle) is activated from injured reserve in time for the contest.
Oddsmakers projected a tight battle when setting the initial line at Broncos -3.5, and the public has concurred to the point the number has begun to shrink.
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
The Cowboys were off in Week 7 after notching their fifth straight win, a thrilling 35-29 road overtime victory against the Patriots. The Vikings were also idle Sunday after their own Week 6 win in “extras,” a 34-28 victory over the Panthers.
Dallas unsurprisingly looks like a completely different squad with Dak Prescott at the controls, with the Cowboys clocking an NFL-best 460.8 total yards per game. Prescott, though, suffered a calf strain against the Patriots two weeks ago and is questionable for this game. The iffy status of the Cowboys QB had a big impact on this line, as Dallas had been as much as a 3-point favorite for most of last week.
The Vikings’ season has undeniably had a bit of an up-and-down quality to it thus far, but Minnesota is right in the mix at 3-3. Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen give Minnesota plenty of firepower, and the defense appears to be progressively getting its act together after some worrisome early-season performances. Cousins has done an excellent job taking care of the ball thus far – he’s thrown all of two interceptions in 239 pass attempts – so Dallas may be challenged to keep up its ball-hawking tendencies.
Monday, Nov. 1
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs
The Giants finally got a much-needed win against a team in more dire straits than they are, the Carolina Panthers, with New York recording a 25-3 victory on Sunday. The Chiefs continued to produce some of the NFL’s most alarming results, this time around failing to score at least one touchdown for the first time since Patrick Mahomes took over starting duties in 2018 in a 27-3 defeat to the Titans.
New York’s win over Carolina wasn’t quite as convincing as the final score might imply, with Big Blue’s halftime advantage just 5-3. However, Daniel Jones continued to persevere with a short-handed cast around him and helped put together a strong second half while the defense feasted on an ineffective Sam Darnold. The challenge naturally gets much stiffer in this primetime matchup, irrespective of Kansas City’s current struggles.
The loss to Tennessee dropped the Chiefs to 3-4 and even saw Mahomes exit late with a head injury, although Monday reports confirmed he avoided a concussion. He’ll therefore be available for this matchup and looking to overcome some highly unfamiliar struggles after already throwing nine interceptions in seven games. The Giants would presumably offer some relief on paper after snagging a modest six picks in seven contests, and with six of their 16 sacks coming in Sunday’s game against hapless Carolina. However, the Chiefs must also get their defense in order, especially if New York is able to get back at least some of Saquon Barkley (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee), Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) for this game.
Although the Chiefs are notably still double-digit home favorites, it’s worth noting the look-ahead number was -13 and hasn’t crept back up even in the aftermath of Mahomes being confirmed as okay.
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