NFL Opening Betting Lines: Week 8
The Sunday night and Monday night games on the Week 8 NFL betting slate both feature double-digit road favorites at the books.
The St. Louis Rams, who lost starting QB Sam Bradford for the season last week, are double-digit home underdogs against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. Backup Kellen Clemons is expected to get the start for the Rams against a Seattle defense considered to be one of the best in the NFL. The Seahawks have covered the spread in nine of their last 12 meetings with the Rams and are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six appearances on Monday Night Football. The Seahawks were favored by as many as 11.5 as of Tuesday night.
The Green Bay Packers are battling a rash of injuries on both sides of the ball, but head to Minnesota as 10-point favorites over a crumbling Vikings team with major quarterback issues. The Vikings hoped to solve their QB woes with the addition of Tampa Bay cast-off Josh Freeman, but the ex-Buccaneer struggled mightily in a loss to the New York Giants. The Packers have their own issues, just not at quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is making due with basically his second team wide receivers. Randall Cobb and James Jones have both missed time, and tight end Jermichael Finley injured his neck in last week’s win over Cleveland and began the week in the intensive care unit. Minnesota has covered the spread in their last four games as home underdogs.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers head overseas to play in London. The line on that game was held off the board early in the week, with the Jaguars uncertain about their starting quarterback. Chad Henne has started the last two weeks while Blaine Gabbert recovered from a sprained thumb. Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley also is dealing with the passing of his father and wasn’t going to be travelling with the team to London until later in the week.
The New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos also are double-digit favorites. The Saints, coming off a bye week, host the Buffalo Bills at the Superdome, where New Orleans has covered the spread in 18 of its last 24 games as a home favorite.
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season against the Washington Redskins. The Broncos, who are favored by 13.5, have covered the spread in only three of their last nine games as double-digit favorites at home.