NFL Week 8 Betting Preview
Coming off their bye week with a five-game winning streak intact the New York Jets look to continue soaring this week when they host the Green Bay Packers.
Not only have the Jets won their last five games, they've also gone a perfect 5-0 ATS in those contests. Before entering their bye in Week 7 the Jets took care of Denver 24-20 as 3.5-point chalk. LaDainian Tomlinson continued to prove all the doubters wrong by rushing for a pair of touchdowns, and Mark Sanchez passed for 198 yards with a TD and two picks.
The Packers finally beat a Favre-led Vikings team last week with a 28-24 win as 2.5-point home favorites. Aaron Rodgers passed for 295 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and the defense took advantage of Favre's usual mistakes with three picks, including one they returned for six.
The Jets are nearly a touchdown favorite this weekend at -6. The Packers have dropped their last two road games both SU and ATS and they're 2-4 SU in their last six away form Lambeau Field. The Jets have had the Packers' number for a long time and in their last eight matchups New York is 7-1 SU.
One thing bettors will find different about Week 8 compared to the previous weeks of this NFL season is the lack of huge spreads. Every week so far this season has had at least one big spread, but the large number of big upsets already may have caused the oddsmakers to tone them down.
The biggest underdog on the odds list at Bodog for Week 8 are the winless Buffalo Bills at +7.5 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills have only one win in their last nine games and they're not much better ATS over that span at 3-5-1. The Chiefs get the Bills at home this week and this season at Arrowhead Kansas City is 3-0 both SU and ATS. Don't be surprised if the Chefs make that 4-0 this week versus the Bills' league-worst scoring defense.
After the Bills the biggest underdogs on the odds list at Bodog this weekend include Jacksonville +6.5 at Dallas, Green Bay +6 at the Jets, and Houston +5.5 in the Monday nighter at Indianapolis.
The most interesting one is the Jaguars as 6.5-point dogs at Dallas. The 1-5 Cowboys offense has swapped the injured Tony Romo for Jon Kitna, but the oddsmakers still have some faith left in Dallas for some reason.
The Jaguars will also see a slight change at QB this weekend with starter David Garrard expected to return from a concussion. Kitna has a much more talented offense around him, and he did start to settle in late in the game after getting thrown into the fire last week. The Jags also own the second-worst scoring defense in the league, so don't be surprised if Kitna and the Cowboys come through with a win and a cover on Sunday.
Quarterback injuries and changes weren't only happening in Dallas and Jacksonville this week. Here are other top games to keep an eye on heading into Sunday . . .
Tampa Bay at Arizona (-3) – The Cardinals should have Max Hall behind center on Sunday. Hall suffered a concussion last week, but passed his test and unless he suffers a setback he's in versus Tampa Bay.
Washington at Detroit (-2.5) – The Lions will welcome back starting QB Matt Stafford this weekend. Stafford hasn't played since Week 1 due to an injured shoulder.
Minnesota at New England (-5) – Brett Favre has played in 291 straight games, but that streak could be broken this weekend due to two fractures in his ankle.
Denver vs. San Francisco (-1) – With Alex Smith out with a separated shoulder former Heisman winner Troy Smith gets the start when the 49ers face the Broncos in London.