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Week 8 NFL Trends

Chicago is Week 8’s biggest home dog on the heels of a dominating MNF performance while the Patriots are the biggest road favorite on the heels of a lucky OT win.

The Bears lay 10 points on the opening NFL line to Carolina, a team that fired its GM and has some serious concerns about the maturity level of franchise QB Cam Newton.

New England, meanwhile, lays 7 points at St. Louis with the public still backing the Pats despite their recent play.

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The other intriguing Week 8 spread is in Philly, where the unbeaten Falcons are 1.5-road underdogs to the Eagles. With a little bad luck, the Eagles could be 0-6 instead of 3-3. Still, oddsmakers feel they are dangerous with all their offensive weapons.

And the Eagles historically cover the spread coming out of a bye week. Of note, the UNDER trend is particularly appealing in this Atlanta-Philly game as both teams trend heavily to the UNDER with an extra week off.

Four other teams come off their bye week - Denver, Kansas City, Miami, San Diego. Meanwhile, handicappers must consider these four teams as they head for the bye in Week 9 - St. Louis, New England, NY Jets, San Francisco.

Check out the opening NFL lines for Week 8 courtesy of 5Dimes.

Thu - Tampa Bay at Minnesota (-7) (8:20pm ET) - Matchup Report
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Vikings 2-8-1 ATS past 11 games as favorite

Sun - Miami at NY Jets (-2.5) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Jets 6-1 ATS past 7 games before bye week
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Miami's last 19 games on the road
NY Jets are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing at home against Miami

Sun - Carolina at Chicago (-10) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games on the road
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Bears 10-3-1 ATS past 14 games as favorite
Panthers 2-18 SU past 20 games as underdog

Sun - Atlanta at Philadelphia (-1) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Eagles 9-2 ATS past 11 games after a bye week
UNDER is 10-2 past 12 Eagles games after a bye
UNDER is 11-2 past 13 Falcons games after a bye week
Atlanta is 6-0 SU this year
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Sun - San Diego at Cleveland (+2.5) 1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
San Diego is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games at home

Sun - Washington at Pittsburgh (-5) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Teams have played 4 straight UNDERs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
UNDER is 7-1 past 8 Steelers home games

Sun - Seattle at Detroit (-2.5) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Seahawks 14-2-1 ATS past 17 games as underdog
Lions 0-6 ATS past 6 as favorites
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Seattle's last 7 games

Sun - New England vs. St. Louis (+7) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New England's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
Rams 6-2 ATS past 8 games as underdog
Rams 5-1-1 ATS past 7 as home dog

Sun - Jacksonville at Green Bay (off) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Jaguars covered 4 straight road games
Packers 2-6-2 ATS vs AFC South since 2004
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville's last 5 games on the road
Green Bay is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home

Sun - Indianapolis at Tennessee (-3.5) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
UNDER is 12-2 past 14 meetings
Colts 1-5 ATS past 6 at Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indianapolis's last 7 games when playing Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee's last 7 games when playing Indianapolis

Sun - Oakland at Kansas City (-1) (4:05pm ET) - Matchup Report
Oakland is 8-1 ATS past 9 trips to Kansas City
Chiefs 1-8 SU past  home games overall
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 8 games when playing Oakland

Sun - NY Giants at Dallas (pick) (4:25pm ET) - Matchup Report
Giants 6-2-1 ATS past 9 trips to Dallas
Giants 7-1 SU & ATS past 8 road games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the NY Giants last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas's last 9 games

Sun - New Orleans at Denver (-7) (8:20pm ET) - Matchup Report
Broncos 9-2 ATS past 11 games after a bye week
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games when playing New Orleans

Mon - San Francisco at Arizona (+7) (8:30pm ET) - Matchup Report
San Francisco is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at Arizona
Arizona is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Arizona 8-2-1 ATS past 11 games as underdog
49ers on 0-4 ATS run within NFC West