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NFL Odds: Bettors backing Packers

Bettors aren't shying away from big favorites despite some overwhelming trends that suggest double-digit dogs are the way to go in the NFL.

According to a Bovada oddsmaker, bettors are lining up behind the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs, three of the biggest favorites on the board in Week 8.

The Packers are giving double-digits to the host Minnesota Vikings in the Sunday night game. Green Bay is a 10-point favorite, despite a rash of injuries to the receiving corps. James Jones, Randall Cobb, and JerMichael Finley are all out this week. The Vikings will be starting quarterback Christian Ponder, who had seemingly lost his job with the arrival of Josh Freeman from Tampa Bay. However, Freeman suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to the New York Giants, so Ponder is expected to start against the Packers. Minnesota has won and covered in its last four games as a home underdog.

The Seahawks are also monster favorites over the host St. Louis Rams in the Monday night game. The Rams lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the season to a knee injury and will be starting Kellen Clemons against a fierce Seattle defense. St. Louis is an 11.5-point underdog.

Reminder: Double-digit home underdogs have covered the spread in 18 of the last 20 games and are 46-26 against the spread since 2000.

The Chiefs are 9-point (-130) favorites over the struggling Cleveland Browns, who have turned to journeyman backup Jason Campbell as their starting quarterback this week. Some might argue that Campbell can’t be any worse than Brandon Weeden, but neither is a promising option against a Chiefs defense considered to be among the NFL’s best. Still, it’s a lot of points for Kansas City backers to swallow, especially when noting that the Chiefs are just 5-16-1 against the spread as home favorites since 2007.