Saturday October 25th, 2014

The Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints usually light up the scoreboard when they play each other, with Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees at the helm, and they have the chance to do so again when they meet in Week 8 at the Superdome on Sunday Night Football.

The Packers and Saints have seen nine of their past 10 meetings go OVER the total, averaging 60 points per game. The previous high total posted in those games was 54, which barely eclipsed the number in a 28-27 home win by Green Bay in the last meeting two years ago at Lambeau Field. The Packers failed to cover the 7.5-point spread in that game, and the Saints are consensus 1.5-point favorites this time around at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

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NFL Odds Week 8: Seahawks favored vs. Panthers, more computer picks

New Orleans finds itself in a desperate situation at just 2-4 this season following a tough 24-23 road loss to the Detroit Lions last week as 1.5-point underdogs. The Saints surrendered two touchdowns to the Lions in the last 3:38 after taking a 17-3 lead right after halftime. They hope to rebound back at home, where they have gone 23-5-1 against the spread in their last 29 games as favorites, including 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10.

Green Bay is 5-2, tied with Detroit atop the NFC North, and rides a four-game winning streak into New Orleans both straight-up and ATS after a 38-17 rout of the Carolina Panthers last week at home. The NFL odds had the Packers as 6.5-point favorites against the Panthers, and they led by as many as 35 points at the end of the third quarter before giving up a couple of late touchdowns. They will be visiting the Superdome for the first time since losing 51-29 there in 2008. Green Bay has won the last two meetings but has gone 1-3 ATS in the past four games between the teams.

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NFL odds: Approaching byes add interesting wrinkle to Week 8

There are some more total trends that favor a high-scoring game in this Packers vs. Saints betting matchup. The OVER is 8-0 in Green Bay’s last eight road games before a bye week, 7-2 in the team’s past nine road games against NFC South opponents, and 7-3 in its previous 10 as a road underdog. The Packers have also struggled mightily vs. the line when playing away from home before a bye with a 1-9 ATS mark their last 10 games.

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