A first glance at the Week 8 NFL slate reveals a very interesting slate of games. There aren’t many duds on this week’s card, with a good mix of divisional matchups and marquee games.
Week 8 kicks off on Thursday night as the Patriots host the improving Dolphins. Miami is 2-0 since Dan Campbell took over for Joe Philbin as the team’s head coach, but they still find themselves as a nine-point betting underdog at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Dolphins are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games as road underdogs in October.
A couple of other intriguing primetime matchups stand out in Week 8. The undefeated Broncos welcome the undefeated Packers to town on Sunday Night Football, with the visiting team installed as 2.5-point chalk.
Green Bay has historically fared very well after a week off, going 6-0 straight up and against the spread in their last six games after the bye according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
Meanwhile, the undefeated Panthers welcome the disappointing Colts to town on Monday Night Football. The Colts are 8-1 straight up and 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games after losing as a favorite, which makes this a favorable spot for them as a touchdown underdog on the road.
Sunday’s early slate is highlighted by an NFC matchup between the Saints and Giants at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints are three-point favorites and that shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that they’re 11-4 straight up in their last 15 games at home in November.
In other early action, the Falcons look to continue their success as they’ve been installed as 7.5-point favorites at home to the Bucs. The Vikings are one-point chalk at Soldier Field in Chicago, and the Rams are laying a whopping 9.5 points at home to the struggling 49ers.
There are only two late afternoon games on Sunday. The Raiders, fresh off a huge upset victory over the Chargers, find themselves in a pick’em contest against the Jets. The home team is 9-2 straight up in the last 11 games in this matchup.