NFL Week 8 Betting Lines
Anyone that loves to complain about some of the lackluster Thursday night NFL offerings will have to zip their lips for Week 8 as the Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers in what could be an NFC Playoff Preview. Arizona stands a solid chance at being a dark horse contender in the NFC West. What surprised so many NFL observers was the dramatic improvement on defense by the Cardinals last year. Meanwhile, Kyler Murray has quickly developed into a dangerous threat at the quarterback position. The Packers are one of the best real-life soap operas and reality TV shows found anywhere. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers despises upper management and wants out. But salary cap gravity makes that next to impossible. Where Rodgers and the Pack are at for this game record-wise and men mentally will be fascinating to watch.
BYE WEEK: Baltimore, Las Vegas
Perhaps the most underrated game of Week 8 is the Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills. This matchup could be for the lead in the AFC East. Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins made impressive strides in 2020 with a record of 10-6 straight up and 11-5 against the spread. Yet the Dolphins metrics were indicative of a team that had plenty of room for improvement. Buffalo will be bracing for Miami's bomb threat rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. But Bills quarterback Josh Allen will have the Fish on their toes.
Last year one of the great rivalries in the NFL came from the NFC South Division. The New Orleans Saints swept their two regular season games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Tom Brady and the Bucs got sweet revenge when it counted most in an NFC Playoff win at New Orleans. For this Week 8 meeting, Jameis Winston will be under center instead of Drew Brees. Winston should carry plenty of motivation after being banished from the Bucs as their interception machine quarterback. But Winston may also be feeling pressure going up against Tom Brady. Where New Orleans is standing for this game will be a topic of great interest.
The Minnesota Vikings will host the Dallas Cowboys on NBC Sunday Night Football. Last year Minnesota was one of the biggest busts on the board. The Vikings revamped defense put them in a ditch that they never quite dug out of. The warehouse full of picks from the 2020 NFL Draft proved to be fool's gold for a Viking team that was 6-10 against the spread. Dallas is always overrated but stands a solid chance at improving for the 2021 season. Their defense can't possibly be as bad as last year and will be rejuvenated with six new draft picks and new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Further enhancing the Cowboys' prospects is the return of quarterback Dak Prescott. These two teams have let more gamblers down than perhaps any other tandem in NFL Gambling. Both Dallas and Minnesota could have a positive market correction in 2021.
The Kansas City Chiefs will host the New York Giants on ESPN Monday Night Football. While the game might look like a mismatch at first glance, the Giants could be a real annoyance to the potent Chiefs offense and gamblers. Last year Big Blue finished 9th for points allowed defensively and went 9-7 against the spread despite a 6-10 straight up record.
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