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NFL Week 8 Betting Lines
There are only 13 games scheduled for Week 8 as six teams will have byes this week. Arizona, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Washington won’t take part in the action, broadening the spotlight for the rest of the league. The marquee game will see NFC West rivals Seattle and San Francisco square off in the Emerald City, but even more people will tune in for the Sunday night tilt between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL Week 8 Schedule & Lines
BYE WEEK: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Since entering the league in 1995, Carolina’s biggest rival has been Atlanta. The two have been in the same division since the Panthers’ expansion season, and they both have suffered the same postseason heartbreaks. Both teams have won six division titles, two conference championships, and no Super Bowls, yet Atlanta has dominated this series, winning nearly two-thirds of the games. The Falcons might be favored in this one too as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones could be too much for this defense, and Carolina ranked dead last in the NFL in run defense in 2019.
Green Bay and Minnesota will meet for the second time this season in Week 8. Kirk Cousins is in the last year of his three-year contract with the Vikings, and this team is in win now mode even though they have parted ways with Stefon Diggs and three of their best defenders from last year. The Vikes are starting two new cornerbacks this year, and that’s not what you want when you’re facing Aaron Rodgers.
It will be interesting to see what the Lions do this year. Detroit is projected to finish at the bottom of the NFC North, and there are rumors that Matt Patricia might be the first coach fired in 2020. Matt Stafford is coming off a back injury that kept him out of the last half of 2019, and we might see this franchise decide to blow it up at this point of the year if Stafford is hurt or not playing well.
San Francisco clinched homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the Seahawks in Seattle in Week 17 last year, and Pete Carroll’s team hasn’t forgot the sting of that loss. The defeat forced the Seahawks to go on the road in the Wild Card Round, and they were subsequently bounced in the Divisional Round by the Packers. The Seahawks have dominated this series in recent years though, winning 11 of the last 13 games.
The two favorites in the NFC East will meet for the first time this season on Sunday Night Football in Week 8. Dallas and Philadelphia have been the cream of this division for the last few years, and both teams are seen as outside Super Bowl contenders due to their offenses. Dak Prescott has had some ups and downs against the Eagles, but he has three excellent receivers to use in the passing game.
Daniel Jones torched Tampa Bay when these teams met last year. Saquon Barkley could only manage 10 yards on eight carries against the Buccaneers’ front seven, putting the pressure on Danny Dimes to step up and deliver. He rose to the challenge by accounting for all four of the Giants’ touchdowns, and Big Blue won despite Tampa Bay amassing nearly 500 yards of offense. Matt Gay’s two missed extra points were costly and overshadowed Mike Evans’ monster performance (8 receptions, 190 yards, 3 touchdowns).
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