NFL Week 8 Spreads, Money Lines and Totals
Week 8 begins with a matchup that once could have been a Super Bowl. The Buffalo Bills will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Amazon Prime Video.
It was all laid out for the 2022 Buffalo Bills. Buffalo opened as a top-tier Super Bowl favorite and flexed its muscles early. The Bills looked unbeatable for the first half of the season. But as the marathon regular season droned on, Buffalo was exposed for its weaknesses. The Bills proved to be beatable. And despite playing at home in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, they were handily beaten by the Cincinnati Bengals.
This year the Bills remain in the elite section of the board. Buffalo features a prolific offense led by QB Josh Allen. Allen has emerged as a perennial All-Pro with a good supporting cast. Defensively, Buffalo was dominant for most of the year. But teams eventually found weaknesses in their pass defense that were exposed. The AFC East will be one of the most competitive in 2023. Buffalo remains the most complete looking team.
By contrast, the best days of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ended with the retirement of Tom Brady. But there is a wild card that could flip the script for the Bucs. Baker Mayfield was acquired to give the Buccaneers a potential asset and likely project at QB. Mayfield arrived at the Cleveland Browns as a first round draft pick. Three teams later, he is with the Bucs. Mayfield had some flashes of promise with the Rams at the end of last season. For both player and team, it’s a chance for resurgence.
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NFL Week 8 Schedule
Week 8 has a strong lineup of games in the early window. Among the best is the Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys.
Last year the Rams suffered from a combination of a Super Bowl hangover, a rash of injuries, and reading their headlines. One of the worst culprits was head coach Sean McVay. The young genius milked the 2022-23 Super Bowl championship for all it was worth. McVay and his hot wife made all the gossip and entertainment sites. He became an endorsement machine for such products as Chunky Soup. But at the end of the season, McVay was exposed as merely human. He was humbled and humiliated to the point of nearly quitting. Now he returns looking for redemption.
NBC Sunday Night Football gets an intriguing matchup. The Los Angeles Chargers will host the Chicago Bears. It is true that the Chargers made the 2022 NFL Playoffs. But it’s also true that they had one of the greatest meltdowns in NFL Playoff history. The Chargers blew a 27-0 lead in a stunning loss to the young Jacksonville Jaguars. Head coach Brandon Staley lost almost all credibility in the setback. And he is on one of the hottest seats in football.
Staley is not without assets, starting with quarterback Justin Herbert. When Herbert was taken in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, he lifted the Chargers from a loser into a contender. Although the Kansas City Chiefs remain in the AFC West class, the Chargers are a threat to challenge KC as well as for an AFC Playoff berth.
Not long ago, ESPN Monday Night Football grew stale with a weak schedule and a revolving door of announcers. That is no longer the case. These days, ESPN boasts a strong schedule with top games every week. Week 8 is no exception. The Detroit Lions will host the Las Vegas Raiders in an interconference battle of playoff contenders.
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