The Latest Buzz Around Odds, Spreads and Lines for NFL Week 8
My NFL picks against the spread haven't gone particularly well so far this year. Not sure why that is, but there is still over half a season left. So we should certainly see what Vegas is thinking in regards to Week 8.
There are some marquee matchups, especially in Philadelphia where we will find out if the one-point-favored Eagles will rebound against the well-rested and undefeated Atlanta Falcons.
There is a contest between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans. If you're into that sort of thing.
Either way, click through to find out what's going on with this week's lines and odds.
Overreaction Line of Week: Washington Redskins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (-5)
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 24-17 on the road. That's not worth much.
The only team that has staked any type of claim to legitimacy in the AFC North is Baltimore.
So unless the Steelers beat the Ravens (who just got stomped by the Houston Texans) on the road by seven, I'm not sure there's much reason to be impressed with Pittsburgh yet.
Robert Griffin III has been able to keep the Washington Redskins in every game he's played. Can't say the same for Ben Roethlisberger. Check out the double-digit loss to the Broncos for evidence.
Sure-to-Move Line of the Week: New York Giants (-1.5) vs. Dallas Cowboys
Vegas is assuming that the public is going to bet heavily on the Dallas Cowboys, and that may be true.
However, the New York Giants are also another fan favorite. New York is a powerhouse that plays in the biggest market in the US. There will be plenty of public and smart money coming their way.
Let's face it, 1.5 points is a pretty low number for a team that is great on the road, is loaded with pass-rushers and has Eli Manning.
And don't forget that the Cowboys' offensive line apparently thinks it works at an airport. They're constantly pointing defenders towards Tony Romo in an orderly fashion.
Stay-Away Line of the Week: Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans (-3.5)
We've now seen Chris Johnson rush for 140 yards or more twice.
We've also now seen Chris Johnson rush for 24 yards or less on four different occasions.
One time when he ran for 140-plus yards, his team lost. One time when he rushed for 24 or less, his team won.
His Tennessee Titans are playing Andrew Luck's Indianapolis Colts, a team that beat the Green Bay Packers and then got thrashed by the New York Jets.
Intriguing Money Line of the Week: New Orleans Saints (+220) vs. Denver Broncos
If you've read anything I've written in the past two months, you'll know I'm not a fan of the composition of the Denver Broncos. They aren't a good team.
Peyton Manning has shown to be great once the chips are down, but I'm not going to rely too much on a win over the San Diego Chargers. All of the other "comebacks" have mostly fallen short.
And the New Orleans Saints seem to be putting their offense back on track. Drew Brees can sling it with anybody, and his boys seem to be remembering that.
Throw in the return of interim head coach Joe Vitt and a +220 bet on the Saints is certainly enticing.
The Full Slate of Games for Week 8
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings (-7); O/U 42
New England Patriots (-7) vs. St. Louis Rams; O/U 47
Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans (-3.5); O/U 47
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Green Bay Packers (-13); O/U N/A
San Diego Chargers (-3) vs. Cleveland Browns; O/U 44
Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles (-1); O/U 46.5
Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions (-1); O/U 43.5
Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets (-1); O/U 41
Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears (-9); O/U 43
Washington Redskins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (-5); O/U 47.5
Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-2); O/U 41
New York Giants (-1.5) vs. Dallas Cowboys; O/U 47.5
New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos (-6); O/U 55.5
San Francisco 49ers (-7) vs. Arizona Cardinals; O/U 37.5