Early Betting Odds and Lines for Week 8 of the 2020 NFL
Last week was another wild one in the land of pro football. There were some gut-wrenching injuries (pour one out for Dede Westbrook), some shocking upsets (we see you, Washington), and a few point spread situations we’d all like back.
New England has imploded. The Pittsburgh Steelers are unbeaten. Baker Mayfield might be good. Carson Wentz is a hero.
You seriously can’t make this stuff up.
Week six was a volatile beast, and I’m sure week seven will slap it across the face and tell it to sit back down. Give it a second, because it’s coming.
But as treacherous as the coming week of NFL betting may be, there remains value in jumping on the early NFL week 8 odds.
I’ll offer a little insight on the early lines to nudge you in the direction, though, so let’s get to it.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
As I said, these are very early week 8 NFL betting lines, so don’t be too shocked if/when things change quite a bit. I doubt this one moves too much, however.
Atlanta has been very competitive ever since firing head coach Dan Quinn, and the Panthers have been in just about every game this season.
The Falcons have had major defensive issues this year, and both offenses are capable of springing big plays. I like the Panthers as a mild favorite at home, and we can expect some points in this one, so this total may be a tad low.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Detroit Lions
The Lions are slowly turning things around. They are now 3-3 after two straight wins, with the latest coming via a clutch game-winner in Atlanta.
MATT STAFFORD FOR THE WIN pic.twitter.com/TM7P8tJplx— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 25, 2020
Matthew Stafford is a tough guy to bet against, and now he’s back home in week eight. Indy’s defense is good when it’s healthy, but the Colts better get linebacker Darius Leonard back for this one.
The top NFL sportsbooks are probably getting it right by listing Indy as the favorites, but Detroit offers sneaky value as the home dog.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Just when you thought you had the Vikings pegged, they got slapped around at home by the Atlanta Falcons. Minnesota should get Dalvin Cook back and will be fresh off of a bye week, so they can’t be overlooked here.
Green Bay returns home after easily dispatching the Texans in Houston. That was a badly needed win after getting demolished in Tampa Bay the week prior.
The Packers are the better team and crushed Minnesota in week one, but this spread feels awfully thick. Minnesota still knows the Packers very well, and offensively have the goods to give it a go here.
New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills
I think I’ve had enough of trusting Bill Belichick and these Patriots. New England is 2-4 and struggling these days. After benching Cam Newton to close out a brutal blowout loss to the 49ers, it’s a wonder where the franchise goes from here.
Are the Pats suddenly done with Newton? I doubt it, but I also don’t know if I trust this team to go into Buffalo to get a tough win.
That said, the Pats as 4-point underdogs is still pretty enticing. Also, Buffalo barely beat the winless Jets in week seven.
Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Titans finally tasted defeated in 2020, as a late Stephen Gostkowskis field goal that would have forced OT didn’t go in.
Tennessee is quite good, so natural logic suggests they’re in for a huge bounce-back spot on the road against Cincy. Of course, Joe Burrow just got done roasting the Browns in an epic shootout.
Joe Burrow is the first rookie QB in NFL history with at least 400 passing yds, 3 passing TDs, and a rushing TD in a game.— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) October 26, 2020
I think he’ll be just fine.
Cincinnati probably won’t win, but there’s something sneaky about them when you look at this spread. The Over is also going to stand out in another potential back-and-forth affair.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns
The Browns have to be feeling pretty good about themselves these days. They’re dealing with some injuries, but hey, Baker Mayfield just delivered a career-defining performance.
Baker Mayfield started 0/5 with an INT, then went nearly perfect:— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 25, 2020
His only incomplete pass was a spike to stop the clock.
Shut the haters up. pic.twitter.com/Rj1lLbWYSL
He can prove that was for real in a tense home battle with the Raiders this week. The early week 8 NFL odds have the Raiders as slight underdogs, but it’s tough to gauge who the better team actually is.
Bettors will see that the Raiders just got stomped by the Buccaneers, but this is still a team that’s taken down the Saints and Chiefs.
New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs
This has to be the “stay away” game for week eight NFL bettors, right? I’d say so, as I can’t remember the last time I saw a spread this thick.
Regardless, it reminds me that it’s always a good idea to brush up on tips for betting football point spreads. Choosing games is one of them, after all.
I’m sure we’ve seen it pretty recently, but my word. New York actually put up quite a fight in week seven, and had things broken a little differently, maybe they even beat the Bills.
Still, the Chiefs have way more talented and just smoked the Broncos. There is a very real chance Kansas City easily covers here, but this may be a situation to avoid.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Miami Dolphins
L.A. will be operating on a short week after battling a feisty Bears team on Monday Night Football. We don’t know the result of that game as I write this, but I think we can all agree that they’ll be the clear favorites in Miami this week.
That’d be the case if the Dolphins had a veteran quarterback under center, but this will be rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailo’s first start.
I’m sure he’ll be good, but the Rams aren’t a cakewalk matchup. The Rams make sense as the favorites, and bettors might be getting valuable with a tighter than expected line.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
If you were wondering what the best game for week eight in the NFL would be, this is it. On paper, at least, as the undefeated Steelers take on the hated Ravens in Baltimore.
Pittsburgh’s defense has been very good, and a balanced offense makes them a very tough team to stop. They have a challenge in stifling Lamar Jackson and co., but considering the Steelers have the best run defense in football, I don’t hate their chances.
Baltimore probably gets the win at home, but this should be a close game. The Steelers at +5.5 feels really thick, and may be one of the best week 8 NFL spreads to attack.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
The Broncos and Chargers are both rolling into week eight with young quarterbacks trying to prove this is their franchise to lead. It’s going great for one of them.
Drew Lock has struggled mightily for Denver, while the Broncos got flat out embarrassed in a snow game in week seven. They’ll be tasked with stopping Justin Herbert, who had possibly his best game of his young career last week.
That said, this game is impossible to peg. The lively arms could give way to a shootout, or the solid defenses and mistake-prone passers could give us a total dud.
In a pick’em, the more balanced Chargers do stand out, though.
New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears
The Saints head to Chicago to test that whole “the Saints aren’t good on the road” theory, but give credit where credit is due. New Orleans has played the majority of 2020 without their top wide receiver, and yet they walk in week eight at a solid 4-2.
New Orleans could be up against it in this spot, of course. Not only is this a tough defense on the road, but Michael Thomas still may be out.
Drew Brees and co. need to keep winning to stay in first place in the NFC South, but the Bears are that type of team that is hard to kill. They feel like a bit of a value as home dogs.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks just got done with a tense NFC West tilt on Sunday Night Football, and here comes another.
Betting against Russell Wilson has been a mistake for, well, pretty much his entire career. The Niners aren’t supposed to be that good, either, but they’ve quietly gone 4-3 with a balanced offense that sits inside the top-15 in most categories.
San Francisco is a solid value here, but the injuries continue to mount. The team was already down so many bodies, but then also lost Jeff Wilson Jr. and Deebo Samuel last week.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
This game is among the few I would maybe refrain from betting on early in the week. Early week 8 NFL betting lines are pretty interesting, but not so much when both teams have a lot of injury issues.
Dallas is the big one here, as Andy Dalton got rocked in week seven.
Dalton could have been seriously hurt, and at best got concussed. He may be at risk of sitting this one out. That’d hurt the Cowboys a lot – which is saying something – while Philly is ailing at wide receiver, running back, and all over their offensive line.
The Eagles should win at home in this matchup, but as bad as Dallas has been, banking on Philly to cover by this much seems a bit silly.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants
Lastly, we get the Buccaneers and Giants, which is impossibly the snoozer we are all graced with next Monday.
If the league can flex this MNF game, they absolutely should try, because this point spread honestly feels light. The Buccaneers are positively loaded on both sides of the ball, and if you look at what they’ve turned into the last two weeks, they feel kind of unstoppable.
New York will need about one hundred of these Daniels Jones runs to stay in this one.
The Giants are better than advertised on defense, but they just don’t have the talent to stage the upset, and it’d be a shocker if it was close. The Buccaneers at -10 is a steal at the moment.
The whole point of this NFL week 8 odds breakdown is to get an early look at the betting lines, but also to provide a little insight on each matchup.
I tend to let our free NFL picks do the talking, especially since those come out a little later in the week when injuries are more well known.
But this initial breakdown is pretty crucial, as it can have you reacting to how games are priced, and it can allow you to hop on absurd lines, or temper expectations for others.
Looking at week eight, I would wait to see the Chiefs’ line shorten, or I’d stay away. And I’d be all over the Buccaneers (-9.5), the Steelers (+5.5), and a few others.
It can make sense to wait to bet on the NFL, but the right price can often make that decision easy for us. Hopefully this look at the NFL week 8 odds helps you out in some way.
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