Packers Are Big TNF Underdogs with Davante Adams Sidelined in Week 8
Life can’t be easy for the 2021 Green Bay Packers. Already 3.5-point underdogs for their week eight road tilt with the Arizona Cardinals, the Packers saw their odds drop even further this week.
News broke of star wide receiver Davante Adams being moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list, putting his status for Thursday Night Football in doubt.
That takes away Green Bay’s best offensive player, and pushes the undefeated Cardinals (7-0) to be even bigger favorites at the top NFL betting sites.
Packers vs. Cardinals Week 8 Odds
One look at the early week 8 NFL betting lines reminds everyone that this was originally a close game in the eyes of the more trustworthy sportsbooks.
The line has moved since then, however, as Davante Adams accounts for a massive role in Green Bay’s offense, and seems unlikely to suit up for Thursday Night Football.
Adams’ likely absence makes the Packers a tough road dog to get excited about, but the game total remains a healthy 50 in the desert.
Packers Lose Allen Lazard Too
There is still faint hope that Adams could receive two negative test results and play in week eight, but Allen Lazard will have no such luck.
Unvaccinated, Lazard must sit out for a minimum of five days, despite not even officially testing positive for the virus.
Lazard was in position for a huge role in Green Bay’s passing attack with Adams sidelined, but now the Packers will be forced to turn to other receivers.
Veteran slot man Randall Cobb figures to be Aaron Rodgers’ go-to target on Thursday, while rookie Amario Rodgers may be called up more, as well.
Green Bay could get some good news, of course. Deep threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling is scheduled to come off IR and could be activated for this game.
Can the Packers Stage the Upset?
The Packers were probably already in an impossible spot in regard to trying to get the win.
Green Bay has done well to win six games in a row, but going into Arizona and handing the Cardinals their first loss of the year on a short week always felt unlikely.
If the Packers are serious about winning, though, they’ll likely do their best to keep the pressure off Aaron Rodgers and the passing game.
That should mean a heavy dose of Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, which could be the path to an upset against Arizona’s suspect run defense (18th in rushing yards allowed per game).
Given the change for this point spread, sports bettors have something to think about before Thursday. For a more detailed breakdown, take a look at the Packers vs. Cardinals betting pick below.