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An early look at the opening point spreads and intriguing spots in Week 8

Week 7 wraps up Monday evening, but in the meantime, Week 8 lines are arriving. We break down the early lines and where it looks intriguing.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Moore calls out from the goal line in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Another very interesting week of football is just about in the books. We’re only waiting on the Patriots to inevitably take down the Jets on Monday night. The Dolphins and Bengals remain winless, while the 49ers remain undefeated after defensively beating Washington 9-0. The Chiefs lost Patrick Mahomes to a multi-week injury, but won their Thursday night matchup to keep control of the AFC West. And thanks to the Danny Dimes hype being a bit premature, Kyler Murray carried the Cardinals to a three-game winning streak, making the NFC West the only division without a team that has a losing record. Now it’s time to look ahead to Week 8’s games.

The betting odds may change as each game approaches its kickoff time. When that time is near, we’ll break down each matchup in more detail. In the meantime, here are a couple of the games that I have my eyes on.

With the odds that have been released, only one game has an away team as the favorite. On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers head a few states south to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. As mentioned before, the Chiefs had to remove their MVP quarterback on Thursday night after a scare on the goal line. Thankfully, it was a dislocated knee and he could return in three weeks, if not sooner, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Matt Moore is the backup and had a solid performance (117 passing yards and a touchdown) after Mahomes left the field. Unfortunately, he and the Chiefs will be facing one of the top teams in the league. Aaron Rodgers is coming off his best week of the season, throwing five touchdowns to five different receivers. Kansas City is getting plenty of rest after its Thursday night game, but it will need more than rest to prepare for this Green Bay squad.

From a betting perspective, I have a lot of interest in watching the line on the Cardinals/Saints game. As of now, the Saints are 10-point home favorites, and, even with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, that’s a reasonable spread. The interesting piece is that Drew Brees could possibly return this week. It would definitely be on the early side of his recovery, but he’s reportedly been doing very well. The Saints would be wise to hold out the future Hall-of-Famer since their bye week follows, but on the other hand (no, I’m not making a pun about Brees’ injury, that would be insensitive) they could see this as an opportunity to slide him back into game mode with a kind matchup against a poor Cardinals pass defense. I’d take the Saints at home with this spread with Bridgewater, especially knowing the line would likely grow if Brees makes his comeback.

The Seahawks/Falcons odds have yet to be released due to Matt Ryan’s injury status.

All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.

Thursday Night

Washington (+16) at Vikings

Sunday, 1pm ET

Bengals (+12.5) at Rams
Chargers (+4.5) at Bears
Giants (+7) at Lions
Cardinals (+10) at Saints
Broncos (+6.5) at Colts
Jets (+4.5) at Jaguars
Buccaneers (+2.5) at Titans
Eagles (+1.5) at Bills

Sunday, 4pm ET

Panthers (+5) at 49ers
Browns (+10) at Patriots
Raiders (+7) at Texans

Sunday Night

Packers at Chiefs (+3)

Monday Night

Dolphins (+14.5) at Steelers

Bye Week Teams: Ravens and Cowboys

Odds and lines subject to change. See website for actual odds.
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