The Week Eight schedule is the lightest of the 2013 NFL season, with six teams idle with a bye, leaving just 13 games.
Only five of the road teams are favored, but they are some of the biggest road favorites of the year. Two home teams are being given at least 10 points. The San Francisco 49ers are favored by more than two scores against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Seattle Seahawks, who are known for being dominant at CenturyLink Field, are giving the Rams 10.5 points in St. Louis on Monday night.
The Thursday game begins with one of the road favorites as the Carolina Panthers visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have yet to win a game this season, but only two opponents have defeated them by more than eight points.
On Monday night, the New York Giants picked up their first victory for the season. However, they’re still decided underdogs when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, who have lost nine straight games at home. The Giants have lost eight straight road games.
The only remaining undefeated team is expected to keep their unblemished record for at least one more week. The Kansas City Chiefs are a seven-point favorite over the Cleveland Browns. Week Three was the only time Kansas City has been an underdog in 2013.
The Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans are all idle. Chicago might need the bye more than any team after learning that Jay Cutler will miss at least a month with a groin tear. The Colts get a break after handing Peyton Manning a loss in his return to Indianapolis.
Josh Freeman made his debut with the Minnesota Vikings in primetime, and his second start with the team will be nationally televised as well. The team will host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The quarterback completed 20 of his 53 pass attempts for 190 yards in a loss.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week Eight games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
Carolina Panthers (-6.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 40
San Francisco 49ers (-16.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars, 40.5
Dallas Cowboys (+3) at Detroit Lions, 51
New York Giants (+6.5) at Philadelphia Eagles, 54
Cleveland Browns (+7) at Kansas City Chiefs, 39.5
Buffalo Bills (+12) at New Orleans Saints, 50
Miami Dolphins (+7) at New England Patriots, 45.5
New York Jets (+6.5) at Cincinnati Bengals, 41
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at Oakland Raiders, 40.5
Washington Redskins (+13) at Denver Broncos, 57.5
Atlanta Falcons (+2.5) at Arizona Cardinals, 45
Green Bay Packers (-9.5) at Minnesota Vikings, 46
Seattle Seahawks (-10.5) at St. Louis Rams, 42