With six teams having their bye in Week 8, most of the games on the upcoming NFL schedule are expected to be close. No team is even favored by a touchdown at the start of the week, and three teams are favored by exactly a field goal.
Not surprisingly, the New England Patriots are the biggest favorites in Week 8. They are giving the Bills 6.5 points in Buffalo, even though the Bills beat the Patriots earlier this year. Buffalo shut out Jacoby Brissett and New England in Week 4. Since Tom Brady’s return from suspension, the Patriots are 3-0 with every victory coming by double-digits.
The Minnesota Vikings, who are tied for the NFC’s best record, are also among the week’s biggest favorites despite being on the road. They’ll visit the one-win Chicago Bears, who are expected to have Jay Cutler back under center for the first time since Week 2.
The New York Jets are one of the week’s four road favorites, even though they have just two wins in 2016. The Jets are visiting the Cleveland Browns, who are the only NFL team still searching for their first win. Ryan Fitzpatrick is back as New York’s starter because of Geno Smith’s torn ACL, and Cleveland doesn’t know who their starting quarterback will be because of injuries to both Josh McCown and Cody Kessler.
The contest between the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers features the smallest betting line of Week 8. Oakland is a one-point road underdog for the second straight week.
Green Bay’s visit to Atlanta is expected to be the highest-scoring game on the schedule. Monday night’s game between Minnesota and Chicago features the lowest over/under.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 8 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas and online, via OddsShark.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5) at Tennessee Titans, 44.5
Washington Redskins (+3) at Cincinnati Bengals, 47
Green Bay Packers (+3) at Atlanta Falcons, 52.5
Detroit Lions (+2.5) at Houston Texans, 45.5
Seattle Seahawks (-3) at New Orleans Saints, 48
New England Patriots (-6.5) at Buffalo Bills, 47.5
New York Jets (-2.5) at Cleveland Browns, NA
Oakland Raiders (+1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 49.5
Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) at Indianapolis Colts, 50
San Diego Chargers (+6) at Denver Broncos, 44.5
Arizona Cardinals (+2.5) at Carolina Panthers, 48
Philadelphia Eagles (+4.5) at Dallas Cowboys, 43.5
Minnesota Vikings (-6) at Chicago Bears, 40.5