Something has to give on Sunday night as there is a battle of the unbeaten teams brewing in Denver, and both teams are coming off a bye. This is the unquestionable game of week 8.
Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -2.5 -105 at Pinnacle
This NFL odds has bounced around since opening at -2.5 for the Packers. It went to -1.5, then -2, then back to -2.5 and now it is at -3 for Green Bay. This might have to do with the quarterbacks as Rodgers is in contention with New England's Tom Brady for the “Best QB in the NFL” title, while Manning is not only throwing ducks, he is making bad decisions as well. But a more intriguing bet might be the total, which opened at 43, went to 44.5, then 45, 44, back up to 45.5, then 46 and is now at 45.5 for now. For all the talk about the quarterbacks, the Packers lead the NFL in points allowed per game, while Denver is second. This might not be the shootout that you would have thought, perhaps as recently as last year.
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For the Packers, RB James Starks is back at practice after a hip injury, which would be good to have as RB Eddie Lacy is battling through a bad ankle. WR Ty Montgomery didn't practice on Thursday because of an ankle injury.
The Broncos should be getting T Ty Sambrailo back from a shoulder injury, which is good news for Manning. WR Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder) and DE DeMarcus Ware (back) were limited in practice this week, but they should be suiting up on Sunday night.
The Packers have covered in six of their last seven games, and they're 4-1 ATS in their last five on the road. The Broncos are 4-1-1 ATS in six games this season, but just 2-4 ATS in their last six at home.
Green Bay is 5-4-1 SU in their last 10 meetings with Denver (the two tied 17-17 in 1987), with the Packers covering in seven of those games. In Denver, the Packers are just 1-3 SU, but 2-2 ATS.
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