NFL Betting - Where are the Sharps Looking In Week 8

Minnesota Vikings players

Jason Lake

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 5:20 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 5:20 PM UTC

The Minnesota Vikings finally lost a game, but they're already moving the NFL odds for their Monday Night Football matchup with the injury-plagued Chicago Bears.


Record: 14-10-1 ATS, 4-7 Totals

You lose one football game, and the world turns against you. Or at least they do when you're Sam Bradford. After starting the 2016 season at 5-0 SU and ATS, Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings finally tasted defeat last week – against Bradford's previous employers, no less. The Philadelphia Eagles sacked Bradford six times and scooped up two of his four fumbles en route to a 21-10 victory as 3-point home dogs.

Now it's all doom and gloom in Minneapolis. That's what the pundits say, at least; they're not happy with how quickly Bradford needs to get rid of the ball, given the lack of protection he's getting from the offensive line. But the sharps don't seem to mind. They're unloading on the Vikes as 5-point road faves for Monday night's matchup (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) with the Chicago Bears. Our early consensus reports show 74 percent of bettors on Minnesota, driving the spread to –5.5 on our NFL odds board at press time.

The Beat Goes On

There's definitely cause for concern in the Twin Cities. In addition to those six sacks, the Eagles knocked Bradford to the turf 14 times. And the offensive line is shedding players left and right; LT Matt Kalil (hip) and RT Andre Smith (triceps) are both out for the season, while RG Brandon Fusco (concussion) hasn't played since Week 5.

The Eagles were more than capable of taking advantage, but then again, they have one of the league's best defensive lines. Football Outsiders had Philadelphia ranked No. 5 on the pass rush and No. 6 at stuffing the run heading into last week's game. The Bears, on the other hand, were No. 13 against the pass and No. 20 against the run before getting thumped 26-10 by the Green Bay Packers (–7.5 at home).

Plus, this is what the Bears (1-6 SU and ATS) we're talking about. They expect to have Jay Cutler back under center this Sunday, but he hasn't played since hurting his thumb in week 2, and surely wouldn't be playing Minnesota. On the other side, Packers got Brian Hoyer's arm injured. Hoyer was No. 4 on the DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) charts through Week 6. Cutler was awful in limited action. Let's add the Vikings to our NFL week 8 picks, especially with charts projecting an Elo-based spread of Minnesota –7.5 for this matchup.


Free NFL Pick: Vikings –5 (–115)Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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