NFL Week 8 Odds: Opening Lines & Early Betting Value

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Monday, October 24, 2016 8:54 PM GMT

By next Monday night, most teams in the NFL will have played half of their regular-season schedule. The season is flying by! Just 13 games on tap in Week 8 with six clubs on their bye week. Here are some interesting opening NFL odds.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans

The Thursday night games this season have left much to be desired as they have generally been lousy games with a lot of sloppy action. It's pretty clear that pro football players just aren't physically 100 percent recovered from a Sunday game to turn around and play at a high level on Thursday. But these games aren't going anywhere as they get good ratings. For some reason, we are stuck with Jaguars-Titans every year on a Thursday it seems. OK, it's only the third year in a row they have played on a Thursday night. The Jags have won the past two, but those were at home. 

Did you know these teams have split their season series every year since 2009? That's almost tough to do. I believe this could be the final game as Jaguars coach for Gus Bradley if his team loses in a bad way. He's on really thin ice right now as the Jaguars played very poorly Sunday in a 33-16 home loss to Oakland. This team needs to hire a quarterback whisperer as the head coach because Blake Bortles is regressing under center. The Raiders entered the game ranked last in the NFL in total defense (444.8 yards per game) and pass defense (312.7 yards per game). But Bortles was just 23-for-43 for 246 yards with a TD and two picks. He has now turned it over 10 times this season and has just seven turnover-free games in his career. Jacksonville has won five of those.

 Free NFL Early Pick: Titans -3Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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 Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers 

Did you watch the Sunday Night Football game between the Cardinals and Seahawks in the desert? It ended in a 6-6 tie, which sounds like an incredibly boring game. But it was the most entertaining game I've ever seen that didn't include a touchdown. Arizona should have won, without question. The Cards had the ball for a whopping 46:21 and had 443 yards and 23 first downs to Seattle's 257 and 11, respectively. I think it's safe to say there could be some special teams changes on Arizona this week as that unit absolutely imploded. The Cards had a field goal and punt blocked; the punt block came with 4:44 left in regulation, which gave the Seahawks possession at the Arizona 22. It was the first time Seattle had crossed the 50 all game. The Seahawks would hit the tying kick. 

With a chance to win in overtime, the Cards' Chandler Catanzaro missed a 24-yarder to win the game -- high school girls make that kick. The only reason Arizona didn't lose is that Seattle's Stephen Hauschka hooked a 27-yarder with seven seconds left in the OT to win. Carolina comes off its bye week and will attempt to become just the third team in NFL history to make the playoffs after starting 1-5. Of course, these teams met in last year's NFC Championship Game and the Panthers rolled at home 49-15. Carson Palmer was terrible, getting picked off four times and losing two fumbles.

 Free NFL Early Pick: Panthers -2.5 *Get this before it gets to 3 or higherBest Line Offered: at SportsInteraction

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Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears

I'm rather shocked this line for next Monday night is under a touchdown because the Bears are not good at all. NFL odds makers seem to be overreacting to Minnesota's 21-10 loss in Philadelphia on Sunday, meaning there are no unbeaten teams left. The Vikings didn't look good coming out of their bye with four turnovers -- QB Sam Bradford hadn't turned it over once entering the game. We did see this team's Achilles' heel and it was on the offensive line, specifically at tackle. Bradford was under siege all day and was sacked six times. The Vikings twice came away with no points inside the Philadelphia 10. The Eagles may have provided a template to beat Minnesota. A team that had blitzed less than any in the NFL through the first six weeks put Bradford under duress on a season-high 36 percent of his dropbacks. The Eagles blitzed a defensive back on 13 snaps -- matching their total from their first five games combined. 

The Bears, meanwhile,  come off a 26-10 loss in Green Bay last Thursday. QB Brian Hoyer broke his left forearm and could be done for the year. It appears Jay Cutler will be able to return from his thumb injury, however. If not, Matt Barkley gets the call. Barkley completed 6 of 15 passes for 81 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in relief of Hoyer vs. Green Bay. Chicago is averaging a league-worst 15.9 points per game. Minnesota allows a league-low 14.0 per game.

 

Free NFL Early Pick: Vikings -5 Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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