Week 8 NFL Opening Odds: Bears, Patriots Biggest Favorites

Jim Rogash

Do the Patriots and Eagles get too much undeserved respect from oddsmakers? What about the betting public that continues to believe in them? Week 8 betting shapes up as an interesting week for sure.

New England always seems to be favored by too many points and that situation appears on the NFL odds menu again in Week 8.

The Patriots spot the host Rams 7 points, according to most shops tracked by OddsShark.com. Fresh off a tight OT win over the Jets and a loss in Seattle, you have to wonder if the Pats are contenders or pretenders.

But for bettors, backing the Pats seems a weekly chore, regardless of the spread.

In Chicago, the biggest opening Week 8 spread sees the Bears as 10-point chalk to the visiting Carolina Panthers. Carolina has been a bit of a circus this week with its GM fired and its QB running his mouth.

The week kicks off in Minnesota where the surprising Vikes are surprisingly favored by a TD over Arizona.

And the most intriguing trend of the week is in Philly where both the Eagles and visiting Falcons have been guaranteed locks after a bye week. Both teams had last week off. Oddsmakers continue to give the Eagles the benefit of the doubt, making them chalk over the 6-0 Dirty Birds.

Thu - Tampa Bay at Minnesota (-7) (8:20pm ET) - Matchup Report
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Vikings 2-8-1 ATS past 11 games as favorite

Sun - Miami at NY Jets (-2.5) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Jets 6-1 ATS past 7 games before bye week
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Miami's last 19 games on the road
NY Jets are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing at home against Miami

Sun - Carolina at Chicago (-10) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games on the road
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Bears 10-3-1 ATS past 14 games as favorite
Panthers 2-18 SU past 20 games as underdog

Sun - Atlanta at Philadelphia (-1) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Eagles 9-2 ATS past 11 games after a bye week
UNDER is 10-2 past 12 Eagles games after a bye
UNDER is 11-2 past 13 Falcons games after a bye week
Atlanta is 6-0 SU this year
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Sun - San Diego at Cleveland (+2.5) 1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
San Diego is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games at home

Sun - Washington at Pittsburgh (-5) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Teams have played 4 straight UNDERs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
UNDER is 7-1 past 8 Steelers home games

Sun - Seattle at Detroit (-2.5) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Seahawks 14-2-1 ATS past 17 games as underdog
Lions 0-6 ATS past 6 as favorites
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Seattle's last 7 games

Sun - New England vs. St. Louis (+7) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New England's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
Rams 6-2 ATS past 8 games as underdog
Rams 5-1-1 ATS past 7 as home dog

Sun - Jacksonville at Green Bay (off) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
Jaguars covered 4 straight road games
Packers 2-6-2 ATS vs AFC South since 2004
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville's last 5 games on the road
Green Bay is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home

Sun - Indianapolis at Tennessee (-3.5) (1:00pm ET) - Matchup Report
UNDER is 12-2 past 14 meetings
Colts 1-5 ATS past 6 at Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indianapolis's last 7 games when playing Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee's last 7 games when playing Indianapolis

Sun - Oakland at Kansas City (-1) (4:05pm ET) - Matchup Report
Oakland is 8-1 ATS past 9 trips to Kansas City
Chiefs 1-8 SU past home games overall
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 8 games when playing Oakland

Sun - NY Giants at Dallas (pick) (4:25pm ET) - Matchup Report
Giants 6-2-1 ATS past 9 trips to Dallas
Giants 7-1 SU & ATS past 8 road games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the NY Giants last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas's last 9 games

Sun - New Orleans at Denver (-7) (8:20pm ET) - Matchup Report
Broncos 9-2 ATS past 11 games after a bye week
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games when playing New Orleans

Mon - San Francisco at Arizona (+7) (8:30pm ET) - Matchup Report
San Francisco is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at Arizona
Arizona is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Arizona 8-2-1 ATS past 11 games as underdog
49ers on 0-4 ATS run within NFC West

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