Choices and Predictions Against Spread for Today’s Games
Sunday is here and with it a busy NFL Week 8 schedule with 13 games kicking off throughout the afternoon and evening.
With just two teams on bye – the Raiders and Ravens rest in Week 8 – it will be the most action-packed day of football for nearly a month.
While there is no shortage of games to watch, viewers can further increase the stakes by placing bets on some of these contests. However, making a losing bet is never fun, which is why it is best to check out relevant betting trends and educate yourself before making your choice.
If you are also looking for predictions for some of Sunday’s top games, then you’ve come to the right place.
Below you will not only find a full schedule, including start times, TV channels and live streaming sites for each match, for week 8, but also the latest NFL odds courtesy of FanDuel, betting nuggets and picks against the spread.
NFL Week 8 Sunday schedule, odds
Early afternoon – 1 p.m. ET
- Panthers at Falcons (Fox), ATL -3
- Dolphins at Bills (CBS), BUF -14
- 49ers at Bears (Fox), SF -4
- Steelers at Browns (CBS), CLE -4.5
- Eagles at Lions (Fox), PHI -3.5
- Titans at Colts (CBS), IND -3
- Bengals at Jets (CBS), CIN -11
- Rams to Texans (Fox), LAR -15.5
Late afternoon – 4:05 p.m. ET
- Patriotes at Chargers (CBS), BAC -4.5
- Jaguars at Seahawks (CBS), SEA -3.5
Late afternoon – 4:25 p.m. ET
- Washington to Broncos (Fox), DEN -3.5
- Buccaneers at Saints (Fox), VG -4.5
Sunday Night Football – 8:20 p.m. ET
- Cowboys at Vikings (NBC), MIN -3
NFL Week 8 Betting Trends and Predictions
League-wide trends to note
Heading into Week 8, the favored teams have won more often, not surprisingly, with a 65-39 SU record. The Underdogs were the strongest ATS game, however, at 56-48 ATS.
The visitors have a slight SU advantage at 55-49 and an even larger lead over numbers from 58-46 ATS. Totals skewed below, covering 55.2% of the time (58-47-2 down).
Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Jets
Teams that have lost by 17 points or more and teams that have won by at least 17 points the previous week have fallen to 97-60-4 ATS in the last 161 such events.
While it might not be acceptable to back the Jets after their 54-13 loss to the Patriots – especially not with the scorching Bengals, after a resounding 44-17 victory over the Ravens, heading to MetLife Stadium – but the inflated 11 -The dot line could see Gang Green easily squeezing through a backdoor.
The Jets recently picked Joe Flacco from the Eagles, sending an end-of-round pick to Philadelphia to fire a quarterback who started four games for the club last season but is yet to start the 36-year-old. Mike White was named QB1 for the game after rookie Zach Wilson landed in IR with a PCL injury.
White, the 36e QB, starting for the Jets since Joe Namath left New York, saw his first career action last week. The fourth-year veteran completed 20 of 32 attempted passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, taking a sack and throwing a pair of interceptions after replacing Wilson in the lineup.
White probably won’t do much better in Week 8, but the 26-year-old is unlikely to be asked to perform anything complex. As long as the new starter can avoid a series of turnovers, often check the open man, and have a running game that can eat a clock that backs him up, the Jets can keep this one in double digits.
Choices: Jets +11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans Saints
The Saints have dominated their NFC South rivalry with the Buccaneers in recent years, going 5-1 SU and ATS since December 2018.
These teams meet for the first time during the 2021 regular season in Week 8, a game in which the visiting Bucs are favored by 4.5 points.
Tampa won the most recent game, beating New Orleans in the Superdome by a 30-20 margin in the NFL divisional playoff round. However, the Bucs don’t appear to be the same unstoppable force they were back in January, especially after losing a multitude of cornerbacks to injury.
With Richard Sherman and Dee Delaney questionable – and Week 1 starters Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis on IR – the closet is empty at the position. With Jameis Winston set to make his first start against his former team, the stage is set not only for a rematch, but also for the quarterback’s best performance of the 2021 season.
While Winston was not a prolific passer – amassing just 1,114 yards while completing 89 of 151 attempts in six games – he was much more surgical than he was during his tenure with the Bucs. The former No. 1 overall pick has already 13 touchdowns in the air against a meager three interceptions. He also took just 11 sacks and lost a fumble, handling the game well and putting New Orleans in a position to go 4-2 to start the year.
Winston should have little problem separating the understaffed high school from Tampa. Her team has mostly thrived as an underrated outsider, a situation she finds herself in again in Week 8.
The Saints are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight games as a “dog.” Conversely, the Buccaneers have struggled to score points on the road, having just 1-4 ATS as away favorites in their last five games.
Take the 4.5 points here and watch as New Orleans not only keeps that in a field goal, but has a big chance to outright shock.
Picks: Saints +4.5
Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Cowboys have had ample time to prepare for their Sunday night football appearance in Week 8 after being out last week. This team has excelled in recent years when they have had more time to prepare than their opponents. Dallas moved up to 4-1 SU and is the league’s best 4-1 ATS with a rest advantage dating back to 2019.
The Vikings fought against more rested enemies. Over the same span, Minnesota is just 2-5 SU and ATS, with just four teams possessing worse coverage percentages at that location in the past three years.
The gap on this game stands out given that this is a burgeoning Dallas team – who have taken five in a row after a narrow loss in the 2021 season opener against the champ. reigning Buccaneers – getting points. The main reason for this is the health of Dak Prescott, the star quarterback who is treating a calf injury that has limited him to training all week.
Prescott will be a game-time decision, and his final status will likely cause additional line movement once he’s revealed. The initial injury report has already taken Dallas from a 2.5-point favorite to a three-point underdog in this Week 8 headliner.
The Cowboys are always a strong enough team to support as an underdog, no matter who starts under center. The visitors will be a game of great value if Cooper Rush, Prescott’s replacement, takes over the duties of QB1 tonight. With plenty of weapons, including a healthy Ezekiel Elliott and one of the league’s best receiving corps, the Dallas offense will remain a force tonight.
Bettors may want to watch for the latest news from Prescott leading up to the Sunday night football to start up. Those who think he won’t be able to dress might wait and get Dallas as a dog at 3.5 points or more once he’s officially out, while those optimistic the QB takes a shot will want to lock in. Dallas earlier than before. the team potentially returns to the favorites in week 8.
Choice: Cowboys +3