NFL Week 8 Odds: Patriots Seek Revenge, Titans Thursday Favorites

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Knowing Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the New England Patriots will be out to make a statement in their Week 8 rematch against Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills this weekend.

New England is listed as the six-point favorite against Buffalo at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The improving Bills shut out the Patriots four weeks ago while Brady was serving his Deflategate suspension.

The Patriots are 9-0 straight-up and 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine games after losing the previous game in a matchup. The Bills, who stumbled against the Miami Dolphins in Week 7, are riding  a streak of 6-0 SU and ATS after losing as a favorite.

The Dallas Cowboys are favored by 4.5 points against the Philadelphia Eagles for Sunday night in a clash of NFC East division rivals. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games against the Cowboys according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Kansas City Chiefs are favored by 2.5 points against the Indianapolis Colts. The Chiefs are 6-0 SU and ATS in their last six games as road favorites. The Colts are 10-1 SU and 11-0 ATS in their last 11 games as home underdogs.

The Carolina Panthers are the 2.5-point favorite against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games. The Panthers are 8-2 SU and ATS in their last 10 home games as a favorite of three points or fewer.

The Denver Broncos are favored by six points against the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 divisional home games. The Chargers are 1-5 SU in their last six games against the Broncos.

The Atlanta Falcons are the 2.5-point favorite against the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the Packers. The Packers are 7-1 SU in their last eight road games after losing their most recent road game.

The Tennessee Titans are favored by 3.5 points against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the total is set at 44 points for the Thursday night matchup. The Titans are 1-13-1 ATS in their last 15 divisional games. The favored team is 5-0 SU in its last five games in this matchup.

The Cincinnati Bengals are the 3.5-point favorite against the Washington Redskins over at Wembley Stadium in London. The Bengals are on an 0-5 SU streak in games following a win. The Redskins are 8-1 SU and ATS in their last nine games as an underdog.

And the Minnesota Vikings are favored by 5.5 points on the Vegas lines on the road against the Chicago Bears for the Monday night matchup this week. The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the Bears. The Bears are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.

Drew Brees, Le’Veon Bell Favorites in NFL Season Leader Props

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When it comes to betting props on NFL individual leaders, the tried-and-true works for picking a passing yards leader while rushing and receiving leaders are a little more random.

With training camps set to open in a matter of days, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a +300 favorite to lead the NFL in passing yards at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Brees has led (or co-led) the NFL in aerial yards five times in the last six seasons, with the lone exception coming in 2013 when Peyton Manning complied a NFL-record 5,477.

Brees will still have Willie Snead and Michael Thomas as outlets for his passes and, assuming the Saints’ defense stays near the bottom of the league, will have the opportunity to get into a few offensive shootouts.

The Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan (+400) and New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (+500) are the next two on the board. Ryan and the Falcons are likely to face a tougher schedule than what it turned out they had in 2016. Brady has only led the NFL in yards once, in 2007, and would be the oldest player to do so if he succeeds this season.

Based on 2016 won-loss records, the Indianapolis Colts and QB Andrew Luck (+1400) have the easiest schedule in the league, which could lead to Luck putting up some big numbers against softer competition. Another valid darkhorse play is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (+1600), since he will have a 1-2 punch at receiver with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson and a team that still relies on being pass-heavy.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell (+300) and Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott (+350) are tightly bunched atop the NFL rushing champion futures board. Bell will no doubt be among the leaders in yards from scrimmage per game, but he’s only played 16 games once in four seasons. While there hasn’t been a back-to-back rushing leader in 10 years, Elliott will be running behind an excellent Dallas offensive line.

The Los Angeles Rams’ third-year workhorse Todd Gurley (+2000) will be in a new offensive system and, hopefully for the Rams, will be better complemented by second-year QB Jared Goff in the passing phase. That would give Gurley a fairer shot at breaking big runs on the regular.

Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (+400) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (+400) are co-favorites on the odds to tally the most receiving yards, with the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham (+500) also coming in highly touted. Brown had two fewer targets per game in 2016 than in ’15, meaning he might be a less high-volume receiver now that he is 29. Jones has a receiving title from 2015, but last season the Falcons were most efficient when they spread the ball around.

Last year, the Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton (+1200 this year) led the league in yards after being listed at +3300 in the preseason. Among the potential 2017 replicants are New England’s Brandin Cooks (+3300), who is expected to be the field-stretching target the Patriots have managed to do without since the Randy Moss days a decade ago. The aforementioned Mike Evans (+1200) is also close to a sure thing to get 11-12 targets per game in Tampa Bay and the continued development of Winston could make him a 1,500-yard receiver.

The last 12 league leaders in receiving yardage have been less than 30 years old at the start of the season. That trend has been consistent dating to the mid-1990s, with 19 of the last 21 receiving leaders being players who were no older than 29 at the start of the season.

Internet reacts to O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing

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In case you weren’t aware, O.J. Simpson was granted parole and the internet went crazy.

Cue hilarious tweets.