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.

WATCH: Seahawks’ Paul Richardson pulls in absurd touchdown catch against Lions

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It took until the first round of the playoffs, but we may finally have our winner for catch of the year.

On 4th and goal at the Lions’ 2, Russell Wilson lobbed up a pass to Paul Richardson, who was completely covered by Tavon Wilson.

Richardson stuck out his left hand and pulled in a miraculous grab to give Seattle the lead.

[Watch the rest of the second half from Seattle on NBC Sports Live]

Simply amazing.

 

Seahawks, Texans are the betting favorites for Saturday’s Wild Card games

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The Seattle Seahawks’ sporadic scoring output is something to consider when looking at the big point spread against the Detroit Lions. The Seahawks are listed as eight-point favorites against the Lions in their NFC wild card matchup set for Saturday at CenturyLink Field, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Seahawks are 7-0 straight-up in their last seven home games against teams from the Eastern Time Zone and the Lions are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games. However, Seattle scored 10 or fewer points four times at home this season, and none of those instances came against a premier defense.

The Lions, 9-7 SU and 8-8 ATS, are coming into the playoffs on a three-loss skid. One boon to the Lions’ chances is that the Seahawks, without free safety Earl Thomas, have been hopeless at stopping deep passes. Quarterback Matthew Stafford should be able to hit a few deep shots to the likes of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and T.J. Jones in order to compensate for a nearly nonexistent running game. That could help the Lions, who are 0-8 SU in their last eight playoff games, make it interesting.

The Seahawks, 10-5-1 SU and 7-8-1 ATS, have never lost at home in the playoffs during the Pete Carroll/Russell Wilson era. One can reasonably expect they will find some of their familiar postseason form. Seattle’s pass protection and run blocking has been problematic, so there could be opportunities to disrupt Wilson’s timing. Otherwise, WR Doug Baldwin and TE Jimmy Graham could have big nights.

The total has gone under in eight of the Lions’ last 10 games. The total has gone over in five of the Seahawks’ last six games in the playoffs.

Elsewhere, the Houston Texans are listed as four-point favorites against the Oakland Raiders in Saturday’s AFC wild card matchup.

The Raiders, 12-4 SU and 10-6 ATS, will have rookie third-stringer Connor Cook become the first NFL QB to get his first career start in the playoffs. With Cook playing instead of Derek Carr (broken fibula), Houston might not have to honor the deep pass threat and can thus commit to containing RB Latavius Murray and limiting the damage on short-range passes to WR Amari Cooper and WR Michael Crabtree.

The fact erratic Brock Osweiler is back in at QB might account for why the Texans, who are 9-7 SU and 6-9-1 ATS, are not a bigger favorite against a hobbled team. The Raiders simply haven’t stopped anyone when teams have schemed to slow down edge rushers Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. If Osweiler can curb his tendency to be overaggressive and allow WR DeAndre Hopkins and RB Lamar Miller to have opportunities, the Texans should be able to move the ball steadily.

Keep in mind, though, that the visiting team has gone 4-0 SU and ATS in the last four editions of this matchup. The total has gone over in seven of the Raiders’ last 10 games.  The total has gone under in nine of the Texans’ last 12 games at home.