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.

Defending champion Patriots among early NFL Week 1 betting favorites

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With the completion of the NFL draft, it’s a bit easier to get a handle on how teams will come out of the gate when the regular season begins in early September.

The Week 1 slate of games begins with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots listed as 7.5-point favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Tom Brady and the Patriots are 8-2 straight-up and 6-2-2 against the spread in their last 10 home games where they were favored by at least 6.5 points.

New England is 9-1 SU and 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 home games played in September. The Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a road underdog.

The Dallas Cowboys are favored by 5.5 points against the New York Giants in the first Sunday Night Football matchup of the season. Dallas is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games against the Giants when it was favored. The total has gone under in eight of the teams’ last 10 matchups in Dallas, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Atlanta Falcons, the defending NFC champion, are favored by 6.5 points on the road against the Chicago Bears in Week 1. Atlanta is 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS in its last 10 games as a road favorite. Since 2009, the Bears are 2-6 SU as a home underdog of 4.0 or more points.

The Detroit Lions are 2.5-point favorites against the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona is 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games in September. Detroit is 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS in its last 10 home games as a favorite of 4.0 or fewer points.

The Tennessee Titans host the Oakland Raiders in a pick’em. Oakland is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 regular-season road games. Tennessee is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 conference home games.

The Washington Redskins are 2.5-point favorites on the NFL point spreads for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia is 0-3 ATS in its last three games as an underdog of 3.0 or fewer points. Washington is 4-6 SU in its last 10 divisional home games.

The Green Bay Packers are listed as three-point favorites against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is 2-8 both SU and ATS in its last 10 road games in September. Green Bay is 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven home games against Seattle.

The Minnesota Vikings, who could potentially be facing their former star running back Adrian Peterson, are 3.5-point favorites against the New Orleans Saints in a Week 1 Monday Night Football matchup. Minnesota is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 home games. New Orleans is 6-3-1 ATS in its last 10 conference road games.

And the Denver Broncos are four-point favorites against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second Monday Night Football matchup of opening week. Los Angeles (formerly San Diego) is 1-9 SU in its last 10 divisional road games. Denver is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 home games against the Chargers at sports betting sites.

NFL must play its cards right when it comes to Las Vegas

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It’s official.

The NFL has approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, and with the move comes the pressure the league must now face in a city that embraces its gambling and vibrant nightlife.

Not only could this cause problems for the league, which has been outspoken against gambling on sports, but it could impact its players, who now have to deal with being in and around gambling year round.

With so many questions, the NFL must embrace these realities of being a part of Sin City in the future.

PFT’s Mike Florio breaks down the NFL’s future in Sin City in the video above from the owners’ meetings in Arizona.