The Dallas Cowboys are the biggest favorite on the opening NFL betting lines for Week 8 of the season as they look for a payout against a division rival for the second week in a row.
The Cowboys beat the New York Giants 31-21 and covered the spread at the online sportsbooks last week, and by posting six SU victories in a row they’re now 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS on the season. For this week Dallas opened as a 9-point home favorite against Washington for Monday Night Football – the Week 8 NFL betting trends, however, point out that Washington is 12-3 ATS in its past 15 games against Dallas.
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The other two primetime games for this week saw the home team open as betting favorites as well. The Denver Broncos opened as 6.5-point favorites at home against the San Diego Chargers for Thursday Night Football, with the New Orleans Saints opening as 1.5-point favorites at home against the Green Bay Packers for Sunday Night Football.
The Broncos are coming off an easy win and cover against the Niners on Sunday night, while the Chargers were upset by the Chiefs. The Packers had no trouble beating the Panthers in Week 7, but the Saints fell to 2-4 both SU and ATS on the season by losing to the Lions and could find themselves as home underdogs when kickoff rolls around.
Matchup Reports: Washington vs. Dallas | San Diego vs. Denver | Green Bay vs. New Orleans
Actual home underdogs on the opening NFL odds for Week 8 include Tennessee +2 vs. Houston, Carolina +3 vs. Seattle, Jacksonville +4 vs. Miami, and Pittsburgh +1.5 vs. Indianapolis. As well, the Atlanta Falcons are 3-point underdogs against the Detroit Lions for Sunday morning as those teams meet at Wembley Stadium in London.
The New England Patriots opened as 7-point home favorites against the Chicago Bears for Week 8, while the Cleveland Browns opened as 7-point home favorites against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are winless at 0-6 SU (3-3 ATS) on the season, but they’ll be playing a Browns team that just handed the Jaguars their very first victory of the season.
Week 8 NFL Opening Betting Lines:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23
San Diego at Denver (-6.5), 8:25pm ET
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26
Detroit vs. Atlanta (+3), 9:30am ET (Wembley Stadium)
St. Louis at Kansas City (-6), 1:00pm ET
Houston at Tennessee (+2), 1:00pm ET
Minnesota at Tampa Bay (-2), 1:00pm ET
Seattle at Carolina (+3), 1:00pm ET
Baltimore at Cincinnati (-2.5), 1:00pm ET
Miami at Jacksonville (+4), 1:00pm ET
Chicago at New England (-7), 1:00pm ET
Buffalo at NY Jets (-2.5), 1:00pm ET
Philadelphia at Arizona (-2.5), 4:05pm ET
Oakland at Cleveland (-7), 4:25pm ET
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh (+1.5), 4:25pm ET
Green Bay at New Orleans (-1.5), 8:30pm ET
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27
Washington at Dallas (-9), 8:30pm ET