The week 8 NFL opening lines have been moved around by sharps and squares. Stay current by checking out our NFL Odds page to see how lines have moved, and also how various sportsbooks are posting odds. Here’s a glance at a few of the more intriguing match ups.
New York Jets (-6) vs. Green Bay – The Jets opened as 4 ½ point favorites, but most books have gone up to 6 points. The squares are split 50/50. Green Bay is basking in their win over the hated Vikings. Even with the big win, though, they still have a number of key injuries. They’d better be ready for a physical football game because the Jets love to hit, and they’re coming off their bye. The rush defense has been outstanding, but the pass defense has been surprisingly soft at times. LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene will look better with each passing week, and the Jets’ offensive line is underrated.
Cincinnati (-1) vs. Miami – The Bengals started as 1 point favorites against Miami, but the line is currently scattered between a pick and 1 ½ points. The public loves the Dolphins in this match up, playing the road team at more than 80%. The Cincy offense might have woken up against Atlanta. They lost the game, but might have found their stride. Carson Palmer is finally starting to get in rhythm with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. Miami is coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Steelers at home. The Dolphins are winless in Miami, but undefeated on the road. The Fins need to run the ball effectively to let Chad Henne work the play action.
San Diego (-3 ½) vs. Tennessee – The Chargers opened as 3 ½ point favorites against the Titans, and after a few books went up to 4, most are sticking with the opening number. It’s hard to understand why the Chargers are favored after the way they pooped the bed against New England, but they have to figure out a way to win sometime. Maybe it’ll be this week. Tennessee should have Vince Young back, though he and Kerry Collins are both nursing injuries. The Titans have been on a roll, but San Diego beat the tar out of them last year in Tennessee.
New Orleans (-1) vs. Pittsburgh – The Saints and Steelers opened as a pick game, and now the line is scattered between a pick and New Orleans by a point and a half. The squares like the Saints at a little better than 50%. The defending champs haven’t looked championship worthy this season. They’ve dropped games to the Cardinals and Browns, and the Browns came at home. In their losses, Drew Brees has not been himself. Has the absence of a running game finally caught up with the Saints? Pittsburgh has been one of the best teams in the League, but it’s never easy playing in the Super Dome. They’re coming off a close win at Miami. It’s nice to have Ben Roethlisberger back, but the Steelers need to get the ground game going again.
Indianapolis (-6) vs. Houston – The Monday night game is a rematch from week 1. The home Colts opened as 6 point favorites, but the line is currently listed between 5 or 6 points, depending upon the book. The public is backing the Colts at nearly 60%. Dallas Clark and Austin Collie are both out, which will limit the Indy offense. But Peyton Manning throws such an accurate ball, it might not matter who the Colts have out there. The Indy rush defense should be looking for redemption after the way they were chewed up by the Houston rush offense the last time they played. The Texans are 0-2 straight up at Indianapolis over the past 2 seasons, but they’ve covered both games. Both teams are 4-2 and coming off the bye.
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