Heading into this week’s NFL games, the betting odds point to another golden opportunity for local bookies when it comes to making money on underdogs against the spread. The dogs have been barking loud all season long with an overall winning rate of 56.5 percent.
Right out or the gate, 4-2 Miami goes on the road to Baltimore to face the 3-4 Ravens as a 3.5-point underdog on Thursday night in an 8:25 p.m. start on CBS from M&T Bank Stadium. The Dolphins riding a straight-up three-game winning streak, while the Ravens have now dropped their last two contests. The total line for the AFC tilt is set at 37.5 points.
The New Orleans Saints are now 4-2 on the year following their current four-game run both SU and ATS. They will get things started this Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX as heavy 9.5-point home favorites against the 3-4 Chicago Bears, who have covered in their last three games. The total in this NFC clash is listed at 47.5.
Another interesting early game pits the 3-4 Los Angeles Chargers on the road against the 5-2 New England Patriots as 7.5-point underdogs. The Chargers started the season with four-straight losses, but they have won their last three games both SU and ATS. The Patriots have also won their last three games SU, but they are 3-4 ATS overall. The total has stayed UNDER in New England’s last three outings and it has been set at 48 points for Sunday.
The only head-to-head divisional matchup on Sunday’s early slate is a NFC South clash between the 4-3 Carolina Panthers and the 2-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers head into Raymond James Stadium as two-point road underdogs with the total set at 44.5 points. They have lost their last two games to fall to 3-3-1 ATS.
Some of the other early NFL games this week include 5-2 Minnesota going on the road as a 9.5-point favorite against the 0-7 Cleveland Browns with a total line of 37.5 points. The 3-3 Atlanta Falcons have been listed as four-point road favorites against the 3-4 New York Jets in their fourth-straight game against a team from the AFC East. The Falcons lost the first three contests both SU and ATS.
Cincinnati is 2-4 on the year, but it is still a heavy 10.5-point home favorite against the 2-5 Indianapolis Colts. The Buffalo Bills are 4-2 this season and they have been listed as 2.5-point favorites at home for Sunday’s AFC matchup against the 3-4 Oakland Raiders.
The Philadelphia Eagles have the best SU record in the NFL at 6-1 (5-2 ATS) and they will close out Sunday’s 1 p.m. schedule as 13-point home favorites against the San Francisco 49ers, who are still looking for their first SU win of the year. The total in this game has been set at 47 points.
The highlight on the late afternoon slate is a NFC East showdown between the 3-3 Dallas Cowboys and the 3-3 Washington Redskins with the Cowboys set as two-point road favorites. The total for this 4:25 p.m. start on FOX is listed at 50.5. The only other late game sends 3-3 Houston on the road as a 5.5-point underdog against the 4-2 Seattle Seahawks. This total line for this game is set at 46 points.
Sunday Night Football on NBC features an inter-conference battle between the 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers and the 3-3 Detroit Lions starting at 8:30 p.m. The Steelers come into Ford Field as three-point road favorites and the total for this game is 45 points.
Monday Night Football closes out Week 8 with an AFC West tilt between the 3-3 Denver Broncos and the 5-2 Kansas City Chiefs. Each team has lost its last two games both SU and ATS. The Chiefs are favored by 7.5 points at home and the total line from Arrowhead Stadium is set at 43 points in an 8:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.