Week 8 in the NFL finds several intriguing divisional matchups highlighted by an NFC West showdown between the 49ers and Rams and an AFC East clash between the Patriots and Jets.
Through seven weeks, underdogs own a 60-45-3 ATS (55.6 percent) against the spread (ATS) mark, while the under has rewarded bettors with a 63-44-1 (58.3 percent) record.
Will the Eagles (6-0) remain the only undefeated team in the NFL in the “Battle for Pennsylvania” versus Pittsburgh?
Aaron Rodgers, who has never been more than an 8.5-point underdog in his 18-year career, will face a Bills powerhouse that is 6-1-1 over their last eight games when listed as double-digit favorites.
Can Green Bay be the latest massive underdog to pull an outright upset?
After going 6-3 SU and ATS on our best bets the last three weeks, let’s dive into Week 8!
New York Jets ML +115 vs. Patriots
Zach Wilson has now led the Jets to four straight SU and ATS wins since returning from a knee injury. The Jets have been underdogs in every game this season and have rewarded bettors with a 5-2 SU and ATS record. Over his last 11 starts, the second-year quarterback has proven to be a solid investment at the betting window covering the spread in eight of those games. New England, who owns a 12-game winning streak over New York dating back to 2015, will be hard-pressed to extend that streak on the road against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Raiders ML -115 vs. Saints
The Raiders, have now ripped off three consecutive wins against the spread as Josh Jacobs continues to play at an elite level. Derek Carr finds a favorable matchup against a Saints defense that is allowing the second-most points (28.6 ppg) of any team in the NFL. These two teams have played to the over in each of their last four games this season, which explains why the total has steamed up from the opening of 47.5 to 50. However, the most points will come from the Silver and Black as the Raiders earn their first road of the season.
49ers ML -125 vs. Rams
San Francisco, who beat the Rams, 24-9, back in Week 4, has defeated Los Angeles seven consecutive times in the regular season. Over that winning streak, the 49ers have rewarded bettors with a 6-1 ATS mark. The Rams, who own the league’s second-worst ground game (70.5 rushing yards per game), also have issues in pass protection. Matthew Stafford, who has been sacked (22) the fifth-most times of any quarterback this season, will face a tough time against a fierce 49ers pass rush that ranks second in sacks (24).