2016-NFL-Week 8-Sunday football-Betting preview

Seahawks (-2 ½, 48) at Saints – 1:00 PM EST

Record: 4-1-1 SU, 3-3 ATS, 3-3 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 7/1

The Seahawks failed to reach the end zone for the second time this season in a road divisional game, but didn’t lose at Arizona. Seattle finished in a 6-6 tie with the rival Cardinals, but Arizona outgained Pete Carroll’s squad 443-257. The Seahawks had their three-game winning streak snapped, as Seattle has lost only once this season as it shoots for its second road victory. Russell Wilson has never played at the Superdome, as Seattle is making its first trip to New Orleans since 2010 when the Seahawks lost, 34-19 as 11-point underdogs.

New Orleans
Record: 2-4 SU, 4-2 ATS, 4-2 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 165/1

The best underdog team in the NFL resides in the Big Easy as the Saints own a perfect 4-0 ATS mark when receiving points this season. New Orleans cashed as seven-point ‘dogs in a 27-21 setback at Kansas City last week, as Drew Brees threw a late touchdown pass to get the Saints within the number. Since losing the first two games in the home favorite role to the Raiders and Falcons, New Orleans is going for its second consecutive home victory after knocking off Carolina as 2 ½-point underdogs in Week 6. The Saints will be searching for their first win over the Seahawks since 2010, as New Orleans has dropped the last three matchups, including two in the postseason.

Best Bet: Seattle -2 ½

Patriots (-6 ½, 47) at Bills – 1:00 PM EST

New England
Record: 6-1 SU, 6-1 ATS, 5-2 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 14/5

The last time the Patriots and Bills hooked up in Week 4 at Gillette Stadium, Buffalo blanked New England, 16-0 as 3 ½-point underdogs. That was the last (and only) loss suffered by New England and the last time the Patriots played without Tom Brady, who was wrapping up his four-game suspension. Since Brady returned to the lineup in Week 5, the Patriots are 3-0 SU/ATS and the three-time Super Bowl champion has thrown for 1,004 yards and eight touchdowns. New England allowed 45 points the first two weeks of the season, but has given up only 62 points in the past five games (4-1).

Record: 4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS, 5-2 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 75/1
The Bills began the season with consecutive losses to the Ravens and Jets (who are a combined 7-9), but won four straight games, including three victories over NFC West opponents. Buffalo squandered a 17-6 lead in last Sunday’s 28-25 setback at Miami to fall to 1-2 inside the AFC East, as the Bills were outrushed, 256-67. Running back LeSean McCoy racked up only 11 yards on seven carries, but suffered a hamstring injury that will likely keep him out against New England. The Bills have dropped 11 of the past 12 home matchups with the Patriots since 2004, while allowing New England to score at least 31 points in five of the past six meetings at New Era Field.

Best Bet: New England -6

Raiders at Buccaneers (PK, 49) – 1:00 PM EST

Record: 5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS, 5-2 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 32/1

The Raiders remained in the Sunshine State after cruising past the Jaguars last Sunday, 33-16 as short underdogs. Oakland improved to 4-0 away from the Black Hole as running back Latavius Murray returned to the lineup and scored two touchdowns. The Raiders have won six of their last seven road games since last Thanksgiving, but own a 1-2 SU/ATS record in their past three away interconference contests. In four games with a total of 47 ½ or higher, the Raiders have gone OVER the total in each of those contests, while sailing OVER in three of four road games this season.

Tampa Bay
Record: 3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS, 3-3 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 165/1

If the Falcons lose and the Buccaneers win on Sunday, Tampa Bay moves into first place in the NFC South at 4-3. Atlanta and Tampa Bay meet up on Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium, but the Bucs need to take care of their second straight Bay Area team on Sunday. Tampa Bay rallied past San Francisco last Sunday, 34-17 as the Bucs accumulated more than 500 yards of offense. The Bucs haven’t performed well at home this season by losing to the Rams and Broncos, while posting a 3-7 SU/ATS record at Raymond James since the start of 2015.

Best Bet: Oakland PK

Cardinals at Panthers (-3, 47 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

Record: 3-3-1 SU, 3-4 ATS, 5-2 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 20/1

The last time the Cardinals visited Bank of America Stadium in January, Arizona was blasted by Carolina in the NFC championship, 49-15. The Panthers’ defense intercepted Carson Palmer four times as Arizona failed to make its second Super Bowl in franchise history. A season later, Arizona heads to Charlotte sitting at .500 after finishing in a 6-6 tie against rival Seattle last Sunday night. The Cardinals missed a chip-shot field goal in overtime to win, as Arizona failed to cash as 2 ½-point favorites. Arizona owns a 3-3 SU/ATS record in the Eastern Time Zone since last season, as the Cardinals were blasted at Buffalo back in Week 3.


Record: 1-5 SU, 1-5 ATS, 4-2 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 75/1

The Panthers’ season isn’t over yet, but Carolina needs to go on a winning streak in order for a chance to defend their NFC title. Carolina has won only once with the lone victory coming against dreadful San Francisco in Week 2. The Panthers have lost to the Broncos, Vikings, and Falcons in the favorite role, as Carolina has already lost more games at Bank of America Stadium in the first six weeks than it did all of last season. Carolina hasn’t hosted Arizona in a regular season matchup since 2010 when the Panthers edged the Cardinals, 19-12 as 2 ½-point favorites.

Best Bet: Carolina -3

Chargers at Broncos (-4, 43 ½) – 4:05 PM EST

San Diego
Record: 3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS, 5-2 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 60/1

The Chargers have been the most entertaining watch in the NFL this season with their plethora of close finishes. San Diego erased a 27-10 deficit to shock Atlanta in overtime last week, 33-30 to cash outright as 4 ½-point underdogs. The Lightning Bolts have covered three straight, while six of their seven games have been decided by eight points or less. San Diego goes for the season sweep of Denver after knocking off the Broncos in Week 6 as three-point ‘dogs, 21-13. The Chargers have dropped three straight visits to Sports Authority Field with the last victory in the high altitude coming in 2013.

Record: 5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS, 4-3 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 14/1

The Broncos rebounded from consecutive losses to the Falcons and Chargers by pounding the Texans last Monday night, 27-9 as 8 ½-point home favorites. Denver rushed for 190 yards, led by C.J. Anderson’s 107 yards and one touchdown, but Anderson will miss Sunday’s action with a knee injury. The Broncos are also beat-up on the defensive end as linebackers Demarcus Ware and Brandon Marshall, along with cornerback Aqib Talib are all questionable. Denver is riding a four-game UNDER streak, while six of its last nine road games have finished UNDER the total.

Best Bet: San Diego +4

Packers at Falcons (-3, 52 ½) – 4:25 PM EST

Green Bay

Record: 4-2 SU, 3-2-1 ATS, 4-2 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 11/1

The Packers are playing their first game away from Lambeau Field since Week 2 as Green Bay is fresh off a 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS homestand. After an embarrassing 30-16 home setback to Dallas in Week 6, the Packers rebounded with a 26-10 rout over the short-handed Bears last Thursday night as 7 ½-point favorites. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers topped the 300-yard mark for the first time this season by torching Chicago for 326 yards and three touchdowns. The Packers have owned the Falcons recently by winning four straight meetings since the 2010 playoffs, including a pair of victories at the Georgia Dome.

Record: 4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS, 6-1 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 22/1

The fast start for the Falcons seems like a memory as Atlanta has dropped two straight since a 4-1 run to begin the season. Atlanta melted down in each of those defeats to Seattle and San Diego, leading by a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks and blowing a 17-point lead in an overtime setback to the Chargers. Following last week’s defeat to San Diego, the Falcons dropped to 1-10 ATS in the favorite role under Dan Quinn since the start of 2015. After finishing last season with nine consecutive UNDERS, the Falcons have sailed OVER the total in six of seven games.

Best Bet: Green Bay +3