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NFL Week 8 Preview: Odds and Betting Trends

NFL Week 8 Preview: Odds and Betting Trends

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team at 6-0, but they will face their stiffest test of the season this Sunday when they visit the defending AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens as 3.5-point road underdogs on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Steelers are coming off a 27-24 upset win over the Tennessee Titans as 1-point road dogs while the Ravens had a bye week after winning their last three games.

Baltimore (5-1) has won three of the past four meetings with Pittsburgh, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, going 6-2-1 against the spread in the last nine dating back to 2015. Last year, the Ravens beat the Steelers 28-10 as 1-point home underdogs in Week 17 and 26-23 in overtime as 3-point road dogs in Week 5, with both games finishing OVER the total. Baltimore is 15-3 straight up and 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games following a bye week.

The Cleveland Browns (5-2) are right behind them in the AFC North standings, and they will host the Las Vegas Raiders (3-3) as 2.5-point home favorites at online sports betting sites after losing wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a torn ACL in his left knee. The Browns rallied to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 37-34 last week but failed to cover the spread as 4-point road favorites on a missed extra point. The Raiders have won two of their three road games this season, although they are coming off a 45-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday as 4-point home underdogs. The OVER is a perfect 6-0 for Las Vegas in 2020 and 5-1 in the last six games for Cleveland.

The NFC West could challenge the AFC North for the best division in football right now, as all four teams have a winning record through the first seven weeks. The Arizona Cardinals (5-2) are on a bye following a 37-34 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks (5-1) as 3.5-point home underdogs on Sunday Night Football, but the other three teams will be playing in Week 8.

The Seahawks hope to bounce back as 3-point home favorites against the San Francisco 49ers (4-3) on Sunday, and they have won 11 of the past 13 meetings in this divisional rivalry. Seattle has also covered the spread in 14 of the last 18 against San Francisco going back to 2011.

The Los Angeles Rams (5-2) are coming off a 24-10 win over the Chicago Bears as 6.5-point home favorites on Monday Night Football, and they will visit the Miami Dolphins (3-3) next as 4-point road chalk on Sunday. It is worth noting that the Dolphins are giving rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa his first career start versus one of the best defenses in the league, led by two-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, who ranks second in the NFL with eight sacks.

Three of the four teams in the NFC East will be featured in prime time in Week 8, for better or worse considering how bad the division has been this year. The Eagles sit atop the NFC East with a 2-4-1 mark, and they host the Dallas Cowboys (2-5) on Sunday Night Football. That game was off the board midweek at sportsbooks pending the status of Dallas quarterback Andy Dalton (concussion). The New York Giants (1-6) will then wrap up Week 8 by hosting the surging Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) as 10.5-point home underdogs on Monday Night Football.

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