The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2) needed to rally late to knock off the New York Giants (1-7) and then held on for a 25-23 win in the Week 8 Monday Night Football game, and now they host the New Orleans Saints (5-2) on Sunday Night Football as 5.5-point home favorites on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com with the NFC South division lead on the line. The Buccaneers fell to the Saints 34-23 as 4-point road underdogs in the season opener but have won six of their last seven games since Week 1.
This divisional matchup also again features two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and New Orleans’ Drew Brees, who briefly took over the NFL all-time lead in touchdown passes on Sunday in a 26-23 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears with 560. Brady proceeded to throw two touchdowns against the Giants to take back the lead with 561. The Saints have won the past four meetings with the Bucs straight up and against the spread.
Prior to that showdown on Sunday night, there are four other divisional matchups earlier in the day, although none of them carry the same luster. In the NFC North, the Minnesota Vikings (2-5) will host the Detroit Lions (3-4) as 4-point home favorites at online betting sites. The Vikings stunned the division-leading Green Bay Packers (5-2) last week 28-22 as 6-point road underdogs while the Lions were routed 41-21 by the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) as 3.5-point home dogs. Minnesota has won five in a row both SU and ATS versus Detroit.
Two more matchups will take place around the same time, as the Houston Texans (1-6) visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) as consensus 6.5-point road favorites in the AFC South and the Washington Football Team (2-5) hosts the Giants as 3-point home chalk in the NFC East. The Jaguars will be without starting quarterback Gardner Minshew (fractured thumb), replacing him with rookie sixth-round draft pick Jake Luton, and they have lost six straight (0-5 ATS run).
Later on Sunday, the Las Vegas Raiders (4-3) will go for back-to-back road wins when they visit the Los Angeles Chargers (2-5) as 1.5-point underdogs in the AFC West. The Chargers have blown leads of 16 points or more in a league-record four consecutive games, losing three of them.
One more divisional game will wrap up Week 9 on Monday Night Football when the New England Patriots (2-5) visit the New York Jets (0-8) as 7-point road favorites. The Patriots are riding a four-game losing streak for the first time since 2002, but they have covered the spread in four of the past five meetings with the Jets, who are 1-7 ATS this season. Only the Dallas Cowboys (2-6) are worse with an 0-8 ATS mark, and they will be hosting the NFL’s lone remaining unbeaten team – the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0) – as 13.5-point home dogs Sunday with third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci under center.