Things don’t get any easier as the season nears the halfway point, not with yet another game in London, tricky divisional waters to navigate and an ever changing player landscape thanks to injuries and beyond.
Perhaps the best bit of advice one can offer? Start early. Right now, the odds are ripe for picking out good lines and over under odds, numbers that simply won’t hold as the week progresses.
Here’s a look at how Las Vegas feels about the Week 8 slate right out of the gates and how bettors should address each scenario.
NFL Week 8 OddsOdds courtesy of Odds Shark.
Early Week Odds to Bet
Miami at New England ( 7.5)
It’s easy to look at this one and see a major blowout. Las Vegas feels something along those lines, too.
A word of caution, though. The New England Patriots jerseys’ last two opponents (Indianapolis Colts jerseys and New York Jets jerseys) were able to keep things within seven points. This one comes on a quick turnaround for Thursday Night Football, too, meaning the outcome could swing either way.
It wasn’t too long ago the Miami Dolphins jerseys were the laughingstock of the league, but the team exploded out of the bye with a new head coach and fire, going 2 0 since with 38 10 and 44 26 wins.
In that turnaround span, Lamar Miller has 288 of his 419 rushing yards and both of his scores, while cheap Ryan Tannehill jersey has six of his 13 touchdown tosses with just two of his seven interceptions.
This is the cheap jerseys first big test for the new look Dolphins jerseys, and none of the above is meant to suggest the Patriots jerseys will take a loss at home. cheap Tom Brady jersey is still completing 68.9 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns to one interception and will get the ball away before the rush can get home.
Just expect this one to wind up closer than Las Vegas predicts.
There’s the Atlanta Falcons jerseys, a 6 1 team with a dynamite offense and a good enough defense. The problem? The team just hardly escaped the iffy Tennessee Titans jerseys last week, 10 7.
Then there’s a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys team led by promising rookie quarterback cheap Jameis Winston jersey and a rather volatile offense, but Lovie Smith’s team sits at 2 4 and just gave up a huge lead to lose to an iffy Washington team.
Las Vegas seems to think cheap Matt Ryan jersey (9 6 touchdowns interceptions ratio) and cheap Devonta Freeman jersey (621 yards, nine touchdowns) will blow away the Buccaneers jerseys, but last week’s 10 points and 378 total yards on more than 34 minutes of possession looks concerning.
Also concerning is a defense that has let up 20 or more points five times and is especially weak against running backs. Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin, who averages five yards per carry with 541 already, should be able to help the Buccaneers jerseys control the tempo.
Like the Patriots jerseys, the Falcons jerseys sit as the better team at home, but don’t expect the huge spread to come to fruition.
Prediction: Falcons jerseys 27, Buccaneers jerseys 24
Indianapolis at Carolina ( 7)
Some spreads are big for the right reason, of course.
The week’s Monday Night Football encounter pits cheap Andrew Luck jersey against cheap Cam Newton jersey, which will make for quite the interesting debate given the trajectory of each player’s season right now and the noise surrounding both.