Welcome to the RealBet NFL Football Week 8 recap where we review the key games in last week’s action. With no less than six 4th quarter comebacks – all of which impacted game spreads – Week 8 of the NFL Season was a wild one for millions of sports bettors around the world. We had a resurrection of Peyton Manning’s arm, a Bourbon Street shootout in New Orleans, and nail biter in heart of Texas. Let’s take a quick look at some of the key games and see how some of the most heavily wagered point spreads held up for the betting public.
The Dallas Cowboys (+5) over the Seattle Seahawks- Dallas Defense Rock Solid
The betting consensus heading into America’s NFL Football Game of the Week favored Seattle. Laying 5 points on the road, the Hawks had looked dominant ten days prior in San Francisco, while the Cowboys haven’t won a game since franchise QB Tony Romo went down with an injury in Week 2.
However, while Seattle’s defense often gets credit for all of the weekly headlines, it was the Dallas defense who held their own this week and kept Seattle’s offense in check all game. In the end, the Hawks won 13-12, thus not covering the spread and falling massively short of the O/U total of 41.5.
Denver Broncos (+3.5) over the Green Bay Packers – Two Unbeaten Teams Face Off
A favorite not covering the spread and failing to hold up their end of the O/U? Sounds like another marquee game from last week. The NFL Football Sunday Nighter was the most anticipated game of the season as 6-0 Green Bay went into 6-0 Denver to face the Broncos. The Packers brought in one of the league’s best offenses while Denver came in with the league’s top defense.
While both teams were 6-0, all signs pointed to Green Bay as being the better team. They ranked statistically better in nearly every major category and came in with the reigning league MVP, Aaron Rodgers. Much like the Seahawks and Cowboys game, this game featured a rare road favorite, two very publicly bet teams, and a giant facepalm for the general betting public.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers failed to get anything going against a stout Denver defense and not only failed to cover the spread in a 29-10 loss, but produced arguably the worst offensive performance in Aaron Rodgers’ career. With the Pack only putting up 10 points, the game fell well short of the O/U of 47 and really never had a shot of getting anywhere near that number. In a game that featured Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning (combined 7 MVP trophies) betting the under seemed like a fool’s errand. By midway through the 2nd quarter, Over tickets were being ripped up across the country.
Sunday Night games are generally considered a bailout game and if you tried to recoup your money with the Packers, you went into Monday Night even further behind the 8-ball.
Predictions Heading Into NFL Week 9- Look to Get Your Bets In
Below are some of the more interesting games next week to keep an eye on. There is always opportunity with big spreads in NFL betting, but it is hard to not like the Patriots against anybody right now. There is also a lot of very close spread games this week which means pick your bets carefully in NFL Week 9.
- Largest spread: Redskins (+14) at Patriots
- Tightest spread: 4 games at +2.5, including the game of the week: 6-1 Green Bay (+2.5) at 7-0 Carolina
- Highest O/U Total: 52.5 (Redskins at Patriots)
- Lowest O/U Total: 42 (Jaguars at Jets)
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