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Betting Recap - Week 8

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Overall Notes

National Football League Week 8 Results
Wager Favorites-Underdogs
Straight Up 11-3
Against the Spread 8-6
Wager Home-Away
Straight Up 8-6
Against the Spread 4-9
Wager Totals (O/U)
Over-Under 5-9
National Football League Year-to-Date Results
Wager Favorites-Underdogs
Straight Up 80-39-2
Against the Spread 56-63-2
Wager Home-Away
Straight Up 72-47-2
Against the Spread 57-61-2
Wager Totals (O/U)
Over-Under 60-61

The largest underdogs to win straight up
Seahawks (+3, ML +145) at Lions, 28-14
Cardinals (+2.5, ML +130) vs. 49ers, 18-15
Panthers (+2.5, ML +125) vs. Ravens, 36-21

The largest favorite to cover
Patriots (-14) at Bills, 25-6
Steelers (-8.5) vs. Browns, 33-18
Texans (-7.5) vs. Dolphins, 42-23

No Respect

-- The Baltimore Ravens lost at home in Week 7 on a missed extra point, yet were favored on the road against the Carolina Panthers, a team which went on the road and won against the defending champs in the previous weekend. It was one of the eyebrow-raising lines from Sunday.

Yes, the Los Angeles Rams were/are still unbeaten, but they closed as near double-digit favorites against the Green Bay Packers, who were coming off a bye, by the way. The cappers playing in the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest certainly took notice, as the Packers were the most selected team in a perfect week for the consensus picks (5-0 ATS). The Rams came away with a narrow 29-27 victory. Of course, Todd Gurley's selflessness, giving himself up rather than scoring late in the game also helped matters.

The Seattle Seahawks were also coming off a bye, and they entered 2-0 ATS in their previous two, and 3-1 ATS in the previous four. However, Vegas gave the Detroit Lions the three-point home benefit, essentially calling this a coin-flip game. It didn't turn out that way, as Russell Wilson and the rested 'Hawks doubled up the Lions 28-14. Again, the cappers in the SuperContest took notice of this one, too.

Total Recall

-- The Seahawks have now hit the 'under' in five of their past six outings. The Washington Redskins have hit the under in three straight after their 20-13 win on the road against the New York Giants. In the AFC, the under is 23-1 in the past four for the Jacksonville Jaguars, although this was the first time the under has cashed in back-to-back games for them this season. The New York Jets saw their 4-0 'over' run snapped with an under result on the road against the Chicago Bears. On the flip side, the 'over' has hit in four of the past five for the Indianapolis Colts.

The lowest total on the board, San Francisco 49ers-Arizona Cardinals (40) lived up to its non-offensive prediction, as there were just eight total points (5-3) on the board at halftime, and 15 total points through three quarters. There was an 18-point outburst in the final quarter, but the 'over' was never really threatened.

-- Just one of the four-highest totals actually went over, as Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Cincinnati Bengals (55) turned out to be an offensive showcase with 71 points. Denver Broncos-Kansas City Chiefs (53.5), New Orleans Saints-Minnesota Vikings (54.5) and Packers-Rams (57.5) all fell just short, although some people might have hit the over with adjusted lines or in teasers, etc. since a couple of these games barely missed the mark. The other 50-plus game, Indianapolis Colts-Oakland Raiders (51) also comfortably hit.

-- The AFC South doesn't care for overs. Only the Colts have more overs than unders (5-3-0). The Tennessee Titans, on a bye this week, have just two overs and five under results. The Buccaneers have cashed the over in six of their seven games this season, most in the NFL.

-- The 'under' went 2-1 in the three primetime games in Week 8, including the MNF snoozer between the New England Patriots-Buffalo Bills (44.5). Overall for the 2018 season the 'over' in primetime games is 12-13 (48.0%). The 'under' has cashed in five of the six five battles on Sunday Night Football.

Officially, the 'over' finished 25-23-1 (52.1%) in 49 games under the lights in 2017.

In 2016, the 'over' in night games went (52.9%) through 51 games.

In 2015, the over finished 20-28-1 (41.7%) in 49 primetime games. 

In 2014, the over went 33-17 (66.0%) in primetime games, and the over was 28-22 (56.0%) in 2013.

Injury Report

-- Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder) nicked up his shoulder late in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

-- Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (hamstring) checked out early in Sunday's game in Cincinnati with a hamstring ailment.

-- Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (groin) checked out of the win against the Denver Broncos due to a strained groin, and the severity of his injury is not yet known.

Looking Ahead

-- The Lions look to rebound against the Vikings, who are also looking to bounce back. Detroit is 5-1 ATS in their past six games overall, and 5-1-1 ATS in the past seven inside the division. They're also 4-1 ATS in the past five on the road. Minnesota is 11-5-1 ATS in the past 17 against teams with a losing record, and 35-16-2 ATS in the past 53 at home. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings, however, and the underdog is 9-4-1 ATS in the past 14 in this series. The 'under' is also 5-0 in the past five in Minneapolis, and 7-2 in the past nine meetings overall.

-- The Steelers hit the road to meet the Ravens in Baltimore. These teams met Sept. 30 in the Steel City, with the Ravens coming out on top, 26-14 in a cover and under. The Steelers are just 2-5 ATS in the past seven inside the division, while the Ravens are 13-5 ATS in their past 18 inside the division. Pittsburgh is 1-6-1 ATS in the past eight meetings, but the road team is 4-0 ATS in the past four in this series with the underdog 6-1-1 ATS in the past eight. The under is also 5-2-1 in the past eight in the series, and a perfect 4-0 in the past four in Balto.

-- The Jets and Dolphins meet in South Florida, the second battle of the season. Miami won 20-12 in New Jersey back in Week 2, covering as a three-point 'dog while the 'under' cashed. New York is 16-5-1 ATS in the past 22 trips to South Florida, but they're just 1-3-1 ATS in their past five tries against the Fins.

-- The Bucs and Panthers hook up in Charlotte. Tampa has cashed in four of their past five divisional games, while Carolina is 1-4 ATS in their past five vs. NFC South foes. The Bucs are 3-7 ATS in the past 10 meetings, although the underdog has hit in four in a row, and the road team is also 4-0 ATS in the past four meetings. The under is also 4-0 in the past four in this series, and 4-1 in the past five in Charlotte.

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