Week 7 was filled with blowouts as nine of the 13 games on the card were decided by nine points or more. Week 8 could prove to be more of the same if the oddsmakers are accurate. So far, 11 of the 14 games on the board have spreads of -4.5 or higher.
Let’s take a look at the five best games on the board for Week 8:
Philadelphia Eagles @ Buffalo Bills
Odds: Bills -2.5
The Eagles have been blown out in back-to-back weeks and are now in danger of a lost season, unless they can pull out a win. The challenge here is they’re on the road facing the 5-1 Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has benefited from a relatively weak schedule, as their five wins have come against teams that are a combined 6-26. This might be their toughest opponent to date. Eagles versus Bills is a pivotal game for both teams. Carson Wentz and company are trying to save their season, while Josh Allen‘s team hopes to build a reputation against a recent Super Bowl winner.
Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints
Odds: Saints -8.5
Don’t look now, but rookie first-overall pick quarterback Kyler Murray has the Cardinals back at .500 following three straight wins. Nobody is talking about Arizona as a playoff contender in the loaded NFC, but there is definitely some intrigue based on what the young passer has managed to do in recent weeks. The Cardinals have won three in a row and will now face the red-hot New Orleans Saints, who have won five straight with Teddy Bridgewater under center.
Cleveland Browns @ New England Patriots
Odds: Patriots -10.5
The Browns limped into their bye week following consecutive losses to fall to 2-4. While they haven’t hit the panic button just yet, a date with the Patriots at Gillette Stadium doesn’t leave much room for optimism. Baker Mayfield has been plagued by turnovers early this season with 11 picks in six games. Now he has Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and a stout Patriots defense waiting to school him in Foxborough this Sunday. This game also marks the return of Josh Gordon to Cleveland, who was suspended many teams when he was with the Browns.
Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers
Odds: 49ers -5.5
Carolina is a perfect 4-0 since Kyle Allen took over as the starting quarterback for the injured Cam Newton but now they’ll see what his true worth is when they visit San Francisco on Sunday. The 49ers are a perfect 6-0 and field one of the league’s best defenses. They’re first in yards allowed and are second in points allowed (10.7). The team’s past two defensive performances were nothing short of dominant. This is just the 49ers third road game of the year, as they’ve played four of their first six games away from home. An old saying in the NFL states: “defense travels.”
Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Odds: Packers -4
While it won’t have the same appeal without Patrick Mahomes in the lineup, it will certainly be interesting to see how the Chiefs fare with Matt Moore as their starting quarterback against Green Bay in primetime. The Packers are coming off their most impressive of three straight wins to improve to 6-1. All of a sudden Aaron Rodgers is finally getting talked about in the MVP conversation once again. Mahomes’ absence will linger for this Sunday Night Football affair.