THE NFL WEEK 8 UPDATE and MNF PREVIEW
Just wait! Truth is we have not yet exited NFL Week 8 - there's the matter of the New England Patriots at the 14-point underdog Buffalo Bills tonight and we'll get to that one shortly - but NFL Week 9 has a couple of real doozies on the docket and we're already champing at the bit to get to Sunday's Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints tilt in the Big Easy (a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff there) followed by the prime-timer between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Tom Brady and the aforementioned N'England Patriots (8:20 p.m. kick) ... better order an extra jar of barbecue sauce for those ribs!
Can you blame us for looking ahead?
Okay, first things first and that's digesting what just did happen in NFL Week 8 play - yes, the Rams (8-0) won again but didn't cover the almighty Las Vegas pointspread in that 29-27 donnybrook victory against TD dog Green Bay and so take note the Rams will enter Sunday's game inside the Louisiana Superdome with a 4-3-1 ATS (against the spread) mark ... yes, good but not all that great and especially when you consider the Rams started off the season at 3-0-1 versus the vig.
The Saints (6-1), meanwhile, were on the proverbial ropes more than once in Sunday night's 30-20 win/cover against the 2.5-point home pup Minnesota Vikings - hey, the "sharpies" were right on there as that price moved from Vikings minus a point-and-a-half to Saints minus two-and-a-half - and so N'Orleans goes into Week 9 at a rock-solid 5-2 ATS mark that also features wins/covers against Washington and Baltimore. Just sayin'.
There's gonna be major buildup for that Packers-Patriots affair too and worth mentioning Green Bay's inside an NFC North Division that sports three teams (Chicago, Minnesota, Green Bay) with three SU (straight-up) losses and one team with four losses (see Detroit) while the above-mentioned LA Rams could well clinch the NFC West by Thanksgiving! One thing about the Rams: They are the only NFL team with a points differential that's triple digits ... the Rams are +109 and that's often-times been a good barometer of who's gonna win it all.
One last pointspread-related note from this past Sunday's action: As you all know, the Kansas City Chiefs - finally - lost a pointspread verdict with that 30-23 non-cover win against the 8-point road underdog Denver Broncos (a game that was bet down from 10 points in the middle of the week). So, the Chiefs are now 7-1 against the odds this year and still lead the way as we post the best bets so far in the here-and-now '18 season:
Tonight, it's ...
NEW ENGLAND (5-2) at BUFFALO (2-5) - 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Did you happen to blink when you read that Mr. Brady is 28-3 SU lifetime against these Bills? Egads! Brady last lost a "meaningful game" to Buffalo back in 2011 (we ain't counting the season finale in 2014 when the Pats had nothing to play for) and putting up 30-plus points is almost a given for the future Hall of Fame slinger. However, if Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski plays here he'll be limited while the Bills are banking on a stern defense that's allowed 22 points or less in four of the team's last five games. No QB Josh Allen (elbow) here and RB LeSean "Shady" McCoy is a game-time decision (concussion protocol) for Buffalo ... so where do the punchless Bills (averaging 11.6 ppg) get their pop from? Note Buffalo has scored a grand total of three touchdowns via the passing game this year.
Spread Stats - New England's a nifty 9-4 against the odds in divisional games since the start of the 2016 season; Buffalo is just 4-8 ATS when playing fellow AFC East foes the past two-plus seasons.