Dan Favale | Thu 26/10/2017 - 03:57 EDT

NFL Betting Lines Week 8

Carolina Panthers (+2.5) at Tampa Bay Bucanneers (-2.5)

panthers

Yes, the Carolina Panthers' offense has stalled out over the past two weeks and now ranks 22nd in points scored per game.

You know what's a good cure-all for their issues?

Facing a Tampa Bay Bucanneers squad that places third to last in points allowed per game.

It's an absolute joke that the 2-4 Bucs are favored over the 4-3 Panthers. Forget about the offensive woes. Never mind that the Panthers are playing on the road. They sport a top-11 defense to fall back on if quarterback Cam Newton cannot put together some big-gain plays. 

More important than that, the Bucs just flat-out aren't very good.

The Pick: Carolina Panthers (+2.5)

Oakland Raiders (+2.5) at Buffalo Bills (-2.5)

raiders

Look, you cannot trust the Oakland Raiders on just about any level. They are mediocre on both sides of the ball. Their offense still has the potential to detonate, but they rank a paltry 15th in points scored per game, in large part because their aerial assaults have yet to get going on a consistent basis.

But, like, they're playing the Buffalo Bills. And the spread is under three points. How do we not pick them? 

Hell, how are the Bills even favored? Their defense is still strong but they've cobbled together a suboptimal offense. If the Raiders go up by even just seven points—as simple as scoring the game's first touchdown—the Bills will be in panic mode, worrying about whether or not they have the firepower outside the run game to get back into things.

Don't be shocked if and when the Raiders leave their cold-weather tilt with a victory, let alone a cover.

The Pick: Oakland Raiders (+2.5)

Los Angeles Chargers (+7.5) vs. New England Patriots (-7.5)

patriots

Finally, at long last, the New England Patriots covered a spread last week. They're now 2-5 against their marks. And though that isn't anything to talk about, it does seem like they may have turned a corner.

The offense is in its usual form, piling on enough points to secure top-six status. It's their defense that's been the concern. And it's still a concern. They're hovering inside the bottom 10 of points allowed per game.

Still, the Los Angeles Chargers are weak on the offensive side of things. They rank 20th in points scored per game and could be in for a long week against a Patriots unit that coughed up just seven points in their last contest. Not even their top-eight defense can save them here.

With the Patriots playing at home, look for them to improve to 3-5 against the spread, and 6-2 overall.

The Pick: New England Patriots (-7.5) 

Chicago Bears (+9) at New Orleans Saints (-9)

saints

Some team will slow the New Orleans Saints' roll at some point. 

Spoiler alert: It won't be the Chicago Bears.

Chicago's defense can be okay at certain times. It ranks 14th in points allowed per game. But it's no match overall for the NFL's fourth-most potent offense.

On top of all that, the Saints' defense is no longer terrible. They rank 16th in points allowed per game, which is a great place to be when you score like they do—and an even better place to be when going up against the Bears' 26th-ranked lame duck of an offense.

Give New Orleans the big-time edge on its own turf.

The Pick: New Orleans Saints (-9) 

Houston Texans (+5.5) at Seattle Seahawks (-5.5)

seahawks

Something isn't right with the Seattle Seahawks' offense. They're somehow mustering a top-14 ranking—which isn't terrible, but also isn't great—yet never seem to get going until the middle of the third quarter at the earliest.

Facing the Houston Texans' 25th-ranked defensive, however, should help the Seahawks get on track a lot quicker in Week 8. Both teams are dealing injuries on the less glamorous side of the ball, but the Texans, unlike the Seahawks, don't have the depth to overcome their myriad absences.

Which brings us to our next point: The Texans won't meet their average of 29.5 points per game in Week 8. They're playing in Seattle, against a Seahawks unit that ranks first in points allowed.

They'll be lucky to escape without losing by double digits.

The Pick: Seattle Seahawks (-5.5)

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