Best spot bets for the NFL Week 8 odds: Eagles enter a rare – and rough – schedule spot


Situational handicapping – or spot betting as it’s more widely known – is one of the most popular methods to find NFL betting value from week to week. 

The most common spot bets are: 1. Letdowns – a team coming off an important matchup and failing to meet the intensity of the previous game. 2. Lookaheads – a team looking past this week’s opposition to a bigger, tougher game the following week. 3. Schedule – a difficult situation in scheduling, such as consecutive road games, short weeks, or extended travels.

Now that you’ve had your crash course in spot bets, let’s see what NFL Week 8 has in store.


Letdown spots aren’t just reserved for teams coming off big wins, they can also impact teams coming off big losses. Houston fell short in its AFC South showdown with Indianapolis last Sunday, a game that had massive implications for the division and potential playoff seeding.

The Texans, who are regulars in our weekly spot bets and was our featured “letdown spot” in Week 7, was dealt a 30-23 loss and allowed Colts QB Jacoby Brissett to dress up as Andrew Luck for Halloween, passing for 326 yards and four touchdowns. Houston allowed the Colts to go 8 for 16 on third downs and gave away 54 yards on 10 penalties – two aspects of the game which have haunted Houston all season.

Enter the Raiders, who could qualify for the schedule spot by playing their fifth straight game away from home (including a trip to London in Week 5 and a bye in Week 6). Oakland has overperformed in the eyes of most, specifically on offense in recent outings.

The Silver and Black are averaging almost 420 yards per game over their last three, putting up 26.3 points per game in that span – a huge jump in efficiency from the team that managed only 18.1 points a contest in 2018. If the Texans are at all hungover from that missed opportunity in Indy, this one could be closer than the near-touchdown spread indicates.


In another twist on conventional spot bets, the floundering Falcons could get caught looking ahead to their Week 9 plans: a bye week. At 1-6, Atlanta is an absolute mess – namely on defense where it allows almost 32 points per game – and the fingers are pointing at head coach Dan Quinn.

The rumblings coming out of Georgia is that Quinn will likely get canned after this Sunday’s home game versus the Seahawks. Not only will that weigh on the head coach, but his staff may be busy getting their resumes ready instead of focusing entirely on Seattle.

A losing stretch impacts the players’ moral as well. And with the way the Falcons are molting (QB Matt Ryan nursing an injured ankle), and with the recent trade of WR Mohamed Sanu and a potential fire sale on the horizon, guys are looking forward to time away from a losing locker room but are also antsy about their future with the team.

In a bit of irony, Quinn’s former club – Seattle – could be the one to deliver his pink slip Sunday.


The Eagles enter Orchard Park for their third straight true road game in Week 8 – a rare spot for the 2019 season. Apparently, the schedule makers were counting on the Philadelphia Phillies to be playing for the World Series in October and didn’t want to jam up the area in which both Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field reside. That made the Eagles the only team forced to play three straight roadies this year.

Three teams found themselves in this nasty schedule squeeze in 2018: L.A Rams, New Orleans, and Baltimore. They were a combined 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS in those games, playing Under the total in all three. However, Philadelphia has been wretched on the road, going 1-3 ATS as a visitor this season including losing at Minnesota and at Dallas in the first two legs of this trying trifecta.

The Eagles are allowing host teams to blow up the stat sheet with 426.8 yards of offense per game – second-most in the NFL – which has equated to 31.5 points against in those road stops. Quarterback Carson Wentz has been off as the away team, posting a passer rating of just 85.0 on the road (compared to 103.1 at home) and has seven TD passes to four interceptions (compared to six TDs and zero INTs in Philadelphia) in those four road games.

Buffalo boasts the fourth-ranked passing defense in the NFL, giving up only 201.3 yards through the air per contest, and has limited opposing QBs to a passer rating of 70.3 on the season – third lowest in the land.

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1


Perhaps no team has been more fun to follow during the NHL playoffs than the Vancouver Canucks, and hockey bettors can still get the Canucks at +1,300 to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. Vancouver is coming off a thrilling series win against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, but now a much more difficult challenge awaits. The Vegas Golden Knights are +350 favorites to win it all, and they’ve certainly looked the part while dropping only one playoff contest.

Game 1 of this series gets underway Sunday, so we’re here to bring you our NHL picks and predictions in this Western Conference semifinal showdown.

Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights betting preview

Starting Goalies

Canucks: Jacob Markstrom – playoffs – 7-3, 2.44 GAA, .929 SV% (season – 23-16, 2.75 GAA, .918 SV%)

Golden Knights: Robin Lehner – playoffs – 5-1, 2.44 GAA, .904 SV% (season – 19-10, 2.89, .920 SV%)

If this game was actually played in Las Vegas, then Markstrom could easily spend a few hours performing with Cirque du Soleil. The 30-year-old dazzled against Blues with an eye-opening array of acrobatic saves and an impressive 7-3 record. He’ll need to provide more of the same against a dangerous Vegas squad.

The Knights will likely roll with Robin Lehner, who has taken over the spot as Vegas’s starter in the crease—and rightfully so. Still, the Knights have the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury as their “backup.” The five-time All-Star matched an NHL record this season with his 14th consecutive playoff appearance.


Vancouver: Tyler Myers D (out), Tyler Toffoli RW (out), Micheal Ferland LW (out), Josh Leivo LW (out)

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

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The Canucks have been a force with the extra man during the postseason, converting 26.2% of their power plays. While the Knights are known for their offensive firepower, it’s their stingy defense that allows them to suffocate opponents—as evidenced by an 86.4% penalty kill during their playoff run. Vancouver is the only team in the league to never beat Vegas in regulation, going 0-11 all time. That’s something I just can’t ignore.

PREDICTION: Vegas ML (-175)


Each team is filled with loads of offensive talent. Vancouver’s Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller have combined for 11 goals thus far. Elias Pettersson has racked up 13 points, tied with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the playoff lead.

The Knights can match Vancouver’s scorers, but they’re more balanced—Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Mark Stone have each lit the lamp four times during the postseason. The difference is on defense, where Vancouver has allowed the most high-danger chances of all remaining playoff teams.

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-110)


Though I like Vegas to win, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks kept it close and continued their offensive success. I’ll take a flyer on Vancouver scoring at least three goals.

PREDICTION: Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)

Canucks vs Golden Knights Betting Card

  • Vegas ML (-175)
  • Over 5.5 (-110)
  • Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)
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Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook