NFL prime-time games this season are coming up duds in several instances. Thankfully, sports betting tends to keep things interesting. Covers checks in on action and odds movement for the Week 8 Thursday nighter, with insights from Eric Osterman, manager at The SuperBook at Westgate in Las Vegas. **video
REDSKINS AT VIKINGS – OPEN: -16.5; MOVE: -15.5; MOVE: -16; MOVE: -15.5; MOVE: -16.5; MOVE: -16; MOVE: -16.5
Minnesota won and cashed three in a row and four of its last five to stay within a game of Green Bay in the NFC North. In Week 7, the Vikings (5-2 SU and ATS) pulled away late in a shootout at Detroit, winning 42-30 as 2.5-point favorites.
Washington owns just one win this season, and that came against hapless Miami in Week 6, just a few days after coach Jay Gruden received a pink slip. The Redskins (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS) managed to cover last week as 10-point home underdogs in a rain-soaked game against San Francisco but got shut out 9-0 in doing so.
“We’re at Vikings -16.5. We were at -16 for most of the week, dipped down to -15.5 for a little bit, but it’s bounced around that -16 number all week,” Osterman said of line moves for this 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. “We’re seeing a little Redskins money come in at +16.5, but the parlays are coming in on the Vikings. We will need the Redskins come game time.”
The SuperBook opened the total at 40.5 Sunday afternoon, and by Monday morning, it was up to 42, where it remained Thursday afternoon.
“The total has held steady at 42,” Osterman said. “We’re seeing some two-way action, but slightly more money is showing on the Over.”
Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.