NFL Week 8 Matchups and Trend Report

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Green Bay Packers (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS) TOTAL 42 

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New York Jets (5-1 SU, 5-1 ATS) -4.5 

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The only two teams in the NFL that can call themselves former teams that housed the great Brett Favre will meet in the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon. Both of these teams are in a great position right now, as they are both in first place in their respective divisions. Green Bay seems to have a little more urgency right now with a slew of injuries crippling the offense, however, the Jets are playing in the better conference and are just one loss away from falling from the best record in the game to out of the playoffs.

Denver Broncos (2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS)TOTAL 42

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San Francisco 49ers (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS)-1

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This year’s annual clash in Jolly Ol’ England pits two of the most disappointing teams in the league. The Broncos are just 4-13 since starting last year at 6-0 under the tutelage of HC Josh McDaniels, so perhaps this new venue will do the same some good. San Fran is going to be skipping over second straight QB David Carr and replacing him with third stringer QB Troy Smith to try to get something going. Both of these teams are still alive in their division races, but neither can afford more losses.


Washington Redskins (4-3 SU, 4-2-1 ATS)
TOTAL 44

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Detroit Lions (1-5 SU, 5-1 ATS)-1.5

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The Lions might be a 1-5 team, but thanks to the return of QB Matt Stafford, many think that they can make a charge towards the postseason starting this week against the ‘Skins. Washington is sitting pretty right now at 4-3 and can get back within a half game of the New York Giants in the lead in the NFC East. The Redskins were the unfortunate team to be on the losing end of the game that broke the 19 game losing streak of the Lions last season in Week 3.


Miami Dolphins (3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS)
TOTAL 43.5

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Cincinnati Bengals (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS)-3

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The biggest wild cards in the NFL, the Dolphins are going to be back where they feel the safest: on the road. Miami has still yet to lose a game away from home, going 3-0 SU and ATS there, while it is just 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS at home. The Bengals are in a ton of trouble though, and we tend to believe that HC Marvin Lewis is in a lot of trouble if they don’t find a way to win this game against a fellow postseason contender.


Carolina Panthers (1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS)
TOTAL 36

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St. Louis Rams (3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS)-3

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The good news for the Panthers is that they are finally in the win column. More good news: They haven’t lost to this Rams team since these teams shared the NFC West. However, the bad news is that the Rams are turning into one of the better home teams in the league, and they aren’t going to go down easily, especially with the NFC West still largely wide open.


Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS)
TOTAL 45

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Dallas Cowboys (1-5 SU, 1-5 ATS)-11

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This battle of the backup quarterbacks is probably a case of do or die for both teams. The Jags are sitting on the fence right now in the AFC South but probably are closer to being finished for good than legitimately in the playoff race. It’s still up in the air whether QB David Garrard is really going to be able to play or not after suffering a concussion two weeks ago. QB Tony Romo certainly isn’t going to be playing with a broken collarbone, and it’ll be up to QB Jon Kitna to try to get the Cowboys on a roll to get back into the postseason picture.


Buffalo Bills (0-6 SU, 2-4 ATS)
TOTAL 43

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Kansas City Chiefs (4-2 SU, 5-1 ATS)-7.5

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The Bills are the only winless team left standing in the NFL, and this is probably the best momentum that they have had all year. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick just threw four TDs against the Baltimore defenses, one of the best units in the game. KC knows that it has a great chance to pull even closer to the playoffs with what should be a fairly easy win. If not, the door is swinging open for the rest of the teams in the AFC West to get back in the race.


Tennessee Titans (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS)
TOTAL 44

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San Diego Chargers (2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS)-4

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The Titans were just 1-6 at this point in the season last year and nearly found a way to make the playoffs. Now, they can do a real number on the postseason hopes of the Chargers, who are tied for last place in the AFC West and might be falling into the gutter by themselves if they lose again. QB Vince Young is back to practice, but it’s up in the air whether it will be he or QB Kerry Collins getting the start at Qualcomm Stadium.


Seattle Seahawks (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS)
-2

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Oakland Raiders (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS) 

TOTAL 42

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It’s hard to think that one of these teams is in first place in their division, while the other isn’t all that far off from it. The Seahawks can take a commanding lead in the NFC West this week if they can win their second road game of the year, but the Raiders are coming off of their best showing in franchise history, a 59-14 domination of the Denver Broncos. Oakland hasn’t lost at home since Week 1 either SU or ATS.


Minnesota Vikings (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS)
TOTAL 44

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New England Patriots (5-1 SU, 3-2-1 ATS)-4

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The underlying question here is whether this will be the first game that QB Brett Favre has missed in his entire career. Favre is dealing with an ankle injury and might be limited with what he can do regardless if he plays or not. Minnesota might be 2-4, but getting back to the front of the NFC North isn’t out of the question. The Pats are level in the AFC East with the New York Jets and would love another ‘W’ to keep the pressure on the men in green.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS)
TOTAL 40

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Arizona Cardinals (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS)-3

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This isn’t going to be a game for offensive aficionados to watch. The Cardinals have the dead last rated offense in the league, going against a Tampa Bay offense that isn’t exactly stellar. The Bucs might be the worst 4-2 team in the NFL, but they are still sitting in a nice place for the playoff push in the NFC. Arizona is a game back in the NFC West after last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but it hasn’t been beaten this year at home either SU or ATS.


Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1 SU, 5-1 ATS)
TOTAL 44

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New Orleans Saints (4-3 SU, 2-5 ATS)-1

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The last two Super Bowl champs are going to be hooking up on Sunday Night Football in the Bayou, and the stakes are awfully high. The Steelers are currently in first place in the AFC North by a half game and are putting the best record in the NFL on the line against the Saints, who are still desperately trying to chase down the idle Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.


Houston Texans (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS)
TOTAL 50

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Indianapolis Colts (4-2 SU, 3-2-1 ATS)
-5

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This could be the most important game in the history of the Houston Texans. They have never swept the Colts and have never won a game in Indianapolis in franchise history, but if they want to make it to the postseason for the first time, this is the type of game that they have to win on Monday Night Football. The Colts have a plethora of injuries to deal with, but will have to do everything possible to try to set things straight in the AFC South before they get out of hand with the Tennessee Titans already a game in front of the rest of the pack.