NFL dogs continued to bark in Week 8, going 11-4 ATS to improve to 69-53 ATS (56.6 percent) on the season. Home-field advantage isn't what it used to be as road dogs have gone an impressive 44-28 ATS (61.1 percent). Conference dogs + 7 or less are 42-22 ATS (65.6 percent) while prime-time dogs are a sparkling 17-7 ATS (70.8 percent). Unders are 68-53 (56.2 percent), while nonconference Unders are 23-13 (63.9 percent).
Now we move on to Week 9. Here are a handful of games that have taken in notable sharp action …
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS
These nonconference opponents have identical won-lost records and are coming off big road victories. The Patriots (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS) have won two straight and just took down the Chargers 27-24, winning outright as 3.5-point road dogs. Meanwhile, the Panthers (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS) just upset the Falcons 19-13, winning outright as 2.5-point road dogs to snap a four-game losing streak. This line opened with New England as a short 2.5-point road favorite. Respected money has pounced on the Patriots, steaming New England up from -2.5 to -4. Nonconference road favorites are 11-6 ATS (64.7 percent) this season. One big injury to monitor here is Panthers QB Sam Darnold. He left last week's game with a concussion and is questionable for this game. If he can't go, backup P.J. Walker will get the start. We could also be looking at a lower scoring game. Respected Under money has dropped the total from 43 to 41. When the total is 45 or less, the Under is 23-13 (63.9 percent) this season.