Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals
We don’t have to wait long for the marquee matchup of Week 8 as the Green Bay Packers (6-1 SU and ATS) visit the Arizona Cardinals (7-0 SU, 6-1 ATS) on Thursday night. The Packers remain unblemished since their opening dud against the Saints, while the Cardinals are looking to go 8-0. The Packers just had one of the more unlikely covers of the year, considering they were laying 9.5 and were outgained by 130 yards against Washington while losing the yards-per-play stat. They might also be without star receiver Davante Adams, who was placed on the COVID-19 list. The Cardinals, on the other hand, covered the biggest number of the year as they overcame a 5-0 deficit to beat the Texans and the 20-point spread. They held the Texans to 160 yards of offense and 3.3 yards per play while winning 31-5. The Packers will look to improve their rushing defense, as they gave up 195 yards to Washington. The Cardinals are favored by 6, and the total is 53.5.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
The Miami Dolphins (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS) face the Buffalo Bills (4-2 SU and ATS) in a rematch of Week 2. The Dolphins entered the first matchup 1-0, while the Bills were 0-1 coming off an ugly home loss to the Steelers. The Bills were favored by just 3 in that matchup but won 35-0. The teams have gone in opposite directions since their openers. The Dolphins are 28th in the league at a meager 4.9 yards per play on offense and will face the stingy Bills, whose defense will have extra time to rest and prepare off the bye and allows a league-leading 4.7 yards per play. The Dolphins may be getting healthier as wide receivers Will Fuller and DeVante Parker might have a chance to play this week. The Bills are favored by 13.5, and the total is 49.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
The Carolina Panthers (3-4 SU and ATS) visit the Atlanta Falcons (3-3 SU and ATS) as both teams try to hang on in the NFC wild-card race. The Panthers started 3-0, covering each game, but have since lost four in a row and failed to cover in all four. The Falcons have battled back from a rocky 0-2 start to reach .500, beating the Dolphins last week on a final-play field goal. The Falcons are favored by 2.5 as the Panthers will still be without star running back Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers have not won without McCaffrey, and Sam Darnold’s production has fallen to the point that he was benched in Sunday’s loss to the Giants as the team gained just 171 yards. Coach Matt Rhule has said Darnold would start this week. The Falcons are favored by 2.5, and the total is 46.5.