Sports Interaction betting analyst Frank Doyle previews Week 8’s NFL action.
All odds current as of noon ET, Oct. 24
Half way through the NFL regular season, you aren’t going to see the major line moves that we saw through the first eight weeks barring major injuries or starting lineup moves. And even if there are significant moves, these lines are tight enough that they usually won’t move much. Such is the case this week when a pile of backup quarterbacks will be forced into duty.
Talking Thursday Night’s total
Even though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be starting two rookies in the backfield, this total continues to rise. With Doug Martin hitting the shelf last week, rookie Mike James will start at running back in the backfield with rookie Mike Glennon. The total opened at 38.5 but is now sitting at 40.5 points.
Calling all QBs
Kellen Clemens gets the call for St. Louis after Sam Bradford went down with a season-ending knee injury last week. His first test at home to the Seattle Seahawks couldn’t be much tougher. The Rams, who even called Brett Favre to come out of retirement, are holding as 10.5-point home dogs while the total has dropped a point from the open to 42.5.
Meanwhile, things couldn’t get much worse for Cleveland offense as Jason Campbell steps up in place of the benched Brandon Weeden. The Browns are holding as 7.5-point road underdogs at Kansas City.
Josh Freeman’s debut with the Vikings couldn’t have gone worse. He was terrible in Week 7 and now has a concussion, so Minnesota will go back to the well with Christian Ponder on Sunday night against the Packers. The Vikings have moved from +10 to +9.
Mike Vick looks like the man again in Philadelphia now that he is reportedly healthy while Nick Foles deals with a concussion. The Eagles host the Giants as 5.5-point favorites, down half a point from the open.
Hot and not
The betting public is all over the Carolina Panthers in Thursday Night Football action. About 82 percent of Sports Interaction’s handle is on the Panthers as they visit the Buccaneers.
Bettors love the 7-0 Chiefs at home to Cleveland as well. Chiefs supporters make up 81 percent of our action as of noon Thursday.
The New Orleans Saints are seeing 77 percent of our action as they host the Buffalo Bills as 11.5-point favorites.