The New York Giants head to the Pacific Northwest as underdogs in the betting odds for their Week 8 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, despite having the better record and riding a four-game winning streak.
The New York Giants defied the odds once again last week, winning as underdogs in Jacksonville thanks to a heart-pounding final defensive stop. The win improved New York’s record to 6-1 and marked the team’s fourth straight victory. It’s just the fourth time in the Super Bowl era the Giants have started 6-1 or better (1989, 1990, 2008). Despite that, the Giants remain underdogs in the betting odds for this Week 8 showdown with the 4-3 Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks also seem like one of the Cinderella stories of this season. After trading away Russell Wilson, most assumed Seattle would struggle this season. But Wilson’s replacement, Geno Smith, has the Seahawks flying high. Thanks, in part, to the emergence of rookie running back Kenneth Walker III, Seattle scored another outright win as road underdogs last week, though the team lost DK Metcalf to a knee injury.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this NFL Week 8 matchup between the Giants and Seahawks at Lumen Field in Seattle.
Best Betting Odds for Giants at Seahawks
The Giants come to this contest as underdogs once again, as the opening lines for this game backed the Seahawks at home. That’s despite the G-Men rolling to their fourth consecutive win and being 5-0 both outright and against the spread as an underdog this season. Seattle started as 2-point favorites, but that figure has widened to 3-points at most sportsbooks.
The point total for this contest opened as low as 43 at some sportsbooks and as high as 46 at others. The consensus total hovers around 45 at this point. The Seahawks rank fifth in scoring entering Week 8 (26.1 points-per-game), but the Giants have allowed just 17.7 points-per-game over their last four.
NFL Week 8 Preview: New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks
The Giants scored yet another come-from-behind victory, this one a 23-17 win in Jacksonville. The Giants ran up 236 rushing yards, including 130 in the fourth quarter alone, in the effort to improve to 6-1 on the season. New York’s stellar run to start the season has buoyed their playoff hopes, and there’s still good value on wagers where the Giants make the postseason.
Saquon Barkley comes to this contest with 906 scrimmage yards so far this season, leading the league in that category. This week, he faces a Seahawks defense that surrenders the third-most rushing yards-per-game (149.0).
Daniel Jones might find more room in the secondary for this contest, considering the Seahawks rank 23rd in passing defense, allowing 249 passing yards-per-game. The Giants average the third-fewest passing yards-per-game (160) heading into this one. That said, Jones managed at least 200 passing yards in two of the last three contests.
The Giants must account for Barkley’s counterpart in this one, Kenneth Walker III. The Seahawks rookie already has 410 rushing yards, despite playing in limited action until Rashaad Penny’s injury two weeks ago. Walker averages an impressive 6.1 yards-per-carry when opponents stack eight men in the box, something New York does at a 30 percent clip (fourth-highest).
Betting Trends Affect Giants, Seahawks Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Giants and Seahawks. New York enters this one 2-0 against the spread as a road underdog and a 6-1 ATS mark so far this season. Seattle failed to cover in their lone game as a home favorite so far, but have covered in four of the last five against the Giants.
The favorite has covered the spread in six of the last eight games in this series, and the road team has covered in five of the last six meetings between these clubs. That said, the Seahawks hold a 6-2 mark against the spread in their last eight home games against winning teams.
The Under has hit in 13 of New York’s last 16 games following an ATS win, and in five of the last eight against a team with a winning record. For the Seahawks, the Under has hit in six of their last seven games against teams with winning records. But the Over is 4-1 in their last five overall.