New York football teams continued to roll this week, with the Giants and Jets both scoring underdog wins. The Bills come back off their bye week as double-digit favorites in the NFL Week 8 opening lines.
As the 2022 NFL season pushes into Week 8, New York football is in its best state in recent memory. The Giants and Jets both scored victories as road underdogs last week as the Bills enjoyed their bye. These three clubs share a combined 16-4 record at this point. That said, the Week 8 opening lines only favors the Bills, setting both the Giants and Jets as underdogs once again.
The Week 8 opening lines seem to embrace the betting trends taking place across the NFL this season, even though Favorites and ‘Dogs split last week (7-7). Underdogs continue their solid play this year, posting a 60-44-3 mark against the spread thus far. Road underdogs cover at the highest clip, 59 percent of the time (36-25-1).
Even though the totals in Week 7 also split (7-7), the Under maintained a healthy lead in its record this season (64-42). The Under play has hit in over 60 percent of all games so far this season.
Here’s a look at the Week 8 opening lines for the Jets, Giants, and Bills.
NFL Week 8 Opening Lines: Jets vs Patriots
The New York Jets improbable run to near the top of the AFC standings continued with a 16-9 win in Denver last week. Gang Green improved to 5-2, the team’s best start since 2010. The win in Denver marked the Jets fourth victory in a row, something they haven’t done since 2015. New York improved to 5-2 against the spread, including 4-0 on the road.
It wasn’t all good news for Gang Green last week, as the Jets lost dynamic rookie running back for the remainder of the season to a knee injury. New York pivoted quickly to reinforce its backfield depth, trading for Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson. The Jets also lost offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker for the year to an elbow injury.
Losing two of their top offensive performers will no doubt hurt the Jets, especially against a solid defense coming from New England. New York’s lost five in a row to the Patriots, but these clubs look very different than they have in years past. Considering the Jets are at home, and with the uneven play from New England quarterbacks, the line for this game could shift in New York’s favor, as it did late last week against the Broncos. The Under has hit in eight of the last 12 meetings between these teams.
NFL Week 8 Opening Lines: Giants at Seahawks
The Giants scored yet another come-from-behind victory, this one a 23-17 win in Jacksonville. New York improved to 6-1 against the spread and 5-0 as the underdog. 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. This marks just the fourth time in the Super Bowl era the Giants have started 6-1 or better (1989, 1990, 2008).
The Giants travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on another one of the NFL’s Cinderella stories this season, the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams have overperformed their preseason expectations, and both come to this contest off outright wins as road underdogs. Seattle’s seen excellent play from quarterback Geno Smith and the emergence of rookie running back Kenneth Walker III adds another dynamic element to a potent Seahawk offense. It remains to be seen if DK Metcalf will play.
New York enters this one 2-0 against the spread as a road underdog this season, and Seattle failed to cover in their lone game as a home favorite so far. 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.
|Giants Best Odds
|Over 45/-110 (Caesars)
|Under 45.5/-110 (BetMGM)
NFL Week 8 Opening Lines: Bills vs Packers
The Buffalo Bills enjoyed their bye week after an impressive Week 6 win in Kansas City over the Chiefs. Buffalo holds the top spot in the AFC thanks to that victory. This marquee matchup pits two of the game’s best quarterbacks against one another, but considering Green Bay’s recent struggles, the game could be lopsided.
Aaron Rodgers sees his team as a double-digit underdog for the first time in his career, but that’s not surprising considering the state of Green Bay’s offense. The Packers come to this one on a three-game losing skid outright and have failed to cover in each of their last four games. Green Bay enters this contest just 1-5 against the spread in its last six road games.
The Bills, meanwhile, improved to 4-1-1 against the spread with their last win, and are 5-0-1 against the spread in their last six home games. They’ve seen the Under hit in five of their six games this season.
|Bills Best Odds
|Over 47.5/-110 (FanDuel)
|Under 47.5/-107 (PointsBet)