Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM
NFL WEEK 8 –
HERE ARE SUNDAY’S KEY PREVIEWS
The New England Patriots are making an absolute bee-line to a 16-and-oh season … this Week 8 matchup against 12-point underdog Cleveland figures to offer more of a challenge to the Pats than that 33-0 MNF win against the hapless New York Jets but if you’re wondering where Bill Belichick’s crew might get picked off it could be next week in Baltimore or possibly in Week 14 at home against a Kansas City team that ought to have QB Patrick Mahomes back long before then.
Otherwise, the march to perfection powers on, wouldn’t you say?
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NFL WEEK 8
ARIZONA (3-3-1) at NEW ORLEANS (6-1)—1 p.m. ET, CBS
C’mon, has there been a better story in this year’s NFL than Saints’ QB Teddy Bridgewater (1,370 yards passing with 9 TDs and 2 INTs)?
Still, Teddy B – who’s led N’Orleans to five consecutive SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) wins since Week 3 – may not be under center to start this NFC bash as Drew Brees (thumb) says he’s healthy but next week’s bye could play a part in Bridgewater getting the nod here … so stay tuned.
Spread Stats – The Saints roll into this clash on a five-game ATS (against the spread) winning streak while the Cards have covered five of their first seven games under rookie coach Kliff Kingsbury this season.
CAROLINA (4-2) at SAN FRANCISCO (6-0) – 4:05 p.m.ET, Fox
Here’s the lowdown on these here-and-now San Fran 49ers: They’re off to their best start since 1990 and this year’s stingy stop unit has held five-of-six foes to 17 points or less … so should folks feel comfortable laying a handful-or-more points with this Niner team now?
Note that SF upgraded its pass game with this week’s acquisition of WR Emmanuel Sanders (from Denver) and that’s gonna help open up the middle of the field more for Pro Bowl TE Georg Kittle (team-leading 34 catches for 376 yards).
Spread Stats – No kidding: The SF 49ers are 2-10 versus the vig as betting favorites since the start of the 2016 season. Meanwhile, Carolina’s covered four in a row heading in here and the Panthers are 3-0 ATS away in 2019.
On Sunday Night, it’s …
GREEN BAY (6-1) at KANSAS CITY (5-2) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Lights, cameras, action for this prime-time battle – yes, it’s a “rematch” of Super Bowl I a gazillion years ago – but you all know the storyline here and that’s KayCee QB Patrick Mahomes (knee) is out while Packers’ gunslinger Aaron Rodgers is comin’ in hot-hot-hot after last weekend posting a perfect QB Rating of 158.3 with that five-TD performance. Keep an eye on Chiefs’ WR Tyreek Hill who already is developing a nice rapport with QB Matt Moore (see long scoring pass last week in last week’s 30-6 win at Denver).
Spread Stats – Kansas City is 9-2 ATS overall as an underdog side since the start of 2016 while Green Bay’s started out this year at 5-2 vig-wise and the Packers are a nifty 7-1 spreadwise in their last eight games played versus AFC competition.
NOTE: Catch all our NFL Week 8 recaps plus the Monday Night Football Preview – that’s Miami at Pittsburgh – in the next edition of Jim Sez.