2015 NFL Season: Week 8 Betting Recap

Every Tuesday morning, the team at Sports Insights will examine some of the most interesting trends and results from the past week’s NFL action. We’ll also look at our betting systems, prop bets, bad beats and more before looking ahead to the following week.

  • In Week 8 underdogs were 7-6 ATS, visitors were 6-6 ATS and road underdogs were 4-3 ATS. On the season underdogs are now 63-52 ATS, visitors are 59-53 ATS and road underdogs are 43-34 ATS.
  • There were mixed results for betting against the public in Week 8. Although teams receiving less than 50% of spread bets were just 6-7 ATS, teams receiving less than 40% of spread bets were 5-5 ATS and teams receiving less than 30% of spread bets were 3-1 ATS.
  • It was a great week for last season’s top teams, with teams who finished with a winning record in 2014 posting a 9-5 ATS record.
  • Teams who won their previous game were 8-5 ATS in Week 8. When we hide duplicates to eliminate games featuring two teams who won their previous game, that record improves to 6-3 ATS.
  • Underdogs have typically provided additional value in divisional games due to the familiarity between teams. Although ‘dogs went just 2-4 ATS in Week 8 divisional games, they have gone 22-14 ATS on the season.
  • In Week 8 the under went 8-6, moving the season record to 57-60. When the total has closed at 48+, the under has gone 16-9. Historically unders have performed well in games with high totals while unders have performed well in games with low totals.
  • The Panthers, Patriots and Bengals all won this week to stay undefeated. In the battle of two unbeaten teams, the Broncos were able to hold off the Packers, 29-10.

  • With the Patriots already looking forward to the potential of an undefeated season, it almost seems like a foregone conclusion that New England will make their seventh Super Bowl appearance in the Brady/Belichick era.

  • Week 8 featured a number of season-ending injuries to key players including Le’Veon Bell, Steve Smith and Cameron Wake. There are also many star players who will be out indefinitely including Keenan Allen, Matt Forte and Joe Haden. Bettors can track the latest updates on our free NFL injury page.
  • How popular is the NFL? We tracked more than four times the number of bets on Sunday night’s Packers/Broncos game than we did for Game 5 of the World Series.

  • Updated NFL Rookie of the Year Odds (via Sportsbook.com)
  1. Todd Gurley -250
  2. Amari Cooper +200
  3. Jameis Winston +1500
  • Every week we highlight the worst beat of the week. Although there were no truly devastating losses, there was one game that was tough for bettors to swallow.
  1. In one of the best games of the season, the Saints lead the Giants 42-28 entering the fourth quarter before New York scored 3 touchdowns in just over five minutes to take a 49-42 lead. However, Drew Brees threw his 7th touchdown of the game with just 36 seconds remaining to tie that game at 49. After going three and out on the following possession, the Giants allowed a 24-yard punt return and tacked on a 15-yard face mask penalty to set up an unlikely game winning 50-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. This meant an unlikely push for anybody with Giants +3 and a tough loss for anybody who took NYG +145 on the moneyline.
  • Despite losing their first game of the season this weekend, the Packers continue to have the second best odds of winning Super Bowl 50. Below are the futures for all 32 NFL teams at 5Dimes.
  1. New England Patriots +270
  2. Green Bay Packers +450
  3. Denver Broncos +775
  4. Cincinnati Bengals +875
  5. Seattle Seahawks +1050
  6. Carolina Panthers +1200
  7. Arizona Cardinals +1400
  8. Philadelphia Eagles +4300
  9. Atlanta Falcons +4500
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers +4500
  11. Indianapolis Colts +5000
  12. St Louis Rams +5000
  13. Minnesota Vikings +5500
  14. New York Jets +6000
  15. Dallas Cowboys +7000
  16. New York Giants +7000
  17. New Orleans Saints +8500
  18. Oakland Raiders +8500
  19. Miami Dolphins +17500
  20. Buffalo Bills +18500
  21. Kansas City Chiefs +22500
  22. San Diego Chargers +28500
  23. Washington Redskins +35000
  24. Houston Texans +45000
  25. Baltimore Ravens +65000
  26. Chicago Bears +100000
  27. Cleveland Browns +100000
  28. Detroit Lions +100000
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars +100000
  30. San Francisco 49ers +100000
  31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers +100000
  32. Tennessee Titans +100000

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David Solar

David Solar has been the Content Manager at Sports Insights for over four years. He specializes in sports betting analytics and has created several popular data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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