NFL Week 8 Betting Recap: Late celebrations in Denver, Steelers go 7-0

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Matt Tenby
Matt has been a writer for American Betting Experts since 2019. He loves to watch, bet on and write about soccer but is also a huge NBA and NFL fan.

BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com provide us with a full betting recap of all 12 NFL Week 8 Sunday games.

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Week 8 marks the halfway point in the 2020 NFL season. With injuries mounting and weather conditions worsening, the Sunday slate of games provided BetRivers and SugarHouse bettors with a heavy dose of wild finishes and underdog victories.

Sunday Night Football Recap

Eagles 23, Cowboys 9: The low-scoring Sunday finale had the largest stake of any Week 8 game, and provided a ton of excitement for those who backed the Eagles (-10.5, -500 ML) against the Cowboys (+400 ML). Eagles -500 ML was the most wagered-on bet, with 85% of the ML handle, followed by Eagles -10.5 (78% of spread bets). Although points were hard to come by, Jalen Reagor’s first-quarter TD catch cashed winning bets on +1200 to score Philadelphia’s first TD, including over a dozen bets of $100 or more in Pennsylvania.

4PM ET Games Recap

Saints 26, Bears 23: The most wagered-on late Sunday game was nearly split, with 53% of total game handle backing the home Bears (+5, +200 ML) over the Saints (-235 ML). Bears ML was backed by 59% of the ML handle, while Saints spread was backed by 51% of spread handle. Despite trailing by 10 points with under four minutes remaining, an 11-play, 75-yard drive ending with a Darnell Mooney TD catch cut the Saints lead to just three, as well as a win for Over 41.5 bettors (55% of O/U handle). A 51-yard Cairo Santos FG with 13 seconds forced overtime, giving new life to bettors on both sides. A late FG from Will Lutz scored an overtime victory for Saints ML bettors and Bears spread bettors.

Broncos 31, Chargers 30: Enough late money came in on Broncos (+160 ML) to give Denver 51% of total ML handle despite being backed by just 15% as of Saturday afternoon. The Chargers (-2.5, -186 ML) looked to be in complete control, but a 24-10 third-quarter lead turned into a 27-24 fourth-quarter lead thanks to three second-half Denver TDs. After being unable to extend their lead, the Chargers gave the ball back to the Broncos with under a minute remaining. With just one second left on the clock, Drew Lock found KJ Hamler in the end zone to give the Broncos an improbable one-point win. The result netted wins for bettors who wagered on Broncos +3 (41% of spread handle), Over 44 points (70% of O/U handle) and Broncos ML. The Chargers became the first team in NFL history to blow a lead of 16 or more points in four straight games.

Seahawks 37, 49ers 27: The Seahawks (-2.5, -136 ML) were the public pick (72% of ML handle, 73% of spread handle), despite an injury-riddled backfield and a determined 49ers team that had won two in a row. But the 49ers’ offense lost Tevin Coleman and Jimmy Garoppolo to in-game injuries, and Russell Wilson and D.K. Metcalf hooked up over a dozen times, twice for TDs. Metcalf to score first & Seahawks win (+750 ML) was the most popular player prop of the game.

1PM ET Games Recap

Steelers 28, Ravens 24: In a game dictated by defense, bettors were wise to invest in Any Other Steelers TD scorer at +2500. Less than a minute into the game, Robert Spillane intercepted Lamar Jackson and found the end zone for the defensive TD, a great early win for bettors.

What followed was a hotly contested, high-scoring affair bettors were expecting between the Steelers (+4, +185 ML) and Ravens (-215 ML), that yielded winning bets for bettors who backed Steelers ML (64% of ML handle), Steelers Spread (58% of spread handle) and Over 45 points (87% of O/U handle).

Only Minnesota at Green Bay had a larger total stake than Pittsburgh at Baltimore.

Bills 24, Patriots 21: No team was backed by more late money than the Patriots (+4, +188 ML) at the Bills (-220 ML). Things were looking great for late bettors as the Patriots rallied from behind set up for a game-winning TD or game-tying FG. But a Cam Newton turnover right outside the red zone with 30 seconds remaining earned a clutch win for Bills ML bettors (68% of ML handle). New England spread bettors (33% of spread handle) were able to walk away with the win, as were bettors on Over 41 (61% of O/U handle).

Vikings 28, Packers 22: No early game had a larger total handle than Vikings (+6, +230 ML) at Packers (-265 ML), and no early game bet had a larger total handle than Packers spread. Deadlocked at the half, The Vikings used two quick scores to take a 14-point lead, and rode Dalvin Cook (4TDs) to a surprising road win. Needing quick strikes and not having Aaron Jones and a balanced rush attack, the Packers went scoreless for all but three minutes in the second half, ensuring the Packers would not hit the Over for the third straight week.

Bengals 31, Titans 20: Perhaps the most surprising early game saw the Bengals (+7, +270 ML) lead from wire-to-wire and defeat the Titans (-315 ML), in a game that had the third largest stake of any early game. The Bengals were backed by just 9% of the ML handle and 18% of the spread handle, but got great offensive performances from Joe Burrow and Giovanni Bernard, something they desperately needed to keep up with the potent Tennessee offense. The Titans attempted to make a late comeback, and Corey Davis’ late fourth-quarter TD catch hit Over 50 points (77% of O/U handle).

Chiefs 35, Jets 9: The Chiefs (-19.5, -2000 ML) were backed by 98% of the ML handle against the winless Jets (+1150 ML), and ML bettors could breathe easy by the end of the first quarter. Chiefs spread bettors (75% of spread handle), however, had to sweat it out a bit more thanks to the biggest spread of the entire season. DeMarcus Robinson hauled in a 26-yard TD pass from Pat Hamomes late in the third quarter to put Kansas City up 21.

Raiders 16, Browns 6: The high-octane showdown between the Raiders (+1.5, +110 ML) and Browns (-125 ML) was anything but, thanks to a 6-3 halftime lead for the Raiders. The Raiders were backed by 77% of ML handle and 67% of spread handle. Although it wasn’t pretty, the game did end with the Raiders on top, great news for a Pennsylvania BetRivers.com bettor who wagered $27,000 on Raiders +1 (-106) for a payout of $52,380.

Dolphins 28, Rams 17: The Dolphins (+3, +160 ML) used a 21-point second quarter to take a 18-point lead over the Rams (-182 ML) in Tua Tagovailoa’s first career start, great news for first half over bettors (75% of 1H O/U handle) and Dolphins spread bettors (54% of spread handle). But a second half dominated by defense made for a lot of sweat for game O/U 46 points bettors. Sitting at 28-17 with four minutes to go, Over bettors needed any score to win. But a 48-yard FG miss by recently signed Kai Forbath ensured that Under (28% of O/U handle) bettors would hang on for the narrow win.

Colts 41, Lions 21: The public was basically split, with 52% of ML handle backing Colts -163 ML and 55% of spread handle backing Colts -3 on the road at the Lions (+143 ML). The Colts scored five touchdowns with all their points coming in the second and fourth quarters. Bettors were wise to back Over 49.5 (66% of O/U handle), as the two teams combined for nine touchdowns, no field goals and just seven penalties. The Lions scored first (-130) for the seventh straight time this season, great news for bettors who backed the Lions game prop (94% of Score First handle).

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