Bills, Saints, Patriots favourites on Week 8 NFL odds board

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws during the first half against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Adrian Kraus/AP)

Two teams battling to keep pace in their respective divisional races will clash Sunday when the Buffalo Bills host the Philadelphia Eagles as narrow 1.5-point favourites on the Week 8 NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Buffalo will be looking to build on a 31-21 win over Miami in Week 7 that lifted its straight-up record on the season to 5-1 going into Sunday afternoon’s matchup at New Era Field.

Despite their strong start, though, the Bills continue to lag behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East standings, and have yet to earn any respect on the Super Bowl odds, where they remain stalled as a distant plus-3500 bet. However, the Bills have emerged as defensive beasts this season, ranking third in the NFL at just 15.2 points allowed per game.

That’s bad news for the struggling Eagles, who arrive in Western New York on a two-game straight-up (SU) slide and have scored just 15 points per game during that stretch. Philadelphia has particularly struggled on the road, losing outright in four of their past five away dates. The Eagles have recorded just one SU and against the spread win in four visits to Buffalo since 1984, averaging just 17.5 points per game during that stretch.

Elsewhere on the Week 8 odds at sports betting sites, the New Orleans Saints will be looking to pad their lead atop the NFC South standings with a sixth straight victory as they host the Arizona Cardinals as 9.5-point chalk.

The Saints have continued to roll despite the absence of quarterback Drew Brees, who suffered a hand injury in the team’s 27-9 loss in Los Angeles in Week 2. However, New Orleans faces a resurgent Cardinals squad that has won three straight games, including a pair of outright road wins as betting underdogs.

The surprising Carolina Panthers will try to keep pace with New Orleans by extending their current SU win streak to five games as they visit the undefeated San Francisco 49ers as 5.5-point underdogs, while the Patriots aim for a 13th straight win while pegged as 13-point home chalk in their date with the Cleveland Browns.

As well, the Kansas City Chiefs begin life without Patrick Mahomes, at least temporarily, as they host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football as 4.5-point home underdogs. Even with Mahomes at quarterback the Chiefs have struggled at Arrowhead Stadium, losing two straight, while the Packers are riding a three-game SU win streak during which they have averaged 33 points per game.

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