The Week 8 betting schedule starts with a matchup between two of the best teams in the NFL when the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football. The Cards won their seventh straight to open the campaign spanking the Texans 31-5 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive cover.
After a season-opening stinker the Packers regrouped by winning six in a row, the latest a 24-10 home cover against the team formerly known as the Redskins. You might expect a lot of offense in this game with Aaron Rodgers and Kyler Murray at the helm, and oddsmakers agree setting the total at 53. However, both clubs have been strong defensively leading to a combined 13 consecutive victories.
The Week 8 Thursday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ at 8:20 p.m. ET on October 28 and will be televised on FOX and NFL Network.
Green Bay Packers vs Arizona Cardinals Odds
Green Bay Packers +3.5 | Arizona Cardinals -3.5 [BET NOW]
Green Bay Packers vs Arizona Cardinals Money Line
Green Bay Packers +115 | Arizona Cardinals -150 [BET NOW]
Green Bay Packers vs Arizona Cardinals Over/Under
Over/Under 53 [BET NOW]
A fairly standard opening line was set for this crucial NFC contest with the Cards a 3.5-point favorite on the NFL betting line. That’s a far cry from what they faced last week closing as a humongous 20.5-point favorite against Houston. You rarely if ever see spreads that high in an NFL game, but the public likes what it sees from the Cards so far.
And backers have been rewarded. Arizona scored the final 31 points for their fifth straight cover and improved to 6-1 ATS. Green Bay has been exceptional as well covering the 8.5-point spread against Washington. Since losing their opener the Packers are 6-0 SU and ATS with four victories by at least 10 points.
Green Bay Packers
Does one team have an advantage when it comes to playing on Thursday night? Both clubs have the same amount of time to prepare and the Packers have to travel to the desert for the matchup. Meanwhile, the Cards stay at home to prepare for one of the biggest games of the season. But you don’t hear Green Bay complaining, at least not yet. Winning a bunch of games can make the schedule seem a little less daunting.
Since one of the worst games of his career in the season-opening loss to New Orleans, Rodgers appears to be all in with the current group. He had another strong game against Washington completing 27 of 35 for 274 yards and three touchdowns. During the six-game winning streak Rodgers has 15 touchdowns passes with at least two in every game with only one interception. He was picked off twice and the Pack was held out of the end zone in the 38-3 loss to the Saints. The Packers have scored at least 24 points in every game during the winning streak.
Defensively the Packers allowed a season-low point total in the Washington game despite conceding 430 total yards. They held the Football Team out of the end zone on four red zone trips, forced a pair of turnovers and stopped 7 of 11 third-down tries and 3 of 4 fourth-down conversion attempts.
Fans in Arizona have never seen anything like this from their professional football team. The Cards remained unbeaten with a comeback win over Houston, improving to 7-0 for the first time since 1975 when the franchise was located in St. Louis. You can give a lot of credit to Murray and the offense for the historic run. The Cards scored more than 30 points for the sixth time in seven games in their win over Houston. They rank fourth averaging over 32 points.
Murray added to his MVP resume by completing 20 of 26 for 261 yards and three touchdowns against the Texans. He and the team overcame a sluggish start to reel of 31 unanswered for the win and cover. The closing spread was a sign of how the Cards rank in the eye of the betting public. They were laying 20-points, the most in a game since they were a 16-point favorite in the 2009 season.
The offense is good and receives a lot of attention with Murray among the early favorites for NFL MVP. But don’t forget about the defense. The team made some moves during the offseason to mend that side of the football and it’s worked out. They’ve allowed 20 points or less in six games and have conceded an average of less than 10 points over the previous three games.
Packers vs Cardinals Predictions
A lot of attention will be paid to the offensive side of the football and deservedly so. But this game will come down to which team makes stops on defense. The Cards have been better over the length of the season while the Packers may have solved their red zone woes last week. However, one game isn’t a true indicator and the Cards can punch it in with the best of them, which is why I’m leaning toward the home team.
Prediction: Arizona Cardinals -3.5 and UNDER 53
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