Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season is set to get underway, and a number of underdogs appear to be live NFL betting options and wagers worth considering placing. We’ll take a look at a few of the best underdog bets, both with the point spread and on the moneyline for this week’s action in the NFC.
The underdogs from the NFC aren’t in overwhelmingly impressive spots, but a few of them appear to be in fine spots to pull off upsets, or at the very least, cover the spread when looking a this week’s NFL odds.
Detroit Lions (+130) vs Indianapolis Colts
Although the Detroit Lions have had an up-and-down start they’re coming off an emotional, last-second win against the Atlanta Falcons. Although the Lions enter with the worse record, the Colts’ most recent stretch of play has been less than convincing.
The Lions’ 3-3 record has come with a tough late-game loss or two, while the Colts have defeated one team with a winning record, the Chicago Bears. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for both teams early on, but Detroit is in a good position to continue the improved play and move above the .500 mark.
After a loss to the Cleveland Browns filled with turnovers and mistakes, the Colts pulled out a narrow victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. They enter a game against the Lions, winners of two straight, with multiple questions looming. It’s a good spot for quarterback Matthew Stafford and company on their home field as small underdogs to get the job done and win outright.
Chicago Bears (+4) vs New Orleans Saints
Although I believe the New Orleans Saints are going to be a fairly popular pick, and there are reasons to have a legitimate concern about the Chicago Bears defense, I expect this group to right the ship after a tough road loss. The Bears return home, where they’re 2-1, and I expect we see a bit of a defensive battle that keeps the game close.
One concern here is the obvious fact that the Saints are playing well of late, winning three straight following a slow start to the season. They’ve also run through this recent win streak without star wide receiver Michael Thomas, jumping out to a 4-2 start to the year. On the other hand, the Bears are 5-2 with a few close victories and three wins over the rest of the Saints’ division.
This one could really go either way, but with defense likely taking center stage, I’m going to roll with the Bears to keep it within a field goal and possibly even pull off the win.
San Francisco 49ers (+3) vs Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks should and likely will be a popular pick. While it’s hard to bet against quarterback Russell Wilson and the talented Seattle roster, I do think we see this one stay close.
Even going beyond that, the 49ers and Seahawks seem to always play each other close, regardless of what’s at stake or where the matchup is.
Although the 49ers are just 4-3, they’ve posted a 3-0 road record, including a 33-6 victory over the New England Patriots in Foxborough in Week 7. The Seahawks are a tough out any week but are especially good at home. Seattle is 5-1 and 3-0 while playing on its home field.
Each of the last three matchups between San Francisco and Seattle has been decided by five or fewer points, with two of those games decided by just a field goal. Even if the Seahawks get the win, I’d happily take the 49ers with the points when making my NFL picks.
Taking these three picks on a parlay with a $100 wager pays out $713.24.