The NFL season is nearing its halfway point, and Week 8 will kickoff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travelling to Buffalo to take on the Bills on Thursday Night Football.
The Bills enter this game in search of an identity on offense, and wondering how they let three games slip away this early on in the season. In need of a win ahead of a daunting second half schedule, this is as close to a must-win game as a Week 8 contest can get.
The Buccaneers are playing with house money. No one expected them to be relevant in 2023, and yet here they are. While they are 3-3, they are just a half game behind the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. A win on Thursday combined with a Falcons loss would put them back on top.
How to watch Jaguars vs. Saints
Date: October 26, 2023
Where: Highmark Stadium
Kickoff: 8:15 EST
TV channel: Prime Video
Live stream: Prime Video App
Odds and predictions for Jaguars vs. Saints
Point spread: Bills -9
Moneyline: Bills -440, Buccaneers +340
Pick against the spread
Even with their recent struggles, the Bills are still third in the league in EPA/play and second in success rate. I expect to see a lot of Dalton Kincaid after by far his most productive game as a pro last week, and in light of the injury to Dawson Knox. The Buccaneers have been a fun story, but they struggle against good defenses. Neither team has been great at covering the spread this season, with Buffalo at 3-4 against the number and the Buccaneers at 3-3. I don’t expect a ton of points to be scored on Tampa’s end, and the Bills will be looking to make a statement after the loss to the Patriots.
The pick: Bills -9
The Buccaneers are 1-5 when it comes to hitting the over, which is tied for the worst record in the league. However, with the number set at 43.5, and the expectation being the Bills will put up a respectable amount of points, I’ll take the over in a 27-17 Bills win.
The pick: Over 43.5 points
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.