BlackJack’s Early Bird Special: Packers-Rams Week 8 Spread Is Way Off

Oct 23, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

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  • The Green Bay Packers are anywhere from 8.5- to 10-point underdogs in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Rams.
  • Can you trust Aaron Rodgers & Co. in this spot?

Week 8 of the NFL season brings us one of the most interesting spreads of the season.

The Los Angeles Rams — aka the most complete team in football — have rolled to a 7-0 start. Their offense scores at will, RB Todd Gurley is an MVP candidate and their defense — behind new additions Marcus Peters and Ndamukong Suh — doesn’t give you much wiggle room.

Week 8 finds them at home as anywhere from 8.5- to 10-point favorites against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Sound right?

Not quite.

Yes, the Packers defense has not been very good — and Rodgers has been hobbled by a knee injury suffered in Week 1 against the Bears — but this line is too damn high. (In fact, this is the biggest underdog Rodgers has ever been in his career.)

Even if you think the Rams will win (likely), even if you think the Rams will control the game (also likely), giving Rodgers that many points is a recipe for disaster.

The man simply does not quit. He does not relent. He does not surrender. By laying this number you are begging for a back-breaking backdoor loss.

The best part is you can still get this line at +10 at some books. But be sure to jump on it quickly, because it is already falling to +8.5 at others (which I still like).

As great as the Rams are, I love getting Rodgers in this spot off a bye. Take the Packers and don’t wait.

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