NFL Week 8 betting and fantasy live updates: Weather leads to major line movement in three games, plus more

Week 8 will go a long way in helping us make more sense of both the NFC and AFC playoff pictures. The big AFC matchup pits the Steelers and Ravens in a game that should be its usual slugfest. The slate also features the debut of Tua Tagovailoa in Miami, a game with definite playoff implications between the Browns and Raiders and plenty more. And don't forget the Seahawks and 49ers doing battle to stay alive in the competitive NFC West while the Eagles and Cowboys try to take reigns of the not-so-competitive NFC East.

We're here to track all the betting and fantasy angles you need to know in the run up to kickoff of the Sunday slate, including line movements, injury updates, inactive lists, depth chart news, the buzz on the betting market, key information from our partners at William Hill Sportsbook and plenty more.

Here's a look at the NFL odds for each Week 8 game as of Sunday afternoon (12:45 p.m. ET):

Raiders at Browns (-1), O/U 47.5
Colts (-3.5) at Bengals, O/U 49
Steelers at Ravens (-4), O/U 44
Patriots at Bills (-4), O/U 41
Jets at Chiefs (-19.5), O/U 49
Vikings at Packers (-5.5), O/U 48
Rams (-3.5) at Dolphins, O/U 46.5
Titans (-7) at Bengals, O/U 49
Chargers (-3) at Broncos, O/U 44.5
Saints (-5.5) at Bears, O/U 41
49ers at Seahawks (-1), O/U 54.5
Cowboys at Eagles (-10.5), O/U 42.5
Buccaneers (-12.5) at Giants, O/U 45

Before you get to the latest buzz, let's make sure you have all the right tools to dominate Week 8:

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49ers-Seahawks approaching pick'em

There's been some serious money flowing in the direction of the 49ers, which has driven what originally was a field goal gap to begin the day to Seattle -1. As we mentioned earlier, San Francisco is coming into this contest on a two-game winning streak and are looking to keep pace in the NFC West against a Seahawks team that came be had through the air. Chris Carson and Jamal Adams will also be game-time decisions for Seattle. 

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Confidence building for Tua's debut?

While the spread has held true at Los Angeles -3.5, the total for Rams-Dolphins has slowly built throughout the morning. The day began with it at 45 and has since bumped all the way to 46.5 with just over 30 minutes until kickoff. Miami will be trotting out first-round rookie Tua Tagovailoa for his first career start and bettors may be looking at a possible strong debut to drive that number Over. 

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Steelers-Ravens total dips

Along with Baltimore falling a half-point to make this spread Ravens -3.5, the total has taken a serious dive, falling to 44 after starting Sunday at 46. That's likely thanks to the heavy rain the Baltimore area is getting around kickoff. You could point to the weather along with Baltimore officially not having Mark Ingram for this contest as contributing factors as to why this total has started to fall. 

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Browns inactives: No Teller or Hooper

Inactives: WR Taywan Taylor, LB Jacob Phillips, G Wyatt Teller, TE Austin Hooper, DE Joe Jackson

If you haven't heard of Wyatt Teller now is the time to familiarize yourself with him. He's been arguably one of the NFL's best offensive linemen this season and was trending toward all-pro honors before the injury. This is a big loss for the Browns offense this week. Fantasy breakout TE Harrison Bryant will start again in place of Hooper who misses his second game.

November 1, 2020, 5:14 PM
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Jets inactives: Receiver extremely thin

Inactives: WR Jamison Crowder, WR Breshad Perriman, K Sam Ficken, Blake Cashman, Cam Clark, James Morgan, Jimmy Murray

New York officially listed Jamison Crowder as doubtful for this matchup with Kansas City so it's no surprise to see him inactive today. His absence along with Breshad Perriman means that the Jets will be extremely thin at receiver as Sam Darnold tries to keep pace with the defending Super Bowl champions. 

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Ravens inactives: Is it time for the JK breakout?

Inactives: RB Mark Ingram, QB Trace McSorley, DE Jihad Ward, OL Trystan Colon-Castillo, OL Ben Bredeson, DT Justin Ellis, DT Broderick Washington

With Mark Ingram (ankle) out, could it be just what the doctor ordered for a breakout game from rookie RB J.K. Dobbins? Let's temper expectations against the vaunted Steelers run defense, but Dobbins has the talent matched with a perfect fit for Baltimore's blocking scheme to make him a potential breakout candidate against any defense if he gets the proper volume. While there's no guarantee he'll see an uptick in touches, the Ravens have had extra time to prepare for this and Dobbins could be a much bigger factor in their game plan without Ingram.

November 1, 2020, 5:08 PM
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Steelers inactives: Mike Hilton to miss another game

Inactives: QB Josh Dobbs, DB Mike Hilton, S Jordan Dangerfield, LB Ulysees Gilbert III, DT Carlos Davis, T Derwin Gray, TE Zach Gentry

Pittsburgh already ruled out Dangerfield and Gilbert on Friday, but did list Hilton as questionable. The team has since made him inactive, meaning he'll miss his second consecutive game due to a shoulder injury. Hilton was able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday, but the Steelers appear to be taking it slow with the corner. Gilbert is another big loss as he was taking reps at inside linebacker to try and cushion the blow of losing Devin Bush for the season. Robert Spillane will now start at the spot.  

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Raiders inactives: Still no Edwards or Brown

Inactives: RT Trent Brown, WR Bryan Edwards, QB Marcus Mariota, DE Arden Key, WR Rico Gafford, S Dallin Leavitt

The Raiders were hoping to get back rookie WR Bryan Edwards, a star of training camp, but he will miss another week as the offense leans on newly-appointed No. 1 WR Nelson Agholor. Perhaps more importantly, the Raiders will be without one of the NFL's best right tackles (Trent Brown) for a second consecutive game.

November 1, 2020, 5:04 PM
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Chiefs inactives: Saunders the notable surprise

Inactives: WR Sammy Watkins, RB DeAndre Washington, LB Darius Harris, DE Demone Harris, OT Mitchell Schwartz, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, DT Khalen Saunders

While Kansas City not having Sammy Watkins and Mitchell Schwartz for this game is a big blow, it's not totally surprising given the injuries they've been dealing with this season. As for Saunders, the defensive tackle is a bit of a surprise inactive. With knowledge that he's been dealing with an elbow injury for most of the season, the Chiefs are likely playing it safe with Saunders and holding him out against an opponent they should beat rather easily.  

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Lions inactives: Taylor Decker good to go

Inactives: QB David Blough, CB Desmond Trufant, CB Mike Ford, OL Logan Stenberg, WR Quintez Cephus 

Detroit will have starting left tackle Taylor Decker ready to go against the Colts today after officially being listed as questionable due to a shoulder injury. Decker currently ranks as the 13th highest-graded tackle in the NFL this season, according to Pro Football Focus, and has yet to give up a sack. While the Lions will be happy to see Decker, they won't have corner Desmond Trufant for the third straight game. 

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Rams inactives: Tyler Higbee returns

Inactives: RB Raymond Calais, C Brian Allen, TE Brycen Hopkins, DL A'Shawn Robinson, WR Trishton Jackson

Higbee returns to the lineup after missing two games for the Rams. Up until now, Higbee has been arguably fantasy's biggest TE bust after finishing the 2019 season on a tear. He got rolling in the second half last year, so let's see if he can pull that back together now.

November 1, 2020, 4:56 PM
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Colts inactives: Ryan Kelly and Mo Alie-Cox active

Inactives: DE Ron'Dell Carter, QB Jacob Eason, WR Dezmon Patmon, CB Tremon Smith, TE Noah Togiai 

Indy will have both tight end Mo Alie-Cox and center Ryan Kelly for this matchup after officially being listed as questionable. Alie-Cox getting back into the fold will cut into Jack Doyle and Trey Burton's effectiveness against Detroit. On the year, the tight end has 11 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns. The Colts will also have rookie receiver Michael Pittman Jr. back after missing the last three games. 

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Dolphins inactives: Perry active for the first time

Inactives: RB/WR Lynn Bowden Jr., RB Salvon Ahmed, FB Chandler Cox, CB Jamal Perry, RB Jordan Howard, DE Jason Strowbridge

There are no surprises here for Tua's first NFL start, but former Navy star Malcolm Berry is active for the first time. He's dynamic with the ball in his hands so it will be interesting to see if he gets any snaps on offense.

November 1, 2020, 4:50 PM
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Packers inactives: David Bakhtiari out 

Inactives: QB Jordan Love, CB Kevin King, S Raven Greene, RB Aaron Jones, LB Randy Ramsey, T David Bakhtiari, DL Billy Winn

Aaron Rodgers won't have his starting left tackle when he squares off against the Vikings as the Packers have ruled David Bakhtiari out. The veteran left tackle was limited in practice all week due to a chest injury and was officially listed as questionable. The team ruled running back Aaron Jones out on Friday, which means Jamaal Williams will see plenty of looks today. Kicker Mason Crosby -- who was questionable due to a left calf and back injury -- is active.

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Bengals inactives: O-line in big trouble

Inactives: WR John Ross, HB Joe Mixon, LG Michael Jordan, RT Bobby Hart, C Trey Hopkins, LT Jonah Williams, K Austin Seibert

Cincinnati will be without four of its five starting offensive linemen as they take on the Titans after Jordan, Hart, Hopkins and Williams have all been listed as inactive for Week 8. That means Joe Burrow will need to get the ball out of his hands quickly or face a pounding against a solid Tennesse front seven. Joe Mixon was ruled out on Friday, paving the way for Gio Bernard to see significant work in the backfield. 

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Vikings inactives: Dalvin Cook to play

Inactives: CB Holton Hill, WR Dan Chisena, WR Tajae Sharpe, CB Chris Jones, S Curtis Riley, DE Jordan Brailford, OL Oli Udoh

Minnesota is getting good news surrounding star running back Dalvin Cook, who is active today against the Packers. Cook was officially listed as questionable on Friday due to a groin injury that has plagued him over the last few weeks but was a full participant in Friday's practice which pointed to this eventual outcome. Cook rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers back in Week 1. 

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Titans inactives: No surprises

Inactives: CB Tye Smith, DB Dane Cruikshank, C Daniel Munyer, OLB Derick Roberson, T Isaiah Wilson, TE Geoff Swaim, DL Matt Dickerson

Once again, the Titans enter this game relatively healthy. First-round pick OT Isaiah Wilson continues to miss action but other than that they are locked and loaded -- ready to roll against a Bengals defense that has surrendered both yards and points at will. This is an ideal matchup for all Titans skill players in fantasy.

November 1, 2020, 4:41 PM
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Bills inactives: Micah Hyde, Butler down

Inactives: QB Jake Fromm, RB T.J. Yeldon, S Micah Hyde, T Cody Ford, DE A.J. Epenesa, CB Josh Norman, DT Vernon Butler.

After not practicing all week due to a concussion, the Bills held out hope that safety Micah Hyde would clear concussion protocol for this matchup with New England, listing him as questionable. The veteran couldn't give it a go, however, and will be sidelined for Week 8. Defensive tackle missed both Thursday and Friday's practice due to a groin injury and will be put on the shelf or this game. 

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Patriots inactives: Key pieces sidelined

Inactives: DL Carl Davis, WR N'Keal Harry, TE Devin Asiasi, FS Kyle Dugger, CB Stephon Gilmore, QB Brian Hoyer, TE Dalton Keene. 

Along with this group above, New England will be without No. 1 receiver Julian Edelman, who landed on IR this week due to a knee injury. The weapons for Cam Newton will be especially thin when also factoring in Harry's absence along with both rookie tight ends being sidelined. Ryan Izzo will likely take the majority of snaps at tight end for the Patriots. On the defensive side, Stephon Gilmore was ruled out on Saturday and J.C. Jackson will take his place at corner. 

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Seattle drops below field goal favorite

Momentum is in the direction of the San Francisco 49ers as they are now looked at as just a 2.5 point underdog to the Seattle Seahawks. The Niners have been sharp in their previous two contests, winning decisively against the Rams and Patriots. With Seattle's secondary still an Achilles heel to Pete Carroll's club, bettors seemingly were more than happy gaining a field goal advantage with the 49ers. Now, that it's dipped below, it'll be curious to see how much action floods in the Seahawks direction. 

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Weather driving totals down

Poor weather being forecasted for a number of games this afternoon is having bettors flying to the Under. Specifically, Raiders-Browns and Vikings-Packers have seen the most movement. With winds expected to be between 20 and 30 mph at Lambeau Field, the O/U total for GB-MIN has dropped two full points after starting Sunday at 50. As for LV-CLE, that game has dropped to an O/U total of 47 after starting the day at 49.5. Along with a few showers, winds are expected to be around 32 mph at kickoff and stay around that severity throughout the game.  

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Packers maintain interest in Fuller

If a blockbuster trade deadline deal that drastically shifts the fantasy football landscape goes down, it will most likely involve Texans WR Will Fuller. A popular mid-round sleeper pick this offseason that was often overlooked due to his injury history, Fuller has lived up to the draft hype posting WR1 numbers despite being drafted in the WR2/3 range. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Packers remain interested in making a deadline trade for Fuller to add to Aaron Rodgers' arsenal. A move to Green Bay might be a negative for Fuller's outlook as he moves to the rugged, often windy outdoors in Wisconsin's winter -- getting away from the excellent rapport he has developed over the years with Deshaun Watson -- but it would be excellent for Rodgers who would then solidify himself as a QB1 for the back-half regular season and playoffs.

November 1, 2020, 3:51 PM
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Ingram now at risk of also missing Week 9

When Mark Ingram was designated with an ankle sprain, the thought was that he was dealing with more of a low-ankle sprain than a high-ankle sprain, the latter of which leads to a multi-week absence. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that may no longer be the case. Ingram will miss Week 8 against the Steelers and is now expected to miss Week 9 (and maybe be out longer). Gus Edwards saw the lion's share of carries with Ingram sidelined, but the Ravens used high draft capital on rookie RB J.K. Dobbins for a reason -- he's a cookie-cutter perfect fit for their blocking scheme and incredibly talented. Run -- don't walk -- to your waiver wire to make sure Dobbins isn't there in your fantasy leagues. If he is, add him now before the kickoff of the early slate and stash him. He could be fantasy's second-half breakout star if the Ingram injury lingers.

November 1, 2020, 3:38 PM
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Chargers line falls to key number

After starting Sunday morning at Chargers -3.5, the spread has since dipped back down to Chargers -3. While some may be fine giving a field goal to Denver while looking for rookie quarterback Justin Herbert to stay hot, there may be some bettors who look at Philip Lindsay excepting to play to be a difference and lean on the home dogs. L.A. is a middle of the road defense against the run, allowing 4.5 yards per carry. 

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Packers line drops a half-point

William Hill has Green Bay now giving up just six points to the Vikings, which is the lowest this number has been since it opened at Packers -7.5. Given that the total also dropped an entire point to 49, it will be interesting to monitor the spread and see if the Packers will get under that six-point threshold or pop back over a touchdown difference. The positive news surrounding Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (groin, questionable), who is expected to suit up today, may be what is partially moving the needle for Minnesota along with poor weather in the forecast at Lambeau Field. 

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Weather a factor for Raiders-Browns

On the eve of Week 8's Sunday slate, the Browns were surrendering 2.5 points to the Raiders, but that has now shifted to nearly a pick'em. The spread now sits at Cleveland -1. On top of that, the Over/Under total dropped a point and a half to 48 to start the day on Sunday. This could primarily be looked at as a response to the weather in Cleveland, where there is said to be a mix of rain and snow with winds between 25 and 35 mph. That certainly could keep the total down. 

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TE injuries to know

Mo Allie-Cox was looking like a nice sleeper (really any tight end who plays with Philip Rivers is) but injuries have slowed that momentum and he is questionable. Tyler Higbee is once again questionable after missing Week 7 and he has been one of the position's biggest disappointments. The Eagles return Dallas Goedert to the mix and he could immediately rise to TE1 status with Zach Ertz on IR.

October 31, 2020, 11:47 PM
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WR injuries to know

Who is Cam Newton going to throw to? Both K'Neal Harry and Julian Edelman have been ruled OUT for this game. Yikes. Bryan Edwards is questionable but expected to suit up and he's someone to stash in deeper leagues after tearing up training camp before battling an in-season injury early this year. The Jets will be without Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder is doubtful while the Chiefs will move ahead another week minus Sammy Watkins.

Tim Patrick has been a nice surprise in Denver, and in deeper PPR leagues, but he is listed as questionable and will potentially be a gametime decision. The Saints will once again be without Michael Thomas but also Marquez Calloway who came on strong last week and was considered a nice dynasty stash. Allen Robinson has cleared concussion protocol and will play vs. the Saints.

The 49ers will be without Deebo Samuel (who they placed on IR). The Eagles will still be missing Alshon Jeffery, and now Desean Jackson too, but they return first-round pick Jalen Reagor to the lineup.

October 31, 2020, 11:45 PM
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RB injuries to know

For a second straight week, Joe Mixon has been ruled OUT for the Bengals and Gio Bernard is expected to get the lion's share of touches in that backfield. Rounding out the list of borderline first-round fantasy football RBs to miss Week 8 are Miles Sanders and Aaron Jones. Both Sanders and Jones will miss their second consecutive games. Look for Boston Scott to get the majority of touches for the Eagles but his passing game role may disappear a bit as Philadelphia welcomes back Dallas Goedert and Jalen Reagor. Jamal Williams will lead the backfield in Green Bay but rookie A.J. Dillon should see some touches as well in a game that could lean toward a run-heavy game script with heavy winds.

October 31, 2020, 11:33 PM
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QB injuries to know

Andy Dalton has been ruled out so that mean Ben DiNucci will get his first career start for the Cowboys. After being listed as questionable but playing last week, Sam Darnold no long carries an injury designation.

October 31, 2020, 11:29 PM
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