NFL Football Power Rankings Week 8: Cats are So Hot Right Now

Feline-Themed Teams Shift the NFL Playoffs Futures Odds

Show us a cat-themed parlay from NFL Week 8 and we’ll show you a bettor that got rich. All four felines: the Jaguars, Lions, Bengals, and Panthers, won their matchups. The former two are now atop our weekly odds-based NFL power rankings. The latter two pulled off upsets. And while Carolina still sits at the bottom, spoiler alert, it finally won. If they keep this up, the NFL playoffs futures odds will see some movement.

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NFL Teams on How Rich (or Poor) They’ve Made You

Eight weeks in the books, and our weekly power rankings see another scrambling thanks to several upsets. Underdogs only went 4-12 on the moneyline but 8-8 against the spread (ATS). But two of these took down a pair of teams from the top tier, while another fell after failing to cover. It was a good week for folks who went with dogs on their NFL picks and parlays.

Top Tier: Money Trains

That did not last long. Kansas City and Pittsburgh, last week’s top two teams, fell off after taking ‘L’s this past week. Now, we have a trio of 6-2 teams fighting for the top: Jacksonville, Detroit, and Miami. The Jaguars get the edge, thanks to their upset over Buffalo. Philadelphia was hard to place as the team with the best record on the moneyline, is just 4-2-2 ATS.

  • Jaguars logo Jacksonville Jaguars (6-2; 6-2 ATS)
  • Lions logo Detroit Lions (6-2; 6-2 ATS)
  • Dolphins logo Miami Dolphins (6-2; 6-2 ATS)
  • Eagles logo Philadelphia Eagles (7-1; 4-2-2 ATS)

Upper Tier: Makin’ Money, Sometimes Sweatin’ It

Baltimore and Kansas City remain the best teams in the AFC based on their NFL conference futures odds. But the former was the subject of our weekly ‘Bad Beat’ article, and the latter got shut down by Denver. Watch out for the Bengals at #11 as this team continues to climb our tier list.

  • Ravens logo Baltimore Ravens (6-2; 5-3 ATS)
  • Chiefs logo Kansas City Chiefs (6-2; 5-3 ATS)
  • Cowboys logo Dallas Cowboys (5-2; 5-2 ATS)
  • Steelers logo Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3; 4-3 ATS)
  • Seahawks logo Seattle Seahawks (5-2; 4-2-1 ATS)
  • 49ers logo San Francisco 49ers (5-3; 5-3 ATS)
  • Bengals logo Cincinnati Bengals (4-3; 3-3-1 ATS)
  • Browns logo Cleveland Browns (4-3; 3-3-1 ATS)

Underdog Tier: Dogs Can Make Money

This is where moneyline bettors can make loot (mostly). Minnesota, in particular, has delivered as an underdog. With Kirk Cousins now injured, expect the Vikings to continue getting dog odds. The Cardinals return here after pulling off quite the backdoor cover. Though at 1-7, we can’t recommend betting too much on this team, especially on the NFL playoffs futures odds.

  • Jets logo New York Jets (4-3; 4-2-1 ATS)
  • Vikings logo Minnesota Vikings (4-4; 4-3-1 ATS)
  • Titans logo Tennessee Titans (3-4; 4-3 ATS)
  • Buccaneers logo Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4; 4-3 ATS)
  • Texans logo Houston Texans (3-4; 4-3 ATS)
  • Colts logo Indianapolis Colts (3-5; 4-4 ATS)
  • Rams logo Los Angeles Rams (3-5; 4-3-1 ATS)
  • Cardinals logo Arizona Cardinals (1-7; 4-4 ATS)

Danger Tier: Highway to the Danger Zone?

These teams don’t have a lot in common. Some are on losing skids, and some have been winning. But one look at those spread records, and you’ll see why they’re here. Most teams here should also have minus lines on the NFL playoffs futures odds. But as far as spread betting, they’re fade material.

  • Bills logo Buffalo Bills (5-3; 3-5 ATS)
  • Chargers logo Los Angeles Chargers (3-4; 3-4 ATS)
  • Falcons logo Atlanta Falcons (4-4; 2-6 ATS)
  • Commanders logo Washington Commanders (3-5; 3-4-1 ATS)
  • Saints logo New Orleans Saints (4-4; 2-5-1 ATS)
  • Raiders logo Las Vegas Raiders (3-5; 3-5 ATS)
  • Packers logo Green Bay Packers (2-5; 3-4 ATS)

Worst Tier: Escaping Fade City

Three of the five teams on here won in Week 8. Unfortunately, they have a lot of work to do to move up a tier. These teams could still make for a lucrative bet if you fade them. The Giants, in particular, are also cold (or hot) on over under betting: all but one of their games have gone over.

  • Giants logo New York Giants (2-6; 2-5-1 ATS)
  • Bears logo Chicago Bears (2-6; 2-5-1 ATS)
  • Broncos logo Denver Broncos (3-5; 2-5-1 ATS)
  • Patriots logo New England Patriots (2-6; 2-6 ATS)
  • Panthers logo Carolina Panthers (1-6; 1-5-1 ATS)

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