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Week 8 football point spread: Browns vs. Rams, Colts vs. Panthers

The review of the odds and point spread on the Week 8 football games continue with the Cleveland Browns vs. St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts vs. the Carolina Panthers.

Week 8 football point spread: Browns vs. Rams, Colts vs. Panthers Will the St. Louis Rams (0-7) extend the losing streak by one more game when they welcome the Cleveland Browns (3-3) this week? Apparently so, according to the odds makers. At Bookmaker the Browns are still favorite with odds on winning the game set at -165 and the Rams will be underdog yet another weekend with odds +145. The point spread for the Cleveland Browns vs. St. Louis Rams game is favoring the Browns -3 points at Bodog Sports with the total sitting at 45 points. Cleveland is 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 games and St. Louis is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games. The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games.

 The browns offense has shaped up to a top-tier this season, ranking 4th in the league by points scored with 27.8 per game and 7h in total offense with 354.5 yards on average each game. This offense will have an easy job this weekend, matching up against the Rams defense with 330.7 yards allowed per game. If the Browns would like to keep the playoff dream, however, their defense needs a lot of work, sitting at the bottom, and allowing 30.5 points and 412 yards per game. The shaky Cleveland defense shouldn't have too hard of a time against the Rams, but in the future could rob them of many victories, if not repaired. Cleveland should be able to cover the 3 point spread, even if riding the game on offense only.

 The Indianapolis Colts (6-0) will meet a though opponent in Week 8 when they visit the Carolina Panthers (4-2) on Sunday. All odds makers are betting on the Colts to continue their winning streak without a hitch, listed favorite at Bookmaker with odds -275 and the Panthers are with odds +235 on winning the game. The point spread on the Indianapolis Colts vs. Carolina Panthers is posted at -6.5 points chalk the Colts with total at 44.5 points. Indianapolis is 8-2 against the spread in its last 10 games, but only 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road. Carolina is 6-2 against the spread in its last 8 games.

 Who will start as quarterback for the Panthers is still unknown. David Carr practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but coach John Fox is still holding off a decision. If Carr, who was injured against the Saints, is unable to play on Sunday, Vinny Testaverde will take the spot. LBs Adam Seward and Dan Morgan missed practice yesterday, but the good news for the Carolina fans is that running back DeShaun Foster did a full practice on Thursday and will likely start against the Colts. Indianapolis have more problems - wide receivers Aaron Moorehead and Marvin Harrison missed Thursday practice, and so did LB Victor Worsley and Freddy Keiaho had a limited one.

 Published on 10/26/2007

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