NFL Week 8 Recap: What We Learned

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Oct 04, 2017

A look, now, at some of the biggest NFL betting storylines eminating from Week 8, with all relevant sports betting information included:

How ‘Bout Them Cowboys? Don’t look now, but the Dallas Cowboys are back. A three-game winning streak has them right back in the thick of NFC East championship talks, something that wasn’t being bandied about when they were 2-2 after a 17-10 loss to Denver just a few weeks ago. Since then, the ‘Boys have easily covered their last two spreads (-5.5 over Atlanta last week and -10 over Seattle yesterday) and are putting up points with ease – all while Tony Romo continues to masterfully protect the football. Romo has now gone three games without throwing an interception and during that period has thrown 106 passes. More remarkable is that he’s thrown eight TDs and spreading the ball around while doing it – Roy Williams, Sam Hurd, Miles Austin and Jason Witten all have been getting their fair share of touches, something that wasn’t the case when Terrell Owens was in town. The Cowboys have a huge game next Sunday night against the Eagles which could put them atop the division. It promises to be a beauty.

Texas’ other team… Is the Houston Texans, who have quietly moved to 5-3 on the year and just continue to pile up points of their own. Since beind held to a woeful seven points against the Jets in the season opener, Houston has gone on a scoring spree and kept it rolling with 31 in Buffalo yesterday. Houston also continued to dominate against the spread, covering the -3 on the road – all told, the Texans are 2-0-1 ATS in their last three and should be a team to watch as they face divisional rivals Indianapolis next weekend.

Injury notes: We should start with the aforementioned Texans, as they’ve lost TE Owen Daniels for the year with a torn ACL. Daniels was a big part of Houston’s passing attack (averaging 65 receiving yards per game) and will be missed by signal-caller Matt Schaub…Jairus Byrd, Buffalo’s reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Month, left Sunday’s game with a groin injury, but has the bye week to get healthy. He’s arguably Buffalo’s best player on defense, so his presence will be needed…Carolina QB Jake Delhomme left Sunday’s game against Arizona with a chest injury, but says it “feels good” and should be back next week…Keep an eye on the satatus of Detroit Lions RB Keving Smith (shoulder) moving forward. The Lions were already without stud WR Calvin Johnson on Sunday and cannot afford to lose another integral part of their offense…Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester was also banged up during a 30-6 win over Cleveland on Sunday and is listed with a mild ankle sprain.