If you're the type of person who's already interested in the line for the Week 8 game between the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers -- and, let's face it; you're on Shutdown Corner on a Wednesday afternoon four months from the start of the season, so we know the answer -- then you may want to clear the next 20 minutes.
Cantor Gaming, a company that runs a number of Las Vegas sportsbooks, has released lines for every NFL game through Week 16 of the 2012 NFL season. Want to bet on the Lions-49ers rematch? Hoping to get on the RGIII bandwagon early? Eager to throw some money on your favorite team to win after their bye week? Desperate to find another way to lose your paycheck in Vegas? You're in luck, my degenerate friends.
What do the odds show? Vegas loves the Philadelphia Eagles, has no idea what to do with Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos, wavers on the decimated New Orleans Saints and is fairly certain how Mike Mularkey's first season in Jacksonville is going to go. The season spreads contain few surprises -- the Indianapolis Colts are expected to be bad, the Green Bay Packers are expected to be good -- but are a good way to kill some time during the NFL's May doldrums.
A week-by-week selection of the most interesting lines (via Covers.com):
Detroit Lions (+3.5) at San Francisco 49ers
New York Giants (PK) at Carolina Panthers
New York Giants (+4) at Philadelphia Eagles
Green Bay Packers (+9.5) at Indianapolis Colts
Denver Broncos (+2.5) at San Diego Chargers
New York Jets (+8) at New England Patriots
Jacksonville Jaguars (+14) at Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at New York Giants
Denver Broncos (PK) at Carolina Panthers
Indianapolis Colts (+14) at New England Patriots
Carolina Panthers (+7) at Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles (-1) at Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints (+2.5) at New York Giants
Green Bay Packers (-3) at Chicago Bears
New Orleans Saints (-1) at Dallas Cowboys
The Hard Rock, Palms, Venetian and M Resort are among the casinos taking action on individual games from now until the start of the season.