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|02-03-19||Patriots -2 v. Rams||Top||13-3||Win||100||30 h 14 m||Show|
Patriots 30 Rams 24
The Patriots rush defense has been phenomenal in both playoff games giving up just 30 yards on average and that will stymie the Rams attack. Look for the Patriots to open the game up after having success running the ball. Belichick and Brady prove too much for the young Rams.
Total Rushing Yards by Patriots: (at Station Casinos)
Over 123.5 (-120)
The Patriots have their running games going as of late and Sony Michel has been the primary beneficiary, rushing for 242 yards and five touchdowns on 53 carries in two postseason games. I look for Coach Belichick to move the chains on the ground enough to get this prop over with two other capably running backs in White and Burkhead.
Total Receiving Yards by: Julian Edelman (NE) (at Westgate SB)
Over 79.5 (-110)
Edelman had 13 targets and nine receptions for 151 yards in the divisional round and had 10 targets with seven receptions for 96 yards in the AFC Championship. Look for Brady to go to him early and often with him being a big part of the game plan.
Total points by: Stephen Gostkowski (NE) (at Westgate SB)
Over 8.5 (-110)
I expect the Patriots to score at least three touchdowns (3 extra points) and two or three field goals (6 to 9 points) to get the Patriots kicker over his point’s total.
|01-13-19||Eagles v. Saints -8||Top||14-20||Loss||-105||29 h 18 m||Show|
Saints – 8
The lowest point in the Philadelphia Eagles' season also provided the inspiration to turn it around. After their postseason plans were put in peril following a lopsided loss in New Orleans, the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles look to exact revenge against the host Saints on Sunday and become the first No. 6 seed to reach the conference championship since 2010.
"That game has helped us become the team we are today," Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles said of the 48-7 shellacking in Week 11. "Going through that, that's not easy as a team to lose like that.
The Eagles won five of their last six games to squeeze into the playoffs, and Foles helped lead the team to its fourth straight victory overall by throwing for 266 yards and two touchdowns in a 16-15 decision at Chicago on Sunday.
New Orleans' starters have been well-rested for quite some time. Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees, who shattered his own NFL record for completion percentage in a season (74.4), finished close to that number on Nov. 18 after completing 22 of 30 passes for 363 yards with four touchdowns against the Eagles.
New Orleans enjoyed a plus-8 turnover ratio this season while Philadelphia finished minus-6 in that department. That can come into play in this game with the Saints having the edge.
New Orleans has won six consecutive postseason games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Eagles are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games on fieldturf and Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings vs. the Saints.
Saints are 25-6 ATS in their last 31 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Bottom line here is I’m willing to lay the points with quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints at home.
|01-13-19||Chargers +4 v. Patriots||Top||28-41||Loss||-101||26 h 44 m||Show|
Chargers + 4
Having set the bar so high since the arrival of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, even an average season by the New England Patriots was enough to earn a 10th consecutive AFC East title and a first-round bye in the playoffs. Seeking a ninth Super Bowl appearance in 18 years, the Patriots kick off their postseason by hosting the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Los Angeles is the No. 5 seed, it had a better record than the Patriots and turned in an impressive performance by holding off a late rally in a 23-17 road win at Baltimore last week.
Philip Rivers has had one of his best seasons, tossing 32 TD passes and matching his career high with a 105.5 quarterback rating.
Keenan Allen had 97 receptions to lead a deep, talented receiving corps that could see the return of tight end Hunter Henry, who tore an ACL in May but practiced fully Wednesday and Thursday. Defensive ends Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa lead a unit that registered seven sacks last week and ranked ninth against the pass this season (227.9 yards).
The Patriots’ defense yields lots of yardage, ranking 21st (359.1) per game.
It’s very tough to bet against the Patriots at home any week let alone in the playoffs but the Chargers have the recipe to make it happen. Take the points and a little on the money line!
|01-12-19||Cowboys +7.5 v. Rams||Top||22-30||Loss||-119||9 h 54 m||Show|
Cowboys + 7.5
Star running backs will be entrenched in the spotlight on Saturday as two-time league rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys visit the defending NFL Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley and the Rams in an NFC divisional round playoff game at the Los Angeles.
Elliott, who had a league-best 1,434 rushing yards this season, added 137 more and scored a touchdown in Dallas' 24-22 win over Seattle last weekend.
The 23-year-old Elliott will bid to become the fourth player in NFL history to record three consecutive postseason games with at least 125 rushing yards when he squares off against Los Angeles, which has been gashed for a league-worst 5.1 yards per rush.
Gurley finished with 1,251 rushing yards and NFL-best 21 total touchdowns despite sitting out the Rams' final two games because of knee inflammation and soreness. The 24-year-old will need to overcome the injury as well as a Cowboys' rush defense that permitted an NFL fifth-best 3.8 yards per carry and limited the Seahawks' run-heavy offense to just 3.0 yards per rush.
Cowboys are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NFC. Rams are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 playoff games.
Feeling here is the Cowboys hang tough all game and get the cover.
|01-12-19||Colts +5 v. Chiefs||Top||13-31||Loss||-103||5 h 15 m||Show|
Colts + 5
History does not favor the Kansas City Chiefs entering Saturday's AFC divisional round matchup versus the sixth-seeded Indianapolis Colts, but that does not concern the overwhelming favorite for league MVP honors. Second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL's most prolific offense as the top-seeded Chiefs look to secure only their second win in 12 playoff appearances since 1994.
Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck finished second to Mahomes with 39 scoring passes after missing the entire 2017 season.
Indianapolis overcame a 1-5 start by winning nine of its last 10 regular-season games and carried the momentum into the playoffs by knocking off No. 3 seed Houston 21-7 as Luck threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes to stake his team to a 21-point lead.
Running back Marlon Mack did the bulk of the heavy lifting by rushing for 148 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, his fifth 100-yard effort in 11 games. Dontrelle Inman has caught a scoring pass in each of the last three games, giving Luck another target opposite top wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who had five catches for 85 yards last week after amassing 1,270 yards during the regular season.
The Colts' defense allowed a league-low 16.4 points over the final 10 weeks of the regular season.
Indianapolis allowed the fewest sacks in the league with 18.
I’m going with the more complete team in the Colts.
|01-06-19||Eagles +7 v. Bears||Top||16-15||Win||100||51 h 58 m||Show|
The Chicago Bears opened the door for the Philadelphia Eagles to defend their Super Bowl crown with a suffocating performance against Minnesota in the regular-season finale. The third-seeded Bears bid to shut that door just as swiftly on Sunday when they host the sixth-seeded Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago in an NFC wild-card game.
Quarterback Nick Foles thrived under that glaring spotlight last season, guiding the "underdog" -- albeit top-ranked -- Eagles to three straight wins while securing Super Bowl MVP honors for himself in the process. The 29-year-old Foles (ribs) participated fully in Thursday's practice for Philadelphia, which returns to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since the 2009-10 seasons and bids to become the first repeat Super Bowl champion since the 2003-04 New England Patriots.
Pro Bowler Zach Ertz set an NFL record this season for catches (116) by a tight end to go along with a career-best 1,163 receiving yards.
Philadelphia Pro Bowl DT Fletcher Cox notched three of his team-leading 10.5 sacks in Sunday's 24-0 win over Washington.
Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in January and are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 playoff road games. Bears are 15-40-1 ATS in their last 56 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game. Underdog is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings.
I see this being a very close game so take the points with Philly.
|01-06-19||Chargers +3 v. Ravens||Top||23-17||Win||100||47 h 23 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Chargers finished tied with the best record in the AFC but one loss over the final six games cost them a chance at the No. 1 overall seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Instead, the Chargers have to open the postseason on the road and will get a chance to avenge a Week 16 defeat when they visit the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The Ravens went 6-1 down the stretch after turning the offense over to rookie Lamar Jackson, who will become the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game.
Philip Rivers had one of the finest seasons of his 15-year career, posting a passer rating of 105.5 while throwing for 4,308 with 32 touchdowns versus 12 interceptions, but Baltimore picked him off twice and held him to a season-low 181 yards. Running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in Week 16 in his first game back after missing the previous three with an ankle injury, but he said this week that he feels much healthier entering the rematch. Keenan Allen is the favorite target of Rivers with 97 receptions for 1,196 yards and leads a talented receiving corps that could see the return of tight end Hunter Henry, sidelined since May with a torn ACL. Melvin Ingram, one of seven Chargers named to the Pro Bowl, and fellow defensive end Joey Bosa combined for 12.5 sacks for the NFL's No. 9 defense.
Jackson relied just as much on his legs as his arm since taking over for an injured Joe Flacco, but he threw for a season-high 204 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, who held him to a rushing low of 39 yards in his seven starts.
Rivers can become the fourth QB to post a passer rating of at least 115.0 in three straight playoff games and I’m backing him over rookie Lamar Jackson.
|01-05-19||Seahawks +2.5 v. Cowboys||Top||22-24||Win||100||31 h 34 m||Show|
Ezekiel Elliott was a busy man this season, as the Pro Bowl running back recorded a league-high 1,434 rushing yards and team-best 77 receptions to help the Dallas Cowboys punch their ticket to the playoffs for the third time in five years. After sitting out the regular-season finale, a well-rested Elliott is expected to carry the mail on Saturday as the fourth-seeded Cowboys host the fifth-seeded Seattle Seahawks in an NFC wild-card game.
While the Cowboys boast a 7-1 mark at AT&T Stadium and won seven of their last eight games overall, the Seahawks emerged victorious in six of their last seven contests to reach 10 wins and a playoff berth for the sixth time in Russell Wilson's seven seasons with the club. Wilson, who threw two of his NFL third-best 35 touchdown passes in Seattle's win over Dallas in Week 3.
Chris Carson (team-best 1,151 rushing yards) had a season-high 32 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown against Dallas, a performance that set the tone for what would become Seattle's top-ranked rushing offense (160.0 yards per game).
Seattle Pro Bowl LB Bobby Wagner had eight of his club-high 138 tackles against Dallas in Week 3.
Seattle recorded a league-best plus-15 turnover differential this season.
Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. Cowboys are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in January. Underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
I like QB Russell Wilson over Dak Prescott.
|01-05-19||Colts +1 v. Texans||Top||21-7||Win||100||27 h 54 m||Show|
The Houston Texans may have saved their season with an overtime win at Indianapolis in Week 4, but the Colts may have done the same by beating their AFC South rivals 10 weeks later to keep their playoff chances alive. The stakes will be considerably higher Saturday when the teams square off for the third time this season in the AFC wild card round in Houston.
The Texans prevented an 0-4 start to the season by outlasting the Colts 37-34 on Sept. 30, a victory that spurred a nine-game winning streak and a worst-to-first finish in the division. Indianapolis avenged that defeat and ended Houston's nine-game run with a 24-21 road victory on Dec. 9 to ignite a season-closing four-game winning streak that locked up the No. 6 seed and a third meeting with the Texans.
Andrew Luck finished with 4,593 yards and 39 touchdown passes while guiding Indianapolis to nine wins over its final 10 games. His favorite target is wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who has been battling an ankle injury but still has his fifth 1,000-yard season (1,270) and burned the Texans for nine catches and 199 yards in Week 14. Tight end Eric Ebron had a career-best 13 touchdown catches, including one in each matchup versus Houston, while Marlon Mack rushed for nine touchdowns and had four 100-yard outings in his last 10 games. Rookie Darius Leonard, the league leader with 163 tackles, heads a defense that did not allow 30 points over the final 10 games after surrendering at least 34 points in four of the first six contests.
Luck has passed for 2,776 yards and 23 touchdowns in 10 career games versus Houston. Hilton has 41 catches for 933 yards and seven touchdowns in seven games at NRG Stadium.
Colts are 6-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Texans are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Colts are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Houston.
I’m backing the Colts with the better coach and QB as my top play of the weekend.
|12-23-18||Chiefs v. Seahawks +2.5||Top||31-38||Win||100||8 h 29 m||Show|
The stakes will be high when the Seattle Seahawks host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night with major playoff seeding implications on the line. The Chiefs are trying to lock up the AFC West title and a first-round bye, while the Seahawks can clinch a postseason berth with a win and a loss by either Washington or Minnesota.
Both teams are looking to bounce back from disappointing losses that raised the stakes this week. The Chiefs appeared poised to clinch the division crown last week before the Los Angeles Chargers rallied from a 28-14 deficit in the final four minutes to post a 29-28 victory. The Seahawks suffered a stunning 26-23 overtime loss at San Francisco to snap their four-game winning streak and create pressure to win at least one of their final two games.
All six of Seattle’s losses have come by eight points or fewer, which is why a team that ranks ninth in the NFL in scoring offense and seventh in scoring defense is fighting to make the playoffs. Chris Carson, who rushed for a career-high 119 yards and a touchdown last week, leads the league’s top ground game, but Russell Wilson quietly has put together a great season with 3,025 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and six interceptions. Seattle’s once-dominant defense has been decimated by injuries but has forced 22 turnovers. Wilson has thrown 13 touchdown passes and two interceptions in six home contests.
Chiefs are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Seahawks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
I’ll take the home Seahawks in what should be the most entertaining game of the week!
|12-23-18||Bucs v. Cowboys -7||Top||20-27||Push||0||1 h 13 m||Show|
After laying an egg on the road, the Dallas Cowboys will try to clinch the NFC East at home when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Cowboys' five-game winning streak came to a crashing halt with a 23-0 loss at Indianapolis last Sunday, but the team remains in the driver's seat in the division and can sew it up in front of the home fans.
The Buccaneers' remote playoff hopes were dashed with back-to-back losses to New Orleans and Baltimore and they'll finish with a losing record for the seventh time in eight years. Tampa Bay had a season-low 241 total yards in last Sunday's 20-12 loss at Baltimore. I look for a lot of the same here vs. the Dallas defense.
The Cowboys are fourth in the NFL in scoring defense (19.2) and the Buccaneers are 30th (28.8).
The Cowboys are 11-1 at home against Tampa Bay. Cowboys get the win and cover.
|12-23-18||Giants v. Colts -9.5||Top||27-28||Loss||-109||1 h 12 m||Show|
The Indianapolis Colts are one of the hottest teams in the NFL but still have work to do to make the playoffs for the first time in four years, a quest that continues Sunday against the visiting New York Giants. Last week's 23-0 win over the Dallas Cowboys was the seventh win in the last eight contests for the Colts, who enter Week 16 two games out in the AFC South and right in the thick of the wild-card race.
The Colts rolled up 178 yards on the ground and limiting a red-hot Dallas offense to just 292 total yards. The Giants had won four of five and entertained thoughts of sneaking in the back end of the NFC playoffs before falling 17-0 to Tennessee last week. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (quadriceps) has missed two straight games and is out again.
Colts RB Marlon Mack ran for a career-high 139 yards and two TDs in the win over the Cowboys.
Giants are 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Colts are 32-14-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. Giants are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
I got the Colts in a blow-out.
|12-23-18||Texans v. Eagles -1||Top||30-32||Win||100||1 h 11 m||Show|
The Houston Texans could be sitting pretty at the conclusion of the weekend, provided they handle their business against the host Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and receive a bit of help along the way. Defeating the Eagles is not something the Texans have done in their existence, however, as the club has dropped all four encounters by double-digit margins.
The 23-year-old Watson, sacked on six occasions by the Jets and an NFL-high 52 times, faces an Eagles' contingent that has 35 sacks on the season. Nick Foles stepped in for an injured Carson Wentz and completed 24 of 31 attempts for 270 yards as Philadelphia moved within a game of NFC East-leading Dallas by posting a 30-23 win versus the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Zach Ertz, who ranks third in the NFL with 101 catches, is 10 receptions shy of breaking Jason Witten's single-season record for tight ends. Wideout Alshon Jeffery reeled in team highs in catches (eight) and receiving yards (160) against the Rams.
Texans are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games in December. Eagles are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
I’ll back Philly to grab the home victory with a outside shot at the playoffs.
|12-23-18||Vikings -6.5 v. Lions||Top||27-9||Win||100||1 h 10 m||Show|
The Minnesota Vikings look to move closer to obtaining an NFC wild-card berth when they visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Minnesota currently occupies the second wild-card spot, sitting one-half game ahead of Philadelphia and Washington.
The Lions dropped a 14-13 decision to Buffalo last week, their sixth setback in eight games.
Minnesota recorded a franchise-record 10 sacks in a 24-9 win over the Lions on Nov. 4 as defensive end Danielle Hunter registered 3.5 of them and also returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown. Hunter is tied for second in the NFL with 14.5 sacks and notched two in the victory over the Dolphins as the Vikings posted nine overall. Cousins is 87 yards shy of his fourth straight 4,000-yard campaign while wide receiver Adam Thielen ranks second in the league in receptions (105) and eighth in receiving yards (1,255) despite recording season lows of two and 19 against Miami.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook rushed for a career-high 136 yards and scored two touchdowns in the win over the Dolphins. Detroit RB Kerryon Johnson (knee), who is the team's leading rusher with 641 yards despite playing in just 10 games, was placed on injured reserve.
Vikings are 13-5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. Lions are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game.
Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Detroit and will get the win and cover to keep their playoff hopes very alive.
|12-16-18||Patriots -2.5 v. Steelers||Top||10-17||Loss||-112||29 h 23 m||Show|
Patriots – 2.5
The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers appeared to be en route to another high-stakes collision course in the season's final month, but recent stumbles by both teams have changed the dynamics. While the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC may be out of reach, the Patriots and Steelers try to move closer to wrapping up division titles when they meet in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The Patriots, who are coming off a stunning last-second loss at Miami, have won five in a row against the Steelers.
Tom Brady threw for 358 yards and three touchdowns at Miami, but New England failed to take advantage of three prime red-zone opportunities in which they came away with a total of six points. That will not be the case here vs. the weak Steelers defense.
Pittsburgh's defense has been burned for 39 fourth-quarter points during the three-game skid.
Brady has thrown 25 touchdown passes and four interceptions in career 10 games against Pittsburgh. Gronkowski has scored eight touchdowns in six games versus the Steelers and made nine catches for 168 yards in last season's matchup.
Patriots are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in December. Steelers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in December. Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Take the Patriots to get the hard fought win on the highway.
|12-16-18||Seahawks -3.5 v. 49ers||Top||23-26||Loss||-103||29 h 4 m||Show|
Seahawks – 3.5
The Seattle Seahawks attempt to record their fifth consecutive victory when they host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Seattle's recent hot stretch has placed it in a strong position in the NFC wild-card chase, and the team can clinch a playoff berth this weekend if it defeats the 49ers.
The defense carried the load in Seattle's latest win as Wilson (29 touchdowns this season) completed just 10-of-20 passes - with the longest being a 14-yarder - in a stale effort.
The Seahawks have won each of the last nine regular-season meetings and they get the win and cover the number in this spot.
|12-16-18||Raiders +3 v. Bengals||Top||16-30||Loss||-100||26 h 2 m||Show|
Raiders + 3
The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to end a losing streak that ruined their season, but their opponent may not be the pushover it has been for the majority of the campaign. Cincinnati attempts to halt its five-game slide when it hosts the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Derek Carr's early-season interception problem is a thing of the past as he has gone eight games without being picked off. The 27-year-old, who has thrown for 3,434 yards and 18 touchdowns, leads the AFC and ranks fifth in the entire league with a 69.5 completion percentage.
I’m looking for the Raiders to take it to the worst defense in the NFL in the Bengals.
|12-16-18||Lions v. Bills -2.5||Top||13-14||Loss||-110||26 h 1 m||Show|
Bills – 2.5
The Detroit Lions' playoff chances are minuscule, but they are technically still alive and looking to remain a factor with a win Sunday at the Buffalo Bills. A 17-3 victory at Arizona last weekend kept the Lions mathematically in the hunt and a stretch run with three games against teams at .500 or worse gives them an opportunity to finish strong and hope for help -- lots of it -- elsewhere. They have no shot.
That task would become much more difficult without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has been limited in practice due to a back issue after throwing for a season-low 101 yards against the Cardinals. The Bills are coming off back-to-back four-point losses that have dashed what were already slim playoff hopes in the AFC. They'll continue to try to foster the growth of rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who has thrown for 597 yards and run for 335 -- the most ever by a quarterback in a three-game span -- since returning from a sprained elbow.
The defense shined while Stafford and company struggled to produce a season-low 218 total yards at Arizona, with Darius Slay's 67-yard interception return for a touchdown the game's biggest play -- and players on that side of the ball know their top goal this week is to contain Allen. I don’t think they can.
The Lions will have problems moving the ball here vs. this solid Bills defense. Bills have the single best yardage differential in the NFL over the last five weeks
This one maybe close but Buffalo pulls it out at home.
|12-16-18||Cowboys +3 v. Colts||Top||0-23||Loss||-100||26 h 60 m||Show|
Cowboys + 3
Two of the hottest teams in the NFL try to push closer to playoff berths when the surging Dallas Cowboys visit the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The NFC East-leading Cowboys ran their winning streak to five games with a 29-23 victory over Philadelphia last week, riding another monster effort from wideout Amari Cooper, who had a career-high 217 receiving yards and three touchdowns -- including the game-winner in overtime.
The Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ranks second in the NFL with 34 passing TDs after tossing two more -- to go along with 399 yards -- in a crucial 24-21 win at Houston last week. The victory kept Indianapolis' AFC South hopes alive and put it squarely in the wild-card race as it looks to snap a three-year playoff drought. I see Luck not having an easy game vs., the Dallas defense.
Ezekiel Elliott (NFL-best 1,262 yards) has 155 touches over the last five games, including a season-high 40 last week. Prescott threw for a career-high 455 yards against the Eagles and is completing 74.1 percent of his passes since Cooper arrived.
Dallas took the last three meetings, including a 42-7 rout in 2014 in which Luck threw for 109 yards and two interceptions before being yanked from the game in the third quarter.
Take the points as I give the Cowboys a good chance to win this game outright.
|12-16-18||Packers v. Bears -5||Top||17-24||Win||100||26 h 59 m||Show|
Bears - 5
The Green Bay Packers looked like a different team in their first week under interim coach Joe Philbin, but a date with a more impressive defense is looming. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense will have its work cut out when they visit the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Rodgers owns just one interception on the season and broke Tom Brady's NFL record for consecutive pass attempts (358) without an INT in last week's win, but Green Bay is going up against a Bears defense that leads the league with 25 interceptions. The Packers' defense only owns seven interceptions but is riding a streak of five consecutive games holding opponents under 25 points.
Defense wins this game going away so back the Bears.
|12-10-18||Vikings v. Seahawks -3||Top||7-21||Win||100||9 h 26 m||Show|
The Seattle Seahawks saw any hopes of winning the NFC West evaporate when the division-rival Los Angeles Rams opened the season 8-0. The Seahawks' playoff chances also appeared to take a major hit after back-to-back losses to both Los Angeles teams, but they have bounced back and carry a three-game winning streak into Monday night's contest against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota owns a one-half game lead over three teams for the last postseason berth after losing at New England 24-10 last weekend and now must fly to the opposite coast to face resurgent Seattle.
Minnesota has alternated losses and wins over its last five games, a stretch during which Cousins has thrown nine touchdown passes against six interceptions.
Unlike Minnesota, the running game is a point of emphasis for Seattle, which features the top-ranked attack with an average of 148.8 yards and at least 32 rushes in eight of its last 10 games.
Quarterback Russell Wilson is averaging only 226.4 yards passing but usually dials it up late in the season, and this year is no exception - he has 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions over his last four contests. Linemen Frank Clark and Jarran Reed have combined for 16.5 sacks to lead a unit ranked ninth in scoring defense (21.6 points).
Wilson has a 142.0 passer rating with eight TDs and zero interceptions in three career matchups versus Minnesota.
Vikings are 1-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Monday games. Seahawks are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC and are 22-9-1 ATS in their last 32 games in December. Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Seattle.
Look for the Seahawks to be the better team on both sides of the ball tonight here at home.
|12-09-18||Eagles v. Cowboys -3||Top||23-29||Win||100||30 h 37 m||Show|
The Dallas Cowboys began the turnaround to their season by watching Ezekiel Elliott score twice in a 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 11. The Cowboys bid to strengthen their grip atop the NFC East and push their winning streak to five games at AT&T Stadium on Sunday when they vie for their first season sweep of the Eagles since 2012.
Dak Prescott was efficient in Thursday's 13-10 upset of New Orleans, completing a season-best 85.7 percent of his passes (24 of 28) for 249 yards. The 25-year-old has developed chemistry with in-season trade acquisition Amari Cooper, connecting eight times in back-to-back weeks and on six occasions in the first meeting with Philadelphia.
Cowboys rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch registered a season-high 13 tackles and an interception in the initial encounter with the Eagles.
Eagles are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC East. Favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
|12-09-18||Jets v. Bills -3.5||Top||27-23||Loss||-120||26 h 11 m||Show|
With little else for which to play in the standings, the New York Jets are seeking a measure of revenge when they travel to Buffalo on Sunday to meet the Bills. The Jets were 3-6 after suffering three straight losses but still hoping to turn things around heading into a Week 10 matchup with the struggling Bills at home, only to lay an egg in an embarrassing 41-10 loss to their AFC East foes.
The Jets' slide has reached six in a row and last week's 26-22 setback at Tennessee was just about as painful, as they blew an early 16-0 lead and lost on a touchdown in the final minute. Buffalo followed up its 31-point win at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 11 with a victory over Jacksonville and a narrow loss at Miami as Sean McDermott's team displays a more competitive streak. Josh Allen threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 135 more in the 21-17 loss to the Dolphins, and he figures to face off with New York's Sam Darnold -- who expects to return from a foot injury -- in a matchup of rookie quarterbacks.
Buffalo has taken five of the last six meetings at home and are in a good spot here.
|12-09-18||Saints -9.5 v. Bucs||Top||28-14||Win||100||26 h 10 m||Show|
The New Orleans Saints will have nine full days off to diagnose what went wrong in a rare loss last Thursday before continuing their march toward a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. The Saints will try to avenge a Week 1 loss when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
New Orleans, which dropped a 48-40 decision to Tampa Bay in the opener before ripping off 10 consecutive wins, put up its worst offensive performance last week in a 13-10 loss at the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 22.
Brees is up to 30 TD passes and three interceptions on the season but posted a season-low 71.6 rating last week. He will have a great game on Sunday vs. this Bucs Defense.
Saints are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 vs. NFC South. Buccaneers are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games in Week 14.
Look for the Saints to overpower the Bucs and win going away.
|12-09-18||Colts +4.5 v. Texans||Top||24-21||Win||100||26 h 9 m||Show|
The Houston Texans can take another big step toward clinching the AFC South when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. A 10th straight win for the Texans would eliminate the Colts from contention in the division.
The Colts averaged 34.6 points during a five-game winning streak before being blanked 6-0 at Jacksonville last Sunday. Houston used a field goal with no time on the clock in overtime to top Indianapolis 34-31 earlier in the year.
Indianapolis has won four of the last five meetings in Houston.
This game will come down to the wire so back the points with the Colts on the road.
|12-09-18||Ravens +7 v. Chiefs||Top||24-27||Win||100||26 h 9 m||Show|
The league’s highest-scoring offense and its stingiest defense square off Sunday, when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Baltimore Ravens in a matchup of AFC playoff contenders. The high-scoring Chiefs hope to maintain their one-game lead in the AFC West, while the hard-nosed Ravens are trying to hang on to the last wild-card spot.
The Chiefs average an NFL-best 37 points per game - a total the Ravens have reached only once this season. Baltimore’s defense has been especially dominant during the team's three-game winning streak - it held Atlanta to 131 total yards in last week's 26-16 victory - but it will face its toughest test yet the Chiefs.
Baltimore has held its last three opponents to 255 total yards or fewer, while Kansas City’s season low for total offense is 330 against Arizona.
Lamar Jackson is expected to make his fourth straight start, which limits the Ravens in the passing game but gives them a dynamic rushing attack. Baltimore has rolled up more than 200 rushing yards in the three games Jackson has started.
The biggest question for the Chiefs is whether or not the defense can stop playoff-caliber opponents, and the secondary is especially suspect as the team ranks last against the pass.
Ravens are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games on grass. Road team is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
I’ll take the points with a defense the Chiefs have not seen yet this season.
|12-02-18||Chargers +3.5 v. Steelers||Top||33-30||Win||100||33 h 52 m||Show|
Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger meet up again when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. The two members of the 2004 NFL Draft class are thriving in their 15th seasons with Rivers coming off a record-setting performance in last week's 45-10 rout of the Arizona Cardinals.
Rivers has thrown multiple touchdown passes in each game this season while passing for 3,119 yards and 26 scores against six interceptions. Standout running back Melvin Gordon (knee) will miss the contest so Austin Ekeler (409 yards, 5.8 average) will get the call. He should do well vs. this poor Steelers defense.
Standout defensive end Joey Bosa displayed he is fully recovered from the foot injury that caused him to miss the first nine games by recording two sacks against the Cardinals.
Steelers RB James Conner (849 yards) has only 143 over the past three games after compiling four straight 100-yard outings.
I’m looking for the Chargers to have to overall better game in one that comes down to the wire. Take the points.
|12-02-18||49ers v. Seahawks -10||Top||16-43||Win||105||29 h 57 m||Show|
Seahawks – 10
Richard Sherman makes his return to Seattle for the first time as an opposing player when the San Francisco 49ers visit the Seahawks on Sunday. Sherman was released in March while recovering from an Achilles injury after seven seasons and two Super Bowl appearances with the team.
49ers Quarterback Nick Mullens will make his fourth straight start but is on a short leash after throwing two interceptions in the team's sluggish 27-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend.
San Francisco ranks 10th in defending the run (102.7 yards per game) and will be challenged by a Seattle offense that leads the NFL in rushing at 147.1.
Seattle has won its last two games to perk things up after the team was unable to find a sustained groove earlier this season and are in the wild card hunt.
Wilson is enjoying a strong season with 2,531 yards and 25 touchdowns against only five interceptions, while defensive end Frank Clark has been a standout with 10 sacks.
The Seahawks have won the past nine meetings - playoffs included and they get the double digit win here.
|12-02-18||Colts -4 v. Jaguars||Top||0-6||Loss||-110||26 h 34 m||Show|
Colts – 4
The Jacksonville Jaguars are busy imploding, leaving the AFC South a two-team race between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans, with the Tennessee Titans lurking in the background. The Colts will try to take advantage of the sliding Jaguars and earn another division victory when they host the matchup on Sunday.
The Jaguars are streaking in the opposite direction with seven consecutive losses following a 3-1 start and finally made the decision to bench quarterback Blake Bortles this week. Jacksonville will start Cody Kessler at quarterback on Sunday and are giving him a new play caller in quarterback coach Scott Milanovich, who takes over after offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was fired on Monday.
Luck's re-emergence as a premier quarterback after several injury-marred seasons is the driving force behind Indianapolis' climb into the playoff race. The former No. 1 overall pick completed 30-of-37 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns against the Dolphins last week.
Colts are 32-13-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and I’m more than willing to lay points on the road vs. a dysfunctional team in the Jags.
|12-02-18||Panthers -3 v. Bucs||Top||17-24||Loss||-112||26 h 33 m||Show|
Panthers – 3
It was less than a month ago that the Carolina Panthers harbored hopes of overtaking the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, owning a 6-2 record and riding a three-game winning streak. Things have since taken a dramatic turn for Carolina, which is trying to climb back into the playoff race entering Sunday's game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay ended a four-game slide behind its finest defensive performance of the season in a 27-9 victory over the lowly San Francisco 49ers last week. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for four touchdowns in the loss to the Panthers, but Jameis Winston will make his second straight start for the Buccaneers.
Running back Christian McCaffrey had a monster game in last week's 30-27 loss to Seattle, amassing a franchise record 237 yards from scrimmage to go with two touchdowns, and also piled up 157 yards and two scores in the win over Tampa Bay last month.
Carolina’s offense will be too much for the Tampa Bay horrible defense to contain.
|12-02-18||Rams -10 v. Lions||Top||30-16||Win||100||26 h 33 m||Show|
Rams – 10
The Los Angeles Rams can wrap up their second straight NFC West Division title and stay in the hunt for the top overall seed in the conference when they visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles, which won its first eight games behind a high-powered offense, is coming off a bye that followed a pulsating 54-51 win over Kansas City in Week 11.
Detroit has seen its playoff hopes fizzle over the past five weeks, falling to 1-4 in that span after a 23-16 loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving Day.
Todd Gurley, who fell to second in the league in rushing during the bye week, was hindered by an ankle injury and had a season-low 12 carries against Kansas City but McVay said he had a great practice Wednesday. Jared Goff threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns in the shootout against the Chiefs and has 14 scoring passes against one interception over his past five games.
Brandin Cooks has bounced back from a quiet three-game stretch with three consecutive 100-yard games, hauling in 24 receptions in that span. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh returns to the city where he began his career but Aaron Donald is a bigger threat with an NFL-high 14.5 sacks.
I’m looking for the Rams to run all over the Lions and I’m laying the big number.
Rams are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a bye week.
|11-26-18||Titans v. Texans -5.5||Top||17-34||Win||100||54 h 18 m||Show|
Their ugly start to the season now a distant memory, the Houston Texans can set a franchise record when they host the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. The Texans own a two-game lead atop the AFC South and will go for their eighth consecutive victory after opening the campaign with three straight losses, including a 20-17 setback at Tennessee in Week 2.
The Titans squandered a chance to make Monday's matchup a showdown for division supremacy, following a pair of decisive wins over Dallas and New England with a 38-10 loss to Indianapolis last week. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota was knocked out of that game with a stinger, but he practiced fully on Friday and Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur pronounced him "ready to roll."
Watson had his NFL coming-out party against Tennessee last season in his third career start, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for another as Houston set a franchise record for points in a 57-14 rout.
Running back Lamar Miller is providing balance to the offense with at least 18 carries and 86 yards rushing in three of the last four games. The Texans are fifth in scoring defense (20.5 points).
Texans DE J.J. Watt has registered 10 sacks on the season, including one in each of his last three games. Hopkins has at least 100 yards in three of his last four versus Tennessee, including 110 and a TD in Week 2.
Ride the Texans to the home win and cover on Monday Night.
|11-25-18||Dolphins v. Colts -7.5||Top||24-27||Loss||-110||26 h 29 m||Show|
Ryan Tannehill would love to be as fortunate as Andrew Luck, who has silenced any talk about the shoulder injury that sidelined him for all of the 2017 season by tossing at least three touchdown passes in each of his last seven games. Luck and the Colts vie for their fifth straight win on Sunday when they host the returning Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins, who skidded into their bye with losses in five of their last seven outings.
"I was not in a good spot a year ago. I remember that. I am in a good spot now," said Luck, who is enjoying a career-best completion percentage (67.3) and quarterback rating (101.8) while tossing an NFL second-best 29 touchdown passes this season. The 29-year-old earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after connecting with trusted target T.Y. Hilton for two of his three touchdown passes in Sunday's 38-10 romp over Tennessee.
Tannehill, who has been sidelined since Miami's 27-17 setback to Cincinnati on Oct. 7, takes the helm of an offense that has failed to score a touchdown in its last nine quarters.
Luck is tied with Miami legend Dan Marino for the third longest streak of consecutive games with three or more touchdown passes, trailing only Tom Brady (10) and Peyton Manning (eight). The offensive line has done its part in protecting Luck, who has not been sacked in five straight games.
The Colts Hilton has found the end zone five times in his last five home games while running back Marlon Mack also had a touchdown on Sunday, giving him five scores (four rushing, one receiving) in his past four contests overall.
The Dolphins' first drive has failed to produce any points in 13 consecutive games.
Dolphins are 5-18 ATS in their last 23 games on fieldturf and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
If you looking for the rout of the day, this is it. Colts roll Miami here at home.
|11-25-18||Giants +6 v. Eagles||Top||22-25||Win||100||23 h 6 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Eagles found themselves on the business end of a beat-down so severe that it was the most lopsided loss ever by a defending Super Bowl champion. The Eagles aim to shake off the effects of a 41-point demolition on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field when they bid for their ninth win in 10 outings against the New York Giants.
Carson Wentz completed 19 of 33 passes for 156 yards and three interceptions in Sunday's 48-7 shellacking in New Orleans. The 25-year-old Wentz fared significantly better in his last encounter versus the Giants, throwing for three touchdowns with a pick in Philadelphia's 34-13 road win on Oct. 11. Rookie Saquon Barkley ripped off a 50-yard scoring run in that contest and found the end zone on three occasions (two rushing, one receiving) to highlight a career-high 142-yard rushing performance in Sunday's 38-35 victory over Tampa Bay.
Eli Manning completed all but one of his 18 pass attempts versus the Buccaneers and has five touchdown passes in his last two contests -- after mustering just eight in the first eight games.
The locker room talk after that debacle in New Orleans centered around safety Malcolm Jenkins pointing out a lack of fight of some of his teammates, although there's even more concern about the health of the team's secondary. Cornerbacks Jalen Mills (foot), Sidney Jones (hamstring), Rasul Douglas (knee) and Avonte Maddox (knee) were all absent from Wednesday's practice.
Giants are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC.
Take the Giants plus the points.
|11-25-18||Browns +2.5 v. Bengals||Top||35-20||Win||100||23 h 6 m||Show|
The Cincinnati Bengals are losers of four of their last five games to sink back to .500 but could be on the verge of getting an offensive weapon back. The Bengals hope to have star wide receiver A.J. Green available when they host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak in Williams' second game by knocking off the Atlanta Falcons 28-16 at home on Nov. 11 prior to the bye. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield played his most efficient game in the win, completing 17-of-20 passes for 216 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Cincinnati fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin prior to the loss at Baltimore and looked more confident on defense with Lewis calling the plays but the Bengals sit 31st in the NFL in scoring defense (31.2 points allowed) and rank last while yielding an average of 449.4 yards.
Browns: 8-3-1 SU and 9-3 ATS as division dogs of 3 or fewer points, including 8-1-1 SU and 9-1 ATS with revenge … Bengals: 1-7 ATS home versus rested opponents; and 0-5 the last five games.
Back the Browns in this spot.
|11-25-18||Patriots -10 v. Jets||Top||27-13||Win||100||23 h 5 m||Show|
The New England Patriots had two weeks off to reassess after suffering a 34-10 loss at the Tennessee Titans and they are ready to move on. The Patriots will try to get back to the business of dominating the AFC East when they visit the New York Jets on Sunday. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (ankle) is among those expected to return to the lineup on Sunday.
The Jets went into the bye with a sour taste as well after getting crushed at home 41-10 by the Buffalo Bills to extend their losing streak to four straight. New York will again turn to veteran Josh McCown, who completed 17-of-34 passes for 135 yards and two interceptions in the loss to Buffalo.
New England is used to residing at or near the top of the NFL in most offensive categories but comes out of the bye seventh in the league in scoring (28 points) and 10th in yards per game (377.2).
New England took the last four meetings and seven of eight in the series.
Patriots are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game. Jets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. AFC East.
Look to Brady and the Pats to get the easy win and cover.
|11-19-18||Chiefs +3.5 v. Rams||Top||51-54||Win||100||10 h 30 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Rams saw their perfect record come to an end two weeks ago in New Orleans in a marquee showdown between the two highest-scoring teams in the NFC. Another high-octane matchup is on desk for the Rams, who will face a test against the best team in the AFC when quarterback Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs pay them a visit on Monday night.
The teams enter Monday's game - initially scheduled to be played in Mexico City - with identical 9-1 records, marking only the fifth time since the 1970 merger that two clubs squared off in Week 11 with fewer than two losses each.
Mahomes had his streak of eight straight 300-yard performances halted in last week's 26-14 win over Arizona, but he threw a pair of scoring passes to give him the franchise's single-season record of 31 with only seven interceptions. Mahomes has a bevy of weapons at his disposal that includes game-breaking wide receiver Tyreek Hill (nine touchdowns) and tight end Travis Kelce, who leads the team with 57 catches to go along with six scores. Running back Kareem Hunt also is a dangerous two-way threat with 13 total TDs on 754 yards rushing and 23 receptions.
Mahomes has thrown 18 TD passes and three interceptions for a passer rating of 125.9 in five road games this season.
Chiefs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Rams are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
I’m on the underdog Chiefs here as my best bet of the week.
|11-18-18||Broncos v. Chargers -7||Top||23-22||Loss||-110||6 h 16 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Chargers look to extend their winning streak to seven games when they host the AFC West-rival Denver Broncos on Sunday. The Chargers' first contest at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. in 42 days will be against a Denver team that has suffered six setbacks in its last seven games.
Los Angeles has allowed an average of 13.2 points over its last five games while the offense has scored at least 20 in all nine contests this year. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers (21 touchdowns, four interceptions) is enjoying a stellar campaign, but he also is highly wary of Broncos pass rushers Von Miller (nine sacks) and Bradley Chubb (eight to lead all NFL rookies).
Star defensive end Joey Bosa (23 sacks in 28 NFL games) will be a game-time decision as he hopes to make his season debut after suffering a foot injury in August.
I’ll lay the touchdown with the much better team.
|11-18-18||Bucs v. Giants -2.5||Top||35-38||Win||100||3 h 10 m||Show|
Manning showed he still has more in the tank on Monday when he threw three touchdown passes -- including one to Sterling Shepard in the final minute -- as New York snapped a five-game losing skid with a 27-23 victory over San Francisco. The win guaranteed Manning the start versus the Buccaneers' 29th-ranked pass defense and nothing more from coach Pat Shurmur, although he has tossed at least two scoring strikes in his previous four encounters with Tampa Bay.
Odell Beckham Jr. has made himself at home in the end zone with four scores in his last five games after being held without a touchdown reception in each of his previous four. Rookie Saquon Barkley has reached 90-plus scrimmage yards in all nine games this season and faces a Tampa Bay defense that has yielded at least 99 scrimmage yards to running backs in each of the past four weeks. A revamped offensive line paid dividends for both Barkley and Manning on Monday, as the former had a season-high 15 carries in the first half while the latter was sacked just once as opposed to 31 times in the previous eight contests.
The Giants have a big day on offense and win going away.
|11-18-18||Texans -3 v. Redskins||Top||23-21||Loss||-100||3 h 9 m||Show|
The Houston Texans bid to match a franchise record by winning seven in a row for the first time since 2011 on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The well-rested Texans hope to continue their magic following their bye, led by a determined defense that has not allowed more than two touchdowns in five consecutive contests.
Deshaun Watson has thrown seven touchdown passes with zero interceptions during the last two contests of the six-game winning streak, while DeAndre Hopkins has found the end zone five times in his last four.
While Hopkins leads the team in receptions (63), receiving yards (894) and touchdowns (seven) by a wide margin, new acquisition Demaryius Thomas brings a wealth of experience and provides Watson with yet another large target on the outside. The bye week afforded Houston additional time to get the 30-year-old up to speed after he grabbed all three of his targets for 61 yards in a 19-17 win against his former team (Denver).
Look for the Texans to get the job done on the road.
|11-18-18||Cowboys +3.5 v. Falcons||Top||22-19||Win||100||3 h 8 m||Show|
The Dallas Cowboys still are in the mix in the mediocre NFC East, but they’ll need to snap a three-game skid against the host Atlanta Falcons on Sunday to avoid losing ground. The Cowboys are two games behind first-place Washington in the division while the Falcons, who have a matching 4-5 record, trail NFC South-leading New Orleans by four contests.
Elliott is coming off one of the best games of his young career as he recorded 187 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in last week’s 27-20 win at Philadelphia.
The defense has been solid in every aspect except forcing turnovers, as the Cowboys have only nine takeaways.
Take the Cowboys plus the points
|11-11-18||Falcons -5.5 v. Browns||Top||16-28||Loss||-108||27 h 52 m||Show|
The Atlanta Falcons have revived their playoff hopes with a three-game winning streak, and they’ll look to keep rolling when they visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. While the Falcons have been streaking back to .500, the Browns have lost four straight.
The Falcons still are three games behind New Orleans in the NFC South, but they’re in the crowded wild-card mix. The takeaways haven’t been enough to buoy the Browns lately, as they’re coming off a 37-21 loss to Kansas City last week in Gregg Williams’ debut as interim head coach. Cleveland’s offense has not registered 400 total yards during the skid.
Atlanta’s passing game has been in high gear during the winning streak, as Matt Ryan has passed for at least 350 yards in a franchise-record three consecutive contests. Julio Jones ranks second in the league in receiving yards (933) but caught his first touchdown pass of the season last week, as rookie Calvin Ridley (seven touchdowns) has become Ryan’s favorite red-zone target. Atlanta’s secondary has been suspect, but the run defense is rounding into form as it has held the last two opponents under 80 yards.
Cleveland ranks 30th in total defense and will have a tough time keeping Atlanta out of the endzone for multiple touchdowns.
Falcons are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game and are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in November.
Atlanta scores enough points to get the road win and cover.
|11-11-18||Saints -5.5 v. Bengals||Top||51-14||Win||100||27 h 51 m||Show|
Drew Brees has achieved a pair of major milestones this season and another is within his reach when the New Orleans Saints visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon. Winners of seven in a row, the red-hot Saints have to be mindful of a letdown after handing the Los Angeles Rams their first loss last weekend to move into a tie for the NFC's top record.
The Bengals are trying to figure out how to deal with the absence of No. 1 wideout A.J. Green, who is expected to miss at least two games due to a toe injury.
Brees threw for 346 yards and four touchdows in last week's 45-35 win over the Rams to give him 18 scoring passes (versus one interception) for the season and leave him two shy of tying Brett Favre (508) for second place on the all-time list.
Running back Alvin Kamara rushed for a pair of touchdowns and added one through the air against the Rams to give him 12 scores on the season. The Saints are No. 1 against the rush (76.4 yards per game).
Despite a second-half collapse, Cincinnati averted a third consecutive defeat entering its bye on a last-second field goal in a 37-34 victory over the Buccaneers.
Brees leads the NFL in completion percentage (76.3) and passer rating (120.6).
Saints are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 10.
|11-11-18||Lions v. Bears -6.5||Top||22-34||Win||100||27 h 51 m||Show|
The Chicago Bears are sitting atop the NFC North halfway through the season and are showing no signs of slowing down. The Bears will try to push their winning streak to three straight and earn another key division victory when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Chicago owns one of the best defenses in the NFL, allowing an average of 19.1 points, and that unit intends to take it up a notch during an upcoming stretch of schedule featuring division opponents.
The Lions are in last place in the NFC North but sit only two games back of the Bears in a tightly-packed division despite scoring a total of 23 points while dropping the last two games.
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked 10 times in a 24-9 loss at Minnesota last week, leading to plenty of criticism for the offensive line. Stafford was sacked 13 times in the first seven games and could use some help from a rushing attack that totaled 100 yards in the last two contests.
Chicago's defense will attack that suspect Detroit offensive line with a front seven that routinely harasses opposing quarterbacks into turnovers. The Bears are second in the NFL with 14 interceptions and lead the league by returning three of those for touchdowns.
Lions are 3-9 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Bears are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Look for the Bears defense to be at a very high level here vs. the Lions. Bears take the win and cover.
|11-04-18||Rams v. Saints +2||Top||35-45||Win||100||6 h 7 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Rams almost saw their perfect record go by the boards last weekend, but they will face perhaps a more daunting challenge this weekend in what could be a battle for supremacy in the NFC. The lone undefeated team at the midway point of the season, the Rams will square off against another surging team when they visit Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon.
Los Angeles will be facing an elite quarterback for the second time in as many weeks, having squeezed out a 29-27 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
New Orleans owns the league's second-longest winning streak -- behind only Los Angeles -- with six consecutive victories after knocking off Minnesota 30-20 in a rematch of last season's NFC playoff game.
Quarterback Jared Goff has 17 TD passes versus five interceptions and will get one of his top targets back in Cooper Kupp, who has a team-best five touchdown receptions despite missing the past two games.
After squeezing out a one-point win at Baltimore when the Ravens missed a tying extra point, New Orleans relied on its defense to avenge last season's loss at Minnesota with an interception return for a score and a fumble return that set up a TD. Brees tossed his first interception last week but has 14 touchdown passes and sports a league-leading 77.4 completion percentage and gaudy 118.2 passer rating. Alvin Kamara's workload has been reduced with the return of fellow running back Mark Ingram from a four-game suspension, but he had a rushing and receiving score last week to boost his season total to nine touchdowns.
Brees has thrown for 1,045 yards with eight touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last three at home.
Rams are 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 games on fieldturf. Saints are 46-20-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and have covered 5 straight.
In one of the best Sunday Night games of the season the Saints get the home victory.
|11-04-18||Texans +1.5 v. Broncos||Top||19-17||Win||100||6 h 48 m||Show|
The Houston Texans knew they were a better team than they showed in the early part of the season and have proven themselves right, turning things around and soared to the top of the AFC South. Houston will have a new weapon in its arsenal on Sunday as it seeks a sixth consecutive victory when it visits the Denver Broncos.
The Texans began the campaign with three tough losses - all by seven points or fewer - but have reeled off five straight wins, including a 42-23 rout of Miami on Oct. 25. Houston has had more than a week to prepare for Denver and will have someone very familiar with its opponent at its disposal in wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was acquired from the Broncos on Tuesday. Denver's season has been almost completely opposite of Houston's, as the club won its first two games before losing four in a row and five of six after falling 30-23 at Kansas City in Week 8.
Deshaun Watson had a field day against the Dolphins last week, completing 16-of-20 attempts for 239 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. The 23-year-old has thrown 34 scoring passes in 15 career games and needs one to join Kurt Warner (39) and Dan Marino (35) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 35 in their first 16 contests.
Texans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Broncos are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
Texans get the money on the road.
|11-04-18||Chargers v. Seahawks +1||Top||25-17||Loss||-105||6 h 48 m||Show|
Philip Rivers will make his 200th consecutive regular-season start when he leads the Los Angeles Chargers into battle against the host Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Rivers will become only the fourth quarterback to reach the milestone, joining Brett Favre (297), Eli Manning (210) and Peyton Manning (208).
Seattle is on a hot streak with four victories in five games after getting off to a slow start. Russell Wilson is performing well with three touchdown passes in each of his past three contests.
Rivers has passed for 2,008 yards and 17 touchdowns against three interceptions this season while helping the offense average 27.9 points. The Chargers are hoping to have running back Melvin Gordon (466 yards, six touchdowns) back on the field after he missed a win over Tennessee due to a hamstring injury and also had a bye week to recuperate. Defensive end Joey Bosa (foot) still isn't ready to make his season debut for a unit that is allowing 23.3 points per game.
Wilson, who has thrown for 1,556 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, earned a perfect quarterback rating (158.3) in last week's 28-14 win over Detroit as he completed 14-of-17 passes for 248 yards. The running game ranks third in the NFL with an average of 137.4 yards as Chris Carson (457 yards) has stepped up as the primary ball carrier by topping 100 yards in three of his last four games. Defensive end Frank Clark has registered six sacks to help a unit that ranks fifth in total defense (327.3 yards per game) and is tied for third in takeaways (16).
Chargers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a bye week and are 3-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Take the Seahawks in a game that comes down to the wire.
|11-04-18||Chiefs -7.5 v. Browns||Top||37-21||Win||100||3 h 46 m||Show|
After a tumultuous week off the field, the Cleveland Browns face a major challenge between the lines Sunday, when they host the Kansas City Chiefs and their dynamic offense. It’s a matchup of two of the league’s most exciting young quarterbacks, as Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield go head-to-head in a throwback to their days as Big 12 Conference rivals.
Mayfield has been a bright spot for a Browns team that seemed to be making strides but was loaded with dysfunction that came to a head this week. Coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired Monday, and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was elevated to interim head coach. The Browns’ defense faces a stiff test against Mahomes and a Chiefs offense that leads the NFL in scoring and ranks third in total offense.
The Chiefs are loaded with a group of offensive talent that includes versatile running back Kareem Hunt, speedster Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce, who have combined for 22 touchdowns. They’re coming off their lowest offensive output of the season with 340 total yards last week, but it was enough to hold on for a 30-23 win over Denver that kept Kansas City in command in the AFC West. The defense ranks 31st and struggled against the pass early in the season but has improved in the last two weeks and has recorded 10 takeaways in the last five games.
After playing well to start the season, Cleveland’s defense has surrendered more than 400 total yards in five straight games while the rushing defense has been especially bad in recent weeks. The unit’s only saving grace has been a league-best 22 turnovers, including 12 interceptions. The offense has shown promise with Mayfield and fellow rookie Nick Chubb providing a glimpse of what may come, but the Browns sputtered to a season-low 237 total yards in last week’s 33-18 loss at Pittsburgh.
Chiefs are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games and are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. Browns are 7-22 ATS in their last 29 games in November.
Look for K.C. to get the road cover.
|11-04-18||Steelers +2 v. Ravens||Top||23-16||Win||100||3 h 45 m||Show|
The Baltimore Ravens' once-impenetrable defense is beginning to show some cracks, sending the team tumbling down the standings. The Ravens will try to avoid a three-game slide and jump back into the race in the AFC North when they host the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Baltimore was torched for a season-high 36 points in a 15-point loss at the Carolina Panthers last week after dropping a 24-23 home decision to the New Orleans Saints.
The Steelers are trending in the opposite direction with wins in three straight games since a 26-14 home loss to the Ravens in Week 4 and running back James Conner is leading the charge. Conner is making fans forget about Le'Veon Bell by piling up a total of 526 yards and six touchdowns in the last three contests.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is completing 67.7 percent of his passes during the winning streak but will play with a fractured left (non-throwing) index finger this week after suffering the injury in the 33-18 drubbing of the Cleveland Browns last week.
Baltimore slid into third place in the AFC North behind Pittsburgh and Cincinnati (5-3) with the loss to the Panthers and knows it faces an uphill climb.
The Ravens are 24th in the league with an average of 96.6 rushing yards and made a move to improve that area by trading for Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery prior to Tuesday's trade deadline.
Ravens starting offensive linemen LT Ronnie Stanley (ankle), G Alex Lewis (neck) and RT James Hurst (back) are all questionable.
Road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. Pittsburgh gets the money here on the road.
|11-04-18||Falcons v. Redskins -2||Top||38-14||Loss||-105||3 h 44 m||Show|
Running back Adrian Peterson continues to defy both critics and Father Time to help the NFC East-leading Washington Redskins win three straight games. The 33-year-old Peterson and the Redskins look to continue their strong performances on Sunday when they host the Atlanta Falcons, who are 0-2 away from home this season and play six of their final nine games on the road.
The running joke gaining steam is that there's no stopping Julio Jones ... well, until he reaches the red zone. Sure, the five-time Pro Bowl selection has yet to find the end zone this season, but Jones is doing his best to turn Atlanta's fortunes around by averaging an NFL-best 116.0 yards per game.
The Falcons have struggled to get much established with their 30th-ranked ground attack and will have trouble running on the Redskins.
Atlanta's third-ranked passing game will be put to the test against a Washington secondary that features D.J. Swearinger (NFL-high four interceptions) as well as fellow safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was acquired from Green Bay on Tuesday. Swearinger, who recorded his second multi-interception game of the season last week, has forced a fumble in back-to-back contests.
Falcons are 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game and are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. Redskins are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game and are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Redskins take it in a close one.
|10-28-18||Packers +9.5 v. Rams||Top||27-29||Win||100||29 h 51 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Rams are running away and hiding in the NFC West, already building a four-game lead in the division as the only undefeated team in the NFL. After completing a sweep of a three-game road trip, running back Todd Gurley and the Rams look to remain perfect when they host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon.
Los Angeles survived a pair of close calls away from home, beating Seattle and Denver by a combined five points before blowing out San Francisco 39-10 last week.
Green Bay had to rally for a 33-30 victory over the 49ers prior to last week's bye and has yet to post back-to-back victories this season.
Rodgers injured his knee in the season opener and has been hindered since, but he practiced fully Wednesday and has put up huge numbers -- 12 touchdowns versus one interception and 1,997 yards. He should get a boost with the expected returns of wide receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, who have sat out three and two games, respectively. Davante Adams has been sensational over the past three games, hauling in 27 catches and three touchdowns while eclipsing 100 yards in each of the past two contests.
Gurley was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and could be on his way to winning MVP honors this season, leading the league in rushing with 686 yards and touchdowns with 14, including 11 on the ground.
Packers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
|10-28-18||Broncos v. Chiefs -9.5||Top||23-30||Loss||-105||25 h 28 m||Show|
The Kansas City Chiefs look to continue their divisional dominance – especially against the Denver Broncos – when they host their AFC West rivals on Sunday. The Chiefs have won six straight meetings and are 18-2 against divisional opponents since 2015.
Kansas City sits atop the AFC West again thanks to second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes and one of the league’s most dynamic offenses. Mahomes’ legend grew when he rallied the Chiefs from a 10-point deficit in the final 13 minutes for a 27-23 win at Denver in Week 4.
That was the second of four straight losses for the Broncos, who rebounded with a 45-10 romp at Arizona last week but still trail the Chiefs in the division by three games.
Denver’s run defense had been horrendous for three games before tightening up in last week’s win over the Cardinals. The Broncos limited Arizona to 223 total yards and forced five turnovers, but they’ll face a much greater challenge against Mahomes and the Chiefs. Rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has emerged as the workhorse in the backfield, but offseason signing Case Keenum has struggled to maintain possession, throwing nine interceptions against eight touchdowns.
The 27 points against the Broncos marked a season low for Kansas City, which owns the league’s highest-scoring offense. Mahomes has topped 300 yards passing in six straight games – the longest streak in the league – and leads the NFL with 22 touchdown passes, including seven to speedster Tyreek Hill. The defense gives up a league-worst 435.4 yards per game but is coming off a dominant effort in last week’s 45-10 rout of Cincinnati, as it held the Bengals to 239 total yards.
Broncos are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 road games and are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. AFC West. Chiefs are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. Broncos are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
|10-28-18||Jets v. Bears -7.5||Top||10-24||Win||100||25 h 27 m||Show|
The Chicago Bears have fallen just short in back-to-back losses and hope to have enough to get to the finish line this Sunday when they host the New York Jets. After a three-point overtime loss at Miami on Oct. 14, the Bears went back and forth with the high-powered New England Patriots before falling 38-31, with a Hail Mary completion on the final play leaving them one yard short.
"Coming up one yard short and not tying the game and going to overtime, that's not good enough anymore," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky told reporters after the loss in which he was 26-for-50 for 333 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Jets scored 76 points during a two-game winning streak before they were stifled in a 37-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at home last week. Rookie Sam Darnold completed only 17-of-42 attempts while throwing a season-high three interceptions and getting sacked three times. "He tries to get better and learn from his mistakes," New York head coach Todd Bowles told reporters of Darnold's mindset after the rocky performance.
The locker room received a bit of a blow when the team announced that running back Bilal Powell, who ranks second with 343 rushing yards, was to undergo season-ending neck surgery that could end the career of the longest-tenured Jet. The team will lean a little more on leading rusher Isaiah Crowell, but he has been hampered by a foot injury since his franchise-record 219 yards against Denver in Week 5 and had just 29 yards on 11 carries last week.
Star linebacker Khalil Mack had five sacks and four forced fumbles though the first four games but has zero in both categories over the last two contests as he deals with an ankle issue that has limited him in practice this week, but he is improving.
Chicago is 8-3 against New York and has won the last four meetings. Look for the Bears to get the home cover.
|10-28-18||Redskins -1 v. Giants||Top||20-13||Win||100||25 h 26 m||Show|
The Washington Redskins find themselves in relatively new territory (first place in the NFC East) while the reeling New York Giants are exactly where they were at this point last season (1-6, last place in the division). The Redskins vie for their third straight win on Sunday when they visit MetLife Stadium, where they have dropped 10 of their last 11 contests.
Alex Smith, who has thrown three touchdown passes without an interception in the last two weeks. Adrian Peterson has run for at least 96 yards in four of his six games this season and faces a New York rush defense that surrenders 113.9 yards per contest.
The Giants dropped their fourth in a row following Monday's 23-20 setback in Atlanta and subsequently parted ways with a pair of former first-round picks Eli Apple (New Orleans) and Damon Harrison (Detroit) over the following 48 hours.
Chris Thompson aims to return to action Sunday after a two-week absence. Thompson's team-leading 26 receptions are just four more than tight end Jordan Reed, who has been limited to just eight catches for 100 yards over the last three games. Josh Doctson, who had three receptions for 42 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over Dallas, scored a touchdown in Washington's 20-10 win over New York on Oct. 23, 2017.
Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan, who had two sacks and a forced fumble versus the Cowboys, had a pair of sacks and a forced fumble in his last encounter with the Giants.
The Giants could very well be the worst team in the league. Back Washington for the road Win!
|10-28-18||Eagles -3 v. Jaguars||Top||24-18||Win||100||22 h 58 m||Show|
Two teams that played for their respective conference championship last season face the prospect of falling two games below .500 on Sunday as the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles face the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London. The Eagles let a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead go by the boards in a 21-17 setback to Carolina last Sunday while the Jaguars have been outscored 90-28 during their three-game losing skid.
Carson Wentz completed 30 of 37 passes for 310 yards with a pair of scoring strikes last week versus the Panthers, increasing his touchdown total to nine with zero interceptions over the last four games. Jacksonville's Blake Bortles hasn't been as fortunate in his last four contests, as he was picked off six times and drew an early exit last Sunday in a 20-7 setback versus Houston.
Alshon Jeffery has returned with a flourish from offseason shoulder surgery, recording 25 catches for 306 yards and four touchdowns in four games for the Eagles.
Zach Ertz, who leads all tight ends in receptions (57) and receiving yards (618), had nine catches for 138 yards last week and has at least five grabs in nine straight games. The Eagles' new-look ground attack mustered just 58 yards versus the Panthers, although it faces a Jaguars' defense that has been gashed for 157.7 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks.
Eagles are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in October. Jaguars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
|10-07-18||Cowboys v. Texans -3||Top||16-19||Push||0||10 h 36 m||Show|
Texans – 3
In a state where football is king, the two NFL tenants will be squaring off for only the fifth time when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Both teams are coming off much-needed -- and dramatic -- wins, as Houston beat Indianapolis in overtime for its first victory while Dallas topped Detroit on a last-second field goal.
Dallas has won the past three against the Texans, although the teams last met four years ago, but the Cowboys have dropped both games away from home this season. Houston halted a nine-game losing streak dating to last season by outlasting the Colts 37-34 and coach Bill O'Brien said his team must carry over the momentum to this week.
Deshaun Watson struggled in the season opener at New England, but he registered his third straight 300-yard game last week, throwing for 375 yards and two touchdowns while adding 41 yards rushing and another score.
Cowboys are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 5. Texans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
|10-07-18||Rams -7 v. Seahawks||Top||33-31||Loss||-115||6 h 41 m||Show|
Rams – 7
The Los Angeles Rams are owners of a 4-0 start for the first time since 2001 as they venture to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The Rams are off to the franchise's best start since opening with six straight wins while being located in St. Louis in 2001, a season that ended with a loss in the Super Bowl to New England.
While the Rams are one of two unbeaten teams in the NFL, with Kansas City being the other, the Seahawks are trying not to lose their tag as the kings of the NFC West as the 42-7 defeat they suffered against Los Angeles in December still is at the forefront of their minds.
Goff is off to a terrific start with 1,406 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions while helping the Rams average 35 points (second in the NFL) and a league-best 468.5 yards per game.
Russell Wilson has passed for 888 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions this season but averaged just 170 yards in last season's two meetings with the Rams.
Rams are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. Seahawks are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
|10-07-18||Giants v. Panthers -6.5||Top||31-33||Loss||-105||2 h 19 m||Show|
Panthers – 6
The Carolina Panthers are rested, relatively healthy and feature some potentially impactful new faces as they prepare to host the New York Giants on Sunday. After defeating Cincinnati 31-21 in Week 3, the Panthers enjoyed a bye week before beginning a stretch in which they play three straight NFC East teams.
The Giants have been unable to get their offense going and are coming off a 33-18 home loss to New Orleans last week. They've lost their last two games against the Panthers in 2013 and 2015, giving up 38 points both times.
New York enters the week ranked 29th in scoring (18.3 points per game) and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has gone without a touchdown while averaging a career-low 10.7 yards per catch.
Newton has five passing TDs and two more on the ground over the last two games and he's completing 67.4 percent of his passes, well over his career mark of 58.7. He and running back Christian McCaffrey have combined for 407 yards on the ground for the NFL's top rushing attack (166 yards per game).
Carolina has won seven straight home games. Giants are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC. Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.
|10-07-18||Ravens -3 v. Browns||Top||9-12||Loss||-113||2 h 18 m||Show|
Ravens – 3
The Cleveland Browns have already matched their victory total from the past two seasons combined and will try to turn the tables on an old nemesis when they host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in an AFC North matchup. Rookie Baker Mayfield will make his second career start as Cleveland seeks to end a five-game slide against the Ravens.
Baltimore has won 18 of the past 20 meetings in the series, but Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale wants his team to know these are not the same old Browns.
Cleveland offensive coordinator Todd Haley sought to quell the hype surrounding Mayfield, knowing the Browns face a daunting challenge against a Baltimore defense that has surrendered 14 points or fewer in each of its three wins.
Ravens CB Jimmy Smith will make his season debut after serving a four-game suspension.
Ravens are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 vs. AFC North. Browns are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game. Road team is 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 meetings.
|10-07-18||Broncos -1 v. Jets||Top||16-34||Loss||-105||2 h 17 m||Show|
Broncos - 1
The New York Jets put up 48 points in a Week 1 win but totaled 41 points in dropping their last three contests as rookie quarterback Sam Darnold goes through some growing pains. Darnold and the Jets will try to find some consistency on offense and get back into the win column when they host the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The Broncos have plenty to work on as well after squandering a lead at home to the rival Kansas City Chiefs on Monday - their second consecutive loss after two wins to open the season - but they are not discouraged.
Denver is second in the league in rushing at an average of 148.3 yards.
Darnold and the offense are getting most of the questions, but the defense is looking for improvement as well after allowing the Jaguars 503 yards of total offense.
Denver shut out New York 23-0 at home last December - its third straight win in the series. Denver wins this game with their running game and their defense.
|09-23-18||Cowboys v. Seahawks +1||Top||13-24||Win||100||6 h 37 m||Show|
The Seattle Seahawks look to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2002 when they play their home opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Seattle, which opened the campaign with back-to-back losses in Denver and Chicago, hope the home-field advantage will help them top the Cowboys and begin a turnaround.
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (1-1): Quarterback Dak Prescott has thrown for just 330 yards in two games and running back Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for only 147 after efforts of 69 and 78 to open the season.
ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (0-2): Quarterback Russell Wilson has passed for 524 yards and five touchdowns but also has thrown three interceptions while being sacked 12 times behind shoddy play by the offensive line. The rushing attack is averaging just 69 yards per game and 3.6 per carry as first-round pick Rashaad Penny (17 carries, 38 yards) has been unable to make an impact thus far.
The Seahawks have won three of the last four meetings.
Seahawks are 10-4-2 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss.
|09-23-18||Colts +7 v. Eagles||Top||16-20||Win||100||2 h 16 m||Show|
The City of Brotherly Love is set to welcome back Carson Wentz with open arms as the franchise quarterback returns to lead the Philadelphia Eagles against Frank Reich and the visiting Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Wentz watched as Nick Foles led the Eagles to the franchise's first Super Bowl title as well as a 1-1 mark this season while recovering from an ACL and LCL tear sustained in December.
While Wentz returns, the Eagles have several other question marks on offense with injuries to Jay Ajayi (back) and tackle Jason Peters (quad) as well as a banged-up wide receiver corps. While Philadelphia is coming off a 27-21 setback to Tampa Bay, Indianapolis presented new head coach -- and former Eagles offensive coordinator -- Reich with his first win following Sunday's 21-9 triumph over Washington. Andrew Luck tossed a pair of touchdown passes for the second straight game and aims to exploit the Eagles' 28th-ranked pass defense that was shredded by Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
ABOUT THE COLTS (1-1): Four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver T.Y. Hilton recorded a touchdown pass in his first two games this season before providing even more good news to the fanbase on Thursday by downplaying the severity of a quad injury that has forced him to miss two days of practice:
ABOUT THE EAGLES (1-1): Ajayi shares the NFL lead with three rushing touchdowns this season, although he was limited to just seven carries for 23 yards and a score against the Buccaneers on Sunday. With Ajayi and Darren Sproles (hamstring) nursing their respective injuries, Corey Clement could see an advanced workload out of the backfield against the Colts with Wendell Smallwood contributing as well.
Colts are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
|09-23-18||Raiders v. Dolphins -3||Top||20-28||Win||100||2 h 16 m||Show|
The Oakland Raiders seemingly have received nothing but doom and gloom to start the season in the new Jon Gruden Era while the Miami Dolphins conversely have enjoyed sunny skies to begin the 2018 campaign. The Raiders aim to change their outlook on Sunday when they visit Hard Rock Stadium to face the Dolphins, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013.
The Raiders have been left reeling after trading away 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack, with the team averaging an NFL 31st-ranked 154.0 rushing yards to opponents while recording just two sacks -- matching Mack's total with Chicago.
What might not be as obvious is Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill is 9-1 in his last 10 starts -- a stretch that is sandwiched around a serious knee injury that sidelined him for the 2017 season. The 30-year-old Tannehill threw two touchdown passes for the second time in as many weeks in Sunday's 20-12 triumph over the New York Jets.
While Kenyan Drake leads the team in carries (25) and rushing yards (101) and has the team's lone rushing touchdown, the ageless Frank Gore is averaging a robust 4.8 yards per carry. Gore, who totaled 468 scrimmage yards in four career encounters with the Raiders.
Miami's aerial attack features a number of receivers in play, with Danny Amendola leading the team with just eight catches while Kenny Stills has a club-best 123 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Raiders are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Dolphins are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. Raiders are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
|09-23-18||49ers v. Chiefs -5||Top||27-38||Win||100||2 h 15 m||Show|
The Arrowhead Stadium faithful will get their first live look at their electric young quarterback when the Kansas City Chiefs host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. It will be the first home start for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has set an NFL record with 10 touchdown passes through his first three starts – all of which have come in two games this season.
Mahomes has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in each of the first two weeks of the 2018 campaign, and although he’s facing a San Francisco secondary that has been lit up for 556 passing yards in two games, the Chiefs know the league is bound to find a way to slow him down eventually, but not this week.
ABOUT THE 49ERS (1-1): Garoppolo’s numbers have been pedestrian thus far, but the 49ers have benefited from having a solid backfield duo in Matt Breida – the NFL’s leading rusher with 184 yards – and Alfred Morris (86 yards). The defense has been a mixed bag, with a solid pass rush led by DeForest Buckner - who ranks second in the league with 3.5 sacks - but a suspect secondary.
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (2-0): The Chiefs possess one of the league’s most explosive offenses, but also one of the NFL’s most combustible defenses. Mahomes has thrown touchdown passes to seven different players, including three to speedster Tyreek Hill, who has made 12 catches for 259 yards to go along with a punt-return touchdown.
49ers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in September and are 6-14-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Chiefs are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game and are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games in September. Home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
|09-23-18||Titans v. Jaguars -9.5||Top||9-6||Loss||-109||2 h 14 m||Show|
The Jacksonville Jaguars made a statement last week with a dominant performance against the defending AFC champions and can improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2004 when they host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Blake Bortles outplayed Tom Brady with 376 passing yards and four touchdowns to lead the Jaguars to a 31-20 win over the New England Patriots in Week 2.
Jacksonville had a 480-302 advantage in total yards to avenge a loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game in January, and it has payback on its mind this week as it prepares for the Titans, who won both meetings in 2017.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota continues to feel tingling in his fingers from an elbow injury suffered in Week 1 and his status remains uncertain.
ABOUT THE TITANS (1-1): Mariota, who ran 16 times for 84 yards in the two wins over Jacksonville last year, was limited at practice Wednesday while throwing with a glove.
Blaine Gabbert threw for 117 yards in relief of Mariota at Miami and finished with the exact same total - as well as a TD pass - in a starting role against the Texans. If he starts he will have big problems vs. this Jags defense.
ABOUT THE JAGUARS (2-0): Bortles was 29-of-45 against the Patriots in perhaps his best overall performance as a pro and he continues to develop chemistry with second-year wideout Keelan Cole, who hauled in seven catches - one with one hand that the league is still buzzing about - for 116 yards and a TD. The Jaguars hope to have another weapon on the field Sunday in the form of running back Leonard Fournette, who missed last week due to hamstring injury but has been practicing on a limited basis.
Titans are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Jaguars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September. Titans are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Jacksonville.
|09-16-18||Colts +6 v. Redskins||Top||21-9||Win||100||2 h 60 m||Show|
The Washington Redskins' defense was impressive in a Week 1 win at Arizona but it will be tested in the coming weeks by a string of top-notch quarterbacks, beginning with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts raced to a 13-point lead in the third quarter last week against Cincinnati before fading down the stretch and turning the ball over in the final minute in a 34-23 loss. Luck completed 39-of-53 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns in his first regular-season game since Jan. 1, 2017.
ABOUT THE COLTS (0-1): Luck will have a big member of his protection unit available Sunday when standout left tackle Anthony Castonzo returns from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the opener. Tight end Jack Doyle had seven catches for a team-high 60 yards against the Bengals but it was his fumble in the final minute that was returned 83 yards for a clinching score as Indianapolis was driving for a potential game-winning touchdown.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS (1-0): While the defense turned heads in the opener vs. Horrible Arizona, Washington was pleased with its new-look backfield. Quarterback Alex Smith (21-of-30, 255 yards and a TD) was solid in his team debut, as was running back Adrian Peterson, who ran 26 times for 96 yards and a TD.
Indianapolis won the last three meetings, including the most recent matchup in 2014, when Luck threw for 370 yards and a career-high five TDs in a 49-27 rout.
Colts are 34-15 ATS in their last 49 games following a straight up loss and are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home. Redskins are 13-28-2 ATS in their last 43 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
|09-16-18||Panthers +6 v. Falcons||Top||24-31||Loss||-110||2 h 59 m||Show|
Matt Ryan has carved up the Carolina Panthers in recent years, and the Atlanta Falcons hope that trend holds when they host their NFC South rivals on Sunday. The Falcons have won four of the last five meetings and haven’t lost to the Panthers at home since 2014.
Ryan has averaged 343.2 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in the last five games of the all-time series, and the Falcons need another big effort from him to avoid a 0-2 start. The Panthers are attempting to begin with a 2-0 record for the fourth time in five seasons.
It’s an annual homecoming for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, a native of nearby College Park, Ga. who has accounted for 25 touchdowns (18 passing, seven rushing) in 14 career games against his hometown team.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS (1-0): Carolina has some issues on offense, as evidenced by the fact Newton was the team’s leading rusher and running back Christian McCaffrey was the leading receiver in the season-opening 16-8 win over Dallas. The Panthers will have to lean on a defense that was dominant against the Cowboys and has gone an NFL-best 21 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher after limiting Ezekiel Elliott to 69 yards on 15 carries.
ABOUT THE FALCONS (0-1): Atlanta was too one-dimensional on offense in an 18-12 loss at Philadelphia, as Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 169 yards but no one else did much of note. Running back Devonta Freeman was off to a good start before leaving with a knee injury and is out for Sunday. The defense had a solid debut but lost two key players in Week 1, as Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal (knee) and Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones (foot) both were placed on injured reserve.
Panthers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. This game will be close and I’ll back the road team with the points.
|09-16-18||Texans -3.5 v. Titans||Top||17-20||Loss||-114||2 h 58 m||Show|
The Tennessee Titans started the Mike Vrabel era with a loss last week, but the first-year head coach should have his team well prepared for Week 2. Vrabel and the Titans will try to earn their first win when they host his former team, the Houston Texans, on Sunday.
ABOUT THE TEXANS (0-1): Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson opened eyes during an injury-shortened 2017 rookie campaign but struggled in Week 1, completing 50 percent of his passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception. I feel he will have a much better game on Sunday. Watson is expected to get another weapon in the passing game on Sunday with the return of wide receiver Will Fuller V, who sat out Week 1 with a hamstring injury.
ABOUT THE TITANS (0-1): Tennessee franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota endured a season debut to forget when he managed 103 passing yards and was intercepted twice before leaving with an elbow injury. Mariota may be dealing with some protection issues in Week 2 with left tackle Taylor Lewan in the concussion protocol and right tackle Jack Conklin (knee), who sat out Week 1, still limited in practice.
Texans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 2. Titans are 17-36-3 ATS in their last 56 vs. AFC South. Texans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
The Texans are my best play of the week.
|09-16-18||Chiefs +4.5 v. Steelers||Top||42-37||Win||100||2 h 47 m||Show|
Patrick Mahomes passed his first test with high marks, but he will face a bigger challenge when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Steelers have caused plenty of problems for the Chiefs in recent years, and their blitz-happy defense will be eager to put the pressure on the second-year quarterback.
While the Chiefs are trying to improve to 2-0, the Steelers are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 21-21 tie at Cleveland in Week 1. Ben Roethlisberger missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, and Josh Dobbs would be in line to see his first NFL action if the veteran quarterback is unable to play. I expect him to play but not at 100 %.
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (1-0): Mahomes shined in his first game as the primary starting quarterback, passing for 256 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. It helped that he had the electric Tyreek Hill at his disposal, as the duo connected seven times for 169 yards and two scores, but the Chiefs need to do a better job of establishing the run.
ABOUT THE STEELERS (0-0-1): Pittsburgh likely would have come away with an easy win last week if not for six turnovers, including three interceptions by Roethlisberger. The absence of holdout running back Le’Veon Bell wasn’t much of a concern, though, as James Conner racked up 192 yards from scrimmage and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. The run defense is a concern after giving up 177 yards to the Browns, and the secondary could be short-handed, too, as cornerback Joe Haden (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday.
Chiefs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in September and are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games. Steelers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
|09-16-18||Eagles -3 v. Bucs||Top||21-27||Loss||-108||2 h 47 m||Show|
Backup quarterbacks making the most of their opportunities will be on display on Sunday as Nick Foles guides the Philadelphia Eagles into the Sunshine State to face Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foles, however, has sputtered since his MVP-winning performance in Super Bowl LII while Fitzpatrick rode a five-touchdown effort (four passing, one rushing) in the season opener to NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The Eagles and Nick Foles find themselves in a favorable situation as they face an injury-depleted Buccaneers secondary that was gashed for 439 passing yards last weekend.
ABOUT THE EAGLES (1-0): Nelson Agholor proved to be Foles' most sure-handed receiver last week with eight receptions, albeit for just 33 yards. Doug Pederson limited Jay Ajayi in the first half against the Falcons due to his ailing toe before upping his carries, resulting in a pair of touchdown runs as well as the coach's admission that the running back's workload would increase.
ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (1-0): Tampa Bay's secondary was still licking its wounds from a savage beating by the Saints before it was dealt another brutal hit with cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (shoulder) being placed on injured reserve. With four-time Pro Bowl selection Brent Grimes nursing a groin injury that sidelined him for the season opener, Tampa Bay relied on rookies Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart as well as third-year pro Ryan Smith versus New Orleans -- and the results weren't pretty.
Eagles are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win. Buccaneers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
|09-10-18||Rams -4 v. Raiders||Top||33-13||Win||100||36 h 32 m||Show|
Jon Gruden's second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders was supposed to begin with a matchup between two of the NFL's best defensive players. Oakland squashed that showdown by trading superstar Khalil Mack last weekend and will need to receive phenomenal efforts from his replacements when it hosts the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.
ABOUT THE RAMS (2017: 11-5, FIRST IN NFC WEST): McVay stated on Thursday that Donald is ready to face Oakland despite missing the entire preseason due to his holdout. The 27-year-old Donald, who leads all NFL defensive tackles with 39 sacks since 2014, has proven to be a fast starter as he recorded two sacks in the 2015 season opener and one in his 2017 debut. Goff, who led Los Angeles to a league-best average of 29.9 points per game last year, was kept out of all of the team's preseason games and may rely heavily on Todd Gurley, who led the NFL in 2017 with 29 rushing touchdowns en route to being named the Offensive Player of the Year.
Rams are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. Raiders are 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall. Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
|09-09-18||49ers v. Vikings -6||Top||16-24||Win||100||2 h 15 m||Show|
The Minnesota Vikings reached the NFC Championship Game last season and then cleaned house at quarterback to make room for Kirk Cousins. The Cousins era gets underway Sunday, when the Vikings host a rising San Francisco 49ers team that won its final five games last season behind newcomer Jimmy Garoppolo.
ABOUT THE 49ERS (2017: 6-10, 4TH IN NFC WEST): San Francisco added Richard Sherman during the offseason, and the cornerback with an NFL-leading 32 interceptions (while with Seattle) since 2011 is fully recovered from an Achilles injury. The running game is a question mark as newcomer Jerrick McKinnon, who spent his first four years with Minnesota, suffered a season-ending knee injury, so recent addition Alfred Morris and Matt Breida - who missed most of the preseason with a shoulder injury - will share the duties. Garoppolo passed for 1,542 yards in his five starts last year and completed at least 70 percent of his passes in three of the outings.
Minnesota's stingy defense is led by star defensive end Everson Griffin (career-best 13 sacks last season) and veteran safety Harrison Smith (career high-tying five interceptions).
|09-09-18||Bucs v. Saints -9.5||Top||48-40||Loss||-110||2 h 14 m||Show|
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to improve upon their last-place finish in the NFC South, but they open the season with a tall task as they take to the road to face the defending division champion New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Making matters worse, the Buccaneers will be without quarterback Jameis Winston, who is serving a three-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (2017: 5-11, 4TH IN NFC SOUTH): Tampa Bay capped a disappointing 2017 season with a win over New Orleans to avoid ending with six straight losses. Winston had a solid campaign, but the team's ground game was deficient, so it will look to Peyton Barber and rookie Ronald Jones to try to establish the run. The team’s biggest weakness a year ago was the league’s worst pass defense.
ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (2017: 5-11, 4TH IN NFC SOUTH): Tampa Bay capped a disappointing 2017 season with a win over New Orleans to avoid ending with six straight losses. Winston had a solid campaign, but the team's ground game was deficient, so it will look to Peyton Barber and rookie Ronald Jones to try to establish the run. The team’s biggest weakness a year ago was the league’s worst pass defense.
|09-09-18||Titans v. Dolphins +1||Top||20-27||Win||100||2 h 14 m||Show|
The Tennessee Titans kick off the Mike Vrabel Era in earnest on Sunday as they open the 2018 NFL season against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Vrabel became the franchise's 19th head coach after replacing Mike Mularkey, who guided the Titans to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and saw the club rally past Kansas City in the wild-card clash.
Marcus Mariota, who sat out Tennessee's 16-10 loss to Miami last season with a left hamstring injury, was instrumental in the victory over the Chiefs after throwing two touchdowns -- including one to himself. The former Heisman Trophy winner, however, tossed more interceptions (15) than touchdown passes (13) last season and is learning a new playbook under former Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur.
ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (2017: 6-10, 3RD IN AFC EAST): Kenyan Drake enjoyed success following the midseason departure of fellow running back Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia, recording 594 scrimmage yards over his final five games of 2017. Drake, however, will be involved in a bit of a timeshare in the backfield with the ageless Frank Gore, who ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,026 career rush yards.
Miami DEs Cameron Wake and offseason acquisition Robert Quinn combined for 19 sacks in 2017.
Titans are 9-21 ATS in their last 30 road games. Dolphins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 1.
|09-09-18||Texans +6.5 v. Patriots||Top||20-27||Loss||-108||2 h 13 m||Show|
One quarterback is coming back from a rare defeat on the NFL's grandest stage while another is returning from an injury that derailed a promising rookie campaign. Three-time NFL Most Valuable Player Tom Brady enters his 19th season when the New England Patriots host Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans in a season-opening matchup on Sunday afternoon.
ABOUT THE TEXANS (2017: 4-12, 4TH IN AFC SOUTH): Hopes are high in Houston after Watson showed what could have been during an abbreviated rookie season, including an electrifying stretch in which the Texans amassed 162 points in a four-game span. Watson threw for 19 touchdowns and six interceptions in seven games (six starts) and his favorite target was DeAndre Hopkins, who piled up 1,378 yards and led the league with 13 touchdowns on 96 receptions.
Texans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September. Patriots are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1.
|02-04-18||Eagles +5 v. Patriots||Top||41-33||Win||100||196 h 20 m||Show|
Eagles + 5
I’m backing the Eagles plus the points in what I believe will be a great Super Bowl. Look for Philadelphia to run right at the Patriots defense who has had problems stopping the run all season. The Patriots don’t have much of a pass rush so I look for QB Nick Foles to have a very good game again this week after what he did to the Vikings defense in the NFC Championship game.
The Patriots will get their points no doubt but with the Eagles stout defense I think Foles can and will outscore Brady.
This is the 11th Super Bowl played between teams from the AFC East and NFC East. Teams from the NFC East have compiled an impressive 8-2 mark in these matchups.
Ajayi is the perfect power running back to exploit a weakness in the New England Patriots defense and lead the charge toward an upset in Super Bowl LII.
Eagles/Patriots over 48
Both these teams have the potential to move the ball with succus and put up points in a hurry. Look for the Eagles to play lose and try to go down field with some big throws by Foles. Brady can always make it happen and lead his team to points.
Over is 12-2 in Eagles last 14 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game and is 10-3 in Eagles last 13 games on fieldturf. Over is 8-2 in Patriots last 10 playoff games.
17 – Props
Team with the most first downs in game:
#239 Eagles + 125
Three unanswered scores in game:
#274 NO +130
Will the game be tied after 0-0?
#277 YES -130
Will there be a lead change in the 2nd half?
#281 YES +150
Will the game be decided by exactly 3 points?
#299 YES +300
Will the Eagles have a rushing touchdown?
#347 YES -170
Eagle player scores two or more touchdowns?
#365 YES +155
Will Jay Ajayi score a touchdown?
#399 YES +140
Will Alshon Jeffery score a touchdown?
#425 YES +120
Eagles total points scored:
#155 OVER 21 ½ -110
Special Point Spread Prop:
#131 Eagles – 3.5 +260
Shortest touchdown scored in game:
#225 1 ½ yards OVER +130
Total players to have a pass attempt:
#329 Total Players 2 ½ OVER +160
Rushing yards by Jay Ajayi:
#391 57 ½ OVER -110
#3152 Jay Ajayi 12/1 - 18/1 SC
Which will be more?
#7229 UNLV Points +4 ½ over Gronk receiving yards
Which will be more?
#7243 Vegas Golden Knights Goals over N.E. Pats touchdowns – pick – even money
|01-21-18||Vikings v. Eagles +3.5||Top||7-38||Win||100||53 h 18 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Eagles attempt to hold serve at home despite being tagged as underdogs for the second consecutive contest on Sunday as they host the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. The top-seeded Eagles benefited from a late defensive stand to fend off Atlanta last week while the second-seeded Vikings scored an improbable last-second touchdown to stun New Orleans.
Jay Ajayi stumbled out of the blocks with a fumble on his first carry last week before finishing with 54 yards rushing and 44 receiving on three catches. The 24-year-old clearly has become Philadelphia's top option out of the backfield following an in-season trade with Miami, but the terrain could be tough against Minnesota's top-ranked overall defense. Alshon Jeffery, who saw all four of his catches result in first downs last week, had a team-best nine touchdown receptions this season and has scored seven times in nine career games versus the Vikings.
Philadelphia lost its last NFC title game appearance against Arizona in the 2008 season, although it emerged victorious the last time it hosted the contest (27-10 win over Atlanta, 2004 season).
The home team has won the last eight conference championship games.
Vikings are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 playoff road games. Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. NFC. Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.
|01-21-18||Jaguars +8 v. Patriots||Top||20-24||Win||100||50 h 42 m||Show|
Not satisfied with a worst-to-first finish in their division, the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars look to continue their remarkable run when they visit the top-seeded New England Patriots for Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Jacksonville will have to solve the most successful coach-quarterback tandem in league history, although four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady missed practice again Thursday with an injured right hand.
The Patriots are appearing in their seventh consecutive AFC Championship Game, but coach Bill Belichick dismissed the idea that the been-there-won-that factor gives his team a huge edge.
The third-seeded Jaguars are brimming with confidence, with star cornerback Jalen Ramsey predicting a victory over the Patriots in the wake of last week's 45-42 win at No. 2 seed Pittsburgh.
Jacksonville led the NFL with seven defensive TDs during the regular season and added another score versus Pittsburgh.
Bottom line here is a expect the Jags to be able to run the ball and open up the passing game for QB Blake Bortles. The Jags will no doubt bring a strong pass rush against Brady and the Patriots offensive line and we have seen what can happen when Brady is under pressure.
Also look for a big play or two from the Jags special teams play.
Jaguars are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 vs. AFC. Patriots are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Championships games.
I’m on the Jags plus the points in what should be a very entertaining game.
|01-14-18||Saints +5 v. Vikings||Top||24-29||Push||0||30 h 1 m||Show|
Saints + 5
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the visiting New Orleans Saints in their season opener and have won five straight at U.S. Bank Stadium heading into the teams' NFC divisional round contest on Sunday. The Vikings are banking their home success pays dividends as they continue their pursuit of becoming the first team to host a Super Bowl when they face off against Drew Brees and the Saints.
Brees penned one of his best performance of the season last weekend by throwing for 376 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers for the third time this season with a 31-26 win in the wild-card game.
Like Minnesota, New Orleans also changed quite a bit after the season opener as former Vikings great Adrian Peterson was jettisoned to Arizona in favor of the two-pronged attack of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. The potent pair became the first running back duo in league history to gain more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage and helped New Orleans lead the NFL with 4.7 yards per carry and 23 rushing touchdowns.
Saints are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games.
|01-14-18||Jaguars +7.5 v. Steelers||Top||45-42||Win||100||26 h 26 m||Show|
Jags + 7.5
Ben Roethlisberger gets a chance to atone for one of the worst games of his career when he guides the Pittsburgh Steelers into Sunday's AFC divisonal round matchup against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. Roethlisberger has guided No. 2 seed Pittsburgh to 10 wins in 11 games since a wretched performance in a 30-9 home loss to Jacksonville in Week 5.
Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh rebounded to win eight in a row following the loss to the third-seeded Jaguars, who set up the rematch with a 10-3 victory over Buffalo in the wild-card round. While Jalen Ramsey picked off Roethlisberger in the first meeting and clinched last week's win with an interception, fellow cornerback A.J. Bouye had a ready response -- "be careful what you ask for" -- upon hearing that the quarterback wants another crack at the Jaguars.
Bortles rushed for 88 yards last week but the Jaguars likely will try to play keep-away by feeding rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who rumbled for a season-high 181 yards and a 90-yard touchdown in the first meeting against Pittsburgh. Calais Campbell leads a pass rush that amassed 55 sacks -- second in the league to Pittsburgh -- while the Jaguars permitted an NFL-low 169.9 yards per game and ranked No. 2 overall with an average of 16.8 points surrendered. Ramsey and Bouye combined for 10 of the team's 21 interceptions, also No. 2 in the league.
Jacksonville led the NFL with seven defensive touchdowns.
Jaguars are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. AFC. Steelers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. Jaguars are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 meetings and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.
|01-13-18||Titans +14 v. Patriots||Top||14-35||Loss||-120||34 h 46 m||Show|
Amid the background of a reported rift between the owner, coach and star quarterback, the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. The Patriots have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in two of the past three seasons and look to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since they accomplished it in 2003-04.
While Brady has 25 playoff wins under his belt, the upstart Titans will arrive in Foxborough fresh off their first postseason win since 2003 -- stunning the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21 after trailing by 18 points at halftime. Tennessee, which lost three straight before beating Jacksonville in Week 17 to clinch a playoff slot, has not won at New England since 2003, when the franchise was still located in Houston.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for more interceptions (15) than scoring passes (13) this season, but he guided Tennessee to three long touchdown drives in the second half, including a TD pass to himself at Kansas City. Mariota also rushed eight times for 46 yards but the Titans' best hopes are to feed backup running back Derrick Henry, who punished the Chiefs for 156 yards and a score on 23 carries. Tight end Delanie Walker had a team-high 74 catches while Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker added 53 and 54, respectively.
Brady put up his usual flashy numbers, leading the league with 4,577 yards and tossing 32 touchdowns versus eight interceptions, but he had just six scoring passes and five picks over the past five games.
|01-13-18||Falcons v. Eagles +3||Top||10-15||Win||100||30 h 58 m||Show|
Although the Philadelphia Eagles boasted the NFL's top mark throughout much of the season and tied a franchise record with 13 wins, they find themselves as the first team in league history to enter its opening playoff game as an underdog. The Eagles aim to silence the critics on Saturday when they host the sixth-seeded Atlanta Falcons in an NFC divisional round contest at Lincoln Financial Field.
The potent running back tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman for Atlanta combined for 1,493 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns this season, but the duo will test the mettle of Philadelphia's top-ranked rushing defense (79.2).
Nick Foles answered a sterling four-touchdown performance versus the New York Giants in Week 15 by completing 23 of 49 passes for 202 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions over his last two appearances.
Zach Ertz is a key part of that offense after earning his first Pro Bowl selection by finishing third among all NFL tight ends with 74 receptions for 824 yards. Ertz and wideout Nelson Agholor each had eight touchdown receptions, one shy of team leader Alshon Jeffery.
Falcons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff road games. Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Divisional Playoffs games. Falcons are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Philadelphia.
|01-07-18||Panthers v. Saints -6.5||Top||26-31||Loss||-112||30 h 2 m||Show|
The New Orleans Saints hope to disprove the notion that it’s tough to beat a team three times in the same season when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in an NFC wild-card matchup. The rivals finished tied atop the NFC South standings, but the Saints earned their first division title since 2011 – and home-field advantage for the third meeting – by virtue of sweeping the regular-season series.
Both teams enter the postseason looking to bounce back from disappointing showings in Week 17. The Saints started 0-2 before a 34-13 victory at Carolina in Week 3 kicked off an eight-game winning streak, but they went 3-3 over their final six contests and their defense was gashed in a 31-24 loss at Tampa Bay last Sunday. Carolina could have captured the division with a win at Atlanta last week, but the offense sputtered in a 22-10 loss. It was only the Panthers’ second defeat in their last nine games, but the other was a 31-21 setback at New Orleans in Week 13.
Newton hasn’t thrown for 300 yards since Week 5 at Detroit and has done so only twice all season, and he tossed three interceptions last week.
New Orleans owns the league’s No. 2 offense, and it’s more balanced than in years past thanks to the rushing duo of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. The Saints even had success running the ball against Carolina’s third-ranked run defense, gaining 148 and 149 yards in the two meetings. New Orleans’ defense turned in two of its best performances of the season against the Panthers, holding them under 300 total yards in both games.
Since 1970, teams that swept the regular-season series also won the playoff rematch 13 out of 20 times.
Panthers are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game. Saints are 23-4 ATS in their last 27 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Panthers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
|01-07-18||Bills v. Jaguars -8.5||Top||3-10||Loss||-108||26 h 28 m||Show|
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills have one thing in common entering Sunday's AFC wild-card matchup - they hardly were trendy choices to make it to the postseason. The Jaguars will make their first playoff appearance since 2007 when they host the Bills, who staged a late run to reach the postseason for the first time since 1999.
Jacksonville was no fluke in going from worst to first, not only winning the AFC South title but also contending for the top overall seed until a surprising loss at San Francisco in Week 16.
Buffalo's one-dimensional offense could be without star running back LeSean McCoy as it prepares to face a Jaguars defense that ranks among the league leaders in yards and points allowed, sacks and interceptions.
Jacksonville's success is built on two familiar pillars - a running game led by rookie Leonard Fournette that paced the league at 141.6 yards per game and a ferocious defense that piled up 55 sacks and 21 interceptions while scoring an NFL-leading seven touchdowns. Blake Bortles completed a career-high 60.2 percent of his passes and had a career-low 13 interceptions - five in his last two games - but could get back leading receiver Marqise Lee (ankle). Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing three games. Pro Bowler Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue lead the pass rush with 14.5 and 12 sacks, respectively.
Bills are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 playoff games. Jaguars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
|01-06-18||Titans v. Chiefs -8||Top||22-21||Loss||-109||28 h 44 m||Show|
Arrowhead Stadium has provided the Kansas City Chiefs one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL – until the postseason. The Chiefs will try to record their first home playoff victory in 24 years when they host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday in an AFC wild-card matchup.
The back-to-back AFC West champion Chiefs have won four straight following a midseason lull and again look like a contender. Their defense made a dramatic turnaround over the final month of the regular season, holding each of their last four opponents under 350 total yards while forcing 12 turnovers.
The Titans are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, squeaking in by snapping a three-game skid with a 15-10 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday. Tennessee went 3-5 on the road, where it averaged just 17.5 points and 270.8 total yards.
Kansas City’s offense went through a slump while losing six of seven games in the middle of the season, but everything clicked again in its last four contests. Rookie Kareem Hunt finished as the NFL’s leading rusher while Alex Smith joined Tom Brady and Drew Brees as the only quarterbacks in the league to pass for more than 4,000 yards with fewer than 10 interceptions, finishing with 4,042 yards and five picks. The Chiefs’ once-suspect secondary played well down the stretch.
Titans are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Chiefs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
|12-31-17||Cardinals +9.5 v. Seahawks||Top||26-24||Win||100||29 h 54 m||Show|
The Seattle Seahawks are looking to stretch their playoff streak to six consecutive seasons, but defeating the visiting Arizona Cardinals on Sunday won't solely do the trick. The Seahawks also need Atlanta to lose to Carolina in order to grab the NFC's final wild-card berth.
Russell Wilson has passed for 3,762 yards and 32 touchdowns but has been shaky over the last two weeks with efforts of 142 and 93 yards.
Arizona will miss the playoffs for the second straight season, and coach Bruce Arians is shooting down rumors that Sunday will be his final game with the team. The Cardinals will play hard for him.
The Cardinals are 3-1 in Seattle during Arians' tenure. Cardinals are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games in Week 17. Seahawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
|12-31-17||49ers -4 v. Rams||Top||34-13||Win||100||29 h 53 m||Show|
The San Francisco 49ers were destined for a top-three draft pick before handing the reins to Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback, and now the franchise is looking up. Garoppolo will try to finish the season on a five-game winning streak when he leads the 49ers into the finale against the host Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
The Rams had their own turnaround while going from 4-12 last season to 11-4 and NFC West champions under first-year coach Sean McVay, and Sunday's finale will not have an impact on the team's postseason position. McVay is expected to sit most of his key players to ensure their health for the playoffs.
Garoppolo and the San Francisco offense had no trouble scoring points against the top defense in the league in last week's 44-33 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Garoppolo is averaging 312.5 yards with four touchdowns in the last four games. While that most likely will not score 44 here but they’ll get their points.
49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December. Rams are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 17.
|12-31-17||Raiders +7.5 v. Chargers||Top||10-30||Loss||-118||29 h 52 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Chargers need to defeat the visiting Oakland Raiders on Sunday and also receive a lot of help if they want to claim an AFC wild-card spot. The Chargers rebounded from an 0-4 start to remain alive in Week 17 as they seek their first playoff appearance since 2013.
In addition to beating Oakland, the Chargers need Jacksonville to defeat Tennessee and have either Baltimore beat Cincinnati or Miami knock off Buffalo to land a berth.
While Los Angeles has a lot for which to play, the Raiders are wrapping up a highly disappointing campaign and looking to end a three-game losing streak.
The Chargers posted a 17-16 win over Oakland on Oct. 15 to halt a four-game slide in the all-time series.
Raiders are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game. Chargers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in December. Road team is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
|12-31-17||Saints -6 v. Bucs||Top||24-31||Loss||-105||29 h 52 m||Show|
With a playoff berth already secured, the New Orleans Saints aim for the NFC South title when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Saints need just a victory to claim the crown but also would finish atop the division with either a loss by Carolina or a tie by both clubs.
New Orleans put itself in position to win the division by bouncing back from a loss at Atlanta in Week 14 with victories over the New York Jets and Falcons. The title would be the first since 2011 for the Saints, who went 7-9 in four of their last five seasons - including each of the last three. Tampa Bay hopes to avoid ending the campaign with a six-game losing streak, as it has not been victorious since recording a 30-20 win at Miami on Nov. 19.
Brees leads the NFL with a 71.9 completion percentage and can eclipse Sam Bradford's 71.6 mark last season for the best in league history.
Saints are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 vs. NFC South and are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 road games. Buccaneers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC.
|12-31-17||Bears v. Vikings -11||Top||10-23||Win||100||26 h 36 m||Show|
The Minnesota Vikings used a victory over the Chicago Bears to ignite an eight-game winning streak that sent the team on its way toward the NFC North title. The Vikings have even bigger fish to fry on Sunday, as they'll bid to secure a first-round bye with a victory over the visiting Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Vikings are bidding for their fourth season sweep of the Bears since 2000, although they could also receive a first-round bye if Carolina falls to Atlanta. Chicago has won two of three in what has been another difficult season under the watch of John Fox, who has heard rumblings about his job after posting a 14-33 mark at the helm in the Windy City.
Jerick McKinnon totaled his second-best career total in scrimmage yards with 146 in the previous en Bears are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game encounter with Chicago, highlighted by a 55-yard touchdown run.
Bears are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game. Vikings are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games after accumulating less than 250 total yards in their previous game. Home team is 22-8 ATS in their last 30 meetings.
|12-24-17||Seahawks v. Cowboys -4.5||Top||21-12||Loss||-110||50 h 50 m||Show|
Ezekiel Elliott is back from a six-game suspension as the Dallas Cowboys look to remain in the playoff hunt when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The star running back was disciplined for an alleged domestic violence incident after racking up 783 rushing yards through the first eight contests of the season.
Elliott returns at a time when the Cowboys could be eliminated from the NFC wild-card race - a loss to Seattle and a victory by Atlanta would end the playoff pursuit. Elliott figures to provide a boost as he is well-rested and not experiencing the bumps and bruises most NFL running backs feel in late December.
Seattle has allowed 72 points while losing its last two games, and the horrific showing against the Rams placed the team in a rare must-win situation regarding both its NFC West and wild-card aspirations.
Elliott's presence should help second-year quarterback Dak Prescott (2,964 yards, 21 touchdowns), who has thrown 11 interceptions this season after being picked off just four times last year. Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is tied for third in the NFL with 13.5 sacks, while star linebacker Sean Lee has recorded 28 tackles and one interception over the last two games after returning from a hamstring injury.
Seahawks are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. Cowboys are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. Seahawks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
|12-24-17||Jaguars v. 49ers +4.5||Top||33-44||Win||100||49 h 29 m||Show|
The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a remarkable turnaround from a three-win season to earn a postseason berth for the first time in 10 years. The Jaguars now look to clinch their first division title since 1999 with a victory over the host San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Jacksonville owns a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South as it has won seven of eight contests and each of its last three after trouncing Houston 45-7 last week. The Jaguars will secure the division crown with a win or tie against the 49ers, or if the Titans tie or lose to the Los Angeles Rams.
What once would be considered a laugher no longer should be, as Jimmy Garoppolo has led San Francisco to three straight victories since becoming the team's starting quarterback. The 49ers lost their first nine games of the season before winning four of their last five, including a 25-23 triumph over Tennessee last Sunday.
Since Garoppolo became the team's starter in Week 13, San Francisco has had just one possession on which it failed to record a first down and has put together 18 scoring drives - second in the league.
Jaguars are 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game. 49ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss or push.
|12-24-17||Broncos +3.5 v. Redskins||Top||11-27||Loss||-110||46 h 23 m||Show|
The Denver Broncos continue their quest to finish a disappointing season on an upswing when they visit the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Denver's campaign began strong as it won three of its first four games, but the team lost eight in a row after its bye week before posting back-to-back wins, including a 25-13 triumph at Indianapolis last week.
The Broncos have been using a quarterback carousel recently due to ineffectiveness and injuries, with Brock Osweiler replacing an ailing Trevor Siemian against the Colts and going 12-for-17 for 194 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a score. Denver occupies last place in the AFC West while Washington also has had a discouraging season as it is third in the NFC East and will miss the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 years.
Broncos LB Von Miller has recorded a sack in 18 of his 23 career games against NFC teams.
Redskins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
|12-24-17||Falcons v. Saints -5.5||Top||13-23||Win||100||46 h 23 m||Show|
The Atlanta Falcons control their own destiny in the race for the NFC South title after holding off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday for their fifth win in the last six games. The New Orleans Saints, who host the Falcons on Sunday, are a game up on Atlanta in the division and will clinch a playoff berth while moving one step closer to an NFC South title with a victory.
The NFC South could end up sending three teams to the playoffs along with the Carolina Panthers, and the Falcons brought themselves into this position by figuring out how to win tight games in the last two weeks, including a 20-17 triumph at home over New Orleans in Week 14.
The Saints followed that loss to the Falcons with a 31-19 triumph over the New York Jets last week and are trying not to assign extra importance to this week's meeting.
New Orleans became the first team in 42 years to have two running backs make the Pro Bowl when Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara were announced as two of the team's six representatives. The two are on pace to become the first duo in NFL history to each go over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and are already at a combined 2,756 yards from scrimmage and 23 touchdowns.
Falcons are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. Saints are 22-4 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 vs. NFC.
|12-24-17||Browns +6.5 v. Bears||Top||3-20||Loss||-110||46 h 22 m||Show|
The Cleveland Browns have just two more chances to avoid making NFL history as they search for their first win of the season at Chicago on Sunday. The Browns are already the first team in league history to start consecutive seasons at 0-14 and will need to win on Sunday or notch an unlikely upset next week at Pittsburgh to avoid becoming just the second team in the NFL (Detroit, 2008) to go 0-16.
Cleveland enters the contest ranked last in the league in scoring, averaging just 14.8 points behind wildly inconsistent quarterback DeShone Kizer, who has thrown nine touchdown passes and 19 interceptions on the season. The Bears will also start a rookie under center in Mitchell Trubisky, who recorded his first 300-yard passing game last week. Despite the lofty numbers, however, Trubisky threw three interceptions in a game for the first time in his career in a 20-10 loss at Detroit. The Bears enter the contest losers of six of their last seven games.
Coach John Fox appears to be on the hot seat, posting a 13-33 record since joining the team in 2015 and rumors are swirling he'll be relieved at the end of the season.
Browns are 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Bears are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
|12-24-17||Chargers -6.5 v. Jets||Top||14-7||Win||100||46 h 21 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Chargers look to regain their momentum as well as bolster their playoff hopes when they visit the New York Jets on Sunday. The Chargers reeled off four consecutive victories before losing to Kansas City last weekend to fall one game back in both the AFC West and wild-card races.
Los Angeles is in a must-win situation as it trails the Chiefs in the AFC West and three teams (Tennessee, Buffalo and Baltimore) in the wild-card race. The Jets will miss the postseason for the seventh consecutive season.
New York ranks 26th in scoring defense (24.4 points per game), and that could be an issue against the Chargers, who rank seventh in total offense (368 yards) and third in passing offense (268.8).
Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers (3,838 yards, 24 touchdowns) is enjoying a superb season and is 162 yards away from becoming the fourth player with at least nine 4,000-yard campaigns. Star receiver Keenan Allen (88 receptions, 1,197 yards) also is headed to the Pro Bowl thanks to his stellar performance while running back Melvin Gordon is just 69 yards shy of his first career 1,000-yard season. Defensive end Joey Bosa (11.5 sacks) and cornerback Casey Hayward (four interceptions) are Pro Bowl selections on a defensive unit that ranks third in scoring defense (18.2 points).
Chargers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 14 points.
|12-23-17||Vikings -8 v. Packers||Top||16-0||Win||100||30 h 50 m||Show|
The Minnesota Vikings already have wrapped up the NFC North title but there still is plenty at stake when they pay a visit to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. While Green Bay is out of playoff contention, the Vikings are in the hunt for a first-round bye and have an outside shot at home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
While Minnesota would need Philadelphia to lose twice to have a chance to secure the No. 1 overall seed, it will clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Packers and a loss or tie by Carolina. The Vikings received a boost when Green Bay was knocked out of the playoff chase and quarterback Aaron Rodgers was placed on injured reserve, but they are not taking their bitter division rivals lightly.
Case Keenum had a pedestrian performance against the Packers two months ago, but he has posted a passer rating above 100 in five of the last six games, including a 138.4 mark last week when he completed a season-high 87 percent (20 of 23, 2 TDs) of his passes. Wideout Adam Thielen, also named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, had nine catches in the first meeting this season and torched Green Bay for a career-high 202 yards with 12 catches and two TDs last December at Lambeau Field. The backfield tandem of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon continues to supply outstanding production, with each going over 100 yards from scimmage last weekend. The Vikings lead the NFC in both points (17.3) and total yards (283.9) yards, and are yielding 85.3 yard on the ground.
Vikings are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC. Packers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
|12-18-17||Falcons -6 v. Bucs||Top||24-21||Loss||-112||74 h 29 m||Show|
|12-17-17||Rams +3 v. Seahawks||Top||42-7||Win||100||47 h 50 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Rams are vying for their first playoff berth since 2004 and can move closer to making that a reality when they visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The Rams have a slim chance of clinching a postseason spot this Sunday, but a loss will forge a tie for first place in the NFC West and put the Seahawks in the driver's seat by virtue of sweeping the season series.
Seattle recorded a 16-10 victory in Los Angeles earlier this season, which gives Sunday's showdown the definitive feel of a must-win game.
The Seahawks are fighting through some defensive injury issues, and coach Pete Carroll is mighty concerned about Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff, who is having a solid second NFL season.
Seattle ranks eighth in scoring defense at 19.4 points per game, but middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (hamstring) and outside linebacker K.J. Wright (concussion) are in jeopardy of missing the contest.
Rams are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. Seahawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
|12-17-17||Ravens v. Browns +7||Top||27-10||Loss||-105||44 h 45 m||Show|
After having a three-game winning streak snapped last week at Pittsburgh, the Baltimore Ravens look to continue their playoff push when they visit the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Ravens blew a late double-digit lead in a wild 39-38 loss to the Steelers last week that knocked them into a tie for the final wild-card slot in the AFC.
Baltimore ranks fourth in the NFL, allowing 18.9 points a game, but were helpless to stop Ben Roethlisberger last week as the veteran Steelers quarterback threw for 506 yards.
The losses continue to mount Cleveland, which is 0-13 for the second straight season. The Browns self-destructed last week in a 27-21 overtime loss to Green Bay, dropping a critical third-down pass which would have allowed them to run out the clock with the lead in regulation before DeShone Kizer threw a game-turning interception in the extra session.
Apparently not even the return of wide receiver Josh Gordon can change Cleveland's fortunes. In addition to Gordon, who caught his first touchdown pass since 2013 last week, the Browns are now getting production from other receivers such as Corey Coleman, who had five catches for 62 yards and a score against the Packers.
Ravens are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game. Road team is 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 meetings.
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