Carolina want to establish the run and have the means to do so. Meanwhile New York is one of the most banged up teams in football right now, especially on offense. If this total was 40 or lower, I’d stay away entirely but I’m having a tough time seeing where the points are coming from here. Both sides have been putting up their yards and points in garbage time recently, but I don’t see either side pulling away for garbage time to be a factor.
Bragging rights and draft go right here order will be on the line when the two square off this Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Detroit Lions have been a slight surprise this season as they currently lead the AFC North division above the Minnesota Vikings and the third place Green Bay Packers. They enter week 13 having won six of their last seven games and with some impressive wins along the way.
Week 7 of the NFL season begins Thursday night when the Cleveland Browns host the Denver Broncos. Refer to the table below for a side-by-side comparison of the opening and current Las Vegas consensus lines for all Week 7 NFL games including those discussed above. Two games, two game-sealing TD passes from Derek Carr and the 2-0 Raiders.
The rest of the market generally opened higher, which surprised me. The way Kansas City’s defense has been playing vs. quality offenses, I was afraid my opener had been a little high. Then a sharp stepped in hard on Tennessee, so I dropped back to five.
That is not good news for Pittsburgh which has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. They were also gashed for 222 rushing yards last week by the Dolphins. The Vikings lost for the first time last week to a very good Philadelphia defense. Quarterback Sam Bradford was sacked six times and picked off once in a defeat. Minnesota will not see as a good a defense on Monday night in Chicago, but they need to find a way to produce yards on the ground.
Week 6 was one of some significant steps forward for Justin Fields as he threw his first career touchdown and made Aaron Rodgers and the Packers sweat for a good chunk of the game. The final stats weren’t particularly impressive for Fields, but the Bears gradually let him open up the offense more. The more significant concern is Fields was sacked four times on Sunday and now has to face the likes of Shaquill Barrett and Vita Vea behind a struggling offensive line. However, the Buccaneers are still without Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Antoine Winfield Jr., and Richard Sherman. Fields could take advantage of the weakened secondary with Darnell Mooney and Allen Robinson capable of making some plays.
He only played the first quarter in the season finale since the Eagles had locked up the NFC’s top seed in the playoffs, but for Philadelphia to advance Foles is going to have to perform. Philadelphia, which enters Super Bowl LII as the biggest underdog in history, has reason to be optimistic. Twenty-eight NFL teams finished the regular season ahead of the Patriots in total defense. Only Indianapolis, the New York Giants, and Tampa Bay were worse.
Even if Jones sits, there’s still more than enough offense on both sides to produce a shootout, making my NFL bet of the day 1 unit on the Over 57.5 (-110) at Caesars. Antonio Gibson continues to work through his stress fracture in his shin, which appeared to be hampering him in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He even left the game temporarily, although he did return and will likely suit up against the Green Bay Packers this week. Cleveland’s wave of injuries has caused their odds to tumble over at our NFL gameday odds.