The NFL schedule offers us 15 games on Sunday and Monday. This makes for a wonderful menu of betting possibilities.
What follows are ten plays worth considering – five bets on sides and five bets on totals. This first article will focus on sides only. The follow up article (coming Sunday morning) will list the totals recommendations.
All odds are courtesy of SPREADS.CA:
FIVE BEST SIDES
Jacksonville +7.5 vs. Tennessee – The Jaguars have very quietly covered in 4 of their last 5 games, despite all of them being losses. The Titans will be in a foul mood after their stumble to the Browns last week in which they fell behind by four touchdowns. But with the pressure off Jacksonville, they are playing well and have enough weapons on offense to keep this within the margin. Titans defense has been dreadful the last four games, allowing an average of 30-plus.
Miami + 7.5 vs. Kansas City – Miami is the hottest team in the NFL against the spread, covering in 6 of their last 7 games. Now, they host the Super Bowl champs at home, and catch more than a TD. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have slept through their last two games (both wins, but non-covers) and have dropped 4 of 5 against the number. Take the feisty Dolphins, with the league's stingiest defense (allowing just 17 PPG).
Washington +3 vs. San Francisco – Washington has turned things around and is playing for the division title. With momentum on their side, and a defense that's improving each week, they should be competitive in a close game. In a match-up either team can win, we have to take the field goal (+3).
Buffalo -2 vs. Pittsburgh – The previously unbeaten Steelers were exposed last week, badly outplayed and out-coached in the second half in what turned out to be their first loss. Their 11-1 record kinda' stinks when you take a look at the weak opposition they've defeated. Now, they travel to the NFL's hottest team at the moment, and won't be at full strength due to some key injuries. Buffalo offense continues to improve and the defense was already a Top-Five unit. Bills should win this one and get the cover.
Cleveland +3 vs. Baltimore – Browns have won 4 straight, and come in with two appealing positives – they are playing good defense and they can run the ball effectively. Meanwhile, Baltimore has been inconsistent and doesn't play as well in big games, evidenced by defeats to Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and New England. The Ravens only win this last month was beating terrible Dallas. Grab the Browns here at the home dog, which have more to prove and are playing better football at the moment. A rare MNF game in Cleveland will also hype up the Browns.