ROB LONGLEY’S YOU BET

Ottawa Sun - - SPORTS -

What hap­pens when you pit the pu­trid New York Jets against the even more odor­if­er­ous Buf­falo Bills? Well, in Week 10, it gets you the low­est over/un­der of the sea­son, a measly 36.5 points.

It’s all for good rea­son, ob­vi­ously, given that in nine games the Bills have scored just eight touch­downs, one of just 13 teams to punch it in 13 times or less this deep in the sea­son since 1940.

A fun stat sur­round­ing the woe­ful Bills of­fence that has been mak­ing the rounds this week: The Saints and Rams com­bined to match the Bills eight TD to­tal in just 35 min­utes last Sun­day night.

The fa­mous and lu­cra­tive Las Ve­gas Su­per­con­test of NFL hand­i­cap­ping does it’s job ev­ery year of re­ward­ing the best and most con­sis­tent win­ning se­lec­tions through­out the sea­son. But lately it’s turn­ing into a con­sen­sus con­test. Over the past two weeks, the most se­lected teams — or con­sen­sus plays — have gone 5-0 vs. the spread. So what are those picks this week? Ea­gles, Pa­tri­ots, Sea­hawks, Fal­cons and Charg­ers.

Be­ware of back­ing the Li­ons, who seem to be get­ting a gen­er­ous seven points in a divi­sional road meet­ing with the Bears. The Li­ons are just 3-9 vs. the spread in their past 12 games vs. teams with win­ning records while the Bears are 4-1 vs. the spread in their past five home games.

In a sea­son of bulging point spreads, the Chiefs are the lat­est head­ing into Sun­day’s game against the lowly Car­di­nals as 16.5-point home favourites. The pre­vi­ous time Kansas City was favoured by more than 14.5 was way back in 1992 and the 16.5 num­ber is the largest spread in their his­tory. Ve­gas hand­i­cap­pers re­port that in the past 10 sea­sons 21 NFL teams have been favoured by 16 points are more and they boast a 20-1 record straight up. It’s a dif­fer­ent deal vs. the spread how­ever, with an 8-12-1 record. As dif­fi­cult as it is to imag­ine now, that only straight up ‘L’ came ear­lier this sea­son when the Bills up­set the Vik­ings as 16-point dogs.

Re­mem­ber when the Jack­sonville Jaguars were con­sid­ered a savvy bet­ting play? Well, the Jags are rid­ing a meek 0-4 run vs. the spread and find them­selves as three-point road dogs vs. the Colts.

Look­ing to re­bound from a loss, the Rams are 10-point home favourites over Seat­tle. Of note, it’s the first time in his ca­reer that Sea­hawks QB Rus­sell Wil­son has been a dou­ble-digit un­der­dog.

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