and against the spread.
How about this apparent n mismatch (from a betting perspective), one that resulted in another major line move this week: The Broncos opened as 3.5-point favourites over the Bengals before being flooded up to 5.5. The simple answer? Over their past six games, Denver is 5-1 vs. the spread while Cincinnati is 1-5.
The swift reaction of n the Chiefs to part ways with running back Kareem Hunt prompted an equally swift reaction from bookmakers posting Super Bowl odds. Obviously, the Chiefs are considered to be one of the top contenders, but the team that was 5-1 in those odds before the Hunt news slipped to 5.5-1 in many Vegas books.
Is this the week the Lions n pack it in? The line suggests that might be the fear as they are 10-point home dogs to the high-flying Rams. Essentially, that number is also a stand against the leaky Lions defence and an inconsistent offence that is further hampered by notable injuries.
A big inter-conference n game among the late Sunday afternoon starts has the Vikings — trying to stay in the NFC North race — facing the Patriots in New England. It’s always amusing to hear the inevitable Tom Brady is done stories but the Patriots are 8-3 straight up and a solid 7-4 vs. the spread. To back the Pats here, however, you have to give up five points. Of note, New England is 5-0 straight up and 4-1 vs. the spread at home so far this season.