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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.

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