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NFL Odds: Book backing home dogs

Home dogs have been barking loudly this season, but bettors aren't buying them this week.

As of Friday, online sportsbook Bovada had taken lopsided action on three road favorites - the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, and San Francisco 49ers.

The Broncos are 7-point favorites over the Indianapolis Colts in Peyton Manning’s return to Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts have covered seven consecutive games as home underdogs, but slowing down Manning and the Broncos will take a special effort. All six of Denver’s games have gone OVER the total.

The Bears are small 1-point road favorites at Washington. The Redskins have beaten the Bears in 10 of the last 12 meetings. The last meeting came in 2010, with the Redskins pulling out a 17-14 win on the road. The Bears, however, have clearly been the better team this season and have had a couple extra days to prepare. Chicago bested the New York Giants last Thursday. The Redskins were hammered at Dallas in the Sunday night game to fall to 1-4 straight-up and against the spread.

The 49ers are 4-point favorites at the Tennessee Titans, who have not been the same team since starting quarterback Jake Locker went down with an injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t been awful in place of Locker, but the Titans have had turnover issues with the journeyman quarterback under center. Tennessee has turned the ball over five times in their last two games, both losses. San Francisco comes to town having won three straight and with a surging ground game. QB Colin Kaepernick is coming off his best passing performance of the season in a win over the Arizona Cardinals, and Frank Gore has gone over the 100-yard mark in two of his last three games.

The other game Bovada is lopsided on is the struggling Houston Texans’ visit to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Bettors are flocking to bet against the Texans, who are the only team in the league yet to cover the spread (0-6 ATS). QB Case Keenum will be making his first career NFL start in place of the injured Matt Schaub. With the quarterback change, this spread went from Kansas City -3 to -7 as of Friday. With that kind of line movement, it’s not surprising that that book is rooting heavily for the Texans to cover the spread for the first time this season.