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NFL Opening Betting Lines: Week 11

A month ago no one was thinking the New York Giants would be favored when the Green Bay Packers visited for a Week 11 game. However, a lot has changed with both teams over the last four weeks, and the Giants find themselves as 7-point favorites over the banged-up Packers.

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers went down with a shoulder injury two weeks ago in a Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears. Rodgers is out for a couple more weeks, and the Packers are scrambling to find an adequate replacement. Veteran backup Seneca Wallace started last week, but also got hurt in a loss to the Detroit Lions. Scott Tolzien is expected to start this week against the Giants, who have won three straight.

Eli Manning has bounced back from his atrocious start, and the Giants seem to have found some chemistry. The Giants have covered the spread in four of their last five meetings with the Packers.

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While Rodgers is out, the Denver Broncos will have their superstar QB when they face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Sunday primetime game. After undergoing an MRI on his sore ankle, Peyton Manning is good to go for a huge AFC West game.

Denver opened as a 7.5-point favorite this week. The Broncos won both meetings with the Chiefs last season, but this is a different Kansas City team under new coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs are 4-0 against the spread on the road this season and feature one of the NFL’s top defenses.

In another big game, the New Orleans Saints opened as 2.5-point home favorites over the San Francisco 49ers. The Saints have covered the spread in 20 of their last 24 games as home favorites, but the 49ers have beaten the Saints in each of the past two seasons.

The Carolina Panthers are favored over the New England Patriots for the first time ever in an excellent Monday night game, for a change. The Panthers opened as 1.5-point favorites over the visiting Patriots, who are coming off a bye. The number ticked down to Carolina -1 at some shops early in the week. The Patriots are 8-1 against the spread in the past nine games as road underdogs and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 appearances on Monday night.