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NFL Odds: Book needs Washington win

The Kansas City Chiefs rushed out to a 9-0 start to become the NFL’s betting darlings, but the Chiefs have fallen on hard times and are riding a three-game losing streak as they head to the nation’s capital for Week 14 to take on the struggling Washington Redskins.

Bettors aren’t jumping off the Chiefs bandwagon just yet, though. In fact, it’s all-aboard the Kansas City train at Bovada. After opening as less than field-goal favorites, the Chiefs have grown to as high as 3.5-point favorites over the Redskins.

“We need Washington huge,” a Bovada representative told OddsShark.com.

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The Chiefs-Redskins game is setting up to be the biggest decision of the weekend at Bovada. The book needs Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III to have his best game of the season against a surly Chiefs defense that was just dissected by Peyton Manning for a second time in three weeks. Griffin has been mired in a sophomore slump that has fans grumbling and teammates questioning his leadership.

He’s up against a stunning trend – the Redskins are 4-14 against the spread in their last 18 games as home underdogs.

Bovada also is rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, who are growing favorites over a Seattle Seahawks team that demolished them in Week 2. After opening as 2.5-point favorites, the 49ers were laying a full three points to the Seahawks at most shops as of Friday night.

San Francisco has put together a second-half surge after a rocky start. The 49ers have won seven of nine, but find themselves three games back of Seattle in the NFC West. Another loss would end San Francisco’s division-title hopes and turn its focus to the Wild Card race.

Bovada also needs the Carolina Panthers, who head to New Orleans having won eight straight games. The Panthers have covered the spread in 11 of their last 12 games at New Orleans. The Saints were giving three points to the Panthers as of Friday.

Drew Brees and the Saints don’t lose often at the Superdome and have been deadly coming off a loss under coach Sean Payton. The Saints were drilled 34-7 at Seattle on Monday night.