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NFL Week 16 OddsShark Computer Picks

Carolina Panthers Josh Norman

We've reached the late stages of the 2015 NFL campaign, but like any good team, the OddsShark Super Computer is not going to fade down the stretch. According to the Computer, football fans shouldn't expect a lot of tightly contested affairs this week. The Computer, like many NFL bettors this year, is a supporter of the Carolina Panthers as it has tabbed the Panthers to pound the Atlanta Falcons 32.3-13.7.

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Lions vs 49ers: Odds Preview

Calvin Johnson Lions

With both the Lions and 49ers eliminated from the playoffs, these teams only have one thing to play for—pride! At the end of the day isn’t that what it’s all about? Well, not quite. Maybe some of the players own themselves in fantasy leagues and are trying to win their league championship. I guess that’s a different type of pride though.

The 49ers have been a team to completely stay away from—especially when they’re on the road as they’ve gone 1-8 SU and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games away from home. As far as playing on the road in December, things are even worse as they’ve gone 4-13 ATS in their 17 road December games.

They visit Ford Field to play a Lions team who are also trending in the wrong direction, posting a 2-6 home ATS record over their last eight games in Detroit. The Lions haven’t responded well to being a favorite in recent years, going 1-13 ATS in their last 14 games as favorites in December.

The opening total for the game is set at 43 and both teams are trending OVER. The 49ers have gone OVER in five of their last seven road games, while Detroit has gone OVER in five of their last six home games. 

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701263
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Chiefs Are the Hottest Team In the NFL

The Kansas City Chiefs were thought to be dead in the water after starting 1-5, but an eight-game winning streak has firmly made them the hottest team in football. The Chiefs have been on fire for bettors as well, with a 7-1 ATS record in their past eight games. Kansas City will continue their trek to the playoffs when they host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Alex Smith continues to be one of the most efficient quarterbacks around as the former #1 overall pick has thrown 10 touchdowns and just one interception during the Chiefs’ winning streak. Kansas City’s defense has stepped up big time for the team as opponents have been held to 12.3 points per game in their past eight games.

The Browns have pretty much been a dumpster fire this season, but it has somehow gotten worse as the season has gone on. The Browns are 1-8 SU in their last nine games while covering just once in that span. 

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701264
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Week 16 NFL Odds: Eagles vs Redskins

Sam Bradford Eagles

A battle between the 7-7 Washington Redskins and 6-8 Philadelphia Eagles has major playoff implications…and in no way is that depressing. Philly has struggled to cover when they are hosting their NFC East opponents, with the Eagles going just 2-6 ATS in their past eight games at home to the Redskins.

The Eagles were starting to heat up coming into Week 15 with two wins over good teams, only to be thumped 40-17 at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles defense is downright awful this season, but somehow it has been even worse lately as the team has allowed 35.6 points per game in their past five contests.

Kirk Cousins put on one of the best performances by a quarterback this season last week against the Buffalo Bills. Cousins completed 78.6 percent of his passes for 319 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Since the Redskins bye week in Week 8, Cousins has thrown for 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

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701260
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Jets Hold ATS Edge Over Patriots

Brandon Marshall Jets

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the Patriots have won eight of their last nine games vs the Jets, but more often than not they’ve come out on the losing end on the ATS side. In their last five games against each other, the Jets have gone 4-0-1 ATS with four of those games being decided by three or less points.

The Jets have been a strong bet at home, going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 at home, and are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five home games in December. If you’re thinking upset here, it might be best to think again as the Jets have struggled in the underdog role, winning just three of their last 13 as underdogs. 

After uncharacteristic back-to-back losses for New England in Weeks 12 and 13, things are back to normal for Brady and company after winning by 21 points and 17 points in their last two games. Being on the road shouldn’t impact the Patriots as they’ve won 12 of their last 16 games in New York vs the Jets, and are a perfect 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS as road favorites vs the Jets in their last five. 

Fans of high scoring games might be in for a treat in this one as 10 of the last 12 games between the teams has gone OVER, including five straight OVERs when the teams play in New York.

 

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701268
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NFL Touchdown Receptions Leader Odds

Baldwin Wilson Seahawks

With only two weeks of regular season NFL action remaining, playoff positioning isn’t the only thing fans have their eyes on as a number of important stat categories are still up for grabs. Perhaps the tightest category is receiving touchdowns with nine players having between 10 and 13 touchdown catches. Online sportsbook Bovada has compiled a list of the most likely players to lead the league in touchdown receptions with Doug Baldwin and Odell Beckham leading the way at +175.

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NFL Week 16 Betting Trends Analysis

How does a team go from leading the NFL in sacks a year ago with 54 to ranking 30th with just 20 this season despite having the same players? Hire Rex Ryan, which is what Buffalo did.

At 6-8, the Bills are missing the playoffs for the 15th straight season, longest streak in the NFL. Tactics certainly aren't Ryan's strength. But he is capable of motivating players. Buffalo is minus six hosting Dallas.

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TNF Odds Preview: Raiders vs Chargers

Cooper Raiders

The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have been competitive on the field, with the two teams splitting their last six games, but the Raiders have been dominating at the betting window. The Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their past six games against their AFC West rivals.

Oakland has a promising future, but they are not there yet as they are 2-5 SU in their last five games with an average scoring margin of minus six. Derek Carr torched the Chargers when these teams met earlier this season with three touchdowns and no interceptions while posting a passer rating of 137.7.

If you had Danny Woodhead on your fantasy team last week you’re likely one game closer to a championship as the running back scored four touchdowns in the game vs Miami, which matched his total for the entire season before the game. Philip Rivers has started to look more pedestrian as of late with three touchdowns and four interceptions in the past four games.

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701259
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NFL Week 16 Opening Odds Analysis

Possible playoff game previews highlight the NFL Week 16 card. Arizona opened minus four at home to Green Bay and is up to 4.5 at most bet shops. Denver is minus 3.5 hosting Cincinnati Monday night.

This is only the second time the Packers are an underdog this season. They closed plus one at Minnesota on November 22. The Packers are 3-10-1 ATS when taking points since the middle of 2012. The Cardinals are 20-11 against the spread (ATS) as a favorite under Bruce Arians.

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NFC East Futures: Redskins to Lose

Kirk Cousins Redskins

Maybe it’s kind of ironic that the division that’s been the laughingstock of the NFL this season is also offering the tightest race as the season starts to wind down. With their victory over the Bills last week, The Washington Redskins took a one-game lead in the division and have become the favorite to win the NFC East according to Bovada.

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