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NFL: Book rooting against Broncos

Bettors are backing the NFL’s undefeated teams heavily this week, leaving one book rooting for a bunch of home underdogs.

Heading into the weekend, nine of every 10 bets have been on the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and Denver Broncos in their respective games, Bovada book manager Kevin Bradley told OddsShark.com.

The Chiefs are 3-point road favorites over the Tennessee Titans, who will be without starting quarterback Jake Locker. Ryan Fitzpatrick is set to start in place of Locker, who injured his hip last week against the Jets and will out at least a month. Kansas City opened as a 1-point favorite, but the line moved to minus-3 with the quarterback news and heavy betting on the unbeaten Chiefs.

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There’s also lopsided action on the Saints, who head to Chicago to take on the Bears in what could be rainy conditions at Soldier Field. New Orleans is listed as 1.5-point favorite at Bovada, while most books have the game listed as a pick‘em. The Saints are 4-0, but three of those wins have come in the friendly confines of the Superdome. They did not play well in their lone road game and needed a last-second field goal to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There is a significant chance of rain with cool temperatures and a stiff breeze in the forecast for Chicago on Sunday. If the conditions hinder quarterback Drew Brees and the passing attack, the Saints do not have a consistent running game to fall back on.

Bovada also will be rooting for the UNDER on the Dallas Cowboys, who host red-hot Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Denver is a 9-point favorite over the Cowboys. The last time Dallas was a home underdog of this size was in the first week of the 2001 season against the Buccaneers.

You get the idea the books will be rooting for whoever plays against the Broncos all season. Denver has yet to be challenged and is averaging 44.75 points per game.