Barring any sideline procedures by Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, the Steelers should have the edge this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in a crucial showdown between AFC playoff hopefuls.
The Steelers, who are laying -3 at Bovada, are 5-7 on the year and would have to win the rest of the way to think about playing in the postseason. The Dolphins are one game better and tied with the Baltimore Ravens at 6-6.
But if the playoffs started this weekend, the Ravens would be in and Miami's season would be over.
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So in this must-win for both teams, a low-scoring defensive affair wouldn't be surprising, especially since the total has stayed under in 15 of Miami's last 22 road games. Miami has lost five straight to the Steelers, but the Dolphins are on a 7-1 run both SU and ATS when installed as an underdog of three of less.
Once the lone remaining undefeated team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs have lost three in a row and will look to get back on track in the nation's capital against the Washington Redskins.
The Chiefs, who are -3, arrive in D.C. on a 5-0 win streak both SU and ATS against the Redskins dating back to 1992. Kansas City has also won and covered four straight as road chalk. The Redskins, meanwhile, have lost 14 of their last 18 as home underdogs.
The NFC West showdown many thought would be worth much more at the beginning of the season doesn't carry as much weight now that the Seattle Seahawks have distanced themselves from the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle rolls in on an 8-2 ATS run on the road, and has won six straight divisional games. The 49ers, meanwhile, are in on a 7-1-1 ATS win streak overall.
In a key NFC South contest, Carolina visits New Orleans, where the Saints are laying -3.5 in the Sunday night game. Carolina arrives in the Big Easy on a bevy of win streaks, including an 11-1 run ATS in New Orleans.
The Panthers have also covered seven of their last eight this season and are in on a 6-1 ATS run when installed as the dog. New Orleans has covered seven of its last nine games played in December.
Houston -3 at Jacksonville 41.5
Houston is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games
Jacksonville is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Minnesota 42.5 at Baltimore -6
Vikings are 1-6-1 ATS past eight games vs Baltimore
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Baltimore's last 8 games at home
Ravens are 30-2 SU past 32 home games as favorites
Indianapolis 44.5 at Cincinnati -5.5
Colts are 7-1 SU, 5-3 ATS past eight games vs Bengals
Bengals are 2-6 ATS past eight at home to Colts since 1989
Bengals 5-1 ATS past six as home favorite
Cleveland 45 at New England -10
Patriots 28-2 SU past 30 games in December
Oakland 41.5 at New York Jets -3
Oakland is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games on the road
Oakland is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
Jets are 6-12 SU in its last 18 games when playing Oakland
Detroit 53 at Philadelphia -2.5
Lions are 1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS past seven vs Eagles
Lions are 1-6-1 ATS past eight games as road underdogs
Eagles are 1-6-1 ATS past eight games as home favorites
Eagles have played five straight home UNDERs
Miami 41.5 at Pittsburgh -3
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Miami's last 22 games on the road
Dolphins lost five straight SU to Pittsburgh
Dolphins are 7-1 SU and ATS past eight games as dog of three or less
Buffalo 41.5 at Tampa Bay -2.5
Buffalo is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Buffalo
Kansas City -2 at Washington 44
Chiefs are 5-0 SU and ATS vs Redskins since 1992
Chiefs won and covered four straight as road chalk
Redskins are 4-14 SU past 18 games as home dogs
Atlanta at Green Bay OFF
Atlanta is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at Green Bay
Atlanta is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
Green Bay is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Tennessee 49 at Denver -12
Seven of past eight meetings played OVER the total
Denver is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games vs Titans
OVER is 7-0-1 past eight games when Broncos are double-digit home chalk
St. Louis 42.5 at Arizona -6.5
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of St. Louis's last 11 games when playing Arizona
UNDER is 13-3 past 16 Rams games in December
NY Giants 45 at San Diego -3.5
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of NY Giants's last 16 games on the road
San Diego is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Chargers are 1-5 ATS past six games as home favorites
Seattle at San Francisco OFF for MNF
Seattle is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
San Francisco is 7-1-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Seahawks have won six straight divisional games
Carolina 44.5 at New Orleans -3.5
Carolina is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing at New Orleans
Carolina is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Panthers are 6-1 ATS past seven games as underdogs
Saints are 7-2 ATS past nine December games
Monday Night Football Trends
Dallas 50 at Chicago -1.5
Chicago is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
UNDER is 5-1 past six meetings between these teams in Chicago
Bears are 1-9-1 ATS past 11 home games
Chicago is 8-3-1 ATS past 12 MNF games
Dallas 1-7 ATS past 8 MNF (Dec. 9 vs Bears)
Dallas OVER 6-1 on road MNF since 2000
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