There is only one team in the NFL with the mystique, public backing and record to make the New York Giants a touchdown underdog at home. The New England Patriots are that team.
The Patriots have won 11 in a row going back to last season, compiling a 7-3-1 against the spread (ATS) mark. Bookmakers opened New England as a 7-point favorite on the road against the Giants.
The last time the Giants were this big of home 'dogs was late in 2013 when Seattle was an 8.5-point favorite. The Seahawks blanked the Giants, 23-0, on their way to capturing the Super Bowl.
When the Patriots and Giants last got together it was in the 2011 Super Bowl, which the Giants won, 21-17, as three-point underdogs. New York also dealt New England its only loss during the 2007 season winning, 17-14 in the Super Bowl as 12-point 'dogs.
That history lesson hasn't deterred those firing away on this matchup. Early money has come on New England pushing the Patriots up to 7.5-point favorites at some sportsbooks.
steelers still favored without big ben
Pittsburgh has opened as a home favorite against Cleveland every season since the Browns came back into the NFL as an expansion team in 1999. That hasn't changed this year despite Ben Roethlisberger being out.
The Steelers are 4.5-point favorites hosting the Browns. The Browns-Steelers matchup also has the lowest total at 41.
Green Bay has defeated Detroit 24 straight times in Wisconsin. Don't expect that streak to end. The Packers are 11.5-point favorites.
Philadelphia has been spotty all season. But for the third time, the Eagles opened higher than six-point favorites laying 6.5 points at home to Miami. The Eagles are 4-6 ATS under Chip Kelly when laying more than five points.
three games boast total of 50 or more
Three games on this week's NFL menu opened with a total of 50 or higher.
The Patriots-Giants matchup was the highest at 54 points. That currently is up to 55.
New Orleans-Washington and Jacksonville-Baltimore also opened with over/unders of 50. The Saints-Redskins matchup has been bet up to 50.5, while the Jaguars-Ravens total has been bet down to 48.5 or 48.