Two key games featuring four of the AFC’s elite teams highlight a full card of NFL betting opportunities with playoff implications on the line in Week 13.
After a snoozer of a game last week in San Francisco vs. Arizona, Monday Night Football quickly redeems itself with this week’s matchup of two of the best teams in the league with the New York Jets visiting the New England Patriots. New England opened as a 3.5-point favorite at Sportsbook.
At 9-2 SU, New England (6-4-1 ATS) and New York (7-4 ATS) are tied with Atlanta for the NFL’s best record, and the Sportsbook of Monday’s game will have the best record in the AFC. In the first meeting between these two teams in New York, the Jets won 28-14 as 3-point underdogs.
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The line may eventually drop to New England -3.0 as bettors take the hook on New York. Even if New England wins, it figures to be a close game; however the matchup report reveals the Jets are 3-1 ATS past four meetings.
The other big AFC showdown this week is between AFC North rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Baltimore opened as the 3-point home favorite at Sportsbook. Both teams are 8-3 SU, while Pittsburgh has the slight ATS edge (6-5) over Baltimore (5-5-1).
When these two teams met back in Week 4, Baltimore won outright 17-14 as a 2-point road underdog. This time around, Pittsburgh will have Ben Roethlisberger, who missed the first four games of the season (including the Baltimore game) due to suspension.
The line will likely stay pat at Baltimore -3.0, as these teams tend to play close games, and this one shouldn’t be any different. Despite being 5-0 SU at home, the Ravens are just 2-3 ATS. The matchup report shows the Steelers have lost six of seven trips here.
Arguably this week’s most surprising Sportsbook line is Minnesota at -6.0 at Sportsbook at home against Buffalo. Minnesota did pick up a win and cover as a favorite last week at Washington, but they are still just 4-7 SU and ATS on the season.
Buffalo on the other hand has been red-hot against the spread. Despite just a 2-4 SU record over the last six games, Buffalo is 5-0-1 ATS over that span and all four of their losses have only been by three points each. Bettors may find some value in getting +6.0 on the fighting Bills.
Other Sportsbook lines this week include home favorites Philadelphia -8.5 over Houston, the NY Giants -7.0 over Washington, Kansas City -9.0 over Denver, San Diego -13.0 over Oakland, Indianapolis -5.0 over Dallas, and Seattle -6.0 over Carolina, and road favorites New Orleans -7.0 over Cincinnati, Chicago -3.5 over Detroit, and Atlanta -3.0 over Tampa Bay.