An intriguing Sunday night game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons features a point spread that has gone over the fence.
After Sportsbook as 2-point home underdogs, the banged-up Falcons begin the week as 1-point favorites. Atlanta has been ravaged by injuries early in the season and will be without leading rusher Steven Jackson and top linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.
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The Patriots, on the other hand, are getting healthier and hoping to get star tight end Rob Gronkowski back for Sunday’s game. Even without Gronkowski, the Patriots are off to a 3-0 start and coming off their most impressive performance of the season in a 23-3 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Two games began the week off the board. No line was available early in the week on Washington’s visit to the Oakland Raiders. Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor was knocked out of Monday’s loss to the Denver Broncos. Pryor’s status is uncertain. Matt Flynn is the Raiders’ backup.
The status of Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden kept the Browns’ home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers off the board. Cleveland backup Brian Hoyer led the Browns to an upset of the Minnesota Vikings last week.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to the Denver Broncos features both the largest point spread and the largest total on the board. The undefeated Broncos are the only the double-digit favorites on the board. They are 11-point favorites over the Eagles, who have dropped two straight. The total on the game opened at 57. It’s the only total this week in the 50s.
The lowest total on the board is in the New York Jets-Tennessee Titans game. It’s set at 39.
Twelve home teams are favored this week, with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys the only road teams favored. The 49ers are 3-point favorites over the Rams on Thursday night. The Cowboys are 1.5-point favorites at San Diego.
The Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers are on byes this week.