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Sunday Setup: NFL Betting Preview

After an exciting week where just about every game went down to the wire, NFL bettors are honing in as Sunday gets closer, looking for any tidbits that can give them a late edge over bookmakers.

Here is a recap of some late news and interesting trends this week to get you up to date heading into the weekend.

Colts preparing for Curtis Painter to start

While the Colts are waiting until the last possible minute to officially rule Kerry Collins out for Sunday, he hasn’t practiced this week and all signs point to Curtis Painter starting for Indianapolis on Monday night against Tampa Bay. Painter came in for the final drive against Pittsburgh last week, going 5-for-11 before losing the ball on a fumble. Indianapolis is a 10-point underdog at TopBet.

Heavy winds in Cleveland

Weather could play a role in Sunday’s matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns as there is a slight chance of rain with projected winds of up to 17 MPH. Throwing the ball in those conditions will be quite difficult, so look for Chris Johnson and Peyton Hillis to get plenty of carries. A strong emphasis on the running game could lead to an UNDER. The total is currently set at 39 at BetOnline.

Bettors loving Minnesota this week

No one side is more popular among OddsShark matchup reports than the Minnesota Vikings, who 71.7% of bettors believe will win and cover this week. This coincides with their line movement, as they have gone from opening as a 3-point underdog to currently sitting as a 1.5-point favorite at 5Dimes. Bettors don’t seem too worried about Minnesota’s second-half collapses this season.

Sunday Night Football: Coming off of highs and lows

12 of 16 games were decided by seven points or less last week, but both the New York Jets (lost by 10 to Oakland) and Baltimore Ravens (won by 30) played in games that weren’t. If you believe in teams bouncing back after tough losses or letting up after big wins, New York could be a solid play this week at +4.0 at Bovada.