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SNF Odds Preview: Vikings vs Giants

The Vikings have been one of the NFL’s best bets this season, posting an 11-3 ATS record. They’ll be looking to make their backers’ wallets even fatter when they host the New York Giants on Sunday Night. 

It’s a sad state of affairs for a Giants team who’ve lost four out of their last five games. They’ll be without their human highlight reel receiver Odell Beckham who’s suspended for the game and their playoff aspirations could go up in smoke with a loss in this one. One positive for the Giants is that they’ve gone 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine road games.

The Vikings have been a great bet in the last full month of the NFL regular season over the past few years as they’ve gone 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games in December. At home, in particular, the Vikings have gone 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine December home games.

It’s possible that the Giants might be running into the Viking at the right time though, as December hasn’t been a strong month for Adrian Peterson. In his three games this month, the most rushing yards he’s recorded in a game has been 69

Seahawks Covering Huge Spreads

The Seattle Seahawks have now won seven out of their last eight games and have become an extremely reliable bet despite facing some huge spreads. Seattle has won five straight games ATS, covering spreads of 14 twice and 10.5 once. They’ve also managed to score 30 or more points in five of their last six games.

The Rams can’t get much worse on the road as they’ve gone 1-5 SU and 1-4-1 ATS this season. Despite winning just three of their last 10 games vs the Seahawks, the Rams have managed to go 5-2 ATS against them in their last seven matchups. 

Home field advantage has been huge in this matchup as the visiting team is 0-5 ATS in the last five games between the clubs. Another trend working against the Rams is that they haven’t responded well to being underdogs in Seattle, going 1-6 ATS in their last seven trips to CenturyLink Field.

Of note to OVER/UNDER bettors, the teams have combined to go 6-14 O/U this season.

Packers are a Poor Bet as Underdogs

In what could be the game of the week, the Arizona Cardinals, owners of eight straight wins, host the NFC North leading Green Bay Packers. As hot as the Cards have been, they’ve been failing to cover spreads at home, going 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. Their last two home wins have come by just three points each.

The Green Bay Packers have been hard to figure out this season, but with the playoffs only a few weeks away, they appear to be rolling at the right time after three straight wins. They haven’t been underdogs often in recent years, but when they have been they haven’t responded well, going 2-12 SU and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games as underdogs. They opened as 4.5 point dogs in this one.

The game opened with a total on the high side at 49.5. Green Bay has seen the total go UNDER in eight of their last 11 games, while the Cardinals have gone UNDER in three of their last four games.

Jaguars are Awful on the Road

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t quite out of the playoff hunt yet as they head to New Orleans for a Week 16 matchup vs the Saints. The Jags have only won one game on the road this season, but have gone 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games after an ATS loss.

It’s been a season to forget for the 5-9 SU Saints who are a middling 3-3-1 ATS at home this season. They’ve lost five out of their last six games and have given up 31 or more points on seven occasions this season.

Jags fans who are clinging to playoff hopes might be out of luck in this one as Jacksonville has won just one time in their last 15 games as road underdogs. In their five road losses this season the Jags have allowed an average of 35 points.

Jacksonville was likely hoping for a bit of a break when Drew Brees was announced as day-to-day with a torn plantar fascia, but the quarterback is expected to play.

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Lions vs 49ers: Odds Preview

With both the Lions and 49ers eliminated from the playoffs, these teams only have one thing to play for—pride! At the end of the day isn’t that what it’s all about? Well, not quite. Maybe some of the players own themselves in fantasy leagues and are trying to win their league championship. I guess that’s a different type of pride though.

The 49ers have been a team to completely stay away from—especially when they’re on the road as they’ve gone 1-8 SU and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games away from home. As far as playing on the road in December, things are even worse as they’ve gone 4-13 ATS in their 17 road December games.

They visit Ford Field to play a Lions team who are also trending in the wrong direction, posting a 2-6 home ATS record over their last eight games in Detroit. The Lions haven’t responded well to being a favorite in recent years, going 1-13 ATS in their last 14 games as favorites in December.

The opening total for the game is set at 43 and both teams are trending OVER. The 49ers have gone OVER in five of their last seven road games, while Detroit has gone OVER in five of their last six home games. 

Chiefs Are the Hottest Team In the NFL

The Kansas City Chiefs were thought to be dead in the water after starting 1-5, but an eight-game winning streak has firmly made them the hottest team in football. The Chiefs have been on fire for bettors as well, with a 7-1 ATS record in their past eight games. Kansas City will continue their trek to the playoffs when they host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Alex Smith continues to be one of the most efficient quarterbacks around as the former #1 overall pick has thrown 10 touchdowns and just one interception during the Chiefs’ winning streak. Kansas City’s defense has stepped up big time for the team as opponents have been held to 12.3 points per game in their past eight games.

The Browns have pretty much been a dumpster fire this season, but it has somehow gotten worse as the season has gone on. The Browns are 1-8 SU in their last nine games while covering just once in that span. 

Week 16 NFL Odds: Eagles vs Redskins

A battle between the 7-7 Washington Redskins and 6-8 Philadelphia Eagles has major playoff implications…and in no way is that depressing. Philly has struggled to cover when they are hosting their NFC East opponents, with the Eagles going just 2-6 ATS in their past eight games at home to the Redskins.

The Eagles were starting to heat up coming into Week 15 with two wins over good teams, only to be thumped 40-17 at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles defense is downright awful this season, but somehow it has been even worse lately as the team has allowed 35.6 points per game in their past five contests.

Kirk Cousins put on one of the best performances by a quarterback this season last week against the Buffalo Bills. Cousins completed 78.6 percent of his passes for 319 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Since the Redskins bye week in Week 8, Cousins has thrown for 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

Jets Hold ATS Edge Over Patriots

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the Patriots have won eight of their last nine games vs the Jets, but more often than not they’ve come out on the losing end on the ATS side. In their last five games against each other, the Jets have gone 4-0-1 ATS with four of those games being decided by three or less points.

The Jets have been a strong bet at home, going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 at home, and are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five home games in December. If you’re thinking upset here, it might be best to think again as the Jets have struggled in the underdog role, winning just three of their last 13 as underdogs. 

After uncharacteristic back-to-back losses for New England in Weeks 12 and 13, things are back to normal for Brady and company after winning by 21 points and 17 points in their last two games. Being on the road shouldn’t impact the Patriots as they’ve won 12 of their last 16 games in New York vs the Jets, and are a perfect 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS as road favorites vs the Jets in their last five. 

Fans of high scoring games might be in for a treat in this one as 10 of the last 12 games between the teams has gone OVER, including five straight OVERs when the teams play in New York.

 

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