Week 15 provides some interesting matchups, as some teams have now sealed their post-season fate. How will this affect the NFL betting odds?
The Week 14 games were filled with some stunners none greater
than the Dallas Cowboys collapse to Eli Manning and the Giants. The Giants somehow found a way
to overcome as 12 point deficit with a little more than five minutes left on
the clock to take over first place in the NFC East. They now control their
playoff destiny, but have the toughest schedule to face of all contenders.
Suddenly both New York teams are in control of their own
destiny. If they win out then both teams will make the playoffs and the Giants
will be the NFC East Champions. Problem is that they play each other December
24. This game will arguably the be the first time these two teams have played
with so much at stake. This is great news for the chasers in the AFC and NFC.
The Giants face the 4-9 Redskins this week, then face the 8-5
Jets, and then the revenge minded 7-6 Cowboys. The Giants can lose a game and
still win the NFC East, but a Jets loss could prove disastrous with three wild
card contenders just one game behind in the standings. The biggest advantage
for the Giants is that they can end up tied with the Cowboys and even lose to
the Cowboys on the final week of the season and still win the division. The tie
break would go to the third level where record among common opponents is used, and the Giants have that now.
New York Jets at the
So, there are some big time playoff games this week with the
loser all but eliminated form the race. Perhaps the biggest game is the Jets
traveling down I-95 to take on the suddenly resurgent Eagles. The NFL odds opened
with the Eagles a solid three point favorite and there has been no line
The total opened at 45 -110 and has moved to a solid 44 -110 at
the majority of NFL betting shops. I do believe this line coil edge lower on the belief
that this is a divisional game that will take on a playoff atmosphere implying
that both teams will run a more conservative scheme to minimize all mistakes
The Eagles still have faint playoff hopes, but need some serious
help from the Cowboys and Giants to win the NFC East with an 8-8 record. Yet,
with the way Dallas gave away the Giants game and the how the Giants injury
riddled secondary continues to get torched, anything is still possible.
Seattle at Chicago
If the season ended this past Sunday, the Detroit Lions would
have garnered the second wild card. However, they have the most difficult
schedule remaining among all the contenders playing opponents with a combined
26-13 season mark. The Bears, who are in the seventh slot behind Detroit face
three opponents with a combined record of 20-18, but one of those opponents is
the 13-0 Packers. It is reasonable to think that the Bears, who are playing great defense, will
defeat Seattle this week and the 2-11 Vikings on the last day of the regular
Chicago opened as four point favorites and the line is beginning
to move to 3 ½ at a few sportsbooks. This is quite surprising, in my opinion, given
all that Chicago has to play for and that they will at home and the weather
wintry and cold. Seattle has faint playoff hopes, but needs a ton of unusual
things to happen for them to have a chance at the wild card. Still, they have
those hopes to play for and this will be a tough game for the Bears to win.
Tennessee at Indianapolis
At this time of the year the only phrase better than ‘win out and
we’re in’ is that ‘hey, we have the Colts next’. Tennessee opened as seven
point favorites, and money is actually coming in on the Colts sending the line
to 6 ½ -110.
Of the AFC playoff contenders, the Titans have the
easiest remaining schedule playing teams with a combined 14-25, with only
Houston having a winning record. The Titans play Houston, who has already won
the division crown, on the last game of the regular season and may catch a very
big break if Houston decides to rest players.