NFL Betting: What We Learned From Week 13

David Lawrence

Monday, December 1, 2014 2:28 PM GMT

The Thanksgiving games have come and gone, and so has Week 13. We’re down to the final four games in the NFL season. Let’s take a look back and see what we learned from the NFL betting lines.

We’ve Reached The Tom Coughlin Era In New York
Tom Coughlin coached his 300th game in the NFL on Sunday and it seems fitting that it came in the place where it all began: Jacksonville. However, as the game went on, it looks pretty clear that his time with the Giants is up. At one point this season, the Giants were 3-2. After Sunday’s collapse, where they blew a 21-0 lead to one-win Jacksonville, the Giants have now lost seven straight games. There appear to be some bright spots on the team but on the whole, they are far too calamitous and that’s likely to cost Coughlin his job. Three more turnovers, two of which went for touchdowns, cost the Giants the game. This is a team that looks like they need a change of culture.


The Arizona Cardinals Are In Trouble
The Cardinals appear to be in dire straits as they’ve now lost two straight. They can’t seem to get their offense going with starting quarterback Carson Palmer out and now they lost lead running back Andre Ellington. That’s on top of the fact that Larry Fitzgerald is banged up. Yes, they are 9-3 and yes, they have the tiebreaker over the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers for the top spot in the NFC but not for long. Arizona might get a win this week at home to Kansas City, who is off a rivalry game against Denver, but that’s a maybe. So is a road trip to St. Louis after that followed by Seattle at home and San Francisco on the road. The Seahawks are now just one game back of the Cardinals and if they catch up, there’s a good chance the Cardinals don’t even make the playoffs.


The Detroit Lions Might Not Be Dead Yet
Although the Detroit Lions have fallen to sixth in the NFC playoff picture, Lions NFL odds point there’s a reasonable chance they still make the playoffs. That’s because of their upcoming schedule. It starts with a home game versus Tampa Bay and then Minnesota visits. After that, they go to Chicago and Green Bay.

The two-game losing streak definitely caused a lot of concern for Lions fans but as long as the Lions take care of business in the next three weeks, they should have a good shot to make the playoffs.


Dallas Cowboys Should Be Concerned
The Cowboys have had a marvelous season to date but as we exit Week 13, they are on the outside of the playoffs looking in. That means they need someone like Seattle, Detroit or Arizona to stumble for them to get to the playoffs. As mentioned, Detroit should have an easy enough schedule while Seattle is on absolute fire right now. That leaves the Cardinals as the Cowboys best option to catch up.

However, remember that Dallas has proven to be a terrible team in December and three of their final four games are on the road. They’ll go to Chicago, which should be a win, then to Philadelphia, home to Indianapolis and then on the road in Washington. Three wins should get them in but three wins could be a lot to ask of this team in December. 


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