Big Opening NFL Lines For Chargers And Steelers In Week 14

Monday, December 3, 2018 6:49 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 6:49 PM UTC

After an eventful Week 13, there are two double-digit faves on the Week 14 NFL odds board: the Los Angeles Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Is all that chalk worth it?

<p style="text-align:right;"><strong><em>Jason’s 2018-19 NFL picks record through Week 12: 6-12 ATS, 3-4 Totals</em></strong></p><p>Well, that was quite a week of football, wasn’t it? We had crazy comebacks, amazing upsets, and one slightly unexpected dismissal of a head coach. After losing to the Arizona Cardinals (+13.5 away) on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers showed Mike McCarthy the door, ending his 13-year tenure under the headset at Lambeau Field. Godspeed, you green emperor.<br /><br />No doubt the Packers will come out firing (ahem) when they host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14. They’re 6-point favorites on the <a href="" title="Live NFL Odds">NFL odds board</a> at press time after opening at -5.5; the very early consensus shows a 56-percent lean towards Green Bay, but there isn’t enough data yet to produce the <a href="">expanded report</a> for Sunday’s matchup (1 p.m. ET; Fox). Definitely a game to keep an eye on, though.</p><p> </p><h2>Los Angeles Super Chargers</h2><p>In the meantime, we’ve got two double-digit faves to consider fading. The Los Angeles Chargers are the biggest chalk on the board for Week 14; they opened as 14.5-point home faves for Sunday’s contest (4:05 p.m. ET; CBS) against the wounded Cincinnati Bengals, but the Chargers have already dipped back to -14. No consensus at all yet for this bad boy, although you can already guess where the early money is.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Here is the &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Chargers&lt;/a&gt; false start TD &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Steelers&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;December 3, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The other big chalk for Week 14 is the team the Chargers came back to beat in Week 13. The Pittsburgh Steelers are available at -11.5 for Sunday’s road game (4:25 p.m. ET; Fox) versus the Oakland Raiders. Pittsburgh opened at -13 (+110), so there has been a little bit of movement with this line, but not much; the early consensus shows two-thirds of bettors on the Steelers. That should be a popular <a href="" title="Free NFL Picks">NFL pick</a> this week after Pittsburgh coughed up a 23-7 halftime lead over L.A. and lost 33-30 as 3-point home faves.</p><blockquote data-lang="en"> </blockquote><p> </p><h2>The Song Remains the Same</h2><p>Technically, there were two other double-digit faves when the Week 14 odds hit the board, but that was really just window dressing. The New Orleans Saints were -10 (+110) on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; now they’re -8. Same for the New England Patriots in their away game versus the Miami Dolphins. Again, not much of a line move in either of these early matinees.<br /><br />The Saints, surprise surprise, have the biggest total on the board this week. Their game in Tampa opened at 57.5 points, but has settled down a bit to 57 at press time, with the early consensus split 50/50. At the other end of the spectrum, Thursday night’s AFC South matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans is down to 37 points after opening at 38, with 100-percent support for the "under." It might be the right play, although you never know – they could force overtime with a late run and <a href="">spoil everything</a>. Shop smart, and may the prolate spheroid be with you in Week 14.</p>
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