The NFL home stretch roars into view with nothing less than the game of the year according to recent performances.
Two teams coming off blowout victories against top opposition now face each other in a Week 13 potential Super Bowl preview.
The San Francisco 49ers, who looked untouchable in a 37-8 triumph over the Green Bay Packers last week, visit the Baltimore Ravens, who throttled the Los Angeles Rams, on the road, 45-6 on Monday Night football.
Baltimore, giving 6.5 points, earned 61 percent of the early tickets and 53 percent of the handle according to FanDuel online sportsbook. All the other major books have Baltimore as a favorite in the 6-6.5-point range. That suggests an active game with disparities and possible line jumps.
It’s hard to imagine this spread being more than a touchdown, so the betting jockeying will involve Ravens backers trying to buy in on a low number and the Niners hoping for as close to seven as they can get.
The 49ers are 10-1 and the Ravens 9-2. Both teams average more than 30 points a game and give up about 15.
The Ravens have scored more than 40 points in three straight games and will enter the game being unbeaten for two straight months.
A runner-up for the game of the week involves the 9-2 Seattle Seahawks hosting the 8-3 Minnesota Vikings as a 2.5-point selection at PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook on Monday Night. This looks like the second echelon of top-tiered teams.
49ers vs. Ravens current odds
Can Jets Make It Four in Row?
The New York Jets, coming off three straight rousing victories, have the betting public at their back to the tune of 94% both in the tickets and revenue department when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals. Winless Cincinnati brings quarterback Andy Dalton back in and may view this as its best chance for a victory.
The Bengals should be fired up, but the Jets, at 3.5-point favorites, have been playing excellent football. They just throttled the Oakland Raiders team that beat the Bengals a couple of weeks back. Will that carry over?
One Bengal fan hopes not, because putting your money where your mouth is has found a new dimension.
Thanksgiving was another day up on the roof for Jeff Lanham, an avid fan and sports-bar owner in Milan, Indiana, about 40 miles outside of Cincinnati. Before the 0-3 Bengals took on the Arizona Cardinals in October, Lanham told his wife Chrissy that he’d live on the roof until they won a game. Not only did they lose, but she made it the worst parlay imaginable by repeating his claim on regional television.
Now he’s stuck. Lanham has been forced to live up there since Oct. 6, with a cot, a recliner, sleeping bag, a tv and some coolers as his company. The couple has not looked happy when interviewed on television, although the publicity will be good for the business.
Here’s a hedge bet for Lanham: Take the money line on every Bengals opponent until the team wins. The Jets are -186 against the Bengals. If Cincinnati wins, he’s off the roof. If they lose, he has a consolation prize.
Jets vs. Bengals current odds
Philadelphia Eagles _ Supported Again
The Philadelphia Eagles, fresh off two home losses, lay a fat 9.5 points to the Miami Dolphins on the road according to PlaySugarHouse. They have received betting support between 85-95% this week after being at a historic low 14% before losing to the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday.
If the team that showed up to face Buffalo last month, Philadelphia would roll. The Eagles begin a softer part of their schedule after setbacks to the elite New England Patriots and Seattle, despite giving up only 17 points both times.
An Eagles bettor has to be selective about wagering dollars. The money line at -435 is not attractive. Neither is the race to 10, 20 or 30 points. Even the spread and under only yields +128 and two separate bets might be better plays there.
For those seeking a pluck, the home team to score first via field goal is 5-1 and by a touchdown is 3-1. Not a bad move if the Dolphins win the coin toss.
Miami vs. Eagles current odds
G-Men: Who Shows Up?
The New York Giants are a 6.5 to 7-point underdog against the visiting Green Bay Packers. Both teams are coming off losing efforts and the Packers were humiliated in San Francisco 37-8. The Giants were beaten 19-14 by the Chicago Bears but played well for two and a half quarters.
Interesting props include the Giants to score three or more touchdowns at +155 and the race to 25 points: it’s 105 for Green Bay and +350 for Big Blue.
New England, 10-1, visits the 7-4 Houston Texans as a three-point favorite at most of the books.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are not getting the love early from their betting supporters. The Cleveland Browns, off a three-game winning streak, including one against the Steelers, are favored by 1.5 in Pittsburgh and getting 85 percent of the early money on FanDuel.
Jacksonville gives one point to Tampa Bay and the over-under is 49 according to PlaySugarHouse, which lists the Kansas City-Oakland game at 51.5 as its highest total. Kansas City gives 9.5 points.
The Los Angeles Chargers are generally favored by a field goal against the host Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers are a consensus 10-point pick against the Washington Redskins. The Los Angles Rams are a three-point pick against the Arizona Cardinals around the books.
The Indianapolis Colts are -2 against the resurgent Tennessee Titans, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.