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12/19/2013 02:41 PM

NFL

Week 16

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Sunday, December 22

1:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. CINCINNATI
Minnesota is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games ,on the road
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games at home

1:00 PM
TAMPA BAY vs. ST. LOUIS
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
St. Louis is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay

1:00 PM
DALLAS vs. WASHINGTON
Dallas is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games on the road
Washington is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games

1:00 PM
TENNESSEE vs. JACKSONVILLE
Tennessee is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Tennessee is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Jacksonville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tennessee
Jacksonville is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games

1:00 PM
MIAMI vs. BUFFALO
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games when playing Buffalo
Miami is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Buffalo's last 10 games
Buffalo is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

1:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS vs. KANSAS CITY
Indianapolis is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indianapolis's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
Kansas City is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games when playing Indianapolis

1:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS vs. CAROLINA
New Orleans is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
New Orleans is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Carolina is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Carolina is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games

1:00 PM
CLEVELAND vs. NY JETS
Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
NY Jets are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the NY Jets last 8 games

1:00 PM
DENVER vs. HOUSTON
Denver is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Denver's last 15 games
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games at home

4:05 PM
NY GIANTS vs. DETROIT
NY Giants are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games when playing Detroit
NY Giants are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 9 games
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

4:05 PM
ARIZONA vs. SEATTLE
Arizona is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Arizona is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Seattle
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Seattle's last 19 games when playing Arizona
Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

4:25 PM
OAKLAND vs. SAN DIEGO
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games on the road
Oakland is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego's last 6 games when playing Oakland
San Diego is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing Oakland

4:25 PM
NEW ENGLAND vs. BALTIMORE
New England is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Baltimore
New England is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Baltimore's last 9 games at home
Baltimore is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

4:25 PM
PITTSBURGH vs. GREEN BAY
Pittsburgh is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Green Bay
Green Bay12-2-1 SU in its last 15 games at home
Green Bay is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh

8:30 PM
CHICAGO vs. PHILADELPHIA
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Philadelphia is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games at home
Philadelphia is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games


Monday, December 23

8:40 PM
ATLANTA vs. SAN FRANCISCO
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 13 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
Atlanta is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games
San Francisco is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Atlanta
San Francisco is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta

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12/21/2013 12:26 AM

Las Vegas Sharps Report- NFL Week 16

There are only two weeks left in the NFL season, and fully 13 of 16 games this weekend could have playoff implications. That should create a very active week of sports betting in Las Vegas. Let’s see how professional wagerers have already been attacking the games the general public will be playing through the weekend.

Games are presented in rotation order…

MIAMI AT BUFFALO:
Early action from Sharps has generally been a tug-of-war. Miami -2.5 gets support below the key number, but Sharps prefer home underdog Buffalo at +3. The percentage of games that land exactly on three could make both of those slightly +EV. No action yet from Wise Guys on the total. We’ll only mention Over/Unders in games where early sentiment has been expressed. Sharps generally wait for confirmation of game day weather influences at this time of year in the cold weather cities.

NEW ORLEANS AT CAROLINA:
We’re looking at a tug-of-war on the other side of three in this one. Carolina -3 has received some interest from the Wise Guys. But, New Orleans money comes in hard whenever +3.5 shows up for the underdog. It’s expected that the public will bet Carolina on Sunday given the poor road play of the Saints in recent weeks. Sharps will fade any public moves. The Over/Under has been bet up from 45.5 to 46.5 from the numbers guys. That suggests weather isn’t likely to be an issue in Charlotte.

DALLAS AT WASHINGTON:
It won’t be all tugs-of-war at the three this Sunday…but the first three games on the schedule are showing that tendency. Sharps have been taking Dallas at -2.5 but Washington at +3. Let’s emphasize, as we have in the past, that we’re talking about separate syndicates doing that. Those preferring Dallas are happy to get -2.5. Those preferring Washington take the three. This game is very similar to Miami/Buffalo in that you have the road team in a divisional game needing the win as they try to chase down a playoff spot, while the host is a non-contender. Big move here on the total, as an opener of 51 has been bet up to 53.5 or 54. That’s an indictment of both defenses, and another indicator that weather should be okay along the mid-coast. To this point in the process, the most passionate Wise Guy play has been the Over in Cowboys/Redskins.

TAMPA BAY AT ST. LOUIS:
Sharps had a very nice run with Tampa Bay…but the team has cooled off lately. That didn’t stop the Wise Guys from backing the Bucks at the opener of +5.5, as well as +5. We’re seeing +4.5 and +4 on the board now. Sharps generally fade non-contending favorites late in the season if they believe the dog hasn’t thrown in the towel yet.

CHICAGO AT PHILADELPHIA:
Note that this game has been time-changed to prime time for NBC. Ironically, it could turn out to be a relatively meaningless game for the Eagles. If Dallas wins at Washington, then the NFC East will come down to Cowboys/Eagles next week regardless of what happens here. With that in mind, an opener of Philadelphia -4 has been bet down to -3. The total is up from 54.5 to 56 because Chicago tends to play shootouts with a strong offense but a very poor defense.

CLEVELAND AT NY JETS:
Some support for the Jets at an opener of -1. We’re now seeing -1.5 or -2 in most stores. This is one of the three meaningless games. And, it’s hard to truly love either side given their recent form. Sharps would certainly come in on Cleveland +3 if the public drives the number that high before kickoff. Normally this would be an invisible game on the card, but New York money often finds its way to Las Vegas.

INDIANAPOLIS AT KANSAS CITY:
HUGE move on the total, as an Over of 41.5 was bet all the way up to 45. Did oddsmakers not notice that Kansas City’s defense has turned mortal because of injuries? What an inexplicable opening total. Sportsbooks have gotten better at avoiding mistakes like this. But, they still make them occasionally. The team side is fairly locked in at Kansas City -6.5. Any stores testing the seven see Colts money immediately. We probably won’t have a tug-of-war because few stores are going to test the seven. If Sharps had liked the Chiefs, a flood of money would have come in right below the key number.

MINNESOTA AT CINCINNATI:
Cincinnati opened at -7, and got so much support that the number moved up to -7.5 without a tug back. We’re now seeing -7.5 or -8 in most stores, suggesting that the Bengals will be a very popular teaser pick in two-teamers because you can move the line down below the 7 and the 3.

DENVER AT HOUSTON:
Denver opened at -9.5…which is usually a dare for the market to take the favorite because oddsmakers are expecting underdog support. Instead, Sharps pounded Denver! The line moved through the key number of 10 all the way to -11. We’re now seeing a bit of a tug of war between Houston +11 and Denver -10.5. Oddsmakers expected that to happen a point lower. The total has been bet up from 51.5 to 53.5. A lot of Over sentiment this week…as a season of Overs continues to produce more high scoring games than oddsmakers have expected.

TENNESSEE AT JACKSONVILLE:
No interest here, with a dead game on the schedule sitting in a dead spot between critical numbers with the Titans at -5.

ARIZONA AT SEATTLE:
Arizona has been impressing Sharps this season. They’re now almost a unanimous top 10 team in Power Ratings systems. But, Seattle is a unanimous #1! And, that number one team gets a ton of respect at home. Seattle opened at -9.5. Like Denver, they’ve blown through the key number of 10. We’re now seeing a tug of war between Arizona +10.5 and Seattle -10. Note that Seattle clinches the #1 seed with a victory. Arizona must win to stay alive in their Wildcard chase. Our first Under of the day shows up here, as an opener of 45 was bet down to 43. Two good defenses on the field.

NY GIANTS AT DETROIT:
Awkward spot here, because Sharps don’t trust Detroit as a favorite but can’t support the Giants given how poorly they’ve been playing. We’re seeing Detroit -9 and NY Giants +9.5 getting tentative interest…but not in a way that represents a true tug-of-war. The total is up from 48.5 to 49.5 because the quants were getting 50 as the best number. Sharps would be more interested in the Giants at +10 if the public drives the line that high Sunday. This is a later start, so there’s an outside chance of that happening.

OAKLAND AT SAN DIEGO:
Big moves in this game on both the side and the total. The apparent disinterest from Oakland for playing defense led an opener of San Diego -7.5 to be bet up to -10, and an opening total of 48 to be bet up to 50.5. That’s a mix of pro-San Diego and anti-Oakland sentiment. The Chargers have impressed Sharps in recent games, and they have extra rest time leading up to this one after their Thursday Night upset of Denver.

PITTSBURGH AT GREEN BAY:
No line yet pending the status of Aaron Rodgers. It’s growing likelier that he’ll be on the field because the Packers are now a legitimate threat to win the NFC North.

NEW ENGLAND AT BALTIMORE:
This has been time changed to later afternoon because NBC flexed to Bears/Eagles. The line has mostly hopped between Baltimore -2 and Baltimore -2.5. Not enough Ravens support to get to the key number. Sharps will pound New England +3 if they see it. Look for New England to be a popular teaser choice if the line doesn’t move out of this range. Sharps will likely move all underdogs of +2 or +2.5 up to +8 or +8.5, while finding ways to involve Cincinnati -1.5 in teasers as well.

ATLANTA AT SAN FRANCISCO (Monday Night): Sharps have been hitting San Francisco surprisingly hard in the final game ever to be played at Candlestick Park. The Niners opened at 10.5, but are now up to -13! There hasn’t been buy back yet on the Falcons. Are the old school guys waiting to see +14? Or, is there a general assessment that Atlanta is going to no-show the game? It will now take at least +14 to bring in any serious underdog money

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12/22/2013 11:55 AM

Sunday's Top Action

December 20, 2013


NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-4) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (10-4)

Sportsbook.ag Line & Total: Carolina -3.5 & 47.5
Opening Line & Total: Panthers -3 & 46.5

NFC South co-leaders will play a huge game on Sunday when the Saints visit the Panthers.

New Orleans fell 27-16 in St. Louis last week, dropping the club to 0-5 ATS (1-4 SU) in its past five road games. Carolina took out the Jets 30-20 last week to mark its sixth straight home win (5-0-1 ATS). But when these clubs met two weeks ago at the Superdome, the Saints rolled to a 31-13 rout as QB Drew Brees threw 4 TD passes, improving his record in this series to 6-2 since 2009. But Panthers QB Cam Newton piled up 304 total yards and 2 TD in leading his team to a 35-27 victory in last year’s home meeting, making this series an even 9-9 (SU and ATS) all-time in Carolina.

Last week's humiliating loss is a good sign for New Orleans on Sunday, as the team is 16-4 ATS (80%) off a road defeat, and 23-13 ATS (64%) after an SU loss under Sean Payton. But the Panthers are a hard team to sweep, going 30-11 ATS (73%) in franchise history when revenging a loss where their opponent scored 28+ points. They are also 6-0 ATS at home versus poor rushing defenses (4.5+ YPC allowed) under Ron Rivera.

Both teams are relatively healthy, with the biggest injury questions being New Orleans S Roman Harper (hip) and Carolina LB Jordan Senn (hamstring).

New Orleans leads the NFL in yardage margin, outgaining opponents by 84 YPG. The offense has piled up 397 total YPG (5th in league) thank mostly to an air attack that gains 308 YPG (2nd in NFL). The team has also been able to sustain drives with an excellent third-down conversion rate of 45% (4th in league), but its mediocre red-zone efficiency (54% TD rate, 18th in NFL) has led to just 25.6 PPG (10th in league). QB Drew Brees (4,500 pass yards, 7.8 YPA, 34 TD, 10 INT) is having another huge season, but his road numbers have been pretty ordinary (63% completions, 6.9 YPA, 11 TD, 7 INT). However, Brees has thrown for more than 300 yards in five straight meetings with Carolina, totaling 1,782 passing yards (356 YPG), 8.3 YPA, 16 TD and just 5 INT.

Brees has always done a great job of spreading around his targets, and this year there are six Saints players with at least 44 targets. TE Jimmy Graham (1,071 rec. yards, 14 TD) and WR Marques Colston (813 rec. yards, 5 TD) are the two receivers whom Brees prefers most though, and each of them scored two touchdowns in the big win over the Panthers two weeks ago. Brees' passing exploits have helped mask a dismal New Orleans running game that has averaged only 89 YPG (26th in NFL) on 3.8 YPC (27th in league). In the past three weeks, the numbers have been even worse with 58 YPG on 3.2 YPC.

The Saints defense has improved leaps and bounds from last year when it allowed 28.4 PPG and 440 YPG, as those numbers have dipped to 19.3 PPG and 313 YPG this year, both of which rank fifth-best in the NFL. Having the third-lowest time of possession (27:52) has certainly helped, as has a solid 37% third-down conversion defense (12th in NFL). But one glaring weakness has been turnovers, with the Saints tallying just two takeaways over their past seven games combined.

Carolina's offense has not been a juggernaut by any stretch, ranking 25th in total yards (326 YPG) and 17th in scoring (23.4 PPG). However, the ability for its strong ground game (129 YPG, 8th in NFL) to pick up third downs consistently (46%, 3rd in league) has led to the team ranking second in the NFL in time of possession (33:06).

QB Cam Newton is having his best pro season in terms of passing, completing 62% of his throws for 3,049 yards (7.2 YPA), 21 TD and just 11 INT. He has also run for 507 yards and six touchdowns. In his five career games in this series, Newton has pedestrian passing numbers (58% completions, 7.3 YPA, 5 TD, 3 INT) but has run for 212 yards on 5.4 YPC with two touchdowns. Newton relies mostly on two players when he drops back to pass, TE Greg Olsen (739 rec. yards, 5 TD) and WR Steve Smith (701 rec. yards, 4 TD). Although the duo combined for 14 receptions in the loss to New Orleans, those catches resulted in just 89 yards (6.4 yards per catch) with Smith's touchdown coming late in the fourth quarter with his team trailing 31-6.

With RB Jonathan Stewart (3.8 YPC) out indefinitely with a knee injury, Newton and RBs DeAngelo Williams (743 rush yards, 4.2 YPC, 2 TD) and Mike Tolbert (331 rush yards, 3.6 YPC, 5 TD) will once again propel the ground game.

Carolina's defense has been consistently excellent all season, ranking second in the NFL in both scoring defense (14.9 PPG) and total defense (296 YPG). The unit has the lowest time of possession in the NFL thanks to a league-best 22% fourth-down conversion rate and a solid third-down defense (36%, 10th in NFL). The scoring has been kept to a minimum because of a stellar red-zone defense (42%, 3rd in league). Although Carolina has forced 12 turnovers in its past seven games, this series has not had a lot of miscues with the teams combining for just 10 turnovers in the past five matchups combined.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-4) at BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-6)

Sportsbook.ag Line & Total: Baltimore -2 & 45
Opening Line & Total: Ravens -2 & 45

The Patriots and Ravens meet Sunday for the seventh time in five years, once again with major playoff implications on the line.

New England was unable to wrap up the AFC East last week in its 24-20 loss in Miami, but Baltimore scored a huge win Monday in Detroit with Justin Tucker connecting on six field goals including a 61-yarder in the final minute of an 18-16 victory. These clubs have split the six meetings since 2009, but the Ravens won both games last year, 31-30 on a Tucker 27-yard FG as time expired, and a dominating 28-13 victory in the AFC Championship in New England when QB Joe Flacco threw for 240 yards and 3 TD.

The Patriots are just 1-6 ATS (3-4 SU) on the road this season, while the Ravens are 6-1 SU (4-2-1 ATS) at home. However, New England has thrived in the underdog role under Bill Belichick, going 41-21 ATS (66%), and is also 28-12 ATS (70%) in the final two weeks of the regular season since 1992. But Baltimore is a stellar 15-5 ATS (75%) versus winning teams since 2011, and 16-7 ATS (70%) as a home favorite of seven points or less under John Harbaugh.

Both teams have plenty of injury concerns in this game, including both Flacco (knee) and New England QB Tom Brady (shoulder), who will both start. In addition to a slew of probable players on both teams, both Patriots starting offensive tackles, Nate Solder (head) and Marcus Cannon (ankle) are listed as questionable for this game. The Ravens could be missing two defenders in LB Albert McClellan (neck) and S Brynden Trawick (ankle), who are both considered questionable for Sunday.

New England's offense has been inconsistent this season with four games of 20 points or less and six games of 30+ points. For the season, the team ranks sixth in the NFL in scoring (26.4 PPG) and eighth in total offense (391 total YPG). While the Patriots rank sixth in the league in passing (272 YPG), they are average in most other categories, such as rushing offense (4.2 YPC, 16th in NFL), red-zone efficiency (55% TD rate, 16th in league) and third-down conversions (39%, 15th in NFL).

QB Tom Brady (4,049 pass yards, 7.0 YPA, 23 TD, 10 INT) has played very well over the past six weeks with 2,225 pass yards (371 YPG), 8.2 YPA, 14 TD and 4 INT. However, he has played terribly in the past five meetings with the Ravens (four of which were at home), throwing for only 6.2 YPA, 5 TD and 9 INT. Although he will likely get WR Aaron Dobson (foot) back on the field this week, Brady will still be missing TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, IR), while WRs Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) and Josh Boyce (foot) are both questionable. Brady still has plenty of options to choose from though, including WRs Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, who each eclipsed 130 receiving yards last week with double-digit catches.

The New England running game has featured nine different ball carriers this year, and currently ranks 12th in the NFL with 118.3 YPG. RB Stevan Ridley leads the way with 645 yards on 4.3 YPC and 7 TD, but he has been plagued by fumble problems all year, and also lost a fumble in the AFC Championship loss to the Ravens last year.

On defense, the Patriots have given up a ton of yardage (372.7 YPG, 24th in NFL), especially on the ground (132.5 rushing YPG, 2nd-worst in league). But although they are horrible on third downs (43%, 4th-worst in NFL) and subpar in the red zone (58%, 21st in league), the team has allowed just 22.2 PPG (T-10th in NFL). The defense needs to be more opportunistic though, having caused just two turnovers in three December games.

The Ravens' offense has been bad in all facets this year, ranking last in the NFL with 3.0 yards per carry and second-worst with 4.6 yards per play, leading to a mere 309.9 YPG (4th-worst in NFL). They are scoring only 21.1 PPG (25th in league) due largely to an anemic red-zone offense (49% TD rate, 4th-worst in NFL). QB Joe Flacco has a career-low passer rating of 76.5, completing only 58.9% of his passes for 6.6 YPA, 18 TD and 17 INT. He has been much more efficient at home though, completing 62% of his passes for 6.9 YPA, 10 TD and 6 INT. Flacco has also enjoyed plenty of success in six games against the Patriots in his career, throwing for 1,511 yards (252 YPG), 12 TD and 4 INT. In last year's two victories in this series, he threw for 622 yards (8.3 YPA), 6 TD and just one interception.

RB Ray Rice has also dominated the Patriots in his career with 735 total yards (122.5 YPG) and 4 TD in six meetings, but he is in the midst of his worst NFL season. Injuries are a big reason why Rice has a career-low 3.1 YPC and has topped 75 rushing yards just once all season.

Baltimore's defense has carried the team in 2013, ranking seventh in the league in points allowed (19.8 PPG) and ninth in total defense (334.0 YPG). This has occurred because of an excellent third-down defense (32%, 3rd in NFL) and red-zone efficiency (43% TD rate, 4th in league). The Ravens have really stuffed the run too, allowing a mere 102.4 YPG (7th in NFL) and 3.8 YPC (5th in league). They have also made some big plays, forcing three turnovers in three of the past six contests.

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12/22/2013 11:56 AM

Week 16 Tips

December 21, 2013


Saints at Panthers (-3, 45) - 1:00 PM EST

New Orleans: 10-4 SU, 7-7 ATS
Carolina: 10-4 SU, 8-5-1 ATS

Last week's results: The Saints put together their second straight poor performance away from the Superdome, falling at St. Louis, 27-16. New Orleans failed to cash as 6 ½-point favorites for their fifth consecutive ATS loss on the road, while allowing at least 26 points for the fourth time in five away contests. The Panthers held off the Jets, 30-20, to pull into a first-place tie in the NFC South with the Saints. Since losing at Seattle in Week 1, Carolina has won six straight home contests, while going 5-0-1 ATS.

Previous meeting result: New Orleans crushed Carolina two weeks ago at the Superdome, 31-13 to easily cash as three-point favorites. Drew Brees shredded the Panthers' defense for four touchdown passes, the fourth home win in the last five matchups with Carolina.

Betting notes: The Saints have finished 'under' the total in five straight games, while scoring 17 points or less in three of their last four contests. Carolina's run of six consecutive 'unders' ended in Sunday's win over New York, as the Panthers' defense has limited all seven opponents at home to 20 points or less.

Colts at Chiefs (-6 ½, 46 ½) - 1:00 PM EST

Indianapolis: 9-5 SU, 8-6 ATS
Kansas City: 11-3 SU, 8-6 ATS

Last week's results: The Chiefs' offense blew up for the second straight week, dropping 56 points on the Raiders in a 25-point rout as 6 ½-point road favorites. Kansas City has now scored 101 points in the last two games, while putting up at least 28 points in four consecutive contests. The Colts continued their dominance of the weak AFC South with their fifth win in five tries after a 25-3 blowout of the struggling Texans. Indianapolis cashed as six-point favorites, but the Colts have alternated ATS wins and losses the last seven games.

Previous meeting result: Nearly a year to the day, the Colts went into Arrowhead Stadium and knocked off the Chiefs, 20-13 as 4 ½-point road 'chalk.' Jamaal Charles rushed all over the Indianapolis defense for 226 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown scamper, but that was the lone touchdown scored by Kansas City.

Betting notes: The Colts haven't won back-to-back games since early November, while posting a 1-3 SU/ATS road record against teams from outside the AFC South. The Chiefs have easily cashed the 'over' in the last four weeks with their scoring barrage, but Kansas City owns a 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS record against clubs that are currently at .500 or better.

Cardinals at Seahawks (-10, 43) - 4:05 PM EST

Arizona: 9-5 SU, 10-4 ATS
Seattle: 12-2 SU, 10-4 ATS

Last week's results: The Seahawks bounced back from just their second loss of the season by shutting out the Giants, 23-0. Seattle likely played its final game away from CenturyLink Field until February, as the Seahawks completed a solid 6-2 SU/ATS record on the road. The Cardinals squandered a late 17-point lead at Tennessee last week, but Arizona recovered with a 37-34 victory in overtime. Arizona has won six of seven games, but is still on the outside of the NFC Wild Card race behind Carolina and San Francisco.

Previous meeting result: Prior to this hot stretch for the Cardinals, they were blown out at home by Arizona, 34-22 back in Week 7. The Seahawks cashed as 4 ½-point road favorites, as Russell Wilson tossed three touchdown passes in the victory. Seattle has won each of the last three home meetings with Arizona, while limiting the Cardinals to 20 combined points in those three wins.

Betting notes: Both these teams are putting long ATS winning streaks on the line, as the Seahawks and Cardinals have each cashed in five straight games. Arizona has lost four of five road contests to NFC opponents this season, while dropping five consecutive games to division opponents on the highway. Seattle is riding a 14-game winning streak at home, while covering 11 times in this stretch (three ATS losses as double-digit favorites).

Steelers at Packers (-1 ½, 44) - 4:25 PM EST

Pittsburgh: 6-8 SU, 7-7 ATS
Green Bay: 7-6-1 SU, 6-8 ATS

Last week's results: The Packers' season isn't done yet, as Green Bay overcame a 23-point halftime deficit at Dallas to stun the Cowboys, 37-36 as four-point road underdogs. Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, as the Packers scored their most points in a game since a Week 8 victory at Minnesota. The Steelers ended a two-game skid by jumping on the Bengals early in a 30-20 home division triumph last Sunday night. Pittsburgh grabbed a 21-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back as the Steelers have won four of their last five games at Heinz Field.

Previous meeting result: The Packers won Super Bowl XLV over the Steelers in February 2011 with a 31-25 victory as three-point favorites. Green Bay jumped out to a 21-3 lead early, but the Steelers cut the deficit to three points in the fourth quarter. A late Packers' field goal guaranteed a cover for Green Bay backers, capping off a Super Bowl title as a Wild Card team.

Betting notes: After starting the season failing to cover four of their first five games away from Heinz Field, the Steelers have cashed two straight road games at Cleveland and Baltimore as short 'dogs. The comeback by Green Bay last Sunday snapped a six-game ATS skid for the Packers, while the Packers have won and covered two of three contests this season against AFC North opponents.

Patriots at Ravens (-2, 45) - 4:25 PM EST

New England: 10-4 SU, 6-8 ATS
Baltimore: 8-6 SU, 7-7 ATS

Last week's results: The Patriots haven't quite yet clinched the AFC East title after New England fell at Miami, 24-20 to snap a three-game winning streak. New England hasn't covered a game in three tries, while dropping three of its past four away from Gillette Stadium. The Ravens didn't reach the end zone on Monday night, but six field goals from kicker Justin Tucker, including a 61-yarder in the final minute pushed Baltimore past Detroit, 18-16 as 4 ½-point road underdogs.

Previous meeting result: Baltimore's final hurdle to winning the AFC Championship last season came in Foxboro, as the Ravens dominated the Patriots, 28-13 as eight-point underdogs. Since 2009, these teams have split six meetings, including three matchups that were decided by three points or less.

Betting notes: The Ravens haven't lost a home game in two months, going 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS in this span, while compiling a 5-2 mark to the 'under' at M&T Bank Stadium. The Patriots have been a fade machine on the highway, putting together a 1-6 ATS record on the road with the lone cover coming at Atlanta in Week 4. The flip-side is New England has won and covered all three games off a loss this season.

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12/22/2013 11:58 AM

Total Talk - Week 16

December 21, 2013


Week 15 Recap

The ‘over’ went 10-6 last week and is now 22-11 (67%) the past two weekends. The all-time scoring records continue to be shattered and that trend might not slow down anytime soon.

Are the oddsmakers worried?

“We are adjusting each and every week. The sharps don’t hit the totals that often so there’s no urgency. Our adjustments have been one way and that is higher,” answered Jay Kornegay, Vice President of Race and Sports Operations at the LVH Super Book in Las Vegs.

“I think the rule changes, the way they (referees) call games, and the player safety rules all favor the offensive side of the ball. I think the totals in the 30’s will be a thing of the past. I don’t see how the defensives can keep up with the offenses.”

The lowest total on the board in Week 16 is 41, which is the number on the Browns-Jets matchup. That game opened 39 and apparently somebody is expecting points in New York this weekend.
On the season, the ‘over’ holds a 121-99-2 (55%) edge.

Streaks to Watch

As we enter the end of the regular season, make a note of these teams and their respective total runs heading into Week 16.

Dallas – Over 5-0 the last five weeks
Kansas City – Over 4-0 after an 8-2 start to the Under
Jacksonville – Over 6-1 run, including 3-0 last three weeks
Seahawks and Rams – Under 3-0 last three weeks
Dolphins – Under on a 4-1 run
New Orleans – Best Under team (10-4) this season, which includes 5-0 run
Browns and Steelers – Over 3-0 last three weeks
San Francisco – 5-1 run to the Under, could easily be 6-0 last six

Systems & Trends

The non-conference ‘over’ trend improved to 48-15 (76%) last weekend with a 3-1 mark. We only have two AFC-NFC matchups on tap this Sunday and they are the last non-conference games of the season until the Super Bowl.

Minnesota at Cincinnati
Pittsburgh at Green Bay

Last week we pointed out a trend that a VegasInider.com user sent to us and it cashed as well with the Jaguars-Bills matchup going ‘over’ the number. It’s real simple and involves the home team that played in the Thursday game from the previous week. Regardless of the venue, the ‘over’ has gone 13-2-1 (87%) in the following game for that team. If you want to follow the angle again, it calls for the ‘over’ in the Denver-Houston matchup on Sunday since the Broncos hosted the Chargers on Thursday in Week 15.

Line Moves

The Line Moves went 1-2 last week, pushing the season numbers to 40-31-1. Listed below are this week’s matchups that have had a total move by 1 ½ points or more at CRIS’s opening lines, which were sent out Sunday evening.

Dallas at Washington: Line opened 51 and jumped to 53
Denver at Houston: Line opened 51 ½ and jumped to 53
Indianapolis at Kansas City: Line opened 41 ½ and jumped to 46 ½
Arizona at Seattle: Line opened 45 and dropped to 43
Oakland at San Diego: Line opened 48 and jumped to 50 ½

Divisional Battles

Miami at Buffalo: The Bills defeated the Dolphins 23-21 on the road in Week 7 with QB Thaddeus Lewis under the center. Miami will be facing Lewis again on Sunday with starter E.J. Manuel (knee) ‘out’ with an injury. The first encounter wound up being a push (44) on the total and this week’s number (43) is a tad lower and weather could play a role.

New Orleans at Carolina: The Saints beat the Panthers 31-13 on Dec. 8 and the combined 44 points fell short of the closing total (47). Prior to this outcome, the ‘over’ was on a 4-0 run. In the last six encounters, New Orleans has averaged 34.2 PPG. The number

Dallas at Washington: This number has been bet up and it’s hard argue for an ‘under’ play when you look at the defensive units for both the Cowboys (25.3 PPG, 421 YPG) and the Redskins (30.2 PPG, 374 YPG). Despite the inept play on defense, the ‘under’ has gone 2-0 in the last two encounters between the pair.

Tennessee at Jacksonville: The ‘over’ is on a 3-1 run in this series, which includes the Jaguars’ 29-27 road win over the Titans on Nov. 10 this season. The total on that game was 42 and this week’s rematch has a number hovering around 44.

Arizona at Seattle: In Week 7, the Seahawks stopped the Cardinals 34-22 on the road in a Thursday night affair. Including that outcome, three of the last four meetings have gone ‘over.’ Seattle’s defense is getting stronger lately, allowing 26 combined points in their last three games.

Oakland at San Diego: The Chargers and Raiders have seen the ‘over/under’ go 1-1 during the regular season in each of the two previous years. I bring that to your attention because Oakland defeated San Diego 27-17 on Oct. 6 and the game went ‘under’ the closing number of 46. If you don’t recall, the first meeting started at 11:30 p.m. PT because the Oakland A’s had a home game on Saturday night that week and the field couldn’t be football-ready. QB Philip Rivers didn’t play well (3 INTs) but he’s been spot on the last two weeks and the Raiders defense has been atrocious the last seven games (34.7 PPG), which has helped the ‘over’ go 6-0-1 in this span.

Under the Lights

The ‘under’ went 2-1 last week and the lone ‘over’ occurred on SNF in the Steelers-Bengals matchup, which was the lowest total of the three primetime games. After this week there will only be one more game played under the lights, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 29. On the season, the ‘over’ has gone 26-21 (55%) in primetime games.

Chicago at Philadelphia: Even those teams aren’t in the same division, they have met five times in the last six seasons and the ‘over’ has gone 3-2 during this span. Chicago earned a 30-24 road victory in 2011 and a 31-26 home win in 2010. Those games had totals of ranging between 42 and 47 points. This week’s number opened at 54 ½ and has been bumped up to 55 ½. I mention the odds because Chicago hasn’t seen a total this high all season but it has had three numbers in the fifties. In those games, the ‘under’ cashed in all three. However, the defensive units on the field this week are much worse and points could be a plenty.

Atlanta at San Francisco: The closing of Candlestick Park should add some drama to this matchup, which is a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship. In case you forgot, the 49ers rallied past the Falcons 28-24 and the ‘over’ (47 ½) was on a good pace throughout. As mentioned above, San Francisco has been a great ‘under’ bet lately, even better at home (5-2) this season. Atlanta has been a tough team to gauge down the stretch but it has watched its total results alternate the past five weeks. If that trend stays true, then you’re looking at an ‘under’ on MNF.

Fearless Predictions

The VI bankroll dropped 20 cents last week and it probably should’ve dropped $430 but at the same time, we could’ve picked up $400. Still in the black for $240 heading into the last two weeks. As always, Press, Pass or Fade but in the end – Good Luck!

Best Over: Denver-Houston 53
Best Under: Tennessee-Jacksonville 44
Best Team Total: Over 29 ½ San Diego

Three-Team Total Teaser (9-Point, +100):
Over 44 Denver-Houston
Over 41 ½ Oakland-San Diego
Under 54 Atlanta-San Francisco

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12/22/2013 12:00 PM

Gridiron Angles - Week 16

December 21, 2013


NFL PLAY ON ATS TREND:

-- The Giants are 16-0 ATS (10.62 ppg) since September 26, 1999 on the road if not favored by more than nine, when they are facing a team that has allowed at least 12 yards per completion season-to-date.

NFL PLAYER TREND:

-- The Bears are 13-0 OU (12.96 ppg) since November 13, 2011 the week after a win in which Matt Forte didn’t have a 20+ yard reception.

NFL BIBLE ATS TREND:

-- The Cowboys are 16-0 ATS (+10.5 ppg) since 1998 when they are off a Sunday game in which they allowed 400-plus yards of offense and at least 35 points.

NFL BIBLE OU TREND:

-- The Lions are 15-0 OU (+12.7 ppg) since November 2007 facing an opponent which controlled the ball for less than 26:30 last game.

NFL SUPER SYSTEM:

-- Teams coming off a game where the total was at least 49 and the game went under the total by at least 12 points are 32-57-1 OU. Active with Detroit and Baltimore.

NFL O/U OVER TREND:

-- The Rams are 12-0 OU (7.92 ppg) since September 25, 2005 at home after a game in which they sacked the opposing quarterback at least 4 times.

PICK SIXTY SPORTS WEEKLY TIP:

Try as it might, December is yet to curb the high scoring trend of this year’s NFL games and the past two weeks our records show a tally of 21 overs and 11 unders. The overall record since Week 13 which includes November (Thanksgiving) and December games is 28-20 O/U (58-percent) and one of the unders was the first meeting between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints (UN 47). The 34-7 loss brought Carolina’s eight-game winning streak to an end but last week vs. New York, the Panthers took a double-digit lead into the half and won 30-20.

The Panthers were quick to remind fans that the 27-point blowout to New Orleans was more a fluke than anything but they still have a lot to prove. This angle has produced a modest 53-38-2 O/U record since realignment but you’ll note an upward trend of 9 overs and 4 unders the past two seasons (69-percent OV). In four games this year (3-1 O/U) the three overs have each cleared the bar by double-digits (23.3 avg) and in this rematch we expect both offenses to have some success.

Pick: Take the Saints-Panthers OVER 46 points

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12/22/2013 12:01 PM

Sharp Moves - Week 16

December 19, 2013


We're getting ready to head into another weekend of NFL betting action, and as always, there are a bunch of plays that are a lot sharper than others. Check out some of the best and brightest plays that are on the board in Week 16!

All public betting percentages courtesy of VegasInsider.com as of Thursday morning.

(Rotation #102) Buffalo +2.5 - This is definitely the sharpest play on the board this week. The Bills are playing at home in the cold weather against a Miami team which really needs this game to have a shot at getting into the playoffs. Meanwhile, the offensive line problems for Miami still haven't been fixed, and the pass rush for Buffalo is still the strength of its team. Truthfully, we believe that the Bills should be the favored side in this one, and the less than 30% of the public betting on this game believe the same as we do. There's a reason the oddsmakers aren't pushing this one to '3' even with all of the public action on the Fins.

Opening Line: Buffalo +2.5
Current Line: Buffalo +2.5
Public Betting Percentage: 71% on Miami

(Rotation #106) Washington +2.5 - Go ahead. Ask yourself the question. How in the heck is WASHINGTON sharp? The Redskins have been an abysmal wreck all season long, but they did show a pulse last week against the Falcons, coming from behind to hit the backdoor right at the end of the game. Could the same be said about this week? QB Kirk Cousins turns the ball over in the clutch less than QB Tony Romo (obviously!), and that might make all the difference in the world. Dallas has proven that it can collapse under any circumstance, and going on the road, even against a team which doesn't want to play anymore football this year, could be another one of these situations.

Opening Line: Washington +2.5
Current Line: Washington +2.5
Public Betting Percentage: 71% on Dallas

(Rotation #107) Tampa Bay +5.5 - It's funny how the public always react to what it sees most recently. Most recently, it saw the Bucs get killed by the 49ers in a game which, by the way, was actually a close game until the wheels sort of fell off there in the third quarter. And most recently, the Rams destroyed the Saints, who are still perceived to be one of the best teams in the NFL, though we aren't all that sure whether they are or they aren't at this point. It just created a goofy looking line in this game. The Rams don't necessarily have the best team on the field in this one, but the oddsmakers are insinuating they are going to win by a healthy margin. The dial has moved a tad in this one, but not enough to sway away the sharp bettors.

Opening Line: Tampa Bay +5
Current Line: Tampa Bay +5.5
Public Betting Percentage: 66% on St. Louis

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12/22/2013 12:03 PM

NFL's biggest betting mismatches: Week 16

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (+2.5, 43)

Cowboys’ third-down offense vs. Redskins’ third-down defense

The Cowboys shot themselves in the foot – again – with another late-game collapse versus the Packers last weekend. Dallas’ issues are stacked to the roof of AT&T Stadium but perhaps the most glaring problem is its inability to convert on third down. The Cowboys have converted just 35.22 percent of their third downs this season and went a dismal 2-for-9 on third down in the loss to Green Bay. Quick three-and-outs are killing an already weak defense, and the offense hasn’t been able to pick up that slack.

Washington is maybe the only other team in the NFC with more internal issues than the Cowboys at this point. However, the Redskins proved they're going to fight to the finish with a close loss to Atlanta Sunday. The defense isn’t where it was last season but Washington is still doing a good job ushering teams off the field on third down. The Redskins have limited foes to a 34.71 percent success rate on third down and have been even stingier in recent outings, dropping that number to 29.73 percent over the last three games.


Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (-7, 45)

Colts’ rushing defense vs. Chiefs’ RB Jamaal Charles

We’re usually a little more subtle when it comes to our weekly mismatches but after the day Charles had last week, the Chiefs’ multifaceted RB deserves respect. Charles threw a wrench in many fantasy football playoff matchups with his five-touchdown performance versus the Raiders. He caught all eight passes thrown his way for 195 yards and tacked on an additional 20 yards on the ground.

Charles has history with the Colts, racking up 226 yards rushing and a score in last year’s loss to Indianapolis. The Colts defense is among the worst at stopping the run - 128.9 yards against per game – and has been exposed by pass-catching backs all season. Most recently, Bengals RB Giovanni Bernard had a big day with 99 yards on the ground and another 49 through the air versus the Colts in Week 14.


New York Giants at Detroit Lions (-10, 49)

Giants’ short secondary vs. Lions’ towering targets

New York’s secondary is in shambles with key corners and safeties causing traffic jams in the trainer’s room. The Giants’ two somewhat healthy CBs, Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride, have a tall task ahead of them Sunday. Amukamara and McBride stand just 6-foot and 5-foot-9 respectively and will try to slow down a Detroit receiving corps that could double as an NBA frontcourt.

Forget about Calvin Johnson and what his freakish 6-foot-5 frame can do. The Lions also boast beanpoles in 6-foot WR Nate Burleson, 6-foot-6 WR Kris Durham, 6-foot-5 TE Brandon Pettigrew and 6-foot-7 TE Joseph Fauria. New York has record only 29 sacks on the season and will give Matt Stafford plenty of time to toss jump balls to his towering targets Sunday afternoon. Add “Megatron” to the mix, who has a total of 191 yards and two TDs in two games versus N.Y., and it makes New York's nickname - The Giants - seem a bit misleading.


Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (-3, 56)

Bears’ big passing plays vs. Eagles’ bending to big plays

It doesn’t matter who’s under center for Chicago – Jay Cutler or Josh McCown – the Bears’ passing attack is doing big things. Over the past three games, Chicago has averaged 9.2 yards per pass attempt – tops in the NFL during that span. Cutler let it rip for 265 yards and three TDs in his return under center versus Cleveland last weekend, picking up a healthy 11.9 yards per pass completion, including a 45-yard TD strike to Alshon Jeffery.

The Eagles got knocked on their ass in Minnesota last Sunday, allowing Vikings QB Matt Cassel to pass for 382 yards and two touchdowns. The pass defense has been slipping recently, hemorrhaging big gains and dropping to a league-worst 291.6 yards passing allowed per game. Philadelphia’s opponents have averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempts and 13 yards per completion over the last three contests. Poor tackling has led to an average of 146.6 yards allowed after the catch – fourth worst in the NFL.

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12/22/2013 12:05 PM

NFL

Sunday, December 22

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Sunday's NFL Week 16 betting cheat sheet: Early action
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Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (-2.5, 40.5)

In addition to another late collapse on the defensive side of the ball, the Browns also had two turnovers and nine penalties in a sluggish effort against Chicago that had quarterback Jason Campbell blaming, in part, the painful loss to the Patriots one week earlier. Campbell has averaged 332 yards and two touchdowns since returning from a concussion earlier this month. Josh Gordon leads the NFL with 122.3 receiving yards per game.

If New York needs a confidence boost as it heads into its home finale, it can look to its performance at MetLife Stadium this year, where head coach Rex Ryan's crew has gone 5-2. The Jets have scored at least 26 points in four of those five victories and produced a season-high 37 in their last home contest. New York averages 128.3 yards on the ground, third-best in the AFC.

LINE: New York opened at -1 but has been bet up to -2.5. The total is set at 40.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the lmid-60s with a 54 percent chance of rain and wind blowing out of the southwest at 11 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: Cleveland (+6.0) - New York (+4.8) + home field (-3.0) = Jets -4.2
TRENDS:

* Browns are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. teams with losing home records.
* Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games vs. AFC foes.
* Over is 9-3 in New York's last 12 games.


Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (-7, 45)

Indianapolis has been wildly inconsistent following its 4-1 start, alternating wins and losses in nine games since, and the Colts are coming off a strong performance in a 25-3 victory over Houston, so they might be due for another letdown. Second-year quarterback Andrew Luck (3,299 yards, 21 TDs, 9 INTs) has been solid, but the Colts haven't generated much on the ground since the trade for Trent Richardson.

The Chiefs allow an AFC-low 18.2 points per game and have the best turnover margin in the league at plus-21, but the offense has been impressive the past two weeks. The Chiefs have rolled up 101 points in consecutive wins at Washington and Oakland and they've topped 28 points in four straight games. Jamaal Charles leads the team in rushing yards (1,181), receptions (65), receiving yards (655) and scoring 18 touchdowns.

LINE: Kansas City has been bet up a half-point after opening at -6.5. The total has jumped 3.5 points to 45.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the mid-20s with wind blowing across the length of the field at 12 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: Indianapolis (-0.8) + Kansas City (-3.0) + home field (-3.0) = Chiefs -5.2
TRENDS:

* Colts are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 December games.
* Chiefs are 1-5 ATS in their last six games vs. teams with winning records.
* Indianapolis is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings.


Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals (-8.5, 47.5)

Matt Asiata didn't provide much yardage-wise while filling in for Adrian Peterson last week, but the third-stringer helped put up points. Asiata gained only 51 yards on 30 carries against Philadelphia but scored the first three touchdowns of his NFL career. Peterson (foot) and primary backup Toby Gerhart (hamstring) both are expected to be available Sunday.

Cincinnati is 6-0 at home, where it meets Baltimore for a potential showdown for the division title next week. The Bengals average 33.2 points in their own building and have scored more than 40 in each of their last three home contests. Andy Dalton has thrown 27 TD passes, matching his career high, and needs 351 yards to join Carson Palmer as the only quarterbacks in team history to reach the 4,000-yard plateau in a season.

LINE: Cincinnati opened at -7.5, but has been bet up to -8.5. The total dipped a half-point to 47.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-50s with a 54 percent chance of rain and wind blowing across the width of the field at 13 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: Minnesota (+4.3) + Cincinnati (-3.5) + home field (-3.0) = Bengals -10.8
TRENDS:

* Vikings are 7-0 ATS in their last seven December games.
* Bengals are 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games.
* Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.


Denver Broncos at Houston Texans (+10, 53)

Denver is the first team in NFL history to have four players score at least 10 touchdowns in a season and receiver Eric Decker (73 receptions for 1,130 yards) is two away from making it five. Wideout Demaryius Thomas (78 for 1,194) has also surpassed 1,000 yards and Manning is just 189 yards away from the first 5,000-yard campaign of his stellar career. Knowshon Moreno (939 yards) leads the Denver ground attack.

Quarterback Matt Schaub - he of the nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions - will be under center Sunday in place of Case Keenum (thumb). Texans running back Ben Tate (771 rushing yards) was placed on injured reserve and rookie Dennis Johnson (154 yards) will start in his place. Defensive lineman J.J. Watt had 2.5 sacks last season when the Texans posted a 31-25 victory over Denver.

LINE: Denver has held steady as a 10-point fave, with the total rising from 51.5 to 53.
WEATHER: N/A
POWER RANKINGS: Denver (-7.5) + Houston (+7.5) - home field (-3.0) = Broncos -12
TRENDS:

* Broncos are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games vs. teams with losing records.
* Texans are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games.
* Over is 39-12-2 in Denver's last 53 games following a SU loss.


Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (+5, 44)

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns last week, but he threw two costly interceptions - one that was returned for a score and the other that set up the game-winning field goal. Running back Chris Johnson turned in another pedestrian effort with 40 yards on 13 carries, marking the seventh time the former 2,000-yard rusher has been limited to 46 yards or fewer.

Jacksonville Leading rusher Maurice Jones-Drew did not practice Wednesday and No. 1 receiver Cecil Shorts (groin) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, leaving backup quarterback Chad Henne with a paucity of weapons. Jordan Todman made his first career start in place of Jones-Drew last week and rushed for 109 yards while catching four passes for 44 yards.

LINE: Tennessee has been bet down a half-point after opening -5.5. The total is holding at 44.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-70s with partly cloudy skies and wind blowing across the length of the field at 14 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: Tennessee (+3.0) - Jacksonville (+5.5) + home field (-3.0) = Jaguars -0.5
TRENDS:

* Titans are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. AFC South foes.
* Jaguars are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games.
* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Jacksonville.


Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (+2.5, 42.5)

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is just 373 yards shy of becoming Miami's first quarterback to reach 4,000 yards in a season since Hall of Famer Dan Marino did so in 1994. Tannehill has been sacked an NFL-high 51 times and faces a Buffalo team that leads the league with 49 sacks. Safety Michael Thomas intercepted Tom Brady in the end zone with two seconds remaining to secure AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

While Miami is eyeing a potential postseason berth, Buffalo is vying to complete its first season sweep of its AFC East rival since 2007. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller paid dividends for Buffalo's fourth-ranked rushing game by combining for 147 yards on 30 carries in last week's 27-20 victory over Jacksonville. A heavy workload for the pair could take the pressure off Lewis, who threw for 202 yards to defeat Miami.

LINE: The Bills are holding as 2.5-point dogs, with the total dropping a half-point to 42.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-50s with a 100 percent chance of rain and wind blowing across the width of the field at 12 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: Miami (-1.0) + Buffalo (+4.8) - home field (-3.0) = Dolphins -2.8
TRENDS:

* Dolphins are 5-0 ATS in their last five games.
* Bills are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games.
* Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.


New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (-3, 46.5)

Drew Brees and New Orleans got the better of Carolina's stingy defense in the first meeting, in large part because they held on to the ball - eight of the Saints' 17 turnovers have come in their four losses. Brees (4,500 yards, 34 TDs, 10 INTs) is on pace for his third straight 5,000-yard season and put up 313 yards and four touchdowns against the Panthers two weeks ago.

The Saints are the only team to beat Carolina since Week 5, as the Panthers have won nine of 10 to move to the cusp of their first playoff berth since 2008. Coincidentally, New Orleans is also the only team all season that did not commit a turnover against the Panthers, whose dominant defense has racked up 27 takeaways. DeAngelo Williams and quarterback Cam Newton lead a powerful running game.

LINE: Carolina is installed as a 3-point fave, with the total up a half-point to 46.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with an 81 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms and wind blowing out of the southwest at 13 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: New Orleans (-4.0) + Carolina (-4.5) + home field (-3.0) = Panthers -3.5
TRENDS:

* Saints are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games.
* Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games vs. NFC foes.
* Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Carolina.


Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (+3, 53.5)

Although many point the finger at a spotty defense, Tony Romo continues to be in the eye of the storm for Dallas' troubles. Romo threw for multiple touchdowns in five of his last seven contests but also tossed a pair of interceptions in the final three minutes last week to give his detractors additional ammunition about his level of play in December. Dez Bryant reeled in 11 catches for 153 yards versus the Packers.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will face the 32nd-ranked Dallas pass defense on Sunday after carving up the Falcons by completing 29-of-45 passes for 381 yards with three touchdowns. After rushing for 57 yards in his previous two games combined, Redskins RB Alfred Morris busted out for 98 against Atlanta. The second-year back rushed for 81 yards and a score in the teams' previous meeting.

LINE: Dallas is set as a 3-point fave, while the total has risen two points from an opening of 51.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-70s with a 55 percent chance of showers and wind blowing across the width of the field at 13 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: Dallas (-0.3) + Washington (+7.0) - home field (-3.0) = Cowboys -4.3
TRENDS:

* Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last four games vs. divisional opponents.
* Redskins are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games vs. the NFC.
* Underdog is 23-8 ATS in the last 31 meetings.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams (-4, 43)

Playing with quarterback Mike Glennon and third-string running back Bobby Rainey has taken a toll on Tampa Bay's offense, but one of the brightest developments has been the performance of tight end Tim Wright. An undrafted rookie out of Rutgers, Wright had seven receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown in last week's loss to San Francisco and has scored four times in his last eight games.

St. Louis lost Sam Bradford early in the season and has been going with journeyman Kellen Clemens, who completed a season-high 70 percent of his passes while tossing two TD passes last week. Clemens and the Rams have leaned heavily on unheralded rookie running back Zac Stacy, who is coming off his third 100-yard game and has rushed for six touchdowns in his past six games.

LINE: St. Louis has dropped from an opening line of -5.5 to -4. The total is up a half-point to 43.
WEATHER: N/A
POWER RANKINGS: Tampa Bay (+4.0) - St. Louis (+2.0) + home field (-3.0) = Rams -5
TRENDS:

* Buccaneers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games vs. teams with losing records.
* Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

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12/22/2013 12:06 PM

NFL

Sunday, December 22

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Sunday's NFL Week 16 betting cheat sheet: Late action
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Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-10.5, 43)

Arizona’s defense ranks seventh in total defense (322.3) and eighth in scoring defense (20.8), and veteran linebacker John Abraham is having a standout campaign with 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is expected to play against the Seahawks despite suffering a concussion last week. Cardinals WR Michael Floyd’s last 24 receptions have all gone for first downs.

Marshawn Lynch is over 1,000 yards for the third straight season and fifth time in his career and rushed for a solid 91 yards in the first meeting with the Cardinals. Arizona leads the NFL in rushing defense (83.2) so yards could be tough to come by in the rematch with the Cardinals, who desperately need a victory. The Seahawks forced eight turnovers while trouncing the Cardinals 58-0 in last season’s meeting in Seattle.

LINE: Seattle opened at -10 but has been bet up a half-point, while the total has dropped two points to 43.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-40s with a 59 percent chance of rain and wind blowing across the length of the field at 9 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: Arizona (-3.0) + Seattle (-8.0) + home field (-3.0) = Seahawks -8
TRENDS:

* Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a SU win.
* Seahawks are 7-1 ATS in their last eight December games.
* Over is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.


New York Giants at Detroit Lions (-10, 49)

Eli Manning's trainwreck of a season reached its nadir when he threw a career-high five interceptions against Seattle, boosting his total to a league-worst 25 and matching his career high from 2010. His passer rating of 69.7 is his lowest since his rookie campaign and doesn't figure to get any better with leading receiver Victor Cruz dealing with a concussion and a sprained knee that will cause him to miss Sunday's game.

Manning is not the only QB who has been a turnover machine - Detroit's Matt Stafford has picked been off 10 times and lost two fumbles in the past five games. Three more interceptions by Stafford in last week's 18-16 loss at Baltimore continued the Lions' inability to protect a fourth-quarter lead, which has occurred in each of their last four defeats. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is second in the league with 1.449 yards.

LINE: The Lions opened at -10 while the total has held steady at 49.
WEATHER: N/A
POWER RANKINGS: New York (+4.5) + Detroit (-1.5) + home field (-3.0) = Lions -9
TRENDS:

* Giants are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games.
* Lions are 1-6 ATS in their last seven December games.
* Road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.


Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers (-10, 50.5)

Quarterback Matt McGloin had his worst performance since taking over the starting job, tossing four interceptions and losing a fumble in the debacle against the Chiefs. Oft-injured running back Darren McFadden returned to practice and could be back in the lineup, but Oakland has received solid production from backup Rashad Jennings, who rushed for 91 yards last week and recorded his second straight two-touchdown game.

Even though San Diego's postseason hopes appear remote, quarterback Philip Rivers guided the team to its biggest upset of the season by throwing a pair of touchdown passes in a 27-20 win at Denver last week. Running back Ryan Mathews has his own checkered injury history, but he tied his season high with 127 yards and went over 100 yards for the fifth time in the past nine games.

LINE: San Diego is steady as a 10-point fave, with the total up one point to 50.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with clear skies.
POWER RANKINGS: Oakland (+6.0) + San Diego (-1.3) + home field (-3.0) = Chargers -10.3
TRENDS:

* Raiders are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss.
* Chargers are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU win.
* Under is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings in San Diego.


Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers (-1.5, 45)

Pittsburgh has rallied in the second half of the season but can't help but kick itself for four losses by a touchdown or less, including a 34-28 setback against Miami two weeks ago that would have dramatically improved its playoff chances. Ben Roethlisberger will try to channel his performance from his only previous regular-season meeting with the Packers in which he threw for a career-best 503 yards and three TDs.

The Packers will be without starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who wasn't cleared this week despite returning to practice as he continues his recovery from a collarbone injury. Green Bay came back from a 26-3 halftime deficit to beat Dallas last week and revived its playoff hopes in the process. The Packers have won their final regular-season home game in eight straight seasons and 20 of the last 21.

LINE: The Packers opened -2.5 but are now -1.5. The total is set at 45.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the mid-20s with a 93 percent chance of snow and wind blowing across the length of the field at 15 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: Pittsburgh (0.0) + Green Bay (+4.0) - home field (-3.0) = Steelers -1
TRENDS:

* Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
* Packers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight December games.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.


New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens (-1.5, 45)

Tom Brady, whose completion percentage is his lowest since 2004, needs one win to match Dan Marino (147) for fourth place on the all-time list. The future Hall of Famer threw a late interception to seal last week's 24-20 loss to the Dolphins - the Patriots' first game since losing All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski to a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.

Baltimore's four-game winning streak is tied for the NFL's longest with San Francisco - the team it beat to win last season's Super Bowl - and the Ravens' last two wins have come in dramatic fashion. Justin Tucker's 61-yard field goal in the final minute stunned Detroit on Monday night, one week after Joe Flacco capped a back-and-forth thriller against Minnesota with the game-winning touchdown pass with four seconds left.

LINE: Baltimore opened -2.5 and is now -1.5, with the total down a half-point to 45.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-60s with a 55 percent chance of thunderstorms and wind blowing across the width of the field at 12 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: New England (-4.8) - Baltimore (-0.5) - home field (-3.0) = Patriots -1.3
TRENDS:

* Patriots are 5-0 ATS in their last five games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous outing.
* Ravens are 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 games vs. teams with winning records.
* Road team is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five meetings.


Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (-3, 55.5)

Chicago would like to keep some distance between itself and the Packers, who visit the Bears in the regular-season finale. The offense is humming right along no matter who is under center but the defense is an issue, surrendering an average of 31 points over the last four games and ranking last in the NFL against the run. Chicago RB Matt Forte has gone over 100 yards rushing in three straight games.

Philadelphia will be scoreboard-watching early in the day, needing a loss by the Cowboys to make a win over the Bears a division-clincher. The Eagles will also be looking for more out of a pass defense that is ranked 31st in the league. Eagles QB Nick Foles passed for a career-high 428 yards last week but has thrown an interception in each of the last two games after going his first seven starts without a pick.

LINE: Philadelphia opened as a 3.5-point fave, but has been bet down to -3. The total is up one point to 55.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-60s with a 53 percent chance of showers and wind blowing across the width of the field at 8 mph.
POWER RANKINGS: Chicago (-2.0) + Philadelphia (-2.5) + home field (-3.0) = Eagles -3.5
TRENDS:

* Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 December games.
* Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on grass.
* Over is 17-4 in Chicago's last 21 games following a SU win.

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