NFL Odds Week 16: Scouting out Early Value
- Updated: December 19, 2012
The NFL Odds for Week 16 are slowly trickling out with big games on the horizon. The theme is teams jockeying for the playoffs and seeding, while others are eager just to get into the post season. The odds illustrate the teams that are still playing for something and the others that are already looking forward to the NFL draft.
The Houston Texans are a team trying to maintain the top spot in the AFC and they will host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. Although the Vikings are having a surprising season and they are off an impressive win against the St. Louis Rams, they are still bug underdogs in this game. The Vikings are 9.5 point dogs in this game and will need to get a win if they hope to keep pace in the NFC race for a Wildcard.
After losing to the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in a must win situation with the upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals. With a midweek win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bengals are set up to make the playoffs as long as they don’t fall short in this divisional matchup. The Steelers opened as 4.5 point favorites in this game, which amounts to a must win after dropping two straight. Thankfully the Baltimore Ravens lost horribly leaving the door open for the Steelers to make the post season.
Speaking of which, the Baltimore Ravens host the New York Giants in perhaps the most pivotal game of the week. That to the loss in Atlanta and the surging Washington Redskins, the Giants could miss the playoffs if they limp out the regular season schedule. It all starts with a visit to the Ravens who are in a similar position. The Ravens opened as a PK in this game although they are on a two-game losing streak.
These are just a few of the games that have playoff implications and the odds can change throughout the week leading up to kickoff.