House workforce in CAPS
COLTS (+3) over Buccaneers:
You don’t respect the champs, you’d greatest recover from yourselves — however Indianapolis’ current spectacular surge to the league’s higher strata behind RB Jonathan Taylor and QB Carson Wentz is nothing to take frivolously. The Bucs have the large names, however sheer Indy momentum can’t be discounted. It’s a take, with the up-and-coming membership.
TEXANS (-3) over Jets:
Houston’s off a gross upset of Tennessee — taken down by 5 turnovers — which ended the Titans’ six-game successful streak. Surmising the Texans can prevail right here, although not wholly satisfied we’ll see any sort of hefty margin. The Jets have a win alternative right here, although the window is something however expansive.
Eagles (-3.5) over GIANTS:
Severe, constant backing, which has meaningfully moved Philadelphia traces the previous few weeks, has turned out to be well-founded, however as usually the case, it surfaced a bit prematurely. The guests’ floor sport has been dominant, and may’t see residence facet simply reversing multi-season bumpy streak vs. Jalen Hurts and his cohorts.
BENGALS (-3.5) over Steelers:
Not overly desperate to press lately revived Joe Burrow-led Cincinnati in opposition to an skilled foe possessing huge know-how and savvy — however the tariff has gotten extra cheap as week has progressed, and the guests are doubtless looking at a rebuild sooner somewhat than later, given the ages of quite a lot of Steelers stalwarts.
DOLPHINS (-1) over Panthers:
Going to start out giving Miami the good thing about the doubt in tight matches resembling this, particularly in opposition to a facet such because the Panthers — led by Cam Newton, who needs to be cautious about getting too pass-happy. Like how Tua Tagovaiola is growing, not being overly reliant on the move. The value is correct.
PATRIOTS (-5.5) over Titans:
Tennessee has persistently risen to the event in opposition to higher competitors whereas arising quick in opposition to lessers. We’ve loved constant success investing our confidence in Titans QB Ryan Tannehill, particularly when he’s despatched off as an underdog, however a number of key Tennessee accidents concern … so for now, should favor more healthy facet (the Pats), although worth is a stiff one. Examine standing of key personnel.
Falcons (-1) over JAGUARS:
Given two non-competitors enjoying out the string, you’d count on Atlanta to basically attain a transparent lead earlier than desperately attempting to carry onto a diminishing cushion because the fourth quarter dwindles. The market seems to be within the correct neighborhood, with. the Jags’ incessantly overmatched protection the important thing issue.
BRONCOS (+1.5) over Chargers:
Judging from the damage reviews, will lean in direction of the more healthy facet — the Chargers, who as well as have loved a optimistic run in opposition to this foe in current seasons inside the hotly contested AFC West. Recovering from an early-season ankle surgical procedure, Broncos edge rusher Bradley Chubb looms a key issue.
Rams (-1) over PACKERS:
Midweek motion has propelled the Rams right into a slender chalk position, at this writing. Stacked in opposition to Matthew Stafford’s sustained again points, Aaron Rodgers has a 113.8 quarterback ranking in 5 begins vs. L.A., but additionally faces vital foot issues (toe) right here. Traditionally, Stafford is 4-1 when off two straight-up losses.
49ERS (-2.5) over Vikings:
What stays paramount when evaluating this week’s matchup is that Minnesota is coming off its annual campaign sport vs. the Packers within the Twin Cities, which they survived in an epic wrestle. Discover it laborious to check a show showcasing one other speedy top-shelf efficiency out of Minny, close to time period. The Niners at residence, at quick quantity, ought to do.
Browns (+4.5) over RAVENS:
Each side are injury-riddled. At present board costs, Browns seem to supply marginally higher worth at posted numbers, however haven’t any time to lose and wish a glowing December in tandem with mediocre vacation seasons out of a number of remaining contenders.
WASHINGTON (+3) over Seahawks:
Striving to type a agency opinion right here, given Seattle’s sustained give up to the advancing age of its mature roster — stacked in opposition to Washington’s horrendous historic document as hosts on Monday nights (2-15 straight-up since 2008). Maybe contemporary, new quarterback Taylor Heinicke can evade results of these long-standing Monday-evening blues.
Final week: 7-7