Now that’s more like it! After giving back some bankroll back to PointsBet Sportsbook the last few weeks, we busted out the brooms once again by cashing in on all three teaser legs. The Buffalo Bills got the party started on Saturday night by covering the 2.5-point spread after scoring the 32-29 last second win. The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t end up needing any points after storming back to defeat the Cowboys in OT in one of the more entertaining games of the 2022-23 NFL betting season. The Atlanta Falcons covered the full game point spread as well as the 10.5-point teaser leg in a competitive 21-18 defeat to the division rival Saints.
Here’s to pulling out another broom job in Week 16 with three more teaser legs!
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Baltimore Ravens +.5 -300
Things have gone off the rails pretty quick for the Ravens. The injury suffered to Lamar Jackson is one of many that’ve dashed the team’s hopes of winning the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals most recently leapfrogging them in the standings. With a Week 18 clash with their hated rival remaining on the docket, Baltimore must take care of business at home over these next two weeks to put itself in a position to take home bragging rights. It starts in Week 16 with Atlanta paying M&T Bank Stadium a visit.
While the Falcons hooked us up by cashing in as a teaser leg last week in the bayou, it was only able to do so because of its ability to run roughshod on the ground. The Saints own a bottom tier run defense currently ranked No. 23 in rush DVOA. That’s not the case with Baltimore who enter the week owners of the No. 6 ranked run DVOA that serves up just over 85 yards per game (No. 3). While the Ravens pass defense leaves much to be desired (No. 25), I’m of the belief rookie Desmond Ridder is in over his head running up against Roquan Smith and co. in the elements. Whether it’s Tyler Huntley or LJ that leads the Ravens offense into battle, it’s the defense that will pave the way towards win No. 10 on the season.
Carolina Panthers +8.5 -300
This tilt between the Lions and Panthers should play to a good ‘ol fashioned defensive slobber knocker with both teams fighting for their playoff lives. It’s going to be a cold one at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday with temps expected to be around 10 degrees with 10+ mph winds hampering both passing attacks. Detroit has been playing some lock down run defense in recent weeks limiting all opposition to just 328 yards and a 3.2 yard per carry average dating back to Week 10.
Even so, I fully expect D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard to take the bull by the horns after each put forth dreadful performances against the Steelers last week. The former only managed nine yards on 10 carries while the latter went for 10 yards on his four totes of the rock. That’s simply unacceptable for a team that relies upon its running game to open things up for its almost non-existent passing attack. I fully expect Ikem Ekwonu and the front wall to circle the wagons and put forth a max effort with this being the final time the team will take the field in front of the hometown faithful. Carolina’s played hard for Steve Wilks since he landed the interim gig, and I expect no different in what’s basically an elimination game for both sides.
New Orleans Saints +8.5 -250
If not for inexplicably coughing that game up late to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Saints would be in a much better position to win the NFC South heading into Week 16. Regardless, the team looks to be playing some of its best ball of the season in recent weeks, and it has everything to do with the defense finally looking like the unit many an NFL bettor expected to see at the outset of the season with Dennis Allen now manning the ship. Holding San Francisco to just 13 points in Silicon Valley was extremely impressive. So too was limiting the Falcons to just 89 passing yards last week.
While the run defense is a concern with it just serving up 231 yards on 39 carries, I’m not sold on the Browns being able to take advantage of the league’s No. 23 ranked rush DVOA with Nick Chubb hampered by a foot injury. With the game to be played in 20-30mph winds and subzero temps expected, I don’t foresee either offense being able to do enough to get out to a multiple score lead. Look for Alvin Kamara to have one of his better showings of the season to keep the Saints within an arm’s length all the way through.