Lopsided victories by the favorites in both Sunday night and Monday night’s NFL games cut into the large gains posted by local bookies in Week 10, but the net result against the spread turned in another plus week for private bookmakers all across the nation.
This week’s NFL schedule should offer a few solid money-making opportunities for independent sportsbooks starting with Thursday night’s AFC showdown between the 6-3 Tennessee Titans and the 7-2 Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh is listed as a seven-point home favorite with the total set at 44. The Titans have a 5-2 edge ATS in the last seven meetings.
The 7-2 New Orleans Saints bring a straight-up seven-game winning streak into Sunday’s road game against the 4-5 Washington Redskins as 7.5-point favorites. The total for this 1 p.m. start on FOX has been set at 51. New Orleans has covered in six of those seven wins.
The biggest showdown in the NFC pits the 7-2 Los Angeles Rams against the 7-2 Minnesota Vikings as 2.5-point road underdogs with the total set at 46 points. Both of these teams have gone 6-3 ATS through their first nine games and each has covered in their last four games.
A few of the other interesting matchups on Sunday’s early slate start with an inter-conference clash between the 4-5 Baltimore Ravens and the 5-4 Green Bay Packers. Both teams need a win to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot and the current line has the Ravens favored by two points on the road with a total line of 38 points.
Detroit is 5-4 SU and it will go on the road as a three-point favorite in a NFC North tilt against the 3-6 Chicago Bears. The betting line for the total has been set at 41 and it has stayed UNDER in six of the Bears’ first nine games while going OVER in six of the Lions’ nine games this year.
In other early action, the 6-3 Jacksonville Jaguars go on the road as 7.5-point favorites against the 0-9 Cleveland Browns with a total line of 37.5 points while the 3-6 Houston Texans play host to 4-5 Arizona as one-point underdogs. Kansas City comes off its bye at 6-3 and it will face the 1-8 New York Giants as a heavy 10.5-point road favorite with the total set at 43.5 points.
Sunday’s late games feature a pair of AFC matchups highlighted by a 4:25 p.m. start on CBS between the 7-2 New England Patriots and the 4-5 Oakland Raiders. The Patriots have covered in their last three games and they come into this game as 6.5-point road favorites. The total line for this game is listed at 52.5 points.
The other late afternoon matchup sends 3-6 Cincinnati on the road as a 2.5-point underdog against the 3-6 Denver Broncos, who have failed to cover in their last five games. The total has gone OVER in six of Denver’s first nine games and it has been set at 39.5 points against the Bengals.
Sunday Night Football features a classic NFC East showdown between the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles and the 5-4 Dallas Cowboys in an 8:30 p.m. start on NBC. The Eagles come off a bye in the midst of a SU seven-game winning streak while going 6-1 ATS. They are currently favored by three points on the road with the total set at 48 points. The road team in this bitter rivalry has gone 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The final game in Week 11 is a Monday night matchup between the 5-4 Atlanta Falcons and the 6-3 Seattle Seahawks. Game time from CenturyLink Field is slated for 8:30 p.m. on ESPN and Seattle is set as a three-point home favorite with a total line of 45 points. Atlanta is 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games against the Seahawks.