The first half of the 2017 NFL regular season is in the books and, with the betting trends still favoring the underdogs at a 53.5 percent winning rate, local bookies all across the country have been banking some series profits on a number of surprising teams in both the AFC and the NFC.
One of those teams has been the Buffalo Bills at 5-2 straight-up with a 4-1-2 record against the spread. They will be going for the season sweep against the AFC East rival New York Jets on Thursday Night Football as three-point road favorites. The total for this 8:25 p.m. kickoff on NFL Network has been set at 44. The Jets are 3-5 SU, but they have been another profitable team for the home-town bookies at 5-2-1 ATS.
Sunday’s betting action gets things started with a pair of matchups in the heavily contested NFC South. Tampa Bay is bringing up the rear in this division at 2-5 SU with a 1-5-1 record ATS and it has been listed as a seven-point road underdog against the red-hot New Orleans Saints. The total for the 1 p.m. start on FOX is set at 50.5. The Saints have won their last five games to move to 5-2 SU with a 4-3 record ATS.
The other division showdown pits the 4-3 (2-5 ATS) Atlanta Falcons on the road against the 5-3 (4-3-1 ATS) Carolina Panthers as 1.5-point underdogs. The total for this early game on FOX is listed at 43.5 points.
The top team in the NFC at 7-1 SU with a healthy 6-2 mark ATS is the NFC East’s Philadelphia Eagles. They will play host to 3-4 (2-4-1 ATS) Denver as eight-point favorites with the total set at 43.5 points. The Broncos have lost their last three games both SU and ATS.
In other early NFL betting action on Sunday, the 5-2 (4-3 ATS) Los Angeles Rams go on the road as 3.5-point favorites to face the 1-6 (3-4 ATS) New York Giants. The betting line for the total is listed at 42 points. Over in the AFC, the Cincinnati Bengals (3-4 SU and ATS) are 4.5-point road underdogs against the 4-3 (SU and ATS) Jacksonville Jaguars and the total has been set at 39.5 points. In an AFC South matchup, the Houston Texans (3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS) have been listed as heavy 13-point home favorites against the 2-6 (4-4 ATS) Indianapolis Colts. The total for that game is 49.
Sunday’s late afternoon games feature a big inter-conference clash between the 6-2 Kansas City Chiefs and the 4-3 Dallas Cowboys. The Chiefs have also gone 6-2 ATS this season as the top betting team in the AFC. The Cowboys are 4-3 ATS, but they have failed to cover in two of their first three home games this season. The current betting lines for the 4:25 p.m. start on CBS have this game set as a PICK with a 51-point total.
The other two late games send Arizona on the road against San Francisco, while Seattle faces Washington at home. The 3-4 (1-6 ATS) Cardinals are favored by 2.5 points against the 0-8 (4-4 ATS) 49ers with the total set at 39. The Seahawks are 5-2 SU with a 3-4 record ATS and they are favored by seven points against the 3-4 (2-5 ATS) Redskins. The total for this NFC tilt is listed at 45 points.
The week’s featured matchup on Sunday Night Football in an 8:30 p.m. kickoff on NBC is an AFC matchup between the 3-5 (SU and ATS) Oakland Raiders and the 4-3 (3-3-1 ATS) Miami Dolphins. The Raiders come in as three-point road favorites with a total line of 43.5 points.
Monday night’s matchup is a NFC North battle between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers in an 8:30 p.m. start at Lambeau Field on ESPN. The Lions are 3-4 both SU and ATS and they have been listed as 2.5-point road favorites with the total line set at 43. Green Bay is coming off a bye at 4-3 SU with a 3-4 record ATS.