Several trades were made earlier this week so this week’s NFL matchups are that much more interesting for gamblers looking to make a quick buck. Making this week that much juicier is the fact that Patrick Mahomes might return from injury well ahead of the initial timetable. Below, we take a look at the week’s best bets.
Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills -1.5 O/U 43
SugarHouse has the Bills as slight favorites against Philadelphia in this home matchup. The Bills pulled away from the Dolphins last week late in the fourth quarter yet the matchup was much more competitive than most gambling aficionados anticipated. Josh Allen struggled in the first half against a historically bad Dolphins defense. Things won’t be as easy this time around against the Eagles even though Philly did a belly flop last week against the Cowboys. The Bills might be without linebacker Matt Milano and wide receiver John Brown so tread lightly on this one.
Pick: Bills moneyline -110 and under 43
New York Giants at Detroit Lions -6.5 O/U 49
The Lions will be without starting running back Kerryon Johnson until week 16. However, Detroit has more than enough offensive firepower to make up for Johnson’s absence. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has regressed since his hot start to the season. As a result, SugarHouse has the Lions as nearly a touchdown favorite in this home game. Saquon Barkley has been limited in practice yet he should be a go for this game.
Pick: Detroit moneyline -315
Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams -13.5 O/U 48.5
The Rams traded for cornerback Jalen Ramsey last week yet Ramsey will not face off against Bengals star wide receiver AJ Green this week. Green is still nursing a foot injury so he might not suit up until the trade deadline passes. The winless Bengals will likely put up 10-20 points at most in this contest. The Rams should win by a couple scores in what will likely be Jared Goff’s best game of what has been a disappointing season.
Pick: Over 48.5 and Rams -13.5
Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints -10 O/U 47.5
Kyler Murray was a fantasy dud last week while running back David Johnson barely played. Johnson is nursing several injuries so he probably won’t suit up for this contest on the road against the Saints. Drew Brees will be a gametime decision. If Brees plays, the line will jump to -13 or even more in favor of the Saints. If Teddy Bridgewater plays, the Cardinals might be able to keep this game fairly close.
Pick: Arizona +10 if Teddy Bridgewater starts. Over 47.5 if Drew Brees starts
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers -5.5 O/U 41.5
Kyle Allen will play once again while Cam Newton nurses his foot injury. Though Allen has fared well, SugarHouse has the 49ers as nearly a touchdown favorite. The 49ers acquired wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders this week, bolstering their offensive potency that much more. Look for SF to roll in this home matchup with an overrated Panthers squad.
Pick: 49ers moneyline -245
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots -13 O/U 46
The Patriots are a whopping 13 point favorite in this matchup even though the Browns have a relatively healthy offense. It was not long ago when Cleveland was considered a legitimate threat to win the AFC. This looks like a trap game for the Patriots, especially if Cleveland’s injury-plagued defense can return a few starters to the field.
Pick: Browns +13
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans -6.5 O/U 51.5
The Texans disappointed gamblers across the country last week in their loss to the Colts. Oakland lost 42-21 to the Packers last week yet tight end Darren Waller played admirably. Both teams have solid offenses that should send this game over 51.5.
Pick: Over 51.5
Green Bay Packers -4.5 at Kansas City Chiefs O/U 47.5
It looks like Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes might play this week after dislocating his kneecap. However, the Packers will prove to be quite the formidable opponent as they are healthy and have all the momentum in the world. If Mahomes plays, this one should go over.
Pick: Over 47.5
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers -14.5 O/U 43
The Dolphins nearly shocked the world last week in their upset bid against the Bills. Ryan Fitzpatrick played better than expected in the matchup so it does not make sense to fade the fish in an even easier matchup this week against the Steelers. Devlin Hodges is likely to start once again at quarterback for Pittsburgh. Miami should keep this game close or even win it outright thanks to the resurgence of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Pick: Miami +14.5