We have reached the halfway point of the NFL season yet few teams have emerged as dominant forces. Aside from the Patriots, Packers and 49ers the rest of the league seems fairly mediocre. Thankfully, this week’s matchups have a number of lines sure to spark the interest of NFL gamblers from coast to coast. Let’s sort through the lines to figure out where to put your money this weekend.
Houston Texans -2 at Jacksonville Jaguars O/U 46
Deshaun Watson has emerged as the Michael Jordan of the NFL and that is bad news for the Jaguars who recently traded their top cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The Jags are London’s adopted home team so this is essentially a home game. The Texans will be without wide receiver Will Fuller for several weeks. Parx has the line at merely two points in favor of the Texans partially because of the Fuller injury and the Texans below average offensive line play. However, the Jaguars probably won’t be able to keep pace with the star-studded Texans offense.
Pick: Texans moneyline -130
Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills -9.5 O/U 37
The Bills were pitiful last week against the Eagles. Washington has been terrible all year. Even if Adrian Peterson still has some fuel left in his tank, it won’t be enough to upset the Bills in Orchard Park. The only question is whether this game goes over or under Parx’s anticipated point total of 37.
Pick: Bills -9.5
New York Jets -3 at Miami Dolphins O/U 41.5
The Dolphins nearly upset the Steelers last week on Monday Night Football. Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing the best football of his career even though he has few weapons to work with. The Jets dangled Leveon Bell in trade talks earlier this week so they are giving up on the season. Look for Miami to put up 17-24 points. The Jets should not have a problem scoring 20+ on the Dolphins.
Pick: Over 41.5
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles -5 O/U 43
The Bears kicking woes are undoubtedly the team’s Achilles heel. However, the Eagles have struggled to protect Carson Wentz all season long. If the Bears can put up 17 points, they just might win this game. Gamblers far and wide are hesitant to trust Mitchell Trubisky as he is injury prone, lacks a solid receiving corps and makes some terrible decisions when pressured. This game should go under simply because both teams have solid defenses and below average offensive lines.
Pick: Under 43
Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers -4 O/U 41
The Titans have new life now that Ryan Tannehill is under center. Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen disappointed last week against the undefeated 49ers. However, both teams have solid defenses so this game will likely go under Parx’s expected point total of 41.
Pick: Under 41
Cleveland Browns -3 at Denver Broncos O/U 39
The Broncos are a train wreck. Joe Flacco might be out for several weeks with a neck injury. Phillip Lindsay is not getting enough touches. However, the Browns are also in a bad position after suffering an embarrassing loss to the Patriots. Even if Flacco plays, the Browns have more than enough talent to win this game with ease.
Pick: Browns moneyline -177
Green Bay Packers -3.5 at Los Angeles Chargers O/U 47.5
The Chargers just might be the most disappointing team in the league. Though running back Melvin Gordon is back in the mix, his numbers are terrible. The Packers are clearly one of the better teams in the league. Look for the Pack to continue their winning ways against the fading Chargers this weekend.
Pick: Packers moneyline -186
Dallas Cowboys -7 at New York Giants O/U 48
The Cowboys appear to have found their way now that Amari Cooper is healthy. Though Dak Prescott is no longer in the MVP conversation, the Cowboys are still one of the best teams in the league. The only question is whether the Giants will be able to put up 30+ points against a somewhat shaky Cowboys defense. The majority of the Giants offensive starters are healthy so there is a good chance this game goes over Parx’s expected total of 48 points.
Pick: Over 48