As the clock ticks on the NFL regular season, competition on the field gets more heated as teams fight for their postseason-lives.
We talk to oddsmakers about the action coming in on some of Sunday's matchups and where the lines could close come kickoff:
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins - Open: -3
The wheels have come off for one of the better stories of the early part of the season. The Chiefs started out like gangbusters, sprinting out of the gate to a 9-0 SU (6-3 ATS) record. They've pulled a 180 since their bye week, however, going 0-3 SU and ATS. Early money was on the Chiefs, with a little action coming back on the home team recently.
"I don’t think the 3 will break, but some are hanging juiced -2.5’s," says Aron Black of Bet365. "It goes against the moves later in the week, as we are loaded up on Kansas City -3 by a wide margin. As it stands, this is our most lopsided game for action on one team."
Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals - Open: -5, Move: -6.5
The Bengals, owners of one of the league's fiercest defenses, have won and covered in back-to-back outings and bettors lined up to get them at the opening number. Action came back on the Colts, but bettors are treading lightly with some key injuries for the road team.
"Early action was all about Cincy, but with the move to 6.5 we are seeing Indy action," Black says. "The injury reports haven’t been too kind to the Colts, leading to the moves, and there are still questionables for the Colts along with those expected to miss. Action overall now sees this as the most balanced game for us so far, but if the line keeps going to Cincy, the action from the public will too."
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers - Open: -2.5
One of Sunday's marquee matchups sees these NFC West powerhouses square off in the Bay. The majority of books opened this game with the home team as 2.5-point faves but as kickoff approaches more of the action could come in on the division leaders.
"The line has been pretty steady all week, but has moved slightly towards Seattle the last day or so," Black tells Covers. "The injury report lists numerous questionables for San Fran - most of whom should play - but if they get a few that are out, then this line will obviously carry on towards to the Seahawks. Seattle is about 2-to-1 ATS, but is 3-to-1 on SU plays."