Sports Interaction betting analyst Frank Doyle previews Week 6’s NFL action.
All odds current as of noon ET, Oct. 10
Setting the bar
We all knew it was coming, but when Denver opened Week 6 as a 27.5-point favorite at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars, you still had to shake your head. It’s the biggest NFL spread and you can make a case for it being even higher by the time kickoff rolls around. After opening at 27.5 Sports Interaction’s line dropped to 26.5 and has been fluttering between there and 27.5 since. Where it ends up is anyone’s guess, but even at this handicap, it may be hard to count on many Jaguars wagers. Denver scored 51 points in last week’s win over Dallas. The Jaguars have scored 51 points this season and are 0-5 against the spread to date. This total is up to 54 points after opening at 51.
Moving on up
The Chicago Bears head into Thursday Night Football looking to avoid a three-game losing against a New York Giants team that might be waving the white flag already. The Giants are 0-5 straight up and against the spread. They have no running game to speak of now that David Wilson is out for a few weeks and are allowing 36.4 points per game. Right now the Bears are holding as 7.5-point favorites, but the total has spiked from 45 points at the open all the way up to 48. Considering the up-tempo offense the Bears want to run and New York’s rotten defense, it’s not all that surprising. The Bears are putting up 29 points per game, good for fourth in the league.
Movers and shakers
Jets supporters have forced the biggest move on the board this week. New York opened as a 3-point underdog at home to Pittsburgh but now sits as a 2-point favorite. The Jets are coming off a huge win in Atlanta and now sit 3-1 against the spread.
Bettors are starting to give the Oakland Raiders a little credit too. They’re 3-1-1 against the spread and saw heavy action when they opened as 10-point underdogs at Kansas City, dropping that line to 8.5. Arrowhead is a tough place to play, but this is a nasty rivalry and Terrelle Pryor is moving the chains so don’t count the Raiders out.
Dallas backers are feeling pretty good about themselves after the Cowboys went shot-for-shot with Denver last week. Dallas opened as a 4.5-point favorite in its Sunday Night Football date with the rival Redskins. From there it jumped to Dallas-6 before settling at -5.5 for now. Robert Griffin III and Washington are coming off a bye and needs this one, but expect loyal Cowboys bettors to come in hard before the kick.
Hot and not
The New Orleans Saints are seeing 88 percent of the action as they head to New England as 2.5-point underdogs.
About 81 percent of Sports Interaction’s handle for the Packers at Ravens game is coming in on Green Bay. The Cheeseheads are 3-point road favorites.
The Detroit Lions travel to Cleveland this week as 2.5-point favorites and are seeing 85 percent of our action, while 88 percent of our bets are coming in on Dallas against Washington