Sports Interaction betting analyst Frank Doyle previews Week 15’s NFL action.
All odds current as of noon ET, Dec. 12.
The old saying that you can’t lose your starting spot because of an injury is being tested as we head into Week at the quarterback position.
In Washington, Robert Griffin III has been shut down for the rest of the season after he came back from last year’s ugly knee injury. He won’t admit it, but It’s pretty clear he’s lost a step or two because of the injury and has been a sitting duck behind a rotten offensive line all season. Now, second-year pro Kirk Cousins gets his shot. In turn, Washington moved from a 6-point underdog to a 7-point pup this week at Atlanta.
In Chicago, word has it that Jay Cutler has been cleared to practice and will likely start over Josh McCown if he’s healthy enough to play Sunday at Cleveland. That’s despite the fact that McCown has posted significantly better numbers this season than Chicago’s “franchise quarterback.” For now, all bettors and bookmakers can do is wait for Chicago’s QB confirmation to set a line for the game.
Same thing with the Packers heading to Dallas. If Aaron Rodgers returns from his broken collarbone, you might see the Packers as 3-point underdogs on the road, but if he isn’t cleared, Dallas may be favored by at least a touchdown.
Other odds on the move
After a short hiatus, bettors are back in love with the Denver Broncos and in turn, the over. Denver was bumped from the top of our Super Bowl futures board by Seattle last week, but firmly regained the favorite spot this week at +236. That’s what happens after Peyton Manning throws four TDs in sub-zero conditions. This week bettors are expecting Denver to be in another shootout with the Chargers on Thursday Night Football. The total opened at 54 for this one but is already up to 57.5. About 69 percent of Sports Interaction’s handle sides with the Broncos.
Kansas City is another team bettors are buying into this week. The Chiefs snapped a three-game skid by hammering Washington in Week 14 and opened as 3.5-point favorites on the road for this Sunday’s game in Oakland. Kansas City is now up to -4.5 and almost 96 percent of our bets are coming in on the Chiefs.
This week’s most popular bets
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have saved some face this season with four wins in their last five games, but most bettors don’t give them much of a shot this week when they host San Francisco. The 49ers, who have won three straight, are seeing 93 percent of our action.
Meanwhile, almost 95 percent of our bettors are looking for the Seattle Seahawks to bounce back from last week’s loss to the 49ers. The Seahawks visit the Giants as 6.5-point favorites on Sunday.
And finally, with Adrian Peterson limping, nobody wants any part of the Minnesota Vikings this week. About 94 percent of our action is coming in on Nick Foles and the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.