Here this week’s early NFL Line Moves looking ahead to Week 14. In addition, there are a number of college basketball contests that have seen radical shifts in the oddsmakers initial numbers. Arizona State went from -4.5 to .6.5 at home against Nevada, Boise State ballooned from -12 to -15 vs. Portland U. and Missouri State jumped from -3.5 to -6 against Oklahoma State. Always review the nuggets since they are worth a look.
NFL – Thursday (101) CLEVELAND at (102) PITTSBURGH 8:25 EST NFL Network
On Monday, Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy reported to work having to use a handrail, gingerly moving to walk down the steps to the Browns training facility. McCoy suffered a sprain knee against Baltimore Sunday, but did manage to participate in a full practice on Tuesday. McCoy’s presume lack of mobility and his team’s offense was reason enough for the total to fall from 39.5 to 38.5. Cleveland only scores 14.6 points per game to begin with and facing Pittsburgh’s aggressive defense would figure to only further curtail the Browns offense. Cleveland’s defense has played well this season and is the other factor why the Brownies are 9-2 UNDER since Week 3. Interestingly, the Steelers are 20-9 OVER after a division encounter.
NFL – (105) INDIANAPOLIS at (106) BALTIMORE 1:00 EST CBS
The news of Baltimore rising from a 15-point favorite to 16.5-points wouldn’t qualify as astounding information, since the competition is the 0-12 Indianapolis Colts. Someone in the Colts organization made a few cosmetic changes last week in making Dan Orlovsky the starting quarterback and firing defensive coordinator Larry Coyer. The truth is Indianapolis has been blindsided with injuries this season, however, the front office has done such a poor job in drafting players in recent years and the replacements are marginal NFL players. The Colts are 3-9 ATS this season. Baltimore is ready for late season push and still hopes to secure a No.1 or 2 seed to have a home playoff game and a bye week. The Ravens are 38-22 ATS in December.
NFL – (109) OAKLAND at (110) GREEN BAY 4:15 EST CBS (side and total)
Both the side and total moved in this rematch of sorts from the second Super Bowl. Football bettors see a correlation in the potential outcome, as they lowered Oakland from +12 to +11 and dropped the total from 55 to 53. The thinking has to be the Raiders are still 5-1 ATS on the road despite their showing in Miami and the only way they can compete is keeping the score down. Oakland will come into this matchup 21-9 UNDER on the road if the total is 45.5 points or higher. Green Bay might support this theory since they are 14-5 UNDER after gaining 400 or more total yards in their previous game. Concerning the side action, the Raiders are 14-5 ATS after one more ATS setbacks, but the Packers are 10-2 ATS off a road win since last season.
NFL – (115) NEW ORLEANS at (116) TENNESSEE 1:00 EST FOX
After a pair of convincing wins at home and riding a four-game winning streak (4-0 ATS), New Orleans is expected to be tested on the road in Nashville. The Saints were released by most sportsbooks at -4.5 and were checked down to -3.5-point road favorites. It is easy to understand why Tennessee is being backed with the cash. The Titans rushing offense has piled up 389 yards in the last two games, with Chris Johnson getting hot and being able to maneuver in space. New Orleans allows 114.6 yards per game (16th), yet the more important factor in this southern-style battle is the Saints concede 4.9 yards per carry (30th). The Titans are 18-7 ATS after gaining 150 or more rushing yards in consecutive games and is 38-22 ATS vs. the NFC.
NFL – (119) NEW ENGLAND at (120) WASHINGTON 1:00 EST CBS
In a world of “what goes around comes around”, Washington felt what that was like in the eight-day span. The Redskins flew by Seattle with a 16-0 fourth quarter blitz to end their six-game losing streak. One week later, Washington gave up three touchdowns in just over three minutes in the last stanza and saw a 16-13 lead become a 34-19 stunning defeat. The Redskins general efforts are receiving praise and for this contest they have been lowered a point to a +8 home underdog. New England is a stellar 61-36 ATS on the road under Bill Belichick; nonetheless, the Skins are 9-0 ATS versus defensive teams allowing six or more yards a play in the second half of the season.
NFL – (127) CHICAGO at (128) DENVER 4:05 EST FOX
No Jay Cutler and no Matt Forte, that spells very few points for the Chicago Bears. Bettors quickly hit the linemakers total of 36.5 and punched it down to 35.5. The Bears defense is under a great deal of pressure as witnessed last week, as even a Hail Mary pass was too much to overcome for the offense. Chicago is 11-3 UNDER as a road underdog the last three seasons. Giddy times in the Mile High City, with Denver on a five-game winning streak, tied for first place, with a polarizing quarterback who refuses to lose. The Broncos are 16-5 OVER at home when the total is between 35.5 and 38 points.
3Daily Winners Nuggets
CBB ATS Nugget
San Diego U. is 1-16 ATS in non-conference games the last two seasons.
CBB Totals Nugget
Illinois State is 15-1 UNDER as a favorite the past two years.
NHL Money Line Nugget
Philadelphia is 17-5 off back to back road games.