Weekend football betting guide
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Titans at Steelers
Line: Steelers -3.5 (O/U 39.5)
Key Injuries: QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) probable. RB Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) questionable. James Harrison (face) out. WR Kenny Britt (knee) out.
The Scoop: This is basically a pick ’em game with the defending AFC champion Steelers getting the automatic three points for that “Terrible Towel” atmosphere and home-field advantage. But Pittsburgh is just too banged up to rely on at this point. Even if Big Ben plays, he won’t be 100 percent, and Tennessee has one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL. Plus, the stats back the Titans, anyway, with the underdog going 7-1 ATS in the last eight head-to-head meetings in this series.
Chiefs (1-3) at Colts (0-4)
Line: Colts -2.5 (O/U 39)
The Scoop: The Colts are favored, but they’re just 2-4 ATS their last six times out. That spells trouble.
Cardinals (1-3) at Bills (3-1)
Line: Vikings -3 (O/U 45.5)
The Scoop: Here’s another instance where a road underdog is a good bet. Minny rarely covers at home.
Raiders (2-2) at Texans (3-1)
Line: Texans -6 (O/U 51)
The Scoop: Pardon us for not being too impressed with the Raiders last week. They’re in trouble.
Saints (3-1) at Panthers (1-3)
Line: Saints -6.5 (O/U 51)
The Scoop: Cam Newton won’t tear it up this week.
Bengals (2-2) at Jaguars (1-3)
Line: Jaguars-2(O/U 36.5)
The Scoop: Jags aren’t great, but they’ve won last seven home games in this series and are 5-1-1 ATS.
Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
Seahawks (1-3) at Giants (3-1)
Line: Giants -10(O/U 43.5)
The Scoop: Forget the trends, the ’Hawks are really bad. Bet the over and expect a old-school beat down.
Sunday, 4:15 p.m.
Jets (2-2) at Patriots (3-1)
Line: Patriots -9 (O/U 48.5)
The Scoop: Road team is 18-7-1 ATS in last 26 meetings. Jets have won four of last six meetings overall.
Chargers (3-1) at Broncos (1-3)
Line: Chargers -4 (O/U 45.5)
The Scoop: SD is 0-5-1 ATS in last six road games as 3.5- to 10-point faves.
Sunday, 8:20 p.m.
Packers (4-0) at Falcons (2-2)
Line: Packers -6 (O/U 53)
The Scoop: Fifty-three points is a ton to score, even for the high-octane Packers. Take Aaron Rodgers and Co., with confidence to cover the six-point spread, but make sure to bet the under for the total. Green Bay went 1-1 at the Georgia Dome last season. They’ll do just fine this time around.
Monday, 8:30 p.m.
Bears (2-2) at Lions (4-0)
Line: Lions -5 (O/U 47.5)
The Scoop: We like the (suddenly
amazing) Lions to win straight up, but not ATS. Aside from Week 2 against Kansas City, the Cardiac
Cats haven’t won by more than seven — and have needed comebacks in all three. Keep in mind, Chicago is 5-1 ATS in last six Monday nighters.
Friday, 9 p.m.
Boise St (4-0) at Fresno St (2-3)
Line: Boise -21 (O/U 58)
The Scoop: Boise has had three big spreads this year. They’ve only covered once.
Oklahoma (4-0) at Texas (4-0)
Line: OU -10.5
The Scoop: We have very little doubt the Sooners will win SU. ATS??It’s a rivalry game … it’ll be close.
Louisville (2-2) at UNC (4-1)
Line: UNC -14
The Scoop: The Tar Heels have alternated W’s and L’s ATS all year. They’re due for an L.
Saturday, 3 p.m.
BC (1-4) at Clemson (5-0)
Line: Clemson -21
The Scoop: We covered this one already. The Eagles will cover.
Pick: Boston College
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Florida (4-1) at LSU (5-0)
Line: LSU -14
LSU is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against Florida. This game will be close.
Kansas (2-2) at Oklahoma St (4-0)
Line: OSU -32
Kansas can score points; they just have no defense. But 32 is way too high.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Michigan (5-0) at Northwestern (2-2)
Line: Michigan -7.5
Denard Robinson will run all over Northwestern. The Wildcats are 1-5 ATS in their last six at home.
Auburn (4-1) at Arkansas (4-1)
Line: Arkansas -10
Auburn doesn’t get enough credit now that Cam Newton is gone. They might lose, but it’ll be close.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Ohio St. (3-2) at Nebraska (4-1)
Line: Nebraska -11.5
The spread would be much bigger if it weren’t for OSU’s name.
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