Weekend football betting guide
Sunday 1 p.m.
Falcons (3-3) at Lions (5-1)
Line: Lions -3.5 (O/U 47.5)
The Scoop: The Lions haven’t ruled RB Jahvid Best out, but the line did drop a full point. Stay tuned.
Bears vs. Buccaneers
Line: Bears -1 (O/U 44)
Key injures: WR Devin Hester (chest) probable. T Gabe Carimi (knee) questionable. RB LeGarrette Blount (knee) out. C Jeff Faine (biceps) probable. DT Gerald McCoy questionable.
The scoop: Can we please stop playing football in England?
It’s rainy, the Wembley field was built for soccer and the game isn’t even sold out. Anyway, for betting purposes, this has all the makings of a slow burner: ground and pound, with a lot of defense, something both squads are equipped for. The Bucs played in London in 2009 (in a 35-7 blowout loss) so they have some experience with the travel/weather. They are also 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as the betting underdog.
Texans (3-3) at Titans (3-2)
Line: Titans -3 (O/U 44.5)
The Scoop: Texans are 0-5 in last five games as underdog. Titans were 1-7 after the bye last year. Pick ’em.
Seahawks (2-3) at Browns)
Line: Browns -3 (O/U 41)
The Scoop: Charlie Whitehurst will start and ’Hawks are getting points versus offensively challenged teams.
Redskins (3-2) at Panthers (1-5)
Line: Panthers -2.5 (O/U 43)
The Scoop: In John Beck we trust. ’Skins are 4-0 ATS in last four in this series and underdog is 9-0.
Broncos (1-4) at Dolphins (0-5)
Line: Dolphins -1.5 (O/U 43)
The Scoop: Road dog lock. This is a virtual home game for Tim Tebow.
Chargers (4-1) at Jets (3-3)
Line: Chargers -2 (O/U 43.5)
The Scoop: SD has yet to record a signature win and are 1-5 ATS in last six in this series. Don’t trust Norv.
Sunday 4:05 p.m.
Steelers (4-2) at Cardinals (1-4)
Line: Steelers -4 (O/U 41.5)
The Scoop: Steelers’ ‘D’ is tops versus the pass and ARZ is pass-happy. Plus, PITT is 17-3 when favored in last 20.
Sunday 4:15 p.m.
Rams (0-5) at Cowboys (2-3)
Line: Cowboys -11.5 (O/U 44)
The Scoop: Rams are winless and haven’t covered a spread all season. Oh, and they’re BAD at football.
Packers (6-0) at Vikings (1-5)
Line: Packers -9 (O/U 46.5)
The Scoop: Pack swept series in ’10 and 21-10 ATS in 31 division games.
Sunday, 8:20 p.m.
Colts (0-6) at Saints (4-2)
Line: Saints -14 (O/U 48.5)
The Scoop: Saints have failed to cover for the past two weeks, but here come the Colts. At the SuperDome, where NO is 2-0 ATS. Meanwhile, Indy is an absolute mess. Fans are calling for Jim Caldwell’s job and the Colts offense ranks 31st in yards and 28th in points. Good luck keeping up with Drew Brees & Co.
Monday, 8:30 p.m.
Ravens (4-1) at Jaguars (1-5)
Line: Ravens -7.5 (O/U 39)
The Scoop: Man, can we please start flexing Monday night games? This has all the makings of the Heidi Bowl — without the dramatic comeback. Ravens come in 4-1 ATS, 5-1 against the number in their last six Monday nighters and have won seven of last eight in this series.
Play the over, it could get ugly.
Friday, 8 p.m.
W. Virginia No. 11, (5-1) at Syracuse (4-2)
Line: West Virginia -14.5
The Scoop: You have to figure the Orange can keep it close — the Mountaineers are a paper tiger.
N. Carolina (5-2) at Clemson No. 8, (7-0)
Line: Clemson -11
The Scoop: The over has hit in six of the Tigers’ last eight games, and five of six at home.
Kansas St. No. 12, (6-0) at Kansas (2-4)
Line: Kansas State -11.5
The Scoop: Kansas State is going to go all Bo Jackson/Marcus Allen over the nation’s worst defense.
Pick: Kansas State
Okla. St. No. 6, (6-0) at Missouri (3-3)
Line: Oklahoma State -7.5
The Scoop: Cowboys are 5-1 ATS this season and thinking national title averaging 49.2 points per contest.
Pick: Oklahoma State
Saturday, 3 p.m.
BC, (1-5) at VA. Tech, No. 16, (6-1)
Line: Virginia Tech -21
The Scoop: BC couldn’t make up 21 points last week. Or this week.
Pick: Virginia Tech
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Auburn, No. 19, (5-2) at LSU No. 1, (7-0)
Line: LSU -22
The Scoop: Maybe if the game was in Auburn (5-14-1 in Baton Rouge). No, probably not even then.
Oregon No. 9, (5-1) at Colorado (1-6)
Line: Oregon -31
The Scoop: Ducks are banged up (LaMichael James, Darron Thomas), and COL is 3-0-1 as home dog.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Air Force (3-3) at Boise State No. 5, (6-0)
Line: Boise State -31.5
The Scoop: All the trends point to Boise (10-0 in October, 6-0 SU, 4-2 ATS), and they covered 32 last week.
Pick: Boise State
Saturday, 7:15 p.m.
Tennessee (3-3) at Alabama No. 2, (7-0)
Line: Alabama -30
The Scoop: Roll Tide. ’Bama giving up just seven points per game — and Tennessee has QB issues.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Wisconsin No. 4, (6-0) at Mich. St. No. 15, (5-1)
Line: Wisconsin -8
The Scoop: Both are chalk machines. Flip a coin, or take the points.
Pick: Michigan State