NFL Futures, Notes
Published on Friday, 1/8/16, at 10:12 a.m. Eastern.
NFL Futures courtesy of Bovada…
Cardinals +450 (risk $100 to win $450)
Best Value: Chiefs & Steelers.
Lines for Wild-Card Weekend
Kansas City -3 (-120) at Houston. Total: 40.5 points. Money Line: Texans +160
Pittsburgh -2.5 (-120) or -3 (even money) at Cincinnati. Total: 46.5. ML: Bengals +130
Seattle -5 at Minnesota. Total: 39.5. ML: Vikings +190
Green Bay pick ’em at Washington. Total: 45.5. ML: -110 either way
–Minnesota has been an underdog seven times this season, going 6-1 against the spread with five outright victories. However, the Vikings’ lone non-cover as ‘dogs came in a blowout loss at home to the Seahawks, who will get back RB Marshawn Lynch this weekend.
–Washington has been an underdog 14 times this year, compiling a 9-5 spread record with eight outright wins.
–Kirk Cousins has an incredible 23/3 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the Redskins’ last 10 games.
–In three starts this year, A.J. McCarron has four TD passes without an interception.
–The Bengals are 3-0 ATS as underdogs this year, 12-3-1 ATS overall.
–If I’m the Steelers, I want Andy Dalton playing this week instead of McCarron. All indications are that McCarron will start for Dalton, who hasn’t played since injuring the thumb on his right hand last month. The TCU product is listed as ‘doubtful.’
–Kansas City is third in the NFL in scoring defense, allowing just 17.9 points per game.
–KC quarterback Alex Smith has completed 65.3 percent of his throws for 3,486 yards with a 20/7 TD-INT ratio. Smith has 498 rushing yards and a pair of scores. WR Jeremy Maclin has 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight TDs.
–The Chiefs have won 10 in a row. During this roll, they’ve been favored by 4.5 points or fewer five times, going 5-0 ATS.
–Prop bet that might be worth a shot: Washington WR Desean Jackson to have the most receiving yards of all WRs this weekend for a 7/1 payout (risk $100 to win $700).
–The ‘under’ is on an 8-2 run in the Bengals’ last 10 games.
–This is Cincy’s first home underdog situation of the season. The Bengals posted a 3-0 spread record in three spots as underdogs on the road this year.