We’re just two weeks away from the playoffs, yet, COVID health and safety protocols are still taking over the league. The good news is that the CDC has opted to limit the number of days in quarantine and now the NFL also adopted that rule.
That will help put players back on the field. However, some teams are still dealing with COVID and it’s not over just yet. That’s the reason for most line movement right now at the NFL odds.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -13.5 (-110) vs. New York Jets
Opened: -8.5 (-110)
Currently: -13.5 (-110)
The New York Jets get to take on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Brady’s career, he’s destroyed the Jets dating back to his time with the New England Patriots.
It looks like bettors are thinking the same thing with the line moving from -8.5 to -13.5. That’s almost a touchdown difference, but I agree with the line movement.
The Jets almost watched the Jaguars come from behind and beat them in the last seconds of the game. The Jets couldn’t finish drives in the red zone and there’s no reason to believe they will do any better against the former champions.
Chicago Bears -6 (-110) vs. New York Giants
Opened: -2 (-110)
Currently: -6 (-110)
It’s never good when the Bears are forcing line movement in any game. But right now, the Chicago Bears, coming off a shocking win over the Seahawks, have been moving up throughout the entire week.
It’s unclear who will start for the Bears or the Giants but no matter who gets the ball under center for the Giants, the public and the sharps aren’t impressed.
I was one of those guys calling for Jake Fromm to get a start. When he finally did last week, he didn’t perform anywhere close to the expectation.
So now the Chicago Bears are seeing line movement in their favor at the top-rated sportsbooks and I feel like we’ve seen everything this season now.
Kansas City Chiefs -4.5 (-110) vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Opened: -7.5 (-110)
Currently: -4.5 (-110)
Sunday will be the first meeting between Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes. These are two generational quarterbacks and both should put on a huge show for those who attend and watch on the TV.
Burrow is coming off a dominating performance against the Ravens where he threw for over 520 yards and got three scores. He probably could’ve got one more but chose to kneel and let the clock run in the red zone.
The Chiefs, on the other hand, have played themselves back into potential Super Bowl contenders with terrific defense and an offense that is going to be healthy for this game.
Therefore, I think the line movement is correct. While the Chiefs have been unstoppable recently, the Bengals present some real challenges and shouldn’t be over a touchdown underdog in this game.
After all, the Bengals have been hot and cold throughout the season. With a loss to the Jets, for example, anything can happen with the Bengals on any given day. However, the Bengals are home and have to up that intensity knowing the playoffs will be there shortly.