With the NFL heading into the playoffs, there’s going to be more handle and more best bets on these games. That usually means we’ll see some real heavy line movement as the money comes in. Let’s break it down at the NFL odds.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals -5 (-110)
Opened: -6.5 (-110)
Currently: -5 (-110)
The Cincinnati Bengals have dropped from a -6.5 point favorite to a 5 point favorite. That’s significant if the Bengals were to win by just six points. Earlier this year, the Bengals routed the Raiders, winning 32-13 on the road.
Now the Bengals will be home and will get Joe Mixon back from the COVID list. Mixon had 30 carries and 123 yards with two touchdowns in that win while Burrow threw for under 150 yards. I’d be confident with the Bengals as the line moves down.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -9.5 (-110)
Opened: -9.5 (-110)
Currently: -8.5 (-110)
Everyone loves backing the former champions. That’s in any sport. So it’s no surprise that the Buccaneers have moved from -8.5 to -9.5 at most outlets. The Buccaneers are expected to get back plenty of star talent including Leonard Fournette, who led the Buccaneers in rushing yards this season.
Fournette is also very dangerous as a pass catcher and should be a dynamic piece to the Buccaneers’ depleted offense. But personally, I would have trouble backing any team to win by double-digits in a playoffs game. I wouldn’t bet the Buccaneers at this point but, on the money line, as a parlay piece, I guess there’s nothing wrong with that.
You could also add the Buccaneers in a parlay with the game we’ll go over next. The Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams played in the Super Bowl last year and more than likely will get through the first round in this year’s postseason.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs -12.5 (-110)
Opened: -13.5 (-110)
Currently: -12.5 (-110)
Despite the Steelers playing so poorly this season, the sharps what to back the Steelers to cover against the Chiefs. Throughout the season, it’s been an odd one for the Chiefs. The defense really struggled early in the season but in the second half, the Chiefs’ defense started to come together.
However, recently, the Chiefs have started to look like the defense of old, especially against the Bengals and Broncos, to be specific. I’m not sure the Steelers have the offense to do damage, but with nothing to lose, the Steelers could pose a threat.
On the other hand, Pittsburgh thought they were going to be home before the postseason began. Even Ben Roethlisberger sarcastically told the media that the Steelers can’t win this game. So it’s kind of funny that despite those comments from Big Ben, the line has still shifted in the Steelers’ direction.
Again, for me, I would never bet a team to win by multiple scores in the postseason. It’s just against my principles, but if I had to pick a team against the spread, for my NFL picks, I like the Chiefs to come out big time on the offensive end against a Steelers defense that has been terrible this season.