The Latest Buzz Around Odds, Spreads and Lines for NFL Week 6
Do you ever get bored by NFL football games and need to add something to make them more interesting?
You can still click through to find out what's going on with this week's point spreads. I'll even add some commentary about a line that will likely move, a game to stay away from, and one overreaction line of the week.
All point spreads provided by www.bovada.lv, www.sportsbook.ag and espn.go.com.
Overreaction Line of the Week: Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers (-2)
So let me get this straight.
The Chargers were 3-1 and entered the Super Dome against a team desperate for a win. They go up by 10, take Drew Brees' best punch, and got screwed on a couple of huge calls to lose a one-possession game.
The Broncos are 2-3 and only seem to be good at mounting furious comebacks that fall short.
That all adds up to Denver being one point better than San Diego on a neutral field?
Actually, it doesn't.
The oddsmakers saw San Diego lose a nationally televised game to a winless team and went crazy. Or they have a hunch that the public money will be thrown at Peyton Manning.
Regardless, this one is an overreaction.
Sure-to-Move Line of the Week: Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans (-4)
Last time we saw the Green Bay Packers, they were giving up a 21-3 lead to the rookie-quarterback-led Indianapolis Colts.
Yes, Indianapolis had motivation in spades, but that doesn't bode well for a team that hasn't looked good all season.
This line could have easily been considered the "overreaction line of the week" too. However, Vegas has failed to take into account that the New York Jets couldn't have been more desperate to get the win on Monday night.
Just because the Houston Texans only won by six (I'm still smarting from their failure to cover), doesn't mean that the Packers will stay within four points in Houston.
Some hardcore Cheeseheads will throw cash at Green Bay, but the value is too great on the Texans' side for the line not to inch upward.
Stay-Away Game of the Week: Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals (-5)
My gut tells me that the Arizona Cardinals are going to recover. My brain tells me that I can't trust them with a five-point spread.
The Cards have only won one game by more than four points, when they peaked against the turnover-prone Philadelphia Eagles.
The Buffalo Bills have taken two straight beatings at the hands of the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. They could either be demoralized or extremely focused since their season is on the line.
If it were four points, I'd feel much better about Arizona. But after watching its offensive line the last two weeks, maybe the underachieving Buffalo defensive line can finally find its groove.
Intriguing Money Line of the Week: Indianapolis Colts (+150) vs. New York Jets
The New York Jets continue to lose players at an alarming rate. The anchors of both the offensive and defensive lines are possibly going to miss this week.
The Indianapolis Colts might be on the upswing. Granted, we shouldn't get too excited about a win over a drowning Packers team, but there were some positive indicators that the offense is taking a step forward.
For instance, Andrew Luck has taken his relationship with Reggie Wayne to the next level to the tune of 13 receptions, 212 yards and a score. They're also discussing getting a condo.
Is there anyone on the Jets who can do much of anything right now? Didn't think so.
The Full Slate of Games for Week 6
Thursday Night Game
Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) vs. Tennessee Titans; O/U 42.5
Cincinnati Bengals (-3) vs. Cleveland Browns; O/U 44
Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets (-3); O/U 42.5
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.5); 40
Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons (-9); O/U 48.5
Dallas Cowboys vs. Baltimore Ravens (-4); O/U 44
Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles (-5); O/U 47.5
St. Louis Rams vs. Miami Dolphins (-3.5); O/U 37.5
New England Patriots (-4) vs. Seattle Seahawks; O/U 44.5
Buffalo Bills vs. Arizona Cardinals (-5); O/U 43
Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins (-2); O/U None at this time
New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers (-5); O/U 44.5
Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans (-4); O/U 48.5
Monday Night Game
Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers (-2); O/U 50