With Week 14 of the NFL season a few hours from kicking off, gamblers need to identify their locks and head to the books in order to get last-minute wagers in.
Let’s take a look at some of the best bets left on the board, and you should immediately consider getting these in before the public further bets them away from your favor.
*Point spreads courtesy of ScoresAndOdds.com, home team in CAPS
Chicago Bears (-3) at MINNESOTA VIKINGS
This is our lock of the week, as the Bears are just two weeks removed from a 28-10 thrashing of the Vikings at home and will complete the sweep on the road this week.
Which team will cover?
While the margin of victory may not be as great, Chicago is easily going to cover the spread in this crucial NFC North showdown.
Remember, the Bears are currently 8-4, tied with the Green Bay Packers for a share of the divisional lead, while the Vikings are just behind them at 6-6. Faltering here would put Chi-Town down in the thick of the wild-card race, a place in which it cannot afford to be after starting the season so hot.
The defense is simply too tenacious and opportunistic to allow Adrian Peterson gash the Bears for a ton of yardage, and Christian Ponder is too prone to mistakes in his second year to beat them through the air.
New Orleans Saints (+4.5) at NEW YORK GIANTS
The G-Men are collapsing, and it looks like the Redskins have a chance to overtake them in Week 14 for a share of the NFC East lead
Of course, the ‘Skins will need some help from the Saints to keep their playoff hopes alive, and NOLA isn’t exactly ready to roll over and give up with four games still to play.
The postseason chances of the 5-7 Saints are extremely slim, but they do have an outside chance of making it back if they can score an upset win in MetLife Stadium this Sunday, something not out of the realm of possibility.
Considering Robert Griffin III torched Big Blue on Monday Night Football, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see Drew Brees annihilate this vulnerable defense for a monster game and lead the Saints back into contention.
BUFFALO BILLS (-3) vs. St. Louis Rams
Buffalo has done a solid job of covering at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2012, and that won’t change when a dome team, like the Rams, comes marching in on Sunday.
The last time the Bills failed to cover at home was back in Week 7, when a number of mistakes led to a narrow, 35-34 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
We don’t think that streak will snap in Week 14, as the Rams haven’t been great on the road and are always worth a fade when traveling away from the Edward Jones Dome.
Lay the points with the home favorite, and you will be rewarded.