The Latest Buzz Around Odds, Spreads and Lines for NFL Week 15

Dan PizzutaContributor IIIDecember 12, 2012

The Latest Buzz Around Odds, Spreads and Lines for NFL Week 15

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    Somehow it's already Week 15 in the NFL.

    By now everyone should be in their groove for figuring what teams to favor and what teams to bet against. If you haven't found that groove yet, you're running out of time.

    Here are some of the Week 15 lines that stand out for one reason or another.

    *All lines are from FootballLOCKS as of 12/12.

    Home teams will be listed in CAPS.

Under Reaction Line of the Week: Seattle (-5) at BUFFALO

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    Seattle just blew out the Arizona Cardinals, 58-0.

    That's 58-0.

    And this team is only giving the Buffalo Bills five points on basically a neutral field with this game being played in Toronto?

    Are we talking about the same Bills team that lost to the Rams on a last-minute touchdown drive last week? Oh, we are? OK, just checking.

    Seriously, one more time: 58-0.

Overreaction Line of the Week: CLEVELAND (-1) vs Washington

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    It doesn't matter if Robert Griffin III starts this game for Washington. Mike Shanahan could declare himself the starting quarterback and the Redskins should still be favored over the Browns.

    The Browns aren't a terribly bad team. They're actually a few Brandon Weeden passes away from joining the Steelers and Bengals at around 7-6 and in the playoff race.

    The problem, though, is Brandon Weeden.

    Washington's weakness is the secondary, and Weeden isn't going to take advantage to the point where Cleveland should be favored.

    Blowing out the Kansas City Chiefs does not mean anything.

    Even with Kirk Cousins as a starter, the Redskins are a better team.

Sure-to-Move Line of the Week: HOUSTON (-8) vs Indianapolis

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    This line will probably move for two reasons.

    People will probably wonder about the Texans after the beating they took against New England on Monday Night Football—even though Houston is still 11-2.

    Also, who is betting against Andrew Luck and the Colts at this point?

    There's a magic around what they're doing right now that's hard to bet against. They're like last year's Broncos with a good quarterback.

    This line drops to at least seven before kickoff.

    Also fun to note: With two games remaining against Houston, the Colts can win the AFC South by winning the next three games, with the other game against Kansas City.

    Does anyone outside of Houston not want to see that?

Stay-Away Game of the Week: OAKLAND (-2.5) vs Kansas City

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    Nothing about the spread for this game really screams "stay away."

    What really makes this the stay away pick is how bad these two teams are right now.

    If there was a team this season who could win a game 2-0 while being favored by 2.5 points, it would be the Raiders. It also wouldn't be completely surprising if in between interceptions, Carson Palmer finds a couple receivers in the end zone and Oakland wins by a touchdown.

    Even Raiders and Chiefs fans won't want to bet this game. There's plenty of other games on the next page that will be much safer to bet and much more enjoyable to watch.

Full Slate of Game Lines

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    Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
    12/13 8:25 ET Cincinnati -3 At Philadelphia 46
    12/16 1:00 ET Green Bay -2.5 At Chicago 42
    12/16 1:00 ET At Atlanta -1.5 NY Giants 51
    12/16 1:00 ET At New Orleans -3 Tampa Bay 54
    12/16 1:00 ET At St. Louis -3 Minnesota 38
    12/16 1:00 ET At Cleveland -1 Washington 37
    12/16 1:00 ET At Miami -7 Jacksonville 37
    12/16 1:00 ET Denver -2.5 At Baltimore 48.5
    12/16 1:00 ET At Houston -8 Indianapolis 48
    12/16 4:05 ET At San Diego -3 Carolina 45.5
    12/16 4:05 ET Seattle -5 At Buffalo 42.5
    12/16 4:05 ET Detroit -6 At Arizona 43.5
    12/16 4:25 ET Pittsburgh -1.5 At Dallas 44
    12/16 4:25 ET At Oakland -2.5 Kansas City 43
    12/16 8:30 ET At New England -5.5 San Francisco 47.5

    Monday Night Football Line

             
    12/17 8:40 ET At Tennessee -1.5 NY Jets 42