NFL Odds Week 4: Highlighting Most Suspect Betting Lines
At this point, the New York Giants should be staring at double-digit point spreads. Yet, they are only four-point underdogs against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4.
I'll have more on that matchup below, but suffice it to say, there is easy money to be made on that spread. That isn't the only game of the week with a vulnerable spread. I've identified two others lines I'd strongly recommend playing.
Point spreads via FootballLocks.com.
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs
Suspect Line: Chiefs -4
The Kansas City Chiefs are going to plunge the New York Giants further into the abyss by easily handling them.
The Chiefs (3-0) are off to an excellent start under head coach Andy Reid. Meanwhile, the Giants (0-3) started off the season poorly and are getting worse. This past week, the Giants were humiliated 38-0.
However, as much as the recent trend of play, what leads me to pointing this out as a big win for the Chiefs is the matchups. Most importantly is the matchup of the Giants' passing offense against the Chiefs' passing defense.
For the Giants to have success this year, they are going to need a big day in the air. The defense and the ground game are going to struggle.
However, just like the Panthers did, the Chiefs will harass Eli Manning and force him into poor play. With edge rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, the Chiefs have what is arguably the best pass rushing duo in the league.
The Chiefs will force the Giants into another poor showing on offense and then do enough offensively to earn a comfortable win.
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
Suspect Line: Baltimore -3.5
Baltimore's defense got off to a rough start after getting shredded by Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Week 1. However, in the two weeks since, the Ravens have allowed 15 total points.
While this defense lost some big names from last year's squad, this group may actually be better. Last week, the Ravens played outstanding defense for 60 minutes, and they did a phenomenal job getting off the field, holding the Texans to just 3-for-12 on third-down conversions.
Now that defense will be going against rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. Manuel is off to a solid start, but he is still converting under 60 percent of his passes.
Manuel is going to have a difficult time on third downs in this game, and that will lead to lots of short drives for the Bills.
Meanwhile, this Bills' defense allowed Jets rookie Geno Smith to throw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns last week. Joe Flacco should have no problem putting up points in this game.
Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders
Suspect Line: Raiders +3
The Redskins are already in desperation mode. They are 0-3, and Robert Griffin III is suddenly a turnover-prone quarterback. Yet, here they are as three-point favorites on the road.
Sure, it is against the Oakland Raiders, and the Raiders were pegged as one of the worst teams in the NFL. However, Oakland has proven it will not be an easy victory.
Terrelle Pryor has sparked the Raiders' offense, and that group will be able to exploit the Redskins' defense. Every team is going to be able to exploit Washington's defense.
What really has me siding towards the Raiders and the points is their improved defense. After two weeks, the Raiders are third in passing yards allowed and seventh in rushing yards allowed.
That solid defense will put pressure on the Redskins' offense and create more turnovers. I believe the wrong team is favored in this matchup.
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