Making money with NFL means sometimes risking money on teams who appear to be “down on their luck” and the odds are stacked against them. This week in the NFL Week 11, it looks like there will be at least six home underdogs, potentially seven, depending what number your online sportsbook puts up for San Diego at Denver…so there are plenty of opportunities to be a “dog” bettor this Sunday.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs +10: Star Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu missed four games earlier this year with a knee injury and the defense was not the same without him. It is all but certain he will miss this date. The Chiefs, despite their record, are actually starting to play better on both sides of the ball.
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
Ravens +1: The Indianapolis Colts may be unstoppable at home but on the road they are only 8-1 since Oct. 2008 (smile)…tough spot for this home dog…let’s move on.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Bucs
Bucs +11: Before QB Josh Freeman took over the Bucs were averaging just 13.7 points per game. Since his arrival, they're putting up 30.5 ppg. New Orleans is also 0-2 ATS the past two weeks and add in the look-ahead factor (the Saints play New England in Week 12), and the Bucs could be a "live" dog this week.
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Rams +9: St. Louis hung in against the Saints and seem to be learning Coach Steve Spagnuolo’s new program. Winning this division game vs. Arizona would be a massive step in the rebuilding process.
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders:
Raiders +9.5: Loyal Oakland fans won’t bail out on their team (as tough as things are) and with QB Bruce Gradkowski starting the team is optimistic. Raiders are 2-1 ATS at home in past three non-divisional contests.
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Bears +3: The Bears will need a magical home field advantage through the next six weeks to salvage this season. But for bettors, this line might continue to move up, giving some value playing on the home dog.