AFC Top Three Matchups – Week 6 Handicapping Report

AFC Top Three Matchups-Week 6 Handicapping Report

The Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens continue to set the early pace in the AFC after five weeks of action, but New England is starting work its way back into the mix with two-straight impressive wins.

The following is a handicapping report for the top three matchups in the AFC this week with lines provided by 5Dimes.

Thursday, Oct.11

Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5) vs. Tennessee Titans                   Total Line: 44

The Steelers avoided falling into two-game hole in the AFC North Division race with a last-second 16-14 victory over Philadelphia as four-point home favorites this past Sunday. They are now 2-2 straight-up and 1-3 against the spread. The total has stayed UNDER in two of their last three games.

Tennessee is in early trouble with a 1-4 start both SU and ATS. It has been outscored 68-21 in its last two games and the total has gone OVER in three of the five games. The Titans are ranked 27th in the league in scoring and dead-last in points allowed.

Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS in its last five road games. It is 4-1 SU in its last five games against the Titans but just 2-8 SU in its last 10 trips to Tennessee. The total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in Nashville. The Titans are 2-4 ATS in their last six home games against the Steelers.

 

Sunday, Oct.14

Cincinnati Bengals (-3) vs. Cleveland Browns                       Total Line: 45

Cincinnati closed as a three-point home favorite this past Sunday against Miami, but lost outright 17-13 to fall to 3-2 SU (2-2-1 ATS). The total stayed well UNDER the 45-point line and it is now 3-2 on the year after going OVER in the Bengals’ first three games.

Cleveland remains the only winless team in the NFL at 0-5 SU, but it is 2-2-1 ATS. The Browns have been outscored by an average of just 7.8 point a game and kept things close against Philadelphia and Baltimore earlier in the year. The total has stayed UNDER in three of the five games.

The Bengals have won seven of the last eight meetings SU but are just 2-4-1 ATS in the last seven games. The total has gone OVER in four of the last five games played in Cleveland. The Browns are only 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 home games overall.

Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets (-2)                                     Total Line: 44

The Colts inspirational 30-27 come-from-behind victory over Green Bay as 6.5-point home underdogs in Week 5 has them at 2-2 SU and ATS on the season after winning just two games all last year. The total went OVER the 49-point line against the Packers and is now an even 2-2 on the year.

New York fell to 2-3 SU (3-2 ATS) with a 23-17 loss to Houston on Monday night as a 9.5-point underdog at home. It has now lost three of its last four games since a strong opening-day showing against Buffalo. The total has stayed UNDER in three of those games.

Indianapolis has won 14 of the last 21 meetings SU, but it is 2-5 ATS in the previous seven games. Last season, the Jets won 17-16 as two-point road underdogs in the final week of the season. The total stayed way UNDER the 44.5-point line, but it had gone OVER in six of the previous seven meetings between the two.

 

Dave Schwab

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