NFC Top Three Matchups- Week 6 Handicapping Report
Atlanta has already created some distance between itself and the rest of the field in the NFC with a 5-0 start, while this past Sunday night New Orleans finally scratched-out its first win of the year.
The following is a handicapping guide for the top three matchups in the NFC for this week’s games with lines provided by Bookmaker.
Sunday, October 14
Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles (-5.5) Total Line: 47.5
Coming off a playoff run in 2011, a 1-3 straight-up start is not what the Lions envisioned for this season. They have been costly to wager on as well at 0-4 against the spread. Detroit is coming off a much needed bye and hoping it has found an answer to a defense that has given-up an average of 28.5 points a game so far.
Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick has had a difficult time taking care of the ball with six interceptions and five lost fumbles. The team is still off to a 3-2 SU start despite all of these miscues but has also been a drain on the wallet at 1-3-1 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of its first five games.
Detroit has lost five-straight games to the Eagles and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings. It is 1-4 both SU and ATS in its last five games played in Philadelphia. The total has gone OVER in 10 of the Lions last 12 road games and it has gone OVER in the last two meetings between the two.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins (-1.5) Total Line: OFF
Minnesota has already won more games than it did all last season with a surprising 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS) start. It has outscored its opponents 74-33 in its last three games including a stunning 24-13 victory over San Francisco as a 6.5-point home underdog in Week 3. The total has stayed UNDER in these three games.
The big question for the 2-3 (SU and ATS) Redskins is the availability of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III for this game after taking a hit the head in last Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. This could most likely be a game time decision which could have a dramatic impact on the actual lines for this game.
The Vikings are 5-2 SU in the last seven meetings overall and 4-1 SU on the road against the Redskins. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last six meetings in Washington. The Redskins current SU losing streak at home reached five games with the 24-17 setback to the Falcons as three-point underdogs.
New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers (-3) Total Line: 45
The defending champs are 3-2 SU (2-3 ATS) with the total staying UNDER in three of their first five games. Eli Manning has already thrown for 1,579 yards and 10 touchdowns and the Giants’ offense is averaging over 30 points a game. They just racked-up 41 points in a victory over Cleveland after trailing in that game 14-0.
San Francisco bounced-back from a Week 3 loss to Minnesota by beating the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills by a combined score of 79-3 to make a statement that road to the NFC championship still has to go through its backyard. The 49ers are 4-1 both SU and ATS with the total evenly split 2-2-1.
New York is 6-1 SU in its last seven road games with the total staying UNDER in five of its last six games on the road. It is 4-1 SU in its last five games against the 49ers, but just 4-11 SU in its last 15 trips to San Francisco. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last six games there.
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