The Atlanta Falcons come off their bye week with a four-game lead in the NFC South at 6-0, but the other three division races in the NFC remain extremely tight.
The following is a handicapping guide for the top three matchups in the NFC for this week’s games with lines provided by Bookmaker.
Thursday, October 25
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings (-6.5) Total Line: 41.5
Tampa Bay is in desperate need a win after falling to 2-4 straight-up on the year with a 35-28 loss to New Orleans this past Sunday as a 1.5-point home underdog. The Buccaneers are 4-2 against the spread and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five games. Minnesota improved to 5-2 SU (3-3-1 ATS) with a 21-14 win over Arizona in a game that ended as a PUSH. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the Vikings first seven games this year.
The Buccaneers have beaten the Vikings five-straight times but they are 2-3-1 ATS in their last six trips to Minnesota. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last six meetings there. Last season, Tampa Bay won 24-20 as a one-point underdog on the road with the total going OVER the 41.5-point line.
Sunday, October 28
Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) Total Line: 46.5
Atlanta headed into its bye week with a perfect 6-0 start SU and a 4-2 record ATS. It is 1-2 ATS in its last three games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five games. Philadelphia is also coming off a bye and is 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of its first six games as the Eagles are only averaging17.2 points a game.
The Falcons have lost four of the last five meetings SU and are 2-10-1 ATS in the last 13 games between the two. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five games played in Philadelphia and in seven of the last nine games overall. The Eagles are a perfect 13-0 SU in their last 13 games following a bye week
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys (-1) Total Line: 47
New York outlasted Washington 27-23 as a 6.5-point home favorite this past Sunday to improve to 5-2 SU on the year. The Giants are just 3-4 ATS and the total has gone OVER in five of their first seven games. The Cowboys sweated-out a tougher than expected 19-14 battle against Carolina as 2.5-point road favorites last Sunday to even their record at 3-3 both SU and ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their first six games.
The Giants are 11-2 SU in their last 12 games and 7-1 SU in their last eight games on the road. They have beaten the Cowboys in five of the last seven meetings overall and are 4-1 SU in their last five games in Dallas. The total has gone OVER in five of the last seven meetings there. These two met on opening day with the Cowboys coming away with a dominating 24-17 win on the road as 3.5-point underdogs. The total stayed UNDER the 45.5-point line.
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