Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2013 NFL betting campaign covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Week 10!
Washington Redskins (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-7 SU, 3-5 ATS)
Spread: Washington -2.5, Total: 49
Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN – Thursday, November 7th, 8:25 ET
It’s amazing to think that there are three teams this year that have yet to win a game in the United States. Minnesota is one of the three, and it is going to be the first of the three to try to snap that this week. The Vikes have a real shot to win in this one, though they have a very hungry Washington outfit on the other side of the field. The Redskins might have saved their season when they beat the Chargers last week in overtime, and if they can build on that and win this game, this is a situation where the team could go on a real charge. These two teams are relatively split, as they both won high scoring games in the last two seasons. This is the first trip to the Metrodome for the Redskins since 2007. Minnesota hasn’t won a game in this series at home since 1998.
Cincinnati Bengals (6-3 SU, 5-3-1 ATS) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS)
Spread: Cincinnati -1.5, Total: 44.5
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD – Sunday, November 10th, 1:00 ET
The Ravens know that they have some work to do if they are going to even have half of a chance to defend their Super Bowl crown. They legitimately might need to go 7-1 the rest of the way to get into the second season, and winning this game to cut the AFC North lead to a reasonable game and a half would help a lot. Cincinnati can run away and hide from the rest of the field this week, as they can pull 2.5 up on the idle Browns and 3.5 up on the Ravens. It’s tough to go to M&T Bank Stadium though, especially in big games like these. Cincy only had 189 total yards of offense the last time that these two teams met, and that was good enough to win the game. It’s the quirky nature of this series for sure, and we have a big time appreciation for what these two are going to bring to the table.
Detroit Lions (5-3 SU, 4-4 ATS) @ Chicago Bears (5-3 SU, 2-5-1 ATS)
Spread: Detroit -3, Total: 49.5
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL – Sunday, November 10th, 1:00 ET
The Lions have really caught a stroke of luck here. They are the only team in the NFC North that has their starting quarterback healthy from the start of the season, and they are holding one of the three positions in the three-way tie between themselves, the Packers, and these Bears. The chance is there to get into the division lead over Chicago if Detroit can figure out how to win this game in the Windy City. QB Josh McCown won his first start with the Bears last week against the Packers at Lambeau Field, but we all know that there was a huge assist in there from QB Aaron Rodgers getting hurt. Detroit hasn’t won a game here at Soldier Field since 2007, but it is the favorite of the oddsmakers in this one due to the nature of all of the injuries for Chicago
Philadelphia Eagles (4-5 SU, 4-5 ATS) @ Green Bay Packers (5-3 SU, 5-3 ATS)
Spread: Green Bay -2, Total: 48
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI – Sunday, November 10th, 1:00 ET
If you’re under the impression that one player can’t make that much of a difference in a game, think again. The oddsmakers know just how important QB Aaron Rodgers is in this one. The difference between him being in the fold and QB Seneca Wallace being in the fold is a whopping eight points. Green Bay opened at -10, and it is now -2 with the news that Rodgers is out. The ‘total’ dropped five points from 53 to 48. There’s a good reason for that. Wallace stunk up the joint last week at home when he was called into duty against the Bears. If he struggles like that again in this one, the Eagles are going to be a .500 team when they leave Lambeau Field. Head Coach Chip Kelly and his offense put 49 points on the board last week against the Raiders, including getting an NFL-record tying seven touchdown passes from QB Nick Foles. QB Michael Vick is listed as questionable for this game, but we have to think that Kelly has no choice but to stick with a man that has 13 TDs and no picks on the season.
St. Louis Rams (3-6 SU, 3-6 ATS) @ Indianapolis Colts (6-2 SU, 5-3 ATS)
Spread: Indianapolis -10, Total: 43.5
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN – Sunday, November 10th, 1:00 ET
Get out your fantasy football rosters and get ready for this stat: The winner of the game between the Colts and the Rams has scored at least 42 points in all three of the meetings of these teams since 2001. That’s good news for QB Andrew Luck and WR TY Hilton owners for sure. Of course, all of that means very little, but the possibility is there that this porous St. Louis defense could end up getting crushed by the Colts on this day. Indy has to be flying high after beating the Texans last week on the final series of the game on the road to probably all but lock up the AFC South title. St. Louis is slumping having lost three straight games since, ironically, going on the road and beating the Texans at Reliant Stadium. Indy has won and covered each of the last two clashes of these two foes, and believe it or not, this is the closest point spread that this series has been since 1995.
Oakland Raiders (3-5 SU, 5-3 ATS) @ New York Giants (2-6 SU, 3-5 ATS)
Spread: New York -7, Total: 43.5
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ – Sunday, November 10th, 1:00 ET
We warned you that the Giants weren’t totally out of the chase in the NFC East, even when they were 0-6. New York has since won back to back games, and this is one that should be won as well against an Oakland team that was just torched by the Eagles thanks to one of the worst defensive efforts we have seen by any team all year long. Big Blue has stopped turning the ball over, and that’s a big part of the reason for their newly found success. If they used their bye week wisely, this is a game that shouldn’t be lost. Remember that QB Terrelle Pryor has a knee injury that could limit him or keep him out of the fold, and if he is forced to sit, QB Matthew McGloin is the next option in line. Considering the fact that RB Darren McFadden is also out of the lineup at this point, things aren’t looking good for Oakland. The Giants have won and covered the last two games in this series, winning the two duels by the aggregate score of 74-28.
Seattle Seahawks (8-1 SU, 5-4 ATS) @ Atlanta Falcons (2-6 SU, 2-6 ATS)
Spread: Seattle -6, Total: 44.5
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – Sunday, November 10th, 1:00 ET
There have been plenty of teams this year that have been brutally disappointing. Houston, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh all come to mind, but we think the biggest bust of the bunch might be Atlanta. There is literally not a chance in the world to get back into the playoff race this year after getting clocked last week by the Panthers, and they are merely playing out the string and giving some guys a chance to play who might not normally see any time on the field. The Seahawks just keep finding ways to win close games. They shocking fell behind the Bucs 21-0 last week before storming back to win that game, and that was only the latest of the Houdini acts that this team has pulled. This is a rematch of the playoff game last season between these two. The Falcons won on a last second field goal, but it wasn’t easy. They blew a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter and ultimately just barely found a way to win.
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8 SU, 1-7 ATS) @ Tennessee Titans (4-4 SU, 5-2-1 ATS)
Spread: Tennessee -13, Total: 41
LP Field, Nashville, TN – Sunday, November 10th, 1:00 ET
It’s really unbelievable to think that the Titans can get back into a tie for the last Wild Card slot with a win this week over lowly Jacksonville. Tennessee hasn’t played much of a schedule this year, but it has won the games that it was supposed to win to get to this point; that’s the benefit of playing a third place schedule in a weak division. The Jags found a way to post a loss while on their bye week last week, as they ended up losing WR Justin Blackmon for the rest of the season thanks to his second violation of the year of the substance abuse policy. Jacksonville though, has won two of the last four in this series and has covered four of the last five, so perhaps there’s a chance that this is the day the zero comes out of the win column.
Buffalo Bills (3-6 SU, 5-4 ATS) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6 SU, 2-6 ATS)
Spread: Pittsburgh -4, Total: 41
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Sunday, November 10th, 1:00 ET
The Steelers know that they are just about as good as dead, and you can write the final death knell for them on Sunday if they lose to the 3-6 Bills. Pittsburgh was embarrassed last week by the Patriots, taking a 24-24 game at the start of the fourth quarter and turning it into a 55-31 embarrassment in which over 600 yards of total offense were surrendered. The time is here for Head Coach Mike Tomlin to genuinely worry about his job. QB EJ Manuel could be back this week for Buffalo, and that would certainly be welcome after weeks of watching guys like QB Thad Lewis and QB Jeff Tuel try to throw the ball all over the place. Remember that the Bills can move to just a game and a half back of the last Wild Card slot with a ‘W’ in this one as well, so there really is a lot on the line. Pittsburgh has won 8-1 SU and ATS in this series dating all the way back to 1993.
Houston Texans (2-6 SU, 1-7 ATS) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-4 SU, 5-3 ATS)
Spread: Arizona -2.5, Total: 41
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ – Sunday, November 10th, 4:25 ET
The Texans are one of the biggest disappointments of the season, but now, it’s tough to fire Head Coach Gary Kubiak considering the fact that he is in the hospital. He’ll survive through the end of the season or darn near it, but he won’t make it through Black Monday without a tremendous resurrection that starts on Sunday in the desert. Arizona has a good team though, and it has won some games here at home that perhaps it had no business winning. The Cardinals are rightly favored in this game, and they are going to try to win this one to bull their way into the Wild Card chase with seven games left to play. These two teams have only met twice in their history, and they are both 1-1 SU and ATS with the home team winning both games.
Carolina Panthers (5-3 SU, 5-3 ATS) @ San Francisco 49ers (6-2 SU, 6-2 ATS)
Spread: San Francisco -6, Total: 41.5
Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA – Sunday, November 10th, 4:25 ET
The Panthers are streaking right now, as they have four straight wins to get back to within just a game in the NFC South, a division title race that looked like it was as good as over just a few weeks ago. Carolina though, has a tough battle in this one against a San Francisco team that has quietly won and covered five straight without many thinking about it. The Niners are off of their bye, and though they did have to fly back from London during that time in a hellaciously long flight, there was at least still a week and a half to recover. These two teams used to be NFC West foes back when the Panthers came into the league, and though you might not believe it, the series really is in favor of Carolina. The Panthers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games against San Fran, and they are 7-3 SU in that stretch as well.
Denver Broncos (7-1 SU, 4-4 ATS) @ San Diego Chargers (4-4 SU, 5-2-1 ATS)
Spread: Denver -7, Total: 57
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA – Sunday, November 10th, 4:25 ET
It’s not a good time to be a Charger right now. The Bolts were beaten in dramatic fashion last week in overtime by the Redskins, and that really took away any realistic opportunity of staying in the AFC West chase. Now, they have to fly back across the country to come home, where the Broncos are waiting fresh off of their bye week. This is the first game in which Head Coach John Fox won’t be on the sidelines after his successful heart surgery. Jack Del Rio is going to take over, though we don’t think there is going to be that much of a change going on since QB Peyton Manning basically calls the offense anyway. The last time these two met at Qualcomm, Chargers fans were ready to revolt. Their team was up 24-0 at halftime, only to see Denver roll of five touchdowns in succession to put the game away. Denver is only 2-4-1 ATS in the last seven in this series, though.
Dallas Cowboys (5-4 SU, 7-2 ATS) @ New Orleans Saints (6-2 SU, 5-3 ATS)
Spread: New Orleans -7, Total: 53
Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA – Sunday, November 10th, 8:30 ET
The Cowboys and the Saints have played some tremendous games over the course of the last few years. The last three games have all been decided by seven points or fewer, and the road team has won and covered all three. In fact, the underdog team has covered nine in a row and has won seven of those nine games SU. It bodes well for Dallas for sure, and the Cowboys could really use this one. The Boys are only up a game in the NFC East, and with the rest of the division playing very manageable games in Week 10, losing this one would be devastating. New Orleans has dropped two out of three though, and it suddenly has Carolina sitting right on its backside in the NFC South. This should be one of the best games of the day, and it is the only one pitting a pair of division leaders up against each other.
Miami Dolphins (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8 SU, 2-6 ATS)
Spread: Miami -2.5, Total: 41
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL – Monday, November 11th, 8:40 ET
The last of the 0-fer teams will be in action on Monday Night Football this week, and we are wondering what in the heck we did to deserve having to watch the Bucs in primetime for the second time in the last three weeks! Miami isn’t doing much better right now. After the fiasco in the locker room between G Richie Incognito and T Jonathan Martin, a win in overtime last week was just what the doctor ordered for the Fins. Still, they aren’t in good form, as they are just 1-4 in their last five games, and they really need to make sure that they put this game away once and for all if they are going to continue to have a shot to stick around in the AFC Wild Card chase. Tampa Bay has gone 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in the last four games in this series dating all the way back to 1997.
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