Bettors Backing NFL Road Favorites
by SPORTSBETTING.COM - 11/20/2009
Get ready to watch the men separate themselves from the boys this week in the NFL as the playoff races heat up. It's the proverbial "go time" for many teams.
Cincinnati at Oakland:
The Bengals are sitting pretty…right now anyway, but they need to keep winning and especially winning games against weak teams.
They head to Oakland this week to face, big surprise, a troubled Raider team. Cincy has been one of this season's surprises, currently leading the AFC North with records of 7-2 straight up and 6-3 against the spread.
But they're facing a bit of adversity this week, as the team's leading rusher, Cedric Benson, is nursing what ESPN is calling a sore abductor muscle. His pain resulted in the team signing recent Kansas City Chiefs castoff RB Larry Johnson. LJ's attitude wore thin on the Chiefs and his addition already seems to be wearing on Benson. We'll see how it shakes out.
There have been changes made to the Raiders' starting lineup as well as QB JaMarcus Russell has been demoted while QB Bruce Gradkowski will start in Russell's place.
In its last nine when an underdog of more than 8-points, Oakland is 6-3 ATS.
Going into Sunday's game in Oakland, online sportsbooks have the Bengals as a 10-point favorite with an O/U of 36.
As you might expect, the betting action has been one-sided so far in this one. Sportsbook SPORTSBETTING.com is reporting 79% action on the Bengals.
San Diego at Denver
Hey Denver fans, can't stop hearing the Tom Petty song "Free Fallin"?
After a 6-0 SU and ATS straight to the season, they are currently on an 0-3 SU and ATS roll in their last three…and around the office we have a few side bets going on whether they hit .500 in the next three weeks.
The Broncos' current mini slump has allowed the San Diego Chargers to catch them in the AFC West standings and lo and behold, both 6-3 SU teams play this Sunday.
While QB Kyle Orton helped the quick start, he suffered an ankle injury last week and backup signal-caller Chris Simms, son of Phil, will likely line up behind center on Sunday.
Denver is currently listed at +150 to win the division while San Diego is the favorite at -175.
In the Broncos' last eight home games against the Chargers they have been a productive 6-2 SU, but only 3-2-3 ATS.
Total bettors take note - Denver has a record of only 1 Over and 9 Unders in their last 10 overall games at Invesco.
Indianapolis at Baltimore
The Indianapolis Colts pulled off a big win last week when they came back to defeat the New England Patriots 35-34.
The win kept Peyton and crew undefeated and created a storm around Pat coach Bill Belichick after a controversial fourth down call.
It doesn't get any easier this week as Indy is on the road against the Baltimore Ravens; they are a 2-point road favorite (-130 on the moneyline).
In the last eight overall games between the two, the Colts have hold a profitable edge of 5-2-1 ATS.
Baltimore's been a tough home team, going 7-2 SU and ATS in their last nine at M&T Bank Stadium.
Colt bettors should know that Indy is an ugly 1-6 against the spread the last seven times they have been a favorite of 2-points or less.
Where's the money going in this one? Bettor's are backing the Colts, with 68% of all the action coming in on Indy so far..
It should be another great week of NFL action.
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