NFL Opening Line Report – Week 16

Every Monday, we take a look at the opening lines for next week’s NFL games:

Team Betting % Open Current Notes
Texans 75% -6.5 -6.0 Lone Thursday night matchup puts AFC South in national spotlight. With the sportsbooks adjusting their lines to take a big half-point away from home dog Indy, three out of four spread wagers remain confident in the 10-4 Texans escaping Lucas Oil Stadium with at least a seven point win.
Colts 25% 6.5 6.0
Raiders 48% 1.0 0.0 After opening with Kansas City as a one point favorite at home, the sportsbooks have adjusted their lines to make this AFC West matchup a pick-em scenario. However, despite the great value, the betting public is nearly split down the middle as to who to take.
Chiefs 52% -1.0 0.0
Broncos 72% -3.0 -3.0 With the lines remaining static, nearly three out of four spread bets are sticking with Tim Tebow and the Broncos to beat the Bills by at least four points at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Bills 28% 3.0 3.0
Jaguars 44% 7.5 8.0 Despite the sportsbooks adjusting their lines to give road dog Jacksonville an additional half-point, the betting public remains slightly in favor of the home favorite Titans covering by just under double digits.
Titans 56% -7.5 -8.0
Cardinals 26% 5.5 4.5 With the sportsbooks adjusting their lines to take a big point away from road dog Arizona, nearly three out of four spread wagers are going with the 8-6 Bengals to secure at least a five point victory in front of their home crowd.
Bengals 74% -5.5 -4.5
Dolphins 43% 10.5 10.0 Largest spread of the week right here. With the sportbooks taking a pivotal half-point away from road dog Miami, the betting public is giving the slight edge to Tom Brady and the Pats picking up at least an 11-point win at Gillette Stadium.
Patriots 57% -10.5 -10.0
Giants 75% 3.0 3.0 Despite playing in the same stadium, the Jets remain a three point favorite at “home.” As a result, three out of four spread bets are going with the “road” dog Giants to either win straight up or lose by two or less at the Meadowlands.
Jets 25% -3.0 -3.0
Vikings 29% 5.5 6.0 Even though the sportsbooks adjusted their lines to give road dog Minnesota an additional half-point, just over seven out of ten spread wagers are taking the ‘Skins to win by at least seven points in front of their home crowd.
Redskins 71% -5.5 -6.0
Buccaneers 15% 7.0 7.0 In the most lopsided bet game of the week, nearly nine out of ten spread bets are going with Cam Newton and the Panthers to win by eight points or more at home against the fading Bucs.
Panthers 85% -7.0 -7.0
Chargers 50% 3.0 3.0 Inter-conference showdown between two aspiring playoff teams presents great value to the betting public. With no change in the line thus far, spread bets remain split right down the middle as to who to take.
Lions 50% -3.0 -3.0
Eagles 61% 3.0 3.0 Just when the “Dream Team” was written off and left for dead, the Eagles have now won two in a row and remain alive in the NFC East. As a result, just over six out of ten spread bets are riding the wave and taking the points in hopes of Philadelphia keeping it within a field goal in Dallas against the Jekyll and Hyde ‘Boys.
Cowboys 39% -3.0 -3.0
Falcons 36% 6.5 6.5 Monday Night matchup between NFC South foes looks to be the game of the week. With no line movement thus far, more than six out of ten spread wagers are sticking with Drew Brees and the high-flying Saints to take down their division rivals by at least seven points at home.
Saints 64% -6.5 -6.5
Bears N/A N/A N/A The latest installment of football’s oldest rivalry takes center stage as the lone Christmas Day game. However, the sportsbooks have yet to release their lines as they await word on the status of injured stars Matt Forte, Greg Jennings and whether or not Chicago will ditch the Caleb Hanie experiment in favor of veteran journeyman Josh McCown.
Packers N/A N/A N/A

* Betting Percentages reflect Sports Insights’ Spread Betting Trends Data

** Opening and Current Lines from CRIS unless otherwise stated.

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