NFL Week 16 Betting Recap

NFL Week 16 Betting Recap

– In Week 16, underdogs went 11-5 pushing their season record to 122-111 ATS. Home teams went 9-7 ATS in Week 14 pushing them to 115-115 ATS on the season. It was also a profitable week for contrarian betting with teams receiving less than 40% of spread bets going 7-4 ATS.

– On Sunday the Dallas Cowboys destroyed the Indianapolis Colts by a final score of 42-7. That doesn’t bode well for Andrew Luck and company who opened as 7-point road favorites this weekend against the Titans.

-Entering the final week of the regular season, five NFC teams have already clinched a playoff berth but the NFC South is still up for grabs. Carolina (6-8-1) can clinch the division with a win over the Falcons (6-9). Atlanta opened as 3-point favorites at Pinnacle but have already moved to -4 across the sports betting marketplace. Before Sunday’s action, we tweeted the following divisional odds:

–  For what it’s worth, the Falcons (+3500) also have slightly better odds of winning the NFC than the Panthers (+5500). – Each week former Caesars oddsmaker Todd Fuhrman tweets out the teams being pounded by sharp money and the teams being hammered by the public. In week 16, the Pros went 3-1 ATS while the Joe’s went 1-3.

 – Before the start of the season we posted the odds for every NFL team to win their division. On Sunday morning, we tweeted out the following update:

-Entering the Monday Night Football game, Cincinnati was listed at -225 to make the playoffs. After their shocking win over Denver, Cincinnati has already clinched their postseason berth. 

-Teams who have already clinched spot in playoffs:

  1. AFC: New England, Indianapolis, Denver, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati
  2. NFC: Arizona, Detroit, Green Bay, Dallas and Seattle

– Most lopsided bet games from Week 16:

  1. Packers -11.5: 74% of spread bets
  2. Broncos -3.5: 74% of spread bets
  3. Lions -10: 72% of spread bets
  4. Patriots -10: 71% of spread bets
  5. Ravens -6: 70% of spread bets

    – The Dallas Cowboys (+600) scored 42 points on Sunday, making them the highest scoring team of Week 16.

-The Seahawks entered the season as +450 favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champions and, following Sunday’s win, have moved to +272 at 5Dimes:

– Most likely Super Bowl matchups (via 5Dimes)

  1. New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks +276
  2. New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers +532
  3. New England Patriots vs Dallas Cowboys +1180
  4. Denver Broncos vs Green Bay Packers +1345
  5. New England Patriots vs Detroit Lions +2460
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks +2490
  7. Denver Broncos vs Dallas Cowboys +2825
  8. Indianapolis Colts vs Seattle Seahawks +3150
  9. Cincinnati Bengals vs Seattle Seahawks +3850
  10. New England Patriots vs Arizona Cardinals +3900

– NFL Week 17 current lines at Pinnacle versus preseason lines (Note: Week 17 lines were projected using the previous game between the two teams and adjusting for home field advantage — typically valued at 3-points.)

  1. Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-4 | -2)
  2. Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (N/A | -6)
  3. Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (+6.5 | -1.5)
  4. Indianapolis Colts (-7 | -1.5) at Tennessee Titans
  5. Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-7.5 | -7)
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-10 | -10)
  7. San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5 | -4)
  8. New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (-6 | -5)
  9. Chicago Bears (+6.5 | -1) at Minnesota Vikings
  10. Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (N/A | -9.5)
  11. Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (-3 | -1.5)
  12. Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3 | -3)
  13. New Orleans Saints (-3.5 | -1.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  14. Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (N/A | -16)
  15. Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-6 | -8.5)
  16. St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-13 | -12)

– Largest discrepancies between current Pinnacle lines and preseason lines from CG Technologies:

  1. Cowboys: 8 points
  2. Vikings: 7.5 points
  3. Colts: 6.5 points

– You can view the latest odds and public betting trends on our free NFL odds page, but here are some key Week 17 injuries to monitor:

  1. Bengals WR A.J. Green, Arm, Questionable
  2. Browns QB Brian Hoyer, Shoulder, Questionable
  3. Browns CB Joe Haden, Shoulder, Questionable
  4. Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Back, Probable
  5. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Calf, Probable
  6. Colts WR T.Y. Hilton, Hamstring, Questionable
  7. Patriots WR Julian Edelman, Thigh, Questionable
  8. Jets WR Percy Harvin, Ribs, Questionable
  9. Jets C Nick Mangold, Knee, Out
  10. Bills DT Marcell Dareus, Knee, Questionable

– With Johnny Manziel out for the season and Brian Hoyer listed as questionable, rookie quarterback Connor Shaw could be in line for his first career start. In Arizona, a rookie will definitely be behind center as Logan Thomas will start against the 49ers.

– The MVP odds have not been updated, but here are last week’s odds from

  1. Aaron Rodgers (-800)
  2. Tom Brady (+400)
  3. JJ Watt (+1000)
  4. DeMarco Murray (+1200)
  5. Peyton Manning (+1500)
  6. Andrew Luck (+3000)
  7. LeVeon Bell (+5000)
  8. Rob Gronkowski (+10000)

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David Solar

David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

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