Another 2-1 record with my picks in Week 13 brought my overall mark to 18-20-1 for the season. I’m within reach of a .500 record again, which I’ll try to hit this week with three more underdogs to consider. All odds were obtained from DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Cardinals are in a freefall right now. The schedule hasn’t been kind to them since they have played their last five games against the Dolphins, Bills, Seahawks Patriots and Rams, which resulted in four losses. If not for a hail mary pass against the Bills at the end of the game that went for a touchdown, they would have lost five straight. If there is a silver lining, it’s that they will face a team with a losing record this week in the Giants.
The problem for the Cardinals is that the Giants aren’t your ordinary team with a bad record. They seem to have caught their footing under new head coach Joe Judge, winning four straight games to take over first place in the NFC East. They even beat the Seahawks on the road last week despite having to start Colt McCoy at quarterback. Their defense has been playing well and Daniel Jones (hamstring) looks to be ready to return this week, so I think the Giants can keep their winning streak alive.
Despite some terrible turnovers by quarterback Mike Glennon, the Jaguars almost knocked off the Vikings in Week 13, ultimately losing by a field goal in overtime. They played tough the week prior with Glennon under center, as well, falling by only two points to the Browns. Despite 11 straight losses and Gardner Minshew being healthy, the Jaguars will reportedly start Glennon yet again in Week 14.
There’s no question that the Titans are the vasty superior team here and I do expect them to win this game. However, the Jaguars are 3-2 against the spread as home underdogs. Also, the Titans are a dismal 2-6 ATS as favorites this season, including 0-3 ATS as road favorites. With that in mind, I could see the Jaguars keeping this matchup fairly close.
The Bengals’ offense has gone into a tailspin after Joe Burrow (knee) was lost for the season. Across two games with Brandon Allen as their starter, they have scored a total of 24 points. If there is a silver lining, it’s that he did at least face two good defenses in the Giants and Dolphins. One promising area for them has been their defense, which has held their opponents to 20 points or fewer in each of their last three games.
The Cowboys enter this contest as the favorite despite having lost six of their last seven games. They weren’t exactly in most of those games, either, considering five of their defeats were by at least 14 points. Their only win during that stretch was by just three points over the Vikings. Just as discouraging for their chances of covering is that they are 0-6 ATS as favorites this season while the Bengals are 3-1 ATS as home underdogs and 4-1 ATS at home, overall. The Bengals have a reasonable chance to win this game outright, so give me the points.
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