On Wednesday afternoon the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook released their advanced betting lines, also known as look-ahead lines. These early lines give some clairvoyant risk takers an opportunity to roll the dice on games that will not be played for another week and a half. There are times when public reaction to the most recent game clouds reality, and for a moment one can exploit the odds on an overrated or underrated team – or be done in by an unforeseen injury.
Week six kicks off with what should be a pretty good game on Thursday Night with Denver visiting San Diego. While the Chargers are only 1-3 they have held a 4th quarter lead in every game this season. Last time the Bolts played Denver, in Week 17 of the 2015 season it was the same story. The Chargers led 20-17 in the fourth quarter, but a 23-yard touchdown run by Ronnie Hillman with under five minutes remaining gave Denver their fifth straight victory over San Diego.
The Patriots host Cincinnati and are listed as seven-point favorites. Last week the Bengals handled Miami with ease, though a disconcerting habit of settling for field goals kept the final score relatively close at 22-7. The Bengal defense looked much better with the return of Vontaze Burfict from his suspension for head hunting. If you recall Burfict completely lost his poise at the end of a playoff game in January against the Steelers with a dumb (and vicious) hit on Antonio Brown. The penalty – along with ensuing personal foul penalty on Adam Jones – gifted the Steelers with a game-winning field goal.
Elsewhere in the AFC East Buffalo is a 7-point home favorite versus San Francisco, Miami is a 4½ underdog at home against the Steelers, and on Monday night the Jets are 6½-point dogs at slumping Arizona.
At first glance the best bets appear to be Houston (-3) vs Indy and Pittsburgh (-4½) at Miami.
Here are all of the early advanced betting lines for NFL Week Six. Carolina has no early line due to the uncertainty of Cam Newton. Minnesota and Tampa Bay are off with a bye.
NFL Week 6 Early Advanced ‘Look-Ahead’ Betting Lines
Thursday October 13:
Denver Broncos (-3) at San Diego Chargers [CBS]
Sunday October 16 Early Games:
Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots (-7) [CBS]
Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants (-3) [CBS]
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (No Line) [Fox]
Pittsburgh Steelers (-4½) at Miami Dolphins [CBS]
Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago Bears -2 [CBS]
San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills -7 [Fox]
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions -3 [Fox]
Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans (-5½) [CBS]
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (Pick’em) [Fox]
Sunday October 16 Late Games:
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (-1½) [CBS]
Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks (-7) [Fox]
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers (-6½) [Fox]
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (-3½) [NBC]
Monday October 17:
New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals (-6½) [BSPN]
As for tomorrow night’s game, nothing cures a slump like a game against a bad team such as San Francisco. Even with a backup quarterback the Cardinals still have the better offense. San Francisco has given up an average of 36 points per game over the last three weeks. Drew Stanton won’t have to do much other than hand off to David Johnson (4.7 yards per carry, 128 yards from scrimmage per game).
Prediction: Cardinals 27, Niners 20
Cardinals -3½ (one unit). . . . over 42 . . . . Arizona -170
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