2018 NFL Week 16 Preview

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Christmas morning is sorted for NFL fans in Australia.

The NFL action gets underway with two games on Christmas Eve before Christmas morning is packed full of a host of big games.

We have analysed every game set to take place in the NFL this weekend and our complete 2017 NFL Week 16 tips can be found below.

Baltimore Ravens Vs Indianapolis Colts

Sunday December 24, 8:30am, M&T Bank Stadium

The Baltimore Ravens are the shortest-priced favourites in the NFL this weekend.

Baltimore have won four of their past five games as home favourites and they are 3-2 against the line in this scenario.

It has been a season to forget for the Indianapolis Colts and they have won only one of their 13 games as away underdogs, while they are 2-6 against the line away from home.

Back Baltimore To Beat The Line (-13.5 Points)

Green Bay Packers Vs Minnesota Vikings

Sunday December 24, 12:30pm, Lambeau Field

Aaron Rodgers is back on the injured reserve and it is the high-flying Minnesota Vikings that will start this clash as clear favourites.

Minnesota have won three of their past four games as away favourites, but they are only a middling 2-2 against the line in this scenario.

The Green Bay Packers have lost their past three games as home underdogs and they are tough to back with any confidence without Rodgers in the side.

This is a game that the market looks to have gotten just about right.

No Bet

Tennessee Titans Vs Los Angeles Rams

Monday December 25, 5:00am, New Era Field

The Los Angeles Rams recorded a massive win over the Seattle Seahawks last week and they will start this clash as clear favourites.

Los Angeles have won their past three games as away favourites and they are 2-1 against the line in this scenario.

The Tennessee Titans remain in the NFL Playoffs hunt, but desperately need to turn around their form after losing two games on the trot.

Tennessee have lost their past three games as underdogs and it is tough to back them off their recent efforts.

Back Los Angeles To Beat The Line (-6.5 Points)

New England Patriots Vs Buffalo Bills

Monday December 25, 5:00am, Gillette Stadium

There is plenty on the line for both the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in this clash.

The Patriots won a thriller over the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend and they have won six of their past eight games as home favourites, while they are 5-3 against the line in this scenario.

Buffalo have gotten themselves back in the Playoffs race with two wins on the trot and they have won two of their past five games as away underdogs for a clear profit.

This is another game that I am happy to stay out of from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Chicago Bears Vs Cleveland Browns

Monday December 25, 5:00am, Soldier Field

The Chicago Bears have won only one of their past seven games, but they will still start this clash as favourites against the winless Cleveland Browns.

Chicago have lost their past two games as home favourites, but they have won their past two games against Cleveland.

The Browns losing streak continued at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens last weekend and they have been a losing betting proposition across every metric.

It is impossible to back either of these teams with any confidence.

No Bet

New Orleans Saints Vs Atlanta Falcons

Monday December 25, 5:00am, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

This is a massive game between these NFC South rivals.

They played out a thriller that was won by the Atlanta Falcons a fortnight ago and there is sure to be very little between these two sides once again.

The Saints have won their past six games as home favourites and they are 7-2 against the line as the punter’s elect over the past 12 months.

Atlanta have won one of their past three games as away underdogs, but they have won their past three games against the Saints.

The Saints can end their losing streak against the Falcons and cover the line of 5.5 points in the process.

Back New Orleans To Beat The Line (-5.5 Points)

Cincinnati Bengals Vs Detroit Lions

Monday December 25, 5:00am, Paul Brown Stadium

This is a must-win clash for the Detroit Lions and they will start it as favourites.

Detroit have won their past three games as away favourites and they have been a profitable play against the line in this scenario.

The Cincinnati Bengals have lost three games on the trot and they are a team that look to have given up on this season, but they generally do save their best football for their home fans.

No Bet

Carolina Panthers Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday December 25, 5:00am, Bank Of America Stadium

The Carolina Panthers will clinch a place in the NFL Playoffs with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Carolina have won three of their past five games as home favourites for a small loss and they are only a middling 2-1-2 against the line in this scenario.

Tampa Bay have lost four games on the trot in heartbreaking fashion and there is no doubt that this season has been a disappointment.

They have lost their past four games as away underdogs and their record against the line is no better.

Back Over 46.5 Points

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Miami Dolphins

Monday December 25, 5:00am, Arrowhead Stadium

The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the shortest-priced favourites in the NFL this weekend.

Kansas City have won six of their past nine games in front of their home fans and they have beaten the line in each of these wins.

The Miami Dolphins have won two of their past seven games as away underdogs and their record against the line is no better.

Kansas City have returned to a semblance of their best form and they can win this game comfortably.

Back Kansas City To Beat The Line (-10.5 Points)

Washington Redskins Vs Denver Broncos

Monday December 25, 5:00am, FedEx Field

The Denver Broncos have won two games on the trot, but it is the Washington Redskins that will go into this clash as clear favourites.

Washington have won three of their past four games as home favourites, but they are only a middling 2-2 against the line in this scenario.

Denver have won only one of their past eight on the road and their record against the line is not any better.

Back Washington To Beat The Line (-3.5 Points)

New York Jets Vs Los Angeles Chargers

Monday December 25, 5:00am, MetLife Stadium

The Los Angeles Chargers must win this game to remain in NFL Playoffs contention.

Los Angeles have won their only game as away favourites this season, but their overall record on the road is poor.

MetLife Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for the New York Jets this season and they have won five of their past eight games as home underdogs for a huge profit, while they are 7-1 against the line in that scenario.

In saying that, they have not looked like the same team without Josh McCown under centre and Bryce Petty was poor in his first game as starter this season.

No Bet

San Francisco 49ers Vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday December 25, 8:05am, Levi's Stadium

The Jimmy Garoppolo era in San Francisco has gotten off to an outstanding start, but it is still the Jacksonville Jaguars that will start this clash as favourites.

Jacksonville have struggled for consistency on the road somewhat this season and they have won only two of their past four games as away favourites.

San Francisco have recorded upset wins over both the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans with Garoppolo under centre and they have won their past two games against the Jaguars.

It is hard not to be impressed by the football that the 49ers have played in recent weeks and they are capable of pulling off an upset.

Back San Francisco To Win @ $2.70

Dallas Cowboys Vs Seattle Seahawks

Monday December 25, 8:25am, AT&T Stadium

This is a must-win game for both the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cowboys have won three games on the trot and they will be buoyed by the return of Ezekiel Elliot.

Dallas have won only three of their past six game as home favourites and they have been a losing betting play in general this season.

Seattle have won only one of their past five games as away underdogs and their record against the line in this scenario is no better.

This should be a fascinating clash, but it is one that I am happy to stay out of from a betting standpoint.

No Bet

Arizona Cardinals Vs New York Giants

Monday December 25, 8:25am, University Of Phoenix Stadium

It is the Arizona Cardinals that will start this clash with the New York Giants as favourites.

Arizona may have had a tough season, but they have been a profitable betting play in front of their home fans at the University Of Phoenix Stadium.

The Giants have now lost seven of their past eight games, but they have covered the line in five of their past eight games as away underdogs.

Both offences could struggle in what should be a low-scoring game.

Back Under 40.5 Points

Houston Texans Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday December 25, 8:30am, NRG Stadium

The Pittsburgh Steelers are dominant favourites to return to winning form following their heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the Houston Texans.

Pittsburgh have won five of their past six games as away favourites, but they are a poor 2-4 against the line in this scenario.

Houston’s season hit a new low when they were flogged by the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend and they are impossible to trust in just about any betting scenario.

This is a game that Pittsburgh should win comfortably, but there is no value at their current price.

No Bet

Philadelphia Eagles Vs Oakland Raiders

Tuesday December 26, 12:30am, Lincoln Financial Field

The Philadelphia Eagles will convince the number one seed in the NFC with a win over the Oakland Raiders, while the Raiders are all but out of NFL Playoff calculations.

Philadelphia have won their past seven games as home favourites and they are a most impressive 6-1 against the line in this scenario.

The Raiders have been particularly poor away from home this season and they have won only one of their past six games as away underdogs, while their record against the line is no better.

Backing the Eagles all season long has been a highly profitable play and there is no reason to jump off.

Back Philadelphia To Beat The Line (-9.5 Points)


2016/2017

It may be Christmas, but there is no rest in the NFL.

You can spend Christmas morning in Australia watching NFL action and most of the teams in the league will be in action.

There are an unlucky two teams that will actually play on Christmas Day in the United States – perfect Boxing Day viewing for those of us in Australia – and the action concludes on Tuesday when the Dallas Cowboys host the Detroit Lions.

Philadelphia Eagles Vs New York Giants

Friday December 23, 11:25am, Lincoln Financial Field

Philadelphia Eagles 24 - New York Giants 19

The Philadelphia Eagles have won just one of their past eight games and the New York Giants are 3-0 as away favourites this season.

Back New York To Beat The Line (-2.5 Points)

Buffalo Bills Vs Miami Dolphins

Sunday December 25, 4:00am, New Era Field

Buffalo Bills 31 - Miami Dolphins 34

The Buffalo Bills have won four of their past five games as home favourites, while the Miami Dolphins are 2-4 as away underdogs.

Back Buffalo To Beat The Line (-4 Points)

New Orleans Saints Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday December 25, 4:00am, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans Saints 31 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

The New Orleans Saints have won just three of their past seven games as home favourites for a clear loss, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won five of their past eight games as away underdogs.

The Buccaneers are one of the best value bets of the week.

Back Tampa Bay To Win @ $2.25

New England Patriots Vs New York Jets

Sunday December 25, 4:00am, Gillette Stadium

New England Patriots 41 - New York Jets 3

The New England Patriots are the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend and they have beaten the line in six of their past eight games as home favourites.

New York have played some awful football in recent weeks and they are 2-4 as away underdogs this season.

Back New England To Beat The Line (-16.5 Points)

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Tennessee Titans

Sunday December 25, 4:00am, EverBank Field

Jacksonville Jaguars 38 - Tennessee Titans 17

Jacksonville have fired head coach Gus Bradley after yet another loss at the hands of the Houston Texans.

The Jaguars are 1-3 against the line as away underdogs and the Tennessee Titans have won their only game as home favourites this season.

Back Tennessee To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)

Green Bay Packers Vs Minnesota Vikings

Sunday December 25, 4:00am, Lambeau Field

Green Bay Packers 38 - Minnesota Vikings 25

The Green Bay Packers have won four games on the trot, but they have still been a losing betting proposition as home favourites this season.

Minnesota are 2-2 as away underdogs and they are over the odds at their current price.

Back Minnesota To Win @ $3.40

Cleveland Browns Vs San Diego Chargers

Sunday December 25, 4:00am, FirstEnergry Stadium

Cleveland Browns 20 - San Diego Chargers 17

The Cleveland Browns have lost their past eight games as home underdogs and the San Diego Chargers are 5-3 against the line away from home.

Back San Diego To Beat The Line (-6 Points)

Chicago Bears Vs Washington Redskins

Sunday December 25, 4:00am, Soldier Field

Chicago Bears 21 - Washington Redskins 41

The Washington Redskins have been inconsistent as away favourites in recent seasons and the Chicago Bears have won three of their past six games as home underdogs for a clear profit.

Back Chicago To Win @ $2.55

Carolina Panthers Vs Atlanta Falcons

Sunday December 25, 4:00am, Bank Of America Stadium

Carolina Panthers 16 - Atlanta Falcons 33

This will be the first game that the Carolina Panthers have started as home underdogs in the past 12 months, but they have won seven of their past 10 games in front of their home fans.

Atlanta have won their past two games as home favourites and they are 6-1 against the line away from home.

Back Atlanta To Beat The Line (-2.5 Points)

Oakland Raiders Vs Indianapolis Colts

Sunday December 25, 7:05am, Oakland Coliseum

Oakland Raiders 33 - Indianapolis Colts 25

The Oakland Raiders have won seven of their past eight games, but their record against the line in this scenario is not particularly strong.

Indianapolis have won five of their past eight games as away underdogs for a big profit.

Back Indianapolis To Win @ $2.55

Seattle Seahawks Vs Arizona Cardinals

Sunday December 25, 7:25am, CenturyLink Field

Seattle Seahawks 31 - Arizona Cardinals 34

The Seattle Seahawks have won seven of their past eight games as home favourites and they are 4-1-3 against the line in this scenario, while the Arizona Cardinals have failed to cover the line in their past four games as away underdogs.

Los Angeles Rams Vs San Francisco 49ers

Sunday December 25, 7:25am, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Rams 21 - San Francisco 49ers 22

The Los Angeles Rams have won just one of their past five games at home, while the San Francisco 49ers have lost their past seven games as away underdogs.

These teams are both impossible to trust from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Houston Texans Vs Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday December 25, 11:25am, NRG Stadium

Houston Texans 12 - Cincinnati Bengals 10

The Houston Texans have won their past six games as home favourites and the Cincinnati Bengals have won just one of their past five games as away underdogs.

Back Houston To Win @ $1.87

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Baltimore Ravens

Monday December 26, 7:25am, Heinz Field

Pittsburgh Steelers 31 - Baltimore Ravens 27

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won five games on the trot and they are 4-1 as home favourites in both head-to-head and line betting markets.

The Baltimore Ravens have lost their past five games as away underdogs and they are 1-4 against the line in this scenario.

Back Pittsburgh To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Denver Broncos

Monday December 26, 11:30am, Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City Chiefs 33 - Denver Broncos 10

The Kansas City Chiefs have won seven of their past nine games as home favourites, but they are 2-1-6 against the line in this scenario.

Denver have won two of their past three games as away underdogs and they have the same record against the line.

Back Denver To Beat The Line (+3.5 Points)

Dallas Cowboys Vs Detroit Lions

Tuesday December 27, 11:30am, AT&T Stadium

Dallas Cowboys 42 - Detroit Lions 21

The Dallas Cowboys returned to winning form last weekend and they have now won five of their past six games as home favourites, while Detroit have won three of their past six games as away underdogs.

No Bet