NFL Trio of Action: Giants Vs Redskins; Colts Vs Texans & Bengals Vs Charges
The Washington Redskins, Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers will all be looking to hold it down at home when they host the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals in a trio of Week 14 matchups that are all offering a bunch of value from where I’m sitting.
Now, let’s find out where that value lies NFL betting buffs with our third part of our weekly Trio of Action.
New York Giants at Washington Redskins
The Giants have won three of their last four games and got a big 30-27 overtime win over red-hot Chicago this past weekend on Aldrick Rosas’ game-winning 44-yard field goal in overtime. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. both tossed TD passes while star rookie running back Saquon Barkley rushed for 125 yards in the win. Linebacker Alex Ogletree intercepted two passes and had an 8-yard TD return on the second play of the game. The Giants are averaging 22.2 points per game (19th) while allowing 26.2 per contest defensively (25th).
“It speaks to the resiliency of the guys,” Giants left tackle Nate Solder said after the team refused to fold following the Bears’ late heroics. “It speaks about the type of guys we have in the locker room and we just got to keep doing it and moving forward and believing in each other and doing it together.”
The Redskins got smacked around in their humbling 28-13 Monday Night Football loss to Philadelphia as quarterback Mark Sanchez (Yes…that Mark Sanchez) went 13 of 21 for 100 yards and one interception after Colt McCoy suffered a broken leg after starting the game by going 4 of 4 for 50 yards. Washington’s only bright spot came when future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson burst up the middle for a fantastic 90-yards touchdown run on Sanchez’s first play from scrimmage. The Redskins are averaging 19.4 points per game (27th) while allowing 21.4 per contest defensively to rank a stellar eighth.
• Giants are 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
• Giants are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS win.
• Giants are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
• Redskins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
• Redskins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
• Redskins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall
• Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
• Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Washington.
For this intriguing Week 14 NFC East battle, I’m going to urge you to back Eli Manning and the suddenly hot New York Giants to march into the nation’s capitol and lay a solid smackdown on the Skins to take another step toward reaching .500.
New York is playing its best football of the season right now and they’ve got to be confident after winning three of their last four. The Giants also have a pair of true superstars that make big-time plays in rookie running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Everything is unraveling quickly for Washington despite what had been a fine campaign until Alex Smith was lost for the season a couple of weeks ago. Now, with backup Colt McCoy out too, the Redskins cam kiss any hopes they had of a postseason berth goodbye. Everyone knows by now that Mark Sanchez shouldn’t even be wearing an NFL uniform. Mr. ‘Butt Fumble’ is awful and borderline incompetent if you ask me.
The Giants are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 14 The Redskins are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last four home games, but Washington is also just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against their NFC East division rivals while the underdog in this rivalry has gone 11-5 ATS in their last 16 meetings. I like Saquon Barkley to star in this one while leading the Giants to victory!
Predicted Score: New York Giants 24 | Washington Redskins 21
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Indianapolis was on the wrong end of a humbling 6-0 shutout loss against Jacksonville last weekend while failing to cover the spread as a 4-point favorite just as I predicted. Andrew Luck threw for 248 passing yards but failed to get his team into the end zone against Jacksonville’s dominant defense.
“I didn’t feel very sharp,” Luck said. “I didn’t feel I was putting the ball in the right places to give the guys a chance to catch them, but again, give credit to their coverage. I think all the guys in the locker room right now feel that we didn’t hold up our end of the bargain as players. I know I can be sharper. I know I need to be sharper.”
Indianapolis averages 27.1 points per game to rank a stellar eighth in scoring while limiting the opposition to 23.2 points per contest defensively to rank a respectable 15th in points allowed.
Houston has now won nine straight and they come into this contest off a convincing 29-13 smackdown over Cleveland last weekend while making rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield struggle in a big way. Quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 224 yards and one score while Lamar Miller added 103 rushing yards in the win. However, it was Houston’s defense that really got the job done by picking off Mayfield three times in the win.
“It means a lot especially from where we came from 0-3 … but it’s not the Super Bowl so we’re still fighting,” Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said.
Houston averages 25.2 points per game (12th) while limiting their opponents to just 19.6 points per contest defensively to rank third in points allowed.
• Colts are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf.
• Colts are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 14.
• Texans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
• Texans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
I know Indianapolis has gone 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road dates against Houston, but the Texans are now the better team in this contest and I expect them to take care of business in this huge Week 14 AFC South divisional battle.
The Colts are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in December and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games against their AFC South division rivals.
Houston has gone 5-0 ATS in their last five games against their AFC counterparts and their defense is playing lights out. The Texans win by a touchdown at the very least to cover the spread.
Predicted Score: Houston Texans 27 | Indianapolis Colts 17
Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Chargers
Cincinnati is struggling at the worst time possible. The Bengals have lost four straight and come into this contest off a discouraging 24-10 smackdown loss against Denver this past weekend. With starter Andy Dalton out because of a torn ligament in his thumb, backup Jeff Driskell passed for 236 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Bengals average 23.8 points per game () while giving up a whopping 30.9 points per contest defensively to rank dead last in points allowed.
The Chargers have won two straight and six of their last seven games including their terrific 33-30 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns while engineering a game-winning drive on L.A.’s final possession that ended with Michael Badgley’s game-winning 29-yard field goal on the final snap. Los Angeles averages a stellar 28.3 points per contest (6th) while limiting the opposition to just 20.8 points per contest defensively (7th).
“It was `Let’s go win it,” Rivers said. “Let’s make this the last drive and win it.”
• Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
• Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC.
• Bengals are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games in Week 14
• Chargers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. AFC.
• Chargers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
• Chargers are 11-24 ATS in their last 35 home games.
While I’m not real fond of the high point spread surrounding this Week 14 matchup, I’m going to advise you to back the red-hot Chargers to take out the absolutely reeling Bengals in this contest.
Cincinnati has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an SU loss, while also going 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. Conversely, the Chargers have gone 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games in Week 14 and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record.
Predicted Score: Los Angeles Chargers 35 | Cincinnati Bengals 17
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