NFL Week 13 odds: 5 best underdogs to bet
Fifteen games are on the NFL Week 13 docket this week, and while there are ample live underdogs, these five appear to be the best bets.
5. Atlanta Falcons (+3) vs. New Orleans Saints
This is all about the Falcons getting to see Taysom Hill for a second time. Now head coach Raheem Morris — a noted defensive mind — has a second crack at Hill and this with a few weeks of tape, including against his team. The experience factor of seeing the BYU product could be a big difference-maker.
Also, the Saints barely moved the ball against the Denver Broncos last weekend. If that becomes a trend on Sunday with Hill being inept, they lose.
4. Los Angeles Chargers (+1) vs. New England Patriots
It’s true Bill Belichick almost always has something extra for young quarterbacks, especially ones like Justin Herbert who have never seen him before. Additionally, Anthony Lynn trying to match up with Belichick is terrifying, and this is even more spotlighted in situational football.
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So why bet the Chargers to win? Because they have a ton of weapons, the Patriots’ defense has been a tire fire, New England has to come all the way across the country and Cam Newton isn’t playing well.
3. Cleveland Browns (+6) at Tennessee Titans
The angle here is a back-door cover. The Titans are the better team and should win somewhat handily, but Tennessee’s defense has been bad all season, especially on third down where it ranks 32nd. Baker Mayfield isn’t prolific by any means, but he can move the ball against a prevent defense.
This has 33-21 with a late touchdown written all over it.
2. Detroit Lions (+3) at Chicago Bears
This is an incredible spot if you want to roll with the Lions, and let’s face it, you don’t get to write that often. Detroit finally fired Matt Patricia, lifting a three-year long cloud from the franchise. Additionally, Mitch Trubisky is going to start again aft throwing two hideous interceptions against the Green Bay Packers last week.
Factor in the extra time to prepare for Detroit, and this has a Lions win all over it.
1. Washington Football Team (+8.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh is undefeated, but it almost never blows out teams. Washington isn’t good at 4-7 but Alex Smith is a real quarterback, Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin are real weapons, and Ron Rivera is a real head coach. Also, the Football Team has an excellent defensive front which will cause problems for the immobile Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers likely win the game, but 8.5 points is far too many. Take the points and ride to cash.