NFL Week 16: 5 underdogs to bet on Sunday
NFL Week 16 throws up some potential slip-ups for the big teams. Check out our five underdogs to bet on Sunday.
5. Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (-2.5)
This Monday night affair might be the last game ever played in Oakland. It’s truly a shame that Mark Davis is trying to put the team in Vegas after all the support he’s enjoyed during 15 years of losing, but here we are. One would imagine that on Christmas Eve, the Raiders fans will be going crazy, knowing this might be a moment to remember, sad or not. Denver is banged up with Chris Harris Jr. and Emmanuel Sanders out, and the playoffs are long gone. Oakland has a real chance to pick up its fourth win.
4. Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers (-4.5)
The Chargers are fighting for a chance to win the AFC West and get the top seed in the AFC playoffs. The Ravens are 8-6 and holding onto the sixth seed, but things are tenuous. Baltimore is a half-game out of the lead for the AFC North, and with the Steelers taking on the Saints in the Superdome on Sunday, it could very well hop over Pittsburgh with an upset. This game comes down to whether Lamar Jackson can make 8-10 passes that put the Ravens over the top.
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3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys (-7)
Dallas has a chance to finish off the NFC East and ensure a playoff berth by beating the Buccaneers on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. However, Tampa Bay has some talent and with Jameis Winston, you’re always dealing with the ultimate wild card. Winston could have game where he throws the Buccaneers out of the game with three interceptions, but he could also rack up 400 yards and four touchdowns. Take Tampa Bay to lose the game outright but to cover the spread.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints (-5.5)
The Saints are trying to lock up the top seed in the NFC, while the Steelers could be playing to simply stay alive. Should the Ravens beat the Chargers on Saturday night, Pittsburgh will enter this game tied atop the AFC North. Should the Steelers lose, they will be sitting on the outside of the playoff picture with a week to go, needing Cleveland to go to Baltimore and beat the highly-motivated Ravens. Not a good scenario. Look for the Steelers to play one of their best games on Sunday.
1. Green Bay Packers at New York Jets (-1)
This one is simple. The Packers have the better roster. Green Bay also has Aaron Rodgers, and while Sam Darnold has the tools to be a star, he isn’t ready to take down one of the all-time greats. The Packers are a train wreck on the road at 0-7, but they get a win in this spot.