Here are some NFL bets that jump out in Week 13’s games on DraftKings Sportsbook.
IND -3.5 (-110)
My first reaction to this line was it’s a little fishy, and I wanted to stay away. Why are the Colts such short favorites against a Texans team that two weeks ago had only beaten the Jaguars? But the Texans have pieced together consecutive wins over the Patriots and Lions, although both spreads were three points or less. The bigger issue here is Will Fuller is done for the season due to a suspension, and top cornerback Bradley Roby is injured for Houston. Without those key pieces, Houston’s momentum should slow — Fuller caught a pair of bombs on Thanksgiving in Detroit. The Colts are coming off a tough loss to the Titans, but nothing they can’t rebound from — Tennessee is a good team and desperately needed that game. Now Indy is the team that needs this one against a decimated Texans team playing for nothing.
NE Moneyline (-114)
Man, I hate backing the Patriots, but I think I have to do it. I was on the Ravens in New England a couple of weeks ago, and the Pats pulled the stunning upset. I backed the Pats the next week in Houston, and after completely going away from the run game, the Texans prevailed. I laid off last week against the Cardinals, and while Cam Newton stayed under 100 yards passing and threw a pair of picks, he somehow got his team this win. I credit the win to the coaching mismatch. Bill Belichick didn’t win the game, he just let Kliff Kingsbury blow it. I think we should see something similar this week against Anthony Lynn and the Chargers. While the Chargers are a decent ATS team, they just can’t win games, and it’s due to coaching. Lynn very well may be the worth coach in the NFL, and we saw that on display last week. The Patriots are still alive for a wild card, and should bounce back here — even if it just takes letting the Chargers do themselves in.
Moneyline Parlay (-132)
Honestly, the “best bets” the rest of the season are going to stem from acting quickly on news. I was fortunate enough to bet Saints -6.5 last week, although it really didn’t matter what number you wound up with on New Orleans. But if we don’t get news like that this week, I’ll be looking to piece together a parlay. We’re not early in the season anymore. We know who’s good and we know who stinks. The Jets are probably going 0-16, the Eagles are getting bottom-of-the-barrel quarterback and offensive line play, and the Broncos have been a clown show (not to mention the Chiefs are just spectacular). Those are teams to fade, and are playing good, playoff-to-Super Bowl caliber teams this week. Forget the spreads, I’ll take these three winners outright.
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