Lions, Broncos gaining favor with many
In the eyes of the public, Week 4 of NFL action will feature a heavy dose of obvious favorites and several nip-and-tuck tilts. Here’s a look at the tendencies as we inch closer to 1 p.m. ET.
Tampa Bay had numerous chances to surge past the Rams in last Sunday’s marathon affair. The Bucs ultimately fell 37-32, though, and put a sour taste in patrons’ mouths entering this afternoon’s clash with the Broncos. A whopping 82 percent of wagers are designated for the defending Super Bowl champions. With new signal-caller Trevor Siemian demonstrating a great deal of accuracy and poise, why wouldn’t Gary Kubiak’s gang improve to 2-0 away from Sports Authority Field?
Another en-vogue selection comes from the Motor City. While the Lions must travel to Soldier Field, online sports book BetDSI lists them as 3-point favorites to subdue Chicago. The masses agree wholeheartedly, with 78 percent of the populating leaning toward Matthew Stafford & Co. John Fox’s injury-laden club basically can’t catch a break these days, and that’s unlikely to change against a Detroit group that seeks to avenge its recent defeat at the hands of Green Bay.
Meanwhile, in New England, Bill Belichick continues to pilot an ostensibly indestructible franchise. Coming off extra rest, the Patriots host division rival Buffalo in two hours. Clearly, the people aren’t digging Rex Ryan’s chances of springing a major upset. Seventy percent of precincts give the nod to Jimmy Garoppolo (presumably) and the Pats.
Elsewhere in the AFC, the Raiders aim to up their mark to 3-1 and squash the Ravens' surprising run. M&T Bank Stadium remains a difficult environment for opposing squads to enter, but we’re mildly surprised that handicappers currently prefer Baltimore as a 4-point favorite. The general population sends 65 percent of the votes to the Raiders, who expect more stellar quarterback play from Derek Carr (99.1 passer rating).