Tennesee, Seattle among heavy favorites
Marcus Mariota and the Titans have specialized in demolishing opposing defenses for the bulk of November. Clearly, the general population’s starting to take notice.
Tennessee is attracting a whopping 84 percent of wagers for today’s showdown with Chicago. The man at the controls of the offense couldn’t be hotter, either. Mariota boasts a 116.8 passer rating over the last seven tilts, second only to Tom Brady (123.3) in the NFL in that span. Dick LeBeau’s D continues to excel, too, registering 30 sacks. Needless to say, Bears quarterback Matt Barkley should keep his head on a swivel.
The Giants are another team that generates immense pressure off the edge. Eighty-two percent of individuals think the NFC East stalwarts will also hammer the hapless Browns this afternoon. Cleveland inserts veteran signal-caller Josh McCown back into the lineup in place of the concussed Cody Kessler, but it might not matter against a New York squad that needs to string together victories for a possible playoff push. Pay close attention to Landon Collins here. The second-year safety has five interceptions in the past four contests, making him an ideal candidate to ruin McCown’s weekend.
Todd Bowles’ Jets (3-7) had their campaign spoiled long ago. Still, things may get worse at 4:25 p.m. ET, when the 8-2 Patriots arrive at MetLife Stadium. Eighty-three percent of the crowd picks New England to batter the hosts. Last December, Ryan Fitzpatrick & Co. did eke out a 26-20 overtime triumph over Bill Belichick’s crew. But the Pats have claimed eight of the past 10 meetings.
Elsewhere in the AFC East, Buffalo’s feeling the love entering a bout vs. wounded Jacksonville. Sixty-percent of patrons prefer the Bills (5-5) to move closer to their first postseason berth since 2000. On the other end of the spectrum, the Jags (2-8) lead the NFL with 22 giveaways. They’ve topped 24 points just once, with Blake Bortles (15 interceptions) struggling to find any kind of rhythm.
Jameis Winston probably sympathizes with Bortles, to some degree. In several hours, the Tampa Bay QB hopes to halt his sophomore slump against Seattle. Nonetheless, 79 percent of people like the NFC West powerhouse. Look for a rejuvenated Russell Wilson to exploit the Bucs’ depleted secondary. Of course, Dirk Koetter’s group is coming off a momentous win at Arrowhead Stadium and lurks a mere game behind first-place Atlanta in the NFC South.