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December 22nd, 2023
Week 16 features an exciting slate of games over five days. The Saints-Rams kicked off the action Thursday, two games are slated for Saturday, 10 on Sunday, and a dynamite matchup between Baltimore and San Francisco wraps up a trio of games on Christmas Day.
We’ve selected four games of interest for this week’s teaser play. Teasers adjust point spreads in the bettor’s favor, providing an opportunity to play multiple games in a single bet without being locked into the existing odds in a standard parlay.
We’ll play the six-point teaser option at +260 ($100 win returns $360 including investment).
Jake Browning orchestrated a remarkable double-digit comeback against a ferocious Minnesota defense last week, leading Cincinnati to three fourth-quarter touchdowns and the game-winning field goal in overtime to win his third straight game as a starter. All three victories have come against playoff teams, Browning’s breaking records for completion percentage, and the Bengals are playing their best football of the season. Rookie Chase Brown has emerged in recent weeks, providing an incredible boost to a revitalized run game, and Pittsburgh’s defense is reeling from attrition, dealing with significant losses in the secondary. The Steelers turn to Mason Rudolph this week, but this offense has become dysfunctional and can’t rely on its best player (George Pickens). Cincinnati will add to the misery by handing Pittsburgh another home loss.
In its last four road games, Detroit has been outscored 132-93, two of those games involving teams with a losing record. The Lions are not the same team away from home. Since Week 8, Minnesota had the league’s top-ranked scoring defense entering last week’s matchup against Cincinnati, and while the Vikings surrendered 27 points in a tough road overtime loss, they remain very dynamic on defense. They get after the passer, and Jared Goff has been vulnerable at times versus good pass rushes. The Lions remain the team to beat, the Vikings don’t have the offense to trade points, but we expect a low-scoring dogfight between two squads who know each other well and will side with the Under.
A big battle with the Lions looms. pic.twitter.com/DUVpfraxIY— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 22, 2023
A big battle with the Lions looms. pic.twitter.com/DUVpfraxIY
Tampa Bay’s offense has thrived behind the production of Rachaad White, who is running with authority while averaging 131 combined yards over a three-game win streak, and the passing game has been the beneficiary. The Buccaneers have gotten healthier on both sides of the ball, running roughshod over Green Bay last weekend, and Jacksonville has sustained numerous injuries in recent weeks while losing three straight. Trevor Lawrence may not play due to a concussion, the Jags will likely be without two of their top receivers (Christian Kirk out and Zay Jones doubtful), and this isn’t the same Jacksonville team from earlier in the season. We like surging Tampa Bay to win outright!
Kyler Murray completed only 56% of his passes in Arizona’s last road game, and the Cardinals don’t have the same offense away from home, with the last three road games going Under. We figure to see a heavy dose of James Conner given injuries to their receivers, and Chicago will lean on defense given its offensive limitations. The Bears are struggling to protect Justin Fields, but they’ve been able to stay in the game since acquiring defensive lineman Montez Sweat in Week 8, playing every team close since then. The last three Chicago games have gone Under, and this figures to be another low-scoring affair.
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