With only three weeks remaining in the NFL season, the playoff picture is coming into focus. There are a few great matchups for the week with the inter-conference showdown between the Chiefs and Saints headlining the action.
Kansas City Chiefs versus New Orleans Saints
The Chiefs enter the game with a 12-1 record and winners of eight straight. They have a +31 to +30 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator against the 10-3 Saints. Kansas City is a 1.51 to 2.59 favorite with a line of -3.5 and over/under of 51.5 The Team Strength Oscillator shows the Chiefs at “burning hot” versus “burning hot down” for the Saints. Although both teams can put up significant points, the Totals Predictor shows that betting the “under” is the best play. The Team Volatility Oscillator has the Saints at +6 and the Chiefs at +8, showing that the teams are consistent according to their favorite/underdog status. Look for that trend to continue in a Kansas City win and cover.
Houston Texans versus Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are battling the Titans for first in the AFC South, while the Texans have been eliminated from playoff contention at 4-9. Indianapolis has a +22 to +7 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The Colts are a 1.31 to 3.46 favorite which translates to a line of -7.5 and an over/under of 51.5. The teams are trending on opposite sides of that line, so avoiding the over/under is the prudent play. Both teams are showing great consistency in relation to their favorite/underdog status. The Colts won the first meeting between the teams by six. Expect much of the same in a win and cover.
New England Patriots versus Miami Dolphins
The Patriots are battling for their playoff lives at 6-7 and the Dolphins are right in the mix with an 8-5 record. The Dolphins enter the game as a 1.72 to 2.13 favorite with a line of -2.5 and an over/under of 41 1/2. Both teams have been involved in games under the line, the trend indicates that betting the under is the best option. Miami has a +23 to +19 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator, while both teams are “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Miami has been more consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status. I think Miami has enough to hold off the Patriots, winning by a field goal.
Seattle Seahawks versus Washington Football Team
The Washington Redskins have won their last four and are 6-7 on the season. The Seahawks are in a first-place tie with the Rams in the NFC West with a 9-4 record. Seattle enters as a 1.45 to 2.85 road favorite with a line of -5. Washington has a +29 to +19 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The over/under bet is probably best avoided in this one, according to the trends shown on the Totals Predictor. Both teams are relatively consistent according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. I feel the Seahawks will find a way to win this one, but the Redskins have been tough and will keep it close and cover the spread.
Philadelphia Eagles versus Arizona Cardinals
The Eagles are coming off an upset win over the Saints and are 4-8-1 on the season. Arizona is in playoff hunt with a 7-6 record and are a 1.34 to 3.28 favorite with a line of -6.5 and over/under of 47.5. The Cardinals have a +13 to +6 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator, while both teams are “ice cold up”. Expect a low scoring game with the Totals Predictor showing that betting the under is a good play in this game. The Eagles have been more consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status. I expect the Cardinals to hold on for the win, but the Eagles will cover the spread.
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