Only two weeks remain in the NFL regular season and playoff positioning is yet to be decided. There are several potential playoff and Super Bowl matchups this week, with the Titans and Packers headlining the action.
Tennessee Titans versus Green Bay Packers
The Titans enter the contest with a 10-4 record and the Packers have an 11-3 record. Tennessee has a +25 to +23 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and both teams are “burning hot”, having won a combined six straight games. The Packers are a 1.58 to 2.565 favorite which translates to a line of -3.5 with an over/under of 56.5. The Totals Predictor strongly suggests to avoid the over/under bet with the teams trending on opposite sides of the line. Green Bay has been more consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status with a +6 rating on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Look for the Packers to inch closer to the top seed in the NFC with a win and cover.
Los Angeles Rams versus Seattle Seahawks
The Rams are coming off a shocking loss to the Jets and are 9-5 on the season. Seattle is first in the NFC West with a record of 10-4. Los Angeles has a +26 to +22 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator, while the Seahawks are “burning hot” versus “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Seattle is a 1.83 to 2.40 home favorites with a line of -1.5 and over/under of 47.5. Both teams are showing relative stability according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. The Rams won the first meeting by the score of 23-16. Expect a similarly lower scoring game, so bet the “under”. This time the Seahawks will come out on top with a win and cover.
Indianapolis Colts versus Pittsburgh Steelers
After an 11-0 start, the Steelers have dropped their last three, including a 27-14 blowout to the lowly Cincinnati Bengals. They are “average down” and +26 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Colts have won three straight, are +24 on the Power Ranking Indicator and are 10-4. Indianapolis is “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator and are a 1.87 to 1.95 favorite with a line of -1.5 and over/under of 44.5. It’s best to avoid betting the over/under since the teams are trending on opposite sides of the line. Note that both teams are very consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status. The Steelers won last year’s meeting by a score of 26-24. Expect a similarly low scoring game, this time with the Colts coming out on top.
Carolina Panthers versus Washington Football Team
The Panthers enter the game with a 4-10 record, while Washington is 6-8 and leading the NFC East. Washington is a 1.79 to 2.10 favorite with a line of -2. Carolina is only +3 on the Power Ranking Indicator and “dead” on the Team Strength Oscillator, while Washington is +29 and “average”, respectively. Expect a high scoring game, so betting the “over” is a smart play. The Panthers fell to Washington last season by a 29-21 score. Expect the Washington Football Team to win by a field goal in this one.
Philadelphia Eagles versus Dallas Cowboys
The Philadelphia Eagles are 4-9-1 and the Cowboys are 5-9. Philadelphia nearly pulled off an upset at Arizona and are +9 on the Power Ranking Indicator and “dead” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Dallas is coming off a win and are +6 on and “burning hot”. A bit surprisingly, the Eagles are a 1.75 to 2.10 favorite with a line of -1.5 and over/under of 49.5 Betting the “over/under” is not the best choice in this one, according to the Totals Predictor. Both teams have shown moderate stability at +2 and +3 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Philadelphia won the first game between the teams this season by a 23-9 score. Expect a much tighter game, but I suspect the Eagles to find a way to win and cover.
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