NFL Picks January 9: 49ers Battle Rams in NFC West Showdown

The final week of the NFL regular season is here and there are still a few games of importance to determine playoff seeding. We will focus on five games with the 49ers and Rams headlining the action.

San Francisco 49ers versus Los Angeles Rams

The Rams enter the contest as 4.5-point favorites with odds of 1.45 to 2.692 and an over/under of 44.5. They are “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +28 on the Power Ranking Indicator. Similarly, the 49ers are “average up” and +16. The Score Predictor has the Rams winning by a 36-19 margin with 91 percent level of confidence. The Totals Predictor is leaning more towards “under”, so the conflicting views suggest to shy away from the over/under bet. Go with the Rams to win and cover.

Cincinnati Bengals versus Cleveland Browns

In this AFC North battle, the Browns host the Bengals. Cleveland is a 3.5-point favorite with odds of 1.41 to 2.868 with an over/under of 38.5. The Score Predictor has the Bengals in a 40-12 rout with 56 percent level of confidence. The Totals Predictor is showing the teams trending on opposite sides of the line, making betting the over/under and iffy play. Cincinnati has a +25 to +18 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Note that the Bengals have been unstable at -2 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. I like Cincinnati to win and cover.

New England Patriots versus Miami Dolphins

The AFC East battle between the Patriots and the Dolphins should be one to watch. New England enters as a 7.5-point road favorite with odds of 1.34 to 3.22 and an over/under of 39.5. Miami has a +22 to +20 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot down” versus “average up” on the Team Strength Oscillator.  The Score Predictor has the Dolphins edging the Patriots by the score of 27-23 with 90 percent confidence. Notice that the Totals Predictor has the teams trending on opposite sides of the line, making the over/under bet one to avoid. I like the Dolphins to cover.

Seattle Seahawks versus Arizona Cardinals

The Seahawks are playing out the string on the road against the Cardinals. Arizona is a 6.5-point favorite with odds of 1.34 to 3.22 and an over/under of 48.5. Both teams come in “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator and the Cardinals have a +10 to +4 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Score Predictor has the Cardinals winning by a 33-14 score with 59 percent confidence. I like the Cardinals to win and cover in high-scoring game, betting “over” the line.

Los Angeles Chargers versus Las Vegas Raiders

Two AFC West teams collide to finish the season with playoff hopes still on the line. The Chargers are 3.5-point road favorites with odds of 1.59 to 2.352 and an over/under of 49.5. The Score Predictor has the Chargers by a 26-14 score with only 34 percent level of confidence.  The Raiders enter playing better of late, at “burning hot” versus “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. They also have a +18 to +17 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Be aware of the instability of the Raiders, coming in at -2 on the Team Volatility Oscillator.  I like the Chargers in a road win, betting “under” the line.

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