NFL Week 16 ATS Hit List: They're Mostly Playing for You Now
Sure, there are still seeding battles here and there, but for the most part, only two NFL playoff spots remain unclaimed.
That'll be sorted when the Cowboys and Eagles decide who's the least worse later today, and we can't bring ourselves to touch that one.
We're gonna focus on games with players who are out there because they have to be.
Other than the fact that there are individual performance bonuses to consider, everyone else is playing out the string.
So, the task of determining who's motivated by competitive zeal, playing for their jobs next year, or whatever else becomes one of intense speculation. Or simply use computer simulations to toss darts.
There's an edge somewhere in that data salad that is modern sports analytics, and we're gonna ride the hi-tech wave to find it for every pick we make.
If you decide to follow along with our simulated suggestions, remember they're based on early-week lines. Please check the current numbers before punching in yourself.
Sun 22 Dec
Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons -7½
In Week 15, both the Jags and Falcons stepped it up. Jacksonville’s defense came through, holding Oakland to 16 points in a great 20-16 win. Atlanta scored a two TDs in the final seconds to beat the 49ers, 29-22.
Straight up, the Falcons have the edge. Against the spread, it's tempting to take the Jax. 7½ points is a lot to give to a squad who's got it going on both sides of the ball in their last game. But what the hell? Lay the points.
Result: Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 12 ... Falcons cover
New Orleans Saints -1 at Tennessee Titans
The Houston Texans cooled off the Titans, 24-21, last week. Before losing that one, Tennessee had won 4 straight and scored at least 31 points in all 4 games.
New Orleans could take a step closer to the top seed with a win, though. Don’t expect the Saints to blow their chances. They’ll beat the Titans in Nissan Stadium.
Result: New Orleans 38 Tennessee 28 ... Saints cover
Cincinnati Bengals +5½ at Miami Dolphins
Miami has the better slinger in this matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick should decimate the Bengals’ D. This is a popular opinion, too, as the line started at even and look where it is now. Still, let's listen to the computer and back the Bengals.
Result: Miami 38 Cincinnati 35 ot ... Bengals cover
New York Giants at Washington Redskins -2½
Result: New York Giants 41 Washington 35 ot ... Giants cover
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos -7
Detroit might be the worst team in the NFL. The Lions have lost 7 straight. They’ve gone 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.
The Broncos are 4-2 ATS in their last 6. They’ve also won 2 of 3. Denver dominates.
Result: Denver 27 Detroit 17 ... Broncos cover
Mon 23 Dec
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings -4
Minnesota can blow out the Packers in the season’s final Monday Night Football game.
Result: Green Bay 23 Minnesota 10 ... Packers cover
Sportbet Columnist: Josh Bailey ... Today: 3-3
Aspiring to become the Mark Twain of sportswriting, Josh has been labelled as the up-&-coming sportswriter of the year by absolutely nobody and the new heavy hitter in sports handicapping by his mother.