The Jaguars (2-11) and the Texans (2-11) are both struggling for draft positioning at the moment, and players from those teams who are on contract are looking to put up good tape for potential suitors this off-season. are expecting. , On paper, they may seem evenly matched: rookie quarterback from Davis Mills, Texans, just snatched the starting job for not having Tyrod Taylor, and the Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence is tied for the league lead in interceptions (14).
But Houston is set to be in for an “upset” given the chaos in Jacksonville, amid reports that NFL first-year coach Urban Mayer has already welcomed him into his locker room. Technically speaking, Jaguars players will be there, but don’t expect them to show up. to select: Texan +3.5
Cincinnati Bengals in Denver Broncos, 4:05 PM, CBS
Line: Broncos -1.5 | Total: 43.5
At this point, we know the Broncos (7-6) are unbearably average and will beat bad teams and lose to good ones. The Bengals (7-6) have also shown some ups and downs, but as they have progressed, they have shown more glimpses of talent from their young stars. Cincinnati pushed the 49ers to overtime last week and nearly won, and that momentum should carry on. The Broncos haven’t posted one win after another since the start of November, and they are due for another potential loss this week. to select: Bengal +1.5
Atlanta Falcons in San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 PM, CBS
Line: 49ers -9.5 | Total: 46
The formula is over by beating the Falcons (6-7): Cover Kyle Pitts, engage Cordrell Patterson, and sack him when Matt Ryan hangs over the ball trying to find a substitute.
It’s tough to limit Patterson, though, as the Falcons continue to feed their breakout playmaker with so many touches that he’s tied for the sixth-most touchdowns from scrimmage. The 49ers (7-6) have their own version of Patterson – Deebo Samuel – and he is better. Samuel is fifth in touchdowns from scrimmage (11) and fifth in total yardages (1,268). He should have fun against Atlanta’s meager defense. to select: 49ers -9.5
Minnesota Vikings in Chicago Bears, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
Line: Vikings-4 | Total: 44
The Bears (4-9) no longer deserve prime time games, yet here we are. The offense is terrible, getting only 17.8 points per game. Justin Fields’ development has been exactly what you’d expect from a rookie in a bad situation. He has shown strong looks in the form of scoring in the first half against the Packers last week, but is completing less than 60 percent of his passes.
Vikings’ crime is on the rise in roller coaster season. Dalvin Cook ran more than 200 yards last week and Justin Jefferson caught at least one touchdown in three of the last four weeks. Minnesota (6–7) has struggled with a one-score game and allowing inferior opponents to remain competitive, but it should be a good statement game before a playoff push. to select: Vikings-4
How betting lines work
A quick primer for those not familiar with betting lines: Favorites are listed next to a negative number indicating how many points they must win to cover the spread. For example, the Raiders -5.5 means that Las Vegas must beat Chicago by at least 6 points in order for its supporters to win their bet. Gamblers can also bet on the total score, or the combined score of the teams in the game over or under a predetermined number of points.