NFL Festive Fixtures 2018 - NFL Spread Preview
NFL Festive Fixtures Preview: Who Will Secure Christmas Joy Ahead of the Playoffs?
NFL fans can look forward to some Christmas crackers over the festive period as several big teams are desperately battling to reach the playoffs. There were shocks galore in Week 15 as the Colts destroyed the Cowboys, the Seahawks slumped to defeat in San Francisco and the Steelers stunned the Patriots.
Nick Foles capped a chaotic weekend by returning to the Eagles’ starting line-up and leading them to a huge victory over the high-flying Rams. It all leaves the playoff picture delicately poised as we head into the penultimate round of games and American Football fans should be in for a festive treat.
Week 16 begins with a massive game in Tennessee on Saturday night as the Titans host the Washington Redskins. Washington ended a five-game losing streak by pulling off a surprise victory over the Giants last time out, but they are now clear underdogs against a talented Tennessee team. The Titans have rattled off three straight wins to go 8-6 for the season, an identical record to the Colts and the Ravens. That means they could usurp those teams and seize a wildcard spot in the post-season, but they desperately need victory over the Redskins.
Titans Bidding to Scalp the Redskins
The Titans are the clear favourites to win this game after beating the Giants 17-0 and the Jags 30-9 in their last two games. In our NFL Spread Betting markets the spread for this game is 9-11 which allows you to speculate on the winning margin, whereby you can sell at 9 or buy at 11. If you think the winning margin will be shorter than 9 points, sell. If you sell at 9 for £20 per point and the winning margin is 4 points, you would make a £100 profit (9 – 4 = 5 and 5 x £20 = £100).
However, if the winning margin ends up at 11, you would be 2 points over the sell price and lose 2x your stake.
If you think the margin of victory will be greater than 11 points, buy. If you buy for £10 and the winning margin is 20 points, you’d make a £90 profit (20 – 11 = 9 and 9 x £10 = £90). However, if the winning margin ends up at just 8 points you would be down £30 with the market settling 3 points below the buy price (so a loss of 3x your £10 stake).
Déjà vu for the Eagles
History feels like it is repeating itself for the Eagles. They were underdogs in the betting for their game against the 11-2 LA Rams on Sunday, and then news broke of an injury to highly rated quarterback Carson Wentz.
The injury to Wentz made the Eagles’ task of securing victory just that bit harder, but this team absolutely relishes the underdog tag. The players wore masks before the game and up stepped backup QB Nick Foles to inspire Philadelphia to an unlikely 30-23 victory over a Rams team that are second favourites to win the Super Bowl.
Foles famously led the Eagles to a shock Super Bowl triumph over the Patriots in February, and Philadelphia’s chances of reaching the playoffs have shot up as a result of his latest heroics. The Cowboys top the NFC East on 8-6, but the Eagles and Redskins are both 7-7 and they are in the wildcard hunt too. Yet the Eagles face a daunting task in trying to beat a Texans team that have a 10-4 record for the season and sit top of the AFC South.
Kansas City at Seattle Shaping Up to be a Thriller
The 8-6 Seahawks and the 7-6-1 Vikings will be hoping to see the Eagles lose against Houston as they are currently occupying the wildcard places in the NFC. The Seahawks blew a golden opportunity in losing to a poor 49ers team at the weekend and they now head into a massive game against the 11-3 Kansas City Chiefs with both teams needing a win. The Chiefs also lost at the weekend and they now have the Chargers breathing down their necks in the AFC West, so this is shaping up to be the game of the weekend. Kansas City have struggled since they were forced to cut running back Kareem Hunt, and they will need a big performance from exciting QB Patrick Mahomes. But the Seahawks are brilliant at home and they have a sensational signal caller of their own in Russell Wilson, so it could develop into a fascinating contest.
There are plenty of exciting games to look forward to on Sunday, but a standout fixture sees the New England Patriots host the Buffalo Bills. Tom Brady and co have just lost back-to-back December games for the first time since 2002, and suddenly their playoff status looks perilous. Their place in the post-season is assured, but as things stand they will miss out on a first round bye and they will not have home field advantage. They have struggled under Bill Belichick in the playoffs when they have not had home advantage, so they will be desperate to finish the season strong and try to beat the Texans to the second seed spot. The Bills have no chance of reaching the playoffs and the spread for this game has been set at 12-14.
The late game sees the Super Bowl favourites, the 12-2 New Orleans Saints, take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are currently heading into the playoffs as fourth seeds. They lead the Ravens in the AFC North, but it is extremely tight and they will be gunning for victory in this game.
Week 16 concludes in the early hours of Christmas Day for those watching in the UK, as the Raiders take on the Broncos at 1.15am. By that point, the picture will be looking a lot clearer and some teams will approach Christmas Day full of cheer, while others will be left ruing missed opportunities.
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