Merry Christmas! Week 16 of the 2018 season at Wannamakeabet.com is in the books. Let’s take a quick trip around the league and recap everything that went down in a wild and crazy Saturday and Sunday. Here’s the NFL Sports Betting recap for Week 16:
Titans – The week started off on Saturday this past week with a double header and the Redskins and Titans were on the early card. The Skins went into this game mathematically alive and by the time they lost 16-25, they were done. They did end up covering the 10 point closing line at WANNA but all this did was set up the final game of the season for the Titans, which will be for a playoff spot this Sunday when they play the Colts. Washington could also play spoiler by beating Philly at home in the final game should the Vikings lose.
Ravens – Baltimore had the biggest upset and signature win of their season on Saturday night as they beat the LA Chargers 22-10. It was a stifling defensive performance. With the Steelers losing, Baltimore now moves into first place in the AFC North. If they can hold off the Browns at home on Sunday, they punch their ticket to the playoffs and the Steelers will be eliminated. Baltimore improved to 8-7 ATS on the season and the Chargers are still alive to win the AFC West. They travel to Denver for the final game and the Chiefs host the Raiders.
Colts – Indy rallied back against the surging Giants and barely won the game 28-27 as 10 point favorites on Sunday. This sets up the showdown with the Titans for the final wildcard spot. Indy improves to 7-7-1 ATS on the year but 9-6 overall.
Dolphins – Miami is done. They started the week still alive and went into the game against the Jags as 3.5 point faves. By the time the clock read 0:00 they lost outright 17-7. This was one of those reverse line moves where the majority of the money came in on the Jags and moved the opening line of 5 down to 3 by game time. Despite the big money coming in on the Jags, the majority of tickets came in on Miami.
Atlanta – The Falcons beat the Panthers as a 3.5 point road dog and poured gas on the fire that is the Carolina Panthers crashing and burning. They increased their losing streak to seven straight games! Cam Newton is hurt and done and the Carolina panthers fall to 6-9 both straight up and ATS.
Cleveland – The Browns came roaring out of the gate on Sunday and looked incredible for about 56 minutes of this game. Then a bad beat started to unfold. Cleveland was leading 26-3 with four minutes left in the game. I’ll spare you all the gory details but the bottom line was they ended up winning 26-18 and not covering the closing line of -10. The Browns have one last game at Baltimore on Sunday. If they can find a way to win they’ll punch Pittsburgh’s ticket to the post-season.
Dallas – The Cowboys beat the Bucs pretty handily (but didn’t cover) on Sunday and will win the NFC East this year despite the Eagles last second win. The line closed at Dallas -7 so it ended up in a push ATS. Dallas improves to 9-6 overall and 8-6-1 ATS. Final game against the Giants on Sunday. A game they will likely rest most players and the Giants should not have a problem winning.
Minnesota – The Vikings showed Detroit who their boss was and are now will likely get the last Wildcard in the NFC. All they have to do is beat the Bears on Sunday at home and Chicago likely won’t be trying that hard considering they have secured the division and cannot change their own playoff picture. If the Vikes lose, that opens the door for the Eagles. Minnesota improved to 8-6-1 overall and ATS on the season.
New England – The Pats will win the AFC East. Again. They stopped their two game losing streak by beating the Bills on Sunday but failed to cover the steep 13.5 point closing line. Final score was 24-12 so the Teasers got there. The Pats improve to 10-5 overall but just 8-7 ATS on the season. They are still 5-2 ATS at home. It’s just that Sunday was not one of those days they could cover two TDs against a division foe. They host the Jets for the final game of the year in Foxboro in a game that potentially matters to them playing the first playoff game at home or on the road.
Packers – Speaking of the Jets. They puked all over themselves in the 4th quarter of the game against the Packers on Sunday. They gave up 18 points late and as a 2.5 point home dog, clearly qualified for bad beat of the weak. The Pack came roaring back and pushed the game to overtime where they won by six. Neither team is headed to the offseason this year, which is normal for the Jets but not for the Pack. Time to restructure after the departure of Mike McCarthy.
Eagles – In one of the best games of the day, Philly kept their playoff hopes alive with a game winning field goal to hold off a charging Houston team. They’ll need a Vikings loss and a win against the Redskins on Sunday but there is still a glimmer of hope. It may just be too little too late and a disappointing season coming off their Super Bowl win. Philly improves to 8-7 overall but a horrific 5-9-1 ATS.
Rams – The Rams needed a course correct. A statement win. A blowout. A cover. Anything to get the horrible taste of getting blown out at home by the Eagles the previous Monday as a 13 point favorite. Well that’s exactly what they got as they hit the road and pounded Arizona 31-9 with a big win and cover. The Rams are 12-3 and will win the NFC West but will likely finish one game back of home field advantage as they host the 49ers and the Saints host Carolina. The Rams have not been a good bet this year and are current 6-7-2 ATS.
Bears – Chicago was laying 4 on the road and won the game by 5. It was ugly and defensive but they got it done. They will win the NFC North and improve to 11-4 overall and ATS. The bears have been one of the best teams in the league ATS this year.
Saints – Pittsburgh had to win this game. And they didn’t. They couldn’t get a stop when they needed and also had some costly turnovers and a fake punt that failed. Ju-Ju Smith Schuster won’t forget this game in the near future as he fumbled on the final drive as the Steelers were driving to either win or tie the game with plenty of time. Now the Steelers need help from Cleveland of all people. The Saints improved to 13-2, the best record in the league. That likely means hosting home playoff games throughout and a solid path to the Super Bowl. The Who Dats didn’t cover the spread Sunday but are still an impressive 10-5 ATS this season.
Seattle – Seattle has secured a Wildcard. The Chiefs could not do what very few teams can. Win a game in Seattle in prime time. The Seahawks outlasted the Chiefs in a great game Sunday night 38-31. Seattle improves to 9-6 overall and a very impressive 9-4-2 ATS after starting the season 0-2. The Chiefs are 11-4, same as the Chargers. One will win the division and one will win the Wildcard. They will likely meet again in the playoffs.
Da Raiders – The feel good story of the weekend was a game most people likely didn’t even see because it was Christmas Eve. But the Raiders won easily against the Denver Broncos in what likely was the final game ever to be played in the black hole in Oakland, CA. Both teams are looking at a complete overhaul in the offseason.