Last week’s NFL results clearly defined the two frontrunners for Super Bowl LIII with the 7-1 New Orleans Saints leading the charge in the NFC and the 7-2 New England Patriots reestablishing their dominance in the AFC. There is still a long way to go and quite a bit of football left to be played. Teams like the NFC’s Los Angeles Rams and the AFC’s Kansas City Chiefs are not going away and there are more than a few teams in either conference poised for a strong second-half run.
The Chiefs actually have the best record in their conference straight-up at 8-1 and they have been a money machine on the closing line at Intertops online sportsbook with the same record against the spread. They have covered in three of their previous four home games this season heading into Sunday’s contest against the 2-6 Arizona Cardinals as prohibitive 16.5-point home favorites. The total for the 1 p.m. start on FOX has been set at 49.5 points.
Arizona is 4-3-1 ATS this season and it has gone 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 road games. Kansas City has covered in six of its last eight home games with an SU record of 7-1.
In another early 1 p.m. start on FOX, the Saints will look to extend their SU winning streak to eight games as five-point road favorites against the 5-3 Cincinnati Bengals. New Orleans has been able to cover in its last six outings as part of a 6-2 overall record ATS. The Bengals are an even 4-4 ATS this year. The total line for this inter-conference clash has been set at 54 points and it has stayed UNDER in five of the last seven games between the two.
New England will also be on the road this week as a 6.5-point favorite against the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff for this AFC tilt is set for 1 p.m. on CBS. The Patriots have covered in five of their last six games following Sunday night’s 31-17 victory against Green Bay as five-point home favorites. Tennessee is coming off a 28-14 road upset against Dallas on Monday night as a 4.5-point underdog to improve to 4-4 SU with a 5-3 record ATS.
The Patriots have won their last five games against Tennessee both SU and ATS with the total going OVER in four of those five games.
The featured late afternoon game on CBS in a 4:25 pm. kickoff at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles has the Rams set as 10-point favorites against the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks. The Rams’ SU eight-game winning streak came to an end last Sunday in a 45-35 loss to New Orleans as two-point road favorites. Los Angeles is 4-4-1 ATS overall and it has failed to cover in five of its last six games. Seattle is 4-4 SU with a 4-3-1 record ATS.
Head-to-head in this division battle, the Rams have gone 4-2 SU in their last six home games against the Seahawks with a 5-1 edge ATS. The total for this Sunday’s matchup has been set at 51 points and it has stayed UNDER in six of the Rams’ last eight home games against Seattle.
Sunday Night Football in an 8:20 p.m. start on NBC renews a classic NFC East showdown between the 3-5 Dallas Cowboys and the 4-4 Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams are trying to turn things around from a disappointing first half with Philadelphia favored by 6.5 points at home to take the early edge in the season series. The total line for Sunday night has been set at 43 points.
Dallas has won five of its last six road games against the Eagles both SU and ATS with the total staying UNDER in four of the last five meetings in Philadelphia.