With the final month of the NFL regular season about to get underway, games are going to be as competitive as ever. Teams across the league are jockeying for playoff spots, draft positioning, and placement in their divisions. Additionally, there are teams trying to complete undefeated seasons, avoid winless ones, and there are plenty of coaches on the hot seat that are looking to avoid the same fates as Bill O’Brien, Dan Quinn, and Matt Patricia.
All of those factors will certainly have impacts on sportsbook spreads and best bets for people gambling on the NFL or playing in picks against the spread office pools. It’s important to keep up with the latest line movements as they often reflect some big news, whether it’s a recent poor performances or an injury update about a key questionable player.
This week, the injured quarterbacks will be the most important, as Lamar Jackson (COVID) and Daniel Jones (hamstring) loom large in helping determine the lines of the Ravens-Cowboys and Giants-Seahawks games. Meanwhile, a couple of teams starting backup quarterbacks — the Bengals and the Jaguars — are double-digit underdogs. While betting a backup usually isn’t appealing, the Bengals and Jaguars both covered the spread in losses last week with Brandon Allen and Mike Glennon at the helm, so facing double-digit point spreads, they may have a chance at a backdoor cover at the very least.