Following the special three-game spread on Saturday, the rest of the NFL reconvenes on schedule for Week 16 action spanning Sunday and Monday night.
And like usual, we’ve got football bettors covered with the latest point spreads for the week’s biggest games straight from online sportsbook Bovada.
Critical Sunday Afternoon Match for NFC East Division
With both teams sitting on identical, and disappointing, 7-7 records, the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles will face off in what is essentially a playoff game.
Should the Cowboys emerge from the fray in Philly victorious, “America’s Team” will clinch the NFC East division title despite their lackluster play of late. Until last week’s 44-21 shellacking of the Los Angeles Rams (8-6) in primetime, Dallas had lost three straight games to fall under the .500 mark.
The Eagles, meanwhile, need more than just a win over their rivals to keep hope alive for a playoff berth. Even with a win on Sunday, Philadelphia must either beat the New York Giants (3-11) in Week 17 or hope the Cowboys stumble in their season finale against the Washington Redskins (3-11).
All things considered, this one is shaping up to be a season-defining tilt for both teams, but bookmakers are giving the ‘Boys the nod as (-2) road favorites.
Ravens on the Verge of Clinching Home Field Advantage
While the Cowboys and Eagles duke it out over the right to host one postseason game, the Baltimore Ravens (12-2) can do what would’ve been unthinkable this time last year – clinch the AFC’s #1 seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Last season saw stalwart starting quarterback Joe Flacco benched and eventually shipped out to Denver, paving the path for Lamar Jackson to replace him as the Ravens’ signal-caller. Second-year starters seldom lead their squads to their conference’s top seed, but Jackson’s electric play as both a passer and a rusher has helped him do just that.
Jackson’s 33 touchdown tosses lead the NFL by a wide margin, and with 1,103 yards on the ground, he ranks right up there with the league’s top running backs. The leading MVP candidate displayed his dual threat ability last week in fine fashion, throwing for five touchdowns and adding 86 yards as a ballcarrier to break Michael Vick’s record for most rushing yards in a single season by a quarterback.
If he can guide the Ravens to a win over the reeling Cleveland Browns (6-8) on Sunday, Jackson will set the Ravens up nicely for a Super Bowl run by clinching the AFC’s top seed.
With everything to play for and an opponent consumed by infighting and coaching inadequacies, Baltimore is a heavy (-10.5) road favorite here.
NFC North Rivalry Renewed on Monday Night Football
The last game of the week might just be the best one too, as the Minnesota Vikings (10-4) host the Green Bay Packers (11-3) in a Monday Night Football showdown.
The Packers can clinch the NFC North with a win, while also giving themselves a shot at the NFC’s top seed. Minnesota needs a win to clinch a playoff spot of their own, along with an outside chance to steal the division title in Week 17.
Sufficed to say, both teams will take the field on Monday night with motivation to spare.
Fortunately for the Vikings, that field will be home turf at U.S. Bank Stadium, where Minnesota sports a spotless 6-0 record. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has never won there either, losing all three of his previous road dates since the Vikings’ glittering new home replaced the Metrodome in 2016.
The odds aren’t in his favor to buck that trend, with the Packers getting (+5.5) as road dogs in primetime.