The cream is officially starting to rise to the top in the NFL. After several weeks where double-digit favorites were hard to come by, Week 10 has presented us with four such cases and at least one more game that is going to be right in that neck of the woods.
1: The number of times the Rams have been double-digit favorites since the “Greatest Show on Turf” was playing in St. Louis. The last time the Rams were favored was on October 6, 2013. This week, Jared Goff and the NFC West leaders will take on a Houston team that was just the biggest favorite to open up Week 9 against Indianapolis. The Texans went through a traumatic experience during the week when they lost Deshaun Watson for the season with a torn ACL, but losing to the lowly Colts at home anyway in Week 9 didn’t help matters any.
11: The number representing the highest point spread of Week 10. The Lions are laying the 11-points to Cleveland, marking the first time since 1996 the team was favored by this many points. If the Lions happen to get beyond -12 in this one, it’ll be the biggest point spread in one of their games since betting lines became widely available in 1985. This is the 10th time since 1985 that Detroit has been lined as a double-digit favorite.
18: The number of matchups in a row in which the Packers have been favored over the Bears. With Aaron Rodgers out of the fold for the foreseeable future, it’s not a shock that that streak is going to come to an end. The Bears have opened at -3 against Brett Hundley and the gang, and this will be a game they have to win to keep their playoff chances alive.
50.5: The number of points in the over/under of the Cowboys/Falcons game, the highest total amongst the Week 10 betting odds. Sometimes totals get high in the NFL for little reason, and this might be one of those games. Atlanta hasn’t played a game to more than 45 points since September 24. Dallas’ games have been a bit higher-scoring, but this defense hasn’t surrendered more than 19 points in a game since before its bye in Week 6. Remember that we aren’t sure what Ezekiel Elliott’s status is going to be for this game since he’s set to have yet another appeal heard this week.
93: The number of consecutive road games in which the Rams have been either underdogs or favored by a field goal or fewer. The 94th time appears to be the charm for L.A., as it’s giving four to the Giants at MetLife Stadium in Week 10. In a related story to this one, the Rams haven’t been to the playoffs since 2004, so it only makes sense that the last time they laid more than a field goal on the road was way back in 2005.
210: The number of consecutive home games in which the Broncos were either favored or an underdog by no more than 7.5-points. That streak is on the line this week with New England coming to town. With Brock Osweiler’s lousy performance from last week fresh on the minds of bettors, it’s possible that Denver comes up from its 7-point opening line to +8 or even beyond.
Opening Week 10 NFL Odds
Seahawks at Cardinals (+6.5, 43)
Redskins at Vikings (+2.5, 43)
Packers at Bears (-3)
Steelers at Colts (+10, 43)
Chargers at Jaguars (-4, 41.5)
Jets at Buccaneers (OFF)
Bengals at Titans (-4, 40.5)
Saints at Bills (+2.5, 48.5)
Browns at Lions (-11)
Texans at Rams (-10, 47)
Cowboys at Falcons (-3, 50.5)
Giants at 49ers (+1, 42)
Patriots at Broncos (+7, 46.5)
Dolphins at Panthers (-10)
(Odds Courtesy of BookMaker.eu)