And now comes the reprieve.
Eagles fans who were burning up social media with frustration during the team’s Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants had their season extended with late magic.
Now that Philadelphia’s overtime 23-17 triumph pulled them even with the Dallas Cowboys at 6-7 “atop” the NFC East, what about the Eagles giving 4.5 points to the Washington Redskins on the road on Sunday?
You have a couple of forces colliding. The Eagles still have not covered in the last four weeks, but showed attitude and rejuvenation in rallying against the Giants. Does 20 points in the last quarter and overtime translate into a dominant effort against Washington?
The Redskins have only three wins, but have covered the last three weeks. They are playing their best football of the season. Keys to this game are Boston Scott and a revived Zach Ertz for the Eagles and the team’s pass rush against Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
For your betting knowledge, the Eagles are gaining more than 80 percent of the spread tickets at PlaySugarHouse.com, according to Matt Stetz, the COO of Rush Street Interactive, which operates Play Sugar House in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Stetz tracks weekly bet percentages for Between the Lines on the Eagles.
From varied websites, we’ve determined that the Tennessee Titans are gaining slightly more than half the action when they host the Houston Texans as a 3-point favorite. That game is for first place in the AFC South. Both teams are 8-5.
How about “Dem Cowboys?” How about the Rams taking more than 80 percent of the play in their late-afternoon tilt? Dallas is getting .5 points, trying to break a three-game losing streak.
Bettors expect the Seattle Seahawks to cover 6 points in Carolina, the New England Patriots to cover 9 points on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Buffalo Bills to prevail as a 2-point underdog against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Did you know? The Steelers have won seven of their last eight games and are 8-5? And that Buffalo is undefeated on the road against the spread? The Bills are 5-0-1 away from home.
What about this week? Have at it.
Week 15 spreads and over-nders
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Baltimore -14.5 vs NY Jets, 45
EAGLES -4.5 at Washington, 40
New England -9 AT Cincinnati, 40.5
Green Bay -4 vs Chicago, 41
Kansas City -10 vs Denver, 46.5
Seattle -6 AT Carolina, 48
Tampa Bay -3 AT Detroit, 47.5
Tennessee -3 vs Houston, 50
Oakland -6.5 vs Jacksonville, 45
Cleveland -3 AT Arizona, 48
Minnesota -3 AT LA Chargers 44.5
San Francisco -10.5 vs Atlanta, 47.5
Pittsburgh -2 vs Buffalo, 36
LA Rams -0.5 AT Dallas 49
New Orleans -9.5 vs Indianapolis, 46.5
This week’s picks
Selections, against the spread, excerpted from Beat the Degenerates, which I co-host with Brian Cahill and Scott Cronick, director of entertainment publications for The Press of Atlantic City. The show is 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays on Newstalk 1400-AM, WONDRadio.com and 92.5-FM. Catch the next one 5 p.m. Dec. 18.
Bontempo and Dan Skeldon, meteorologist: Tennessee
Cahill and Ky Carlin, WOND sports correspondent:Tampa Bay
Warren “Professor” Prosser, producer: Cincinnati
Dave Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City Eagles writer: Oakland
Da Kipster, aka Pickett Russell, general manager of Tennessee Ave. Beer Hall: New England
Tom Sullivan, general manager of McCullough’s Emerald Links: Rams
Listeners: New England
Results from last week
Winners: Weinberg with Washington, Professor Prosser with Rams, Carlin with Pittsburgh, Sullivan with Kansas City
Losers: Bontempo and Skeldon with Jacksonville, Cronick and Cahill with Dallas, Da Kipster with Green Bay
Takeways from last week.
There were two “back-door” covers at some sportsbooks, meaning a late score that did not impact the game but allowed one team to cover the spread. The Bengals kicked a field goal with 12 seconds left to lose 27-19 to the Cleveland Browns. They were getting 8.5 at most books. And the Detroit Lions scored a late touchdown to cover a 13.5-point spread against the Minnesota Vikings. The final was 20-7. In some places, the line had moved to 12.5 by game time and the last touchdown was moot.
The Redskins held the mighty Green Bay Packers to 20 points. They bring an attitude into their game against the Eagles.
And it’s costly not to reach the end zone. The Miami Dolphins kicked seven field goals last week against the Jets - and lost, 24-22. The Dolphins play in the same location, Met Life Stadium, this week against the Giants.
One customer at PointsBet has more nerve than all of us combined. This player made a halftime bet of $60,000 for the 49ers to beat the Saints on the moneyline. It took a tremendous 4th down catch by San Francisco tight end George Kittle and a field goal on the final play to bring this bet home when the Niners won 48-46. The wager won about $42,000 because the line was -130. Who can live with that kind of pressure?
It’s all relative.
Good luck this week!