VSiN’s NFL handicappers take aim at the out-of-town games that impact the Giants’ hopes to win the NFC East and the Jets’ chances to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Panthers at Washington (-1, 41.5)
Tuley: The Panthers covered for us against the Packers last Saturday and have been competitive overall (8-6 ATS despite 4-10 SU record). I’d love to take them against a Washington team that is leading the NFC East, though still not too trustworthy, but the line is a little short. The Panthers are right there with the Steelers as my favorite teaser plays of the week. I also like the Under, as the Panthers’ defense is certainly capable of shutting down the Washington offense (did you see what they did to Aaron Rodgers in the second half last Saturday?), while we all know how good the Washington defense is.
Recommendation: The Under, plus Panthers in teasers.
Eagles (-3, 49.5) at Cowboys
Tuley: Here we go again with another short line that’s putting me on the teaser. The Eagles’ bandwagon is filling back up since Jalen Hurts took over at quarterback, but I’m still willing to fade them. Opposing coaches also have a couple of weeks worth of tape on the Hurts-led offense. Of course, the Cowboys’ defense still can’t be trusted either, so this will be one of my least-used teaser options.
Recommendation: Pass, except for Cowboys in teasers.
Bears (-7.5, 46.5) at Jaguars
Youmans: It’s not all bad news for the Bears, who have won two in a row are ready to get back over .500 with a win at Jacksonville. The returns of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and running back David Montgomery have triggered the offense. Trubisky is suddenly making more plays than mistakes, and Montgomery carried the ball 32 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings in Week 15.
This bet is based more on fading the Jaguars, who dropped their past two games by 26 and 21 points. It’s critical for Jacksonville (1-13) to lose its final two games and hold onto the No. 1 pick in the draft. A franchise that has been a hopeless joke cannot afford to lose Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who could change the next 10 years. This is absolutely a must-lose game for the Jaguars.
Recommendation: Bears in teasers.
Tuley: The Jaguars were the biggest ’dog that let us down in Week 15 as they were run over by the Ravens. The Bears are 7-7 and back in the playoff hunt as they continue their streaky ways (5-1 start, 0-6 stretch, 2-0 last two weeks — note that the Bears were a “swagger” play last week after snapping their losing streak the week before). However, while we agree that the Bears should not be favored by this many points, I’m not sure if I’m ready to bet the Jaguars. I plan to just stick with the teaser.
Recommendation: Pass, except for Bears in teasers.
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