A total of 14 games will be on the board in NFL lines at SBG global sportsbook and nearly all of them are of major importance.
There are a series of preseason favorites with the NFL lines that absolutely must step it up and come through with victory this week or face a serious climb out of the hole for a playoff spot.
The San Diego Chargers are just such a team as they will take on the Rams at St. Louis this Sunday. Sloppy overall play and special team’s breakdowns have the Chargers in a 2-3 hole after last week’s loss at Oakland.
The Houston Texans were favored to make the playoffs for the first time in their history, but stumbled badly at home last week against the New York Giants. Houston hosts a pesky Kansas City team that they must beat to avoid a 3-3 start.
The defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints are in danger of starting off 3-3 and must beat the upstart 3-1 Buccaneers at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Injuries to RB’s Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas and woeful place kicking are killing the Saints.
The Green Bay Packers slipped to 3-2 after a loss at Washington with the NFL betting lines and host a 2-2 Miami team that was also considered to be a playoff contender. Green Bay must sweat out the doctor clearing QB Aaron Rodgers after he suffered a concussion last week. The NFL is paranoid about these injuries and it is not a lock that Rodgers sees action on Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings meet in the Twin Cities and neither team can surrender any further ground in the NFC with a loss. This one is as good as a playoff game.
There is no more appealing showdown than the AFC matchup of Baltimore at New England, which could be an AFC Championship Game preview.
Philadelphia will host Atlanta in a matchup of NFC divisional leaders but the game lost some luster with Michael Vick’s injury.
Sunday Night features division leaders Indianapolis at Washington and Monday is an AFC South showdown of Tennessee at Jacksonville.
Also on the NFL lines board will be Detroit at the Giants, Seattle at Chicago, the Jets at Denver, Oakland at San Francisco, and Cleveland at Pittsburgh in Ben Roethlisberger’s first start.