Thanks to Joe Burrow, it's no longer such a bad idea to consider taking the Bengals as a road underdog
It's that time of the year when the NFL's division races start to really heat up. This week, the AFC South comes into focus with the Colts and Titans each facing stiff challenges with the teams tied for first place in another division. Elsewhere, the Steelers are looking to remain the only undefeated team in the NFL and the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs are looking for revenge against the Raiders.
Here are five games to be paying close attention to against the spread this weekend in the National Football League.
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Nov. 22.
Baltimore (-6) vs. Tennessee, 1 p.m.
The Titans have been scuffling, losing three of their last four games. And things are not about to get any easier with back-to-back road games against the Ravens and Colts. Baltimore also is looking to rebound after a tough loss last week in New England. There also is the dreaded revenge factor after last season's playoff matchup. The Ravens win by a touchdown for the cover. Ravens 31, Titans 24
Pittsburgh (-10) at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
At some point the Steelers will have to take a loss, right? Historically speaking, a loss is inevitable. But a loss to this Jaguars team? That's not going to happen. Even if the Steelers play a choppy game as they did against Dallas, the Steelers will pull away. Steelers 34, Jaguars 17
Cincinnati (+1) at Washington, 1 p.m.
The Bengals may be struggling straight-up in games, but they have been a pretty good pick against the spread this season. The Joe Burrow effect is showing signs of life for the Bengals, and this week's opponent from the dreadful NFC East could allow for a big day from the rookie quarterback and the Bengals. It's always risky taking the Bengals as an underdog, but we'll go with a straight-up win for the automatic cover. Bengals 23, Washington 20
Green Bay (+1) at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m.
The Packers head to Indianapolis to face a surging Colts team focusing on a possible AFC South crown. Philip Rivers and the Colts can create a little breathing room in the division this weekend with a win over the Packers and some help from the Ravens but tread carefully when Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (at 7-2) are labeled the underdog. Packers 34, Colts 32
Las Vegas (+7) vs. Kansas City, 8:20 p.m.
The Raiders pulled off the upset of the defending Super Bowl champions earlier in the year in Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs in a revenge situation are tough to go against, but all we're asking is for the Raiders to keep this within one score. That may be a reach given the latest COVID status with the Raiders, but we'll ride with it to close out the week. Chiefs 30, Raiders 24
Last Week: 3-2
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