NFL Betting Week 14 Preview: Hot bets and moving odds

Frank Doyle | Updated Dec 05, 2013


All odds current as of noon ET, Dec. 5.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a perfect example of how quickly things can change in the NFL. After they were hammered in Week 8 by the San Francisco 49ers you could still find odds on whether they were going to 0-16 as they went into their bye.

Now, they’re riding a three-game winning streak and have jumped out of the AFC South basement and past the Houston Texans, who they’ll host in tonight’s Thursday Night Football game. It’s turning into a tricky game to handicap. The Jaguars may be on a bit of a roll, but they haven’t won a home game all season. Meanwhile, Houston just keeps finding new ways to lose every week, but they hung around with the Patriots and scored 30 points for the first time since the second game of the season.

The Jags opened as 2.5-point underdogs but have since moved to 3.5-point pups as about 64 percent of Sports Interaction’s action comes in on the Texans. This might be a game in which we’ll see a wave of home-team support as the kick nears, so keep a close eye on this line.

Other odds on the move

With cold weather settling in, totals in Denver Broncos games are dropping with the temperature. This week the Tennessee at Denver over/under opened at 50.5 but now sits at 48.5. Denver has over bettors cashing at a 7-4-1 clip so far this season.

The Cincinnati Bengals have won two straight and are unbeaten at home as they get set to host the Indianapolis Colts this week. The Bengals opened as 5.5-poing favorites and are now listed at -6 while the total has dipped from 44.5 to 43.5.

Confidence in New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is approaching the Mark Sanchez level, so it’s no shocker to see the Jets move from 2.5-point favorites at the open to -1.5 now.  The Jets have dropped three in a row straight up and against the spread.

This week’s most popular bet

The Kansas City Chiefs have dropped four of their last five against the number, but face a Washington club that has lost four straight, failing to cover in each. Bettors are going with the lesser of two evils in a big way. Right now, 94 percent of Sports Interaction’s wagers are coming in on Kansas City.