Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football: Score updates, time, TV channel, how to watch live stream online.The game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers may have been for the NFC South title and impact the race for home field advantage. The Saints lead the NFC, while the Panthers are struggling to earn a playoff berth on Monday Night Football (5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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Offensive key: The Saints are allowing a league-low 77.6 rushing yards per game, but a lot of that has to do with facing a league-low 21.4 attempts per game. New Orleans also leads the league in time of possession, so it’s easy to see their secret to success. Keep the ball on offense, score – a lot, and force opposing offenses to abandon their run games. In the Panthers’ six wins, they’ve averaged 31.0 rushes. In their seven losses, that average dips to 20.7. So they need to stay patient, stick to the run game and put together some long drives.

Defensive key: The Panthers’ defense has had trouble getting off the field during this five-game slide, especially on third-and-longs. Now they face the league’s top-rated passer on third down. Drew Brees has a 68.4 completion percentage with nine touchdowns, one touchdown for a 113.1 passer rating in third-down situations. This sure would be an ideal week for the Panthers to figure out their third-down woes.

Gutsy guess: Cornerback James Bradberry clearly isn’t a ballhawk, but he has had two interceptions in each of his first two seasons. Through 13 games this year, he’s still looking for his first pick. He’s sure to get plenty of chances while covering Michael Thomas, whose 102 receptions are good for second in the league. Anyway, yeah, this is the week Bradberry finally gets on the pick board.

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Offensive key: Can’t kick field goals and expect to beat a team like New Orleans – the NFC scoring leaders with 34.4 points per game. Carolina needs to maximize every red zone opportunity against the Saints, who are allowing touchdowns on 69.6 percent of red zone trips on the road (8th worst in the NFL). If the Panthers can do that, and if they can force the Saints to play from behind a bit, they’ve got a chance to pull off the upset.

Defensive key: A strong start. The Panthers defense has given up a touchdown their first time out each of the past two weeks. Get a stop early, get the Monday night crowd into it and start to build some energy and belief. Carolina is 5-1 at home this year, so there’s reason to be confident. The defense lives by Thomas Davis’ “defend our dirt” slogan and they need to set that tone early. If the high-powered Saints get into a rhythm, it can become a long night.

Gutsy guess: Quarterback Cam Newton was riding a six-game streak with a passer rating over 100. Then the last two games against the Bucs (66.2 rating) and Browns (70 rating) happened. I predict he’ll be up above the century mark versus New Orleans in a game where he has to be at his best. Question is, will his best be enough?

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Offensive key: The last time the Saints saw Christian McCaffrey, he was turning a short pass into a 56-yard touchdown that nearly turned the tide in the teams’ NFC wild card showdown. McCaffrey’s enjoying an amazing second season and has been particularly potent the last three games, piling up 294 rushing yards, 26 catches for 205 yards and five touchdowns. Oh by the way, the Saints have the stingiest run defense in the league.

Defensive key: Keeping with the running game theme, the Panthers kept Alvin Kamara under wraps in the playoff game – after being bulldozed by him in both 2017 regular season meetings. Kamara is having a great season but has been relatively quiet of late – and despite plenty of production he just one play that’s gained 20-plus yards in the past 10 games. Keeping Kamara quiet is a key first step for keeping the Saints from breaking out as an offense.

Gutsy guess: The Saints are 11-2. The Panthers are 6-7. Carolina has lost five games in a row overall and lost all three games against the new and improved Saints last year. So guess what? So what? Panthers win.

Monday Night Football 2018

Monday Night Football 2018 , Week 15: Optimal DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy football picks and lineups. Mike McClure, a DFS pro with more than $1 million in winnings, gives optimal DraftKings and FanDuel lineups.The Week 15 NFL DFS schedule concludes with an NFC South battle between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET.

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New Orleans has already clinched the division and a playoff spot, but postseason seeding is still on the line. Carolina, meanwhile, is battling for the final NFC wild-card spot, so you can expect both offenses to be in full gear for this prime-time matchup. NFL DFS players have plenty to look forward to, as DraftKings is hosting a $1M Monday Night Showdown, while FanDuel has a $555K Monday Night Special. Before you lock in any lineups for tournaments or cash games, you’ll want to see the optimal Monday Night Football DFS lineups from SportsLine’s Mike McClure. He’s a DFS pro with almost $2M in career winnings.

McClure uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best values and create optimal NFL DFS lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They’re a must-see for any NFL DFS player.

McClure is rolling through the 2018 season thanks to some spot-on picks. In Week 1, his optimal NFL DFS lineups finished in the top 3 percent of tournaments on DraftKings and the top 1 percent of tournaments on FanDuel. In Week 4, he finished in the top 2 percent on DraftKings and top 6 percent on FanDuel. In Week 5, his lineups cashed with ease on both sites.

In Week 8, his followers saw massive returns, with his DraftKings lineup finishing in the top 1 percent of all tournaments, while his Week 9 lineup cashed with ease on FanDuel. He cashed yet again on both sites in Week 10, and then his optimal lineup on FanDuel returned almost 3x in Weeks 11, 12 and 13. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

For Sunday night’s single-game slate featuring Saints vs. Panthers, we can tell you McClure is banking on Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey.

One of the most versatile and explosive backs in the league, McCaffrey has piled up huge numbers this season, and his pace has only accelerated in recent weeks. In his last three games alone, he’s piled up 43 carries for 294 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 26 catches for 205 yards and two additional scores.

His prowess as a receiver should serve him well against the Saints, a defense ranked first in the league against the run. That means the Panthers will be looking to get McCaffrey out of the backfield, and with 86 catches this season, he’s a safe bet to return plenty of value as the Panthers look to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture.

Part of McClure’s Monday Night Football NFL DFS strategy also includes rostering Panthers tight end Ian Thomas.

The rookie out of Indiana has been a stud filling in for the injured Greg Olsen, recording 14 catches for 123 yards over the last two weeks. And even though it’s a limited sample size, Thomas is out-pacing what Olsen produced this year in terms of catches and yards per game.

The Saints gave up two touchdowns to Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate in their last game, so confidently lock in Thomas as an NFL DFS value pick and look for him to exceed expectations on Monday Night Football.

McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Monday Night Football because of a dream matchup. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing.

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Panthers vs Saints

Panthers vs Saints odds, line: Monday Night Football picks and predictions from advanced model on 16-3 run.SportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated Monday’s Saints vs. Vikings game 10,000 times.

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While the New Orleans Saints fight for the NFC’s top seed, the Carolina Panthers are trying to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture. These two division rivals meet on Monday Night Football in the final game of the Week 15 NFL schedule. Kickoff from Bank of America Stadium is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. The 11-2 Saints are fighting for home-field advantage throughout the postseason, while the 6-7 Panthers are desperately trying to snap a five-game losing streak that has them on the outside looking in.

New Orleans is a six-point road favorite after the line opened at 6.5. The Over-Under has fallen throughout the week and stands at 50 in the live Panthers vs. Saints odds. Before you make any Panthers vs. Saints picks and Monday Night Football predictions, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 15 on a blistering 16-3 run. For the season, it is now 30-12 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-46. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model finished Week 14 at 139-67 on the season, ranking in the top two on NFLPickWatch.com. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now the model has dialed in on Saints vs. Panthers. We can tell you it’s leaning Over, but it’s also generated a strong point-spread pick that’s hitting well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

The model has factored in that the Saints’ high-powered offense is predicated on getting the ball into the hands of its playmakers, notably Michael Thomas. The wideout has notched 102 receptions for 1,218 yards and eight touchdowns. Drawing double coverage allows teammate Tre’Quan Smith to stretch the field vertically. He picks up an impressive 17 yards per grab and has found the end zone seven times.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is enjoying an MVP-caliber season and has thrown for 3,463 yards and 31 touchdowns — third-best in the league entering Week 15 — against just four interceptions. He tops the NFL in completion percentage at 76.

But just because the Saints are rolling doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Monday Night Football spread.

The model also knows that Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey is proving to be one of the league’s most versatile running backs. In addition to his 13 touchdowns — seven rushing — he’s fourth in the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,627. He’s gouging front sevens for 5.2 yards a carry and is lethal in flanker screens, gaining another 701 receiving yards on 86 receptions. His improved blocking is also allowing quarterback Cam Newton more time to find open receivers and limiting sacks.

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Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football, Week 15: Optimal DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy football picks and lineups.Mike McClure, a DFS pro with more than $1 million in winnings, gives optimal DraftKings and FanDuel lineups.

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The Week 15 NFL DFS schedule concludes with an NFC South battle between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET. New Orleans has already clinched the division and a playoff spot, but postseason seeding is still on the line. Carolina, meanwhile, is battling for the final NFC wild-card spot, so you can expect both offenses to be in full gear for this prime-time matchup.

NFL DFS players have plenty to look forward to, as DraftKings is hosting a $1M Monday Night Showdown, while FanDuel has a $555K Monday Night Special. Before you lock in any lineups for tournaments or cash games, you’ll want to see the optimal Monday Night Football DFS lineups from SportsLine’s Mike McClure. He’s a DFS pro with almost $2M in career winnings.

McClure uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best values and create optimal NFL DFS lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They’re a must-see for any NFL DFS player.

McClure is rolling through the 2018 season thanks to some spot-on picks. In Week 1, his optimal NFL DFS lineups finished in the top 3 percent of tournaments on DraftKings and the top 1 percent of tournaments on FanDuel. In Week 4, he finished in the top 2 percent on DraftKings and top 6 percent on FanDuel. In Week 5, his lineups cashed with ease on both sites. In Week 8, his followers saw massive returns, with his DraftKings lineup finishing in the top 1 percent of all tournaments, while his Week 9 lineup cashed with ease on FanDuel. He cashed yet again on both sites in Week 10, and then his optimal lineup on FanDuel returned almost 3x in Weeks 11, 12 and 13. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

For Sunday night’s single-game slate featuring Saints vs. Panthers, we can tell you McClure is banking on Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey.

One of the most versatile and explosive backs in the league, McCaffrey has piled up huge numbers this season, and his pace has only accelerated in recent weeks. In his last three games alone, he’s piled up 43 carries for 294 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 26 catches for 205 yards and two additional scores.

His prowess as a receiver should serve him well against the Saints, a defense ranked first in the league against the run. That means the Panthers will be looking to get McCaffrey out of the backfield, and with 86 catches this season, he’s a safe bet to return plenty of value as the Panthers look to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture.

Part of McClure’s Monday Night Football NFL DFS strategy also includes rostering Panthers tight end Ian Thomas.

The rookie out of Indiana has been a stud filling in for the injured Greg Olsen, recording 14 catches for 123 yards over the last two weeks. And even though it’s a limited sample size, Thomas is out-pacing what Olsen produced this year in terms of catches and yards per game.

The Saints gave up two touchdowns to Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate in their last game, so confidently lock in Thomas as an NFL DFS value pick and look for him to exceed expectations on Monday Night Football.

McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Monday Night Football because of a dream matchup. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing.

So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineup on Monday night? Visit SportsLine now to see the full optimal tournament and cash game lineups for Monday Night Football from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.

Saints vs Panthers

Saints vs Panthers: Key matchups, score predictions, plus how to watch on TV, follow live.NFL 2018 Week 15: Saints vs. Panthers preview, statistics, odds.December 12, 2018 3:59pm EST December 12, 2018 3:59pm EST The struggling Panthers will face their division rival New Orleans Saints, who are currently in a three-way tie for the NFL’s best record.

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Fresh off clinching the NFC South last week, New Orleans Saints (11-2) bring their league-best record to face the division rival Carolina Panthers (6-7) for a Monday Night Football matchup at Bank of America Stadium.

The Saints have won the NFC South crown two consecutive seasons, and this year, they clinched it with a 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite trailing 14-3 at halftime, the Saints outscored the Panthers 25-0 in the second half to secure their 11th win. Quarterback Drew Brees was 24 for 31, passing for 201 yards and a touchdown, including a rushing TD of his own. It was Brees’ fourth rushing touchdown of the season, which is the most in a single season by a player age 39 or older.

As for the Panthers, they are mired in a six-game losing streak, a steep dropoff from winning four of their first five games. The Panthers fell to the Cleveland Browns 26-20 in Week 14 as Cam Newton struggled going 26 for 42, passing for 265 yards. Newton overthrew Jarius Wright on fourth-and-goal on the 3-yard line with 2:34 left in the fourth and later was intercepted by Damarious Randall with 57 seconds left on the clock.

New Orleans will hope to maintain their hot play and make quick work of the struggling Panthers. Including the playoffs, the Saints and Panthers met three times last year, with New Orleans winning every one by an average of 12 points.

Saints vs. Panthers head-to-head stats

  • The Saints are 6-1 on the road in 2018. A seventh win in this game would equal their best record in a season.
  • New Orleans has not won four straight against Carolina since Oct. 3, 2010-Jan. 1, 2012.
  • After gaining 96 yards in Cleveland, Carolina now has four games this year with less than 100 yards rushing, losing all four. In 2017, they had five such games and a 3-2 record in them.
  • In their win against Tampa Bay, New Orleans allowed an opponent to rush for 100-plus yards for the third time this season – the fewest allowed in the league.
  • His poor performance in Week 14 aside, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the second player (Peyton Manning) to open his career with eight straight seasons with 3,000+ passing yards.
  • Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey had his 12th and 13th touchdowns of the year last week. McCaffrey is tied for fourth in Panthers history for touchdowns in a single season.
  • New Orleans receiver Michael Thomas now has 298 receptions in his career, the most ever for an NFL player in his first three seasons.

Saints vs. Panthers betting odds

The Saints are favored by 13 on the road. The over/under is 52.

How to watch Saints vs. Panthers in Canada

Every NFL game during the 2018 season, including Monday night’s contest between the Saints and Panthers, is streamed in high-definition on DAZN.

DAZN Canada has also partnered with Bell Media networks (CTV, CTV2 and TSN) to distribute NFL Sunday Ticket across Canada, for Sunday afternoon games. NFL primetime games can be watched on TSN and RDS, with Sunday Night Football and 11 Thursday Night Football games also available on CTV/CTV2. Amazon Prime Video will also stream the 11 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by CTV/CTV2.

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Cowboys vs Colts

Cowboys vs Colts ; Surging teams collide in Indianapolis on Sunday when the 7-6 Colts host the 8-5 Cowboys. It’s a 1 p.m. ET kickoff from Lucas Oil Stadium and the game has major implications on the NFL playoff picture. Indianapolis has won six of seven and is vying for the second AFC wild-card berth, while Dallas has won five straight and can clinch the NFC East with a win. Sportsbooks list Indianapolis as a three-point favorite. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 47.5 in the latest Cowboys vs. Colts odds. Before you make any Cowboys vs. Colts picks and predictions, see what Cowboys expert Emory Hunt has to say.

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Hunt, a former college running back who founded the Football Gameplan analysis site, has an uncanny feel for the Cowboys. He’s nailed five straight spread picks for or against Dallas, and 10 of 13 dating back to last season.

In Week 13, with Dallas getting a touchdown at home against the high-flying Saints, Hunt told his followers to back the Cowboys without hesitation. He said Dallas’ athletic defense would give New Orleans fits. The result: Cowboys 13, Saints 10 — an outright upset. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Hunt has spotted huge value in the Colts vs. Cowboys (stream live on fuboTV) line and locked in a strong point-spread pick. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.

Hunt knows the Colts are coming off a huge 24-21 victory in Houston, where they snapped the Texans’ win streak at nine games. Indianapolis also has won four straight at home, with quarterback Andrew Luck throwing 13 touchdowns against three interceptions. For the season, Luck has been sacked just 16 times, second-fewest in the NFL. He’s completed 68 percent of his throws for 3,759 yards and 34 touchdowns against 13 picks.

The home team has covered four of the last five in this series, and Indy has covered four straight against winning teams.

But just because the Colts are at home and Luck looks as healthy as ever doesn’t mean they’ll cover a field goal against the red-hot Cowboys.

Dallas has covered all five games during its win streak, with running back Ezekiel Elliott scoring five touchdowns and averaging 172 yards from scrimmage in that span. He had an astounding 40 touches in last week’s overtime win over the Eagles. Elliott is complementing recently acquired receiver Amari Cooper, who has exploded for five touchdowns in his past three games.

The Cowboys rank second with 18.9 points allowed per game, and have not given up more than 23 since Week 9. Plus, the Colts could be without receiver TY Hilton, who was absent from practice all week with an ankle injury. Hilton has at least seven receptions in the last four games and topped 100 yards three times over that span.

We can tell you Hunt is leaning Over, but his much stronger play is on the spread. He’s identified a crucial X-factor that has him going big on one side. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

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Eagles vs Rams

Eagles vs Rams : Back home where they’re undefeated, the Los Angeles Rams will try to bounce back from a stunning loss when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. It’s an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff from L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Los Angeles (11-2) lost 15-6 at Chicago last week, failing to score a touchdown as quarterback Jared Goff was intercepted four times. Philadelphia (6-7) is coming off a crushing overtime loss at Dallas and must win out to have any chance of surviving in the NFC playoff picture. The Eagles could also be without quarterback Carson Wentz (back).

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Sportsbooks list L.A. as a 13-point favorite with the over-under for total points scored set at 52 in the latest Rams vs. Eagles odds. Before you make any Rams vs. Eagles picks and predictions for Sunday Night Football, see what NFL guru R.J. White has to say.

The CBS Sports NFL editor is an incredible 18-5 in his last 23 spread picks for or against the Rams, and he’s on fire in the NFL overall with a stunning 38-14 run. Anyone following him is up over $2,200 in the past couple months alone. Moreover, twice in the past three years, White has cashed big in the Las Vegas SuperContest — the world’s most prestigious handicapping competition.

Now, White has dialed in on Eagles vs. Rams on Sunday Night Football (stream live on fuboTV) and discovered that one side has all the value. He just released a strong point spread pick only over at SportsLine.

White knows the Rams rank third in scoring (32.7 points per game) thanks in large part to running back Todd Gurley, who has averaged 4.9 yards per carry while amassing 1,707 yards from scrimmage with an absurd 19 touchdowns. Gurley was shut down in the bitter cold of Soldier Field, but he’s a strong bet to rebound at home. The NFL’s top defensive player, lineman Aaron Donald, should wreak havoc on an Eagles team that has been inconsistent all year and could be starting Nick Folesat quarterback. Donald has 16.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.

The Rams are 4-1 against the spread in their last five after scoring fewer than 15 points in the previous game.

But just because the Rams are an elite team vying for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs doesn’t mean they’ll cover a huge number against a proud Eagles team with a championship pedigree.

The Eagles were victimized by several bad calls in last week’s 29-23 loss at Dallas. Otherwise, they could have notched their third straight win. Foles is more than capable, as he showed last year in winning the Super Bowl MVP award. And the Eagles still have plenty of weapons in the passing game like tight end Zach Ertz and newly acquired wide receiver Golden Tate.

Philly is an eye-popping 10-1 against the spread in its last 11 meetings with the Rams, and L.A. is mired in an 0-3-1 ATS slump at home.

We can tell you White is leaning Over, but his much stronger play is against the spread. White is citing a critical stat that has him all over one side. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

Who covers in Eagles vs. Rams? And what critical stat makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Sunday night, all from the top NFL analyst who’s an astounding 18-5 on spread picks involving the Rams.

Redskins vs Jaguars

Redskins vs Jaguars ; The Washington Redskins own a four-game losing streak, while the Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-8 over their last nine games. Is either team a smart bet for Sunday afternoon’s Redskins-Jaguars contest in north Florida?

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NFL point spread: The Jaguars opened as seven-point favorites; the total was 36 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 29.9-11.8 Jaguars (NFL pickson every game)

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Washington is tough to make a case for at the moment, with four straight losses after getting pounded by the Giants last week 40-16. The Redskins, playing with their third-string quarterback, fell down to New York 34-0 at the half and later trailed 40-0 in a performance best left forgotten.

Two weeks ago, Washington only trailed at Philadelphia 14-13 into the fourth quarter before fading to a 28-13 defeat.

Three weeks ago, the Redskins actually led at NFC East-leading Dallas 13-10 in the third quarter before fading to a 31-23 defeat. And four weeks ago, they led AFC South-leading Houston 21-20 in the fourth quarter before losing 23-21.

Washington is 3-3 both SU and ATS on the road this season, and that ATS record would be better if not for those fades against the Eagles and Cowboys.

At 6-7 overall, the Redskins actually only trail Minnesota by a half-game in the battle for the second NFC wild-card slot.

Jacksonville isn’t easy to make a case for at the moment, either, with eight losses in its last nine games, including a dismal 30-9 decision at Tennessee last Thursday.

The Jaguars tried to keep it close but just couldn’t stop Titans running back Derrick Henry or get anything going offensively.

Jacksonville had a chance to take a lead in the second quarter against Tennessee but got stuffed on a fourth down from the Titans’ 1-yard line. The Jags defense then immediately gave up a 99-yard Henry scoring run, and the team never recovered.

Two weeks ago, the Jacksonville defense showed up in a 6-0 shutout of Indianapolis. In fact, prior to last week, the Jaguars had outrushed four foes in a row.

Realistically, though, at 4-9 overall, Jacksonville is just looking to create some momentum to carry over into next season.

Washington is banged-up and will start a fourth-string quarterback this week. Jacksonville, meanwhile, is starting a backup quarterback who’s produced one touchdown drive over the last two games, and that came in garbage time last week.

Plus, both these teams are just way too unpredictable, well off the pace on the Super Bowl 53 odds at sportsbooks and unworthy of a betting recommendation at the moment.

The smart money probably focuses on the total.

NFL betting trends

The Jaguars are 3-16 ATS in their last 19 games at home after covering in their most recent home game.

The total has gone under in 13 of the Jaguars’ last 18 games in the early afternoon.

The total has gone under in six of the Redskins’ last eight games on the road.

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Raiders vs Bengals

Raiders vs Bengals ; Paul Guenther allowed himself a subtle reference as he settled in behind a podium for his weekly news conference Thursday afternoon.

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© Jeff Chiu / AP Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther watches as players stretch during practice at the team’s NFL football facility in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

“It was a good week for us, obviously,” Guenther said. “We’re on to Cincinnati this week.”

In 2014, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick repeated “On to Cincinnati” throughout a memorable news conference in the wake of a 27-point loss to the Chiefs. The following Sunday, the Patriots scored 43 points on a Bengals defense coordinated by Guenther, who was in his first season on the job.

In a twist, it’s following one of the Raiders’ better defensive efforts of the season that Guenther returns Sunday to Cincinnati, where he coached for the previous 13 seasons, including his last four as defensive coordinator — a visit he said will “naturally” evoke emotion.

“Those people were real good to me,” Guenther said. “I spent a lot of time with those players and the organization, the Brown family. The coaching staff means a lot to me, they still do. When toe meets leather at 1 p.m., it’s business. I root for those guys every week, and I hope they do good except for one game, which is this one.”

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis brought Guenther to Cincinnati in 2005, and Guenther held a series of roles before replacing Mike Zimmer as defensive coordinator in 2014. Guenther defenses ranked in the top 10 in fewest points allowed in two of his four seasons as he helped develop standouts such as Geno Atkins, Vontaze Burfict and Carlos Dunlap.

“Paul did a fine job here,” Lewis told Cincinnati reporters this week. “Since he came here … he hustled, did a lot of different things here and did a good job at all of them.”

Lewis said it appears the Raiders have “morphed around defensively this year with the things they’re doing, but they’ve kind of settled in. Obviously (Guenther) had great experience coaching against Pittsburgh, so I thought they did a nice job of getting guys to understand, and they played well.”

The 340 yards the Raiders allowed in a 24-21 win over the Steelers last Sunday is their third-lowest total this season — albeit against a Pittsburgh offense that played without running back James Conner and saw quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sidelined because of a rib injury for most of the second half — and included a season-low 40 rushing yards allowed.

The Bengals are coming off a 26-21 loss to the Chargers in which they rushed for a season-high 144 yards. Second-year back Joe Mixon, an Oakley native, had 26 carries for 111 yards.

Guenther might be more inclined to account for backs Giovani Bernard and Mixon as Cincinnati has lost starting quarterback Andy Dalton and top receiver A.J. Green to injuries. Jeff Driskel has replaced Dalton and, in his past three games, has completed 60 of 94 passes for 561 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

“I know they’ve been putting an emphasis on trying to get (Mixon) more touches,” Guenther said. “So we’re going to have to deal with him, and that’s not an easy task.”

Statistically, at least, Sunday does not present an inspiring defensive matchup.

The only team allowing more points per game this season than the Raiders (29.8) is the Bengals (30.5). They also rank 31st and 32nd in run defense, respectively, and 28th and 32nd in total yards allowed per game. Cincinnati fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin after allowing 51 points in a loss to the Saints in Week 10, with Lewis reportedly taking over the coordinator duties.

Guenther’s unit is allowing the most yards per play (6.5) in the NFL and is last in sacks (11), though he and head coach Jon Gruden have both been encouraged by improvements in the secondary — specifically the play of former first-round picks Gareon Conley and Karl Joseph, as well as cornerback Daryl Worley.

Guenther said he also still sees positives in the Bengals’ defense, even viewing from afar.

“Structurally it’s very similar,” Guenther said. “They’ve got a good group of guys over there. I know the season hasn’t gone like they wanted it to. But they’ve got a lot of talented, veteran players over there. So a lot of respect for those guys.”

Cardinals vs Falcons

Cardinals vs Falcons ; This NFC game’s spread is placed at 9 points in favor of Atlanta. The Cardinals are currently receiving +300 moneyline odds while the Falcons are -400. This NFC matchup could offer some in-game betting opportunities. The over/under is set at 44 points.

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The Cardinals are 3-10 straight up (SU) while the Falcons are 4-9 SU. The Cardinals have lost 2.3 units so far and are 6-7 against the spread (ATS). They’ve been a good under bet and have posted an O/U record of 5-8.

The Falcons have been a disappointment to moneyline bettors this season, losing 8.2 units. They’re 3-10 ATS and have an O/U record of 7-6.

The Cards are on the rebound after a 17-3 defeat to Detroit in Week 14. The Cards defense allowed the Lions to eat up the clock by running for 122 yards on 31 rush attempts, along with one rushing TD. On the offense, Josh Rosen completed 26 passes for 240 yards and one interception. David Johnson (only 49 yards on 15 rush attempts) led the ground attack while Johnson (eight receptions, 12 yards) and Trent Sherfield (five catches, 77 yards) shared the receiving duties in the defeat.

Back in Week 14, Green Bay knocked off this Atlanta team by a score of 34-20. Matt Ryan completed 28-of-42 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Ito Smith (60 rushing yards on 11 attempts) and Tevin Coleman (45 yards on 10 carries) mounted the running game as Julio Jones (eight receptions, 106 yards, two TDs) and Mohamed Sanu (six catches, 54 yards) led the receiving attack in the loss.

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Arizona has run the ball on 42.5 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Atlanta has an overall rush percentage of 34.9 percent. The Cardinals have produced 84 rush yards per game and have eight touchdowns on the ground this year. The Falcons are logging 81 rushing yards per contest and have eight total rush TDs.

If the results so far this season can translate to this game, then it appears the Cardinals might have the more disruptive lines up front. Their offensive line has yielded just 52 sacks while the D-line registered 37 sacks. The Falcons offensive line has given up 24 sacks and their defense has sacked opposing QBs just 39 times.

The Cards have tallied 178 yards/game in the air overall and have 12 passing scores so far. The Falcons have recorded 315 pass yards per game and have 28 total pass TDs.

Arizona seems to possess an edge when it comes to limiting the pass. The team has allowed opponents to run for an average of 139 yards and pass for 230 yards per game. Atlanta has allowed 131.2 yards per game on the ground and 269.8 to opponents in the air. The Cards are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 6.06 to opposing QBs, while the Falcons have given up a 7.15 ANY/A.

Ryan likely has the advantage over Rosen in this matchup. The Falcons man under center has an adjusted net yards per pass attempt 7.77 for the year and 5.05 across his last two outings while Rosen’s ANY/A is 3.87 and 4.25 over the past two games.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons NFL Prediction

SU Winner – Falcons, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – Over