Reshuffle the deck.
The NFL in general and the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles in particular play brand-new hands entering Week 13.
Let’s examine the NJ sports betting landscape as it relates to NFL Week 13 odds.
How deep are the G-Men heading into Week 13?
The NFC Least-leading New York Giants, now 4-7, are dealing with their version of “Next Man Up” before visiting the Seattle Seahawks as a colossal underdog.
The Giants have been inspiring, rallying from an 0-5 start to win four of their last six while overcoming adversity like the season-ending injury to star back Saquon Barkley. Meet Wayne Gallman, the new star, who has TDs in five straight games.
The Giants are playing with a ton of heart and character. But how far can they go down the depth chart with the recent injury to Daniel Jones? The quarterback who left in the third quarter of an eventual 19-17 Giants triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday could miss some time with a hamstring injury.
#Giants QB Daniel Jones underwent tests on his hamstring today and sources say he did avoid major injury. He has an outside chance at playing Sunday, though they’ll know more if he’s able to get on the field and test it in a few days. NYG will have plans with Jones & without him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 30, 2020
This setback hurts Jones more than most players because he is a quality runner. And he just settled into the most productive phase of his career, going three straight games without turning the ball over.
Big Blue won all three.
Colt McCoy is capable of thriving at QB, but he can’t make the running plays Jones did to save this offense. He will need to find some other type of magic.
And he’ll have to do it against a Seattle team that just reclaimed first place in the NFC West with Monday’s 23-17 triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles.
McCoy was once a Heisman Trophy runner-up. He’s been in the league for several years. Is this the opportunity he will seize?
Eagles do just enough to lose again
As the setbacks mount, the 3-7-1 Eagles fell to third place in the division and now face the Green Bay Packers, who just put a 41-point pounding on the Chicago Bears.
The problems Monday were paramount:
- No offensive line blocking.
- Bad decision-making by quarterback Carson Wentz.
- A bad choice by coach Doug Pederson to bypass a field goal that would have brought the Eagles within one score in the final quarter.
- No first downs for much of the first half and no running game against one of the league’s worst defenses.
Wentz is slow to make reads and does not have the wheels he did before the knee injury three years ago. He also puts way too much air under the ball, negating any separation his receivers may have.
But all was not lost on this night for Eagles bettors. They got a back-door cover on a Hail Mary touchdown pass caught by Richard Rodgers with 12 seconds left. Fittingly, he wasn’t the intended target. Miles Sanders then ran in a two-point conversion.
Philly +6.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook? You had it all the way.
If the Packers game gets out of hand, look for the baptism of Jalen Hurts.
NFL calls Week 13 COVID-19 audible
Weeks 12 and 13 present the biggest scramble the NFL has experienced during the pandemic.
The Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers, originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night, then Sunday and then Tuesday, will now try again Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. It is the first NFL game ever postponed three times. That’s 2020 in a nutshell.
With the rescheduling, the league said other games will be moved around.
— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) December 1, 2020
That means a Monday Night Football doubleheader with Washington-Pittsburgh followed by the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills. And then there’s the Tuesday game.
What a twist. There’s a Wednesday matinee for Week 12, two Monday games and a Tuesday matchup in Week 13.
And there could be more to come.
The situation is a big warning for the NFL. Some teams have displayed apparent overconfidence by players, coaches and management.
The Denver Broncos had not one, two or even three quarterbacks shelved by the pandemic before they faced the New Orleans Saints last week. They had four, their entire quarterback team.
Denver had to put a practice squad wide receiver in at quarterback in a real game.
And in their 31-3 loss to the Saints, the Broncos did something that had not been done since 1998. They had more interceptions, two, than completions, one.
Quarterback Drew Lock publicly apologized for the situation afterward, and perhaps that’s the beginning of a turnaround.
In Week 13, the Broncos visit the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs as nearly two-touchdown underdogs. They probably need all four quarterbacks in at the same time for this game.
The 49ers, meanwhile, come off an emotional comeback victory over the Los Angeles Rams to preserve their season.
But they can’t preserve their home.
The Niners will play two home games at the Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium after Santa Clara County in California issued a three-week ban on contact sports. The Niners will host the Bills on Dec. 7 and the Washington Football Team on Dec. 13.
That’s irony for the Bills, who suffered a devastating Hail Mary pass loss to Arizona on the final play two weeks ago at this stadium. They now must return to the scene of their stolen victory. At least it won’t be Kyler Murray facing them this time.
Around the league Week 13
Tom Brady looked better than he has in recent weeks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and nearly led them all the way back from a 27-10 deficit to Kansas City. Mark down his fourth-and-three touchdown pass in the fourth quarter when Tampa Bay had to get back in the game. Brady took a step forward in this game, and Tampa goes into a bye feeling good about its last effort.
Jared Goff, meanwhile, took a step back. The Los Angeles Rams quarterback was not sharp, and he drew criticism from his coach after the Rams’ 23-20 loss to San Francisco at home.
Translation: Goff has a shorter leash when the Rams visit the Arizona Cardinals this week.
The Cleveland Browns, who survived an upset bid by the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars, take their 8-3 record to Tennessee. The Titans reclaimed first place in the AFC South with Sunday’s 45-26 pasting of the Indianapolis Colts. This one has shootout written all over it.
The Pittsburgh Steelers to go undefeated is +400 at DraftKings. It was in double digits halfway through the season and drops about 100 basis points for each game.
The Jets are +144 to go 0-16 and now -177 not to. It paid way more early in the season but is hard to sink one’s teeth into now.
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