London-bound Dolphins among Week4 underdogs

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The NFL returns to London on Sunday for the first of three games this season, as the Miami Dolphins take on the New York Jets in an AFC East divisional matchup as 2-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Dolphins head overseas still reeling from a 41-14 blowout loss at home to the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, recording their second straight outright loss while pegged as betting favorites.

The loss drops Miami to 2-5 straight up in their past seven entering Sunday morning’s Jets vs. Dolphins betting matchup at Wembley Stadium, and leaves them with just one against the spread victory in their past eight games.

The surprising Jets own the top defense in the NFL over the first three weeks of the season, surrendering just 13.7 points per game so far en route to a 2-1 SU record.

However, New York saw a five-game ATS win streak come to a halt last week in a 24-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles as 3-point chalk, dropping them to 2-4 SU and ATS in their last six as favorites.

New York has picked up SU wins in four of their last five road meetings with Miami, and are a perfect 3-0 ATS in their last three overall against the Dolphins with the point total playing UNDER in seven of their last nine clashes.

The Chicago Bears continue the search for their first win of the season when they welcome the Oakland Raiders to Soldier Field for a Week 3 showdown as fading 3-point underdogs.

The Bears opened as 1-point underdogs, but have since seen the line steadily move in Oakland’s favor.

Chicago was pummelled 26-0 in Seattle last weekend, extending their current SU losing streak to eight games, including five home contests.

The Raiders are coming off their second outright win as betting underdogs in as many weeks, topping the Browns 27-20 in Cleveland as 3.5-point underdogs, ending an 11-game SU road losing streak over which they went 5-6 ATS according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Oakland has had limited success historically in the Windy City, going 1-3 SU, 0-3-1 ATS, in their last four visits to Chicago dating back to 1984.

In other NFL Week 4 betting action, the Baltimore Ravens will be gunning for their first SU win of the season when they battle the Pittsburgh Steelers minus Ben Roethlisberger on Thursday Night Football as 2.5-point road chalk, while the winless Detroit Lions take on the Seahawks in a Monday Night Football matchup as heavy 9.5-point underdogs.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app