First-place Redskins visit Eagles as underdogs in Week 16

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The Washington Redskins can clinch first place in the NFC East division with a win on Saturday when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles as 3-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Redskins improved their straight-up record to 7-7 and claimed sole possession of top spot in the division with a standout performance last weekend, knocking off the visiting Buffalo Bills by a 35-25 score and notching their sixth SU win of the campaign as betting underdogs.

The victory also improves their against-the-spread record to 7-7 ahead of Saturday night’s Redskins vs. Eagles betting matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles prepare to face their divisional rivals after suffering a 40-17 beating on Sunday night at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, ending a two-game SU win streak. The Philadelphia defense has given up an average of 456.6 yards over their past five games, and 43.3 points per game in three losses during that stretch.

However, a win on Saturday night would give the Eagles control of their playoff destiny ahead of their Week 17 date with the New York Giants.

Philadelphia emerged victorious in their last two home dates with the Redskins according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and can capture the division crown with wins over Washington and then the Giants next weekend.

The Kansas City Chiefs will have their eye on first place in the AFC West when they host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday as 13-point favorites. The 9-5 Chiefs have won eight straight SU to seize control of the top AFC Wild Card, and pull to within one game of the division-leading Denver Broncos.

Kansas City has also dominated at the sportsbooks, going 7-1 ATS during their current tear, and face a Browns squad that is a dismal 1-8 SU and ATS in their past nine games and has not won at Arrowhead Stadium since 2003.

The Broncos will try to end their current two-game losing skid when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night as 3.5-point favorites. Denver’s offense has struggled since their 30-24 Week 12 win over New England, averaging just 18.7 points per game while being held scoreless in the second half of their past three contests.

The 11-3 Bengals can lock up a first-round bye with a win, but are just 1-4 SU, 3-2 ATS, in their past five games against Denver.

In other NFL Week 16 betting action, the Giants visit the Minnesota Vikings as 6-point underdogs, while the Patriots visit the New York Jets as 3-point chalk, and the Baltimore Ravens host the Pittsburgh Steelers as 10-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

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Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app