The New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams have been the two frontrunners in the NFC all season long at 11-2 straight-up, but last Sunday belonged to the 9-4 Chicago Bears and the 8-4 Dallas Cowboys as the other two division leaders in the conference building a head of steam heading into the playoffs.
The Bears completely shutdown the Rams in Sunday night’s 15-6 victory as three-point home underdogs to take a commanding two and a half game lead in the NFC North. Dallas extended its current winning streak to five games both SU and against the spread by completing the season sweep against Philadelphia in a 29-23 overtime victory as a 3.5-point favorite at home. The Cowboys currently have the longest winning streak ATS in the NFL.
The Saints regained the top seed in the NFC with Sunday’s 28-14 win against Tampa Bay as 9.5-point road favorites coupled with the Rams’ loss to Chicago. The win clinched a second-straight NFC South Division title heading into this Monday night’s road game against Carolina as 6.5-point favorites with BetAnySports.
This Sunday, Los Angeles will be back in action as a 9.5-point home favorite against Philadelphia. Chicago will play host to Green Bay as a 5.5-point favorite and Dallas will go on the road as a three-point underdog against the Indianapolis Colts.
New England’s celebration for winning its 10th-straight AFC East title was delayed a bit with Sunday’s stunning last-second 34-33 loss to Miami as a nine-point road favorite. The 9-4 (8-5 ATS) Patriots will be on the road this week against 7-5-1 Pittsburgh as 2.5-point favorites. The Steelers’ lead over Baltimore in the AFC North remained just a half game with both teams losing in Week 14.
The Kansas City Chiefs clinched the first playoff spot in the AFC with Sunday’s 27-24 victory in overtime against Baltimore as 6.5-point home favorites on BetAnySports’ closing line. At 11-2 SU (8-4-1 ATS), the Chiefs will play host to the 10-3 (7-6 ATS) Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night as 3.5-point favorites in a battle for the AFC West Division title.
Houston’s lead in the AFC South was cut to two games with Sunday’s 24-21 loss to Indianapolis as a four-point home favorite. The 9-4 (6-7 ATS) Texans will be on the road this Saturday afternoon as six-point favorites against the New York Jets.