Last week’s NFL action was highlighted on Sunday night when the San Francisco 49ers hung on for a wild 41-34 upset on the road against the New England Patriots. There is also a three-way tie atop the NFC East in what should be a thrilling playoff battle right down to the end. One key game in that division battle is one of the top plays of the week.
Washington Redskins -5.5 at Philadelphia at 5Dimes
Every year, certain teams catch fire at the right time to make a strong playoff push, and this year that team appears to be the Washington Redskins. Washington is a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS over its last five games, including an impressive win last week on the road against Cleveland with Robert Griffin III on the shelf with a knee injury.
RGIII is expected to return to action this week, and should be able to lead the red-hot Redskins to another win on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia is 0-5 SU and ATS in its last five home games and Washington is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in its last four games against NFC East rivals. The Redskins topped Philadelphia 31-6 in Washington back in Week 11, and while it may not be that easy this time around, Washington should be able to win by a touchdown or more.
Pittsburgh -4.0 vs. Cincinnati at Bet365
Cincinnati actually enters this game in better form with a 5-1 SU and ATS record over its last six games, but we like the Steelers to take care of business at home in this one.
Pittsburgh is 16-4 SU and 12-7-1 ATS over its last 20 games at home, and after a few off-games shaking off the cobwebs of his injury Ben Roethlisberger should be at 100% this week and ready to beat a team he has had plenty of success against over the course of his career. The Steelers are 8-2 SU and ATS over their last four games against the Bengals.
The winner of this game will control its own destiny for an AFC Wild Card spot. Despite Pittsburgh’s recent shaky play, at Heinz Field in December against the Bengals, they should be able to pull off a win.
Other lines available this week (all at Bet365) include Atlanta -3.5 at Detroit, Tennessee +13.0 at Green Bay, Oakland +9.5 at Carolina, Buffalo +4.5 at Miami, New England -14.0 at Jacksonville, Indianapolis -6.5 at Kansas City, New Orleans +3.0 at Dallas, St. Louis +3.0 at Tampa Bay, NY Giants +2.5 at Baltimore, Minnesota +7.5 at Houston, Cleveland +13.0 at Denver, Chicago -5.0 at Arizona, San Francisco +1.0 at Seattle, and San Diego +2.5 at NY Jets.