We are officially down to the final five weeks of the 2020 regular season and this is when the action starts to heat up. We’ve got several big games that could decide playoff seeding and which teams make the tournament. To get you ready for the hectic week ahead, here are the five Week 13 NFL Betting Trends you need to know before placing your favorite bets.
Week 13 NFL Betting Trends
1. The Los Angeles Rams have won five straight games over the Cardinals.
One of the most important games of the week features two NFC West teams coming off tough losses. The Rams and the Cardinals will play on Sunday and then once again in Week 17. With both teams aspiring to win the division, this is a critical game to keep pace with the Seattle Seahawks.
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Not only that, but a loss for a team like the Cardinals could be devastating for their playoff chances as they would fall to 6-6 on the season.
This will be a fascinating game as Sean McVay has had a ton of success against the Cardinals as of late. His teams have now won five straight games against the Cardinals with several of those games being blowouts. Look for the kid genius to find a way to win a sixth straight game over Kliff Kingsbury and Arizona this week.
2. The New York Giants are 8-1 ATS in their last nine road games.
Believe it or not, the New York Giants are currently leading the NFC East after 12 weeks. But to keep that top spot in the division, they will have to figure out a way to win some games over the final five weeks. In Week 13, the Giants will travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.
While the Seahawks have now won five-straight home games, it is worth mentioning that the Giants have been excellent against the spread on the road. New York has now covered in eight of their last nine road games, with their only “failed" cover coming last week in their win (-6.5) against the Bengals in Cincinnati.
The Giants are an improving team and have found ways to hang around on the road. If injured QB Daniel Jones (hamstring) suits up, New York has a chance to do the same this week against the Seahawks, who will be on a short week after playing on Monday Night Football.
If the Giants are forced to play Colt McCoy under center … maybe not.
3. The Cleveland Browns have failed to cover the spread in 10 of their last 11 road games.
This is a trend that we wrote about last week as the Browns continue to fall short on the road when it comes to the spread. Despite getting a narrow win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12, they failed to cover the spread once again.
That means that the Cleveland Browns have now failed to cover the spread on the road in 10 of their last 11 games.
This week, the Browns will face a red-hot Tennessee Titans team that is giving 5.5 points. Can Cleveland keep this game within a touchdown? That remains to be seen, but it’s fair to wonder how much we should trust this Browns’ team on the road for the remainder of the season.
4. The Indianapolis Colts have lost five of their last six games against AFC South opponents.
It’s hard to argue that Frank Reich isn’t one of the top coaches in the NFL. Despite numerous quarterback changes over the last few seasons, he’s found a way to keep his Colts competitive.
However, one of his biggest struggles of late has been in the division. He’s now lost five of his last six divisional games, with the only win occurring on Thursday Night Football earlier this year against the Titans.
This week, his Colts will take on the Texans, who have played much better over the last few weeks but now must make a go of it without the suspendedWill Fuller. Indianapolis has historically fared well against Houston, but can they get a crucial win in Week 13?
This is shaping up as a must-win game for the Colts if they want to catch the Titans atop of the AFC South.
5. Under Jon Gruden, the Las Vegas Raiders are 4-8 when playing on the East Coast at 1:00 p.m. ET since 2018.
This one may be a little specific, but it checks out. Whenever the Raiders are forced to travel from the West Coast to the East Coast and play an early afternoon game, the results haven’t been great. Since 2018, they’ve won just four of 12 games, with one of those wins in Week 1 vs. Carolina.
As we saw in Week 12, the Raiders came out flat against the Falcons and were embarrassed. That was an important game for Las Vegas, which now sits at 6-5, currently on the outside looking in for the playoff picture.
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This week, the Raiders will travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the winless Jets. The Raiders fell into a similar trap last season as they were blown out by a bad Jets team.
Will they be able to avoid another 1:00 p.m. failure on the East Coast? Despite the 7.5 point spread, this might be a game you want to avoid in Week 13.
Marcus Mosher is an NFL analyst at The Game Day, residing in Erie, PA. He covers the NFL from a betting and fantasy perspective, producing written and video content. Marcus currently hosts multiple football-related podcasts and is a managing editor at USA Today’s Sports Media Group covering the Las Vegas Raiders. He has previously worked at The Athletic and Bleacher Report.
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