NFL Week 6 Live Betting Weekend & MNF Preview At Bovada
Back in the preseason, a Green Bay Packers-Houston Texans Super Bowl matchup looked quite likely. After all, the Packers were the favorites to win the NFC championship and the Texans were only slightly behind New England to take the franchise's first AFC title.
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As Green Bay and Houston prepare for their huge Week 6 Sunday night matchup at Reliant Stadium, the Texans remain on course for a trip to New Orleans as 5-0. However, a loss this week would leave Green Bay at 2-4 and very much in playoff danger. The Texans are 3-point favorites at Bovada and there will be live play-by-play betting available.
The Packers suffered one of their most improbable losses in years when they fell 30-27 as a 6.5-point favorite at Indianapolis last Sunday. Green Bay blew a 21-3 halftime lead and allowed rookie QB Andrew Luck to throw for a career-high 362 yards and the winning score with 35 seconds left.
That defeat dropped the Pack from 9/1 to win the Super Bowl to 15/1. The Packers aren't favored to win the NFC North any longer, moving from -150 to +175. Chicago (4-1) is now the division favorite at +110 and ahead of Green Bay on Super Bowl odds at 12/1. Since starting last season 13-0, Green Bay is just 4-5 (including playoffs) and has lost and all three road games.
On the bright side for Green Bay, it is 4-0 all-time in the city of Houston, although only one of those games was vs. the Texans (three vs. Oilers) and it was way back in 2004. The Packers also have the best winning percentage in the NFL in Sunday night games at .783 (18-5). This will be the first time Green Bay has been an underdog in a game in which Aaron Rodgers started since the playoffs following the 2010 season when the Pack won their Super Bowl. The Packers were home dogs in the regular-season finale last season vs. Detroit but Rodgers didn't play.
Both teams will be missing key players Sunday night. The Packers lost leading rusher Cedric Benson for at least the next eight games with a foot injury. The Texans have the AFC's No. 1 overall and scoring defense, but they lost star linebacker Brian Cushing for the season to a torn ACL in Monday night's win at the New York Jets. Houston remains the 4/1 Super Bowl favorite at the book.
Other Live Betting Games
*-Cowboys at Ravens (-4, 44): Dallas had last week off to think about its home blowout loss on Monday, Oct. 1 vs. Chicago in which Tony Romo tied a career-high with five interceptions.
Romo gets all the blame when the Dallas offense struggles, but the running game has been mostly inept. The Cowboys (2-2) are averaging 67.8 yards a game on the ground, which is 29th in the league. The Baltimore run defense isn't what it used to be as it allows 118.4 yards per game, No. 18. But the Ravens only all 3.5 yards per carry, which is No. 8.
The Ravens (4-1) carry an NFL-high 13-game home winning streak into this game but have failed to cover five of the past six there. In Baltimore's lone defeat this season, 24-23 at Philadelphia, the Eagles were able to control the ball for more than 34 minutes by rushing the ball 41 times. And last week in a near-upset Kansas City ran the ball 50 times for 214 yards and also held the ball more than 34 minutes.
Baltimore and Dallas haven't played since 2008.
*-Giants at 49ers (-6.5, 46): It's a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on Sunday as San Francisco looks for a little payback vs. New York.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin no doubt will play the underdog card as he did last winter when the Giants won 20-17 in overtime as 2-point underdogs despite Eli Manning being sacked six times. New York also visited San Francisco last regular season and lost 27-20 when a Manning pass was knocked down at the Niners' 10 with 34 seconds remaining.
But that regular-season game was in November and obviously this one happens in October. That's good news for Giants backers as Manning is 24-5 (.828) in his career as a starter in October, the best mark among quarterbacks who began their career in the Super Bowl era.
The Niners (4-1) lead the NFL in scoring defense at 13.6 ppg but suddenly have become an offensive juggernaut. They have beaten the Jets and Bills by a combined score of 79-3 the past two games. Against Buffalo, San Francisco became the first team in NFL history to have 300 yards of passing and rushing offense - the 49ers lead the NFL in rushing.
The Giants, meanwhile, have averaged 39.3 points in their three wins this season and 17.0 in their two losses. New York ranks second in the NFL in scoring (30.4 ppg) and passing.
It's certainly possible these two meet again in this year's playoffs. San Francisco is the -350 favorite to win the NFC West and the 9/4 favorite to win the conference. New York is a slight +150 favorite to win the East over Philadelphia and at 9/1 to repeat as NFC champion.
*-Monday, Broncos at Chargers (-1.5, 50): Sometimes a certain team can just give a quarterback problems. And the San Diego Chargers are one of those rare teams to give Peyton Manning trouble in his Hall of Fame career.
The last time we saw Manning on "Monday Night Football," he threw three interceptions in his first eight attempts and had a season-low 241 yards in a 27-21 loss at Atlanta. Since then, Manning has thrown for at least 330 yards in each of the next three games with eight touchdowns and no picks, but Denver is 1-2.
Of course this will be the first time Manning faces the Chargers in Broncos colors, but he has lost five of his past six games vs. San Diego. A win Monday would give Denver (2-3) a tie of the AFC West lead with San Diego (3-2) and an early key tiebreaker advantage.
Denver and San Diego each won on the other's field last year and both were down to the wire. NFL fans probably well remember their Week 5 matchup when a Broncos backup QB named Tim Tebow nearly rallied Denver to a victory. He didn't, but the performance earned Tebow the starting job the rest of the season and he led the Broncos to the AFC West title and became sort of famous.
The Broncos are currently -110 favorites to win the division, while San Diego is +120.
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