And NFLbets is going to have to zag on both.
Tennessee Tians +9½ at Buffalo Bills
Tennessee should be extremely concerned about last week’s game in New York, a game in which the defense generated five sacks and two turnovers while the Titans’ passing game was 110 yards better than the Giants’ – yet they were outscored 21-8 in the second half. Aside from his long of just 18 yards, Derrick Henry averaged 3.4 yards per on 20 carries. Meanwhile, the Bills looked crazy good, extending to eight games their streak of scoring 27 points or more; Buffalo has averaged 32.6 over that span, and NFLbets does not believe the Titans can get over 21 points right now – particularly when facing the no.1 defense of 2021. Take the Buffalo Bills -9½ vs Tennessee.
Carolina Panthers +1½ at New York Giants
This is what happens when you pick a surprise team to make the playoffs: They surprise you – in the wrong way. NFLbets is all-out on the 2022 Carolina Panthers as the no. 7 seed in the NFC playoffs. (We’re into the Seahawks for at least a week.)
Fair enough, Carolina faced a very talented Cleveland Browns side last week, but some of these offensive numbers are pitiful: The Panthers managed just 15 first downs and *54* yards rushing with Christian McCaffrey good for just 33 yards on 10 carries while the defense surrendered an insane 217 yards rushing. How much do you figure Saquon Barkley, who looked like Jim Brown last week against the Titans, will fare against this D?
NFLbets figures the Giants are that team the sportsbooks can’t quite get a hold on early. Take the Carolina Panthers +1½ at the Giants.