Week Twelve Four Team Teaser
My teaser hot streak came to an end on Thanksgiving when Jay Cutler got his first win in five tries at Lambeau Field on a night when two of Green Bay’s all-time heroes were on the field. Brett Favre kissed and made up with Packers brass and finally got his number in the rafters. Favre had legend Bart Starr on hand for the halftime festivities. I’m going to jump back on the horse with this four team teaser.
I’m going to start this teaser with the St. Louis Rams visiting the Cincinnati Bengals. After starting the season 8-0, the Bengals have lost their last two, including a 34-31 thriller against the Arizona Cardinals last week.
After taking a 14-7 lead into the half, the Bengals allowed 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to go down 28-21. Cincinnati fought back in the 4th, scoring two touchdowns and a game tying field goal with one-minute remaining. The Cardinals then covered 57-yards in 38 seconds, setting up a game-winning 32-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro.
St. Louis will try to stop a three game losing skid, including a 16-13 loss last week to the Baltimore Ravens. The Rams couldn’t hold on to a 13-3 lead entering the 4th quarter, giving up a TD pass to Kamar Aiken and two Justin Tucker field goals.
I expect this to be a defensive battle between two teams that are giving up less than 20-point per game. The Rams are a 9-point dog but with the 6-points we’re buying, we’re getting them at +15. I feel very confident the Rams will keep this one close.
Next I’ll look at the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Buffalo Bills in a battle pairing two 5-5 AFC teams. The Chiefs are currently sixth in the AFC, good the final Wild Card spot but the Bills are right there in the playoff picture too.
Kansas City has been playing great defense, winning their last four allowing less than 14-points/game, including a 33-3 victory in San Diego last week. Their offense is also ticking, scoring 29 or more points in their last 3.
Buffalo lost 20-13 last week on Monday night against the Patriots, a game that was overshadowed by terrible officiating. They had won their previous two against division rivals Dolphins and Jets holding them both to 17 points. The Bills are ranked 14th in points allowed per game at 22.7 and are holding opponents to under 100 rush yards/game.
America’s Bookie has the Bills a 6-point road dog with the number at 41½. Kansas City is a tough place to play, but Rex Ryan will have his team fired up and will keep it within a score.
The third game in our teaser will feature the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West match-up. Like I said above, the Cardinals are coming off a thrilling 34-31 win against the Bengals and there’s no way the 9ers keep up with this Cardinals team.
San Francisco is a 10-point home dog against a team they have won 7 of their last 10 against, but that was a MUCH different team than they will field this weekend. No team has taken a beating like the 49ers recently, losing multiple players for various reasons.
The most telling stat in this game would have to be the difference in points scored per game. The Cardinals are first in the league scoring 33.6/game with the 49ers dead last at 13.9. This one won’t be close.
The fourth and final game has the Seattle Seahawks playing host to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game that means a lot to both teams. The Steelers are currently 5th in the AFC and hold the first Wild Card berth while the Seahawks are the 8th seed in the NFC.
An injured Ben Roethlisberger came in after starting QB Landry Jones was injured on the Steelers second possession in their last game and threw for 379 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. Big Ben should be even healthier after the bye and will do his best to have his way against the Legion of Doom with the dynamic 1-2 punch of Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.
Seattle has won 3 of their last four with a win at home to the visiting 49ers last week. With Marshawn Lynch out with a sports-hernia, RB Thomas Rawls carved up SF’s defense like your Thanksgiving turkey, running for 209 yards and a touchdown. Seattle also got a big game from rookie WR Tyler Lockett, hauling in 4 receptions for 46 yards and 2 touchdowns.
This will be a tough fought game, one that sees the Seahawks a 3½-point favorite. These teams are very close in points for and points allowed with the Steelers scoring 23.6 points/game and the Seahawks scoring 22.8. On the defensive side, the numbers are near identical as Pittsburgh allows 19.1 points/game with Seattle allowing 19.2.
So here we are…log into your America’s Bookie account and take the St. Louis Rams +15 (B+6), Buffalo Bills +12 (B+6), Arizona Cardinals -4 (B+6) and Pittsburgh Steelers +9½ (B+6). Be sure to visit our Facebook page and give us a like so you don’t miss out on our great teasers and other sports information.
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