Betting On The Biggest Week 16 NFL Matchups

  • The LA Rams start NFL Week 16 as four-point favorites against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.
  • The Vikings are three-point home underdogs against the Detroit Lions on Christmas Eve.
  • On Saturday, the Bengals are two-point favorites against the slumping Steelers in Pittsburgh.

LOS ANGELES – Week 16 of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday night with the LA Rams hosting the New Orleans Saints, as four-point favorites. The Rams are currently holding on to the last Wild Card spot in the NFC, with the Saints and the Seahawks right behind them.

Rams At Saints Game Lines

Bet Type Saints Rams
ML +170 -200
Spread +4.0 (-110) -4.0 (-110)
Total Over 45.5 (-110) Under 45.5 (-110)

With a Rams win, LA will keep their spot in the playoffs for another week. While the Saints could jump into the Wild Card spot with a Week 16 win, the Tampa Bay Bucs will hold onto the divisional lead with a win against a beat-up Jacksonville team that is coming off of three straight losses.

As four teams in the NFC are currently sitting at 7-7, Week 16 feels like the playoffs to many teams.

Betting On Minnesota Vs Detroit

Bet Type Lions Vikings
ML -170 +145
Spread -3.0 (-110) +3.0 (-110)
Total Over 46.5 (-110) Under 46.5 (-110)

The NFC North-leading Detroit Lions are playing the Vikings for the first time this season in Week 16. The Vikings opened as three-point underdogs at home. During the 2023 season, the Vikings are 2-1 as home underdogs and have gone 7-3 straight up after a loss since 2022.

The Lions, however, have been very strong on the road as the favorite this season, going 4-1 both straight up and ATS. Detroit is the heavy favorite at USA online sportsbooks to win the North entering Week 16 with -20000 odds, as they would have to lose their last three games to not win the title and MN would have to win out.

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With only three weeks of regular season play remaining, there are only three teams eliminated from playoff contention from each conference.

Teams Eliminated From NFL Playoffs Entering Week 16:

  • Washington Commanders
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • New York Jets
  • Carolina Panthers
  • New England Patriots

Betting On Browning And The Bengals Staying Hot

Jake Browning and the Cincinnati Bengals have won three straight with an 8-6 record but still do not control their destiny. After beating the Vikings in OT, the Bengals have a 34% chance to make the playoffs, which would have fallen to 9% with a loss.

Cincy will be visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, with a chance to keep their playoff hopes alive. Similarly, the Steelers at 7-7 are trying to keep themselves in the hunt. Opposite of the Bengals, Pittsburgh has dropped their last three. After losing by 17 to the Colts, Mason Rudolph was announced the starter for Week 16.

Even though Pitt won their first matchup of the season, NFL sportsbooks have the Bengals as two-point favorites.

Bengals At Steelers Game Lines

Bet Type Bengals Steelers
ML -135 +115
Spread -2.0 (-110) +2.0 (-110)
Total Over 36.5 (-110) Under 36.5 (-110)