Week 13 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday when the Detroit Lions play host to the reeling Green Bay Packers. Despite Green Bay’s struggles, oddsmakers at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com have installed them as three-point road favorites.
The visiting team is just 1–5 straight up and against the spread in its last six games in this matchup between division rivals; however, the Packers are 19-8 against the spread in their last 27 games against their division.
The matchup between the Steelers and the Colts has been flexed into the Sunday Night Football slot, with Pittsburgh an early seven-point favorite despite the fact that Ben Roethlisberger was evaluated for a concussion following Sunday’s loss in Seattle.
There are other divisional battles on the horizon as well. Kansas City hits the road to face the Raiders in Oakland, and the Chiefs are being given some major respect by the oddsmakers, being installed as 2.5-point favorites. The Raiders are 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven games as home underdogs according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
In the NFC South, the undefeated Carolina Panthers are big seven-point favorites as they visit the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a showdown with the Saints. The Saints are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games as underdogs.
Other matchups for Week 13 include a battle of New York, as the Giants technically host the Jets in a game that is listed as a pick’em at the sportsbooks. Seattle visits Minnesota in a pivotal NFC matchup, and that game is also set as an early pick’em.