And just like that 13 weeks are essentially in the books in the NFL and now it's a five-week dash to the end of the regular season as a number of clubs gear up for a playoff push. One of the biggest games that we've seen to date occurs on Monday night in the Week 13 finale between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. That game has major implications for the current AFC playoff picture and has the potential to turn the current standings on its head.
While we wait for Week 13 to officially wrap up, now seems like as good of a time as ever to begin our research into this next collection of games and see what the opening lines are for each contest across the upcoming slate.
Week 14 early odds
(All lines from Caesars Sportsbook, all games on Sunday unless noted)
Opening line: Vikings -4
The Vikings have dropped down to a field goal favorite against Pittsburgh. That could partially be due to the team falling to the Lions and giving Detroit its first win of the season. Minnesota also may not have star receiver Adam Thielen for this game after he suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss. Meanwhile, the Steelers were able to keep their season alive by fending off the Baltimore Ravens at home. Minnesota has been a dreadful bet in this scenario as it is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games as a favorite and is 0-6 ATS as a home favorite.
Cowboys (8-4) at Washington (6-6)
Opening line: Cowboys -4.5
Dallas has bumped to a 5-point favorite in this head-to-head. The Cowboys come into this game with some extended rest after playing on Thursday, while Washington had to fly to Las Vegas to take on and beat the Raiders on Sunday. Dallas has fared quite well on the road as of late, owning a 5-1 ATS record over its last five road games and are a perfect 7-0 ATS in its last seven games against the NFC. Washington has also been a strong bet recently as it is riding a four-game cover streak coming into Week 14, but it has historically struggled against the NFC East. In its last 17 division games, Washington his 5-12 ATS.
Opening line: Titans -9.5
Tennessee jumped as high as an 11-point favorite, but that has since calmed down to Titans -10 coming out of Sunday. Mike Vrabel's team enjoyed a bye in Week 13 and will now look to continue their success when they host the Jaguars in Nashville. Jacksonville is coming off a blowout loss to the L.A. Rams where it managed just seven points and was shut out for the entire second half. That ATS loss moved the Jags to 4-8 ATS on the season, which is the second-worst mark in the league. Those struggles may continue as they face a Titans team that has been strong off the bye, owning a 4-0-1 ATS record following the break.
Opening line: Seahawks -6.5
The Seahawks are now a -7.5 point favorite over the Texans, which is a pivotal 1-point swing as it now gives Houston the hook with a touchdown. Seattle was able to come up with a goal-line stand to earn its fourth win of the year against the 49ers on Sunday in a game where Russell Wilson completed 81% of his passes. The Seahawks now travel to Texas to face a Houston team that was just shut out by the Colts and could be starting Davis Mills after Tyrod Taylor was benched in the midst of that loss. While the Texans don't really inspire much confidence to wager on, the Seahawks are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as a road favorite.
Raiders (6-6) at Chiefs (8-4)
Opening line: Chiefs -10
This number has come down slightly to Chiefs -9.5. While Kansas City was able to come away with the win over the Broncos, there's still plenty of questions around the offense. Patrick Mahomes threw for just 184 yards in the win that was largely propelled by the defense. Still, that may not mean much going up against a Raiders team that could still be without star tight end Darren Waller and also just lost running back Kenyan Drake for the year due to injury. Las Vegas is also 1-4 ATS in its last five game against the AFC West.
Opening line: Saints -6
The Saints have the luxury of enjoying some extended rest after playing on Thursday, but the quarterback situation will be worth watching. Taysom Hill suffered an injury to the middle finger in his throwing hand against Dallas. While he is reportedly going to attempt to play through it, the injury may impact his effectiveness. Meanwhile, the Jets are coming into this game following a loss to the Eagles where backup Gardner Minshew threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns. That blowout loss doesn't trend too favorably as New York is 1-5 ATS in its last six games following a double-digit loss at home. However, the Saints are 0-4 ATS against teams with a losing record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games as the favorite.
Opening line: Panthers -2.5
Carolina has since moved up to a field goal favorite in the NFC South showdown in Week 14. The Panthers were among the teams in the midst of their bye this past week, but that didn't stop them from making headlines as they fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady. While it remains to be seen what the offense will look like post-Brady, they'll take on a Falcons team that just allowed Tom Brady to throw for 369 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday. Both of these teams are not only 5-7 on the season but ATS as well, so something will need to give here. Over the last four home games, Carolina is 0-4 ATS and are also 0-4 ATS as a favorite. Those struggles at home could be something Atlanta capitalizes on as the Falcons are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games against teams with a losing home record.
Ravens (8-4) at Browns (6-6)
Opening line: Ravens -1
The line has been turned on its head as the Browns are now a 2-point favorite after they originally opened up as home dogs. This comes after the Ravens lost corner Marlon Humphrey, who portedly suffered a season-ending injury, in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh. Not only does Baltimore's defense take a hit with Humphrey going down, but the offense under Lamar Jackson has look disjointed in recent weeks, which likely has bettors losing faith in backing the Ravens. Now, they go on the road to face a Browns team that is coming off a Week 13 bye. In their last seven road games, the Ravens are 2-5 ATS.
Opening line: Chargers -7.5
L.A. has jumped up to a 10-point favorite in this game at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. The Chargers are coming off an impressive win over the Bengals where they got out to a 24-0 lead. While they did allow Cincinnati to get back within two points, they slammed the door shut with a 17-0 run to end the game. As for New York, the trip down to Miami wasn't as fruitful as it lost to the Dolphins, 20-9. Daniel Jones was out with a neck injury and backup quarterback Mike Glennon suffered a concussion in this game, which leaves his status going forward in question. One concern for L.A. in this game is that it has not played well as a favorite, going 1-5 ATS in its last five games.
Lions (1-10-1) at Broncos (6-6)
Opening line: Broncos -8
The Detroit Lions finally won a game! Dan Campbell was able to earn his first win with the franchise thanks to a last-second touchdown pass against Minnesota. Not only did they get into the win column, but they continue to be a fantastic bet as they move to 8-4 ATS on the year. They'll now travel to Denver to face a Broncos team that just lost to the Chiefs at Arrowhead and managed just nine points. Detroit is on a four-game cover streak heading into this matchup, while the Broncos are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a home favorite.
49ers (6-6) at Bengals (7-5)
Opening line: Bengals -2.5
It wouldn't be too surprising if this moved to a pick'em with Joe Burrow suffering an injury to his pinkie on his throwing hand in the loss to the Chargers on Sunday. He'll reportedly try to play through the injury, but it certainly is worth monitoring. San Francisco, meanwhile, lost a heartbreaker to the Seahawks as they couldn't tie the game after getting the ball to the Seattle 3-yard line with less than a minute to play and down seven. While Burrow's injury will impact how we view this game, Cincinnati has shown some pretty strong bounce-back ability. It is 5-1 ATS in its last six games following a straight up loss.
Bills (7-4) at Buccaneers (9-3)
Opening line: Buccaneers -3.5
Movement in this game likely won't come until after Buffalo takes on the Patriots on Monday night. However, the Bills know Tampa Bay's quarterback Tom Brady quite well from his two-decade tenure going up against them as a member of New England. Brady is also coming off a four-touchdown performance against the Falcons on Sunday. As of late, Buffalo has been a good bet when given points as it is 5-1 ATS in its last six games as an underdog. However, the Bucs have played well at Raymond James Stadium this season and are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games.
Opening line: Packers -11
Green Bay is now a 12.5-point favorite in the NFC North showdown with Chicago. The Packers were on a bye in Week 13, while Chicago hosted the Arizona Cardinals and felt the wrath of Kyler Murray as he made his return to action. The Bears allowed the Cards' QB to throw for two touchdowns and find the end zone twice with his legs in the loss. Andy Dalton was under center for Chicago with Justin Fields still injured and the veteran was less than stellar, throwing four interceptions. No matter who is under center for the Bears, taking down the Packers and possibly even covering could be a challenge. Green Bay is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games overall and 5-0 ATS in its last five home games.
Rams (8-4) at Cardinals (10-2), Monday
Opening line: Cardinals -2.5
Arizona has now moved to a field goal favorite following Kyler Murray's impressive return to action last week against Chicago. Meanwhile, the Rams were able to beat up on the Jaguars, but it still remains to be seen how they'll fare when going up against elite competition like they will on Monday night. L.A. is 1-5 ATS in its last six games and 1-4 ATS against teams with a winning record. As for the Cardinals, they are 4-0 ATS in their last four games vs. the NFC West.