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Controversial NFL Week 15 Betting Lines: Giants vs. Saints Spread Raises Eyebrows

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It’s been impressive to watch what the New York Giants have accomplished over the last month, riding a three-game winning streak, which didn’t seem possible for a team that looked as bad as the Giants earlier this season. And they’re doing it with an undrafted third-string quarterback named Tommy DeVito. The Giants aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire — they only beat the Commanders and Patriots before stepping up a class to the Packers on Monday night — but wins in the NFL are hard to come by, and they’ve dug out of a 2-8 hole to become a fringe playoff contender. Tommy Cutlets could keep the magic going at least another game with the New Orleans Saints on tap this week. At the very least, the Giants may be able to keep things closer than a six-point spread suggests, because New Orleans has trended in the opposite direction during DeVito’s run. Here’s a look at that game and a couple more lines I disagree with in Week 15, with odds from BetMGM. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports The Giants just went into prime time and beat a Packers team coming off consecutive wins over the Lions and Kansas City Chiefs. I’m not saying Tommy DeVito is the next Brock Purdy, but I am saying he’s sparked something in this team — enough for me to think a six-point spread against New Orleans is ridiculous. The Saints aren’t good. Even in snapping their three-game losing streak Sunday, their offense was out-gained by the Carolina Panthers. Give them the standard three-point home-field edge if you want, but nobody should be surprised if the Giants walk out of Caesars Superdome with a win. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports This spread is funny because it goes completely against the latest national media narratives, which paint the Cowboys as a potential Super Bowl contender and the Bills as an abject failure. But while narratives don’t and shouldn’t determine spreads, I can’t support favoring a team currently out of the playoff picture by almost a field goal over a team competing for the top seed in its conference. While I do think the Bills are better than their 7-6 record, they’re 7-6 for a reason. And the 10-3 Cowboys have all the defensive strengths to bring those reasons to the surface — and the MVP favorite at QB. Yeah, sure, Buffalo can win. But I’m surprised they aren’t underdogs here. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports The Lions are broken. Something is off with that team. And while I’m not the person to pinpoint what that specific thing (or things) is, I am the person to tell you they shouldn’t be favored by 5.5 points over any team with a pulse right now. That statement is complete 180 for me, after I said Detroit should have been favored by more than 3.5 over the Chicago Bears last week. I was wrong. The Lions lost outright. So forgive me if I don’t love their chances to cover while laying this many points against an even better Broncos squad. Gannett may earn revenue from sports betting operators for audience referrals to betting services. Sports betting operators have no influence over nor are any such revenues in any way dependent on or linked to the newsrooms or news coverage. Terms apply, see operator site for Terms and Conditions. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call the National Council on Problem Gambling 24/7 at 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, OH), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN). Must be 21 or older to gamble. Sports betting and gambling are not legal in all locations. Be sure to comply with laws applicable where you reside.

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