Most of the underdogs in Week 14 are on the road. NFL underdog betting lines for away teams provide plenty of opportunities for bettors this week.
So, let’s take a closer look at the current NFL odds associated with the road dogs this week before you lay any action.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) vs. Minnesota Vikings
Who are the Pittsburgh Steelers? Are they the team that beat the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens? Or are they the team that tied the Detroit Lions and failed to cover against the Chicago Bears?
I’m not sure, but this much I know: the Steelers have a fantastic record against the spread as an underdog (5-2). In addition, their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, has thrown for nine touchdowns and only two interceptions in the past five weeks.
The Minnesota Vikings rank 23rd in passing yards allowed and give up an average of 25.4 points per game. In three of their past five, Vikings’ opponents have scored 30 or more points.
Given the Steelers’ record as an underdog ATS and Big Ben’s recent play, I like the Steelers to cover this week.
Chicago Bears (+12.5) vs. Green Bay Packers
The Chicago Bears (+12.5) opened as heavy underdogs for their road game against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won their previous meeting 24-14 in Week 6.
Justin Fields started that game for the Bears, throwing for 174 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He also had 43 rushing yards on six attempts.
With Andy Dalton back at quarterback, the Bears have dropped three straight, including a 33-22 home loss last week at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. Dalton threw four picks, and he got sacked three times.
The Packers will be coming off their bye week, so they’ll be well-rested. This season, they are 5-0 at home with a 10-2 record ATS.
Still, the spread is a wide margin to cover. The Packers have only been a double-digit favorite once this season (-11.5 against the Lions). Moreover, Green Bay’s defense has shown recent vulnerability, allowing 28 and 34 points in their previous two games.
Whether Dalton or Fields starts this week, I like the Bears to cover because of their pass defense, which has the third-most sacks in the NFL (33) and allows the sixth-fewest passing yards per game (207.8).
Jacksonville Jaguars (+340) vs. Tennessee Titans
The Titans beat the Jags earlier in the season 37-19 when Derrick Henry ran for three touchdowns. Take away that offensive production, and the Titans are in a vulnerable spot.
Jacksonville has trouble putting points on the board, and Tennessee, without Henry, continues to have offensive struggles. The Titans’ offense only scored 13 in their previous two, and QB Ryan Tannehill threw for two touchdowns and five interceptions in those games.
The +340 offers just enough risk/reward for me to place a bet on Jacksonville this week.
This Week’s NFL Underdog Betting Lines
In 2021, NFL underdogs cover the spread at a rate of 55.4%. That means you have to find which underdogs have the best chance each week. So consider these three road dogs when you make your next wager.
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