NFL Week 16 Look-Ahead Lines: Bengals Favored Over Ravens In Big Division Clash

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on December 19, 2021
NFL Week 16 look-ahead lines

NFL Week 16 look-ahead lines have hit the market, and a key divisional battle in the AFC North takes center stage. Baltimore has a slight lead over the Cincinnati heading into Week 15, but as long as the Bengals at least keep pace this week, they’ll be set to wrest the division from the Ravens with a home win. Such a win would give them a season sweep and a leg up.

How does the market line this game and others more than a week out of Week 16 action?

Every week, usually on Thursday, TheLines will post look-ahead lines from FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook. These look aheads give an early snapshot of the current market opinions of teams absent the week-to-week bias that can take hold following weekend results.

NFL Week 16 Look-Ahead Lines

Game
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49ers at Titans
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Titans -1 (+100)
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Titans -1 (-108)
Browns at Packers
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Packers -6.5
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Colts at Cardinals
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Cardinals -4
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Cardinals -3.5
Giants at Eagles
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Eagles -8.5
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Eagles -8.5
Rams at Vikings
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Rams -3 (-120)
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Rams -3.5 (-105)
Bills at Patriots
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Patriots -2
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Patriots -2
Buccaneers at Panthers
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Buccaneers -11
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Buccaneers -11
Jaguars at Jets
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Jets -1
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Jets -1 (-108)
Lions at Falcons
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Falcons -6
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Falcons -6.5
Chargers at Texans
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Chargers -10.5
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Chargers -10.5
Ravens at Bengals
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Bengals -2.5
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Bengals -2
Bears at Seahawks
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Seahawks -7
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Seahawks -7 (-105)
Broncos at Raiders
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Broncos -1 (-105)
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Broncos -1
Steelers at Chiefs
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Chiefs -9.5
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Chiefs -8.5
Football Team at Cowboys
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Cowboys -9
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Cowboys -8.5
Dolphins at Saints
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Saints -3 (-112)

Week 16 NFL Primetime Games

Thursday Night Football Odds

Don’t expect much movement at all here, at least meaningful movement. Considering how strong the market has been on the 49ers in the past few weeks, it’s a bit surprising to see them as underdogs here to the Titans. Since the Titans have a very losable game this week and the Niners should roll, we could see this line flipping the other way to Niners as road favorites, but it seems incredibly unlikely it gets to the key number of -3 unless the Titans look incredibly awful.

Sunday Night Football Odds

Washington is one of the teams dealing with the biggest deluge of COVID-19 cases. They’re up to 21 players on the list as of Thursday morning, an amazing and dangerous number as far the ability to put a coherent football team on the field. Of course, many of those players could come back by next week. But, if they look disjointed and awful in Week 15 — an increasing possibility with QB Taylor Heinicke also banged up — this line could inch up to Dallas -10 or -10.5. Otherwise, again, don’t expect much in the way of movement.

Monday Night Football Odds

The Saints have looked pretty rough since Taysom Hill took over, with a convincing loss at the hands of the Cowboys and then an easy win against the Jets. Now, they have a brutal matchup on the road against a Tampa team that looks built to feast on this limited offense. The Dolphins, meanwhile, have been rolling for more than a month now and will also put a lot of pressure on this offense. As long as the placement of Jaylen Waddle on the COVID list doesn’t preclude a string of cases, the Dolphins look like decent value getting a key number that could easily disappear if the Saints get blasted.

MORE POTENTIAL WEEK 15 IMPACT ON WEEK 16 LOOK-AHEAD LINES

Ravens At Bengals

One of the teams that seems to have the most potential variance in terms of Week 15 performance is the Baltimore Ravens. On paper, as home dogs to the red-hot Packers, this looks like a tough spot for them. Particularly so with Lamar Jackson’s status in question. But if Jackson shows up and plays well, given the pedigree and culture of this team, would you even be surprised if they won the game? If the market’s pessimism proves warranted, though, expect the Bengals to hit -3 here.

Colts At Cardinals

The Cardinals have a layup this week against the woeful Lions, so they seem unlikely to move the needle much either way here. The opposite is true of the Colts, though, who have a huge matchup on deck with New England. If they win, particularly in impressive fashion, we wouldn’t expect this line to last above +3. It seems hard to imagine it dropping below that number, but this might be the last chance to get +3.5 or even +4 on a team the market has realized is one of the better ones in the league.

HOW TO USE NFL LOOK-AHEAD LINES

The look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.

Many bettors tend to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The NFL Week 16 look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker. They sometimes offer a clear, unbiased snapshot of perceived team strength

Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines once the weekend results take hold. See if you can find any over- or under-reactions by the market.

Of course, always take note of key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths, weaknesses, against-the-spread angles and personnel matchups.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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