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Don’t Avoid Non-Playoff Teams for Teaser of the Week

While not every single game at the weekend has playoff implications, all present great betting opportunities to spot on the NFL odds board. Here, we look at a couple that can be placed in a two-team, 6-point teaser.

Two-Team, Six-Point Teaser

Washington Football Team -7 teased down to -1 (at New York Giants)

Washington coach Ron Rivera’s side is eliminated from the playoffs, but they have a great chance to finish the season on a high note against the hapless New York Giants, who are arguably the worst team in the league right now. Or at least one of the worst. The Jacksonville Jaguars make a strong case on that score, too.

Teaser of the Week
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Coach Joe Judge‘s side is in shambles. They’ve lost five straight games, including a blowout 29-3 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 17 that failed to whiff at the closing point spread for NFL picks against the spread.

The quarterback carousel leaves much to be desired. Ever since Daniel Jones’ season-ending injury, Judge has reverted between veteran Mike Glennon and rooke Jake Fromm. Granted, Jones was no savior, but the play of Glennon and Fromm have taken the Giants to a nadir few would have thought was even possible.

Fromm himself was self-deprecating when he commented on his NFL debut, saying “it couldn’t have gone worse.”

Washington is quite rightly the favorite in this game, but teasing down the line to a point is practically a no-brainer. Covering one point is a heck of a lot easier than trying to cover seven points.

New England Patriots -6½ teased down to -½ (at Miami Dolphins)

The Miami Dolphins are done and done, eliminated from the playoffs following a demoralizing 34-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 17. After stringing together a seven-game winning streak that seemed to promise entrance into the Promised Land, the Dolphins came crashing back down to earth.

Tua Tagovailoa was utterly disappointing and his inability to launch the Miami offense has brought back questions about his viability as a franchise quarterback. Questions that he’d thought – as many did – might have been put to bed after a strong second-half of the season.

All that’s left for the Dolphins now is to play spoilers. The Patriots have clinched a spot in the playoffs, but they can still win the AFC East title with a win over Miami and a Buffalo loss to the New York Jets.

According to betting online markets, New England’s probability of reclaiming the AFC East title this season is low. Nevertheless, the Patriots will still try to take care of their side of the coin and hope for the best outcome in their favor on the other side.

Rookie quarterback Mac Jones has had a solid season, but there’s no denying that this is going to be the biggest game of his career thus far. How he handles the pressure of the occasion remains to be seen. He has experience in big games, having led the Alabama Crimson Tide to a national championship last season.

The Patriots should win this game, but covering a touchdown might be expecting too much in a game that might be tougher than the sportsbooks would have it.

The Dolphins won’t be rolling out the red carpet. Not if coach Brian Flores can help it. That makes this a game a perfect fit for a six-point tease, which brings down the line to ½ point (or a pick’em). Even if this line moves up to Patriots -7 or -7½, teasing it down by six points makes sense.

Two-Team, 6-pt Teaser: Washington Football Team -1 and New England Patriots ½

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