NFL, Week 14 opening lines: Denver, New England biggest chalk

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New England was expected to open as 12-point favorites against Cleveland while Denver was already installed as 2-TD chalk against the Titans. See the Week 14 NFL opening lines courtesy of Odds Shark.

Week 14 opens with a whimper Thursday night and ends with an absolute bang with dynamite matchups with late Sunday matches and a solid-looking Monday Nighter.

Somehow, a 2-10 team manages to be favored on the road on Thursday night, as the Texans opened at -3 at Jacksonville.

And the Patriots and Broncos predictably opened as the week's biggest favorites as they host the Browns and Titans respectively.

But the Sunday Night action — Seattle small road favorites at San Francisco and the Panthers small road underdogs at New Orleans — are the must-wager games of the week, according to Jack Randall of OddsShark.com.

"Those divisional clashes will go a long way to deciding the playoff order in the NFC, so it's compelling drama and compelling NFL betting odds drama too," he said Tuesday.

Check out the opening numbers, courtesy of 5Dimes, and watch for several games to sort themselves out a bit later (as several games remained off the board Tuesday).

Houston -3 at Jacksonville +3, Total 43Matchup Report

Trends: Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Jacksonville.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville's last 5 games.

Minnesota +9 at Baltimore -9, Total 43 — Matchup Report

Trends: Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Baltimore.
Baltimore is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home.

Miami +3 at Pittsburgh -3, Total 41Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games.
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami.

Indianapolis +5.5 at Cincinnati -5.5, Total 44.5Matchup Report

Trends: Indianapolis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home.

Buffalo +2.5 at Tampa Bay -2.5, Total 43Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games on the road.
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Buffalo.

Cleveland at New England OFF Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing New England.
New England is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home.

Kansas City -3 at Washington +3, Total 45Matchup Report

Trends: Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington.
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games at home.

Oakland +2.5 at NY Jets -2.5, Total 40.5 — Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the NY Jets last 10 game.

Atlanta at Green Bay OFFMatchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Green Bay.
Green Bay20-4-1 SU in its last 25 games at home.

Detroit +2.5 at Philadelphia -2.5, Total 54.5Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home.

Tennessee +13.5 at Denver -13.5, Total 49.5Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tennessee's last 8 games when playing Denver.
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home.

St. Louis +7 at Arizona -7, Total 41.5Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona.
Arizona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home.

NY Giants +3 at San Diego -3, Total 47.5Matchup Report

Trends: NY Giants are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Diego's last 8 games.

Seattle -2.5 at San Francisco, Total 41.5 — Matchup Report

Trends: Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games.
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle.

Carolina +4.5 at New Orleans, Total 44.5Matchup Report

Trends: Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games.
New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home.

Dallas at Chicago OFF Matchup Report

Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Dallas.

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