Early as it seems and even with the 2016 NFL draft yet to take place, CG Technology—formerly known as Cantor Gaming—stuck to its tradition of releasing early NFL lines for every pro football game of the upcoming season by providing early 2016-17 regular season lines from Week 1 to Week 16. Below is brief look at the top biggest point spreads of the upcoming season, as per the numbers released by CG Technology last week.
Biggest Pro Football Betting Point Spreads Of The 2016 NFL Season
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WEEK 3: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-14)
When Seattle played San Francisco at home last season, it was favored by 14 points and managed to win the game by 13 points. In spite of not covering the spread last year, the Seahawks managed to extend their record to four straight wins by double-digits when playing at home against San Francisco. As a concern, though, the Seahawks only won four home games by double digits last season, and the 49ers could be surprisingly good in their rebuilding season, so beating San Francisco by that many points may not be easy.
WEEK 2: San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (-11.5)
Are the 49ers going to be this bad? Carolina, no doubt, is coming off a big season that saw Cam Newton manhandle opponents at home, outscoring their opponents by 16 PPG in Carolina. But San Francisco hanged pretty well a good number of times last year, which should motivate the newly-coached Niners to lose respectably or surprise Carolina altogether, right?
WEEK 7: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-11.5)
So, Johnny Manziel is no longer in Cleveland, but the Browns are still making headlines for all the wrong reasons. This game against Cincinnati is one of the 16 games that Cleveland has not been favored to win, which ties the Browns with San Francisco as the only two teams that haven’t been favored in any regular season game between Week 1 and Week 16. San Francisco, though, has some “bragging rights” as it is a pick-em in three games, so Cleveland has to own up to the reputation of being NFL’s preseason worst team in 2016. Name-calling aside, the Browns (who are the biggest longshot to win Super Bowl LI at 200-1) lost to Cincinnati by 21 points when the two teams met last season, with the Bengals covering the spread as 13-point favorites. But then again, Cleveland has a slightly better QB now in Robert Griffin III, who was a real sensation as a rookie and has largely struggled recently due to lack of game time and repeated injuries. If RGIII can stay healthy in 2016, he should be capable of causing some trouble to Cincinnati, especially because Cincy’s Andy Dalton has never been the most dependable of QBs in the league.
WEEK 10: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (-10.5)
Okay, either the Odssmakers are disrespecting coach Chip Kelly a tad too much because his Philly experiments failed last year, or they know something else that we don’t know. I mean, we all know that Arizona (as a 7-point home favorite against the 49ers last season) delivered a 47-7 blowout win over San Francisco in Week 3. But then again, the Cardinals showed the ability to allow cheap points in some games, so you should take this 2016 matchup with a grain of salt. After all, the Cards have not covered the spread as a double-digit favorite since 2009 in spite of winning both games (2-0 SU, 0-2 ATS), so it wouldn’t be a surprise if San Francisco did well enough to take the points here.
Here are the other top spreads that round up our list of top-10 point spreads in 2016:
- WEEK 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-10)
- WEEK 6: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks (-10)
- WEEK 9: Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks (-10)
- WEEK 11: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (-10)
- WEEK 14: San Diego Chargers at Carolina Panthers (-10)
- WEEK 15: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-10)