Patriots favored to keep on rolling versus visiting 49ers

With six games matching teams with winning records this weekend the NFL will be must-see TV, and sets up for some great football betting action. Here's a quick preview of this weekend around the league with pointspreads in play as of Friday morning.

Sunday's good stuff starts off, among other places, in Chicago, where the 8-5 Bears - some of whom have been flapping their mouths this week - host the 9-4 Packers (1 pm ET, Fox). Green Bay leads Chicago by a game in the NFC North, and beat the Bears in the first meeting between the teams this season 23-10 back in Week 2. The Packers come in hot, having won seven of their last eight games, while Chicago is running a bit chilly with four losses over its last five games.

As of Friday most NFL betting outlets were listing Green Bay, which has also won the last five games in this rivalry, as three-point favorites over da Bears.

Division leaders clash when the 11-2 Falcons host the 8-5 Giants (1 pm ET, Fox). Atlanta, which just lost at Carolina, has already won the NFC South, and is now trying to lock up the top seed in the upcoming NFC playoffs. The Giants, meanwhile, just bombed New Orleans and lead the NFC East by a game over the Cowboys and Redskins.

As of Friday the Falcons, who lost a playoff game to the G-Men last January 24-2, were favored by one point over New York.

In a meeting of AFC division leaders the 10-3 Broncos visit the 9-4 Ravens (1 pm ET, CBS). Denver, after a 2-3 start, has won eight games in a row and already clinched the AFC West; Baltimore, after a 9-2 start, has lost its last two games although it still leads the AFC North.

As of Friday the Ravens were getting three points as home dogs vs. the Broncos.

In an AFC South battle the division-leading Texans, coming off a butt-kicking Monday night in New England, look to bounce back when they host the 9-4 Colts (1 pm ET, CBS). Houston, at 11-2, still leads the South by two games over Indy and the AFC by a game over the Pats and Broncos. The Colts, meanwhile, have won seven of their last eight games and would be the five seed in the AFC if the playoffs started today.

Most books, as of Friday, were listing the Texans as nine-point favorites over Indianapolis.

In a matchup of two teams trying to stay afloat in various playoff races the 7-6 Cowboys host the 7-6 Steelers (4:25 pm ET, CBS). As of Friday Pittsburgh was listed as a one-point favorite on the road at Dallas.

And in a possible Super Bowl preview Sunday night the 10-3 Patriots, after easily dumping Houston Monday night, host another division leader in the 9-3-1 Forty-Niners (8:20 pm ET, NBC).

As of Friday New England, which has already won the AFC East, was favored by five points over NFC West-leading San Francisco.




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