2021 NFL Week 6 Lines and Movement

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2021 NFL Week 6 Lines and Movement

NFL Week 5 delivered a variety: Shootouts (41 combined points in a quarter), blowouts (hello, Mr. Brady), missed field goals (five in eight minutes of game time), an improvised kicking net across the pond, and a Sunday Night Football statement.

Fun times. But it’s time to move on. Don’t tell that to Mr. Brady.

In-store for Week 6 are NFL lines and movement taking shape for the next slate of games.

These charts of Tier One and Tier Two sportsbooks detail line movement for every NFL game from the opening to current numbers and where money influences point spreads as the week progresses. These charts are updated daily, so check back throughout the week as we detail the point-spread movement, not just in the numbers but also in the game-by-game synopses. 

Here are the top two tiers of sportsbooks and where the numbers are moving or staying, as of late Saturday night:

TIER ONE

NFL WEEK 6 GAMESOPENING FAV., OCT. 10DRAFTKINGSFANDUELBETMGMCAESARS
TNF: Buccaneers 28, Eagles 22Buccaneers -6.5Buccaneers -6.5Buccaneers -6.5Buccaneers -7Buccaneers -7
LONDON: Dolphins at JaguarsDolphins -2.5Dolphins -3Dolphins -3Dolphins -3Dolphins -3
Texans at ColtsColts -10Colts -10Colts -10Colts -10Colts -10
Packers at BearsPackers -4.5Packers -5.5Packers -6Packers -6Packers -6
Chiefs at Football TeamChiefs -5.5Chiefs -6.5Chiefs -7Chiefs -6.5Chiefs -6.5
Vikings at PanthersPanthers -1Vikings -2.5Vikings -2.5Vikings -2.5Vikings -2.5
Chargers at RavensRavens -3Ravens -2.5Ravens -3Ravens -2.5Ravens -2.5
Bengals at LionsBengals -3.5Bengals -3.5Bengals -3.5Bengals -3.5Bengals -3.5
Rams at GiantsRams -6.5Rams -9Rams -8Rams -8.5Rams -8
Cardinals at BrownsBrowns -3Browns -3.5Browns -3.5Browns -3.5Browns -3.5
Raiders at BroncosBroncos -2.5Broncos -4Broncos -4.5Broncos -4Broncos -4
Cowboys at PatriotsCowboys -1Cowboys -3.5Cowboys -3.5Cowboys -3.5Cowboys -3.5
SNF: Seahawks at SteelersSeahawks -2.5Steelers -5Steelers -4.5Steelers -5Steelers -5
MNF: Bills at TitansBills -3.5Bills -5.5Bills -5.5Bills -5.5Bills -5.5
BYES: SF, ATL, NYJ, NO
Odds as of late Saturday night, Oct. 16. Updated once daily

TIER TWO

NFL WEEK 6 GAMESOPENING FAV., OCT. 10BETRIVERSBETFREDFOX BETPOINTSBET
TNF: Buccaneers 28, Eagles 22Buccaneers -6.5Buccaneers -7Buccaneers -7Buccaneers -6.5Buccaneers -6.5
LONDON: Dolphins at JaguarsDolphins -2.5Dolphins -3Dolphins -3Dolphins -2.5Dolphins -3
Texans at ColtsColts -10Colts -10Colts -10Colts -10Colts -10
Packers at BearsPackers -4.5Packers -6Packers -6Packers -6Packers -6
Chiefs at Football TeamChiefs -5.5Chiefs -7Chiefs -7Chiefs -6.5Chiefs -6.5
Vikings at PanthersPanthers -1Vikings -2.5Vikings -2Vikings -2.5Vikings -2.5
Chargers at RavensRavens -3Ravens -2.5Ravens -3Ravens -2.5Ravens -2.5
Bengals at LionsBengals -3.5Bengals -3.5Bengals -3.5Bengals -3.5Bengals -3.5
Rams at GiantsRams -6.5Rams -8.5Rams -7.5Rams -8Rams -8
Cardinals at BrownsBrowns -3Browns -3.5Browns -3.5Browns -3.5Browns -3.5
Raiders at BroncosBroncos -2.5Broncos -4Broncos -3.5Broncos -4Broncos -4
Cowboys at PatriotsCowboys -1Cowboys -3.5Cowboys -3.5Cowboys -3.5Cowboys -3.5
SNF: Seahawks at SteelersSeahawks -2.5Steelers -5Steelers -4.5Steelers -5.5Steelers -5
MNF: Bills at TitansBills -3.5Bills -5.5Bills -6Bills -5.5Bills -5.5
BYES: SF, ATL, NYJ, NO
Odds as of late Saturday night, Oct. 16. Updated once daily

As of Saturday night:

  • Buccaneers at Eagles: The Bucs hit the board as 6.5-point favorites traveling to Philly for Thursday Night Football and Sunday night money pushed them to a key number of seven, as early Bucs backers locked in value under a touchdown on the favorites at the opening number. DraftKings was the lone book to offer 6.5 points on Monday. By Tuesday, DraftKings held at that number and PointsBet moved to seven and “the hook” (7.5) while the rest stayed at seven points. Half the books on Wednesday took enough money on the Eagles to drop the spread to -6.5, offering another opportunity for Bucs backers under a touchdown. The Eagles scored late and converted their two-point attempt for the final points of the game in a 28-22 loss, and cover for Birds backers.
  • Dolphins at Jaguars: For the NFL’s second straight week in London, early bettors took the Dolphins favored under a field goal to beat the Jaguars, pushing the spread to a stagnant three points from the opener of 2.5 on Sunday night. Dolphins backers returned Monday, snubbing the stagnation and snagging -3 to move the spread over a key number. The market stayed at 3.5 points on Tuesday. By Wednesday, only two books listed Dolphins -3.5 as the others moved back to three points. The market was a consensus Dolphins -3 from Thursday through Saturday, except at FOX Bet (-2.5).
  • Texans at Colts: The largest opening spread for NFL Week 6, BetMGM and BetRivers received enough action on the Colts ahead of their Monday night game at Baltimore to move the spread past a key number of 10, while other books that offered 10 points stayed stationary. On Monday, FOX Bet bumped the Colts to -10.5 while Betfred and PointsBet kept it off their boards. By Tuesday, market-moving money hit the underdog Texans, as seven of eight above-listed books were at Colts -9.5, moving under a key number in NFL betting (3-6-7-10). Wednesday action on the Colts moved the market back to -10 across the board, where it held throughout Thursday, Friday and late Saturday.
  • Packers at Bears: The opener of 4.5 points was the current number through Tuesday, as money hadn’t moved it off the starting point, except at Betfred, which ticked down to four points thanks to Bears bettors. Wednesday was much the same with only PointsBet joining Betfred at Packers -4. Thursday was when Packers backers struck, fluctuating Green Bay to -5, -5.5 and -6 across the market. Late Saturday night, Packers erased 5s, moving Green Bay to -6 everywhere except DraftKings (-5.5).
  • Chiefs at Football Team: Kansas City crept up a full point from -5.5 as early money at books that offered a spread backed them to cover in D.C. By Monday, all books offered Chiefs -6.5. Come Tuesday, the number uniformly moved to Chiefs -7. That’s when money hit the Football Team as the spread fell to 6.5 points at all books except BetMGM until Thursday, when “The King of Sportsbooks” joined the rest of the market. By late Saturday night, books getting Chiefs action bumped them to -7 and the remainder held at -6.5, giving bettors both sides of a key-number coin.
  • Vikings at Panthers: The Panthers got slight support early to move to -1.5 at some books, while the rest of books sat at the opening number of one point late Sunday night. On Monday, more books moved to Panthers -1.5 and Betfred went to -2. Tuesday was a different story. All books flipped to Vikings -1 as heavy support on the road team moved them from short dogs to short favorites, following early money hitting the Panthers. Wednesday action ticked the Vikings to -1.5 at a few books and Thursday brought more Vikings support up to -2 and -2.5. Seven of right books on Saturday night listed Vikings -2.5 (Betfred, Vikings -2).
  • Chargers at Ravens: Early bettors backed the Ravens to cover three points against the Chargers before Colts-Ravens capped NFL Week 5, moving Baltimore to -3.5 across the board. As of late Monday night, the Ravens were in a range of -3, -3.5 and off the board at Betfred and PointsBet. By Tuesday, bettors hammered the Chargers at +3.5, moving the spread to three points and Ravens -2.5 at FOX Bet. Enough Chargers support moved the spread to 2.5 points at three books on Wednesday. By Thursday, BetRivers was the lone books to list this spread at three points as all others received enough Chargers money to move to 2.5 points. Only FanDuel and Betfred had Ravens -3 by Saturday night.
  • Bengals at Lions: No significant backing budged this point spread off the opening number at any book except BetRivers, moving to Bengals -3.5. By Tuesday, the rest of the market followed that lead after taking consistent money on the Bengals for a move to -3.5, where it stayed on Wednesday through Saturday night with no Lions money biting on three and “the hook” (+3.5).
  • Rams at Giants: The biggest mover of Week 6 early on, the Rams went from a -6.5 favorite to -10.5 traveling to East Rutherford, N.J. The Rams bounced back in Week 5 with a road win in Seattle and the Giants suffered injuries to key offensive players QB Daniel Jones (concussion), RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) and WR Kenny Golladay (knee) during a blowout loss in Dallas.
  • The Rams stayed at -10.5 through Tuesday and moved to -11 only at Betfred, while PointsBet continued to keep this game off its board. By Wednesday, the spread moved to 9.5 points at the majority of books, including PointsBet, as Giants money came in. The Rams were at a range of -8.5, -9, -9.5 and -10 on Thursday, never hitting -10.5. Friday and Saturday received Giants money that dropped this spread between Rams -9 and -7.5, not falling under a key number of seven points. Giants QB Jones is expected to play, while Barkley and Golladay were ruled out.
  • Cardinals at Browns: The Browns opened at -3 hosting the NFL’s final unbeaten and this spread held at the opening number except at BetRivers, which was the first to move to Browns -2.5 after taking action on the Cardinals. By Monday, more waves of Cardinals money moved the spread off a key number and onto 2.5 points. The Tuesday case was much the same, with the market virtually spit on Browns -3 at some places and -2.5 at others receiving enough Cardinals action. Wednesday money on the Browns at -2.5 moved the spread back to -3 and Betfred kicked the Browns up to -3.5. That was the Thursday market, Browns -3.5, as bettors supported them to and through three points. Friday and Saturday marks moved to and held Browns -3.5 despite RB Nick Chubb (calf) being ruled “out.”
  • Raiders at Broncos: Books opened the Broncos -2.5 and early action moved the home team to a three-point favorite. The Broncos were a consensus 3.5-point favorite as of Monday night and widely stayed at that number on Tuesday. BetRivers ticked to Broncos -4 but dropped down to -3.5 on Wednesday as the remainder of the market stayed put at that number. Broncos -3.5 was the mark throughout Thursday. Friday and Saturday action on the Broncos had this spread at -4 at a high-water mark of -4.5 at FanDuel.
  • Cowboys at Patriots: Early bettors backed the Cowboys enough to move from an opener of one point to 3.5. DraftKings went to Cowboys -4. Monday saw more money hitting the Cowboys, moving them to -4 and -4.5 across the market. By Tuesday, the market adjusted to a consensus Cowboys -4. That was the value point for Patriots backers as money on them moved the spread to a consensus 3.5 points on Wednesday, and sat put on Thursday. PointsBet listed Cowboys -3 on Thursday, the lowest mark. Through Friday and late Saturday, the Cowboys were a consensus -3.5.
  • Seahawks at Steelers: News of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson missing at least four weeks with a fractured right middle finger that occurred late in their Week 5 home loss to the Rams flipped the spread in the Steelers’ direction, and then some. Pittsburgh opened +2.5 and were favored between 3.5 and five points. By Monday, all spreads moved to Steelers -4.5, and -5 at DraftKings. FOX Bet on Tuesday joined at Steelers -5 but the rest stayed at -4.5. Wednesday was the point where the Steelers went to -5 or -5.5 at all books except FanDuel (-4.5). But by Thursday, FanDuel bettors hit the low Steelers spread to bump up to -5.5. Some buyback on the Seahawks moved the number to a low mark of +4.5 at FanDuel, while FOX Bet stayed at a high of Steelers -5.5. All others were Steelers -5 late Saturday night.
  • Bills at Titans: As of late Sunday night, the only book to offer a spread on the Monday Night Football matchup was BetMGM, listing the Bills at -4.5, up a point from the opener, eluding to where books would set their lines early in NFL Week 6. Come Monday, the Bills ranged from -4.5 to -5.5. On Tuesday, the Bills were a consensus -5.5 and the spread didn’t budge from Wednesday through Saturday, except at Betfred (Bills -6).

View past lines and movement throughout respective weeks here:

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Mario Sanelli writes about sports betting for BeerLife Sports. He previously was the editorial assistant and a general-assignment reporter at The Denver Post for five years after serving as chief editor of The Metropolitan at MSU Denver. Mario was a NFL and college football insider with Mile High Sports for six years.

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