NFL Week 16 & College Football Bowl Games Podcast - 23 December 2020
In their latest football podcast, Bob and Ben Dunkel take a look at Week 16 of the NFL schedule while analyzing the matchups of the Top 5 teams in the Dunkel Index. They also take a look at the Top 5 teams in the college football rankings and focus on their bowl contests.
The week gets started with Dunkel’s No. 4 NFL team – the New Orleans Saints – playing on Christmas Day against the Minnesota Vikings. The Saints are hoping to bounce back from back-to-back losses following Sunday’s 32-29 defeat against the Kansas City Chiefs. But offensive struggles continue to plague the usually-prolific Saints, who have dropped to No. 21 in passing yards.
The Vikings, who have also lost two in a row, continue to be an offensive threat and come in ranked No. 5 in total yards. With Minnesota sporting a 38-14 ATS record in their last 52 following a loss, Dunkel is recommending a play on the Vikings plus the points.
The marquee matchup of the weekend looks to be Sunday night game between the No. 5 Green Bay Packers and No. 6 Tennessee Titans. The Titans come in winners in four of their last five, while the Packers have won four straight. A key matchup will be the Pack’s high-powered offense (No. 4 in total yards) against the Titans’ porous pass defense (No. 29 in passing yards). Dunkel sees Aaron Rodgers having a big night and is calling for Green Bay to cover the point spread.
In the college ranks, the Final Four is set with Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame advancing. The top-ranked Crimson Tide will play the No. 5 Irish in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day followed by the No. 2 Buckeyes facing the No. 3 Tigers in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama’s offense – ranked No. 2 in scoring in the nation – continues to put up points in bunches and is coming off a 52-point performance against Florida in the SEC Championship. Dunkel expects the Tide to continue to roll against the Irish and is predicting a cover of the 19-point Vegas line.
In the other national semifinal, despite having the higher ranking overall, the Buckeyes have been trending downward with three ATS losses in their last four games. The Tigers are heading in the opposite direction and have covered their last three games, including a 34-10 rout of Notre Dame in the ACC Championship, since the return of Trevor Lawrence at QB. Dunkel sees that trend continuing and has Clemson favored to cover the 7-point Vegas line.
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