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Pandemic Challenges NFL Oddsmakers Ahead of Week 13, According to TheLines

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The NFL season has brought ever more uncertainty over the last week, and that has affected oddsmakers ahead of the Week 13 slate of games, according to TheLines.com, which tracks odds in the U.S. regulated sports betting market. So many lingering questions remain as the nation's largest sportsbooks release their opening lines.

How much of the Week 13 schedule will be impacted by the pandemic? What quarterbacks, and how many, will be available for the Denver Broncos? Where will the San Francisco 49ers play their home game against the Buffalo Bills? Will the rescheduled Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game be played at all?

Such uncertainty is bound to affect oddsmakers. As star quarterback Lamar Jackson became the latest Raven to make his way to the COVID-19 reserve list, Pittsburgh has grown to a 10-point favorite over Baltimore after opening last week as 3-point favorites, according to a consensus of that nation's largest legal online sportsbooks ? including DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, PlaySugarHouse, BetMGM, Unibet, and William Hill.

Meanwhile, the 49ers remain a 3-point "home" underdog to the Buffalo Bills with no over/under set yet, in a game in which the venue is still unsettled. The Broncos, recovering from their 31-3 loss in which receiver Kendall Hinton had to fill in as quarterback, are 13.5-point underdogs to the Kansas City Chiefs, and that line will likely change depending on Denver's quarterback situation.

"Oddsmakers knew before the season that playing a full schedule in a pandemic would bring unprecedented challenges," said Brett Collson, lead analyst for TheLines.com. "During the last week, though, we have seen just how pronounced those questions can be. This is a week when odds could shift significantly, and that will likely be a fact of life for the rest of the season."

The consensus point spreads for Week 13 and remaining Week 12 games, as of Monday, Nov. 30:

To access the updated futures lines for every NFL team, and for more analysis, visit TheLines.com/odds/super-bowl. To access Week 13 odds, visit www.thelines.com/nfl-week-13-lines-2020.

About TheLines.com:
TheLines.com is a leading source for news, analysis, and research related to the market for regulated sports betting in the United States. Affiliated with the PlayUSA.com Network, TheLines.com provides original daily reporting and offers player advocacy tools related to the advancement of safe, licensed, and legal online sports betting. Based in Las Vegas, the PlayUSA Network is independently owned and operated, with no affiliations to any casino ? commercial, tribal, online, or otherwise.

Zack Hall, DVA Advertising & PR, 541-389-2411, 260156@email4pr.com

SOURCE TheLines.com

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