NFL odds on Christmas Day three-game slate

It is the season of giving, but there is time to get money on NFL games.

Most games are pushed up to Saturday for the Christmas holiday that falls on Sunday. But there are three games being played that day.

Here are the odds for those three contests provided by BetRivers.

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Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins (MIA -4.0)

The Miami Dolphins hold a modest favorite over the Packers. It comes down to the quarterback position for both teams, and how each performed in uncharacteristic ways to this point in the season.

Tua Tagovailoa stepped up as the franchise QB Miami hoped for. In his 12 games played, the former Alabama product threw for 24 touchdowns and five interceptions.

In contrast, Aaron Rodgers showed decline in his 13 games played so far. He threw for 22 touchdowns, which may be cause for concern because of his previous two seasons where he threw for 37, and 48. The main concern is the nine interceptions Rodgers threw so far in 13 games. This is just as many as his previous two seasons combined. Rodgers, heralded as one of the most accurate, owned a 64.3 completion percentage, which is his fourth-lowest since he became a starting QB.

The conundrum between these teams is how the defenses play. Miami owns one of the better rush defenses, which potentially makes it harder for Aaron Jones, and the Green Bay running game. The Packers held opponents to the second-fewest passing yards allowed on defense, which makes it harder on the Dolphins impressive passing attack.

Take Miami as favorites, but do not put it past Green Bay to keep it close or win. Remember this is Aaron Rodgers after all.

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Rams (DEN -2.5)

Full disclosure this is an ugly game.

The starting quarterbacks are Billy Rypien and Baker Mayfield, a far cry from the original starters, Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford, and even they struggled.

Denver allowed the third-fewest points per game in the 14 games played, but scored the fewest of any team. The team who scored the second-fewest points per game, the Los Angeles Rams. But the Rams defense allows nearly five points more per game.

This may be the difference maker for this lackadaisical contest as a field goal could win it for the Broncos. But the Rams can win this game because the teams are evenly matched.

Since Denver is arguably playing better, given its’ recent three-games, slight edge to the Broncos. If someone wanted to bet the Rams, no complaints because it could go either way. One sure thing is the game’s over-under (O/U) of 35.5 predicts a low-scoring affair, and that is the easiest thing to bet with these terrible offenses.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals (TB -7.5)

While the Buccaneers played abysmally in the 14 games, it makes sense why it is the favorite here.

Tom Brady.

Despite a sub-par season mired in controversy for Brady, he is still one of the greatest, if not the greatest QB. Meanwhile, Arizona lost its’ franchise QB Kyler Murray for the year.

Arizona allows the 10th-most passing yards in the NFL, and the second-most passing touchdowns on defense. While Tampa Bay’s run defense is average, it is the passing game that it shuts down. The 2,723 passing yards Tampa Bay allowed ranked fifth-fewest in the league.

This game script looks like one Brady should exploit, and it is easy to pick the Buccaneers as favorites. If one wants to bet on Tampa Bay throttling the Cardinals, it is understandable.