With the £179,000+ NFL Rollover – Pick 7 jackpot creeping ever higher, our resident NFL guru NFLGirlUK turns her attention to this weekend’s action in a bid to plot her way through the pool and she reckons the Bengals will be comfortably outclassed. If you agree with her NFL betting tips then join her Syndicate.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
The last winless team in the league host the latest darlings of the NFL.
The Bengals have looked more competitive than the woeful Jets and Dolphins but are the last team searching for a W. Andy Dalton has been benched as the Bengals look to their future to see what they have before lining up a quarterback at the top of the 2020 Draft.
Ryan Finley will cause the Ravens a few more problems on the ground than Brady did last week. The Bengals are a bad team, bottom four in both offence and defence and fans are staying away from Paul Brown Stadium. This should be an easy win for Baltimore.
Baltimore Ravens: 7-12, 13-18, 19-24
Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns
The Browns have been the biggest disappointment of the season. They are bottom third in both offence and defence despite having a strong roster. Baker Mayfield is playing as badly from a clean pocket as any starting quarterback at the moment.
The game against the Bills is where they probably have to start to run the table to save their season. Mayfield has talked about getting the ball to Beckham early and a lot. Kareem Hunt provides another dimension to the backfield and in the passing game.
Buffalo’s 6-2 record probably flatters them a little and they need the running game to flourish, which includes Josh Allen’s scrambling. The Browns could get a much needed win here.
Buffalo Bills: 1-6, 7-12
Cleveland Browns: 1-6, 7-12 13-18
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears
Two bad units collide this week, both coming off damaging defeats, as the porous Lions D face the struggling Bears O.
This is an ideal game for Trubisky to get some confidence, if they find it hard to get yards and points early on he’ll hear the boo birds and calls for Chase Daniel. Matthew Stafford is dealing with another back injury but may be playing his best season ever but the Bears defence might step it up here and eek out the win.
Both need to win to keep any Wildcard playoff hopes alive.
Detroit Lions: 1-6, 7-12
Chicago Bears: 1-6, 7-12
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
Two franchises going in completely opposite directions. The only question here is how many points the Saints will rack up on the terrible Falcons defence and how much garbage time scoring Atlanta can make up.
Matt Ryan is expected to be fit so that gives them a modicum of hope.
New Orleans Saints: 7-12, 13-18, 19-24
LA Rams @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XIV repeat! Fascinating match up now that Pittsburgh are back in contention and LA are very week to week over what you’re going to get.
The Steelers defence looks so much better since Minkah Fitzpatrick was traded for and they could spook Goff into another one of his rough games. Having said that, Mason Rudolph isn’t pulling up any trees either so expect a defence and special teams battle.
LA Rams: 7-12
Pittsburgh Steelers: 1-6
Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers
Green Bay started the season well on defence and gave Aaron Rodgers reason to smile but they’ve slipped back to 20th in DVOA, so how they handle MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey in the run and pass game will go a long way to how this game pans out.
The offences v defences are even on both sides of the ball. GBs strength Aaron Jones, Rodgers and the offence, Carolina ride their defence more without Cam Newton.
Expect the Packers to get back to winning ways here.
Green Bay Packers: 1-6, 7-12
Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys
A game that has some historical moments down the years, Tony Dorsett’s Monday Night 99 yard run or Staubach to Pearson Hail Mary in the 1975 Divisonal Playoff game to name a couple.
This is a fascinating match up and potentially a playoff preview. Dak Prescott has stats to match any quarterback play this season and his battle with the Vikings defence should be great as the number 1 DVOA offence goes up against the number 7 DVOA defence.
The Vikings probably have the edge on offence over the Dallas defence but the Cowboys offence will be too strong at home to sway the game their way.
Dallas Cowboys: 7-12