Hopefully you all were on board last weekend as we made up for the previous weeks poor showing with a 6/1 treble winner. Followers of our treble should now be in a healthy profit of for the season. A slightly less in depth preview this week as I’m on the road but three strong bets nonetheless from another week of NFL action.
Minnesota Vikings -4 @ 20/21 Vs Chicago Bears (1.30am, Tuesday)
The Minnesota Vikings were pretty awful last weekend as the slipped to their first defeat of the season. Luckily for them they get the chance to remedy that by paying a visit to their divisional rival Bears who have been pretty awful all season. The Bears will have QB Jay Cutler returning whose time in Chicago looked over before injury struck Brian Hoyer last weekend. Cutler has been a turnover liability for most of his career. He holds on to the ball too long and often seems to struggle to sense pressure from behind. This is bad news against what may be the league’s most dominant defence who already have 16 takeaways on the season. This should become a long night for the Bears QB and the Vikings will win this both on the turnover battle and the scoreboard.
(Note: This game is played in the early hours of Tuesday morning UK time)
Cincinnati Bengals -3 @ 10/11 Vs Washington Redskins (1.30pm, Sunday)
The last of the three NFL London games take place today between two teams who have had frustrating seasons so far. However before crossing the pond for this game both are still very much alive in the playoff race. Given how tough their upcoming schedules are on their return to London im sure both the Bengals and Redskins view this as a must win game and for either one and a loss could tip the balance of the entire season. Cincinnati’s high powered offence are finally showing signs of getting rolling again.
Jeremy Hill ran all over Cleveland last week and should be primed for another big day against the second worst run defence in the league. TE Tyler Eifert returned from injury in that game and should also be primed for a much bigger role here. Most importantly though is the presence for the Bengals of AJ Green at wide receiver. Green is tough enough to stop at the best of time but considering the Redskins(and perhaps the leagues) top cornerback Josh Norman is still in concussion protocol and may not take the field in London then the Bengals are the smart pick to both win the match and cover the spread.
New England Patriots -6 Vs Buffalo Bills (Nap – 6pm, Sunday)
A month ago the Bills held the Patriots scoreless in a 16-0 win in New England. The landscape has changed dramatically in the weeks since that match though and with Tom Brady back at the helm this Patriots team in a different proposition. The Bills had been on a four game winning streak before a late collapse last weekend against a Dolphins team inspired by British running back Jay Ajayi. They lost WR Marquise Goodwin in that game to add to Sammy Watkins who has already been placed on IR.
More worryingly for the Bills though is probably the injury concern over Lesean McCoy who despite playing last weekend did not look healthy. With so many issues around their big offensive players it will be a struggle to see the Bills putting up enough points to remain competitive in this one. Bill Belichick meanwhile has most of his starters available including Brady and Gronkowski who missed the first game between the two this season. No AFC team has beat the Patriots the Patriots twice in a season since 2000 and that won’t change here. As a Bills fan it pains me to say it but the Patriots minus 6 is the bet of the weekend.
As usual the treble return slightly better than 6/1 and my preferred double of the two would be the Patriots and Viking combination.
Best of luck