Rag2gar previews Week 11 of the NFL and he has bets on the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots.
Week 11 marks a huge sigh of relief for the Dallas Cowboys as they welcome back Tony Romo to an offence that couldn't better the ten points Tampa Bay put on the board last week. Having lost every match since their star quarterback went down with a broken collarbone in week three, the Cowboys will now have to win-out or come pretty close to it if they're going to make the postseason. Their first assignment starts this weekend with a tricky away test in Miami when they take on the Dolphins. The Dolphins played well last weekend in their victory over the Eagles but a pumped-up, Romo-led Cowboys offence may just be too aggressive this week for the Dolphins to keep up. I expect the Cowboys to put a lot of points on the board in this one and win comfortably such will be Romo and the entire offence's determination.
Elsewhere in the league the biggest shock of the past few weeks has undoubtedly been the sudden demise of the Green Bay Packers. Having looked imperious through the first five weeks of the season, the Packers have come crashing back down to earth these past three weeks losing three games straight, the worst of which came last week in a home defeat to the Detroit Lions, a feat they haven't suffered since 1991. But it simply cannot continue. Mike McCarthy is one of the hardest working head coaches in the league for which 6am starts are common place, and expect him to be working tirelessly to solve this slump. With one of, if not the best quarterbacks in the business, expect the Packers to bounce back soon. This weekend looks a prime opportunity and they are a nice price too at even money to beat the Vikings.
The big Sunday night game sees one of the teams of the season, the Arizona Cardinals, take to the field against a team who suffered a shock first loss of their campaign a few days ago on Monday night football, the Cincinnati Bengals. Having watched Arizona last week against the Seattle Seahawks it looks like the Cardinals really could be a big player this year. So many stars on offence, it seems the Cardinals can just carve up the field, so expect them to be a big player this off-season. I cannot see anything but a big home win for the Cardinals against a Bengals team who are certainly coming back down to reality after their performance against Houston earlier this week. The Cardinals by a touchdown here I think.
Monday night football this week sees the still-unbeaten New England Patriots host the Rex Ryan-screaming Buffalo Bills in what should be a routine victory and a 10 and 0 start for the reigning Super Bowl champs. A nervy game-winning drive which could have gone wrong a few times was enough for the Patriots to nick a win against the New York Giants last week but this week should be a lot less workmanlike. The Bills have been hit and miss this year and having gone down by a comfortable eight point margin in the home leg of this fixture in week two it's hard to see how the Bills are going to reverse the result in Foxborough this time around. Julian Edelman is a huge loss and Dion Lewis too but the Patriots still have enough weapons on offence as demonstrated by the 27 points they produced last week against the Giants. Points will not be a problem for the Patriots despite these injuries and it's these points which will deliver what should be a comfortable home win here.
3 pts win Dallas Cowboys to beat Miami Dolphins at 5/6 with Paddy Power
2 pts win Green Bay Packers to beat Minnesota Vikings at 21/20 with Betway
2 pts win Arizona Cardinals -5 vs Cincinnati Bengals at evens with Bet Bright
2 pts win New England Patriots -7 vs Buffalo Bills at 9/10 with Winner