Fri, Nov 17, 2:30pm by Staff Writer
We have reached the 11th week of the 2017 NFL season and despite a few surprises early in the season, the better teams in each conference have begun to win with consistency.
Despite poor early season play, the New England Patriots and Pittsburg Steelers lead the AFC at 7-2, with the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs chasing at 6-3.
In the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles are surprising 8-1 leaders, with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams all with a 7-2, major surprises in their respective divisions.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Monday, 20 November 2017 at 5am AEDST
The Lions are in a two-game deficit to the division leading Minnesota Vikings and must win when they go to Solider Field and take on the Chicago Bears.
Detroit has returned to the offensive force we know them to be in the past fortnight with 68 points scored in back-to-back wins.
Chicago are three point underdogs at home which is puzzling considering the limited offensive weapons Chicago have. The Bears are 5-4 against the spread and have covered in eight of its previous 10 games dating pack to 2016.
Detroit has won eight consecutive November games and covered in all eight. Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky notched 297 passing yards last week, 133 more than in any game thus far in his career.
The Lions allow the eight-most passing yards per game, with the Lions secondary allowing 11 touchdowns and grabbing 11 interceptions this season.
This is a game the Lions need to win and will win comfortably.
Best bet: Detroit Lions -3 handicap at $2 at Sportsbet
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings
Monday, 20 November 2017 at 5am AEDST
Two of the most surprising teams in the NFL square off on Monday morning when the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings host the NFC West leading LA Rams.
The Vikings have won five straight, while the Rams are winners of four straight.
Both teams have impressive 6-3 marks against the spread so far this season.
The Vikings are favourites due to home-field advantage, but the Rams have been the better of the two teams this season.
LA leads the NFL in scoring and has given up the fewest points in the conference.
In their last four meetings with the Vikings, the Rams have failed to cover the spread. This new look Rams team featuring quarterback Jared Goff is a different team to years gone. Rams running back Todd Gurley holds the key to the LA offence, with 974 yards and eight touchdowns in seven Rams wins.
Case Keenum is mounting his case to retain the number one quarterback position despite Teddy Bridgewater almost being ready for selection once more. In his past five games, Keenum has thrown eight touchdowns and five interceptions, with the Vikings going 4-1 against the spread in this stretch.
The Rams are playing superbly well at the moment and the road holds no fears for this young, up and coming team. The Rams are the value bet in this match.
Best bet: LA Rams to win at $2.22 at Sportsbet
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos
Monday, 20 November 2017, 8.25am AEDST
Both of these teams were post-season contenders at the outset of the 2017 campaign. As we enter week 11, both teams have a 3-6 record and are outsiders to make the playoffs.
These two teams have met three times in the past three seasons, with the Broncos winning twice. The most recent win was in Cincinnati by 29-17.
The underdog is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight meetings and the road time has had a decisive 6-1 advantage against the spreae in their last 7 games.
The Bengals are on a two-game losing streak after Monday’s 24-20 loss to Tennessee. The Bengals offence has been terrible all season, ranking 31st in total yeards, 32nd in rushing yards and 30th in points scored.
The Broncos started the season off 3-1 but have lost five in a row, including a 41-16 blowout to the New England Patriots. The Broncos are last in the AFC West, allowing 165 points against in their last five games, and 92 in the past two.
The Broncos are unbackable at the moment, which is why we are taking a chance on the Bengals offence to get things going against a porous Broncos defence in Denver.
Best bet: Cincinnati Bengals to win at $2.19 at Sportsbet
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