Wed, Oct 10, 1:05pm by Staff Writer
A blockbuster Sunday Night Football game between the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the team to beat in the AFC the New England Patriots headlines this week’s NFL action.
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Friday, 12 October 2018 at 11:20am at MetLife Stadium, New York
Two teams with stuttering offences meet on Thursday Night Football when the Eagles take on NFC East rivals the New York Giants.
The Giants are $2.32 underdogs to win the match, with last season’s Super Bowl champs priced at $1.64.
New York looked set for its second win of the season last week at Carolina before a franchise-long 63-yard field goal sunk the Giants and they fell 33-31.
It was a disappointing week five for the Eagles as well, losing to the Minnesota Vikings 23-21.
The Vikings led 20-6 after three quarters before a furious Eagles comeback fell short and they dropped to 2-3 on the season.
The Eagles have the recent dominance in their series against the Giants, winning the past three games. They failed to cover in either game last season, but are 6-4 against the spread in the past 10 meetings with the Giants.
The Giants had a season-high 31 points against Carolina but with tensions simmering between the front office and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jnr, this looks a good spot to back the Eagles.
Best bet- Philadelphia Eagles to cover 2.5-point handicap at $1.85
Indianapolis Colts versus New York Jets
Monday, 15 October 2018 at 4am at MetLife Stadium, New York
It is now or never for the 1-4 Indianapolis Colts ahead of their trip to MetLife Stadium to play the Jets.
The Colts have lost a number of close games this season, but last Thursday’s 38-24 loss to New England was all one-way traffic.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had a staggering 59 pass attempts, threw three touchdowns and two interceptions in the game. New England led 24-3 at half time and were never headed.
They are $2.17 underdogs for their visit to New York to play the Jets.
The Jets had a comfortable 34-16 win against Denver at home in week five and will be hoping for consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Quarterback Sam Darnold had three touchdowns, as the Jets used a 21-3 third quarter to build a match winning lead.
The Broncos were on a short week and travelling to the East Coast for the match, with the opposite situation in play this week.
Indianapolis will have 10 days rest before taking on the Jets and will welcome the extra preparation time.
Backing the Jets as favourites is dangerous practice, so we are going for the Colts to snap out of their funk.
Best bet- Indianapolis Colts to win at $2.17
Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
Monday, 15 October at 11:20am at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs face their biggest test to date with a trip to face the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
New England is priced as a $1.55 favourite, with the Chiefs $2.54 outsiders.
The Patriots were Super Bowl favourites before the season began, but the gap has closed at the top of the NFL and now they find themselves as just narrow AFC Championship favourites, given the red-hot start by the Chiefs.
Kansas City has won two of the past three matches between the two teams and they have been by at least two touchdowns.
There is nothing separating the two sides in spread betting, with both 5-5 in the past 10 meetings.
The Patriots have the benefit of three extra rest days after playing on Thursday in week five and that could prove critical in this one.
The Chiefs had a dominant 30-14 win against Jacksonville in week five, but their defence continues to be an issue. Despite conceding 502 yards, they did managed to force five turnovers, which ultimately led to their victory.
It is a tall order to beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots when you’re defence is leaky, particularly on the road. That’s why we like New England this week to send a message that they’re still the top dogs in the AFC.
Best bet- New England Patriots to cover 3.5-point handicap at $1.91
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