Fri, Oct 27, 9:30am by Staff Writer
This weekend of NFL sees the season reach its half-way point. Thus far, the standout teams in each conference have been the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC.
Last week, our best bets went 2-1. The Oakland Raiders secured a win after the final whistle, after they received numerous penalties on their goal-line. The Carolina Panthers were incredibly disappointing, losing to the Chicago Bears who only had five passing attempts for the game. Two defensive touchdowns secured the Bears their victory.
The New England Patriots easily accounted for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football. The Falcons have not found their offensive groove this season and will need a serious upturn in form to reach their lofty heights of last season.
Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills
Monday, 30 October 2017 at 4am AEDST
The Oakland Raiders escaped with a victory last week over Kansas City. This week, they will travel across country to take on the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo defeated Tampa Bay at home 30-27 last weekend.
Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to miss, after receiving a one-game league suspension. He is appealing the ruling, so he may be a late inclusion.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had one of his more impressive games of the season last week, throwing for more than 230 yards. This was the first time he achieved this mark since week 1.
The Bills defense is their hallmark this season, with Buffalo allowing only 16.8 points per game, which ranks fourth in the league.
In terms of red-zone defense, Buffalo are conceding just 38.9 per cent of the time when the ball is inside their red-zone.
These defensive statistics should stack up against an erratic Oakland team. Despite the extra rest, the Bills should secure victory at home against an equally matched team.
Best bet: Buffalo Bills to win at $1.72 at Sportsbet
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
Monday, 30 October 2017 at 7.25am AEDST
Both the Cowboys and Redskins are banged up heading into this clash.
Three Redskins offensive lineman were injured on Monday and cornerback Josh Norman was already on the injured list.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey will also miss, which could be huge if this game goes down to the wire.
At 3-3, this is a crucial division game for both teams in their pursuit of the division leading Philadelphia Eagles.
A 30-point win to the Cowboys over the San Francisco 49ers was their biggest of 2017. Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Dan Prescott threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cowboys defense was also impressive, sacking 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard five times.
The three losses Washington has had have been against the Eagles twice and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Their offensive line and secondary is ravaged by injury and they can’t consistently run the ball.
Despite being on the road, Dallas have more weapons in this contest.
Best bet: Dallas Cowboys to win at $1.81 at Sportsbet
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 11.25am AEDST
The Broncos and Chiefs close week 8 on Monday Night Football in Kansas City.
Kansas City has won three in a row in this series, after Denver had taken the previous seven encounters.
Entering their week 5 bye, Denver were 3-1. Since, they have dropped two games to the injury depleted New York Giants and were shut out by the Los Angeles Chargers.
Last weekend was their first shut out since 1992.
Kansas City have lost back-to-back games against 2016 playoff teams in the Steelers and Raiders.
Alex Smith has had an MVP-calibre season and leads the NFL with a 120.5 rating.
The Denver offense hasn’t been firing and Broncos coach Vance Joseph may be considering his options at quarterback after Trevor Siemian has thrown 3 intercepts in the past fortnight, as well as a lost fumble.
Kansas City should be too strong at home and win comfortably.
Best bet: Kansas City Chiefs to cover 7.5 point handicap (-7.5) at $2.02 at Sportsbet
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