Betting Tips & Predictions – NFL Gameweek 6
Betting Tips & Predictions – NFL Gameweek 6
In our NFL Betting Tips preview we look ahead to three selected matches in Gameweek 6 and give our predictions and betting tips.
Cinncinati Bengals @ New England Patriots – 6pm Sunday 16th October
The Bengals head to the Gillette Stadium coming off the back of their third defeat of the season, a 28-14 defeat at the hands of a ruthless Cowboys side. The scoreline doesn’t show just how poorly the Bengals played as they headed into the fourth quarter of the match with no points on the board and managed to save some face with two consolation touchdowns. It’s been a disappointing season for Marvin Lewis’ men and something seems to be missing from their offensive play as they’ve failed to score more than 23 points in a game with five games gone. Running back Jeremy Hill has been symptomatic of his team’s issues, managing just 233 yards while averaging a bang average 3.8 yards per carry and he’s recently come out publicly and admitted that something’s not clicking. Wide receiver AJ Green has been their standout performer with his 518 yards putting him second in the league while quarterback Andy Dalton occupies the same position with passing yards as he’s clocked up an impressive 1,503. There’s no doubt that once the Bengals find their rhythm they’ll be a force to contend with but against a Patriots side with Brady and Gronk back in the ranks it his very unlikely to be this game that sees their fortunes change and a fourth defeat could see their playoff hopes dashed to a thin slither even at this point of the season.
Brady is back. Gronk is back. The Patriots are back. The enigmatic quarterback threw for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns on his comeback game after being suspended for the first four matches of the season, it’s like he never missed a minute of action. Brady’s favourite target Rob Gronkowski also made his full return to action last week against the Browns and picked up a casual 120 yards as the two reignited their partnership. The Pats stormed to a dominant and expected 33-13 victory over a woeful Browns outfit taking their record for the season to 4-1 and it’s hard to see that one turning into a two for Belichick’s side who are well and truly on the march to Superbowl LI in Texas. There’s no doubt they’ll be given a tougher test this week but the Patriots defence is tight, conceding just 14.8 points a game, and their secondary is effective so Dalton might struggle to add any considerable yardage to his season totals which could force them to run the ball more. This would be great news for the Pats as the Bengals are averaging only 83.8 rush yards a game putting them 26th in the NFL. Everything looks set for the Patriots to go to 5-1 with Brady and Gronkowski linking up to do most of the damage.
New England Patriots -9.5: (Best Priced at 11/10 with Betstars) – BET HERE
Over 50.5 points: (Best Priced at 8/5 with Betstars) – BET HERE
Gronkowski to score a brace: (Best Priced at 4/1 with SkyBet) – BET HERE
Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers – 9.25pm Sunday 9th October
Many are calling the Cowboys the surprise package of the season. ‘America’s team’ were expected to struggle after starting quarterback Tony Romo picked up an injury in the preseason. This meant rookie Dak Prescott was well and truly thrown in at the deep end in a real sink or swim situation. Dallas’s 4-1 record shows you how he’s got on. Prescott has 155 pass attempts with zero interceptions, setting a rookie record in the process. He’s also achieved an passer rating of 101.5 which places his eighth in the league, bettering many more experienced colleagues. It’s important not to get too carried away with his form as he does sit behind arguably the best offensive line in the NFL and he has fellow rookie, running back Ezekiel Elliot, making a lot of yards on the ground. Zeke has clocked up a league-leading 546 rush yards and five touchdowns. This means the Cowboys have become the first NFL side ever to have a rookie quarterback with 1,000 pass yards and a rookie running back with over 500 rush yards in their team at the same time. Their defence is far from shabby too, cornerback Morris Claiborne sits fifth overall with completion allowance. With this offensive fire power and their defensive strength the Cowboys are an outside shout to reach the Superbowl for the first time since 1996 and at just over 20/1 they could be worth a punt.
With a record of 3-1 the Packers have made a solid start to the season in terms of results although the performances need to improve slightly. Many argue that Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL but his powers seem to be deserting him in his twelfth professional season. He completed only 51.1% of his passes against the Giants last time out and was picked twice and his average of 209.8 pass yards per game is ranked a lowly 26th while their total yardage sits at 25th. To come out on top in this game the Packers need to find a way to shut down the Cowboys’ running game in order to pile the pressure on Prescott and see if he can withstand the pressure. The Packers defence sacked Eli Manning four times in GW5 and if they can get through to Prescott a similar number of times we may see him unsettled for the first time this season. Averaging 24.5 points per game Green Bay aren’t struggling to score but their play is lacking a fluidity that we’ve come used to seeing from them and the Cowboys could well capitalise on this and pick up a rare victory at Lambeau Field
Under 47.5 points: (Best Priced at 10/11 with Bet365) – BET HERE
Dallas Cowboys to win: (Best Priced at 15/8 with SkyBet ) – BET HERE
Ezekiel Elliot to score first for Dallas: (Best Priced at 4/1 with Paddy Power) – BET HERE
New York Jets @ Arizona Cardinals – 1.30am Tuesday 18th October
The Jets are limping to Arizona having lost their last three games, the latest of which was a 31-13 drubbing at the hands of the Steelers and Big Ben. Their record sits at 1-4, although they have had a torrid opening to the season which ends with this road game. The Cardinals will be the fifth 2015 playoff team that they’ve faced in their first six fixtures, so in some ways that single victory was about all they could have wished for. Picking up points has been the biggest challenge for Chan Gailey’s offensive line as they’re averaging just 18.4 per game which can be partially explained by wide receiver Eric Decker’s injury that was picked up in GW3 and ruled him out for the season. Decker made a storming start to the season as he picked up 194 yards off just nine receptions and the remaining receivers are yet to fill the void left by the former Broncos man. Everything has been bad for the Jets this season, they sit 31st in pass yards allowed and 23rd with points allowed and against a well rested Cardinals offence with Carson Palmer back at the helm it could be yet another miserable outing for the Jets.
The Cardinals ended a two game losing streak in Thursday Night Football last week with a 33-21 road win over the struggling 49ers. They did so without Carson Palmer who was sidelined under the concussion protocol but he’s set to return this week and will be keen to target a Jets secondary that leaks yards. There is a weakness in the offensive line for the Cardinals which has seen Palmer sacked an average of three times a game and this will be something the Jets’ pass rushers will target. However, the Cardinals are also dangerous on the ground and running back David Johnson has been their standout performer, averaging 91 yards per game, finding the endzone five times. But against a stout run defence it’s likely that Palmer will utilise his wealth of receiving options, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown and Johnson have combined for over 1,000 reception yards and seven touchdowns so far and these totals are likely to improve after this MNF fixture. It won’t be a whitewash but the Cardinals should come out on top by at least one score, maybe two.
Cardinals -6.5: (Best Priced at 4/5 with Betfair) – BET HERE
Over 48.5 points: (Best Priced at 6/5 with SkyBet) – BET HERE
Larry Fitzgerald first TD scorer: (Best Priced at 17/2 with SkyBet) – BET HERE
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