We’ve entered the second half of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL after scraping past the struggling Dallas Cowboys in week 9. Pittsburgh will look to keep their winning streak going against their divisional rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, this Sunday, and there are more games than usual in the late slate this Sunday due to a clash with the US Masters golf.
Our NFL trader, Ian Dent, has had a look at what promises to be another tough weekend in the NFL, and he has started by giving us his best Same Game Multi of the week which is in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers game on Sunday at 6pm…
“I’m going for the Tampa Bay on the money line as I think they will bounce back after a bad result last week. They are still a good team and just had an off night against the New Orleans Saints.
“I’m going for more than 54.5 on the alternate points total for the value, as I think there will be plenty of points here as these teams have aggressive offences.
“Receiver Mike Evans had a quiet game last week, but the Tampa Bay HC Bruce Arians has called out to Tom Brady about overlooking him and I expect them to grease this squeaky wheel, so I would take Mike Evans’ receiving yards to be over.”
“I’m going for the Dolphins first. They really opened up the playbook last week for rookie QB, Tua Tagovailoa, and he was very impressive. He threw and ran the ball well, and he looks very elusive. Their defence looks strong too and I think they’ve a good chance of reaching the playoffs.
“The Chargers QB Justin Herbert is another impressive rookie, but they keep finding ways to lose and I think they will lose in Miami too.”
“For the second leg, I like the Denver Broncos getting +4.5 on the road in Las Vegas against the Raiders. Drew Lock has been finding his form late in games – his fourth-quarter stats are excellent – and I think they can keep it tight here.
“The Broncos have some excellent young receivers, Jerry Jeudy their first-round pick, has really come on and could develop into a great receiver. The points they are getting here is too tempting”
“This is a big NFC North clash between traditional rivals and I am going to go for the Vikings here. I’m not a fan of this Bears O, it seems to be getting worse every week and Nick Foles doesn’t seem to be the answer to their problems at QB.
“Meanwhile, the Vikings have looked great since Dalvin Cook came back. He looks like one of the best running backs in the NFL and is opening things up for the receivers. Irv Smith looks a great bet in the touchdown markets.
“He is a big red zone threat, teams are selling out to stop Cook in the running game and that is opening things up for Smith in the endzone.”
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