The Minnesota Vikings go into this game in the midst of a six-game winning streak. Last week’s win over the Rams was impressive as they managed to shut down the league’s hottest offense.
The Detroit Lions record of 6-4 means they are two wins behind their divisional rivals from Minneapolis so this is a must win game for the home team. They beat a fellow rivals Chicago last week but this is a much tougher prospect and with a tight game in store under 44.5 points looks the best bet, as has been the case in five of their seven home games this season. That’s also landed in three of the Vikings’ four away matches this season while there were just 21 points when these sides met at the start of October.
The best team in the NFC, with a 9-1 record, and perhaps all of the NFL right now are the Philadelphia Eagles. Averaging 32 points per game they’re the highest scorers in the NFL.
Chicago lost last week to fall to a record of 3-7 overall and increase their losing streak to three games. Away from home they’re averaging just 15 points a game and have lost two of their four road trips by at least 20 points. So it’s hard to see the Bears causing the Eagles any trouble. In fact, the 13.5 point spread doesn’t look big enough so we’re on Philadelphia to cover.
Best Bet: Eagles -13.5 at 1.96 New Orleans Saints at LA Rams
The New Orleans Saints have now won eight games in a row after last week’s comeback victory against Washington. The LA Rams, meanwhile, had won four in a row before last week’s loss against the Minnesota Vikings in a game where the Rams offense was shut down for three of the four quarters.
Both these teams harbour playoff hopes in the NFC but given the Saints current streak we think hosts look a little skinny here, and indeed, their record is rather flattered by the weakness of the NFC West division. Indeed, we’re willing to chance the visitors at a juicy price.
Best Bet: Saints Win at 2.25 Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Greek Bay Packers didn’t score a single point at home to the Ravens last week, condemning them to their fourth defeat in five outings, as star quarterback Aaron Rodgers going down injured a few weeks back is taking its toll.
The Steelers week was as good as the Packers week was bad as they stuck a whopping 40 points past the Tennessee Titans at home. They’ve had an extra three days rest over Green Bay and so we expect them to cover the 14 point spread, as they’ve done in three of their four home games this season.
Best Bet: Steelers -14 at 1.99 Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
A win for the Texans last week over the Cardinals came at a good time to keep them in the playoff hunt. That said, they are still without quarterback Deshaun Watson and have lost their last three away games.
The Ravens shut out the Packers in Green Bay last week, winning 23-0, and will be hoping for back to back wins now they’re at home. Indeed, on Monday night games the Texans are 1-10 against the spread and we’ll look for that to continue by backing the Ravens -7, a line they’ve covered in all five of their wins this season.
Best Bet: Ravens -7 at 1.98