Cowboys vs Redskins : It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the Dallas Cowboys hosting the late afternoon game, and that tradition renews Thursday when Ezekiell Elliott and company host the Washington Redskins in a pivotal NFC East showdown. Kickoff from AT&T Stadium is set for 4:30 p.m. ET.
Dallas will be seeking revenge for a heartbreaking Week 7 loss in Washington, while the Redskins hope to get back to their winning ways after a two-point home loss to the Texans. Sportsbooks list the Cowboys as seven-point favorites, up from an open of 4.5. The Over-Under for total points scored is 41 in the latest Redskins vs. Cowboys odds. Before you make any Redskins vs. Cowboys picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.
The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 12 on a blistering 12-0 run. For the season, it is now 26-9 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 74-43. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 105-53 this season, again ranking in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch.com. Anybody who has been following it is way, way up.
Now the model is dialed in on Redskins vs. Cowboys (stream live on fuboTV). We can tell you it’s leaning over, but it also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see it over at SportsLine.
The model has factored in that Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is hitting his rhythm in the pocket. The third-year quarterback is completing 65 percent of his passes and testing defenses with his running ability, averaging 5.0 yards per carry with four rushing touchdowns. Elliott has also been a big reason for Dallas’ recent resurgence. He has rushed for 273 yards and scored three touchdowns the last two weeks, victories over the Eagles and Falcons.
But just because the Cowboys are starting to show life doesn’t mean they’ll cover in their Thanksgiving Day NFL game, especially against a bitter division rival that leads them by one game in the NFC East.
Redskins backup quarterback Colt McCoy, who will start for the injured Alex Smith(leg), showed he’s ready for primetime when he led back-to-back touchdown drives against Houston last week. Expect him to be gunning for big target Jordan Reed, who caught seven balls for 71 yards and a score last Sunday. McCoy also will rely on 33-year-old running back Adrian Peterson, whose punishing style sets the tone for Washington. Peterson has seven total touchdowns this season.
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Falcons vs Saints : There isn’t a team in the world hotter than the New Orleans Saints, who have won nine straight and spent the last month laying waste to some of the best competition the NFC has to offer.
The last team they weren’t able to beat in regulation was the Atlanta Falcons, who come to town for the Thanksgiving nightcap hoping to find the formula to outscore the Saints in the Superdome. The Falcons offense has been in a bit of a funk of late, failing to reach 20 points in either of their past two games. That’s certainly not going to cut it in this matchup, with oddsmakers setting the total score for this game around 60.
You can stream the game on fuboTV (Try for free), but you’re here because you want to know which team is going to cover in this matchup. You can find all our expert picks for the game below.
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Listen to Will Brinson and Jason La Canfora break this game down on Wednesday’s Pick Six podcast:
“Get ready for some offensive fireworks. The Atlanta offense hasn’t been as good the past few weeks, but I think they will get back on track here. Matt Ryan and Drew Brees will have a fun shootout to watch, but the Saints are the better team and will win a high-scoring game.” — Pete Prisco on whythan the spread indicates
“OK OK OK OK OK FINE. I GIVE UP. I’ll stop picking against the Saints. Drew Brees and Sean Payton are on a tour of absolute destruction right now and there’s no reason to think the Falcons can a) slow them down, b) stay within 14 points of the Saints or c) magically convince them to take it easy on their hated rival. Payton wants Brees to win the MVP and he’s going to let him keep slinging it.” — Will Brinson on why he’s finally jumping on the Saints’ covered wagon
When it comes to Falcons vs. Saints on Thursday night, you need to hear what SportsLine senior analyst and Saints expert Larry Hartstein has to say. Hartstein is an insane 16-5 in his last 21 picks involving the Saints after easily nailing New Orleans (-9) over Philly last week. “The Eagles won’t get any gifts from Drew Brees, who’s accounted for 24 TDs and one turnover. No way am I bucking a Saints team playing with urgency to get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Lay it,” urged Hartstein. The result? Saints 48, Eagles 7 — another easy cash! Find out who Hartstein is taking against the spreadover at SportsLine. You can also check out what the SportsLine Projection Model thinks about the final score, total and moneyline odds.
“The Falcons’ season isn’t officially over but we all know how this ends. The Saints have scored at least 45 points in each of the last three games and have a strong case that they’re the NFL’s best team, over both the Rams and the Chiefs. And unlike L.A. and Kansas City, New Orleans’ defense has improved in recent weeks, allowing just 14 points to the Bengals in Week 10 and seven points to the Eagles last Sunday. Still, the Falcons are 3-3 in their last three meetings (including two wins in New Orleans), and the average margin of defeat has been 6.7 points. That could change on Thursday.” — Ryan Wilson, whothe spread
“Hopefully, no one’s drinking every time the Saints score this year, because that couldn’t possibly be good for your health. The Saints lead the NFL with 37.8 points per game and that number doesn’t appear to be going down anytime soon. The Saints have been especially impressive over the past three weeks, averaging 48 points per game. A big part of that is because of Drew Brees, who’s thrown 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions over that span. Brees might throw 11 touchdown passes on Thursday alone, and that’s because he gets to go up against an Atlanta defense that’s the fourth-worst in the NFL against the pass. You know what, Falcons fans? You might want to grab a drink too, because it could be a long night.” — John Breech, whobut the Falcons cover
Redskins vs Cowboys : The Cowboys host the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day in a contest with significant ramifications on the NFC East division standings. Kickoff from AT&T in Arlington is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.
Washington (6–4, 1st in NFC East) is in the driver’s seat of the division, but lost starting quarterback Alex Smith to a gruesome compound fracture for the rest of the season during Sunday’s defeat to the Texans. Washington will start Colt McCoy in the meantime and signed Mark Sanchez as a reserve option earlier this week.
The Washington Redskins face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12 of the 2018 NFL Season. Here is all the information you need to watch the Thanksgiving Day game.
Suddenly, this Thanksgiving Day game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins got very interesting. After the Redskins lost and Dallas won in Week 12, the Cowboys pulled to within one game of Washington in the NFC East race.
With wins over Philly and Atlanta (two playoff teams from 2017) in the past couple weeks, the confidence for Dallas is high. Their offense has looked much better as well since they added wide receiver Amari Cooper ‚— who has opened things up for the entire offense.
His numbers haven’t been outstanding, but guys like Ezekiel Elliott are finding more room to run and Cole Beasley is finding holes in the defense to make catches. Even Dak Prescott has looked much better as his passer rating and third-down efficiency has improved.
Having said that, they did lose to Washington once this season already. What led the Redskins to the win was their stifling defense that made life miserable on Elliott. Should the Redskins hope to win this week, they will need another huge performance out of that defensive unit.
That’s due to quarterback Alex Smith suffering a broken leg and the team resorting to backup quarterback Colt McCoy. While McCoy is an underrated reserve, he’s not the same player Smith is, and the entire offense could struggle.
So make sure you get full on Turkey and find a comfortable spot to see this battle for first place. Here is all the info you need to see it all play out:
While the Redskins chances are hurt by the loss of Smith, Colt McCoy has fared well against Dallas. His last season with significant starts came in 2014 when he was 1-3. That one win happened to come against the Cowboys, so they need to be prepared for a battle on Thanksgiving Day.
Bears vs Lions : The first-place Chicago Bears (7-3) head to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Lions (4-6) in a NFC North matchup at Ford Field for Thanksgiving as Week 12 action begins on Thursday.
The game is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS in select areas (coverage map here). If the game is on in your market and you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
If you have Amazon Prime or start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all CBS content (both live and on-demand) via the CBS Amazon Channel, which also comes with a 7-day free trial.
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
This service is available live in all 32 NFL markets.
CBS (live in 28 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including CBS (live in 29 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Streaming of in-market and prime-time games can be watched on phones via the NFL Mobile app.
SundayTicket.TV allows you to watch a live stream of games that are out of your market and aren’t nationally televised. The service is available for people who live in residences that can’t get satellite (apartments, condos, etc.), as well as residents of San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. You can check here to see if you’re eligible.
Additionally, most college students may watch out-of-market games via SundayTicket U.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Sunday Ticket website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the NFL Sunday Ticket app, which is free to download on many different devices.
If you’re fine watching games on-demand, another option is NFL Game Pass Domestic, which allows you to watch replays of every NFL game for a fee of $99.99 for the season. No live games are available under this service, but you’ll be able to watch them following the conclusion of games for the day.
Once signed up, you can watch games on-demand on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.
If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of diffrent devices
Khlail Mack asserted his dominance and inserted himself into the NFL Most Valuable Player discussion with his performance against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday. Mack recorded a sack, two tackles for losses and a fumble recovery, leading the Bears to a 25-20 victory that didn’t see the Vikings on the scoreboard until late in the third quarter.
Head coach Matt Nagy has gotten some elevated performances out of his offense this season, but Sunday was not one of them. 2017 No. 3 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky was just as shaky at quarterback as his opponent Kirk Cousins. Trubisky finished 20 of 31 for 165 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a win mostly controlled by the new Monsters of the Midway.
Trubisky injured his right shoulder against the Bears and could be out Thursday. Chase Daniel would start against the Lions is Trubisky is held out, Nagy told reporters this week.
“I know that Chase, this is one of the reasons why he’s here, if we get in a situation like this where we have to make a decision one way or the other. This is why you have a guy like Chase. You feel very comfortable with him. Chase understands; he’s the oldest guy on our team so he’s got experience.”
Matt Patricia’s Lions edged the Carolina Panthers 20-19 at home in overtime on Sunday. This is Patricia’s first Thanksgiving in Detroit as head coach.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford, once again, has had a very steady season for the Lions. Even without a healthy Marvin Jones (knee), Stafford still completed 23 of 37 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers. Second-year wide receiver Kenny Golloday is looking like a gem, as he hauled in eight receptions for 113 yards and Stafford’s only touchdown.
Detroit is currently on pace to finish the regular season 7-9, which would be the fourth straight season the team has finished either 7-9 or 9-7.
Thanksgiving Day 2018 : NFL Schedule TV Channels On Nov. 22 New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears Are All In Action On Thanksgiving Day NFL Schedule NEW ORLEANS, LA — Three NFL games are on the schedule on Thanksgiving Day with the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys among the teams in action on Thursday.
New Orleans (9-1), which is the ESPN’s Power Rankings, will take a nine-game winning streak into today’s highlighted Turkey Day fixture with the Atlanta Falcons (4-6) at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
Live coverage of this game is scheduled for 8:30 pm ET and live streaming will be on NBCSports.com and the NBC Network.
Since dropping their first game of the season to the Buccaneers, Drew Brees and the Saints have been very impressive and coming off a dominating 48-7 smashing of Philadelphia last Sunday.
In that game, Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns, and according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, New Orleans should have it easy again after being back at 80 percent to win its 10th straight this season.
“With Drew, you’re never covered in his eyes. He knows how to manipulate the defense to put the ball where only you can get it and no one else gets it,” Saints rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith said according to ESPN.
“As a young receiver I need that because my game isn’t all the way there. So I have a quarterback that can put it somewhere where only I can get it, it’s wonderful.”
Meanwhile, the Falcons enter this game on a two-game losing streak, including a 22-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys the last time out and they will be hoping to snap this skip.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is confident Atlanta can turn it around.
“I think the opponent we’re going against, the stage that it’s on, makes it pretty easy to be able to turn around quickly and put this one behind us,” Ryan said after the Dallas defeat.
“We’ve got to win,” Falcon tackle Jake Matthews said in the buildup. “We just have to prepare well this week. We aren’t going to drink some magic potion and it’s going to happen.
“We have to take what we do during the week and execute better during the game because we have a good game plan and have good things going at times. We just have to do it more consistently and finish more drives.”
Meanwhile, the Thanksgiving Day fixtures will kick-off at 12:30 when the improving Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on CBS.
Chicago (7-3) has won four straight coming into this one, but is expected to be without quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Trubisky, who has passed for 2,469 yards and 20 touchdowns so far this season, suffered a shoulder injury in the latter part of Sunday’s 25-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings and is still struggling with his finest.
In fact, ESPN is now reporting that the Bears will start Chase Daniel at quarterback.
Detroit (4-6) snapped a three-game losing streak with a narrow hold 20-19 win against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.
Entering this game, the Lions will be without running back Kerryon Johnson and wide receiver Marvin Jones who are out because of knee injuries.
The other NFL Thanksgiving Day game will see Dallas Cowboys (5-5) meeting the Washington Redskins (6-4) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Cowboys have a 74.2 percent chance of beating Washington at home.
This game is set for 4:30 PM ET and it will be live on Fox and streaming on FoxSportsGo.com.
Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears : A huge NFC North battle takes place on “Sunday Night Football” at 8:20 p.m. ET when the Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings, with first place in the division on the line. The Bears (6-3) hold the top spot right now following three straight double-digit victories and face a Vikings (5-3-1) team that has won four of its last five following a slow start and is coming off a bye.
Both clubs routed the Lions in their previous game. Chicago is a 2.5-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 44.5 in the latest Bears vs. Vikings odds. Before you make any Bears vs. Vikings picks, listen to what SportsLine expert R.J. White has to say.
The renowned prognosticator has cashed big in the prestigious Las Vegas SuperContest two of the last three years and has now turned his eye toward “Sunday Night Football.” White has a strong history of success in handicapping these NFC rivals, as evidenced by his incredible 31-13 record on against the spread picks involving Minnesota or Chicago over the past two seasons.
Last week, White advised SportsLine members that Chicago’s top-ranked defense and underrated offense would be no match for the Lions. He predicted the Bears (-6.5) would roll to a blowout, and they did just that in a 34-22 victory. Anyone followed his advice pocketed an easy winner.
Now, White has studied Vikings vs. Bears on “Sunday Night Football” from every possible angle and released a strong point-spread selection that is only available at SportsLine.
He knows the Bears traded for linebacker Khalil Mack just before the season and he’s made a huge difference for a defense that ranks No. 4 in yards allowed (319.6) and scoring (19.4 points per game). Mack has seven sacks, four forced fumbles, an interception and a touchdown in just seven games.
In last week’s win over Detroit, the Lions were held to 305 yards, many of which came in the fourth quarter with the outcome already in hand. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky sparked the offense with 255 passing yards and three touchdowns.
But just because the Bears have been humming along doesn’t mean they’ll cover on “Sunday Night Football.”
White also knows Minnesota appeared to turn the corner with a road win against Philadelphia and has dominated every opponent since with the exception of a home loss to the Saints. In their last outing, the Vikings held the Lions to just three field goals and 209 total yards. Defensive end Danielle Hunter had 3.5 of a franchise-record 10 sacks of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins gave a solid performance with 164 yards on 18 of 22 attempts with one touchdown and one interception. Dalvin Cook led the rushing attack with 89 yards on 10 carries.
We can tell you White is leaning toward the Over, but his much stronger play is on the side. White has scrutinized Vikings vs. Bears from every angle, crunched the stats, and found a crucial X-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
Who covers in Vikings vs. Bears? And what crucial X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Sunday, all from the top NFL analyst who’s hitting an astounding 70 percent of his spread picks involving these teams.
Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints :I feel like people are responding to it. At first, you want to be reserved, but that’s not me. That’s not who I am as a person. The person I am, I’ve always stood for what I believe in, regardless. This is not a moment not to do that, not to remind us of what it takes to rekindle a relationship. Sometimes,
when you play sports, you assume the relationship is great every single day. You have to be able to work on those relationships, work on evolving with the team. That’s where we’re at now. Doing the little small things that we did before when we were the underdogs, not as the champions. ‘Oh, maybe we don’t need to run.’ No, we need to run harder. We need to take one more step. ‘Maybe we don’t need to study.’ No, we need to study five more minutes. Everything is about taking the next step for the growth that we need as an individual and as a team.”
There is also the obvious lack of explosiveness by the Eagles running backs this season. Last year, the Eagles led the entire NFL in rushing plays of more than 20 yards, with 19, and had three rushing plays of more than 40 yards. This year, they have had four plays of 20+ yards, tied for 24th in the NFL, and have not had a single rushing play of 40+ yards.
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak plead for the Eagles to take advantage of a leaky Saints’ defense and give in-depth analysis how the two units compare to each other. PLUS Power Rankings are here, the gang gives their top 5 best teams!
Carson Wentz turnovers: 0.5. Aside from a penchant for dropping the ball, Carson Wentz has been great at avoiding turnovers since returning from his torn ACL. His interception against the Cowboys last Sunday was just his third of the season, and if the Eagles hope to upset the Saints in Week 11, he’ll need to avoid giving them the ball on a short field. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening against a Saints team that has forced multiple turnovers in two of their last three games and has turned the ball over at least once in each of their home games except their season-opening loss to the Bucs. Whether it’s a fumble or an interception, I think Wentz turns the ball over at least once on Sunday. That, however, doesn’t mean he’s in store for a rough day, but the Eagles are likely going to have to pass a lot to keep pace with the Saints, and will cause Wentz to have the ball in his hands quite a bit. I’m just playing the law of averages here.
The Eagles have had 22 touchdown drives. Just eight of them (36.4%) have been seven plays or less. Last year, 28 of their 47 TD drives (59.6%) were seven plays or less. The Eagles had nine TD drives last season that were three plays or less. So far this year, they’ve had one. The Eagles are 25th in average drive start this season (26.7-yard line). Last year, they were fifth (30.0). Just 15 of their 100 possessions have started at their own 40 or better. Last year, they had 43. Their opponents’ average drive start has been the 28.5-yard line. That’s the highest in the last three years.
Best bull rush: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles. Cox is a 310-pound defensive tackle who ran a faster 40-yard dash at the combine than Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. Cox uses that explosiveness to run through guards on an almost at-will basis.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be wearing their home green uniforms in New Orleans on Sunday for their matchup against the Saints, as Sean Payton’s bet with Doug Pederson is finally coming due. Back in March at the owner’s meetings in Orlando, the two were paired up for the annual coaches’ golf outing, and decided to make it interesting. “We wanted to liven up the match, and we decided to bet and we chose jersey colors,” Pederson said Wednesday. “Three holes into it, ended up beating him, and that was it.”
This is a tough spot. Everybody understands that. For the first time in seasons, the Eagles are playing a team that has performed at a significantly higher level throughout the year. The Eagles are on the road, in hostile territory, against an 8-1 team. Is this when the Eagles come out and play an A-plus kind of game? “We just have to play the way we know we can play,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “We know they’re a good team. It’s about us, not them. We have to play clean football and we have to play at our highest level. That’s the goal every week.
It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK – you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though… now you look like a genius! So in that spirit, some of the Canal Street Chronicles writers were asked to share with me a bold prediction or two for the Week 11 of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints: a battle in the dome against the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. This is their chance to look brilliant!
Redskins Roster Moves: Byron Marshall activated from IR, Brian Quick waived – Hogs Haven
The Redskins made it official and have activated [former Eagles] RB Byron Marshall from IR. He is the second player to be activated this week, WR Trey Quinn was the first to return. The Redskins waived WR Brian Quick for the corresponding roster move. Marshall said earlier this week that he has been healthy and ready to go for over a month. The Redskins now have 5 RBs on the roster, but two of them(Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine) have been ruled out this week. Thompson has been dealing with rib injuries that have caused him to miss several games. Perine was injured in practice on Thursday.
Oh no, this Rutgers Philly Special attempt – SB Nation
Rutgers tried the Eagles’ famous Super Bowl trick play against Penn State in pretty much the same situation: fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Scarlet Knights ran it to the left instead of the right, but the concept’s the same, and the result almost was, too. Disaster then struck.
Are the Tennessee Titans a team you can believe in? On the one hand, they beat up on the New England Patriots in Week 10. On the other, the Titans team started September with a loss to the Dolphins and then October with a loss to the Bills. Yes, they have wins over the Jaguars and Eagles — an AFC Championship team from last year and the defending Super Bowl champion. But those wins aren’t quite as impressive now that both teams are floundering. No team has allowed fewer points than Tennessee, but only four teams have had more difficulty getting points on the scoreboard.
Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers :The Denver Broncos own bragging rights in the recent rivalry with the Los Angeles Chargers, winning 11 of the teams’ past 14 meetings straight up. But Los Angeles is 3-1-1 against the spread over the past five meetings. Who’s the smart bet for Sunday afternoon’s AFC West bout between Denver and the Chargers?
The Broncos are trying to buck a two-game losing streak after falling to Houston Texans 19-17 in Week 9.
Denver fell down 7-0 to the Texans early and trailed 13-3 in the second quarter. They then rallied to go ahead 17-16 in the third. At the end, down by two, Denver drove 53 yards into field-goal range but usually reliable kicker Brandon McManus pushed a 51-yarder wide right.
On the day, the Broncos outgained Houston 348-290. But the only turnover of the game, a second-quarter fumble and an ill-advised field goal attempt near the end of the first half combined to cost Denver 10 points.
The Broncos have outgained each of their past three opponents, and outrushed two of them. Also, four of their six losses this season have come by a total of 16 points. Still, at 3-6 overall, Denver only trails the Cincinnati Bengals by two games in the battle for the second AFC wild-card spot.
Los Angeles rides a six-game winning streak into this contest, after beating the Oakland Raiders on the road 20-6 last time out.
The Chargers spotted the Raiders the first three points of the game but led 10-3 at the half. Los Angeles then scored the first seven points out of the locker room and held on from there for the victory and the cover as a 10-point favorite.
The Chargers outgained Oakland 335-317, and 42 of the Raiders’ yards came on a fake punt. So Los Angeles has now outgained five of its past six opponents and outrushed four of its past six foes. It’s also 4-1 ATS its past five times out.
At 7-2 overall Los Angeles trails the first-place Kansas City by two games in the AFC West but also owns the No. 5 spot in the AFC playoff standings.
The Chargers are hot, but Denver has been keeping games close. Also, four of the past five meetings in this series have been decided by one score or less. Los Angeles should win this game outright, but the smart money bets the Broncos plus the points.
The Broncos are 5-2 SU and ATS in their past seven games on the road against the Chargers.
The total has gone under in the Broncos’ past five games on the road against the Chargers.
The total has gone under in seven of the Chargers’ past eight games against divisional opponents.
Oakland Raiders vs Arizona Cardinals :The Arizona Cardinals are 2-7 this season. The Oakland Raiders are 1-8. The two teams face off on Sunday afternoon in Glendale, Arizona. Which team will win the NFL Week 11 game? The Heat Index takes a look at what NFL pundits are predicting for the game. The Cardinals are four point favorites at home.
Bob McManaman writes: “Conceivably, this is a game the Cardinals should own from start to finish. The problem, of course, is the Cardinals haven’t been able to do anything with ease or precision. It’s been a constant struggle, even when they’re playing well during points in games. There were some nice positives out of last week’s loss in Kansas City and if those trends continue, they shouldn’t have any problems against the Raiders. I get the feeling, though, that this game will be a lot closer than a lot of people think.”
Click here for Bob McManaman’s complete Cardinals vs. Raiders preview.
The Heat Index writes: “The Raiders have not impressed in Jon Gruden’s first season back with the team. It could be a very long year in Oakland, and the Cardinals will add to their misery with a win in Glendale.”
David Steele writes:”This matchup is so bad, it’s a wonder it isn’t on national TV. Derek Carr threw the ball away on fourth down last week, and a gushing pre-draft evaluation of Nathan Peterman by Jon Gruden was uncovered soon after. As for the Cardinals, David Johnson is getting involved the way he should have been earlier this season, Larry Fitzgerald is solidifying his Canton resume, and the results remain the same.”
Ryan Wilson writes: “We wondered at the beginning of the season if the Raiders would win a game. They beat the Browns, so they avoided that shame, but now the question becomes: Can the Raiders win two games? This is truly the worst team in football, in part because Jon Gruden insists of getting rid of his best players. The Cardinals haven’t been much better, which is weird because this group went 8-8 last season without a quarterback. But first-year coach Steve Wilks replaced offensive coordinator Mike McCoy with Byron Leftwich, which seems to have helped rookie quarterback Josh Rosen and all-world running back David Johnson. If only someone in Oakland could help Derek Carr get back on track.”
Ryan Van Bibber writes: “We have another toilet bowl on the schedule this week. The Raiders are at the Cardinals, in a battle for draft position. The Cardinals are getting most of the picks from our panel, and that makes sense. Arizona actually seems to want to play sometimes, and Josh Rosen and Larry Fitzgerald seem to have finally found a connection. Fitz has caught 14 of 22 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown over the last two games. The Raiders have scored nine points in their last two games, total. So, yeah, the Cardinals look like the pick here. Then again, we said the same thing about the Jets against the Bills last week.”
azcentral sports’ Katherine Fitzgerald and Greg Moore evaluate the Cardinals’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after practice on Monday. Tom Tingle, The Republic | azcentral.com
Vinnie Iyer writes: “The Raiders look like they’ve given up offensively, as Doug Martin and Jared Cook are the only things going while Derek Carr feels almost non-existent. The Cardinals have rediscovered their juice as Byron Leftwich continues to deploy David Johnson correctly. Arizona’s defense has been playing well of late and will make sure the Raiders dry up in the desert before they get used to playing there in Las Vegas.”
It writes: “I don’t want to pick the Cardinals as four-point favorites. However, I don’t want to pick the Raiders at all. What a miserable game! I’m going to take the Cardinals as a non-wager, as I think there’s a better chance they show up. They’re at least playing for something – Rosen’s development – while the Raiders could quit. They actually put forth a good effort against the Chargers, so they may not show up two weeks in a row.”
Jim Derry writes: “I got one of those dozens of emails I get every week trying to promote their publication or YouTube show or whatever that I usually delete before I even read, and the subject line actually made me open the thing. It read, in part: ‘Raiders-Cardinals Stupor Bowl is a Sham.’ Clever. In fact, I am sort of upset with myself I didn’t think of it sooner for some other sham game. Worst part is, I am actually thinking of taking this with one of my four remaining knockout picks in the secondary pool. (I am taking the (GULP) Saints in my main.) When it comes down to two awful teams, I usually go with the one playing with the most heart. And that unquestionably is Arizona.”
Dan Kohn writes: “The Raiders have all but mailed in the season. At 2-7, the Cardinals showed some fight before falling at Kansas City. Arizona may have just one more win than Oakland but is much better at this point.”