It's week 6 in the NFL, things are heating up and the guys at Abelson Info have briefly previewed all the weekend's fixtures including their recommended bets...
"With major injuries and a QB lacking in confidence the Jets are ripe for the picking."
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns - Sunday 18:00
The Browns are trying to avoid a 12th defeat in a row and the return of their star cornerback Joe Haden should help. He will go toe to toe with Bengals receiver A.J. Green and should come out on top. Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton may see his biggest weapon nullified but he will find other targets to aim for. The Bengals should be refocused after a poor performance against Miami last week. The Browns will try to establish the run with Trent Richardson like they did when these two met in week 2 but it wasn't enough then and may not be enough this time.
Recommended Bet: Cincinnati -2.5
Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 18:00
It's been exciting watching Flacco lead a no-huddle offence in Baltimore this year but Dallas have a pass coverage plan for everyone at the moment. On the other side of the ball is where the problems arise where the Dallas offence lacks cohesion. The Ravens never seem to loose at home, expect a low scoring affair and a Ravens win.
Recommended Bet: Baltimore -4.5
Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday 18:00
If it wasn't for fumbles then Vick and the Eagles would be dominating the NFC East, as it is they are still enjoying a winning record but look shaky. They lost a hard fought match last week in Pittsburgh whilst the Lions rested and regrouped. Although Detroit usually suffer on the road they have players returning from injury and a blockbuster offence to rely on. The scoreboard should be busy and this is the game the Lions fortunes change.
Recommended Bet: Detroit +4.5
Indianapolis Colts @ NY Jets - Sunday 18:00
The Jets hung tough against the Texans on Monday night and could have recorded a big victory if it wasn't for the poor form of Mark Sanchez. He's massively underperforming and maybe the pressure of having Tebow patiently waiting on the sidelines is starting to distract him. With major injuries and a QB lacking in confidence the Jets are ripe for the picking. Andrew Luck led the Colts to an emotional win last time out and can do it again on the road this week.
Recommended Bet: Indianapolis +2.5
Kansas City Chiefs @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday 18:00
At first glance this is far from appetising. Apart from the outstanding Kansas running back Jamaal Charles there has been little to shout about in Tampa or Kansas. The Buccaneers come off a bye determined to kick start their campaign and should be too much for Kansas who will start with deputy QB Brady Quinn after the disappointing Matt Cassel was put out of his misery temporarily with concussion courtesy of the Baltimore defence last week.
Recommended Bet: Tampa Bay -3.5
Oakland Raiders @ Atlanta Falcons - Sunday 18:00
Probably most tipsters banker of the weekend. The Falcons have exceeded expectations and they're playing with supreme confidence. The Raiders haven't really turned up yet but in Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden they have the potential for a decent offence. Expect the dirty birds to dance but the Raiders to show shoots of promise.
Recommended Bet: Atlanta -7.5
St Louis Rams @ Miami Dolphins - Sunday 18:00
If the Dolphins are to get a home win it could be down to Reggie Bush, he started brightly this year but has slowed down since getting a knock on the knee. His condition and productivity is the key this week. The Rams impressive pass defence and the lack of experience in rookie QB Ryan Tannehill means that Miami can't rely on an aerial assault despite having the big performing Ryan Hartline to aim for. St. Louis will find it hard this week, it's unlikely they will get anything on the ground against Miami's number one rush defence. Don't expect a lot of End zone action.
Recommended Bet: Miami -3.5
Buffalo Bills @ Arizona Cardinals - Sunday 21:05
The Cardinals got roughed up by the Rams last week and have now lost their starting quarterback and their top two running backs to injuries. QB Kevin Kolb started well when he came in for Skelton in week 2 but his performances are dipping due largely to a lack of protection from his offensive line. Luckily the Bills have a weak defence and the Cardinals should be able to notch up another win and continue their impressive home record.
Recommended Bet: Arizona -5.5
New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks - Sunday 21:05
This should be a fascinating contest between the Pats slick offence and the Seahawks ferocious defence. If the Seattle fans can disrupt Brady's play calling then they could give their team a huge advantage. When the Seahawks get the ball they will look to Marshawn Lynch, he's one of the most reliable backs in the league and unless Brandon Spikes and co. can stop him early he could punish the Patriots all night.
Recommended Bet: Seattle +3.5
Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins - Sunday 21:25
Viking fans will be pleased and surprised that their team has come so far in such a short amount of time, with a fully recovered Adrian Peterson and the Christian Ponder to Percy Harvin connection developing so well they can score on anybody. For the Redskins it all depends on RGIII, will he have recovered from last weeks' concussion enough to play and if so play with his usual dynamism? Seems unlikely.
Recommended Bet: Minnesota
NY Giants @ San Francisco 49ers - Sunday 21:25
Expect the 49ers to get revenge for last season's NFC Championship game, they look mean without the ball and last week against the Bills they amassed a franchise record 621 yards whilst scoring 45 points, their offence is on fire. The Giants can score against anyone but this is a monumental task for Eli and his gang. The 49ers are the full package and could be the best in the NFC this year.
Recommended Bet: San Francisco -6.5
Green Bay Packers @ Houston Texans - Monday 01:20
Green Bay need to wake up, they are already two wins of the pace in the NFC North, their offence has not delivered and despite Rodgers untold talent he is not putting up the numbers. Missing Cedric Benson in the backfield and top receiver Greg Jennings is no help. Neither is playing the unbeaten Texans in Houston. Whilst the Texans have a perfect record so far the loss of star linebacker Brian Cushing is a big blow, there is a feeling that the Texans will be found out soon. If sack monster Clay Mathews can get at Schaub then the Texans can be stopped but will the Packers be able to take advantage when they get the ball? These are two potentially great teams but their focus this week will be on limiting the opposition which should turn this into an ugly encounter.
Recommended Bet: Houston -2.5
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers - Tuesday 01:30
Monday Night Football sees an AFC West showdown as the Broncos take on the Chargers in San Diego. The Chargers are currently topping the division and Philip Rivers has a good record against the Broncos. Denver have already lost three this year and appear inconsistent but on closer inspection their losing record seems more forgivable, their losses came against the still unbeaten Texans and Falcons and against the formidable Patriots. Denver are about to start a winning run that will take them to the playoffs.
Recommended Bet: Denver +1.5