Week 11 of the NFL, Reuben Thomas introduces each match-up...
'every team has injury problems by now but Chicago have it bad. Baltimore should take advantage, Ray Rice must improve and the Ravens must use this opportunity to gain a rare win at Soldier Field.'
Arizona Cardinals @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags finally got the monkey off their back last week, it was a huge win for the organization as they edged out the Titans but in reality they were far from impressive. Bruce Arians has his Arizona team hunting a third straight win and Palmer usually opens up against Jax
Recommended Bets: Cardinals @ 1.292/7
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers, another team that grabbed their first win last week and will be hoping to follow it up against the hapless Falcons. The Bucs have lost their second starting running back for the season but will probably still have more ground game than the dirty birds. Steven Jackson can't find any room and it's heaping the pressure on an already over pressured Matt Ryan. Not the easiest on the eye but expect Atlanta to edge it.
Recommended Bets: Falcons @ 1.875/6
Baltimore Ravens @ Chicago Bears
The Ravens got a big win over the Bengals last week and suddenly don't seem out of contention in the AFC North. They face the Bears at exactly the right time, banged up on defence and missing Jay Cutler pulling the strings, every team has injury problems by now but Chicago have it bad. Baltimore should take advantage, Ray Rice must improve and the Ravens must use this opportunity to gain a rare win at Soldier Field.
Recommended Bets: Ravens @ 2.427/5
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati
AFC North conflict in Cincy as the Browns travel across Ohio. Jason Campbell has looked solid for Cleveland since he has been trusted to lead the team out, the Browns finally look to have the makings of a decent outfit. Andy Dalton and the Bengals have stuttered recently but should get back to winning ways after a couple of overtime heartbreakers, this is their division this year.
Recommended Bets: Bengals @ 1.42/5
Detroit Lions @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Detroit travel to Pittsburgh looking for their first win there for many decades, they sure have a chance. The Steelers have made small improvements and their running game is picking up but Big Ben is still struggling and needs more protection. Suh and co. will cause panic and Pittsburgh may find it tough to find any time. The Lions are a well-oiled offence and the Stafford-Megatron combo remains unstoppable. Detroit have beaten much better opponents already this year.
Recommended Bets: Lions @ 1.774/5
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
The Jets are surely the league's most inconsistent team but should be able to record a successive win on Sunday against a limited Bills team. Geno Smith is growing and the running attack has developed over the season. Ed Reed was signed this week to add experience to the secondary and the Jets could be the surprise success story of the AFC. The Bills are skidding and EJ Manuel has lost his way after injury. Their reliable rushing attack will face the number one rush defence in the league Sunday. The good news is Santonio Holmes may return to bolster Buffalo but it won't be enough.
Recommended Bets: Jets @ 2.021/1
Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans
The Texans welcome back coach Kubiak looking to avoid an unprecedented eight straight loss, something says the emotion of the day sys they will. Already without Schaubb and the pick of their defence they've now also put Arian Forster on IR, the Texans seemed cursed. One superstar who is stills standing is Andre Johnson, expect Keenum to be searching for him all night. The Raiders seem reliant on Pryor having a =n explosive game on the ground but until he's fully fit again that isn't happening
Recommended Bets: Texans @ 1.364/11
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles
NFC East showdown as the Redskins head to Philly. The Eagles are rolling, Nick Foles suddenly looks the real deal, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy are putting up huge numbers and they look on track to challenge for the division. But they have an unusual nemesis, nikephobia in front of their own fans! The Skins have a running game but RG3 has slowed down and the defence looks unconvincing
Recommended Bets: Eagles @ 1.4740/85
San Diego Chargers @ Miami Dolphins
Two 4-5 teams meet in the first of the later games, the Dolphins are all wrapped up in the media storm about bullying and as a result have lost their focus, spirit and two key linemen. Phillip Rivers has never found it easy in Miami and the Chargers have lost six straight their but should have enough to move to .500 this Sunday.
Recommended Bets: Chargers @ 1.8910/11
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
Welcome undrafted rookie QB Scott Tolzien to lead the famous Geen Bay Packers. Mike McCarthy has publicly backed his new passer and will try and instil some confidence in him as the Pack try and stay in touching distance at the top of the NFC North. Jean Pierre Paul may miss this game for the Giants, which would surely be a huge relief to Green Bay given their current situation. To ease the focus off Tolzien expect Eddie Lacy to be laden with a lot of the responsibility, something he has managed well so far. The Giants' offence still isn't firing but is improving slowly and should have enough at the MetLife.
Recommended Bets: Giants @ 1.4740/85
Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks
The Vikings face the daunting task of travelling to take on the 9-1 Seattle Seahawks. The 'Hawks look unplayable, dominant on defence and effective enough on offence this week they welcome Percy Harvin to the party, with his arrival the volume will only go up. Peterson looked more himself last week and scored a couple of TDs but he'll need a huge game to affect this one.
Recommended Bets: Seahawks @ 1.171/6
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints
The Big Easy and a big game as the 49ers take on the Saints. The 49ers come off a gritty and disappointing loss to the Panthers whilst the Saints are full of confidence after absolutely exploding on the Cowboys. Brees' offence is red hot especially in the Superdome and the 49ers will know that, their main concern will be trying to re-ignite their own attack after not even making the endzone last week.
Recommended Bets: Saints @ 1.68/13
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
It's a monster matchup as the unbeaten Chiefs travel to Mile High to take on the SuperBowl favourites the Denver Broncos. Head John Fox is obviously absent for Dnever but the good news is Peyton plays despite having pain in his ankle. He'll need to get rid of it fast or have protection as he faces the sack kings from Kansas. The Chiefs come off a bye, fearless and ready to prove their worth to any doubters that still exist but can even they stop the Broncos scoring machine?
Recommended Bets: Chiefs @ 3.8514/5
New England Patriots @ Carolina Panthers
The Pats come out of their bye and head to Carolina. Brady will have to be at his best to survive this test against a Panthers defence that put on a dominating show of force last week. Ron Rivera's Carolina team has now started to play to their potential and they are on a five game roll, Cam Newton isn't making the highlights show but is delivering just enough what's needed. Tough call but on after a rest and on MNF you look at Belichik and Brady.
Recommended Bet: Patriots @ 2.285/4