NFL Tipsheet: Mini previews and recommended bets for Week 10 fixtures

Goodnight for Big Big: with Big Ben back at the helm, Pittsburgh can bring Dallas back down to earth
Goodnight for Big Big: with Big Ben back at the helm, Pittsburgh can bring Dallas back down to earth

Romilly Evans runs you through the card with his bite-size bets for all Sunday's games...

"A Dallas loss could be the best thing that happens to the 'Boys, providing both opportunity and excuse to bring back a fresh Tony Romo."

Recommended Bet
Back Pittsburgh (-2.5pts )to win on the Match Handicap @ 1.845/6 or better

Kansas City @ Carolina Panthers
Sunday, 18:00

While Kansas' problems at RB endure, the Chiefs have also lost Justin Houston for another week, alongside Jaye Howard and Jeremy Maclin. Which leaves this encounter at the mercy of recovering Carolina and Cam Newton, if only the former MVP could find someone in his own O-line healthy enough to feed him under center. Gino Gradkowski or not, however, the Panthers are building a little momentum, if not a head of steam.

Recommended Bet
Back Carolina (-3.5pts) to win @ 2.0811/10 or better


Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, 18:00

Matt Ryan continues to eclipse even Tom Brady for MVP honours, while the sheen is coming off Carson Wentz's can't-miss-kid status to reveal, well, the rookie that he is. That said, Ryan's towering numbers often come crashing down when it matters most, and Philly's defense and special teams can generate key turnovers, especially at home. So I say Wentz edges this birds-of-prey battle.

Recommended Bet
Back Philadelphia to win on the Moneyline @ 1.9420/21 or better


Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, 18:00

Jay Cutler is back at the helm after been sidelined with his thumb injury. When he's on song and his cannon arm is firing, Cutler remains an elite talent, as he proved when taking down Minny. Tampa Bay's credentials are creaking, as defenses get a handle on Jameis Winston (too much scrambling and too many picks). Cutler may have already run out of real estate in Chicago, but he make up for lost time here in trademark frustrating fashion - even on the road.

Recommended Bet
Back Chicago to win on the Moneyline @ 1.865/6 or better


Denver Broncos @ New Orleans Saints
Sunday, 18:00

The Saints' D are not the abject sinners they were, yet they're still mired in mediocrity. Fortunately for them, so is Denver's Trevor Siemian. So on the flipside, it's the time-honoured duel of immoveable force (Von Miller's No-Fly Zone) versus the irresistible force (Drew Brees' fabled aerial assault). The Superdome provides New Orleans with the home comforts. Needless to relate, though, I also like the overs on points.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 44.5 Total Points @ 1.674/6 or better


Green Bay Packers @ Tennessee Titans
Sunday, 18:00

Green Bay have suffered some telling - if tight - reversals of late, so Aaron Rodgers needs to get his act together to avoid falling out of postseason contention in an eminently winnable division. A-Rod typically delivers in the clutch, and his O-line are improving. The Pack's defense, on the other hand, is riven with injuries, and particularly divided in the secondary. Tennessee aren't much better, however, so stick to Rodgers clinically finding a way back. While points seem assured on paper, the Packers run defense might be more effective against DeMarco Murray than most imagine.

Recommended Bet
Green Bay (-2.5pts) to win @ 2.021/1 or better


Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, 18:00

This game holds major ramifications for the AFC South, as Houston could pull clear on pivotal divisional tie-breakers, or Jacksonville could regather the thread of hope as something to cling to on these longer winter nights. Brock Osweiler isn't all that, however, and he's yet to win on the road this term (0-3) so give the faltering Jags another chance to live up to the sum of their skilful parts.

Recommended Bet
Back Jacksonville to win at Half-time / Full-time @ 2.77/4 or better


Los Angeles Rams @ New York Jets
Sunday, 18:00

Two teams with their own tales of woe and underachievement, but both still have a shot at redeeming their campaigns. The Rams could control the game via Todd Gurley (if he takes the field) and their staunch D, but their running man keeps hitting the wall with his dodgy ankle. Ryan Fitzpatrick (also struggling with niggles) and Case Keenum's combined erratic flair could be the story here (interceptions and downfield-strike potential abound on both sides of the ball) so deferring to Total Points, which make a prolific case at an attractively low mark.


Recommended Bet
Back Over 39.5 Total Points @ 1.9720/21 or better


Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins
Sunday, 18:00

Washington's offensive line is without Trent Williams, so the received wisdom is Kirk Cousins (very effective with time, very susceptible under pressure) will have a bad day at the office against Minny's dominant D. However, the wheels are coming off the season's surprise juggernaut (Detroit and Green Bay are massing behind them in the NFC North). Sam Bradford is also losing his early-campaign cool, so perhaps the Skins' more balanced unit can shut him down. Hmm, in a time of indecision (e.g. DeSean Jackson seems unlikely to start), go under points.

Recommended Bet
Back Washington to win on the Moneyline @ 1.865/6 or better


Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers
Sunday, 21:05

Although bottom of their division, San Diego still have a good chance of making the play-offs this term in the most open year on record. However, they face a stern test of those credentials here against the in-form Fins, who are balancing up the run with some progressive proficiency from Ryan Tannehill to compliment Jay Ajayi's ground gains. However, the Bolts have their own second-season running back who's moving the chains. Combine Melvin Gordon and Phil Rivers, and I say the Bolts get the scoreboard working early.

Recommended Bet
Back M.Gordon to score First / Anytime Touchdown @ 9.08/1 or better


Dallas Cowboys @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, 21:25

Le'Veon Bell can't play any worse than he did last Sunday. Whereas Ben Roethlisberger probably came back a week too soon, but should be up for defending his home at Heinz Field and getting Pittsburgh back above 500. The rampant 'Boys under the stewardship of breakout rookie Dak Prescott offer Big Ben the perfect motivation to re-establish his old-school order. Particularly with Dallas having six key game-time injury decisions (not including Tony Romo). This loss could be the best thing that happens to them, providing both opportunity and excuse to bring back a fresh Romo to take over from his understudy in the next fortnight.

Recommended Bet
Back Pittsburgh (-2.5pts )to win @ 1.845/6 or better


San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, 21:25

It's hard to see what Carson Palmer meant when he said midweek that Arizona are "right where I want them to be." The Cardinals have played more like a proverbial House of Cards so far, but at least they face the deplorable Niners here at home. So perhaps that's what Palmer meant. Colin Kaepernick is finding his feet a little, though. If he can find his arm too, he may yet add some respectability against the ageing Arizona D.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 16.5 San Francisco Points @ 1.9110/11 or better

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