NFL Tipsheet: Mini previews and recommended bets for Week 11 fixtures

Hawking his wares: Russell Wilson has been absorbing the hits this term but remains a threat
Hawking his wares: Russell Wilson has been absorbing the hits this term but remains a threat

Romilly Evans takes you through his game-by-game analysis of all Sunday's encounters, with a wager for each...


"The sheen is finally coming off Carson Wentz’s earlier polished performances."

Recommended Bet

Back Seattle (-6.5pts) on the Match Handicap @ 1.9210/11 or better

Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, 18:00

The tall expectations of an impressive opening are getting to Minny, and they simply don't have the team roster to support their demands. Their O-line offers perhaps the NFL's most gaping of holes, while the pocket invariably collapses before Sam Bradford has a chance to set his throwing stance. So any success rests instead on their redoubtable D, but even they're starting to creak. True, Arizona's Carson Palmer is not what he was (13 TDs, 10 picks) but the Cardinals are getting a little healthier, and can play football on both sides of the park. The Vikes, however, only operate on defense.

Recommended Bet
Back Arizona to win on the Moneyline @ 2.1411/10 or better


Baltimore @ Dallas
Sunday, 18:00

Dak Prescott has locked up the starter's berth in Dallas, but it's all a lot of hype. His offensive line are the Boys' true all-stars, while Ezekiel Elliott is another complementary figure taking the heat off Prescott. While Baltimore appear to have rediscovered their defensive skills of old, Joe Flacco's still not running at elite status, and the Ravens definitely haven't faced anything of Dallas' ilk to date. A bit of a quandary, then. So, more prosaically, take the Ravens' D to at least slow the Cowboys juggernaut, even if they can't halt it.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 26.5 Dallas Points @ 1.9110/11 or better


Buffalo @ Cincinnati
Sunday, 18:00

Buffalo return refreshed from a bye week, and badly need to make up for lost time if they're to generate a play-off push. Cincinnati have their own Wilcard aspirations, but have looked vulnerable against the run. And that's what Buffalo's LeSean McCoy does best. The Red Rifle and AJ Green will try to keep pace via the deep ball through the Bills' indecisive secondary, yet clock and ball-control gives Buffalo an edge. Shady stands up when his team need him the most.


Recommended Bet
Back Buffalo to win on the Moneyline @ 2.265/4 or better


Chicago @ NY Giants
Sunday, 18:00

A pair of quarterbacks who have never grown out of making terrible decisions, despite being seasoned campaigners and totemic talents. Clearly, history will remember Big Blue's Eli Manning more fondly than Chicago's Jay Cultler, but the Bears' signal-caller is not without his redeeming features. Sadly, one of those isn't wideout Alshon Jeffery (after his supplementary suspension) so Cutler may struggle to move those chains. If the Bears double-team OBJ, however, more passing lanes just open up for Manning's familiar targets. The Giants continue to roll, although don't expect a blowout.

Recommended Bet
Back NY Giants to win by 7-12pts on the Winning Margin @ 4.6] or better (Sportsbook)


Jacksonville @ Detroit
Sunday, 18:00

Matt Stafford's Detroit Lions have emerged largely unscathed from the collapsing scenery of the NFC North, and could claim an unlikely stranglehold over the coming fortnight, if they keep their composure. Games like this (against an underwhelming opponent, nonetheless talented on both sides of the ball) ask questions of their D, and the bankability of their Stafford-to-Golden-Tate connection. The league's lightning arm strikes.

Recommended Bet
Back G. Tate to score First / Anytime Touchdown @ 9.08/1 or better


Pittsburgh @ Cleveland
Sunday, 18:00

Pittsburgh have suffered some unfortunate reversals of fortune in recent weeks, but their crucial cogs are back whirring, and can regather the rope to climb back aboard USS Assurance before it sets sail for play-off country. Cleveland usually give Big Ben an easy ride. So with their quarterback carousel indicative of wider worries and injuries, this should be shot to pieces by the half-time hooter.

Recommended Bet
Back Pittsburgh (-3.5pts) to win on the Half-time Handicap @ 1.9420/21 or better


Tampa Bay @ Kansas City
Sunday, 18:00:

Jameis Winston's predictable dedication to extending plays and airing it out should mark him out as a sitting duck for Kansas' reliable defense. Albeit a sitting duck that's seldom stationary. The Chiefs' have Alex Smith back at the helm, who knows his game-management role inside out, so the KC's run continues in effortless fashion.

Recommended Bet
Back Kansas City (-7.5pts) to win @ 1.9210/11 or better


Tennessee @ Indianapolis
Sunday, 18:00:

About the only occasion I can predict a Tennessee performance accurately is when they face up against Andrew Luck (who's never lost to them) so hopefully this rematch extends that trend. Both sides still hold postseason possibilities in a poor division, but Luck is finally getting back to the form of yesteryear (or rather the year before last). His healthier O-line is, of course, a major part of that. Luck comfortably takes his record versus the Titans to 9-0 here.

Recommended Bet
Back Indianapolis (-3pts) to win @ 2.226/5 or better


Miami @ Los Angeles
Sunday, 21:05

This game wants "no points" tattooing across its forehead. Wouldn't it be awkward if Las Vegas' parlour has read the inscription-request incorrectly again? The Rams' defense are still getting the job done, they just need an out-of-favour Case Keenum, his replacement, or running man Todd Gurley (struggling with niggles) to step up. Miami, though, have their lead rusher producing at full pelt (Jay Ajayi tops the yardage charts over the past five weeks, and he took a week off!). QB Ryan Tannehill is also finally ham'n'egging more efficiently as the campaign progresses. The Fins could finish the Rams, even on one of the sport's more examining road trips.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 40.5 Total Points @ 1.9110/11 or better@


New England @ San Francisco
Sunday, 21:25

New England have lost Gronk and Chris Hogan to injury, thereby somewhat limiting Tom Brady's preferred outlets among an admittedly elastic receiving corps. Will the league's worst defense enjoy some respite as a result? At home, possibly, particularly on the handicap. And with Colin Kaepernick benefitting from the repeated reps of competition, an embattled Kap is reminding us that he can muster a twin-threat of sorts, even if this one-time Cinderfella never goes back to the Bowl.

Recommended Bet
Back San Francisco (+13pts) @ 1.8910/11 or better


Philadelphia @ Seattle
Sunday, 21:25

For Philly, this encounter has been branded as Birds of Prey: The Sequel. Will the Eagles respond to the Hawks' challenge, as they did against the Falcons? Carson Wentz and the green shoots of recovery (also an aspiring pop act) suggest they could bustle up Seattle, at least in the run-game. However, the sheen is coming off Wentz's earlier polished performances, and two key target-men are questionable in Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews. Russell Wilson, on the other hand, is close to peak condition for the first time this season.

Recommended Bet
Back Seattle (-6.5pts) @ 1.9210/11 or better

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