NFL Tipsheet: Mini previews and recommended bets for Week 6 fixtures

Rodgers that: Aaron is benefitting from Jordi Nelson's return and time in the pocket
Rodgers that: Aaron is benefitting from Jordi Nelson's return and time in the pocket

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


"Game manager Alex Smith may not be your poster boy for Carpe Diem, but Andy Reid and his defense still know the time of day. The Chiefs’ running backs can do the rest."

Recommended Bet
Back Kansas City to win on the Moneyline @ 1.9210/11 or better

San Francisco at Buffalo
Sunday, 18:00

Buffalo belatedly appear to be living up to the sum of their talented parts, having now posted three successive wins to put themselves back in play-off, even divisional contention. If winning is a tall task (especially as Tom Brady is back at the helm for the rival Patriots) this match-up at home to the struggling Niners sets a lower bar. Colin Kaepernick gets his first start under the new Chip Kelly regime. It's a good idea - since Kap still poses twin-threat capability to kick-start a spluttering offense - but he's been out of live game action for a solar cycle. The Bills should take advantage of his lack of reps.

Recommended Bet
Back Buffalo to win on the Winning Margin By Over 12 Points @ 2.56/4 or better


Baltimore at New York Giants
Sunday, 18:00

My opposition of Baltimore is starting to pay dividends, as Joe Flacco and his O struggle to rediscover his elite status. However, the Ravens' redoubtable defense has also been living down to expectations. Not that the Giants of New York represent particularly staunch opponents at this time. But Odell Beckham is at least behaving, so Eli Manning now just needs some better offensive blocking. Home advantage tips the scales in Big Blue's favour, and should put their record back at 500.

Recommended Bet
Back NY Giants to win on the Moneyline @ 1.695/7 or better


Carolina at New Orleans
Sunday, 18:00

Carolina have gone from would-be Super Bowl champions to this season's chumps in six short games. If they're without both Cam Newton (who passed midweek concussion protocol and appears prepped to take the field) and Jon Stewart, matters are considerably worse. For, even here against one of the league's worst offenses, they must keep pace with New Orleans' storied aerial assault. Even with Newton playing (he'll be tuned to a slower tempo) gobble up some attractive quotes on the Saints making the Superdome a Thunderdome for this divisional duel.

Recommended Bet
Back New Orleans to win on the Moneyline @ 2.245/4 or better


Cincinnati at New England
Sunday, 18:00

Tom Brady is back to lead his bunch, and they looked on song against Cleveland. However, it was the Browns. Brady's return, coupled to Rob Gronkowski's restoration to rude health and Martellus Bennett's new-found comfort level, makes the Pats strong favourites. Yet I expect Cincy, commanded by an Andy Dalton with a point to prove, to comfortably keep pace within an attractive head-start.

Recommended Bet
Cincinnati (+8.5pts) to win @ 1.845/6 or better


Cleveland at Tennessee
Sunday, 18:00

As intimated above, Cleveland's raft of injuries at key positions means they'll be left struggling for dignity this term. Even against an overrated Tennessee outfit. Nevertheless, Marcus Mariota did finally get his proverbial together in Week Five (after a fortnight without a TD) and his receivers can enjoy another shot in the arm here.

Recommended Bet
Back T.Sharpe / R.Matthews to score First / Anytime Touchdown @ 11.010/1 or better


Jacksonville at Chicago
Sunday, 18:00

Jacksonville hit the road after their Wembley-induced bye week. While Chicago don't represent much of a threat these days, they still hold some skill in pivotal places, notably veteran linebacker Willie Young (fresh from a three-sack performance in Indy) who should give Blake Bortles a torrid time here. In other news, for all his detractors, the Bears must start Jay Cutler to be sure of their second victory. Brian Hoyer chokes in the red zone, Cutler gets it done.

Recommended Bet
Back Chicago (-2.5pts) to win @ 2.26/5 or better


Los Angeles at Detroit
Sunday, 18:00

The LA Rams are still a contender, despite sporting the NFL's most pedestrian offense. Detroit, on the other hand, can still move the chains very handily via an erratic Matt Stafford and Co. Talk of unstoppable forces meeting immoveable objects may appear misplaced at this B-grade level. So amid an absence of ideas, my hunch says Todd Gurley finally goes through the gears to recapture his Rookie of the Year credentials.

Recommended Bet
Back T.Gurley score First / Anytime Touchdown @ 14.013/1 or better


Philadelphia at Washington
Sunday, 18:00

In a vital head-to-head for NFC East honours, and the Vegas handicappers make this game the week's tightest affair. The Lions tore off Philly's lustre last Sunday, and Carson Wentz lost some of his preternatural composure to throw his first interception. The rookie still posted some good numbers, but this Washington cauldron could scramble his mind again. Instead, favour Kirk Cousins minimising the mistakes against the league's number-two defense, and seeing the Skins home in a low-scoring affair.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 44.5 Total Points @ 2.021/1 or better


Pittsburgh at Miami
Sunday, 18:00

It seems nothing (bar the Eagles' D) can stop Ben Roethlisberger and his merry men crashing through the opposition's scenery with reckless abandon. Now the greatest offensive circus around moves on to Miami, who are trying to rebound from a nightmare match last weekend. Ryan Tannehill has the ability to make this closer than the oddsmakers imagine, but patience is running thin. Having received a welcome shot in the arm from the Fins' top brass, however, the quarterback can surprise a few here.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 21.5 Total Miami Points @ 2.26/5 or better


Kansas City at Oakland
Sunday, 21:05

Oakland benefitted from another timely San Diego collapse in composure last week, but this will be tougher. Kansas, on the other hand, must seize a chance to reassert their solid claims on the AFC West. Game manager supreme, Alex Smith, may not be your poster boy for Carpe Diem but Andy Reid and his defense still know the time of day. The Chiefs' running backs can do the rest.

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


Atlanta at Seattle
Sunday, 21:25

The week's TV highlight and rightly so, with both these offenses on fire. Atlanta boast an offense that tops the charts for yards, points, passing yards and passer rating, and second in passing touchdowns. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are naturally the crucial cogs for Seattle to slow, but the Legion of Boom is a dependable beast. Particularly when challenged by the supposedly irresistible. Contrarians can profit from a thawing "Matty Ice".

Recommended Bet
Back Under 45.5 Total Points @ 1.9110/11 or better


Dallas at Green Bay
Sunday, 21:25

Dak Prescott continues to take all the necessary steps to sound the death knell on Tony Romo's career while the Dallas starter is still on the sidelines. However, the young QB will be out of his comfort zone at fabled Lambeau Field where Aaron Rodgers and Jordi Nelson (a fifth TD last week) are just getting warmed up. Green Bay also operate the best run defense in the NFL to date: 43 yards/game at a miserly 2.0 rushing average. Throw in Dez Bryant's injury at WR, and Prescott's options looks very limited indeed.

Recommended Bet
Back Green Bay to win on the Moneyline @ 1.491/2 or better

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