NFL Week 11 TV Games: Rodgers and his Pack to ground high-flying Eagles

Leader of the Pack: Aaron Rodgers and his receivers are on fire
Leader of the Pack: Aaron Rodgers and his receivers are on fire

We're in to Week 11 in the NFL with three more exciting clashes broadcast live on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning, and our man Romilly Evans has the lowdown on them all...

The match-up at Lambeau Field will be a proving ground for their respective Championship credentials. Expect Rodgers and Co to graduate with top honours. Sanchez, on the other hand, should be kept back after class.

Back Green Bay Packers to Win @ 1.4840/85

Seattle Seahawks @ Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, 18:00
Live on Sky Sports 2

The Kansas City Chiefs looked lucky and a little limited in their comeback win against Buffalo. The Bills snatched defeat from the gaping jaws of victory in trademark fashion and did little to subsequently boost the form-line or their resolve in a midweek loss to Miami.

In short, Buffalo coughed up three fumbles and gifted the Kansas a crucial fourth-down conversion which unraveled their comfortable 10-point lead. The Chiefs, however, can expect no such early Thanksgiving presents now that the Super Bowl winners are coming to town.

The Seattle Seahawks have left themselves with plenty of work to do to retain their crown. However, if Russell Wilson can minimise the mistakes and the offense keep faith and patience with Marshawn Lynch, the results should come in.

Lynch scampered for a career-high four touchdowns and a season-leading 140 yards last week, bringing the Giants of New York to their knees 38-17. Despite Wilson throwing two picks and Eli Manning airing it out effectively, the Legion of Boom belatedly heeded their call to defense and shut Big Blue down. Lynch and a tempered Russell did the rest.

Persisting in similar fashion, especially in the ground game should see the Hawks comfortably take care of business in this opener. For while the Chiefs have ably resisted all comers in the rushing game, they have faced nothing of Lynch's calibre.

On offense, with injuries to running man Cyrus Gray and tight end Demetrius Harris, Jamaal Charles looks even more exposed as Kansas' one-man band. The Boom should loom over him.

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Back Seattle Seahawks to win on the Match Moneyline @ 2.0811/10 or better
Back Seattle Seahawks (+1.5) to win on the First Half Points Spread @ 1.9110/11 or better
Back Over 20.5 Total Seattle Seahawks Points @ 1.9110/11 or better


Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 21:25
Live on Sky Sports 2

If I'd told you at this year's outset that the Philadelphia Eagles would be thriving under the stewardship of Mark Sanchez and wondering what to do with Nick Foles long-term, you'd have thought I had a screw loose.

However, since Foles broke his collarbone against Houston, Sanchez has quickly filled his Nikes under center. He fired for 332 yards and two touchdowns last week against Carolina and was assisted by RB Darren Sproles (a 65-yard punt return coupled to an eight-yard TD) looking as fresh as he has since his breakout campaign in San Diego.

It was a statement win which kept Philly ahead of Dallas in the NFC East. Only trouble is that the Green Bay Packers made an even bigger statement of intent in a 55-15 annihilation of Chicago in Primetime.

Aaron Rodgers connected on six scores, with 18 completions off 27 passes for 315 yards. When you're at the controls of a 4,000-yard-plus offensive machine, everybody feasts. And Rodgers is spreading the love - to Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin.

Rodgers tops the charts in the esteemed category of Passer Rating (a smidge north of 120) and crucially also leads the league against the blitz (the Eagles' preferred defensive strategy).

With Eddie Lacy still to truly wake in the backfield, The Pack are only going to improve as we near the sharp end of the regular season. The question with Philly, though, is can they sustain this level? Caging the Panthers when Cam Newton is trying in vain to dig them out of another hole wasn't perhaps as impressive as it looked. You could argue that Green Bay achieved little more in baiting the Bears.

The match-up at Lambeau Field will be a proving ground for their respective Championship credentials. Expect Rodgers and Co to graduate with top honours. Sanchez, on the other hand, should be kept back after class.

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Back Green Bay Packers (-5.5) to win on the Match Points Spread @ 2.01/1 or better
Back Green Bay Packers (-2.5) to win on the First Half Points Spread @ 1.9110/11 or better
Back Green Bay Packers to win on the Match Moneyline @ 1.4840/85 or better
Back E. Lacy to be First / Anytime Touchdown Scorer @ 9.08/1 or better


New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts
Monday, 01:30
Live on Channel 4

For some, this game pits the past against the future of quarterbacking. While I still think the totemic talents of Peyton Manning will always put Andrew Luck (his Indianapolis Colts protégé) and Tom Brady (his New England nemesis) in the shade, this remains a fascinating encounter between two teams who have been dominant on offense this term.

Patriots fans didn't see that coming over the opening four weeks, as Brady's bunch struggled to move the chains. Yet the past five game have seen the NFL poster boy man up, throwing 18 TDs for just one pick. The return of Rob Gronkowski to peak condition has, of course, been pivotal. The tight end target attracts double coverage wherever he goes, freeing up the park for multi-optional alternatives.

Indy's rising star at cornerback, Vontai Davis, could be in for the biggest test of his young career. Davis may have shored up a porous secondary so far, but now comes the real examination.

It's the same story for Luck, who is still to beat Brady, and for any young QB that's some milestone to secure. His dynamic duo partnership with wide receiver TY Hilton may head the NFL for passing, but until they produce against a genuine Super Bowl contender, the jury's out.

As a result and considering the Pats have won the past four between these clubs, it was a surprise to see the Nevada numbers men open up with the Colts as jollies. Homefield advantage at Lucas Oil Stadium often proves a clincher, but Bill Belichick thrives on any underdog mentality and may fashion another gritty win here.

For me, each side have their weaknesses and are far from the finished articles as far as the play-offs are concerned. Both are also effectively coming off a bye week, which adds more uncertainty as to whether they'll be nicely freshened up or have lost their momentum.

Again, the experience of the Belichick-Brady era should stand New England in good stead. A marginal nod, but keep stakes small.

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Back New England Patriots (+3) to win on the Match Points Spread @ 2.111/10 or better
Back Under 30.5 Indianapolis Colts Total Points @ 1.9420/21 or better
Back New England Patriots Field Goal to be First Scoring Play 3.55/2 or better


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