There are a lot of divisional rivalries in the NFL these days that much anticipated throughout the NFL regular season and never seem to disappoint, but there is one matchup that isn’t a divisional rivalry which is always a battle from start to finish when superstar quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady go head to head.
This year the Indianapolis Colts have been dubbed the team to win it all before the NFL regular season began, but just past the halfway point, Peyton Manning and company might struggle to even win the AFC South division. This matchup is always a great NFL football betting opportunity.
The New England Patriots on the other hand have exceeded expectations heading into Week 11 and are looking like legitimate Super Bowl title contenders. With Tom Brady playing at an MVP caliber level and the Patriots young defense doing just enough to contain opposing offenses, head coach Bill Belichick could be headed for another Super Bowl title, but he will have to contend with the Indianapolis Colts first.
As of right now, the New England Patriots have been given the edge in this AFC Conference heavyweight showdown with a -3 point spread. Even though the Colts have the ability to pull off the slight upset here, I believe that Tom Brady and company are without a doubt the better team coming into this matchup.
There is no question that both of these defenses aren’t exactly top notch at the moment, but the Patriots have been in this position plenty of times before and should continue to win football games as long as their potent offense keeps firing on all cylinders.
So there is a possibility for an upset here if Peyton Manning is on his game this Sunday, but taking the Patriots to cover is the safe bet!
The NFC East division is arguably one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL today, but heading into Week 10 the New York Giants are sporting a 6-2 and are sitting pretty comfortably in first place. Even though the Philadelphia Eagles and possibly the Washington Redskins could give Eli Manning and company a run for their money in the race for the division title, the New York Giants look like they could cruise into the playoffs, especially since they have a chance to improve to 7-2 with another win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10.
Despite coming into this NFL regular season as the favorites to win the NFC Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have been arguably the most disappointing Super Bowl title contender in the NFL this season and will probably continue their woes against the New York Giants this week at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Without Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo under center due to a broken clavicle which he suffered a few weeks ago against the Giants, the Cowboys have been seemingly helpless on the offensive side of the football, but owner Jerry Jones just recently fired head coach Wade Phillips in favor of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett who might be able to turn things around.
Obviously, it is bit of a stretch to believe that a change at head coach will completely turn things around for a team that just a complete mess right now, but you never know what can happen when there is another guy calling the shots on the sidelines.
As of right now, the division-leading New York Giants are favorites to come out on top in this NFC East showdown with a -13.5 point spread. That is a little too high in my opinion even though this could very well be a blowout.
The Indianapolis Colts got a rude awakening last week when they were seemingly helpless to stop quarterback Michael Vick (218 passing yards, 74 rushing yards and two total touchdowns) and the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24.
Even though it was their third loss of the season, Peyton Manning and company are still in the mix for the AFC South division title with the Tennessee Titans, but they will have to get back to their winning ways this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Fortunately, despite the fact that the Cincinnati Bengals do have the ability to pull off the upset this week, the Indianapolis Colts are favored pretty big in this game with a -7 point spread.
Coming into this NFL regular season the Bengals had high hopes of defending their AFC North division title and getting back into the playoffs while possibly contending for a Super Bowl title, but Cincinnati has really struggled to play consistently well this year even with the addition of superstar wide receiver Terrell Owens alongside Pro Bowl wideout Chad Ochocinco.
There is no doubt in my mind that this Week 10 matchup between the Colts and the Bengals will be a blowout as the Cincinnati defense will struggle against the potent offense of Indianapolis. Not only will the Bengals be headed for their sixth straight loss of the season, but fourth-time NFL MVP quarterback Peyton Manning will be looking to get his team on track with a big game to prove that they are still a legitimate Super Bowl title contender.
The -7 point spread is a bit high, but I believe that it is a solid bet as the Indianapolis Colts will almost certainly come out on top and by a convincing margin.
The Chicago Bears have been a pretty streaky team this season with a lot of problems on the offensive side of the football, but they are coming off an impressive win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10 and are now in a first place tie in the NFC North division (with the Green Bay Packers) heading into Miami against the Dolphins in Week 11.
Despite having multiple quarterbacks going down with injury last week against the Tennessee Titans, the Miami Dolphins were still able to come out of Week 10 with an impressive 29-17 victory.
This week it is uncertain which quarterback will be under center, but I believe that it won’t even matter as the Chicago Bears defense will be looking to put the brakes on the Miami Dolphins offense much the way they did against the Minnesota Vikings.
Obviously, the Dolphins aren’t much of a passing team as they tend to stick with ground game, but the Bears defense has proven time and time again that they are for real and will be the reason that Chicago will continue to contend for the NFC North division title.
As of right now, I believe the Chicago Bears will be destined to win this game against the Miami Dolphins as they are just the better all around team, but the Dolphins have shown potential and the ability to beat very good teams this season.
So when the spread comes out it will almost certainly lean in the Chicago Bears favor, but taking a spread any higher than -3 would be questionable at best.
If somehow the spread is in favor of the Miami Dolphins than I fully suggests take the Chicago Bears to pull off the upset.
The Minnesota Vikings have been in the headlines all season long and even though this team loves being in the spotlight, they have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Not only has Brett Favre been in the headlines for playing poorly in his farewell tour, but he has also been frequently in the news for problems off the field and controversy about his relationship with head coach Brad Childress. Bodog Sportsbook has the Vikings as +8 favorites this week over the Cards.
As if it weren’t bad enough that this team has been surrounded in controversy all season long, they have only won two games on the year and are in danger of missing the playoffs entirely.
Just like almost any team in the league right now, there are still opportunities for Brett Favre and company to turn their season around, but a loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9 could be devastating to say the least as it would be really tough to come back.
One thing that makes this game interesting besides the fact that this is basically a must win situation for the Minnesota Vikings is that this will be the first game they play without superstar wide receiver Randy Moss who was waived from the team earlier in the week.
Even though Brett Favre will be without his best downfield threat this week, I believe the Minnesota Vikings should come out on top in this one and get their third win of the season.
There is no question that the Arizona Cardinals are a talented football team, but they are flawed to say the least as they are dealing with some serious problems at the quarterback position with both Max Hall and Derek Anderson struggling under center.
As of right now, the spread is a bit high at -8, so I would take the Cardinals at +8, but the Vikings should win the game.