We came frustratingly close in Week 5 – the Buffalo Bills were just 0.5 points shy of meeting the handicap figure. That accumulator fell just short but I’m back with four more tips ahead of Week 6 in a bid to nail a winner.
The New Orleans Saints, fresh from their bye week after winning in London, headline my NFL accumulator this weekend - currently available at just over 5/1 in 888sport's NFL betting odds.
BALTIMORE RAVENS vs Chicago Bears
The Ravens have been one of the NFL’s most inconsistent franchises this season but I fancy Baltimore to snag a second successive victory this weekend. Joe Flacco has struggled so far this year but his 73.1% pass completion rate against the Oakland Raiders last time out was a real improvement.
Meanwhile, Chicago haven’t fared much better. The Bears are currently 1-4 on the year and it is hard to back John Fox’s side on the road at Baltimore here. Mitch Trubisky helped boost the Chicago offense last week and they should push the Ravens close but home advantage should see the AFC North outfit prevail.
TIP: Baltimore to win @ 7/20
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS vs Detroit Lions
It is almost impossible to back against Drew Brees in a dome stadium. Adrian Peterson may be out of the exit door at New Orleans but rookie Alvin Kamara has shown plenty of quality during his brief Saints career and Sean Payton may role with the youngster against Detroit this weekend.
The Lions will be sweating on Matthew Stafford’s fitness ahead of this one. He is officially down as ‘questionable’ on the injury report but word from the Detroit camp suggests that he will play. Jim Bob Cooter’s men have been solid so far this season, winning three of their five games. It may be close but New Orleans will edge it.
TIP: New Orleans to win @ 12/25
ARIZONA CARDINALS vs TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Arguably the most disappointing team in the NFL so far this year, the Arizona Cardinals are in dire need of a victory. The NFC West side have won two of their five games but needed overtime in both encounters – Bruce Arians’ position is precarious at best. Carson Palmer is struggling right now and this aggressive Tampa Bay defence may shine.
Jameis Winston has been simply sublime in 2017 and Doug Martin’s return at running back should help the Buccaneers in their pursuit of glory. Winning in the desert is never easy but Tampa have enough class to get by. Expect the visitors to notch another crucial win as they look to keep pace in the race for the NFC South title.
TIP: Tampa Bay to win @ 4/5
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS vs Los Angeles Rams
We’ve got a true defensive battle here. Jacksonville’s defence is performing at a Super Bowl-winning level right now and the Jaguars are sitting pretty at the top of the AFC South. Blake Bortles is struggling without star wide receiver Allen Robinson but the defence is getting the Jaguars through matches.
Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams have been better than expected in the early stages of the campaign but fell short against the Seattle Seahawks last time out. The Rams could win this contest but everything must go their way; Jacksonville’s defence is playing at an elite level right now. This is the Jaguars’ game to lose...
TIP: Jacksonville to win @ 7/10