NFL: Back Bills, Steelers and Vikings in terrific treble
Paul Chambers | November 7, 2015
The NFL season enters its second half, and Coral continue to offer great prices to their customers, with Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings all to win on Week 9 at an enhanced 18/5 price.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Buffalo can complete the double over division rivals Miami at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. The Bills have already beaten their opponents this season, having handed the Dolphins a 41-14 thrashing on their home turf.
New York state outfit Buffalo will get a big boost with the return from injury of starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was instrumental in the week three win over Miami, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Miami were beaten 36-7 in their last outing by New England, and have yet to beat a division rival in 2015 in three attempts. A pattern is emerging in their play, which is that in order to win, the Dolphins need to establish a solid running offense.
Miami running back Lamar Miller has averaged over six yards per carry in the games his team has won this season; but managed less than three yards per carry in their defeats.
And Miami’s greatest strength doesn’t match up well against Buffalo, who have the sixth best running defense in the league. Punters can look for the Bills defense to stifle Miller and the Dolphins here, just as they did in the earlier meeting.
Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh can triumph over Oakland when they welcome the Raiders to Heinz Field on Sunday. The Steelers are four-and-a-half point favourites for this game due in large part to their defense, which is currently ranked sixth best in the NFL. Pittsburgh has held all of their opponents since week two to just 23 points or less.
Another strong defensive performance here can be the platform for a Steelers victory against the Raiders. Oakland’s defense has struggled against the pass in 2015 – they currently average over 300 passing yards conceded per game, the second-worst record in the NFL.
In addition, 13 of the 17 touchdowns scored against the Raiders this year were passing touchdowns. Pittsburgh, who have lots of quality playmakers in their passing offense, can exploit this favourable matchup to put plenty of points on the board.
Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown has the fourth-most yards in the league this season so it may be expected that he has another big game on Sunday. Meanwhile, Heath Miller (12/1 to score first) had over 100 yards in his last outing, and the 6’5-tall tight end is a key redzone target for Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
St Louis Rams at Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota can wrap up their sixth win of the season when they host St Louis at TCF Bank Stadium this Sunday. The Vikings will be full of confidence ahead of this contest, having won their last three games on the trot.
They can keep the hot streak going this week by stacking the box to defend against St Louis’ biggest strength, which is their running offense.
The Rams offense is one-dimensional and very reliant on their running backs – St Louis quarterback Nick Foles is playing at a poor level, and that means he will not be able to keep the Minnesota defense occupied enough here.
As a result, the excellent Vikings defense (ranked second best in the league) will be free to counter an all-too-predictable Rams’ offense, nullifying their opponents’ ability to score in this contest.
Meanwhile, Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (9/1 to score first) is on a hot streak of his own, having notched more than one 100 receiving yards and a score in each of his last two games.
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