NFL: Back Panthers, Chargers and Bengals in superb TV treble
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Here’s why punters should back individual odds-on favourites Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals all to win in Week 5 at an enhanced 7/2 price.
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers
Chicago are coming off a big loss to divisional rivals Green Bay last weekend. The Bears defense put in a horrible performance in that encounter, conceding points on every single Packers drive. Following that result, the team is ranked in the bottom 12 for defense after four games.
Performances have been mixed for Carolina this season, but the Panthers can at least point to the ankle surgery undergone by star quarterback Cam Newton as a mitigating factor.
Newton is only going to get better, as he gains more playing time after returning from injury. He will be looking forward to an opportunity to exploit the Bears secondary that was so easily dismantled by Green Bay.
Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin could be a key target for Newton. At the quarter mark of the season, he is the Panthers’ leading receiver, and has scored in each of his last two games. Benjamin is 5/4 to get a touchdown anytime this weekend.
Carolina’s passing game will likely be too much for the Bears defense to cope with. Home field advantage also benefits the Panthers, as they seek to triumph at Bank of America Stadium.
New York Jets at San Diego Chargers
The Jets come into this match on the wrong end of a three-game losing streak. They have problems on both offense and defense, but it is perhaps their quarterback position that poses the biggest concern.
Second-year starter Geno Smith has not been able to develop any kind of consistency this season. His lowly passer rating of 75.1 ranks second-last of all NFL quarterbacks, entering Week 5. Smith has also been responsible for seven turnovers, which have proven very costly.
New York can scarcely afford any such mistakes this weekend, as they come up against a San Diego outfit that has been ruthlessly efficient in its management of the game when in possession of the ball. Chargers’ quarterback Phillip Rivers has been in sensational form in 2014 and, after four games, boasts a quarterback rating of 114.5.
Rivers has been aided by the good chemistry he has developed with his receivers, including Eddie Royal. The latter has caught two touchdown passes in each of the last two games, and is 13/10 to score anytime Sunday.
San Diego’s superiority in the passing game does not bode well for a New York Jets team whose secondary is in a sorry state. Punters can feel confident about backing the Chargers to come out on top at Qualcomm Stadium.
Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
Are we witnessing the end of an NFL dynasty? The Patriots have been the league’s premier team this millennium, missing the playoffs on just two occasions since 2001, and winning three Superbowls in the process.
All that could be set to change, however, after an indifferent start to this season. New England’s defense has been a mixed bag and their offense ranks just 29th out of 32 teams in 2014. Last week saw the Patriots get humiliated by Kansas City, in a 41-14 thrashing.
They face a tough task to turn things around against the visitors to Gillette Stadium. Cincinnati are one of just two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. The Bengals defense is playing at a championship-level this season, conceding an average of just 11 points per game – which ranks as the best in the league.
Quarterback Andy Dalton, meanwhile, has led the offense to a current top-ten ranking. Cincinnati may however expect to have the most joy with their ground game – the Patriots defense has been horrid against the run this season, currently ranking 23rd. Giovani Bernard will hope to exploit this deficiency, and is 4/5 to score for the Bengals.
With superior performances on both sides of the ball, Cincinnati look to be a lock to win this encounter in Foxborough.