NFL: Back Patriots, Cowboys and Broncos in terrific TV treble
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Detroit Lions at New England Patriots
The Lions and Patriots face off in Foxborough this weekend in a game with important play-off implications.
New England are in scintillating form as they come into this match-up, having won six games in a row and averaging 40 points-per-game in the process. They have cemented their position as AFC leaders thanks to recent wins over Denver and Indianapolis.
Quarterback Tom Brady has thrown for an extremely impressive 20 touchdowns in those last six games, and will look to add that total on Sunday. Tight-end Rob Gronkowski, who matches up well against Detroit’s secondary, is sure to be an endzone target for Brady and is odds on at 2/5 to score anytime.
The Lions top their division, but come into Sunday’s game on the back of a disappointing 14-6 defeat in Arizona last weekend that saw their lead cut to the slimmest of margins.
Detroit are playing behind a stout defense in 2014, but their problem has been scoring points of their own, as their offense has ranked just 26th of 32 teams this season. This proved to be their undoing last-time out, as they failed to overcome a Cardinals side missing first-choice quarterback Carson Palmer.
With the Patriots ahead of the Lions in all three key offensive measures (points per game, passing and rushing yards), readers may take more confidence in New England’s ability to put points on the board – particularly at Gillette Stadium, where New England have now won 14 in a row.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
The Cowboys will put the NFL’s best away record on the line as they travel to face the Giants at Metlife Stadium.
Dallas have a perfect record of four wins and no defeats when playing on the road in 2014, with their most recent away victory recorded in the 31-17 win over Jacksonville in London a fortnight ago.
The Cowboys (7-3) have been very competitive on both sides of the ball this season – their offense is currently ranked seventh in their league, and their defense 11th – and as a result, Dallas are firmly in contention to win the NFC East in 2014 and potentially advance deep into the play-offs.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for their division rivals New York (3-7), whose season already appears to be over after just 10 games.
Following last week’s defeat at home to San Francisco, the Giants have now lost five games on the trot and do not look like ending that streak anytime soon.
New York have been decimated by injuries this season, but even so their on-field execution has left much to be desired, with quarterback Eli Manning, in particular, guilty of committing far too many costly turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Giants’ rushing defense remains the NFL’s worst after 11 weeks, and that is especially bad news, as they face a Dallas rushing offense that is the second-best in the league.
DeMarco Murray leads the NFL in rushing yards, and will look to exploit the holes in New York’s defensive line and is 5/1 to score first on Sunday night. The Cowboys look well-placed therefore to record their fifth away win and pile more pressure on Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos
Denver can move into first place in the AFC West with a win over Miami at Mile High on Sunday. Defeat for Kansas City on Thursday night means that the Broncos now control their own destiny in the race for the play-offs.
Aged 38, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning shows no sign of slowing down – he leads the league in touchdowns (30) and is second in passing yards.
The Broncos defense are no slouches either, having held the opposition to less than 23 points per game on average this season. Given that the potent Denver offense will usually put that many points or more on the board every week, it could be difficult for their Dolphins counterparts to keep pace.
Punters will look for Manning to once again figure prominently. He is aided by a host of great Broncos receiving targets, including Demaryius Thomas.
Thomas has now recorded at least 100 yards per game for an incredible seven weeks in a row, and is 4/7 to score anytime Sunday.
Denver are unbeaten at home in 2014 and can notch their sixth win when they host the Dolphins, thanks to their high-powered offense.