NFL: Back Vikings, Rams and Bengals in tremendous treble
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Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
First-year Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s rebuilding project is under way and already showing signs of paying dividends.
Minnesota have a number of quality young players that look set to develop into stars of the future, including rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. He had arguably his best performance of the season – throwing two touchdown passes – against Green Bay last weekend, and has now assisted TDs in all of his last five starts.
The Panthers (3-7-1) have now lost as many games on their spin, so their season has come off the rails spectacularly at the worst possible time.
Having one of the NFL’s worst defenses – ranked just 29th out of 32 teams – has not helped Carolina. Conceding an average of over 27 points-per-game has given the Panthers’ offense too much work to do in most match-ups this season.
Carolina’s passing defense, in particular, has been disappointing in 2014, and veteran Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings could exploit the Panthers on Sunday. He can be backed at odds of 10/1 to grab the first touchdown.
The future looks bright in Minnesota, so punters should back the Vikings to record their third win in four games by seeing off the Panthers at TCF Bank Stadium.
Oakland Raiders at St Louis Rams
St Louis may not make the playoffs this season, but they will take consolation from having recorded some excellent performances against very good sides – including wins over pre-season Super Bowl favourites Seattle, Denver and San Francisco.
Solid defense and ingenious special teams play have kept the Rams competitive in 2014 – with the Week 11 triumph over the Broncos, in which they held legendary quarterback Peyton Manning to just seven points, being a particular highlight.
Oakland (1-10) by contrast have had a 2014 to forget, and Raiders fans are likely already turning their thoughts towards next season, when they will hope to have more success.
Interim coach Tony Sparano may see himself as auditioning for the full-time job in 2015; however, with only one win in seven games since taking over, it remains to be seen whether he will be handed the reins on a permanent basis.
The Rams’ superior defense should be enough to see off the Raiders here, with Oakland averaging just 16 points per game this season – second-worst in the league.
Meanwhile, St Louis running back Tre Mason could profit against a poor Raiders rushing defense, and is 7/1 to score first at Edward James Stadium.
Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This game pits the AFC North’s Bengals against the Buccaneers of the NFC South division. It is worth noting that in 2014, AFC North teams have won against opponents from the NFC South in an astonishing 10 out of 12 games, with just one defeat.
Cincinnati (7-3-1) appear to be hitting excellent form as they enter the final stretch of the regular season, and can record their third away win in a row by triumphing at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.
Their opponents Tampa Bay (2-9), meanwhile, are winless at home in 2014. With both the league’s fifth-worst defense and sixth-worst offense, Bucs fans have had very little to cheer this season.
Bengals running back Jeremy Hill has contributed five touchdowns this season to help give Cincinnati the NFL’s eight-best rushing attack, and can be backed at 9/1 to score first this weekend.
With the Buccaneers in such poor form in Tampa this season, punters may well expect the Bengals to pile on the misery with yet another road win on Sunday.