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NFL: Back Packers, Lions and Saints in tremendous treble

| 21.12.2014

As the NFL season enters the penultimate week of the regular season, Coral continue to give great offers to their customers.

Here we tell you why you should back individual odds-on favourites Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints all to win at an enhanced 5/4 price.

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Green Bay (10-4) could lock up a place in the playoffs with a victory at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

Led by star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay continue to boast an extremely potent offense, averaging 31.1 points per game (second-best in the NFL).

That attack looks set to fire the Packers to the postseason for a sixth-consecutive time. Should either Philadelphia or Dallas lose this weekend, a Packers triumph at Tampa Bay would be enough to clinch a playoff place.

Tampa Bay (2-12), meanwhile, are the only team in the league without a home win in 2014, and have lost seven straight home games going back to last season.

The Buccaneers’ rearguard is the NFL’s fifth-worst, and suffered a blow this week, as defensive end Gerald McCoy will miss the rest of the season.

Green Bay’s offense would, therefore, appear likely to profit from a mismatch against their opponents. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson leads the Packers with 12 touchdowns in 2014, and is 5/1 to score the first touchdown here.

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Detroit (10-4) can sew up a playoff berth with victory over listless division rivals Chicago.

The Lions moved into first place in the NFC North with a win over Minnesota last week – after trailing 14-0, Detroit fought back to beat the Vikings 16-14 in a resolute display that summed up their grit and determination.

While Detroit are a team of steely resolve, last-placed Chicago (5-9) are the polar opposite. With their season all but over, the Bears appear to have gone into hibernation for the winter.

Monday night’s defeat at home to New Orleans was shambolic and indicative of a team that seems to have given up. The 31-15 loss was just the latest in a three-game losing streak that has seen Chicago concede 35.3 points per game to recent opponents.

Such defensive woes should make the Bears easy prey for the Lions offense. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught two touchdowns against Chicago when these two teams faced off in Week 13, and is 5/1 to grab the first score at Soldier Field.

With these two teams heading in opposite directions, a comfortable Detroit win could be on the cards – a result which (coupled with a Green Bay victory) would see the Lions and the Packers meet in Week 17 to determine who wins the 2014 NFC North title.

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
New Orleans could also clinch a playoff place this weekend by triumphing over divisional opponents Atlanta.

A Saints victory, combined with defeat for Carolina in their game against Cleveland, would be enough to secure the NFC South division title for New Orleans.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is third in the league for passing yards in 2014. Should he average 321 yards-per-game over the next two weeks, Brees would pass the 5,000 yard passing mark for an incredible fifth time – no other quarterback in NFL history has multiple 5,000-yard seasons.

Atlanta could be the perfect opponents for Brees to play against this weekend, as they have conceded more passing yards than any other team in the league this year.

New Orleans tight-end Jimmy Graham leads his team with nine touchdowns this season, and is sure to cause problems for the Falcons’ struggling secondary on Sunday. He is 13/2 to score first.

Atlanta’s recent record at the Louisiana Superdome is poor, with the Saints winning seven of their last eight home contests against the Falcons.

Punters may expect Brees to lead his team to an eighth home win against Atlanta this weekend.

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