NFL Week 13 Preview: Easy Chiefs win and Dolphins’ crumbling dream?
Odds and insight ahead of crucial Gridiron weekend
We’re heading into the last five Game Weeks in the NFL, and everything is still at stake.
There are more than a few season-defining fixtures on the cards this weekend, including a must-win trip to California for the AFC West’s narrow leaders.
Our look at the upcoming action kicks off at the Oakland Coliseum…
Chiefs have ideal chance to recover from Chargers loss
Kansas City Chiefs were involved in a game for the ages in their last fixture. Andy Reid’s men were edged out in an astonishing 54-51 loss to Los Angeles Chargers.
That defeat narrowed their lead over the Chargers to a single game, with Kansas clinging on to the AFC West’s top spot at 9-2. They desperately need to bounce back this weekend – and have what looks the perfect fixture on the horizon.
Hosts Oakland Raiders are 2-0, losing each of their last three home games by a margin of 16 points or more. Up against the NFL’s second-hottest attack, they could be in for a very long day.
That’s borne out by the odds, with Kansas 1/12 in the Money Line. They’ve already scored Over 37 Points in six games this season, and are 27/20 to repeat the feat in the Bay Area.
Bears defence leading them towards NFC North glory
While the off-season acquisition of Khalil Mack was expected to improve Chicago Bears’ defence, the entire unit seem to have stepped up since his arrival from Oakland.
The Bears have given up an average of 19.2 points so far this season. That’s a full five points fewer each game than they gave up in 2016, and also a notable improvement on last season.
Kyle Fuller has the league’s joint-second highest number of interceptions this term with five. Meanwhile, Eddie Jackson has picked off four passes – returning Touchdowns for two.
Throw in the consistently excellent Mack, and bruising Roquan Smith – and it’s no surprise the 8-3 Bears have the NFC’s best defensive record going into the weekend.
They visit a New York Giants side who’ve won once at home this season. This should be a comfortable win for the visitors, and all-but wrap up the divisional title.
Bills to keep scupper Dolphins’ Wild Card dream?
The 4-7 Buffalo Bills may not quite have time to launch their own Wild Card push, but they could still play a major part in the battle as they visit Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins sit just two spots outside the AFC spots. But the momentum seems to be swinging away from the Florida franchise, and towards Sean McDermott’s Bills.
Buffalo head into this game on the back of successive wins. Their recent triumphs included a 41-10 win at New York Jets, marking their opponents’ heaviest loss since 2016.
And the Bills have a Quarterback full of confidence. Josh Allen bagged a Touchdown of his own and threw a 75-yard TD pass in the Bills’ last win – over Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ahead of this cracker in Miami, the Bills are 19/10 in the Money Line. The visitors can also be backed at 4/1 to Score Over 24 Points.
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