CLEVELAND – (Special to Digital Sports Desk) – Remember last month when all anybody could talk about was how amazing the vaunted Patriots defense was, putting the clamps on opposing teams and latching on to their quarterbacks like a clip-on Koala bear? How Aaron Rodgers was a master at the centre? How Kirk Cousins was the surprise package of October? The praise trickled giddily off the NFL cognoscenti tongue for those highly self-regarding franchises.
Then….. Wait. What’s that rolling on the ground among the leaves? Is that the sky?
October glided into November, clocks were set back and week 10 of the NFL got underway during which Tom Brady and the Patriots were rendered mere mortals, Rodgers, and the Packers were force-fed humble pie and Cousins was found wanting…
Le Collapse happened.
On the bright side, the Miami Dolphins – who lack cohesion, confidence and a clue this season – actually won a game to avoid becoming only the third team ever to finish 0-16 SU on the season after the Lions and Browns did it respectively this side of the century. You can understand how avoiding such an awe-inspiring feat of ineptitude warranted a Gatorade shower for head coach Brian Flores on the sidelines.
Charming and imaginative adjectives aside though, suffice it to say it was an unforgettable week in the NFL. Good news. There’s more of such weeks to go around as the season hurtles down the stretch and teams start to jostle for position in the playoff frame.
So, on that score, let’s cast our eye on the upcoming week 11 matchups, spot several value bets and serve up early thoughts and predictions with sportsbetting.ag review you get a nice idea on where to look for the best NFL odds.
Buffalo Bills (+2) vs Cleveland Browns
Hang on. How are the Cleveland Browns favored on the NFL odds board for this week 11 clash with the Bills, who keep collecting wins? Is this a trick or treat? Isn’t Halloween over?
The Browns just left Mile High with their tails between their legs all the while Baker Mayfield looked to fade in the background masquerading as Colombo. The loss marked yet another defeat on the season to extend their losing form to four straight losses. Heck, the Browns haven’t won a game at the Dawg Pound this season, never mind.
The Browns started the season sending out signals about their Super Bowl aspirations. The only signal they’re sending out now is an SOS. Take the Bills +2 (+100) before the NFL line moves. When bookies are practically serving up treats, it’s rude not to partake.
Arizona Cardinals (+4) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This should be a very interesting clash between a couple of No.1 drafts picks in Kyler Murray and Jameis Winston. The latter is coming off one of his better performances this season, giving the Seahawks a run for their money before succumbing to the 40-34 loss in OT at CenturyLink Field. It was enough to have Bruce Arians gushing about the improvements his side is showing from game to game.
However, consistency isn’t synonymous with Winston. One game isn’t enough to signal a complete turnaround that outside of Tampa Bay’s zip code nobody else invested in the NFL is rooting for. On the flip side, Murray and the Cardinals put in quite the performance against the Niners in Thursday Night Football. Although Arizona lost 28-25 they showed their mettle against the only undefeated team in the league.
Odds for this game pegs the Cardinals as the 4-point road underdogs. Whether Tampa Bay wins at home or not, the Cardinals practically leap off the page as the value bet to cover as the 4-point road underdogs, surely.
Baltimore Ravens (-10) vs Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens just served notice in the AFC. Beating the Patriots was a gauntlet throwing victory that sent seismic shockwaves through NFL circles. It wasn’t so much the shock of the upset because the possibility was always real given the sum total of Baltimore’s season, Harbaugh’s credentials and the glaringly obvious development and maturation of the Ravens’ young quarterback. It was the manner in which they accomplished the feat and, to be fair, it could have been a blowout if the tempo of the first quarter prevailed.
In any event, the Ravens are faced with a much different matchup in Week 11, an AFC North showdown with the winless Bengals who just served notice to their long-time starting quarterback Andy Dalton. On Dandy Andy’s birthday, no less. Ouch.
Zac Taylor is putting his team’s fate and – arguably his career as a head coach – in Ryan Finley’s untried and untested hands. This can’t go down well. A double-digit spread is a lot of points but those NFL bettors that are on board with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens should buy now before this NFL line gets bet up, which it’s likely to do given Baltimore just beat the Patriots by 17 points.