THE Saints and Dolphins are the two teams in the UK tonithg. New Orleans will be brimming with confidence after their win in Carolina while Miami will be head-scratching after a poor showing in New York where they were beaten by the Jets.
Both sides have London experience so should be prepared enough for the trip.
I’m taking the Saints here for a couple reasons. Drew Brees v Jay Cutler isn’t a heavyweight match-up, the ex Bears QB struggled against a team that is predicted to have the No.1 draft pick come the final regular season game.
He’ll have to do much better than that if he wants to keep up with Brees who helped the Saints put up 34 points in Carolina against a side that were only allowing 3 points per game until he came to town.
The line is low as the Saints defence is as bad as it has been the past few seasons but in a shootout you have to take Brees over Cutler.
Jay Ajayi will be on home soil for Miami so expect him to be wanting to find the end zone. Saints struggle more through the air but ninth worst win yards against opposing backs, Ajayi should hit pay dirt. This has an early sign of a high-scoring game with both sides giving up 278+ pass yards per game.
- New Orleans Saints -2.5
- – 10pts
- Saints Win/Jay Ajayi & Michael Thomas TD
Ezekiel Elliott may find out his ruling on Monday so the Cowboys don’t really know how much longer they’ll have him playing for this season. He is primed for a huge game today. The Rams are allowing a fourth worst 139 rushing yards per game, which automatically plays into Elliott’s hands.
Zeke has carried more than 20 times in both the Cowboys wins this season and if they are to win today giving him the ball will be key. The Rams are a growing team but growing fast and have some talent at the skill positions so Dallas will have to play smart. Pound the ball and tire out the defence. The Rams gave up two TD’s to Carlos Hyde last week and I expect to see Elliott in the end zone tonight.
- Cowboys Win & Ezekiel Elliot TD
- – 2.5pts
Odell Beckham has a favourable match-up this weekend against a Tampa secondary that gave up 369 yards through the air to Case Keenum in Minnesota. Doesn’t matter what passing play it is, Manning will always look for Beckham first and I should think he'll score again tonight.
- Odell Beckham (New York Giants) Anytime TD
Sunday night football should be a one-sided affair. The Legion of Boom is a defence of the past but they are still up there with the best. Brissett will likely struggle but I wouldn’t chance such a high spread. Instead I’m taking a soccer.
The Seattle backfield was in question all through the off season but it's the rookie whose paying dividends early on. Chris Carson found the end zone for the first time last week and will likely get the workload again unless they feel Rawls is still the lead back. Either way the value on Carson is decent enough for a single and I’m having some.
Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks) Anytime TD