The NFL season continues to heat and week ten’s matchups should provide us with not only some great NFL games, but also some great betting opportunities. Here are a few of my favorites and a few games you shouldn’t miss this weekend.
Dallas Cowboys 3-5 at Philadelphia Eagles 3-5
Two teams that expected to jump off to better starts in the NFC East are the Cowboys and the Eagles, but here they are in week 10, both 3-5 and in search of a season turnaround game. One of them will reign victorious this week as they play each other, but who?
The Eagles come into the game this week on a four-game losing streak and with questions at the quarterback position. Although coach Andy Reid continues to dismiss the fact that there are questions, many are calling for a change as Mike Vick has struggled not just lately, but really all season long. Philly will likely continue to have a tough time throwing the football, as they go up against the 5th ranked pass defense this week in Dallas.
Meanwhile, the Boys have lost their last two and are obviously underachieving as well, but they bring the 3rd ranked passing offense in the league into this week’s matchup. With a non-existent running game, expect Dallas to air it out plenty against the Eagles
Both of these teams have struggled with turnovers and that will likely be the difference this week. Whoever wins the turnover margin should win this one and although Tony Romo has been inconsistent at times, Vick is flat out under-performing. I like Dallas to get the job done on the road this week and cover the -1 point spread.
Houston Texans 7-1 at Chicago Bears 7-1
We go from a game featuring two season disappointments to a game displaying two of the league’s best with Houston against Chicago. The Bears are unbeaten at home, but have benefited from a soft schedule in the first half of the season. They’ve only beaten one team with a winning record and will have easily their toughest test of the season with Houston coming in this week.
The Texans feature an explosive offense and stout defense that has led them to having the best record in the AFC. Everyone knew how good the Texans offense would be coming into the season, with Arian Foster at tailback and Matt Schaub at quarterback, but what many didn’t expect was just how good Houston’s defense would be. Houston currently has the 4th ranked pass defense and 2nd ranked run defense.
The Bears have won plenty of close games and have been opportunistic, but the Texans are the more solid, more consistent team. Unless Houston makes unforced errors and turnovers, it should be able to have its way with the Bears, who haven’t seen a team yet this year with so much talent. Look for the Texans to take this one on the road today and cover +1.