Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals
Another quarterback who will have a reunion with his former team this week will be Carson Palmer, who for the second time in his career will be against the Bengals after playing nine years in Cincinnati. The team led by Marvin Lewis has won six of the 10 games between these teams, but the Cardinals are favorites in the NFL Odds (-3.09 to win this year. The Red Birds will be looking for their first win at home against Cincinnati.
Player to watch: Palmer played only six games in 2014 due to an injury in his knee, but had 1,626 yards, 11 touchdowns, and only three interceptions. In his first game against the Bengals, he was with the Raiders and finished with 146 yards, one touchdown, and one interception
Other games featured this week are Green Bay Packers (-3.0)-Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders-Detroit Lions (-8.5), Dallas Cowboys-Miami Dolphins (-1.0) and Indianapolis Colts (-2.0)-Atlanta Falcons.
Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears
Quarterback Jay Cutler and coach John Fox will be against their former team this weekend when the Broncos visit Soldier Field. Cutler spent three seasons at Mile High (2006-2008), and Fox worked the past four years and led Denver to Super Bowl XLVIII. The series between these teams is tied with seven victories apiece, and the Bears won the last game in Chicago eight years ago. The Broncos have not won at Soldier Field since 1993 when John Elway was in charge of the offense. Although the Broncos have a better team, they are favorites for less than a field goal, listed -2.5 to win this game. In the last five matches of the series, Gary Kubiak’s squad is 3-2 SU and 0-3-2 ATS.
Player to watch: Quarterback Jay Cutler finished 2014 with the most interceptions thrown (18), so another bad season could be the end of his era with the team from the Windy City.
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
The Bills have been dominated by the Patriots in recent years, but they will be looking for their second straight win in the series since the seasons of 1999 and 2000. Last year, they won at Gillette Stadium by 17-9, but quarterback Tom Brady only played half a game. Before the triumph of last season, Buffalo had 13 straight losses in Foxborough. New England is listed in the betting Odds with -5.5 to win this match and in the last five at home against Buffalo is 4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS.
Player to watch: Wide receiver Sammy Watkins will have to improve their numbers if you the Bills want to stay in contention in this game. In 2014, the rookie had just five receptions for 84 yards in the two games against the Pats.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
It will be the second meeting of the season between these two great rivals in the NFC West, and the 49ers will be looking for his first victory at CenturyLink Field since 2011. The current NFC champions have won four straight at home and have the advantage in the series with 18 wins in 33 games. Pete Carroll’s team has been almost invincible at home in recent years and is favorite to win this game in the NFL betting Odds with -5.5. Seattle is 4-1 SU and 5-0 in the last five against the 49ers.
Player to watch: Quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown for 619 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the last three victories of Seahawks in the series. If the San Francisco defense did not find a way to stop him, they would fall again in Emerald City.