You probably thought a week was a long time in the NFL as your favourite fluctuates between good and well, not so good.
But the New England Patriots found out last week that a mere hour is long enough in the National Football League.
Fresh off the back of a heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in which they can feel exceptionally aggrieved for the officiating they encountered, they were thrust into chaos once again for all the wrong reasons.
As their ill-thoughts of the league were in full swing, they would be slapped on the wrist for filming the Cincinnati Bengals sideline, featuring their coaching signals.
You just can’t help yourselves, can you New England? Let’s see what sweet ironies await us in week 15.
New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens (-15): -110
Thursday 12th December 2019 8:20PM
Ouch, this one hurts.
What a time for the Jets to get their mandatory Thursday night game – for the entire country to witness just where they’re at as a franchise. Spoilers: not a very good place.
It won’t make for a good spectacle, as the only viable interest will be for those who want to watch Lamar Jackson’s stampede towards the MVP award – there definitely won’t be too many eyes on the Jets side of things.
But that’s what they’re faced with. I’m not too sure the points have been defeated on many occasions this season when the spread is over two touchdowns, but you can’t possibly feel comfortable handing the Jets just 15 points on a short week, on the road, with a team who have so many ways to put up points.
Also, Jamal Adams isn’t going to be playing it seems – and that’s a massive deal for these Jets. He won’t be able to provide adequate cover overtop on Hollywood Brown, nor will be able to stuff the run in the box. He’s the only one on that team who could sniff out a read option and make a solid open field tackle.
I can see the Ravens putting up 50 and if you use that hypothesis, you need the Jets to score 36, and well – they might not score 36 combined for the remainder of the season.
The Ravens are going to win big. Back them with the spread with CanPlay.
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers (-4.0): -111
Sunday 15th December 2019 1PM
This one’s my favourite line of the week because it’s padded from two formlines that don’t tell a true story.
The Bears have benefitted from playing two teams in the NFC East going through individual crises – the Cowboys and the Giants – and have passed both tests, albeit in far from convincing fashion.
They are now presented with a task of downing a divisional rival – one who appeared to struggle to turn the Redskins last time out. But in reality, the Packers will storm through this front only spruced up by their third-down efficiency.
Tarik Cohen is the outlet for Chicago, but Aaron Jones is a better version of same, and the Bears have a far tougher matchup to contend with in that regard.
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New England Patriots (-9.0) @ Cincinnati Bengals: -110
Sunday 15th December 2019 1PM
The Bengals probably aren’t as bad as their numbers suggest, nor is Andy Dalton. But they’re coming up against a team who are struggling and just got a slap on the wrist from the NFL.
When New England have done this in the past, it refocuses the building and Bill Belichick does not like being embarrassed twice in a row.
Cincinnati could resemble a slaughterhouse if that’s the case.
Back the Patriots with CanPlay.