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5 NFL Sunday picks: Pittsburgh to be swallowed up by the Black Hole

04 Nov | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
5 NFL Sunday picks: Pittsburgh to be swallowed up by the Black Hole

There is a reason why Oakland are the hottest young team in the NFL this year, plus four others to include on your NFL accumulator

9/5 – Oakland Raiders to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers

Oakland have come virtually out of nowhere this season.

Some thought that they have some excellent young pieces but no-one expected them to gel this quickly.

They are a real firecracker on offence, with Derek Carr coming into his own in his second season with the weapons both to pass to and hand the ball off to in the running game.

The Steelers just looked to have gotten fit again when Le’Veon Bell was struck with a season-ending injury, a gut shot to a team that was on the brink of really finding their feet.

With no more run game, their passing offence suffers and against an excellent defence with some young pieces complemented by the more experienced Charles Woodson, it ought to be another win for a growing team.

13/10 – Miami Dolphins to beat the Buffalo Bills

Despite a pretty heavy defeat to the New England Patriots, who are steamrolling everyone this season, the Miami Dolphins have impressed since Dan Campbell took over.

Ignoring Thursday night’s loss, Miami have found an identity on offence and the defence is playing with a real freedom – but they will need to adjust to the loss of Cameron Wake.

The Bills had a bye week and they certainly needed it with a tough loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley further hurting their morale.

Buffalo get some players back but their bye will not have been much of a rest and the Dolphins have a little too much against a team still trying to find their best form.

5/7 – Minnesota Vikings to beat the St Louis Rams

Some tipped the Vikings to be a play-off challenger this season and they were right to do so since their young players are improving and they have regained their X-factor in Adrian Peterson.

Mike Zimmer is a great coach who always seems to maximise the potential of his players and he has brought that to Minnesota, who are now getting on a roll.

The Rams have been a difficult team to predict this season – one week they look an accomplished outfit, the next they look far from a complete programme.

While they have been good against the stronger teams and Todd Gurley already looks like a star, he alone is not enough to batter down a stubborn Vikings defence.

20/29 – New York Giants to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New York Giants took part in one of the best games of the season last time out and despite losing 52-49 to the New Orleans Saints, they showed that they have something special on offence.

Odell Beckham Jr. is fast becoming the most dangerous offensive weapon in the NFL and against a distinctly average Tampa Bay defence, he must be desperate to put up big numbers again on Sunday.

The Buccaneers will take hope from the fact the Giants did not play much defence last week but they will be terrified of facing that high-scoring offence.

Lovie Smith’s side simply turn the ball over too often and when the opposition have the potential to rack so many points, they need to be careful that this one does not get out of hand.

5/11 – Denver Broncos to beat the Indianapolis Colts

It still seems strange to say it, but we might be witnessing one of the best defences ever amassed in NFL history at the Denver Broncos.

They made some great moves during the last off-season and only added to it this summer.

It was certainly perfectly-timed, with Peyton Manning’s decline not slowing the team down thanks to their fantastic unit on the other side of the ball.

The Colts showed signs of life against the Carolina Panthers on Monday night but they still could not get over the line, which could well cost them in the future.

Indianapolis are still to beat a team outside of the underperforming AFC South and that run will continue here, with Andrew Luck’s tough season looking even more difficult to overcome against such an imposing defence.

A £10 bet on the five-fold accumulator returns £265.91*.

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