Adrian Mills' best bets for Sunday's NFL action include wins for two teams from the NFC North.
Our best bets for Sunday’s NFL action includes an all-AFC West contest featuring the Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs, while we also preview a clash from the NFC West.
Lions to show their serious Super Bowl contenders
The Detroit Lions have the joint-best record in the NFC this season, winning five of their six games, and they look capable of staying on the right side of a three-point handicap start when they visit the Baltimore Ravens.
The Lions’ high-powered offence is averaging 28 points this season and, while the Ravens boast a mean defence which has allowed the second-fewest total yards this season, Jared Goff has an array of weapons who can still help Detroit rack up a score.
Baltimore have a 4-2 record and are very much a part of the argument in a competitive AFC, but there’s no denying that their schedule has been relatively easy, with wins coming over the Texans, Bengals, Browns and Titans.
Smith-Njigba can take advantage of expanding role
The Seattle Seahawks are heavy favourites to beat the faltering Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field, but the best bet could be to back one of their wide receivers to put up over 34.5 yards.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the clear no.3 behind reliable veterans DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. However, both of those big-name pass catchers appeared on the injury report this week and Metcalf did not practise at all on Wednesday and Thursday.
Rookie receiver Smith-Njigba has surpassed 34.5 yards on just one occasion this season, but that came in last week’s narrow defeat to the Bengals and there should be more to come from the talented 21-year-old against one of the NFL’s worst passing defences.
AFC West rivals should put on a show at Arrowhead
The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers have played out some memorable duels over recent seasons and there is every reason to believe the total will eclipse 47.5 points at Arrowhead.
The AFC West rivals have combined for at least 51 points in five of six meetings in the Justin Herbert-Patrick Mahomes era, including in each of their five clashes from 2021 onwards.
The Chiefs have taken advantage of a soft schedule, but the Chargers are averaging over 25 points per game, so Mahomes and Kansas City coach Andy Reid could be forced to dip into their bag of tricks to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Packers set to punish struggling Broncos defence
Both the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos have a losing record after six games and neither team is likely to find any huge improvement, with both Jordan Love and Russell Wilson struggling to move the ball down the field.
While Packers quarterback Love has the lowest completion percentage in the league among starting QBs, he has the opportunity to rectify that against a dismal Broncos defence which has conceded an NFL-worst 33.3 points per game on average.
Aaron Jones looks ready to return to help the Green Bay running game, while a bye week has hopefully given Love time to work with his receiving corps.
Detroit Lions +3 @ 10/11
Jaxon Smith-Njigba over 34.5 receiving yards @ 10/11
Over 47.5 points – Los Angeles Chargers v Kansas City Chiefs @ 20/23