NFL: Make Marco your money-making man on Sunday night

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CREEPING towards the play-offs and Louis Ross (@LouisRoss67) has some bets lined up for this NFL Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens | 18:00 Sunday

This is the Bengals season right here and it could not really have come at a worse time.

A year ago the Bengals were cruising towards the post season in great shape but disaster struck as they lost Andy Dalton and their chances of a deep run. Yet again they were ‘one and done’.

Forward to 2016 and after the first play loss of AJ Green last Sunday and Giovani Bernard later in the game, Marv Lewis’ crew are almost in worse shape than this time last year. The news gets worse as they now face a tough Baltimore Ravens with Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd as their main weapons.

Jeremy Hill is a thoroughly decent running back but when everyone knows he is their offence today and he’s up against the best rushing defence in the NFL, you cant expect anything other than a very long day for the good but very inconsistent Hill. It does not help playing behind one of the worst Offensive Lines in pro football.

Baltimore could well have broken the Dallas winning streak last week. That they did not was down to some pretty poor calls from the sideline, especially disregarding a running game that had served them well in the first half.

This screams Ravens win to me. However, it will be tight no doubt.

I am taking both the -4 handicap (11/11 Bet365) and hoping that Baltimore’s Run D continues to prove itself and hold Hill to under 77.5 yards (17/20 Ladbrokes).

Tennessee Titans @ Chicago Bears | Sunday 18:00

Nothing but pain for my Bears boys on Sunday. A few of you like me will have jumped on the Titans at -2 – I have no idea where they got that line from..

Once news broke of Jay Cutler’s potentially season-ending injury we were into -5 and this morning -6. Take it.

The Titans are playing really well and DeMarco Murray is back to his 2014 Dallas best. Murray is a monster in the backfield and always a danger in the passing game. The attention has naturally been on him as he has produced some huge numbers this season.

However, they also have Marcus Mariota and he has really impressed in recent weeks. Mariota manages the game incredibly well and in his second season he has taken a man-size step forward.

The Titans are not out of the play-off race and this week could really decide if they have a run into the post season. I doubt that but with Chicago having injuries on both sides of the ball, this looks like an easy one for Mariota and especially Murray.

The Bears are missing their best tackler in Jerrell Freeman and Murray will exploit the inevitable gaps he leaves. I am going to invest in DeMarco beating his rushing line of 80 (10/11 SkyBet) but I also like Murray scoring at least twice (4/1 Paddy Power)

This is the number one rated Red Zone offence in the league and although I have seen improvement recently, the Bears don’t have enough to stop Tennessee and I will try and avoid seeing as much of this game as I can.

Best Bets

Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens – Baltimore Ravens -4 (11/10 Bet365)

Tennessee Titans @ Chicago Bears – Jeremy Hill -77.5 rushing yards (17/20 Ladbrokes)

Tennessee Titans @ Chicago Bears – DeMarco Murray +80.5 rushing yards (10/11 SkyBet)

Tennessee Titans @ Chicago Bears – DeMarco Murray to score 2+ touchdowns (4/1 Paddy Power)

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I have been interested in betting since a stint managing a bookmakers 20 years ago. I now work in the travel industry but spend 90% of my day thinking (and talking)about sport. Rarely missing an Arsenal home game, I still find time for my 25 year obsession with the NFL and the Chicago Bears in particular. I'm still stuck in the 80's and can't find anything better to listen to than The Jam or The Smiths. I am a stats junkie where the NFL is concerned and there is no sport in the world where they matter more. My mission is to convert you all to a wonderful sport. Oh and win a few quid along the way.

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