NFL fans in Australia get a long weekend of great games, which includes a busy card on Christmas Day.
Action starts on Sunday with a doubleheader which concludes with the highly-anticipated Vikings vs. Packers rivalry.
These two teams don’t like each other and the fans will be hoping their team goes into the Christmas period with a win under the belt.
It’s one of the best weeks of football so buckle up for some NFL action. (BET NOW)
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8:30am Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts
We think the Colts are trying their hardest to win at the moment, despite rumours of playing for the draft, but they simply don’t have the talent other team possess.
A team that does have talent is the Baltimore Ravens and they’re largely going under the radar this season. Not many punters are picking them to go far this season, but there’s nothing wrong with the brand of football they’re playing.
The Ravens are one of the biggest point spread favourites this week and we think they’ll take care of business.
Betting tip: Ravens –13.5 @ $1.85 (BET NOW)
Ravens by 18
12:30pm Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
It’s the game many NFL fans have been waiting for and the stakes couldn’t be any higher.
The return of Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rogers didn’t quite go as planned last week, but there were some good signs and he should take good benefit from that.
The loss to Carolina did make it harder for them to make the playoffs, but a win over the Vikings could see them back in the hunt.
Vikings’ fans haven’t had much to worry about this season, with an 11-3 record, but the crunch time comes now.
They’re currently nine-point favourites which is too high for out liking.
Betting tip: Packers +9 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Vikings by 3
5:00am Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns
It’s been a case of so close, so far for the Browns this season, but they remain without a win and the Bears have looked good in patches.
Sitting at 0-14 on another dismal season, the Browns have had their chances to score an upset over some quality sides, but have failed to take their opportunities in the clutch.
We have been impressed with the Bears at times and they have the more explosive special teams and running game.
This should be a one-sided affair.
Betting tip: Bears –6.5 @ $1.88 (BET NOW)
Bears by 10
5:00am Cincinatti Bengals vs. Detroit Lions
Needing to put another disappointing season behind them, the Bengals are playing purely for pride next Monday.
The same can’t be said for the Lions, which are firmly in the playoff hunt at 8-6 and are clearly playing the better football at the moment, but this is the time of the season where they struggle.
Despite having a talented roster, the Lions struggle to win when it counts and that has frustrated punters over the last few seasons.
We’re prepared to give them another chance as they should dismantle the Bengals.
Betting tip: Lions –4.5 @ $1.87 (BET NOW)
Lions by 14
5:00am Tennessee Titans vs. L.A. Rams
This should be a cracking contest with two teams that are heading in the right direction.
The Titans might have lost to the 49ers in heartbreaking fashion last week, but their home record of 5-1 speaks for itself and they’re tough to beat at Nissan Stadium.
Standing in their way will be the 10-4 Rams, which demolished the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle last week (42-7).
That win powered them up the rankings and the Rams offence looks talented enough to contend in the Super Bowl.
We like the Titans as a team, but they’re a step below the Rams this season.
Betting tip: Rams –6.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Rams by 12
5:00am Kansas City Chiefs vs. Miami Dolphins
It would appear as though the Dolphins’ upset win over the Patriots was a flash-in-the-pan performance as they didn’t back it up last week.
On the other hand, the Chiefs looked back at their best last week and fans are now starting to talk about the playoffs after looking average throughout the middle stages of the season.
A loss here would put a significant dent in their chances, but Miami are horribly inconsistent and we can’t see them producing another upset.
Betting tip: Chiefs –10.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Chiefs by 13
5:00am New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills
It was a highly-controversial win for the Patriots last week as it looked as though the Steelers had won the game late, but the Patriots got the referees’ call in their favour.
The gritty win was courtesy of a late drive by quarterback Tom Brady, which makes the Patriots so tough to beat down the stretch.
Just ask the Falcons last year how hard it is to put away the Patriots.
Punters have seen improvement from the Bills over their last two games, which included an overtime win in the snow against the Colts, but they are likely to struggle away from home.
Betting tip: Patriots –12 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Patriots by 16
5:00am New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
Rivalry week continues with an all-important clash between the Saints and Falcons.
Both teams have looked good throughout most of the season and this game will have playoff implications.
Despite some recent form, we have been more impressed with the Saints this season, mostly because it wasn’t expected. They have found a couple of running backs which have changed their expectations and they look like a playoff-ready team.
We can’t rule out a team like the Falcons, but the Saints look like a complete package.
Betting tip: Saints –5.5 @ $1.94 (BET NOW)
Saints by 7
5:00am New York Jets vs. L.A. Chargers
The Chargers’ playoff hopes took a dive last week, but they’re still one of the form teams in the competition.
Standing in their way of getting to 8-7 this week is the 5-9 New York Jets, but don’t write off this pesky outfit.
They are good enough to cause some teams trouble, especially when the temperatures get low and the Chargers won’t be used to it.
We’re smelling an upset here.
Betting tip: Jets +6.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Jets by 2
5:00am Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos
This won’t be the most exciting game of the week as both teams have been left to pick up the scraps.
The Redskins have a winning record at FedEx Field this season and the Broncos are woeful away from home.
That’s enough to see the edge go to the Redskins, despite their injury worries.
Betting tip: Redskins –3.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Redskins by 6
5:00am Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Buccaneers
We have respected the Panthers throughout the season and we’re not going to jump off their back now.
Coming off a tough win over the Packers, the Panthers are sitting pretty at 10-4 on the season and Cam Newton looks to have regained his confidence.
Running back Christian McCaffery has been used mostly as a receiver and it has been paying off. The former Stanford Cardinal is making a name for himself now.
The Buccs’ have been poor and they shouldn’t get close.
Betting tip: Panthers –10 @ $1.94 (BET NOW)
Panthers by 17
8:05am San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
We have loved seeing the 49ers return to winning form with new quarterback Jimmy Garrapolo, but it could come to an end this week.
The Jaguars come to town with an imposing 10-4 record and we’re not sure how the 49ers defence is going to slow down the Jags running back.
Not to mention the passing game of Blake Bortles, who has been the best quarterback in December by the numbers.
Bookmakers are respecting the home side, but that gives Jags’ punters better value.
Betting tip: Jaguars –4.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Jaguars by 7
8:25am Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks
This is a game between two 8-6 teams and a loss will have a big impact on the rest of their season.
The Cowboys are set to get running back Ezekiel Elliott back, which is going to help their chances and they face a Seahawks team coming off a shocking defeat last week.
The Seahawks were manhandled at home by the Rams and it was indicative of a team that hasn’t found their rhythm this season.
Home hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Cowboys this season (3-4), but the home fans should celebrate Christmas with a win.
Betting tip: Cowboys –5 @ $1.95 (BET NOW)
Cowboys by 10
8:25am Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants
The Giants looked good against the Eagles last week, but were unable to score the upset victory – losing by five points in a tough tussle.
Arizona fans haven’t had much to get excited about this season, but they do have a winning record at home and that’s something punters can take forward for this game.
Bookmakers have the home side as the 3.5 favourites and that looks about right for a game which should be close.
Betting tip: Cardinals –3.5 @ $1.89 (BET NOW)
Cardinals by 7
8:30am Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers were very unlucky to not come away with the win against the Patriots and they might exact their revenge against the Texans this week.
Since the injury to Deshaun Watson, the Texans haven’t quite been the same and the injury to a number of top-quality defensive players hasn’t helped either.
This will help the Steelers offence which has been clicking and their suspect defence shouldn’t have much to worry about.
Betting tip: Steelers –9 @ $1.89 (BET NOW)
Steelers by 10
12:30pm Philadelphia Eagles vs. Oakland Raiders
It took a big comeback for the Eagles to beat the Giants last week, but we don’t think they’re travelling as well as everyone thinks.
This Oakland Raiders side is physical and that could give the Eagles some problems. They’re already down Carson Wentz at the quarterback role and the Raiders have upset potential.
Punters will fall in love with the Eagles, but don’t look past the Raiders in the spotlight.
Betting tip: Raiders +8.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Eagles by 3
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