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NFL – A LOOK AT WEEK 6, WEEK 7 ANALYSIS

Friday, October 20, 2017

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Week 6 was a blast from start to finish. Most of the games were evenly contested and were decided in the final minute of the fourth Quarter. Additionally, most games were dominated by the defensive lines and scoring was at a premium. Then there was the game between the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions that proved to be the exception. It had a total of 90 points scored as the Saints held off a second-half push by the Lions to record a 52-38 win.

Other news of note from Week 6:

• The Green Bay Packers visited the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and not only suffered a 23-10, loss but also lost ace QB Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone. He joins an ever-growing list of the NFL's best players who are either out for the season or will miss the majority of it due to injury. Green Bay will now rely on the hapless Brett Hundley to lead the team, but based on his showing after replacing Rodgers, the 'Cheese Heads' have a steep uphill climb.

• The San Francisco 49ers visited the Washington Redskins and almost had their first win of the season. Their gutsy second-half performance was almost enough but stopped just short in a 26-24 loss.

• The New York Jets welcomed the New England Patriots onto their home turf last Sunday and jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. However, they must have not learned anything from watching the Super Bowl last February and 'allowed' Tom Brady to execute his magic for a 24-17 victory.

• Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs were sent into hushed silence as the Pittsburgh Steelers came to town and shut down their high-flying offence from the get-go. The 19-13 victory was a welcome rebound for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger following his five-interception performance the previous week and, handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season.

• To the surprise of all, the New York Giants marched into Denver and dominated the Broncos in an attempt to save their season. While the 10-23 scoreline may not be an impressive margin of victory, considering the severe depletion of the Giants' receiving core, achieving their first win in Denver must have been motivating.

• RB Adrian Peterson who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals from The New Orleans Saints last week had his best performance this season and was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. He rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' 38-33 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

• Dallas Cowboys' RB Ezekiel Elliott had his suspension reinstated last week, but the team was on their bye and was not affected. A judge has temporarily blocked his six-game suspension, thereby allowing him to play in Week 7. This spells bad news for the winless San Francisco 49ers this weekend as Elliott's Week 5 performance against the Green Bay Packers may have signalled that he is approaching last season's form.

Here are some eagerly anticipated matchups of Week 7:

FALCONS (3-2) at PATRIOTS (4-2) — “Sunday Night Football” will feature an epic Super Bowl rematch between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. The last time they met, Tom Brady created history by engineering the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Both teams emerged out of Week 6 with experiences similar to that of the aforementioned Super Bowl; the Patriots had a come-from-behind 24-17 win over the New York Jets while the Falcons saw a 17-point, first-half lead evaporate in a 20-17 defeat to the Miami Dolphins.

The offensive juggernaut of the Patriots has won the last four times the teams have played in the regular season with wins in 2001, 2005 and 2013 at The Georgia Dome, and in 2009. Tom Brady's first-ever start against an NFC team was on November 4, 2001 against the Falcons at the Georgia Dome. He completed 21-of-31 passes for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 24-10 win on that day and, come Sunday night, the shell-shocked Falcons will be staring down the proverbial barrel. It is expected that the Atlanta team will get to Brady in an attempt to throw him off his game, but he's a gunslinger and will come out firing. Don't miss this one!

REDSKINS (3-2) at EAGLES (5-1) – In Week 1 of this season, the Philadelphia Eagles broke a five-game losing streak to the Washington Redskins in a 30-17 win on the road. On Monday night, the Redskins will travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and will be looking to exact revenge.

Historically, this NFC East matchup has provided many close encounters but the key in this encounter should be Washington's eighth-ranked run defence against Philadelphia's deep and versatile rushing attack, ranked fifth in the NFL. Philadelphia's underrated rushing ability has added desirable balance to their offence, making second-year QB Carson Wentz a better quarterback in the process. However, if the Redskin defensive line can bottle up the Eagles' running attack, they will be able to mitigate said balance and leave Wentz at the mercy of a swarming pass rush. The matchup favours the Redskins, who have 15 sacks after five games, while the 5-1 Eagles offensive line has surrendered 16 sacks. JustBet starts the Redskins as six-point underdogs for this one, but regardless of the outcome, don't sleep on the Monday night game.

JustBet continues to offer attractive odds on all NFL games each week and for the Division, Conference and Super Bowl winners. The New England Patriots, on last week's performance, cemented their place as favourites to win the Super Bowl at 4.75; the Green Bay Packers have lost ground due to the injury to Aaron Rodgers and are offered at 18.00 ; while the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles share the second favourite slot at 8.50. Place your bets early for the best odds at one of the over 120 locations on the prediction of your choice for maximum winnings.

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