Sunday’s Marquee Matchups
As long as there is football on Sunday then no one will complain, particularly in 2020, the strangest and most vexing year in generations. However, Week 11’s NFL slate is hardly chockful of compelling contests that qualify as must-see-TV. Yet, there are a few matchups that will be fun to watch and whose results will have reverberating effects down the line.
Despite the dearth of big games, Bookmaker has NFL odds on this week’s action, and every week, whether it’s a battle of division leaders or a pillow fight between cellar dwellers. All the games can be wagered upon and an investment of a few bucks, or more than a few, always makes even the most insignificant matchups much more exciting regardless of the teams involved.
Let’s check out three intriguing matchups on Sunday and gaze into our crystal ball to Let’s check out see which teams will cover the spread and make us some money! Without further ado, here are the three best games to watch on Sunday.
1:00 PM Sunday, November 22nd Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Baltimore is hot off the heels of a surprising loss to the Patriots in Foxboro but there’s an old axiom that states, “Always bet on an elite quarterback following a bad loss.” I’m not sure if Lamar Jackson qualifies as elite after only one MVP season but he is a world-class scrambler out of the pocket, with a pretty decent arm whose passing should get better as he matures. Baltimore needs to provide him more pocket protection and design more passing plays into their game plan, otherwise, his career will resemble Michael Vick’s, a supernova that flamed out far too quickly due to injury.
Behind Enemy Lines: A Look at the Baltimore Ravens
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) November 19, 2020
On Sunday, the Ravens will catch a stumbling Titans’ team that is starting to get exposed as opposing coaches see more game film on them. It is becoming apparent that much of their success has been predicated on smoke and mirrors rather than a prolific offense and a stingy defense. Nevertheless, Baltimore will atone for their sins last week and notch a big victory against a playoff contender this week.
Prediction: Ravens -6
4:25 PM Sunday, November 22nd Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts (FOX)
After toying with the 49ers two weeks ago, the Packers had all they could handle from the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars, yet still came away with a 24-20 victory last week. Great teams find a way to win even on days when they are not very good. However, the question remains, are the 7-2 Packers a great team or just a decent squad that can beat up the weaker sisters in the league but will ultimately be cannon fodder come playoff time?
The Colts, sporting a 6-3 record and, like the Packers, are at the top of their division, are fresh off a huge win over their chief rivals in the AFC South, the Tennessee Titans. Although the Colts have had a few extra days to prepare for this interconference clash with the Packers, the fact is Aaron Rodgers is still at the top of his game while the soon-to-be-39-year-old Phillip Rivers has buckled under pressure several times this season.
Bookmaker is one of the few premier online sportsbooks currently giving us Green Bay +3, while the rest are dealing +2 ½, so we will take advantage of their largesse and back the Pack.
Prediction: Packers +3
8:25 PM Sunday, November 22nd Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders (NBC)
Although many view the Chiefs as invincible, they do have one blemish on their record this year and that comes courtesy of the team they will face on Sunday night, the Las Vegas Raiders. Fans will recall that in Week 5, Derek Carr outdueled Patrick Mahomes in a stunning 40-32 Raiders’ victory at Arrowhead Stadium, no less!
When the dust settled in that pivotal AFC West showdown, Carr had passed for 347 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception on 22-of-31 passing. Mahomes’ aerial assault consisted of 340 yards, a pair of touchdown passes, and one pick on 22-of-43 passing. It was a terrific game and the same should hold for this one on Sunday night.
In this second meeting, the venue has shifted to Sin City which will give the Raiders a leg up and the oddsmakers are also giving us 6 ½ points with the home underdog. Will the Raiders score another upset? Maybe not but they should keep it close enough to get the cover.
Prediction: Raiders +6 ½