The NFL returns to London for its second of three regular season matches at Wembley, with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons encounter having the honour of leading off our slightly-better-than-10/1 treble:
Scoring points has been tough for the Lions this season, but sit on top of the NFC North thanks to a dominating defence. The Falcons, on the other hand, are struggling in every facet of the game.
The men from Michigan have allowed the fewest yards-per-game at 290.3, while claiming the silver medal in points-shipped-per-contest at 15.0
Not since a week-one mauling of the New York Giants have the Lions managed to score more than 25 points though, while the Falcons, who’ve lost four in a row, managed just seven last time out.
Forget the Denver Broncos’ nightmare-inducing offense or the Dallas Cowboys’ league-leading winning streak, there is only one side in the NFL well-rounded enough to rank in the top five for both total offense and total defence and it’s the Colts.
It’s that model of consistency – Indy have won five straight – that’s taken to prevail over the chaotic Steelers, who have alternated between wins and losses all season long and, yep, you guessed it, beat the Houston Texans last time out.
All Things Must Pass, according to George Harrison, and there wasn’t better proof of the former Beatle’s philosophy than at EverBank Field in Jacksonville last week.
The Jaguars were winless through the first six weeks of the season before completely demolishing the Browns at home.
Now Mark Pettine’s men entertain another sorry franchise in the form of the Raiders, who should be confident of ending their own winless run (which spans 12 games) against a side that were outscored 17-0 in second half against the Jags.
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