NFL Preview: Unpredictable Packers Take on the Jets

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

The Packers travel to New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday to take on the 5-1 Jets and Al Dannity likes the home team to continue their winning run.

Jets defense will win the day The New York Jets have raced to a 5-1 record to start the season and look well-placed to make it 6-1 this weekend. Some of the Jets’ victories have been closer than expected, such as a 24-20 victory last time out against the Broncos, but at least they are still winning games regularly. That’s more than can be said for the Packers, who sit joint top of the NFC North with a 4-3 record. Green Bay started the season well before losing three out of four games. They bounced back last week to beat the Vikings at home but this team is playing too inconsistently to expect a second straight win.

The Packers look beat-up and will do well to keep pace with the healthier Jets for most of this game. Aaron Rodgers has taken his fair share of knocks this year and will undoubtedly be targeted by the New York defense. That kind of physical pounding can take the fight out of an offense quickly. I expect the Jets to once again deliver a balanced offensive performance. They should play an error-free, albeit far from explosive, game to win this weekend. Bet on the New York Jets as -6.0 favorites with Sports Interaction.

Buccaneers will plunder victory in Arizona I’m not quite ready to call Tampa Bay a playoff team yet but the Bucs certainly look capable of challenging for a place in the post-season. NFL betting fans should expect Tampa Bay to record their fifth win of the year this Sunday. The Buccaneers travel to Arizona where the Cardinals are in dire straits.

Arizona are currently 3-3 but the average record can’t hide the collapse underway in the desert. Seattle, Atlanta, and San Diego dominated the Cardinals in their three defeats and the road only gets tougher down the stretch. Statistically this simply isn’t a contest. Tampa Bay are outgaining Arizona by 69.7 yards per game and their offense does a much better job of keeping hold of the ball with much better numbers in terms of time-of-possession and third down conversions. The Buccaneers’ defense is also superior at containing their opponents’, giving up fewer points and yards than the Cardinals.

It’s not the numbers that have me backing the Bucs. Instead the mental game is where I think Tampa Bay will win on Sunday. Arizona simply haven’t played with self-belief since Kurt Warner retired. The Buccaneers on the other hand have been inspired by Raheem Morris to defy their doubters. That’s the kind of confidence a NFL team needs to succeed. Bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as +3.0 underdogs with Sports Interaction.