Have the Bills turned the corner? Are the Rams on the verge of a flat performance after riding high vs the 49ers? Let's see how it will shake out.
MarketsThe standard consensus regarding home field advantage lies somewhere around 2.5/3 points on the point spread. Of course not all home fields are equal, but is Vegas trying to tell us these teams are even on a neutral field? If so, I'm more than happy to grab a full field goal with the Rams.In fact, nothing that happened on the weekend seemed to change bookmakers minds either. The look ahead line also had the Bills -3 (odds from SBRforum). If I had to set this line I'd make Buffalo -1 to -1.5 point favorites. There were signs early in the season where it looked like the Rams were going to have a home/road dichotomy this year, but they've bucked the trend and currently sit at 4-1 ATS on the road. I'll take it.
The Chiefs went into Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers with a grim weight to carry. It was only the day before that linebacker Jovan Belcher had shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before traveling to the Chiefs practice facility, thanking head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli for their help and faith in him… and then turning the gun on himself.
The murder happened in the presence of Perkins’ own mother, and the suicide happened in the presence of Crennel and Pioli.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Preview: Baltimore Looks To Sweep Black And Gold Two Years In Row
The divisional rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) and the Baltimore Ravens (9-2) has reached its second round. What was a significantly more intriguing match-up earlier in the season is now likely to be the playoff-clinching win the Ravens require.
Pittsburgh’s chances largely hinge on the health of quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. If he can suit up and play at a high level, and that is a big if, will go a long way to determining Pittsburgh’s fate in the match.
It seems unlikely that former third-string quarterback, Charlie Batch, the Steelers’ run game and its defence can win on the road when back-up quarterback, Byron Leftwich and the Steelers’ running-backs and defence could not do so at home two weeks ago.
The Houston Texans (10-1) have struggled mightily the last two weeks, becoming the first team to go through two overtime games in the span of five days. However, they were able to come out with the win both times, although in fairly controversial circumstances against the Detroit Lions.
In both wins the Texans demonstrated that they are a well-rounded team capable of winning games in a number of different ways. However, a porous secondary and numerous injuries (which have contributed to the porous secondary) have raised red flags.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Preview: Abnormally Old Rookie Brandon Weeden Takes On Abnormally Old Backup Charlie Batch
For the 6-4 Pittsburgh Steelers, the season is quickly unravelling. Injuries in an OT victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and a close loss to the Baltimore Ravens has forced them to turn to their third-string quarterback, the soon-to-be 38 year-old Charlie Batch.
Not only that, the loss to the Ravens has put Baltimore in pole position to win the division, leaving Pittsburgh to battle it out with the likes of the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals for one of the two wildcard spots. Fortunately for the Steelers, outside of those two teams, there does not appear to be too much competition for the two spots.
But that makes this week’s game against division rivals, the Cleveland Browns (2-8) an essential game, especially with a trip away to Baltimore looming next week. But taking care of business this week is likely to come down to two key factors: on offense, the play of Batch and on defence, the Steelers’ ability to stop Browns’ running back, Trent Richardson.