Ezekiel Elliott will aim to go out with a bang on bonfire night before his six-game ban kicks in when the Dallas Cowboys match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs in the pick of this week’s NFL action.
Star running-back Elliott has been fighting his suspension since the start of the season and was expected to miss this game, only to be given a stay of execution after putting up another roadblock for the NFL.
Expect Dallas to lean heavily on Elliott, having done so in big wins the past two weeks, as they face off against a Chiefs team that struggles to stop the run.
That is perhaps Kansas’ only weakness and whatever deficiencies they have on defence, they make up for with a high-powered offence
These two have offences ranked in the top five in the NFL so backing over 53 points at 10/11 makes sense here.
Elsewhere, the Jacksonville Jaguars are fancied to cover the spread in their match-up with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jags are 10/11 starting with a -5.5 handicap against a Bengals side that struggle to put up points, especially on the road, while they might struggle to stop Sacksonville’s swarming defence.
In an all-AFC South encounter, the Indianapolis Colts look good value at 10/11 on the spread at plus 6.5 when they face off against Houston.
The Texans were struck down with more bad luck on the injury front this week when losing rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson for the season.
Anyone who remembers their season-opener against the Jags when they started without Watson will know how shambolic they looked. Without Watson, the free-scoring Texans are tipped to grind to a halt.
Finally, Monday Night Football should help Week Nine of the regular season sign off in style when the Green Bay Packers welcome Detroit to Lambeau Field.
The Lions have only won once in Green Bay in the past 26 years but start as the 4/5 favourites on the money line due to the Packers missing Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers look a shadow of themselves without Rodgers and were beaten at home by New Orleans last week. They are taken to lose again here to their NFC North rivals despite Detroit’s horrible record at Lambeau.
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