Jets, Vikes gain steam as early games near

Jets, Vikes gain steam as early games near

As per usual, the general population utterly worships the Patriots heading into the next round of NFL action. A bit more surprising: the massive lovefest for Minnesota.

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Despite suffering a 21-10 setback at the hands of Philadelphia a week ago, the 5-1 Vikings are attracting a whopping 86 percent of wagers in advance of tomorrow night’s bout vs. Chicago. Mike Zimmer’s group sits atop the NFC North nearly halfway through the campaign, thanks largely to a sterling defense. Said unit’s bound to have a lot of fun against the injury-ravaged Bears (1-6), who appear destined for a top-three selection in the 2017 draft.

Another popular pick hails from the Bay Area. Oakland, though, finds itself in South Florida this afternoon. Seventy-five percent of individuals expect the 5-2 Raiders to clobber the Buccaneers. With Latavius Murray returning to the backfield mix, Jack Del Rio’s offensive options only increase. The lone problem revolves around the defense, which continues to get gouged on a regular basis.

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Dallas, preferred by 60 percent of the crowd entering Sunday evening’s skirmish with the Eagles, can’t truly empathize on that front. The offense is clearly humming, too, as the rookie tandem of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott keeps confounding opposing coordinators. Philly’s own fresh-faced sensation at quarterback, Carson Wentz, hasn’t looked quite as sharp over the past month, so don’t be surprised to see the Cowboys flirt with a double-digit triumph.

Speaking of potential blowouts, the Jets could well pummel the Browns. At least, 66 percent of the people believe as much. After checking in for the wounded Geno Smith last Sunday, embattled signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick chewed up Baltimore. He’s likely to perform similarly in northeast Ohio. Matt Forte also seems assured of eclipsing the 100-yard mark on the ground.

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We’re always guarded in terms of predicting how New England’s backfield situation will shake out. In any event, however, the Pats should feast on the at-less-than-full strength Bills. Eighty-seven percent of patrons feel the same way, primarily because Tom Brady steadfastly refuses to age. The four-time Super Bowl champ boasts 1,004 yards through the air and eight touchdowns through three contests.

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