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NFL: Back Browns, Broncos and Eagles in terrific TV treble

| 14.12.2014

As the NFL season enters Week 15, Coral continue to give great offers to their customers.

Here we tell you why you should back individual favourites Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles all to win at an enhanced 9/2 price.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel will seek to make an immediate impact, as he makes his first NFL start at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday.

After weeks of speculation, Browns coach Mike Pettine has now made the decision to take the starting quarterback job away from Brian Hoyer.

Manziel will be something of an unknown quantity for opposition defences, but certainly seems to offer an immediate upgrade at the quarterback position for the Browns. He has been effective in his limited substitute appearances to date, scoring a touchdown in Cleveland’s defeat to Buffalo two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Hoyer has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL over the last month, completing less than 50 per cent of his passes. It has been suggested that the play of Hoyer was holding the Browns back – even with Hoyer under center, Cleveland were competitive in last week’s narrow one-point defeat to Indianapolis.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, will be also be hoping for an upturn in fortunes for their own quarterback, Andy Dalton.

Dalton’s play has been erratic in 2014. When these two teams met earlier in the season, the Browns defense was dominant, grabbing three interceptions against Dalton in a 24-3 triumph.

The Bengals quarterback posted a passer rating of just 2 in that defeat – the worst effort by any NFL quarterback since 1983.

There are also question marks over the Cincinnati defense, who rank just 27th out of 32 teams in the NFL against the run. Cleveland running back Isaiah Crowell has three touchdowns in his last three games, and can be backed at 8/1 to score first.

With a new quarterback running the offense, and a defense that dominated against Cincinnati in Week 10, the Browns look well placed to record an eighth win of the season here.

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
Denver (10-3) can secure first place in the AFC West with a win over division rivals San Diego.

Even with quarterback Peyton Manning having a rare off-day – last week’s victory over Buffalo was the first time in 52 games that he failed to throw a touchdown – the Broncos keep on winning.

The secret to that appears to be a defense which is much improved (second-best against the run in 2014), which has given Denver more balance this year. The Broncos also have the fifth-best point-scoring offense in the league this season.

San Diego (7-6) have been too inconsistent in 2014, which is likely to cost them any chance of a playoff place. The defense, in particular, has struggled in recent weeks, having not kept any opponent to less than 23 points since Week 11.

These two sides already met in Week 8 of the season, when the Broncos were victorious, 35-21. Denver wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders scored three touchdowns in that game, and is 8/1 to grab the first score on Sunday.

The Broncos are playing well on both sides of the ball, and punters may fancy their chances of recording an 11th win of the season in this match-up at Qualcomm Stadium.

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas and Philadelphia face off at Lincoln Financial Field in a contest which will be crucial in determining who wins the NFC East division this year.

Both the Cowboys and Eagles boast identical records (9-4), but Philadelphia enjoy the psychological advantage, having already beaten their opponents this season. The Eagles will be hoping for a repeat of the 33-10 stuffing they handed out to Dallas just two weeks ago, on Thanksgiving.

Philadelphia are averaging 29.9 points per game (fourth-best in the NFL) and have a good balance between their passing (ranked eighth) and rushing attacks (seventh), which makes them dangerous for opposition defenses on all downs.

LeSean McCoy recorded an excellent 159 yards and also rushed for a touchdown the last time these two sides met in Week 13 – and the Eagles running back is available at odds of 6/1 to score first on Sunday night.

Philadelphia’s dynamic up-tempo offense proved too much for Dallas to handle in Week 13, and could be the Cowboys’ undoing once again in Week 15.



Paul Chambers