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NFL: Back Colts, Eagles and Patriots in terrific TV treble

| 07.12.2014

In Week 14 of the NFL season, Coral continue to give great offers to their customers. Here we tell you why you should back individual odds-on favourites Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots all to win at an enhanced 15/4 price.

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis (8-4) are surely headed to the playoffs this season for a shot at winning the Super Bowl.

Led by star quarterback Andrew Luck, the Colts offense is statistically the best in the NFL and has blown many teams away in 2014. Luck himself has already assisted 34 touchdowns and passed for over 4,000 yards, a fantastic effort with four weeks of the regular season still remaining.

The Colts quarterback is a good bet to add to his touchdown total against the Browns, and will likely look to connect with his favourite target TY Hilton, who is odds-on at 10/11 to score anytime in this contest.

Meanwhile, Cleveland’s chances of keeping up with Indianapolis are severely hampered by their own quarterback situation.

A controversy that had been brewing all season finally boiled over in last week’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. The ineffective Brian Hoyer was pulled out of the game late on, and replaced by backup Johnny Manziel.

Manziel promptly scored his maiden NFL touchdown after entering the game – enough to convince many observers that he should start for the Browns this Sunday.

However, coach Mike Pettine has decided to stick with Hoyer for this match-up, and hoping for a much improved performance from his quarterback is unlikely with Cleveland not fancied here.

Hoyer has logged a woeful six interceptions against just one touchdown in his last four games – dreadful form that will cost his team any hope of beating the Colts, should it continue at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are flying high after dishing out a 33-10 thrashing to division rivals Dallas last week.

Philadelphia’s dynamic, up-tempo offense (fastest in the NFL) proved too quick for the Cowboys to keep up, and led the team to a win that left the Eagles perched atop the NFC East division with a joint-best league record (9-3).

Their opponents Seattle will be desperate for a win to boost their own playoff hopes. The Seahawks have blown hot and cold in 2014, and have disappointed many observers by not being as dominant a force as they were expected to be this year.

How the Seattle defense copes with the Philadelphia offense (ranked 4th overall in the league) will undoubtedly be the key to this contest.

The Eagles have the sixth-best rushing attack in the NFL and star running back LeSean McCoy (who exploded for 159 yards and a touchdown last week) could be in for another big performance. McCoy can be backed at 7/1 to score first on Sunday.

Seattle will also have to contend with a hostile home crowd at Lincoln Financial Field and, if they find themselves down early in the contest (as Dallas did against the Eagles a week ago), they could struggle to catch-up against a Philadelphia team that can put points on the board at breakneck speed.

New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
New England will look to bounce back quickly on Sunday night, after suffering their first defeat in eight games against Green Bay last time out.

In spite of that narrow loss (26-21), which snapped a seven game winning streak, the Patriots still come into this contest at Qualcomm Stadium with an NFL joint-best record of 9-3.

Furthermore, Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady has won on all five occasions that his team has faced off against opposite number Philip Rivers, and could extend his hoodoo over the Chargers this weekend.

San Diego are playing catch-up in the race to the playoffs, having experienced a drop-off in form during the middle of the season.

The Chargers defense has struggled with injuries in 2014, and has not kept any opposing team to less than 24 points since losing star cornerback Jason Verrett to a season-ending injury in Week 11.

That’s bad news for a side going up against such a potent Patriots passing attack this weekend. Tight-end Rob Gronkowski, who has a league-best nine touchdowns at his position this season, could profit – and is 6/1 to grab the first touchdown for New England.

With San Diego likely unable to halt the Patriots advance, punters can expect Tom Brady to lead the Patriots to their tenth win of the season here.



Paul Chambers