OddsUSA’s NFL Best Picks for Week 15

Happy Thursday football fans and welcome back to our weekly column in which we attempt to predict the outcome of some of the upcoming football games. Week 14 was a rough one for me, to say the least. I picked wins for the Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers.

How did I fare with those selections? Not too great. Despite losing six straight games, the Bears decided to have one of their better performances of the season en route to a 36-7 victory. Ouch. Meanwhile, the Steelers suffered their second straight loss at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. Fortunately, the Packers proved to be my saving grace, as they edged the Detroit Lions 31-24.

Despite an unimpressive 1-2 week, my overall record stands at 31-10. That’s not too bad of a winning percentage but I’m hoping to do better this time around. So, with that being said, here’s a look at my top outright picks for Week 15. 

Week 15 NFL Best Bet No. 3:

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-3)

This is the first (and probably the last) time that I’ve mentioned the Chicago Bears in back-to-back weeks. Could it be because I’m still smarting from their unexpected offensive explosion against the Texans? Perhaps it’s because I believe that their outing in Week 14 was more of an aberration rather than a sign of things to come. While Mitchell Trubisky turned in an impressive performance last week, I don’t see him throwing for another three touchdowns. 

James’ pick: Vikings win a close one

Week 15 NFL Best Bet No. 2:

Kansas City Chiefs (-4) at New Orleans Saints

Before I get into my pick for this matchup, I must admit that I’m surprised that the point spread isn’t a bit larger, considering Drew Brees’ status remains uncertain. New Orleans was the hottest team in the NFL going into Week 14, as they had won nine straight. However, they were upended by the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. 

On the other side of the coin, the Chiefs extended their winning streak to eight games following a 33-27 victory against the Miami Dolphins. While Patrick Mahomes II had 393 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, he also threw three interceptions and was sacked three times. If the Chiefs can win a game in which Mahomes had more INTs than touchdowns, that spells trouble for opposing defenses. For obvious reasons, this will be a high-scoring affair if Brees returns to the mix. But even if that is the case, the Chiefs will come out on top. 

James’ pick: Chiefs get their 13th win on the season

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 15:

Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers (-9)

The Packers were my lone win from a week ago, so I make no apologies in making them my safe pick for the second consecutive week. My second reason for going with the Packers is because Carolina has dropped seven of its previous eight games. On top of that, whether you love him or hate him, Aaron Rodgers is playing at an MVP level (39 touchdowns against four interceptions) and that trend will continue against a team that has forced just five interceptions all season. 

James’ pick: Packers continue to roll

Super Bowl 55 Odds Update: Week 14

Good afternoon football fans. We are just three weeks away from the end of the 2021 NFL season. Last week, the teams that were considered the top title contenders included the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, the New Orleans Saints, and of course, the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. 

The Steelers were handed their second straight loss by the Buffalo Bills – who have won 10 games for the second straight season. Additionally, the Saints’ nine-game win streak was snapped by the Philadelphia Eagles. Yikes! 

Did these losses knock either team out of the running as title favorites? Here’s an updated look at the teams with the best odds to win it all in 2021, based on their performances from Week 14 (according to Unibet)

Third-Best Super Bowl Odds: 

New Orleans Saints (+700)

Last week (+500)

The Saints — who were tied for the second-best Super Bowl odds a week ago — were the hottest team in the league going into their Week 14 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only had they won nine straight, but they had also done so without the services of Drew Brees over the past three-and-a-half games. Unfortunately, that trend came to a screeching halt. Thanks to a defense that recorded five sacks on the day, the Eagles jumped out to a 17-0 lead before holding on for a 24-21 victory. The loss dropped New Orleans behind the Green Bay Packers for the top overall seed in the NFC. It doesn’t get any easier for New Orleans with a matchup against the Chiefs in Week 15. The good news is the Saints will conclude their season against the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers. In other words, they could still be in the running for the top seed in the conference. 

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds: 

Green Bay Packers (+650)

Last week (+800)

The Packers were tied for the third-best Super Bowl odds on our weekly list going into Week 14. And for the second time in three weeks, the Packers were squaring off against a divisional opponent. While the Packers cruised to an easy 41-25 victory against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago, Detroit proved to be a much more formidable opponent. In fact, the game was tied at 14 apiece going into halftime. But the Packers dominated the third quarter, thanks in part to a 14-play, 90-yard that concluded with a rushing touchdown by Aaron Rodgers. 

The Packers defense forced a three-and-out on the Lions’ next possession before putting up another touchdown early in the fourth quarter. In the end, the Packers held on for a 31-24 victory, their third in a row. Thanks to the Saints’ loss, the Packers own the tiebreaker for the top record in the NFC. And just like the Saints, two of the Packers’ three remaining opponents have sub-.500 records (the Panthers in Week 15 and the Bears in the season finale). That said, Green Bay controls its destiny for the No. 1 seed in the conference. 

Super Bowl Odds Favorites: 

Kansas City Chiefs (+180)
Last week (+210) 

The fact that the Kansas City Chiefs have had the best Super Bowl odds comes as no surprise at this point, considering how well they’ve played over the past several weeks. Winners of their last seven, the Chiefs took on the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. Being that the Dolphins are in the hunt for a postseason berth, they were not going to go away quietly, and they trailed by a slim 14-10 margin going into the break. However, as Kansas City has done so many times this season, they created some separation in the second half, outscoring Miami 16-0 in the third quarter. Although the Dolphins rallied to score a pair of touchdowns in the final frame, it wasn’t enough to prevent the Chiefs from winning the game 33-27. On the heels of their eighth straight win, the Chiefs reached the 12-win mark for the third straight year and notched their fifth consecutive division title. 

Even more important, the Chiefs have the best record in the NFL at 12-1. Simply put, if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon already, now would be a good time to do so. 

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, 4:25 p.m. ET

Packers at Lions Betting Preview: Packers (-7.5/-110), Lions (+7.5/-110)

Green Bay Packers

The NFC-North leading Packers (9-3) have won four of five behind the duo of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams, who have connected for touchdowns in each of the past seven games, allowing Adams to match a franchise record.

Rodgers was 25 of 34 for 295 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay’s 30-16 home win against Philadelphia, giving him 36 scores through the air this season. Rodgers is the first quarterback to throw for at least 35 touchdowns in five seasons and the fastest to 400 career touchdown passes, accomplishing the feat against the Eagles in his 193rd game.

Green Bay, which topped the visiting Lions 42-21 in Week 2, can win the NFC North with a victory and a Minnesota Vikings loss or tie, or a tie and a Vikings loss.

Detroit Lions

Detroit rallied from a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to stun host Chicago 34-30 in Week 13 and pull within one game of the final NFC wild-card spot at 5-7.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford helped the Lions win in interim coach Darrell Bevell’s debut, finishing 27 for 42 for 402 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. The Lions again were without wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip), who has missed the past five games and didn’t practice Wednesday.

The Lions also have been banged up on the offensive line and secondary. Bevell stressed this week that Detroit must play solid fundamentally against a Packers’ team that ranks first in the NFL in points scored (31.6 points per game) and 15th in points allowed (24.9).

Packers at Lions Betting Pick for Week 14

Despite a recent history of slow starts — and, by extension, frenetic finishes — when playing in Detroit, the Packers appear primed to not overlook the Lions, especially with a division title and postseason berth at stake.

While Rodgers and the passing game continue to shine, Green Bay also has found breakthroughs in the ground game, with Aaron Jones averaging 75.4 rushing yards a game following a 130-yard effort against the Eagles that included a late, 77-yard score.

Packers at Lions Betting Pick:

Packers 41, Lions 23

Packers at Lions Best Bet for Week 14

If Adrian Peterson and a running game that anticipates the return of D’Andre Swift (concussion) can get going, Detroit may be able to keep things close. The Packers have allowed 158, 173 and 140 yards on the ground in their three losses. But given the way Rodgers and Co. have been clicking lately — namely the connection with Adams — it’s hard to envision the Packers having many empty possessions against a Lions’ defense that allowed 30 points to the struggling Bears last week.

Packers at Lions Best Bet: OVER 55.5 total points (-106)

OddsUSA’s NFL Best Picks for Week 14

Happy Thursday football fans and welcome to our weekly column where we attempt to predict the outcome of several contests for the upcoming slate of NFL games. In Week 13, the New York Giants upended the Seattle Seahawks, while the Washington Football team handed the Pittsburgh Steelers their first loss of the season.

That said, picking games isn’t always as easy as it seems. Last week, I predicted victories for the Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders, and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Titans fell to the Browns. The Raiders barely squeaked by the winless New York Jets, and the Chiefs edged the Denver Broncos by a 22-16 margin. On the heels of another 2-1 week, my overall season record stands at 30-8. Now that you’ve brought up to speed, here’s a look at my outright picks for Week 14. 

Week 14 NFL Best Bet No. 3: 

Houston Texans (2-5) at Chicago Bears

To say the Chicago Bears have had a tough season would be an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I knew their 5-1 start was based on good fortune more so than the team being good. And the last six weeks have proven just that. In Week 13, the Bears led by a double-digit margin (30-20) with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. That should have been a big enough lead, right? Wrong. Detroit scored a TD to close the gap to three points and their defense forced a turnover deep in Bears’ territory that eventually led to another touchdown. The final result was a 34-30 loss in a game they had no business losing, especially since the offense had one of its better performances of the season. So, with that said Bears fans, if you’re thinking of putting money on your team this week, I highly recommend that you reconsider. 

James’ pick: Texans hand Bears another loss

Week 14 NFL Best Bet No. 2:

Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) at Buffalo Bills

This is probably one of the best matchups in Week 14. On one side of the coin, you have a Steelers’ team that is smarting a bit following a 23-17 loss to the Washington Football team. Oh, and I should probably mention that Pittsburgh led that game 14-0 before scoring just three points the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Josh Allen is coming off one of his solid outing in Buffalo’s 34-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers. In that contest, he was 32 for 40 for 375 yards to go along with four touchdowns. 

The Steelers’ defense has recorded 44 sacks, which leads the NFL. That’s an impressive stat, to say the least. However, here’s an interesting tidbit via CBS Sports. There have been five games in which Allen has been sacked multiple times. In those outings, he is averaging 300 passing yards per game and two touchdowns. Even more important, the Bills have won each of those contests. This is going to be a very competitive game as the current point-spread indicates (courtesy of William Hill Sportsbook). The betting line is even smaller on the Sporting News website (-1). In the end, though, look for the Steelers to make a statement in this one following two lackluster performances against Baltimore and Washington. 

James’ pick: Steelers get back into the win column

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 14:

Green Bay Packers (-8) at Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions have dropped two of their previous three contests. And the 34 points they produced against the Bears was more than what they put up in the last two games combined. Conversely, Green Bay has won four of its last five games and Aaron Rodgers is putting up MVP-caliber numbers. Although the teams have split the last four meetings at Ford Field, with a division title and a chance to remain in contention for the top spot in the conference, the Packers will come out on top here. 

As a side note, the over/under on this matchup is 55. Given the fact that the Packers are averaging 31.3 points per outing and the Lions are at 23.8, taking that 55 may be a safe bet. Another bet you may want to consider is the number of yards Aaron Rodgers will have. Since he has failed to reach the 250-yard plateau only three times through 12 games, betting that he will surpass that mark is probably a good call as well.

James’ pick: Packers roll to third straight win

Super Bowl Odds Update: Week 14

Happy Wednesday football fans. I can’t believe that we’re already three-fourths of the way through the NFL season. The upcoming stretch will separate the contenders from the pretenders. Last week, the list of title favorites includes the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, and the Seattle Seahawks. 

Ironically, two of those teams were victorious, while the other two teams suffered disappointing losses. With that said, here’s a look at where the title contenders rank based on their performances from Week 13. 

Third-Best Super Bowl Odds: 

Tie: Pittsburgh Steelers & Green Bay Packers (+800)
Last Week: Packers (NR). Steelers (+550)

The Pittsburgh Steelers were the lone undefeated team going into Week 13. In their recent outing against the Washington Football Team, it appeared that Pittsburgh was on its way to adding another win to its resume after jumping out to a 14-0 lead. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off the wagon after that. Washington’s defense came to life, holding the Steelers to just three points the rest of the way en route to an unexpected 23-17 victory. It was the second straight week in which the Steelers played down to the level of their opponent, and this time, they paid the price. However, considering that they are tied for the best record in the NFL, along with having one of the best scoring defenses, it wouldn’t be wise to count them out just yet.

Meanwhile, following a minor setback against the Indianapolis Colts a few weeks ago, the Packers have strung together a pair of victories over the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only are the Packers on their way to another division title, but they are also a top-10 team in rushing; a top-five team through the air and they have the second-best offense in the NFL. I should also mention that their 31.6 points per contest is tops in the NFL. While the Packers haven’t always played up to their potential, this a team that opposing defenses do not want to face in the postseason. 

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds:

New Orleans Saints (+500)
Last Week: (+550)

A week ago, the Saints were tied for the second-best title odds with the Steelers. But thanks to the Steelers’ recent loss, the Saints have sole possession of second place on our weekly list. While their 21-16 win over the lowly Atlanta Falcons wasn’t overly impressive, it marked the team’s ninth straight victory following a 1-2 start. On top of that, Drew Brees has been on the shelf nursing an injury over the last three games. During that stretch, backup quarterback Taysom Hill hasn’t been lighting up the scoreboard, but he’s made enough plays under center to keep the Saints’ offense operating at a respectable level. And from a defensive standpoint, New Orleans has given up a total of 28 points in their last three games. Given the fact that New Orleans continues to win games with one of its best players out of the mix, this is a team that you should keep a watchful eye on come playoff time. 

Super Bowl Odds Favorites: 

Kansas City Chiefs (+210)
Last week (+275) 

The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs continue to sit atop the leaderboard in the title odds race. Although their 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos was a lot closer than most expected, the Chiefs are now tied with the Steelers for the best record in the NFL. Not only that, this team has one of the most explosive offenses in the league. In addition to compiling over 300 yards through the air over the past five games, Kansas City is ranked first in overall offense (427.6 yards per game), passing yards (314.4) and they have the second-highest scoring offense at 30.8 points per contest. No, the Chiefs don’t have a great running game, and they certainly have room for improvement from a defensive standpoint. At the same time, putting your money on this team would not be a bad idea at this point. 

Updated NFL MVP Odds: Can Anyone Catch Patrick Mahomes II?

We’ve come to the middle of another week football fans, which means that we’re not that far away from the upcoming slate of games. With regards to the league MVP, the players who were head and shoulders above the rest a week ago included front-runner Patrick Mahomes II, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers.

All three players led their respective teams to victory. However, did Rodgers and Wilson do enough to overtake Mahomes? Here’s a look at each where each player is ranked (according to Unibet) in the race for NFL MVP based on how they performed in Week 12.

Russell Wilson

Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Russell Wilson (+650). Last week (+300)

Early on, Wilson was the odds-on favorite to win his first MVP award. But following a tough stretch in which the Seahawks lost three times in four games, Wilson was demoted to the second spot on our weekly list. While he played reasonably well in the team’s 23-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles (completed 22 of 31 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown), Wilson’s stock continues to dip a bit and he has slid to the last spot on our weekly list. Although there are a few games left in the season, Wilson is going to have to play exceptionally down the stretch if he hopes to make up any ground in this race.

aaron rodgers

Second-Best NFL MVP Odds: Aaron Rodgers (+550). Last week (+500)

Mr. Discount Double Check had been in third place on our weekly list but has now jumped up to the No. 2 spot. Going into the Week 12 matchup against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers was on quite the roll. He had thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last three outings to go along with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. That trend continued against the Bears’ defense this past week. While he was limited to 211 yards, he added four more touchdowns – increasing his league-leading total to 33. Needless to say, Rodgers helped lead the Packers to an easy 41-25 win against their division rival. It will be interesting to see if he can catch the guy who plays opposite him in those State Farm commercials.

The NFL MVP Odds Favorite: Patrick Mahomes II (-400). Last week (-121)

Mahomes – who won the league MVP award in 2018 – continues to solidify his hold on the No. 1 spot on our weekly list. Following a slow start to the season, Mahomes has been on fire, to say the least. Over the past three games, he has thrown for at least 350 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns. But if you thought his recent stretch of solid play was a fluke, you’d be mistaken. In a showdown against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mahomes proved why he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league. In that contest, he completed 37 of 49 passes for a season-high 462 yards and three touchdowns. As long as the Chiefs’ offense continues playing at this level, Mahomes is on pace to win his second MVP award in three seasons.

Updated NFL MVP Odds for Week 12: Patrick Mahomes Leads the Pack

Happy Wednesday football fans. Before I begin, I’d like to take a moment to wish everyone and their families a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Last week, the list of players in the running for the NFL MVP award were Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Patrick Mahomes. Both Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes led their respective teams to victory, but Rodgers and the Packers came up a bit short despite jumping out to a 14-point lead. Despite that, did Rodgers do enough to close the gap with the other two QBs ahead of Week 12?

Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Aaron Rodgers (+500). Last Week (+300)

Aaron Rodgers continues to hold down the third spot on our weekly list. Going up against one of the better defensive units in the league — the Indianapolis Colts — everyone knew that Rodgers would have his work cut out for him.

Thanks to three touchdown passes in the first half, the Packers appeared to be on their way to an easy victory, as they led 28-14 at the break. However, the Colts’ defense came to life in the second half, and in a big way. Not only did Indianapolis hold the Packers to just three points after the break, they also forced a fumble in OT, which set up Rodrigo Blankenship’s game-winning field goal, enabling the home team to escape with a 34-31 victory.

Rodgers finished 27-of-38 for 311 yards and three touchdowns. While Rodgers eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the third straight outing, it wasn’t enough to prevent his team from losing in heartbreaking fashion.

Second-Best NFL MVP Odds: Russell Wilson (+300). Last Week (+225)

Russell Wilson was the frontrunner in the MVP race for most of the season. But thanks to a stretch of three losses in four games, along with 10 turnovers in those losses, Chef Wilson has been sitting at the No. 2 spot on our weekly list over the past couple of weeks.

Coming off his worst performance of the season – a 23-16 loss against the Los Angeles Rams—Wilson bounced back to help lead his team to a 28-21 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. While Wilson had a somewhat modest outing – throwing for just 197 yards – he made enough plays to keep his team in a division race that is heating up quickly.

Also, being that the Seahawks’ next four opponents have a combined record of 8-28-1, Chef Wilson still has an opportunity to make up some ground in this race.

The NFL MVP Odds Favorite: Patrick Mahomes (-121). Last Week (+180)

Patrick Mahomes took over the top spot in the league MVP a week ago and remains the frontrunner for the second straight week. Going into the Week 11 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders, Mahomes and Co. were looking for a measure of revenge against the team that handed them their only loss of the season back in Week 5.

Thanks, to a late-game drive, the Kansas City Chiefs came away with a 35-31 victory. Mahomes completed 34 of 45 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns. After totaling just two 300-yard games during the team’s first seven games, Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last three outings. He has also thrown nine TD passes and just one interception during that stretch. Simply put, Mahomes will be difficult to catch if he and the Chiefs’ offense continue playing at this level.  

Best Betting Picks for NFL Week 11: Doubling Down on the Packers, Chiefs, and Steelers

Happy Thursday football fans and welcome back to another edition of our best picks column. There was an interesting trend that unfolded in Week 10; four teams that finished below .500 last season posted victories. The list includes the Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, and the Miami Dolphins. Not only that, but these teams are a combined 24-12 this season and they’re all in the playoff hunt. This just proves that anything can happen on any given Sunday.

Last week, I predicted wins for the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, and the Green Bay Packers, but hedged my bets by saying the Ravens wouldn’t cover while the Saints and Packers would win big. Although the Saints did win big while losing Drew Brees, the Packers only beat the fiesty Jaguars by four.

As a result, I posted a 2-1 mark to improve to 23-6 on the season. The picks for the upcoming week will be somewhat challenging as there is only one matchup that offers a double-digit point spread. So, without further delay, here’s a look at my best bets for Week 11.

Week 11 NFL Best Bet No. 1: Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts

This is a classic game featuring one of the better offensive teams in the league squaring off against one of the better defensive units in the league. The Packers are ranked third in scoring (30.8 points per outing), sixth in total yards (395.8), and passing yards per game (274.3). Green Bay also falls just outside the top-10 in rushing, averaging 121.4 yards per contest on the ground.

As good as the Packers are from an offensive standpoint, the Colts’ defense is just as formidable. Indy has allowed the second-fewest passing yards per contest (198.7) and they are ranked third in rushing yards allowed per contest (91.8). Along with that, the Colts are the top team in the NFL in yards per play (4.8) and third in rushing yards per attempt (3.5). Talk about a difficult pick.

Despite the Colts’ stout defensive stats, I’m predicting that Rodgers and the Packers will have another good outing in what should be a competitive game.

James’ pick: Packers win by a field goal

Week 11 NFL Best Bet No. 2: Kansas City Chiefs (-7) at Las Vegas Raiders

For those of you who have been following my picks this season, it is no secret that KC is one of the teams that I go with a lot. And I don’t make any apologies for doing so, either. After all, they are the defending champions and they are 8-1.

However, this matchup against the Raiders could be a shot at redemption for the reigning NFL champs; the Raiders handed the Chiefs their only loss – a 40-32 victory back in Week 5.

There are two reasons I’m going with the Chiefs here: First, they are a perfect 4-0 since losing to the Raiders and they have won those games by an averae of 16 points per contest. Second, Andy Reid is 18-3 in his career coming off a bye week. Considering those factors, I’m picking the Chiefs to split the season series in a close one.

James’ pick: Chiefs get revenge but don’t cover the spread

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 11: Pittsburgh Steelers (-10) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Remember when I mentioned there was one matchup on this week’s slate of games that featured a double-digit favorite? Well, this is the one. On one side of the coin, we have a Jaguars’ squad that has dropped eight straight games. Sure, they hung tough with the Green Bay Packers but they’re still just 1-8 on the season.

Furthermore, the Steelers are a top-five team in passing yards allowed per contest (211.3) and they are a top-10 squad in rushing yards given up per outing (106.8). On top of that, the Steelers have the third-best scoring defense, giving up just 19 points per contest.

Based on how they played against Green Bay, the Jaguars will make this a competitive affair. In the end, though, the Steelers will prevail and remain the lone unbeaten team in the NFL.

James’ pick: Steelers win AND cover the spread

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts Betting Preview

Sunday, November 22, 2020, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m. ET

Packers at Colts Betting Preview: Packers (+2,5/-105), Colts (-2.5/-115)

Green Bay Packers

Co-owners of the NFC’s best record despite steady injury concerns, the Packers (7-2) may have close to a full complement at their disposal. Receiver Allen Lazard was activated from injured reserve this week following his recovery from recent core-muscle surgery, while fellow receiver Davante Adams is expected to suit up after aggravating a previous ankle injury in the Packers’ 24-20 home win against Jacksonville in Week 10.

The Packers have continued winning despite a shaky defense that is tied for 30th in the NFL with 0.8 turnovers forced per game and 27th in opponent passer rating. The unit could receive a boost, however, as starting cornerback Kevin King is expected back after missing the past five games with a quad injury.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers ranks second in the league with 26 touchdown passes and has thrown just three interceptions while completing 67.8 percent of his throws.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts grabbed the AFC South tiebreaker lead with last week’s 34-17 road victory at Tennessee, and enter Sunday’s meeting with a few extra days of rest after beginning the Week 10 slate on a Thursday.

Indianapolis (6-3) excelled down the stretch against the Titans behind a no-huddle attack piloted by veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, who was 29-for-39 passing for 308 yards and a touchdown. Rivers again will look to utilize his check-downs when needed.

Running back Nyheim Hines leads the Colts with 33 receptions as the team tries to generate a more consistent running attack. After suffering their first home loss of the season against Baltimore in Week 9, the Colts will look to keep winning behind a top-ranked defense led by linebacker Darius Leonard.

Packers at Colts Betting Pick for Week 11

The Colts seem to fare as Rivers does. He has 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in the team’s six victories, but just one TD against five interceptions in the three losses.

If the Packers’ jelling pass rush and improving secondary can bait Rivers into a pick or two, that could be the difference in what shapes up as a shootout in Indy.

Packers at Colts Betting Pick: Packers 34, Colts 28

Packers at Colts Best Bet for Week 11

Rodgers with a (mostly) full stable of playmakers for a game played indoors? That figures to favor the Packers despite the hefty ranking of the Indy ‘D.’

Look for the teams to trade their share of points, yards and gutsy play-calls. Coaches Frank Reich of Indianapolis and Matt LaFleur of Green Bay both aren’t shy about going for it on fourth down.

Packers at Colts Best Bet: OVER 51 total points (-115)

NFL Hall Of Famer Willie Davis Dies

Former Packers and Browns Defensive End passed away Wednesday

Earlier today, the Pro Football Hall Of Fame announced that Willie Davis, who played defensive end in the NFL for 12 years, passed away. The Hall of Fame’s President and CEO released the following statement about Davis:

“It is with great sadness the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Willie Davis. Willie’s extraordinary athleticism was an undeniable factor in Green Bay’s winning tradition of the 1960s under Coach Lombardi. He helped the Packers through an unprecedented championship run and to two Super Bowl victories. Willie was a man of true character on and off the field. The Hall of Fame will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations.”

David Baker, Pro Football Hall Of Fame President/CEO

Willie Davis was born in Lisbon, Louisiana on July 24th, 1934. In college, he played as both an Offensive Tackle and Defensive End at Grambling State University where he graduated in 1956.

Davis was drafted in the 15th round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. However, he did not begin his NFL career until 1958 because of military service in the US Army. After moving around and playing a series of different positions with the Browns, Davis was eventually traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1960.

Davis was made a permanent Defensive End by Vince Lombardi following that trade, becoming a fixture of the 1960s Packers. Willie Davis played for Green Bay for ten years, making 134 starts in 138 regular-season games. He was also a member of all five of Vince Lombardi’s championship-winning teams.

Willie Davis played for 12 years in the NFL until retiring in 1969. During his career, he played in 162 games which includes a streak of 138 consecutive regular-season starts. He was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 1963 to 1967 and also earned All-Pro First Team Honors five times. He went on to be named a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s. Willie Davis was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, 12 years after retiring from the NFL. Willie Davis was 85 years old.