One of the more attractive games on the card will be an AFC North division battle as the Cincinnati Bengals are home to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cincinnati has been putting up some high point totals as they have scored 31 or greater points in three straight and four of their past five games. The lone exception came on a short week against the Houston Texans.
Quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for multiple touchdown passes in three straight games. He will be throwing against a Steelers defense that is giving up 275 yards passing per game. Dalton is completing a career high 66.1% of his throws for 3191 yards with 25 touchdowns and 6 picks.
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The Washington Redskins will be traveling to meet the Chicago Bears. Both teams sit at 5-7 on the campaign. The Redskins are on a short week having lost to the Dallas Cowboys on a Monday Night. The Redskins have performed poorly on the road this season with a record of 0-5 and are averaging just 17.2 points per game on the highway.
The Bears have held four of their past five opponents to 19 or fewer points and that includes winning teams like the Broncos and Packers. Chicago is the number two team against the pass by allowing 210 yards per game. The Redskins run game has not been very potent at all as their offensive line is giving up penetration and getting stood up at the line of scrimmage.
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From the NFC South division the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be hosting the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have been a bad defense this year surrendering 425 yards and 31.7 points per game ranking last in each category. They are also last in defending opponents run game.
Tampa Bay is much improved football team with a mark of 6-6. Their run game has excelled as the team rushes for 141 yards per game which is 2nd best in the NFL this year. Doug Martin is putting up career high numbers in 2015 as he is averaging 5.0 yards per carry on the campaign. He has rushed for 1133 yards and four touchdowns. In week 11 against a weak defense at Philadelphia he piled up 235 rushing yards. With the Saints the opponent on Sunday, look for Martin to put up some good numbers.
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Two AFC West rivals meet as the Denver Broncos will host the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have shown great improvement on the offensive side of the football with young exciting playmakers behind quarterback Derek Carr. The defense still has work to do. The Oakland pass defense has been torched as the team is giving up 271 yards passing ranking 28th in the NFL.
Veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas leads the Broncos with 78 catches for 972 yards and three touchdowns. In this spot against a struggling defense like the Raiders, Thomas will be targeted highly by Brock Osweiler as the Broncos will exploit the Oakland weakness.
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The Green Bay Packers will be home to the Dallas Cowboys in the late game on Sunday afternoon. Dallas will be without Tony Romo the rest of the season so it will be Matt Cassel under center. Cassel is not much of a downfield passer and in this road spot he will look to his veteran tight end Jason Witten to help move the sticks.
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