4 Can’t-Miss NFL Games in October
October is here, and we are starting to get a feel for the 2018 NFL season … or are we? There has been a massive amount of unexpected outcomes and huge upsets. Of course, upsets happen every year, but the weekly swing that we’ve seen from various teams this season has been incredible.
Let’s have a look at a few October games that hold the promise of being games that we absolutely should not miss.
Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans – Oct 7th
The Cowboys head to Houston for Sunday Night Football and at this point are listed at -120 to win by three (-3 -120). If you need more explanation on those odds, check out this quick sports betting guide.
This non-conference in-state rivalry should be made all the more interesting by the fact that both of these teams are struggling. The Houston Texans have lost some close games to start the season, but they finally got an overtime win in Week 4 against the Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Despite the fact that the Texans are just 1-3, they are at home and have been listed as three-point favorites. When it comes to setting lines for NFL Odds, home-field advantage is generally worth 3-points, unless you’re the 2010-2017 Chicago Bears, in which case you get no love for playing at home. Anyhow, this goes to show that these two teams are evenly matched, and home-field could be the deciding factor.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadephia Eagles – Oct 7th
It’s an NFC Conference Championship rematch! Two of the leagues best defenses that also boast pretty good offenses will be going head-to-head. The Eagles are favored by three points, but most of the action is leaning towards the Vikings to cover that number.
The Eagles were at the top of the list for 2019 Super Bowl contenders, but they have struggled out of the gate. They Took a 27-21 loss to Fitzmagic and the Bucs and fell in a three-point loss to Marcus Mariota and the Titans. Something that should be noted is the Titans sacked Wentz 4 times and hurried him a bunch more. This could spell trouble for the Eagles with the monster Minnesota defense putting pressure on the Eagles front. That said, the Vikings have struggled as well, and there is one thing about the Eagles that is undeniable: they play much, much better at home. The Eagles are 11-1 in their last 12 games played in Philly.
This game could go either way; it could be a Cousins-Wentz barn-burner or a smash-mouthed defensive showing where each team is battling for field position and booting field-goals. We’ll have to tune in to see which.
Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos Oct 14th
The Rams will visit Denver, and we have a non-conference situation that could feel like a full-on rivalry game. The Rams discarded case Keenum, and the Broncos abandoned Aqib Talib. What are the odds on a Talib interception?
The early odds for this game opened this summer with the Rams as -2.5 favorites. Given the fact that they are 4-0 and seem unstoppable, I have a feeling that they will probably be given a slightly larger handicap in Week 6 against the Broncos.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley – Oct 28th
It’s tough to say where each of these two teams records will be when Week 7 rolls around at the end of October, but London games are always fun. The Jags are 3-1 going into Week 5, and the Eagles are 2-2. At this point, the Jaguars defense has proven to be tough as nails, holding opponents to just 14 points per game. Can the Eagles overcome perhaps the best defense in the league on the other side of the pond?