Play-off push on track for Broncos

The Denver Broncos have come from nowhere to put together a three-game winning streak to give themselves a shot at a wildcard spot heading into week 14 of the NFL regular season.

Next up for the 6-6 AFC West outfit is a trip to the Bay Area where they should be able to handle their business against a banged up San Francisco 49ers side.

Broncos to stampede through San Fran

After a mid-season wobble which threatened to derail their year, Denver have got hot at just the right time, recording some big wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers and LA Chargers before downing the Cincinnati Bengals 24-10 last week.

With quarter-back Case Keenum failing to convince that last season with Minnesota wasn’t just a one-off, it is undrafted rookie running-back Phillip Lindsay who has been the catalyst on offence, putting together back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. The Colorado native should pass 1,000 yards on Sunday and is likely to be leaned upon more than usual after wide-receiver Emmanuel Sanders went down with a season-ending Achilles injury.

On defence, Von Miller and Bradley Chubb have worked well in tandem, combining for 22.5 sacks and should add to that tally against third-string QB Nick Mullins.

Injuries have ruined the 49ers’ season and they sit at 2-10 coming into this one, seemingly on course for the No.1 draft pick. They have shown plenty of character in their attempts to be competitive but a lack of talent has badly hindered them.

Given their superiority on both offence and defence, the Broncos should be able to cover the point spread, set at -4, at 1.94 for only the fifth this year.

Sore Saints seek Tampa revenge

The New Orleans Saints saw their 10-game winning streak ended last week by the Dallas Cowboys and now face the only other side who have beaten them this season, Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers won 48-40 in the Superdome in September, although the two NFC South sides have gone in different directions since then, with the Saints 10-2 and Tampa 5-7.

Back-to-back wins have given the Bucs hope of a decent end to the year but they will find it tough to stop the Saints on Sunday having had issues on defence all season. Alterations to the coaching staff has seen them improve on that side of the ball but they are still conceding on average nearly 29.2 points per game.

New Orleans will be desperate to make amends for the loss to Dallas, in which they managed to score just 10 points and are 1.26 for the win. However, this is a game the Saints have had issues with in the past, Tampa Bay winning the last two meetings.

Instead of trying to pick a winner, we are looking at over 55 points at 1.92 given these two sides rank in the top six on offense in the NFL, while they shared 84 points in the first meeting this season.

Cowboys can pick off champs

The Philadelphia Eagles could see their dreams of retaining the Super Bowl ended in Texas this week when they meet Dallas in a crunch NFC East match-up.

The Cowboys sit at the top of the division at 7-5 after that remarkable win over the Saints last week, while the Eagles are a game back, well aware that another loss could mean curtains for their post-season chances. Carson Wentz and co have won two straight to keep their play-off hopes alive but could come unstuck at AT&T Stadium.

Dallas have won four on the bounce and now possess a top-five ranked defence which has allowed an average of 18.6 points per game. The Cowboys won in Philly 27-20 in November and have only lost once at home all season.

While their offense is yet to convince, they have far more weapons than the banged-up Eagles, who are reliant on tight-end Zach Ertz.

Ertz and Wentz are likely to be shut down by Dallas, who are 1.92 to cover the spread at -3.5.