James Salinas Game Notes - NFL Week 11

James Salinas - NFL Week 11 (2-0-1) Overall: 16-15-2 (52% ATS)

PHOTO CREDIT: AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Game: Denver Broncos @ Minnesotsa Vikings (-10)

Selection: Denver Broncos (+10)

Score: Denver Broncos 23 - Minnesota Vikings 27

Result: W

Notes: Sandwich games abound in Week #11 and the Broncos/Vikings matchup sits atop the NFL scheduling menu. Fresh of an impressive Sunday night win at Dallas last week, the Vikings return to frigid Minneapolis to play the non-conference AFC West cellar dwellers from Denver. With an upcoming bye week on Minnesota's schedule the last place Broncos are but a mere distraction from the sun and fun that most likely awaits many Vikings' players in need of a break from the NFL grind. Denver comes in fresh and healthy from its own vacation bye week giving HC Fangio two weeks to prepare his defense for an opponent he dominated as Bears' DC last year, including a Week 17 win at Minnesota that knocked the Vikings out of a playoff spot. Fangio will key on RB Cook and force QB Cousins to have to make plays downfield without favorite target WR Thielen. Denver's pass rush should harass Cousins as the game gets tight, giving the Broncos secondary multiple chances to make plays off of poor reads by the rattled QB. With the Vikings subconsciously having one foot moving towards their first class airline seat, expect a more competitive effort from the visiting team so order Denver +10 to satiate your sports betting appetite.



Game: Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers (+4)

Selection: Kansas City Chiefs (-4)

Score: Kansas City 24 - Los Angeles 17

Result: W

Notes: Monday Night Football features two teams looking to bounce back from crushing defeats last week. KC blew a 4th quarter lead to a mediocre Titans club and the Chargers offensive ineptitude made the Raiders defense look serviceable, which it isn't. Looking ahead to Monday, KC QB Mahomes claims to be completely healthy after dealing with leg injuries all season and for the first time since week #1 the OL may actually have all five starters back together for MNF. Unfortunately for the Chargers their OL has been decimated by injuries with no reinforcements coming and QB Rivers' play has suffered to the point that this week he talked potential retirement at season's end. Despite the players grumbling HC Lynn made the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs the Chargers' training ground this past week to prepare for the attitude in Mexico City (7200 ft) which is the site of this week's game. Whether that helps with conditioning is inconsequential as the Chargers secondary has backups at every position that KC HC Reid will exploit from multiple formations allowing a healthy Mahomes to test the Chargers' newfound endurance as they continually chase KC's speed to the endzone, so bet KC -4.



Game: Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49'ers (-10)

Selection: Arizona Cardinals (+10)

Score: Arizona Cardinals 26 - San Francisco 36

Result: PUSH

Notes: Next on the NFL scheduling menu is Arizona vs. SF. The 49ers once again hobble into this Sunday's contest as big favorites against the last place divisional opponent Cardinals. There is not enough space in this writeup to list all the injuries SF is currently nursing, but the amount of talent sitting on the sideline had a significant impact on the 49ers home loss to the Seahawks last Monday night. With a prime time matchup vs the NFC North leading Packers on next week's schedule today's contest vs. an Arizona team the 49ers defeated just two weeks ago is another example of an NFL scheduling sandwich game for SF. While the Cards aren't winning many games for fans to cheer Arizona is a sports bettor's dream team as they are 7-3 ATS this season including 4-1 on the road. The home crowd can't possibly match last week's fervor in the stands nor will the home team match last week's emotional intensity on the field, so expect a 49er team trying to simply survive today while looking towards next week's showdown against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Arizona +10 is the play.

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