The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams have already been pencilled in by some for Super Bowl LIII after dominating their respective conferences.
In a potential preview of February’s showpiece match-up, the Chiefs visit LA in the highlight of Week 11 and Andy Reid’s men are fancied to edge a high-scoring shootout.
Chiefs +3.5 points @ 50/59
These two have become known for their high-powered offenses, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes breaking records on a weekly basis and his 31st touchdown pass of the season against Arizona last week setting a new franchise record.
As for the Rams, running-back Todd Gurley has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season and leads the league in rushing yards.
Given how good both teams are on offenses, it would be no surprise to see over 62.5 points land at 50/57 on the over/under line.
Where this match between two 9-1 teams will be won is on defence and there, based on recent performances, the Chiefs appear to have the edge.
Despite spending a fortune on adding the likes of Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib and former Chief Marcus Peters during the off-season, the Rams defence has not proven to the defining factor many expected and they have been out-played in recent weeks.
In contrast, the Chiefs look to be getting better week-by-week on defence.
With Los Angeles also missing key receiver Cooper Kupp after he suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, the Chiefs appeal on the handicap.
Pittsburgh Steelers -5.5 points @ 10/11
Five straight wins have put the Steelers firmly back on course in the AFC after a start to the season dogged by drama.
The news star running-back Le’Veon Bell won’t play this season is a blow but they have coped well without him, with James Connor stepping out of Bell’s shadow and showing glimpses of future stardom.
Pittsburgh’s ability to function without Bell was highlighted emphatically by the 52-21 win over Carolina last week and they should make light work of the fast-fading Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jags beat the Steelers twice last season but look a shadow of the team that won so impressively in Pittsburgh in the play-offs. Five straight defeats have all but ended their post-season hopes and their heralded defence is bleeding points on a regular basis.
With the Steelers having easily covered the spread in their last three outings, Ben Roethlisberger and co can carve up Jacksonville.
Minnesota Vikings to win @ 23/20
The Vikings head to the Windy City in a battle of the top two in the NFC North in the early hours of Monday.
The 6-3 Bears have surprised plenty of people this season and have won their last three matches.
However, two of those wins were over the hapless Buffalo Bills and New York Jets so they are yet to convince against a high-quality opponent.
Chicago’s offence and young quarterback Mitch Trubisky are definitely getting better but could run into a brick wall against an experienced Vikings defence.
Minnesota come into this game off a bye week and should have receiver Steffon Diggs back from injury.
Given they have won six of the last seven meetings with Chicago, they look generously priced to reclaim top spot in the NFC North.
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