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Sunday Setup: NFL Week 11

The playoff race in the AFC is wide open at this point, which makes injuries to star players on the Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders even more critical.

 

Here’s a look at those injury updates as well as some NFL trends and insights to look at on this week’s NFL betting card.

Ray Lewis could miss first game since 2007

As if last week’s loss as a 6.5-point favorite to Seattle wasn’t bad enough for Baltimore, it may have lost Ray Lewis in the process with a toe injury. Lewis is currently considered questionable, but is expected to sit. Cincinnati will also be dealing with a key injury with A.J. Green, currently considered doubtful with a knee injury.

 

Cincinnati is 6-4 SU and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games against Baltimore. The Ravens are a 7-point favorite at 5Dimes.

Oakland Raiders riddled with injuries

Oakland was already expected to be without two of its top players on offense this week with Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford sidelined with foot injuries. But it also looks like star defensive tackle Richard Seymour could miss Sunday’s action at Minnesota with a knee injury, currently considered questionable after missing the last two days of practice.

 

Oakland is a slight 1-point favorite on the road at TopBet.

Light rain in San Francisco

Weather reports currently indicate a strong chance of light rain when the San Francisco 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals this week. You’d have to figure the rain would benefit San Francisco and its power running game, which ranks seventh in the league in rushing with 130.9 rushing yards per game behind Frank Gore. Arizona averages only 95 rushing yards per game. San Francisco is 6-2 SU and 6-1-1 ATS in its last eight games against Arizona. The 49ers are a 9.5-point favorite BetOnline.

Jacksonville at Cleveland lowest total of the year

With the league’s 29th scoring offense in Cleveland (14.6 points per game) hosting the league’s 31st scoring offense in Jacksonville (12.8 points per game), we have the lowest total of the NFL season set at just 34 points at Bovada. Both teams are excellent against the pass, but Jacksonville has a decided edge in the running game; they run the ball better (121.4 rushing yards per game to Cleveland’s 87) and defend against it better (107.1 yards per game against to Cleveland’s 142.8). The Jags are a 1-point favorite.

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