The final three weeks of the regular season, and divisional battles should begin to be decided this weekend

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San Francisco 49ers +10 at 10/11 bwin versus Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders +10 at 10/11 Ladbrokes versus Kansas City Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals +1 at evens Skybet versus Cleveland Browns

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

This game is a real rarity in NFL betting. The Seahawks are double digit favourites and the points total is 38.5. Thus the market is assuming that the 49ers will only score 14 points.

You can see why, the 49ers offense is anaemic and the Seahawks defense is back to its superbowl winning form of a year ago. The 49ers lost to Oakland last weekend, and the Seahawks won a crucial game in Philadelphia

However this is a fierce divisional rivalry and i would expect a closer game than Seattle -10 implies. The 49ers defense remains strong and Seattle do not have a prolific offense. I expect Seattle to win, but not by 10 points. It is contrarian, and you might get more than San Francisco +10 (currently 10/11 bWin) by the time the game starts

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

The Raiders delivered one of the shocks of the season this past weekend, gaining their second win of the season in beating the 49ers and go into this week’s game 10 point underdogs to divisional rivals the Chiefs. I would expect the Chiefs to win but to do so by double digits is a big ask for an offense that lacks a vertical passing game.

The Raiders beat the Chiefs in the reverse fixture three weeks ago and in emerging rookie quarterback Derek Carr they certainly have a player to build around for the future. They should score enough points to cover 10, despite the presence in the Chiefs of the excellent running back Jamaal Carles around whom their offense revolves. Oakland Raiders +10 10/11 Ladbrokes

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

In the extremely competitive AFC North the play-off positions are going to go down to the wire. The Bengals currently lead the division but lost last week to the Steelers. The Browns played a fantastic game on defense against the Colts but lost in the last minute

Cleveland’s problems on offense have led the coaching staff to turn to the high profile rookie Johnny Manziel, who will make his first start in this game. To do so in a key divisional game is a big ask and i can’t prevent the nagging feeling that if the coaching staff really felt he was ready to start, he would have been doing so before week 15.

The Bengals, at this stage, are the better team and in what should be a close game are value with a point start at evens with Skybet for the victory here

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San Francisco 49ers +10 at 10/11 bwin versus Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders +10 at 10/11 Ladbrokes versus Kansas City Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals +1 at evens Skybet versus Cleveland Browns