NFL week 11 preview: High scoring expected as Mahomes and Prescott come face-to-face

The Dallas Cowboys travel to the Kansas City Chiefs for Sunday's highlight match-up, while Justin Fields and Lamar Jackson face off in Chicago. Elsewhere, the Cardinals look to get back on track.

Is it Week 11 already? The clock keeps ticking, the games keep coming, and more twists and turns are just around the corner. As we look ahead to a whole new slate of matches, we look at where this week's action could come from.

In each of the last two weeks, four teams starting the week with an even record or worse have shocked division leaders. This week, six division leaders will hope to avoid the upset, but with the way things are going another shock looks to be on the horizon.

The game of the week is undoubtedly Kansas City's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Two dynamic quarterbacks go head-to-head in Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott, and after both teams managed to score over 40 points last week, we could be looking at a classic.

Kyler Murray was also in fine form at QB before his injury, and he may return for the Arizona Cardinals this week. They have last two out of their last three but still boast a joint-best 8-2 record. Their task this week is to all-but end the season of divisional rivals, Seattle Seahawks.

Without further ado, let's take a look at some of the best bets from the biggest games on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, QB, NFL

The undoubted highlight of Week 11 in the NFL is the game at Arrowhead as the Kansas City Chiefs look for a fourth win in a row against the dangerous Dallas Cowboys.

This should be a stellar match-up after both sides put up 40 points last week - Prescott and the 7-2 Cowboys rebounding from a shock Denver defeat while Mahomes looked more like his former self with five passing TDs against the Raiders.

It moves the Chiefs to 6-4 as they look to salvage a season that was so nearly lost. Their offense has finally begun to click, while their defense - that was torrid towards the start of the season - has only allowed 12 average points over the last three games.

But, while the Chiefs offense is finding its feet, the Cowboys have been firing all season long, and currently lead the league in points and yards after 10 games - the last time they finished the season top in those metrics they won the 1971 Super Bowl.

Dallas has topped 40 points three times this season already and their dynamic attack on the ground and air makes them the toughest test possible for this reborn Chiefs defense.

If both Mahomes and Prescott click into gear again then there may not be much either defense can do in what is by far the biggest scoring game of the week according to the bookies' points totals.

And frankly, regardless of the Chiefs defense improving, Dak Prescott looks in unstoppable form, and with an all-star offense that includes the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, points are almost a guarantee.

So the Chiefs' best chance may be to fight fire with fire. Mahomes is also surrounded by firepower with the likes of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Both sides rank lowly in terms of sacks this season, so it gives them both a chance to shine going forward.

Dallas do rank third in interceptions though, and have a +8 turnover differential, while the Chiefs languish in 30th with a mark of -8 after turning the ball over 20 times - only the Jets have coughed up possession more and that could be a deciding factor here.

In tight games it often pays to go with consistency, and the consistency of the Cowboys scoring points means they should get the nod to win a game we just hope lives up to expectation.

Best bet:

Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks

NFL, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, QB

Seattle's shutout loss in Green Bay last week left them on 3-6 and 14th out of the 16 NFC teams in the standings, and yet they're still not totally out of the reckoning with the 5-5 Panthers currently occupying the final postseason spot.

They'll need QB Russell Wilson in better form than he was on his ineffective return from finger surgery last week, but going in their favour is the drop in form the Cardinals have suffered.

Sure, they sit 8-2, but they've lost two of their last three, and with ongoing concerns over their own star QB Kyler Murray, they could well be in trouble again on Sunday.

There's a major decision to be made by the Cardinals this week, as next week they can afford to rest up on their bye week. Their back-up QB Colt McCoy did win in Seattle last year with the Giants, so it may be worth giving him the reins on Sunday to allow Murray to rest.

It's not the first injury Arizona have had to deal with this season either. In fact, their 72 players used this season is only bettered by the Titans.

Away from home the Cards have been dynamic, scoring at least 30 in all five games and averaging over 35 points a game while building up a +91 points difference, and winning by an average of 18 points a game.

With numbers like that, they'll be a stern test for the Seahawks defense that started the season awfully but picked up in recent weeks. In the last seven matches, they've allowed an average of under 18 points per game.

Arizona's defense is also strong, allowing just under 19 points per game this season themselves, and if they're down to their second-choice QB then this looks destined to be another low-scoring encounter.

James Conner - who leads the league with 12 TDs - could be the difference if Arizona can get him close enough, but even he may find it hard to have an impact.

Best bet:

Cincinnati Bengals @ Las Vegas Raiders

Joe Burrows, Cincinnati Bengals, NFL, QB

Two sides that have struggled with consistency. They have mostly mirrored each others results so far, mixing in some impressive wins with some bizarre defeats

The Raiders have had an abundance of off-field drama to deal with while making their way to 5-4 for the season, following nice wins over Denver and Philly, and then a shock defeat to the Giants and a blowout loss to the Chiefs last week.

We had the Bengals (also 5-4) pegged as Super Bowl dark horses when they hung 41 points on the Ravens in Baltimore, but then they lost to the Jets and got blown out by the Browns - so it's incredibly hard to predict what versions of these two sides we'll see on Sunday.

We do know, though, that Bengals QB Joe Burrow and rookie receiver Ja'Marr Chase can carve up any defense if they get it right, but Burrow has been sacked 25 times this season - keeping him on his feet will be their main priority.

Las Vegas just can't get the ball moving on the ground this season so they'll have to take to the skies to stand a chance here. Thankfully, Derek Carr has shown that he's capable of doing just that, especially to tight end Darren Waller, who is in great form at the moment.

Both teams are well versed in letting promising starts fade away but they'll know a win here will keep their play-off hopes alive.

With both teams suffering hugely from inconsistency, going for touchdown betting seems the way to go here, and with a potential postseason spot on the line, it could turn into a high-scoring match-up.

Best bet:

Baltimore Ravens @ Chicago Bears

Lamar Jackson, NFL, Baltimore Ravens, QB

Justin Fields has been touted to be the next Lamar Jackson, and it's time for him to face the real thing on Sunday as the Ravens come to Chicago.

Jackson, of course, is still only in the early stages of his own NFL career but is pounding out numbers that we've never seen before, especially in his rushing game. Fields has similar athletic ability, so this match-up has the makings of a classic.

The Ravens have had 10 days to mull over their shock loss in Miami on Thursday Night Football, while the Bears had their bye week to reflect on four straight defeats that leaves them in the NFC basement at 3-6.

Despite Jackson throwing 14 TDs and leading his team in rushing, Baltimore have lost two of their last three and needed overtime twice in recent wins. Despite leading the AFC North at 6-3, there will be some alarm bells ringing.

It's probably the toughest division in football right now and the Ravens have a brutal schedule on the horizon with five divisional games and match-ups against the Packers and Rams thrown in for good measure.

That's why a win at Soldier Field is so crucial, and Jackson's stats against NFC teams should give them serious confidence - he's unbeaten in his 12 games against the NFC and averages almost 93 rushing yards per game.

Jackson has missed practice this week with illness and if one defence can prepare for facing him then Chicago may have the best chance considering they train against Fields each week.

However, assuming Jackson is fit for the match, then a road win looks the way to go here.

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