Go Greene Against Patriots

  • By: David John
  • Last Updated: October 19 2012, 9:52 BST

Shonn Greene: Worth backing to impress for the Jets

2pts Baltimore (+6.5) to beat Houston at 10/11 (general)

2.75pts Shonn Greene to score a touchdown anytime v New England at 10/11 (bet365)


Baltimore at Houston (1800BST)

This is a duo are tied for the best record in the AFC at 5-1 as the Texans look to bounce back from their first defeat of the campaign.

It was a bad one too as they crashed 42-24 at home to Green Bay with defensive errors, costly penalties and some feeble offense all rearing their ugly heads in the same game on prime time.

It means Houston have lost outright favouritism for the Super Bowl and after a week of soul searching on the practise field, hosting a team that they have never beaten will be a very good test of their credentials in terms of New Orleans next February.

The loss of influential linebacker Brian Cushing for the season is going to hurt while Danieal Manning's play in the secondary continues to be hampered by a groin injury - head coach Gary Kubiak has taken him out of practise this week to give him some time to rest before hopefully suiting up on Sunday.

The Texans are not without a good shot at getting things back on course against a Baltimore side that has also looked vulnerable despite their current record.

The defense has struggled to contain teams and the situation has gotten worse with both Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis both injured against and Dallas last week and ruled out for the rest of the season.

There is a rumour flying around Maryland that Terrell Suggs could make it back after his own injury issues but it is more likely the Ravens will play it safe and give him more time.

So we are set for a replay of the divisional play-off clash from last season which the Ravens won by a touchdown on their own patch.

They were favoured that day and I can see a similarly close outcome but it is the John Harbough's side who are now getting the start. I fancy the Texans to just come out on top but take Baltimore to small stakes with the points.

New York Jets at New England (2125BST)

All four teams in the AFC East are tied for the top on 3-3 - or as one wag put it, tied for last place - as two of them go head-to-head at Foxboro on Sunday.

There has been an increasing animosity between the pair in recent years since Rex Ryan took over as head coach of the Jets and the two games against their rivals from Boston are a pretty good barometer as to where their ball club stands.

While New England's three losses have come by the grand tiotal of just four points, the Jets have swung from solid display to shambles as they fail to find an indentity to all unite behind.

Quarteback Mark Sanchez just about remains in the job as the call for Tim Tebow, who could be utilised at running back this week, grows stronger while the loss of their best defensive player in Darrelle Revis has left a big void despite the improved play of Antonio Cromartie.

All that said, the Jets are coming off a big win over Indianapolis and Ryan even admitted that "he has never stopped thinking about the Patriots" over the opening few weeks of the season.

A good percentage of last week's upward swing from the Jets was down to a breakout game from running back Shonn Greene.

He picked up 161 yards and three touchdowns and the onus is going to be on him again to carry the load with Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell both trying to overcome injuries.

Greene has always looked a bit one-dimensional to me with his bruising style but little in the way of breakaway speed - his longest run last week was just 21 yards - but his confidence should have rocketed and I take him to follow up with another bold effort.

The Pats are sure to have come up with a scheme or two to try and neutralise his threat but the 10/11 about him making the end zone at some stage is well worth an interest.

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