Detroit Lions will outmatch Tampa Bay as the Super Bowl race heats up

Detroit quarterback Jared Goff can secure victory over NFL play-off rivals Tampa Bay (Picture: Getty)

Psychological thriller Silence of the Lambs was all the rage in 1992, sweeping the awards at the Oscars after leaving filmgoers peeking through their fingers at traumatic scenes as 118 minutes of unimaginable horror unfolded.

It won Hollywood’s top five awards claiming best picture, best director, best actor and actress and best screenplay to leave Terminator 2, Bugsy, JFK, Beauty and the Beast and Thelma & Louise trailing in its wake.

Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, the film’s two stars, are both enjoying screen success this month with the former starring in One Life as the heroic Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved thousands of Jewish children from the Nazis, and the latter playing a leading role in the thrilling True Detective: Night Country which is a tale of murder, intrigue and suspense set in Alaska.

The stars are linked with the NFL’s Detroit Lions, who enjoyed their very own silencing of the Rams on Sunday when they won their first play-off game since 1992 by beating their rivals from Los Angeles in a 24-23 thriller at an emotional Ford Field.

Grown men were filmed weeping at the victory and there may not be a dry eye in the house if the Lions defeat Tampa Bay at the weekend to register their first back-to-back wins in the post-season since Eisenhower was president.

Chiefs passer Patrick Mahomes remains the NFL's top quarterback and will win Sunday’s showdown with Josh Allen in Buffalo

Chiefs passer Patrick Mahomes remains the NFL’s top quarterback and will win Sunday’s showdown with Josh Allen in Buffalo (Picture: Getty)

The Buccaneers travel to Motown fresh from a 32-9 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles, but the big question is whether that was down to them being on top of their game or if it was last year’s beaten Super Bowl franchise continued to collapse after losing five of their last six regular season games.

Tampa were our Monday night pick, along with the Buffalo Bills who also cashed for us, but the Lions will be roaring with quarterback Jared Goff leading the way once again.

Detroit are 20/21 with Betfred to win by a touchdown or more and should be parlayed with Baltimore to beat Houston and San Francisco to overcome Green Bay by the same margin. Kansas City, who are a best price 13/10 to win outright with Sporting Index and SpreadEx on the road at Buffalo, are the final selection for a lovely yankee.

• South Korea’s Tom Kim finished tied sixth last year at the American Express at Coachella Valley in Southern California, one of nine top-tens last season. He has the array of shots which suits the course and is 16/1 with bet365 in their market offering each-way terms for the top ten places. JT Potso has seven top-tens in his last 11 starts and is 28/1 with Paddy Power, William Hill and Betfair, while dependable Tony Finau is 28/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. Our final e/w is Eric Cole at 25/1 with the same two firms.

• Paula Badosa was born in New York, resides in Dubai and represents Spain and she is 4/6 with bet365 to beat Amanda Anisimova in the Australian Open at Melbourne.

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