College Football Betting: Looking Ahead To New Year’s Eve Bowls


Gambling AdvisorWhile New Year’s Eve will always be about the countdown to midnight, the champagne, and the promise for change leading in to the next 12 months, there are several college football teams that will still be focused on everything that they have accomplished over the past year leading up to their bowl appearance. Once again, December 31 will be littered with a full slate of NCAA bowl games, and here is a quick look at some of the most interesting sports betting matchups.

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Texas A&M Aggies vs. Northwestern Wildcats

Saturday December 31, 2011 – 12:00 PM ET

In a showdown of two of the most exciting quarterbacks in the nation this season, the Aggies will turn to Ryan Tannehill against Northwestern’s Dan Persa. However, adter losing four of their last five and watching head coach Mike Sherman get the axe, Texas A&M could have a tough time getting up to the same level as a Wildcats’ group that was knocked off by the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Championship game the last time that they were on the field, and will be eager for revenge even though they are major underdogs according to the pay head bookies.

College Football Betting Pick: Northwestern Wildcats + 10

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Utah Utes

Saturday December 31, 2011 – 2:00 PM ET

The Yellow Jackets will rely on the third-ranked rushing attack in the country to put a dent in Utah’s tough defensive front, which has helped the Utes to allow an average of less than 20 points per game. Georgia Tech ranked third in the country in rushing yards with an average of 316.8 per game, with the tandem of quarterback Tevin Washington and running David Sims leading the way, and they will look to lead the way once again in the Yellow Jackets’ 40th bowl appearance. In addition to his 890 yards and 14 scores on the ground, Washington has also thrown for 1,515 yards and 10 more touchdowns, although he is by no means a polished pocket passer. With an injury to starting quarterback Jordan Wynn the Utes have been forced to rely even more heavily on running back John White IV, and while he has been solid with 1,404 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, the Utah NCAA football offense is far too one-dimensional.

College Football Betting Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – 3

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Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Saturday December 31, 2011 – 3:30 PM ET

Although they finished with a .500 record, three less wins than Cincinnati overall, the Commodores are still listed as the college football betting favorites for this game, which is testament to just how strong the SEC is. First-year head coach James Franklin is laying down the foundation for future success, and the fact that he already has his team in a bowl game for only the fifth time in the history of the program is very impressive. The Bearcats have something to prove after being edged out by West Virginia in a tiebreaker for the Big East championship, but unfortunately for them they will be playing a rising Vanderbilt team.

Gambling Advisor blog Free Pick: Vanderbilt Commodores – 1.5

New Orleans V Atlanta It All Comes Down To This


Gambling Advisor blogThe over last couple of NFL betting lines seasons, the NFC South has been viewed by fans and media alike, as the best division in football. Made up of the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFC South has had a different price per head divisional winner every year since 2002. In 2011, that trend appears to be set to continue, as a week 16 victory for the New Orleans Saints over 2010 divisional winner the Atlanta Falcons, seems more likely then ever. Here is a preview of the final game of the 16th week of the lockout season.

Despite being embarrassed by the lowly Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2010 – 11 playoffs, the New Orleans Saints have bounced back in 2011’s regular season, to show why, they won the Super Bowl nearly two seasons ago. Led by all world quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints quickly jumped out to a seven and three record to kickoff the first two months of the season. A little under a month later, the Saints continue to cruise, as they have won their last four contests, and are sitting comfortably at 11 and three on the season.

However, as betting sports news personal have become familiar with, the NFC South title is never safe, as the Atlanta Falcons appear to be hitting their stride just at the right time. The top quarterback wide receiver duo of a season ago, Matt Ryan and Rody White, appear to be back in sync, as they have the Falcons destined for another playoff berth, with a record of nine and five, heading into Monday night’s action. If the Falcons can pull off the upset against the Saints, then five out of the six playoff spots in the NFC will be up locked down, as the regular season concludes next weekend.

As we alluded to earlier, the New Orleans Saints got off to a hot start, after the first two months of the season. The Saints capped off the first two months, with an overtime victory over the aforementioned Falcons, after the latter’s Head Coach, Mike Smith elected to go for a touchdown instead of a chip shot field goal to win the game. Nevertheless, on Monday night, you can bet that Smith along with offensive weapons, Ryan, White and rookie wide receiver Julio Jones, will once again elect to play a smash mouth style of NFL football to clinch a playoff berth, and maybe a shot at the division.

Conversely, the Saints will be looking to not only lock up the division on Monday Night Football, but also set two new records in the NFL’s history books. Firstly, quarterback Drew Brees is attempting to shatter the single season passing yards record, as he closes in on 6000 yards. Meanwhile, the Saints as a team are trying to become the first team to lead the league in offense in three straight years.

PAC 12 The Bust Conference In College Hoops


Gambling Advisor blogIt’s been seven weeks since the 2011 – 12 college basketball betting season started. Since the beginning, one of the toughest conferences to figure out has been the PAC -12. The UCLA Bruins were figured by many price per head sharps to be the team to beat in the conference. Instead, the Bruins have become the team to beat up on, as they currently own one of the worst records in division one basketball. Meanwhile, the Stanford Cardinals are converting gridiron success to the hardwood, as they lead the PAC 12 rather convincingly. Today we’ll look at why bookie software agents have had a difficult time figuring out the PAC 12.

Historically known as one of the strongest conferences in sports, the PAC 12 was frequently known as one of the toughest conferences in basketball. Last season, the PAC 12 had several teams make the March Madness Tournament, but none go farther then the Arizona Wildcats. The Wildcats were led by second overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft Derrick Williams. Arizona’s biggest win, came when they destroyed the Duke Blue Devils of the ACC by nearly 30 points in the Sweet 16 portion of the tournament.

This season, the PAC 12 has been considered as the bust conference, as many teams are playing below expectation. Arizona currently sits in fifth place with a record of eight and four, while the aforementioned UCLA Bruins are in eighth with a six and five record. As we noted earlier, these two teams were expected to battle at the top of the PAC 12 standings when preseason projections were released. Now that could still happen, but it would require a significant collapse by the teams ahead of each of them.

The surprise story thus far, has to be the play of both the Stanford Cardinals and the California Golden Bears. Presently sitting first and second in the conference, the Cardinals and Golden Bears have blown the expectations of experts out of the water thus far in the season. Stanford came out of nowhere this year, as they spent the last two years at the basement of the standings. The Cardinals have upset the likes of Oklahoma State and North Carolina State. Meanwhile, the team’s only loss was to top NCAA ranked school the Syracuse Orange. However, if you talk to anyone close to the Cardinals, they’ll tell you, that they should have won that game against Syracuse, as they led into the final minutes of the game.

One team that’s taken fans, media and their own coaching staff by surprise is the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers have jumped out to a quick start and sit third in the conference with a nine and two record. Oregon State has wins over Texas and Vanderbilt, two games that many believed they should have lost. Can the Beavers keep up their strong play over the course of an entire season?

NFL Betting: Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Odds


Sports Betting blogOkay, you can stop rolling your eyes now. We’re fully aware that mighty Green Bay has met every challenge this gambling season, but with TWO division hosters on deck to conclude the campaign, we expect the undefeated Pack to slack here at Arrowhead Stadium. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

Before scoffing too loudly, you should realize that the loss of star WR Greg Jennings to a knee sprain (out 2-3 weeks) is a major blow to the Cheeseheads’ chances of attaining perfection.

And when it comes to today’s role, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is just 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS as a non-division road favorite versus a foe off a SU and ATS loss.

In addition, it’s possible that the woeful Chiefs could experience the ‘Del Rio Effect’ today; i.e., turn in a decent performance to celebrate the dismissal of a clueless head coach.

Todd Haley, who left Arizona after the Cardinals’ Super Bowl season in 2008 to take the reins in Kansas City, was issued his pink slip this week and Romeo Crennel, something of a coaching refugee himself, becomes interim leader.

Crennel can claim a 3-1-1 ATS log with Cleveland as a dog of more than 7 points against NFC opposition and the Chiefs chips in with an 18-7 ATS record as home dogs of more than 4 points, including 4-0 ATS from Game Fourteen out.

Remember, we’re not asking Geronimo to win the whole game here.

With the Pack covering just four out of its last seven games, we’ll back the 14-point home dog with over 50 YPG the better defense. Besides, Geronimo was our kind of chief – expelled from church for gambling!

Sportsbooks currently have the Packers listed as 14-point favorites versus the Chiefs, while the game's total is sitting at 46½.

Green Bay most recently:

When playing in December are 7-3

When playing on grass are 10-0

After outgaining opponent are 10-0

When playing outside the division are 10-0

Kansas City most recently:

When playing in December are 4-6

When playing on grass are 4-6

After being outgained are 3-7

When playing outside the division are 3-7


Divine Intervention Keeps NFL Playoff Race Exciting


Gambling AdvisorWeek 14 of the NFL betting lines season may go down as the craziest week of the season, as plenty of teams experienced divine intervention. In Jacksonville, the Jaguars scored 41 unanswered points, after falling behind to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 to nothing early in the first half. If that wasn’t enough, the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Houston Texans and of course the Denver Broncos all experienced miracles of their own on Sunday. Thus leaving the Gambling Advisor blog question, is God a fan of the greatest sports league on the planet?

The Houston Texans have experienced one of the most miraculous runs in the NFL this season. Houston started off hot out of the gate, and quickly became the main beneficiary of the Indianapolis Colts season from hell, after Peyton Manning suffered a season ending neck injury. However, if you were like us, you probably felt that the Texans, who historically had been known to crumble down the stretch, were destined to do so again after several injuries in weeks 10 and 11. First, the Texans lost wide receiver Andre Johnson to a hamstring issue, and then they lost quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart to season ending shoulder injuries. As a result, it wouldn’t have been a shock to anyone, if the Texans lost to the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday afternoon.

Instead, despite all the bookie software evidence pointing to a loss, third string quarterback TJ Yates was able to pick apart a depleted Bengals secondary, and mount a division clinching come back victory. Thanks to the aforementioned Falcons win over the Tennessee Titans, the Houston Texans will finally be able to reach the post season, the first time in franchise history. In theory, the Texans can rest up their starters except for Yates, which should then allow Andre Johnson and possibly Matt Schaub to return for playoffs.

The other game that had fans wondering if God was in the building, took place in Dallas, as the Cowboys battled the Giants. With five minutes 41 seconds remaining, the Cowboys were up comfortably 34 – 22. That is when, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning took over the game. Manning connected on two touchdown plays, to give the Giants a 37 to 34 lead over the Cowboys. The Giants played the final moments of the game incredibly smart, as they ran in the second touchdown and two-point conversion, assuring the points. Then, the Giants called a time out at the end of the game, to mess up the timing of Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey. This would allow the Giants to hang on for the narrow victory over Dallas.

In the weekly God has an influence on the outcome game, the Denver Broncos once again came back to steal a victory away from an opponent. The Broncos kicked a game tying 59-yard field goal, and then followed suit with a 51 game winning field goal in overtime. Thus allowing the Broncos to take sole possession of first place in the AFC West.


NFL Betting Week 14: Buccaneers vs. Jaguars


Online Gambling blogAs kids, we would watch the city garbage truck noisily make its way through our neighborhood every week (not much on TV back then). Join Now to Bet on this Game!

And while workers scurried back and forth, emptying and returning the dented metal pails, we asked ourselves the same question: how can they do it?

How can they fi ght past a wall of stench that would drive away an ordinary human? Ticket holders for today’s ‘game’ may be faced with a similar choice – risk asphyxiation at the stadium or just stay home and watch from afar.

From a handicapping point of view, garbageversus-garbage games this time of the year generally find the home team holding an ATS advantage (59-44 ATS since 1981 when each team is .333 or less).

Unfortunately for us, the home team today is Jacksonville, about as toothless a favorite as you’ll fi nd, going 3-11 ATS as home chalk the last four years, including 2-7 ATS versus sub .500 opposition. The bumbling Bucs are no bargains, either, as they’re currently stuck in a 1-5 SU and ATS slump.

However, the ATS archives suggest they may break out here: Tampa is 6-1 ATS in road revengers after allowing 35 or more points and pirate captain Raheem Morris owns a swashbuckling 7-1- 1 ATS mark as a visitor in the season’s final four games.

Yes, the Bucs have the numbers but the truth of the matter is the only money you’ll find us playing with in this game is found in a Monopoly box. Pass.

Sportsbooks currently have the Buccaneers listed as 2½-point favorites versus the Jaguars, while the game's total is sitting at 40.


San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals Week 14 Odds


Gambling blogIf not for some earlier losses that could have easily been wins – four of the Cardinals’ seven losses have come by a total of just 11 points – Arizona could be battling the Niners for the division lead instead of being relegated to the role of spoiler. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

However, recent history tells us today’s game may not be much of a fi ght: the Niners have cashed in six straight meetings and gone 6-0 ATS in their last six trips to the Grand Canyon state.

The 49ers are also a perfect 12-0 ATS away if they’re .500 or better and playing on the division road versus a foe off a home game

Impressive as that may be, San Fran clinched its fi rst playoff berth since 2002 with last week’s 26-0 whitewash of St. Louis and the resulting celebration may fi nd them a tad fat here today.

As the 5-7 Cards proved in last week’s upset of Dallas, they haven’t called it quits just yet and actually fi nd themselves on a sneaky 4-1 SU and ATS run – with the lone loss coming against this Frisco squad.

The hosts have been gold as home dogs of more than 3 points versus a foe off a SU double-digit win, going 7-0 ATS, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt owns a money-making 12-3 SU and ATS mark on this fi eld versus a foe off a SU DD win – including 4-0 SU and ATS if tangling with a division opponent.

If Arizona can pull off the upset here, winnable games against Cleveland, Cincinnati and Seattle would give the Cards a shot at fi nishing with a winning season at 9-7.

Regardless, with strong numbers on both sides of this matchup, we’ll opt to take the points and fade the hungover, division-clinching Niners.

Sportsbooks currently have the 49ers listed as 4-point favorites versus the Cardinals, while the game's total is sitting at 40½.


Who Will Win The National Rematch We Mean Title Game?


Gambling Advisor blogEarlier this week, the NCAA announced the 70 participants in the 35 college football betting bowl games scheduled to take place later this month. The games will take place from December 17 to January 9, concluding with a rematch of an SEC regular season game, featuring the LSU Tigers taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide. This will be the first time since the NCAA created the BCS format in the late 1990s, that two teams from the same conference face off twice in the same season. Thus many price per head fans of the NCAA are wondering if the BCS Title game should just be called the SEC Title game?

On paper, the 2011 – 12 football season bowl games will be met with criticism for years to come. Essentially, the NCAA has always prided itself on making a national title game featuring two teams from different conferences. However, as we noted earlier, that isn’t the case this season. What else is not the case, is the fact that several teams other major Bowl games will not be featuring teams with excellent records. For instance, despite finishing the season with a better record then any other school in the league, bookie software Conference USA team the Houston Cougars were snubbed all together from a BCS Bowl Game invite. Instead of having Houston v LSU for the National Title, or Houston v Michigan in the Sugar Bowl, fans are now stuck with Alabama v LSU and West Virginia v Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Thus making us wonder, is the NCAA more concerned with making revenue, as opposed to featuring the best teams in the league?

Looking ahead to the National Title Game on January 9, 2012, there are a couple of different views that fans and analysts alike can take with the game. Firstly, if you felt ripped off by the NFL defensive chess match that was LSU v Alabama during the regular season, perhaps a rematch was the best thing the NCAA could do, to determine which team truly is the best in the country this season. As you may recall, neither offense could really muster anything, as LSU and Alabama’s defenses came to play that day. LSU would win the first game on a field goal in overtime, after Alabama missed their opportunity moments earlier.

On the contrary if you are a believer in the NCAA’s AP 25 system, then you may feel distraught watching this National Title game. As we mentioned earlier, the NCAA has prided itself on giving the fans a matchup between two teams from separate conferences to determine the National Champion. For this reason, the game should have featured SEC Champion LSU and Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State. Instead, it appears as though because Alabama is a richer football program then Oklahoma State, they should play LSU. In other words, as long as you have the money and the history, you can be rewarded for losing.

NFL Betting: Packers Look To Stay Perfect; 49ers Right Behind Them in NFC


Gambling Advisor blogUnlike in previous years when teams such as the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away from the rest of the pack in the AFC and made it hard for other teams to catch up, this year that trend has shifted over to the NFC. The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers are undefeated and well out in front in the NFC North, while the San Francisco 49ers are closing in on clinching their division with nine wins through 11 games. Here is a quick look at three key NFC matchups for this betonline week.

St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers (-13)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

Unlike a year ago when the Seattle Seahawks were able to clinch their division with a 7-9 record, San Francisco won’t let the NFC West be the joke of the conference this season, as they look to finish with the second-best record at the least. It will be impossible for the 49ers to catch the Packers until they start losing games, but a division title and home field advantage won’t be that terrible of a consolation prize if they don’t catch up. San Francisco has succeeded by playing every game as though it were a playoff game, and with an extra couple of days of rest will approach this game with that same urgency. Running back Frank Gore leads the league’s seventh-ranked rushing attack while the 49ers’ defense leads the league in stopping the run, two key fundamentals to winning in the NFL.

NFL Betting Pick: San Francisco 49ers - 13

Dallas Cowboys (-4.5) @ Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, 4:15 PM ET

It seems as though even when the team is winning the Cowboys can’t seem to do it without giving their fans a rough time. Last week’s 20-19 win over the Miami Dolphins was the latest of four straight wins for the new NFC East leaders, and while the New York Giants continue to struggle, owner Jerry Jones won’t let his boys take anything for granted. Running back DeMarco Murray has been a revelation as the missing piece that the offense needed, so look for him to get a ton of pay head touches against the league’s 20th-ranked rush defense and help open things up for quarterback Tony Romo to go over the top.

NFL Betting Pick: Dallas Cowboys – 4.5

Green Bay Packers (-7) @ New York Giants

Sunday, 4:15 PM ET

The Giants may be going through more than a slump after suffering their third straight loss, as opponents finally seem to be catching up to what made New York so successful earlier in the year. New York’s rushing attack ranks dead last in the NFL even though defenses are now keying in on quarterback Eli Manning and focusing on defending the pass, so until they can find a way to move the ball on the ground they will struggle to win. That won’t change against the defending Super Bowl champions as Aaron Rodgers and company look to move one step closer to sports betting perfection, with the chance to show just how good they are on the biggest stage once again.

NFL Betting Picks : Green Bay Packers - 7


Week 12 Monday Night Game A Preview Of NFC Championship?


Gambling Advisor blogThe final game of week 12 of the 2011 NFL betting lines
season could foreshadow the NFC Championship game if all goes according to plan. Featuring the New York Giants travelling to New Orleans to play the Saints, the Monday night game represents one of the more important games of the season. After all, it was only three weeks ago, that price per head football enthusiasts were led to believe that the Giants were for real this season. Now three weeks later coming off back to back losses, the Giants enter the confines of New Orleans, to face a Saints team coming off a bye week and are undefeated at home this season. Here is a preview of one of the biggest games of the season.

In what can be best described as a must win game for the New York Giants; tonight’s matchup with the New Orleans Saints will be no easy feat. As we noted, the Giants are losers of their last two contests, meanwhile, the Saints are not only undefeated at home, but also winners of their last two contests. The Giants are one game back of the Cowboys for the division lead, but overall are eighth in the NFC standings. Meanwhile, the Saints are first in the NFC South standings by one game over the Atlanta Falcons.

Entering tonight’s game, the Saints are a seven-point favorite, and quarterback Drew Brees leads the NFL with 3,326 passing yards through the first 10 games of the regular season. To put that number into perspective, consider, that it is the most passing yards through the first 10 games of the season, since the AFL NFL merger in 1970. Brees favorite target this year has been tight end Jimmy Graham. Through the first 11 games of their season, Graham has passed Jason Witten as the top tight end in the bookie software league, as he has 62 receptions and 873 yards.

On the Giants side of things, look for quarterback Eli Manning to go to the air often this game, as the run game has all but dried up. Ahmad Bradshaw is done for the year after breaking a bone in his foot, and backup Brandon Jacobs has shown, that he is not an all-purpose back. While Brees favorite target is a tight end, Manning’s favorite target is a fourth string wide receiver in Victor Cruz. Despite being picked off four times in hi last two games, Manning and Cruz have connected 25 times.

What’s more, this game could turn into a gunfight, as both Brees and Manning love to take to the air. Manning is showing this season, that he is far and away the best quarterback the Giants have ever had. His 120.5 passer rating in the fourth quarter, shows that there is no better pivot when the game is on the line. But hopefully, the Giants won’t need Manning to show off his skills in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game.


NFL Betting: Tebow, Leinart Take AFC Spotlight in Wide Open Playoff Race


Sports Betting NewsOne of the most intriguing parts about the NFL season is how quickly the overall outlook can change in any given situation. The Houston Texans have never made the postseason in their brief franchise history, but seemed destined to finally reach that goal after the Indianapolis Colts lost Peyton Manning for the entire year. But in a cruel twist of fate, the Texans now face the tough task of finishing the year without their own franchise quarterback, as they look to hold on to first in the AFC South with an injured Matt Schaub watching from the sportsbook reviews sidelines.

Houston Texans (-3) @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

Texans’ fans are hoping that Matt Leinart can be successful down the stretch in his second chance to start for an NFL team, and he should be successful with a ton of help from his teammates. Houston’s rushing attack ranks third in the NFL betting with the running back tandem of Arian Foster and Ben Tate leading the way, and they should run the ball a ton this week against the Jaguars’ defense. Jacksonville has managed to keep games close with despite a passing attack that ranks 32nd in the NFL with rookie Blaine Gabbert under center, and unless they can slow down the Texans’ running attack they could be destined for their seventh loss of the season.

BSN Sports Free Pick: Houston Texans - 3

Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers (-6.5)

Sunday, 4:15 PM ET

Even the most knowledgeable of pay head experts can’t seem to figure out how the Denver Broncos have been able to turn their season around with a quarterback that many have argued isn’t good enough to be a starter at this level, but while the constant analysis has continued, Tim Tebow simply continues to win. A fourth-quarter game-winning drive against the New York Jets this past Thursday was the exclamation mark in what has been an incredible season for the sophomore Tebow, who has guided Denver to a 4-1 record as the starter, including two wins against division opponents. The Chargers on the other hand have drastically underachieved with five straight losses since their bye week, and regardless of whether or not they are able to get back on track this weekend this game should be close.

NFL Betting Pick: Denver Broncos + 6.5

Pittsburgh Steelers (-10.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, 8:30 PM ET

After a somewhat sluggish start by their standards, the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers have rebounded strong to climb back to the top of the AFC North division, and will look to continue their run against the struggling Chiefs. Things went from bad to worse last week for a Kansas City team that has lost three straight, with the news that Matt Cassel could be done for he remainder of the regular season. The sports betting spread for this game reflects what the oddsmakers think about Tyler Palko’s chances against the Steelers’ defense, as Pittsburgh continues to jockey for position with the Baltimore Ravens at the top of their division.

NFL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers – 10.5


NFL Betting: Bengals, Browns Stage another Battle Of Ohio


NFL PredictionsWhy the NFL schedule kicks off on Thursday, there are plenty of options in your sportsbook on the weekend and on Sunday, a pair of state and division rivals will go head-to-head in Cincinnati.

Browns Bengals Odds – Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

Cleveland (4-6) came out on top in a 14-10 win at home over Jacksonville, and reviews would probably say that this game went exactly as planned: a low-scoring, scrappy affair in which points were at a premium. Colt McCoy was 17-of-24 for 199 yards, a touchdown and a pick, while Chris Ogbonnaya added 115 yards and a score for the Browns, who managed to hold the Jacksonville run game in check, and that was the difference. It was a testy game as both teams committed nine penalties, and each team received four first downs, and the offenses needed all of the breaks they could get. Cleveland is now two games behind Cincinnati in the standings and with the ever-changing landscape of the NFL, it’s possible that they could pull even with the Bengals, which would be a huge accomplishment given the start that Cleveland had to the season.

Cincinnati (6-4) may have been bitten by a bad call in their 31-24 loss in Baltimore as Jermaine Gresham had a late score controversially overturned, but price per head players may point to three interceptions by Andy Dalton, who was 24-of-45 for 373 yards and a touchdown as well. The defense almost overturned a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and they gave it a good effort to show that the Bengals are going to be a threat in the AFC North, but they’re not there yet. Dalton was also without fellow rookie A.J. Green at receiver, and the playmaker is one of those players who can mean the difference between a win and a loss.

Per head odds have the Bengals as a 7.5-point favorite at home, where they are 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five trips, and the last four games have fallen under the posted total. Watch the injury report to see if Green will be available for the Bengals, but they should still have enough weapons to come away with the win, only because Cleveland’s offense is awful. The Browns’ defense can be run on, even though they did well against Jacksonville, but they had the luxury of going up against a team with no passing game. Cincinnati can keep them off-balance with their passing game and that will open up the field for Cedric Benson, who found the end zone twice against Baltimore, but he’d like to improve on his 41 yards. Go with Cincinnati to cover this sports betting spread.

Toledo Rockets vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Game Odds


College Football LinesFriday, November 18

The Toledo Rockets and the Central Michigan Chippewas will meet on Friday when they battle at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

The high-fl ying Rockets have their sights set on a second-straight eightwin bowl season and despite a 0-3 ATS weekday log this season, we’re not about to jump in front of team that has lit up the scoreboard for 126 points in its last two games – especially knowing that teams off back-toback 60-point scoring efforts are a confi dent 25-4 SU and 18-10 ATS.

And while series history (5-2 ATS last seven, 4-1 ATS last fi ve at home) points to the Chippewas, most of that damage was done with QB Dan LeFevour under center. With LeFevour two years removed from Mt.

Pleasant, the Chips are headed toward their second consecutive three-win season and this twelfth (and fi nal) straight game without rest should also hand them their seventh straight ATS loss (1-9 ATS to date).

Need a little more fuel before backing the Rockets? In three games against common opponentsthis season, Toledo holds a 207-YPG net stat advantage.

Need we say more? Chalk it up – over and out.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rockets listed as 14½-point favorites versus the Chippewas, while the game's total is sitting at 71½.

Toledo most recently:

When playing in November are 5-5

When playing on turf are 5-5

After outgaining opponent are 5-5

When playing within the conference are 8-2

Central Michigan most recently:

When playing in November are 4-6

When playing on turf are 3-7

After being outgained are 2-8

When playing within the conference are 3-7

NFL Betting: Packers Lead Top NFC Contenders This Weekend


NFL Betting PicksUnlike in the AFC where it seems as though every week there is a shuffling for the order of the top contenders in the conference, the NFC has been dominated by a select group of teams. At the top of the list is the defending Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers, who along with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants have established themselves as the sports betting teams to beat in the NFC.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers (-14)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

The Packers are at the top of the NFC pyramid, and actually appear to be distancing themselves more and more with every passing week. While the talk about a potential perfect season may be somewhat premature, there is no denying that the way in which Green Bay has dominated this season is something special. The Packers will look to continue their run at home this weekend against the slumping Buccaneers, which find themselves in a desperate situation after losing three straight. Tampa Bay will have a tough time ending their slide this week however, especially with injuries hurting their defensive line. The Buccaneers have allowed at least 24 points in each of their past three losses, and that pay head number could go way up this Sunday.

NFL Betting Pick: Green Bay Packers - 14

Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers (-9.5)

Sunday 4:05 PM ET

While Green Bay remains undefeated, the 49ers’ only loss of the season has helped spawn their current seven-game winning streak, which has them second to only the Packers in the NFC standings. San Francisco has played every game like it is the Super Bowl, and if they continue to perform at this level they very well could have a chance. The 49ers’ defense ranks first in the NFL against the run, which means that the Cardinals will be in tough as quarterback John Skelton is forced to deal with the betonline bulk of the offensive responsibility.

NFL Betting Pick: San Francisco 49ers – 9.5

Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants (-4.5)

Sunday, 8:30 PM ET

The Eagles had several chances to put the Cardinals away last weekend and couldn’t do it, even with both Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson unavailable for the second half. But Jackson is no longer suspended and Maclin should be available, which automatically makes Philadelphia’s offense a legitimate threat as long as Michael Vick can take a hit even with his broken ribs. If Vick cannot play and Vince Young is forced in to a starter role than the Eagles could be in trouble, but if he does play then Philadelphia will have a chance. The Giants had done a good job of not turning the ball over until Eli Manning made a couple of mistakes in last weekend’s NFL loss to the 49ers.

NFL Betting Picks : Philadelphia Eagles + 4.5

Can The Bengals And Ravens Take Advantage Of The Steelers Bye In Week 11?


Gambling AdvisorEntering week 11 of the NFL regular season, the AFC North is once again showing us why it is the best division in professional sports. Despite three of four teams losing this past weekend, week 11 next Sunday can prove to be an integral point in the sports betting season. With Pittsburgh defeating Cincinnati and Baltimore dropping the ball against the lackluster Seattle Seahawks, week 11 showdown featuring the Bengals and Ravens will be the biggest game of the weekend. Here is a preview of week 11’s AFC North action.

After hanging on to end the Cincinnati Bengals five game win streak, the Pittsburgh Steelers head into week 11, the team’s bye week at an inconvenient time. The last thing the Steelers wanted right now is a bye, as their small lead on the AFC North division can vanquish regardless of who wins the aforementioned Bengals and Ravens game, and the Steelers can’t do anything about it.

Entering the price per head 2011 NFL season, nobody and we mean nobody could have anticipated, that the AFC North, would be a three headed race to the final game of the season. In fact, most bookies had Pittsburgh regressing, Baltimore finally showing up, and Cincinnati and Cleveland dueling it out for the worst record in the league. Instead, only the Browns have done their part for bookie software predictions, as Cincinnati, Baltimore and Pittsburgh are entrenched in a heated battle for the divisional crown. What’s more, the way these three teams have played, all three have the possibility of getting into the playoffs at the end of the season.

Looking ahead to next weekend’s game featuring the Cincinnati Bengals taking on the Baltimore Ravens, fans and experts alike will be curious to see which Baltimore team shows up. The Ravens have had a Jekyll and Hyde mentality this season, as they play outstanding football against contenders, but then forget how to play when they face pretenders and bottom feeders. Since Cincinnati has overachieved by all accounts this year, it is unclear if they are a contender or a pretender. This in turn, has us and many colleagues wondering, which Ravens team will show up next Sunday.

Furthermore, Cincinnati and Baltimore are each a half game behind the Steelers for the divisional lead. Meaning to say, with the Steelers off next weekend, the winner of Baltimore and Cincinnati, will be tied atop the division with Pittsburgh. If Baltimore wins, it is believed that fans and media alike will take a step back from rooting for their demise. Conversely, if Cincinnati can beat the Ravens, they will add more members to the “Who Dey?” bandwagon.

For Cincinnati to win they need two things to happen, firstly, they need the defense to play an entire 60 minutes, instead of settle into the game by the second quarter. Secondly, they will need AJ Green back, as the game changing rookie wide receiver left this weekend’s game with an apparent knee injury. If Green comes back, the Bengals should be in good shape for the game.

NFL Betting: AFC Showdowns Highlight Week 10 in The NFL


Sports Betting NewsHeading in to the 2011-12 NFL season, the defending Super Bowl finalist Pittsburgh Steelers were joined by the New England Patriots and New York Jets on the list of teams considered legitimate contenders to compete for an AFC Championship this season. However, nobody could have predicted that at this point in the season that those teams would be joined at the front of the playoff race by the Cincinnati Bengals, which have been one of the biggest surprises of the year and now have the chance to make a statement in the first of two crucial division games this sports betting weekend.

Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, 4:15 PM ET

For as good as the Bengals have been this season, the pay head fact that they haven’t proved anything against the Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens so far is testament to the fact that their record has to be taken with a grain of salt. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best, and the Buffalo Bills are the only team with a winning record that Cincinnati has beaten so far. The Bengals will be tested this weekend against a tough Pittsburgh team that comes in to this game looking to bounce back from their second loss of the season to the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers played much better last weekend than they did in their opening loss to Baltimore, but it still wasn’t enough as they came up short once again. Ben Roethlisberger and company will provide Cincinnati with a real NFL test as they look to get back on track before their bye week, and it will be interesting to see how they hold it together.

NFL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers - 3

New England Patriots @ New York Jets (-1.5)

Sunday, 8:30 PM ET

After leading the AFC out of the gate with five wins through their first six games, the Patriots have come crashing down to earth in an incredible fashion, with losses in consecutive weeks to both the Steelers and New York Giants. While the defense has been as awful as it could be under head coach Bill Belichick, the offense has made their share of mistakes over the past couple of weeks, including two interceptions from Tom Brady in last week’s loss. Brady told reporters after that defeat that this would be a true test of the team’s character, and it will be interesting to see how they respond against a talented Jets’ team that has really taken off in recent weeks. New York has won three straight and this meeting against another division rival could not have come at a better time. The Jets’ defense is back at the level they played at when they made it to the AFC Championship game in consecutive seasons, and the offense may finally be catching up with quarterback Mark Sanchez leading the intertops way.

NFL Betting Pick: New York Jets – 1.5

South Florida Bulls vs. Syracuse Orange Odds and Analysis


Gambling AdvisorThe South Florida Bulls and the Syracuse Orange will fight to pick up a victory on Friday at Carrier Dome.

Wasn’t it philosopher George Santayana who said, ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ (Then again, maybe it was Gambling Advisor blog proverb from back in the day.)

Well, we clearly remember South Florida laying points on the road earlier this season at Pittsburgh and Connecticut and we weren’t about to repeat the mistakes we made analyzing those matchups.

We used the Bulls in both games (even as a 5* Best Bet against UConn) but quickly wised up last week as we grabbed Rutgers and the points versus visiting USF.

We’ve been known to be Taurus the Bull-like stubborn, but fool us twice, shame on us.

And despite a lifetime series history that favors South Florida (5-1 SU and ATS, including 3-0 SU and ATS at the Carrier Dome), there’s no shame in backing tonight’s Homecoming dogs under the Friday night lights as the Orange are already 2-0 SU and ATS this season in weekday tilts.

Toss in USF’s unprepared 2-9 ATS weekday log and you can see why we have no interest in backing a favorite who is coming off an overtime loss.

Or a coach (Skip Holtz) that is at his best when taking points (28-11-1 ATS) – not laying them (17-25 ATS).

Skippy and his Bulls may ‘squeeze’ out the SU win but, like our trips to a China shop, we’re not buying any of it. You know what to do.

Sportsbooks currently have the Bulls listed as 4-point favorites versus the Orange, while the game's total is sitting at 52½.

South Florida most recently:

When playing in November are 5-5

When playing on turf are 6-4

After outgaining opponent are 5-5

When playing within the conference are 3-7

Syracuse most recently:

When playing in November are 2-8

When playing on turf are 6-4

After outgaining opponent are 3-7

When playing within the conference are 4-6

NFL Week 10 Preview: New Orleans Saints (-1) vs. Atlanta Falcons


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The Atlanta Falcons have not cared whether it was home or on the road all season long. The Falcons are 2-1 at home and 3-2 on the road and it is currently riding a three-game winning streak. A few weeks ago, all NFC football fans were wondering what was wrong with the Falcons and would we ever see the Atlanta team that had such potential the past couple of years. The Atlanta defense has toughened up a little and now the Falcons trail the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South standings by one game. After this game, the Saints get its bye week. The Saints could either go into its bye with a commanding lead in the NFC South, or it could be watching the Falcons very closely to see if it will be a dogfight to week 17.

The Saints have had another one of those up and down seasons, and most of downs have come on the road. The bookie software shows the Saints with a 2-3 record on the road compared to a 4-0 record at home. The Saints know it has to start winning on the road if it wants to go deep into the playoffs. But the Saints are having all kinds of problems playing defense on the road. Opposing teams have been able to run and pass against a New Orleans defense that is normally pretty stalwart at home. The Saints need to figure out its inconsistencies to stand toe-to-toe with a much-improved Atlanta team.

Atlanta Falcons

The price per head services know that the Falcons are riding an impressive winning streak into this game, but not many betting experts are buying the notion that the Atlanta defense can stop the New Orleans offense. A bodog review of the Saints’ running game shows a dramatic improvement since the addition of rookie running back Mark Ingram. But even the chance that Ingram will not play in this game due to a leg injury has not changed people’s minds. The Falcons have had problems with effective passing games all season long, and the New Orleans Saints have one of the most effective passing games in all of football.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints seem to have problems putting pressure on the opposing quarterback when it plays on the road. The linebackers fall back in coverage more often on the road and leave the defensive line to put on pressure and stop the run almost by itself. When the Saints try to bring up the linebackers to help on the pass rush, it gets beat over the middle. The NFL scores from past Saints’ road games put a huge highlight on an issue that Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense are hoping to exploit in week 10.

The Bottom Line

Both of these defenses are susceptible to the big play either on the ground or through the air. That brings this game down to a shoot out on offense, which the Saints would win. Matt Ryan and the Falcons can hang with the Saint’s offense for maybe a half, but by the second half Drew Brees and the Saints should be pulling away in this game.

Sports Betting News Pick: New Orleans Saints

NFL Betting: NFC Remains Wide Open Heading in To NFL Week Nine


Gambling AdvisorDespite all of the rhetoric and rambling, not much has changed in the NFC this season. While the East and South divisions are still incredibly competitive, the West division is once again a joke with the suddenly surging San Francisco 49ers among the best teams in the NFC at 6-1. The long road to the postseason still has several stops along the way which will determine the contenders from the pretenders, continuing in week nine with a ton of action to look forward to this NFL Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers (-3.5) @ Washington Redskins

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

The 49ers seemingly came out of nowhere to win six of their first seven games, including a couple of big upset wins over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions to establish their place in the early NFC power rankings. San Francisco will look to extend their current winning streak and to six games and extend their division lead this weekend against the struggling Redskins, who have lost three straight following their bye week, and have major issues at the quarterback position with veteran journeyman John Beck currently the team’s No. 1. The biggest question mark heading in to this game is why the sports betting spread is so low even after big wins over the Bucs, Lions, and Cleveland Browns, as it appears as though the oddsmakers still aren’t sold on the 49ers this season.

NFL Betting Pick: San Francisco 49ers – 3.5

Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys (-11.5)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

After losing two of their previous three games, the Cowboys simply couldn’t keep up with the explosive Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football, but will get the chance to catch their breaths this week. With the exception of last weekend’s 34-7 loss, Dallas has been excellent defending the run, and that should make things easy for them in a must-win game against the Seahawks this weekend. Seattle ranks 31st in the NFL running the ball and 24th in the passing game, and for some it remains a mystery how they have gotten to two wins. That total won’t change this NFL picks week against the Cowboys, as Tony Romo and the boys look to bounce back in a big way.

NFL Betting Pick: Dallas Cowboys – 11.5

St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals (-3.5)

Sunday, 4:15 PM ET

The pay head roof caved in on the Cardinals following a quick start to their eventual 30-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, a game in which they actually led 24-6 at the half. Arizona will hope to get off to a fast start again this week but avoid the collapse that they suffered last week when they take on the Rams, which finally got in the win column last week in surprising fashion as they topped the New Orleans Saints 31-21 with backup quarterback AJ Feeley leading the offense. That won’t happen again this week against a desperate Cardinals’ team.

NFL Betting Pick: Arizona Cardinals – 3.5

College Football Odds: Central Michigan vs. Kent State Betting the Spread


College Football Betting LinesIt’s not surprising that the worst of the MAC games (is there really a best?) takes place on a Friday when most of us are out hitting the happy hours. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

The Central Michigan Chippewas fight against Kent State Golden Flashes on Friday November 4th at Dix Stadium.

What’s shocking, however, is that you can actually watch this game on ESPN2.

We guess there’s only so many times you can see ‘World Series of Poker’ reruns (the cards never seem to change).

With the November Nine (final table) set for the following Tuesday, we’re actually surprised that ESPN execs didn’t have it pushed to replace this college football bluff.

And speaking of frauds, how about that Central Michigan defense that is in complete shambles, allowing 444 YPG to FBS foes this season?

That’s 112 more yards per game than Kent’s under-the-radar stop-unit, which has held three opponents to season-low yardage in 2011.

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And despite a 4-11 ATS record on weekdays, this meaningless MAC affair will find us backing the defensive home dog that appears to be making strides under first-year HC Darrell Hazell.

In other words, we can’t lay points with a visiting team on a 4-14 SU run that arrives with the nation’s 80th-ranked defense and is playing its 10th straight game without rest. Take it or leave it.

Central Michigan are listed as 1½-point favorites against the Kent State, while the game's total is sitting at 43.

Central Michigan most recently:

When playing in November are 6-4

When playing on turf are 4-6

After being outgained are 3-7

When playing within the conference are 3-7

Kent State most recently:

When playing in November are 3-7

When playing on turf are 3-7

After being outgained are 3-7

When playing within the conference are 4-6

Who Is Left in The Bottom Out For Andrew Luck Sweepstakes?


NFL Free PicksThe Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers close out week eight of the Breeders Cup betting NFL season tonight in Kansas City. With eight weeks set to be in the books, there are still plenty of teams in the mix for the first overall draft pick in April 2012. Known by price per head users as the ‘Suck For Luck’ sweepstakes, for the first time in the long history of the NFL, there are not one but two teams that could finish without a win this season. The teams at the bottom of the standings are playing for the opportunity to draft Stanford Cardinals quarterback Andrew Luck. Here is a look at who is left in the Suck for Luck bookie software sweepstakes.

Entering this past Saturday’s thrilling affair between Stanford and USC, Andrew Luck entered the game as the consensus number one pick on many scouts draft boards. However, this weekend, featured, Luck going up against USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley, who is considered to be the next best option, should a team miss out on Luck. The duo put on a brilliant display, as Stanford, walked away with a 56 – 48 victory in triple overtime over the Trojans.

Indianapolis Colts (0 – 7) – The Colts are an NFL picks to win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, as they have literally been the worst all around team in the NFL this season. Indianapolis had to start the season without franchise quarterback Peyton Manning, who suffered a setback, recovering from offseason neck surgery. As a result, the Colts elected to sign former Tennessee Titans quarterback Kerry Collins, as opposed to former Minnesota Viking and Green Bay Packers great Brett Favre. Unfortunately, Collins would also succumb to injury, and now the Colts are stuck with Curtis Painter this season. For this reason, the Colts offense has been unable to muster much offense, as Painter is an awful quarterback, averaging two interceptions a game.

Drafting Andrew Luck, in theory, would allow the Colts to have a solid insurance plan, should Manning still need time to recover next season. Worst case scenario, the Colts draft Luck, and he has to learn under the guidance of Manning for a few years, similar to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers a few years ago.

Miami Dolphins (0 – 7) – Theoretically, NFL fans would believe that the Colts are a lock to draft Luck this season. But, with that being said, the Miami Dolphins are doing everything in their power to find a way to draft Luck. The last few weeks, should have both ended in victories for Miami, but the team would blow the game in the final few minutes both against Denver last week, and the New York Giants this past weekend. If Miami drafts Luck, you can guarantee he’ll be the opening day quarterback in 2012.


Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers Betting Odds on Week 8


NFL Betting NewsThe Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers will have a meeting on Sunday at Candlestick Park. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

Here’s the epitome of winning ugly: the 3-3 Browns have topped 17 points on only one occasion this season.

The points will probably be hard to come by for Colt McCoy and company, once again, this week as the rested Niners have allowed just 53 points in their last four games.

And speaking of rest, we’ll get to see if this season’s aforementioned Bye Week blues clashes with a money-making situation from past years as our sports betting news database reminds us that teams on a 4-0 SU and ATS run playing with a week of rest are 13-3 ATS as regular-season favorites.

With that being said, we’re still not keen on laying significant points with a 5-1 squad that is allowing 33 YPG more than it gains.

Frisco may not fall to 0-6 SU in Game Seven but we do think the Browns will improve to 8-1 ATS as dogs of 7 or more points when .500 or greater and 5-1 SU and ATS in Game Seven of the betting season.

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Jim Harbaugh may have his squad believing that ‘no one has it better’ than them but we feel a lot better with the points this afternoon by the bay.

The 49ers listed as 9½-point favorites versus the Browns, while the game's total is sitting at 39½.

Cleveland most recently:

When playing in October are 4-6

When playing on grass are 4-6

After outgaining opponent are 4-6

When playing outside the division are 5-5

San Francisco most recently:

When playing in October are 5-5

When playing on grass are 6-4

After outgaining opponent are 4-6

When playing outside the division are 5-5


NFL Week 8 Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers (-3)


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The Carolina Panthers’ week seven win over the Washington Redskins was a combination of two forces. The first is the downward spiral that the Redskins find itself on. Even though Rex Grossman took the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl, he has never been considered a stable NFL starter. Quarterback John Beck has always been hyped as having a lot of skills and potential, but he is still winless as a starter in the NFL. A team without a proven winner at starting quarterback is not going to win a lot of football games.

The other cost per head factor working against the Redskins was the fact that the Carolina Panthers just keep getting better each and every week. The season started in a flash as rookie quarterback Cam Newton looked like he was going to break every single season NFL passing record in the books. But, early in the season, the Carolina defense was not pulling its weight. Over the past seven weeks, the Panthers’ defense has become very good at taking the ball away and putting pressure on the opposing quarterback. People forget that the Carolina defense, just like its quarterback, is very young. The entire Panthers team is learning how to win at a frightening pace.

Minnesota Vikings

Rookie quarterback Christian Ponder looked very impressive in his NFL debut in week seven against the defending World Champion Green Bay Packers. Ponder looked confident and seemed like he was ready to be an NFL quarterback. The price per head services noticed a lot of rookie mistakes Ponder made in his decision making, but all of his issues can be corrected with coaching and experience. Minnesota has definitely found its starting quarterback and the Minnesota defense also played extremely well in the second half of the game against Green Bay. But the Vikings’ defense got off to another slow start and that may have been what cost Minnesota the game.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton is proving to be one of the best NFL betting picks in recent draft history. After seven games, Newton has 2,103 passing yards. But Newton only has eight touchdown passes and has thrown nine interceptions, which shows that his red zone decision making is still suspect. The Panthers just keep getting better and better each week and Newton is just one part of a team that is developing into what could be a powerhouse NFL team in just a few years.

The Bottom Line

The intertops key to this game is the Minnesota defense. Cam Newton has thrown the ball all over the field, but he is not scoring points. Next season, Newton should have gained the necessary experience to be a scoring machine. But the Vikings’ offense is much-improved under Ponder, and the Minnesota defense should be able to force Newton to make critical mistakes. This will be a fun game to watch and it will be interesting to see if Ponder is going to improve week to week or if he is going to gather experience this year and become a top NFL quarterback next season.

Pick: Minnesota Vikings

NFL Betting: Chargers Look to Hold Off Surging Chiefs


Picks NFLThis is no BetOnline scam; after an awful start to the season, Kansas City has stormed back to pull within a game of San Diego in the AFC West, and the two will square off at Arrowhead Stadium in a huge Monday night contest.

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The Chargers (4-2) let one slip away in a 27-21 loss on the road to the New York Jets, as they were up 21-10 at the half, but the Jets’ offense came alive and San Diego couldn’t slow them down. Philip Rivers was 16-of-32 for 179 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw a couple of picks NFL fans were left scratching their heads afterwards. The defense also gave the Jets four first downs due to penalties, and committing 13 penalties is an easy way to watch your lead down the drain. The Chargers also allowed the Jets to rush for 162 yards, and people are starting to ask the same questions that many have put forth for years; are the Chargers good or are they playing in a subpar division? They’ve beaten Minnesota, Kansas City, Miami and Denver, with losses against the Jets and New England, so that should be a hint.

The Chiefs (3-3) picked off Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer three times each in a 28-0 shutout in Oakland, running back two picks for scores in a game that got testy. Price per head players may have given the Chiefs an edge coming into this game because of the Raiders’ quarterback issues, but no one saw this coming, not even the most diehard Chiefs fan. Matt Cassel was poor, going 15-of-30 for 161 yards and a couple of picks, but he didn’t even have to be good on this day as the Chiefs ran for 139 yards and the defense did the rest.

Pay head odds have the Chargers as a 3.5-point favorite on the road in Kansas City, where they are 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last five trips to Arrowhead, with two games going over the posted total, along with a push. These two met on Monday Night Football last season, with the Chiefs coming away with a 21-14 win in the first week of the season, and they ended up going on to win the West. Injuries destroyed them in the first few games this season, but the Chiefs have been fortunate to play the likes of Minnesota, Indianapolis and the Raiders. San Diego won Week 3’s 20-17 clash at home, but the Chiefs were starting to come around in that game and only a late pick by Cassel stopped them. Kansas City isn’t as bad as they looked, and San Diego isn’t as good as you think. That leads to a Kansas City sports betting win.

Power Rankings To Be Impacted By Outcome Of Jets Leafs


NFL PicksTonight is a historic one for breeders cup betting enthusiasts across Canada, as this evening’s affair between the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the duo’s first encounter in nearly 15 years. The last time Winnipeg and Toronto met, both franchises were in the Western Conference. However, 15 years later, NHL fans get to watch one of the most historic rivalries of the early 1990s rekindle itself in the Eastern Conference. A win by either team will also significantly impact the power rankings for the other 28 bookie software NHL teams. Here is a preview of the game.

Earlier this week, the new Winnipeg Jets recorded their first win of the season, as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of two to one. Winnipeg’s speed and youth was on full display, as top prospect and eventual number one center Alexander Burmistrov set up both Jets goals. The win was the first price per head victory for the Jets, although it was their fourth game of the season. Jets Head Coach Claude Noel was forced to read his team the riot act before the game because of lazy efforts in the team’s first three games.

On the other hand the Toronto Maple Leafs suffered their first loss of the season, in overtime, to the Colorado Avalanche. The notoriously slow starting Maple Leafs, have been feeling lucky as of late, as rough patches in the first period of all four of their games, have only resulted in one defeat. What was especially enticing to Leaf fans in their loss to Colorado was the fact that the Leafs were able to battle back from the Avalanche’s on slot and tie the game up in the third period.

Looking at each team’s roster, the Maple Leafs, who sit fourth in the Eastern Conference standings; need the win against Winnipeg almost as much as the Jets do. In essence, the Jets are not an NFL picks to make the playoffs this year; so losing in the first season is understandable. Conversely, if the Leafs do not collect wins early, it could affect their playoff aspirations later in the season. As a result, if the Leafs miss the playoffs for a seventh straight year, you can guarantee that changes will be made in the coaching and managing ranks.

In terms of the NHL power rankings, Toronto currently finds itself tied for fourth with the powerhouse Philadelphia Flyers. However, a victory tonight, could see them vault over not only the Flyers, but also Northeast divisional rivals the Buffalo Sabres. With the aforementioned loss to Colorado, the Leafs are one point behind Buffalo for the divisional lead.

On the other side of things, the Winnipeg Jets could see their power ranking slot jump from 27 to 22 with a win. The Jets are one of those teams, that if they can win a few games in a row, they could be in the thick of the playoff hunt by December. At the same time, another loss, and they may need to start looking for a new goalie.



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