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Cowboys vs. Saints Betting Line, Spread Picks, Score Prediction 2014

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The New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys will be back in action in Week 4, as the two do battle it what could be one of the higher scoring games of the week. The ‘total’ is understandably high at 53, while the Saints are favored by a field goal on the road.

SAINTS – COWBOYS 2014 WEEK 4 SNF LINE:
OPEN: SAINTS -3 | CURRENT: SAINTS -3 | O/U: 53



1. Why the COWBOYS will cover the spread: The Saints might rank 9th in the NFL against the run this year at 101.3 yards per game allowed, but they haven’t run across a running back like RB DeMarco Murray quite yet. On top of that, we haven’t really seen New Orleans play against an elite quarterback either. For all of his warts, QB Tony Romo is a better quarterback than either Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater, or Brian Hoyer, and the one time the Saints went on the road and played against a solid quarterback, they gave up 37 points to the Atlanta Falcons.

Granted, Romo is going to have to figure out how to hold onto the football to win this one, something that we just aren’t all that confident in his ability of doing, but if he does, the Cowboys could easily cover this one.



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2. Why the SAINTS will cover the spread: We have to think that the New Orleans offense is going to get this figured out at some point, right? QB Drew Brees has had a history of really beating the snot out of the Cowboys, but he just doesn’t seem to be clicking on all cylinders yet. Sure, he has five TDs in three games, and he is completing near 71% of his passes, but it just doesn’t feel like he’s being Drew Brees.

That said, the Cowboys just made Austin Davis look like Joe Montana. If Davis and a ragtag group of receivers who really aren’t all that good can figure out how to torch this defense, we can only imagine what Brees and TE Jimmy Graham are going to manage to do.


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3. Total Talk: When these two teams played against each other last year, the Cowboys were destroyed 49-17 in the Bayou, and that’s been par for the course in this series. Each of the last three have easily gone past the number. That said, the Saints have played two of their three games to 50 points or fewer this year, while Dallas has played two of its three games to 45 points or fewer. Asking this one to get into the mid-50s is going to be a really tough proposition.


4. Betting Trends for Cowboys/Saints: You can’t talk about the Saints in this one without mentioning how bad they have been on the road. They’re already 0-2 SU and ATS this year away from home, and they were favored in both games. In fact, they have played six games over the course of the last two seasons on the road in which they were favorites; they are 2-4 SU and 0-6 ATS in those games.


DALLAS COWBOYS vs. NEW ORLEANS SUNDAY NIGHT PREDICTION:

Saints 28 – Cowboys 27


Steelers-Panthers Odds & Spread Picks

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Sunday Night Football in Week 3 will head to Bank of America Stadium, where the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to hope to put their best foot forward against the Carolina Panthers. The defending NFC South champs are -3.5 at home against a team that has to be reeling after getting smacked last Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens. The ‘total’ is set at 41.5.


STEELERS – PANTHERS SUNDAY NIGHT WEEK 3 LINE:

OPEN: PANTHERS -3.5 | CURRENT: PANTHERS -3 | O/U: 41



1. Why the PANTHERS will cover the spread: The Panthers are going to be in great shape in this game because they have all of the factors that the Steelers just can’t stop. Pittsburgh still has one of the worst offensive lines in the game, and that’s really going to show against LB Luke Kuechly and one of the best defensive front sevens in all of football.

On top of that, Pittsburgh doesn’t have the weapons in its front seven to be able to slow down QB Cam Newton. Newton is healthy, and he is ready to take the Panthers back to the postseason this year. Yes, we’re a little worried that RB Jonathan Stewart might end up being the only healthy running back on this roster with both RB Michael Tolbert and RB DeAngelo Williams hurting, but we still think there is more than enough here for Carolina to win this game.


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2. Why the STEELERS will cover the spread: The Steelers could be in a lot of trouble in this game, but the one thing that we have to remember is that Carolina really hasn’t played anyone yet this year. Sure, the argument could still be made that the Panthers haven’t played anyone including this week, as the Steelers really might not be all that good either.

What Pittsburgh does bring to the table though, is RB LeVeon Bell, who will be the best and most dynamic back that Carolina has seen so far on the young season. It’s tough to find running room against this Panthers front seven, but if it’s doable, Bell will figure out how to do it.


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3. Take the Over or Under?: ‘Under’ has been the word for the most part for these two teams this year. Only Pittsburgh’s 30-27 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 made it past the ‘total’, and all three games aside from that that these two teams have played have seen between 31 and 34 points scored.

That’s obviously not even good enough to make it to a teased ‘total’, something that has been tough to do this year (blindly teasing either side of the ‘total’ by seven-points would have yielded a 52-12 record so far through two weeks in the NFL). The ‘under’ is 11-1 in Carolina’s last 12 games overall.

4. Betting Trends for STEELERS/PANTHERS: These two teams have only met each other five times, and the Steelers have won and covered each of the last four, winning all four by at least 10 points. They also covered the first meeting ever back in 1996, losing 18-14 here in Charlotte. Pittsburgh is just 3-7 ATS in its last 10 following a loss either SU or ATS, and it is 5-16 ATS in its last 21 games played in September.


STEELERS – PANTHERS WEEK 3 SCORE PREDICTION:

Panthers 20 – Steelers 13






NFL Upset Picks Week 3 2014

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There are a few big underdogs every week who seem to bark in the NFL, and Week 3 certainly won’t be an exception. There will be a few pups at the start of the season that look like ridiculous steals by the end of the year, and we’re going to highlight a few of those on the NFL betting odds in Week 3.
 

Cleveland Browns (+105) vs. Baltimore Ravens – We were spot on with the Browns last week and +230, and though this won’t be nearly as big of a payday, we do think that this is a great shot to take on them once again. Cleveland just feels touched this year. It feels like this defense is a lot better than statistics say that it is, and it feels like this offense is moving the ball better now with QB Brian Hoyer than it did before with any of the other garbage quarterbacks that were trying to lead the team. This is a bet against Baltimore, though.

Torrey Smith is nowhere to be found, and the running game with Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett just won’t cut it the way that it would have with Ray Rice. We honestly think that the Browns are the better of these two teams, and they’ll declare themselves legitimate contenders with a second straight home win.



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Oakland Raiders (+825) @ New England Patriots – Alright, it’s a shot in the dark, we’ll admit. However, we’ll bet that anyone holding a Denver ML ticket last week was sweating, while we were wondering if we were going to cash a big payday there. The Raiders aren’t very good, and we know that, but we really think that the Patriots have some problems right now. They aren’t running the ball well, they aren’t blocking well, and they aren’t throwing it well.

QB Tom Brady looks as bad as he has in his entire career, and the defense is the only thing holding this team together. QB Derek Carr is improving with every drop back that he takes. The kid can do this, and he only has to do it one in eight times to make it worth our while.


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Denver Broncos (+200) @ Seattle Seahawks – Is it just us, or have the Seahawks been exposed just a bit? The safeties and linebackers weren’t able to keep up with Antonio Gates last week against the Chargers, and now, Peyton Manning is going to be all over that with Julius Thomas, who has four TDs already this year. It’s literally hell to try to play in Seattle, but remember that the Broncos have back Ryan Clady and others whom they didn’t have in the Super Bowl, and they’ll get back to full strength in the receiving corps this week as well with Wes Welker being reinstated.

On top of that, the defense has brought in Aqib Talib to help at the back end as well as Demarcus Ware to help up front. We think the oddsmakers have grossly understated just how good the Broncos are in spite of the fact that they haven’t covered either of their first two home games.





Jets vs. Bears MNF Vegas Odds & Spread Picks

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The Chicago Bears and the New York Jets both won games in Week 1, and they both blew leads of at least two touchdowns in Week 2. One will get off of the mat in Week 3 when the two close out the week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Not surprisingly, the oddsmakers are having a really tough time lining this game, putting New York at a slender -3 with a ‘total’ of 45.5.


BEARS – JETS MONDAY NIGHT WEEK 3 LINE:

OPEN: JETS PK | CURRENT: JETS -2 | O/U: 44.5



1. Why the BEARS will cover the spread: WR Alshon Jeffrey and WR Brandon Marshall were both able to play last week against the San Francisco 49ers even though both were considered questionable going into the game. Marshall scored three TDs, and he looked the part of a totally healthy man. Now, Chicago gets to face off against what is turning out to be one of the worst secondaries in the league.

If WR Jordy Nelson and WR Randall Cobb combined for over 250 yards and three TDs last week against the Green Bay Packers, are the Jets are going to have any answers for Jeffrey and Marshall?


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2. Why the JETS will cover the spread: RB Chris Ivory and RB Chris Johnson have to be licking their chops over this one. The Bears might have slowed down the 49ers just a bit on the ground, but they have allowed at least 120 rushing yards in four straight games dating back to the end of last season, and they have allowed an average of over 200 yards per game in that stretch in rushing. Ivory and Johnson are both going to get the ball in their guts at least 10 times apiece, and if that’s the case, both are candidates for over 100 yards.

On top of that, QB Geno Smith has been much, much stronger this year than most probably figured he would be, so the Jets have a much better offense than most give them credit for.


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3. Take the Over or Under?: The Bears have played five of their last six games past the ‘total’, and that really shouldn’t be considered all that surprising, knowing that they have been terrible on defense, and both Jeffrey and Marshall (and TE Martellus Bennett, for good measure) have been lighting it up. The Jets have proven to be able to score some points this year, putting 43 up in two games, and we have to think they are going to trend towards a higher number this week, knowing that this is the worst defense that have faced all year long.

4. Betting Trends for BEARS/JETS: The Bears have covered seven of their last 10 games on Monday Night Football, which really debunks the myth that QB Jay Cutler can’t play in primetime games any longer. The Jets are 3-1-2 ATS in their last six games overall, but they have failed to cover four straight duels in this series against the Bears.


BEARS – JETS WEEK 3 SCORE PREDICTION:

Jets 28 – Bears 24






Will Roger Goodell get fired or resign this year due to the Ray Rice fallout?

Disapproving of Domestic Violence. Mybookie.ag Takes a Stand

Disapproving of Domestic Violence. Mybookie.ag Takes a Stand

While others remain silent on the topic of domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal that currently has the sports world’s full attention, mybookie.ag, one of the leaders in the online sports gaming industry, has taken a hard-line stance – and they want to share their views with the public.

Executives at the technologically-advanced sports betting web site had this to say in their press release on the Rice debacle.


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“The Mybookie.ag family wants to make a statement that as much as we love football, we do not stand with those who perpetrate or enable domestic violence,” said MyBookie.ag spokesperson Nick Barlow.

Rice was initially scheduled to miss just two games because of the incident in which he dragged his unconscious, then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator before ungraciously dropping her face first on the floor.

Unfortunately for Rice, a second video surfaced on Monday, via TMZ. In the most recent video, Rice is shown inside the elevator delivering a one-punch knockout blow to the head of the woman he claims to love.

Needless to say, the footage of the incident disgraced even the hardest Ray Rice supporter and left both, the Baltimore Ravens and Goodell with no other recourse of action but to terminate Rice’s contract and ban him from the league indefinitely.

Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, has called for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to resign, citing Rice’s assault as just one in a string of domestic violence events that have long plagued the league, which ironically, has been built on violence.

“The NFL has lost its way. It doesn’t have a Ray Rice problem; it has a violence against women problem,” O’Neill said in a statement. “… The only workable solution is for Roger Goodell to resign, and for his successor to appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking within the NFL community, and to recommend real and lasting reforms.”


In the release, NOW listed Rice, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as examples of cases the league has failed to act upon.

“The NFL sets the example for college, high school, middle school and even elementary school football programs,” O’Neill added. “And the example it is setting right now is simply unacceptable. New leadership must come in with a specific charge to transform the culture of violence against women that pervades the NFL. That’s the only way to restore honor and integrity to the country’s most lucrative and popular pastime.”

While mybookie.ag hasn’t called for the firing of Goodell, the bettor-friendly sports gaming giant has released sports betting odds on whether or not Goodell will be fired or resign.

Even better is the fact that the sportsbook has announced that it is going to donate a portion of the wagers on the Goodell Odds to women’s shelters across America.

Whether you’re an online sports gaming enthusiast or not, mybookie.ag should be commended for taking a public stance against domestic violence – and for not staying silent on the painful topic like many others.

Then again, this is what sets mybookie.ag apart from other sportsbook and what makes them an almost literal giant in the online sports gaming industry.

Bears vs. 49ers Line, ATS Spread Picks, Score Prediction

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Levi’s Stadium will open its doors to the NFL regular season for the first time on Sunday Night Football this week, as the San Francisco 49ers play host to the Chicago Bears. The Niners are laying a touchdown against a very good Chicago team that is in bad need of a victory after losing last week to the Bills.


BEARS – 49ERS SUNDAY NIGHT WEEK 2 LINE:

OPEN: 49ERS -7 | CURRENT: 49ERS -7 | O/U: 49



1. Why the BEARS will cover the spread: Are we really all that sure that the 49ers are that good? They beat up the Dallas Cowboys last week, but just how good are the Cowboys? We sure as heck know that the defense for Dallas isn’t all that good, and QB Tony Romo was chumping up picks left and right. The Bears also aren’t nearly as bad as they showed last week in their loss to the Buffalo Bills.

They have an explosive offense, and if QB Jay Cutler can figure out how to get the ball down the field in this one, a very thin San Francisco back seven could be exploited. This is a game that is certainly there for the taking for the Bears, but they are going to have to play a lot better on both sides of the ball to take it down.


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2. Why the 49ERS will cover the spread: Forget about the fact that Chicago just got beat at home by the Bills. That’s bad enough in and of itself. What really has us in this one is the fact that the Niners are probably going to keep the ball on the ground 35-40 times like the Bills did. Buffalo had all sorts of success with RB Fred Jackson, RB CJ Spiller, and RB Anthony Dixon. If that’s the case, we don’t see how RB Carlos Hyde and RB Frank Gore don’t end up posting at least 120-150 yards between them.

QB Colin Kaepernick had himself a good start to the season last week against Dallas, and he could be in line for a good day here against Chicago as well. There also has to be a lot of emotion in place with this being the first game ever at Levi’s Stadium. Cutler also doesn’t exactly have the most sterling of records in primetime games, and we have to expect that he is going to be under a lot of pressure in this duel.


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3. Take the Over or Under?: The 49ers have played four straight ‘under’ games overall dating back to the playoffs last year, and they could be a good candidate for an ‘under’ game in this one as well if their defense can hold up. Chicago’s last five games of last season all went past the number, but last week’s game against Buffalo, but the offense didn’t do the job for either team to get past a lofty 47.

4. Betting Trends for BEARS/49ERS: The Bears have failed to cover four straight games here in San Fran, and the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. Chicago is also just 2-5 ATS in its last seven road games overall, and it is 7-20-1 ATS dating back three seasons. The 49ers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 September games.



BEARS – 49ERS WEEK 2 SCORE PREDICTION:

49ers 30 – Bears 17






Eagles vs. Colts MNF Line, Spread Picks, Score Prediction

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The Philadelphia Eagles have already knocked off one AFC South team this year, and they are going to be looking to claim a second game against this division on Monday Night Football when they face the Indianapolis Colts. QB Andrew Luck and the gang are giving a field goal in this battle of former division champs in what should be a nice additional stanza in what used to be a Pac-12 battle between Luck and Eagles coach Chip Kelly.


EAGLES – COLTS MONDAY NIGHT WEEK 2 LINE:

OPEN: COLTS -3 | CURRENT: COLTS -3 | O/U: 53



1. Why the EAGLES will cover the spread: If there is a man in the NFL that should be familiar with what Luck and Colts OC Pep Hamilton are doing, it should be Kelly. These men did battle with one another when they were at Stanford and Oregon respectively, and Kelly was generally able to control Luck. We’ll see whether it translates to the pros or not. The Indy defense just looked horrid in the first half against the Denver Broncos last week, and Kelly had to be watching that tape and smiling. His offense isn’t anywhere near as good as that of QB Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but it should be good enough to at least put up four TDs in this duel.


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2. Why the COLTS will cover the spread: For as bad as the first half was for the Colts last week, the second half was tremendous at Invesco Field at Mile High. WR Reggie Wayne is clearly back and healthy, and that should help out this offense quite a bit. On top of that, the defense was much better in the second half, though there was still a lack of a pass rush for sure. QB Nick Foles turned the ball over almost as many times in one half against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week as he did the whole year in 2013, and that’s a bad sign with this being his first home game. The Colts will have to figure out how to get pressure on Foles to make this work, but if that turns out to be the case via blitzes as was the case against Manning in the second half, the Eagles could struggle.


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3. Take the Over or Under?: The Eagles have gone OVER the ‘total’ in seven of their last nine games played on the road, and there are trends on the other side as well that suggest this one will get past the number. Indianapolis has played six of its last eight games beyond the ‘total’ following an ATS win. The ‘over’ is also 9-4 in the Colts’ last 13 games overall.

4. Betting Trends for EAGLES/COLTS: The Colts have been a dynamo ATS team from just about every aspect you can think of. They are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Monday Night Football games, and they are 4-0 ATS in their last four played at home. More importantly, they are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 games following an SU defeat. The Eagles are just 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 September games.


EAGLES – COLTS WEEK 2 SCORE PREDICTION:

Colts 27 – Eagles 14






Giants vs. Lions Odds, Spread Picks & Score Prediction Week 1

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A pair of new offensive styles will be on display in the first of two Monday Night Football games in Week 1. The New York Giants will be displaying a new West Coast offense against the Detroit Lions and their new look with a bunch of new weapons for QB Matthew Stafford and new Head Coach Jim Caldwell.

With this game being played at Ford Field, the Lions are understandably 4.5-point favorites, though the oddsmakers are insinuating that these two teams are really close to one another. The ‘total’ is the higher of the two on Monday Night Football in Week 1 at 46.5.


NY GIANTS – LIONS MONDAY NIGHT WEEK 1 ODDS:

OPEN: LIONS -4 | CURRENT: LIONS -5 | O/U: 47



1. Why the NY GIANTS will cover the spread: This really isn’t a matter of what the Giants can do, rather instead what the Lions can’t do. We really haven’t seen all that much out the Lions yet this preseason, and it is worrying the heck out of us. Granted, Caldwell has a history of really tanking it in the preseason, but penalties continue to be the thorn in this club’s side. Detroit is one of the most undisciplined teams in the league, and that isn’t going to stop here in Week 1 of the season.


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2. Why the LIONS will cover the spread: If we’re going to pick on the Lions for what they can’t do, we may as well pick on the Giants for what they can’t do either. You would have thought that Head Coach Tom Coughlin would have his new West Coast offense installed comfortably in five preseason games this year when most only get four, but that just hasn’t been the case.

QB Eli Manning has consistently looked uncomfortable in the pocket, and coming off of the worst year of his career isn’t going to help matters any either. The Giants were a disaster at the start of last season, and they have made a history out of struggling early on. This may play right into that rule.


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3. Take the Over or Under?: Perception is there that men like Stafford and Manning should be able to put points up on the board, but we just aren’t so sure. Stafford has looked good, but we know that it is going to take some time to get a good rapport down with his new targets. Manning’s struggles have already been highlighted; it took him four games to throw his first TD pass in the preseason. Both of these teams finished the 2013 season with three straight ‘under’ performances.


4. Betting Trends for GIANTS/LIONS: The Giants were much better at the end of last year, going 7-4 ATS in their last 11 games after going 0-5 ATS in their first five. The Lions went the other direction. They went 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four games, and they were just 2-8 ATS and 3-7 SU in their last 10. That’s why former coach Jim Schwartz was fired.

In respect to the series between these two, the Giants have won all three games SU dating back to 2007, and they are 2-1 ATS in those clashes.



NY GIANTS – LIONS WEEK 1 SCORE PREDICTION:

Giants 20 – Lions 17






Packers vs. Seahawks Week 1 Odds, Spread Picks & Score Prediction

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The Super Bowl banner will be raised for the first time ever at CenturyLink Field, where the Seattle Seahawks will open up the 2014 NFL season against the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers, who are amongst the favorites in the NFC in their own right on the NFL betting lines, are 5.5-point dogs in the opening game of the season; the ‘total’ chimes in at 45.


PACKERS-SEAHAWKS THURSDAY NIGHT WEEK 1 ODDS:

OPEN: SEAHAWKS -5.5 | CURRENT: SEAHAWKS -5.5 | O/U: 45



1. Why the PACKERS will cover the spread: Green Bay very well could be one of the most underrated teams in the NFL. Remember, when this whole run of the Seahawks being unbeatable at home started, scab officials ended up ruining what should have been a Packers’ victory in primetime. QB Aaron Rodgers has the chance to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this year, and though he doesn’t quite have the same quantity of weapons to choose from, there isn’t a duo of receivers that can blow a game open quite like WR Jordy Nelson and WR Randall Cobb.

The Packers are hurting defensively after losing DT BJ Raji for the rest of the season with an arm injury, but there is enough here to hold off the Seahawks if it turns out to be a tight game.


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2. Why the SEAHAWKS will cover the spread: It’s tough to argue with the champs. The team has been beaten exactly one time at home in the QB Russell Wilson era, and there is no doubt whatsoever that he has been the best quarterback in the league in the preseason. Granted, it’s tough to put all that much stock in these exhibition games, but Wilson has been dominating, leading the Seahawks to nine straight scoring drives he has run, seven of which have gotten all the way to the end zone.

This defense is at the top of its game, and it is only going to continue to get better as the season wears on. Simply put, this is the best team in the NFL, and any time the spread is even relatively close to a pick ‘em, it’s tough to think that the Seahawks can’t win and cover.


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3. Take the Over or Under?: With the new and improved Seahawks offense, there is a real chance that we could see them get into the 30s quite a bit this year. That said, thanks to this defense, Seattle went through a seven-game stretch from the end of the regular season through the team’s first two playoff games without exceeding a ‘total’, and it’s tough to go the other direction from there.

However, the Packers scored at least 20 points in each of their last five games of the season last year, and much of that was done without Rodgers calling the shots. The potential is there to do better than that, even against this defense.


4. Betting Trends for PACKERS/SEAHAWKS: The Seahawks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games including going 2-1 ATS in the postseason and closing out the regular season with covers in six out of seven. That said, the Packers have had their way in this series. Green Bay is 3-1-2 ATS in the last six games, and as we started before, if not for the joke in primetime with the scab refs in 2012, the Pack would be 4-0-2 ATS in the last six instead.



PACKERS-SEAHAWKS WEEK 1 SCORE PREDICTION:

Seahawks 27 – Packers 24






Broncos vs. Colts Odds, Point Spread Picks & Score Prediction

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Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are going to have all sorts of problems trying to slow down Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Week 1 edition of Sunday Night Football from Invesco Field at Mile High.

With the Broncos clearly being one of the two easy choices to win the AFC this year, they’re understandably 7-point favorites at home against what, for our money, is definitively the third best team in the AFC. The ‘total’ is the highest of Week 1 at 55.5.


BRONCOS-COLTS SNF WEEK 1 ODDS:

OPEN: BRONCOS -6.5 | CURRENT: BRONCOS -7 | O/U: 55.5



1. Why the COLTS will cover the spread: If you’re a believer that the Broncos were exposed in the Super Bowl, you could certainly make the argument that Head Coach Chuck Pagano will figure out how to lead his team in this one to slowing down Manning. QB Andrew Luck could be set to come into his own this year, as he is a sneaky pick to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

On top of that, this is a heck of a lot of points to be giving what, for our money, is one of the best 10 teams in the NFL, especially after having basically the whole offseason to prepare. There is also no doubt that the Colts are going to be incredibly sharp getting the points in a Sunday Night Football game.


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2. Why the BRONCOS will cover the spread: How can you argue with Manning and this offense after the ridiculous numbers this team put up last year? The Colts don’t nearly have the same defense that the Seattle Seahawks did in the Super Bowl last year, and they are going to be playing without suspended DE Robert Mathis, who will sit for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. That’s a massive loss that probably won’t be overcome.

Denver’s defense could have a big hole that won’t be filled by the absence of LB Danny Trevathan, but we know that picking up DB Aqib Talib is going to help in a big time way.


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3. Take the Over or Under?: Any time Manning is on the field, the ‘over’ is certainly in play. The Broncos though, were a big time ‘under’ team at the end of last season, as surprising as that is. The Super Bowl only went past the ‘total’ because of the efforts of the Seahawks offensively, but the previous five games had all stayed beneath the number. That said, seven of the last eight games in this series have all surpassed the closing number.

4. Betting Trends for COLTS/BRONCOS: We know that the Luck version of the Colts has only played against the Manning version of the Broncos once, and on that day in 2013, it was Luck who was the better man. He beat Manning in his return to Lucas Oil Field last year 39-33 to improve Indianapolis to 6-0 SU and ATS against Denver since the 2005 playoffs. However, remember that Manning is still 5-1 SU and ATS in this series in that stretch, too.



BRONCOS – COLTS WEEK 1 SCORE PREDICTION:

Broncos 27 – Colts 24






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