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Bengals-Patriots Point Spread Preview, Expert Picks & Score Prediction


There’s only one undefeated team left standing in the AFC, and of all of the teams that could still be unbeaten, the Cincinnati Bengals wouldn’t have been our first guess. They’re short 1.5-point favorites on the road on Sunday Night Football though, as they take on QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The ‘total’ has opened at 47 for this Sunday night soiree at Gillette Stadium.



1. Why the BENGALS will cover the spread: This defense is no joke whatsoever, and the fact that it is coming off of a bye is only going to help men like DT Geno Atkins who could use some extra recovery time. The New England offense, save for the first half of the first game of the season, has really been relatively woeful, and that could end up being real bad news for one of the favorites in the AFC.

On top of that though, the Bengals are healthy again. WR AJ Green should be fine to play off of the bye week, and that gives QB Andy Dalton all the weapons in the world that he needs to move the ball up and down the field.


2. Why the PATRIOTS will cover the spread: The Patriots aren’t insinuated to be the better of these two teams, but we aren’t so sure that still isn’t the case. New England has only played four games this year, and already, most are writing it off as a team that might win the AFC East but is nowhere near equipped to challenge for a Super Bowl title. We respectfully still disagree. Brady is still Brady, and eventually, this offense is going to get into some sort of rhythm again.

There was every reason in the world to struggle last Monday against the Kansas City Chiefs, but when you put a chip on the Patriots’ shoulders and give them home field advantage in a primetime game, you’re going to find some success.

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3. Total Talk: ‘Under’ is the word so far this year for Cincinnati. The Bengals have played all three of their games ‘under’ the ‘total’, while the Pats are level at two games on each side of the number. Last year when these two teams played, there were only a grand total of 589 yards and 19 points in a 13-6 win for the Bengals. That game easily stayed ‘under’, but four of the previous five between these teams had exceeded the ‘total’.

4. Betting Trends for Bengals/Patriots: The Bengals have covered 20 of their last 29 games overall, and Head Coach Marvin Lewis has to be thrilled with that stat. That said, they aren’t all that hot on the road like they were at Paul Brown Stadium, and they have a tendency to be a losing team away from the Queen City. New England has covered four straight home games against teams with winning road records, and the time is here for the Pats to get back on the horse and take down a big victory.

BENGALS – PATRIOTS 2014 SNF Score Prediction:

Patriots 28 – Bengals 17

NFL Upset Picks Week 5: Rams over Eagles?


There are a few big underdogs every week who seem to bark in the NFL, and Week 5 NFL Picks 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 Week 5 NFL odds.

St. Louis Rams (+260) @ Philadelphia Eagles – We’re believers that the Rams are still good enough to win games like these, even though it’s not all that likely that they ultimately do without a legitimate quarterback. Still, this defense has a ferocious line and front seven in general, and with as badly as the Eagles have been struggling to block anyone right now, we think that QB Nick Foles could be on his backside a lot more often than not when he drops back to pass.

There’s no reason to believe that the Eagles will put 30 on the board in this one again unless the defense and special teams once again get in on the act as we saw last week against the San Francisco 49ers. There’s definitely a chance for the Rams to get the job done on Sunday in the City of Brotherly Love.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+525) @ New Orleans Saints – Sure, the Saints are a different team at home at the Superdome, and there’s a good chance that they could end up killing the Bucs on Sunday. However, this Tampa Bay team has a respectable history in this building, and there have been some huge upsets that no one saw coming along the way. Perhaps that first win of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week was galvanizing for the Buccaneers and their locker room.

We have to think that QB Mike Glennon has a shot to keep his starting job now that he has won it, and if that turns out to be the case, maybe he has some more magic in him. The Saints look like a wreck defensively, and if they don’t get that fixed, there isn’t a team in the NFL they should be laying -750 on the ML against.


Houston Texans (+170) @ Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys flat out aren’t this good. This defense isn’t all that great, and this offense, though talented, is going to have some problems going against DE JJ Watt and the gang. The Texans aren’t the greatest either, but they are legitimately good quarterback play away from being a Super Bowl contender. We’re not afraid that QB Tony Romo and the ‘Boys are going to drop 30 on the Texans, though if they do, they’ll win this game going away.

Instead, we think this is going to be a gritty game, just as we have seen for the most part in Houston games this year, and if that’s how it plays out, the visitors could walk away with an upset in Arlington to snap the Cowboys back to reality after a 3-1 start to the season.

Seahawks-Redskins MNF Point Spread Preview & Score Prediction


The Washington Redskins put forth one of the most abysmal performances of the season last week when they were trashed 45-14 by the New York Giants. That’s not even the worst news. The really bad news? The defending champion, Seattle Seahawks are about set to pay a visit to FedEx Field. The oddsmakers have reacted, and they have made them 7.5-point underdogs on the NFL odds, while the ‘total’ has been set at 45.5.



1. Why the SEAHAWKS will cover the spread: Head Coach Pete Carroll and his defense have to be laughing right now at what they see out of the Redskins. Their offensive line is perilously thin, their receiving corps outside of WR DeSean Jackson is laughable, and QB Kirk Cousins is coming off of a game in which he turned the ball over five times against a team that just flat out isn’t all that great defensively.

If Seattle can hold onto the football and not turn it over, there’s no reason not to think that this won’t be an easy one for the visitors even though they have to fly across the country for this one.


2. Why the REDSKINS will cover the spread: It’s a lot of points. That’s not all that we can say for the Redskins, but that’s the best part about what we can say for them. Cousins absolutely cannot play as badly as he did last week against the Giants, and just that alone should swing at least two or three touchdowns. On top of that, this isn’t the same Washington team that we saw take the field against the G-Men.

TE Jordan Reed will be back, and both OT Trent Williams and TE Niles Paul, both of which left that game early against New York, should be back in the lineup. Give Cousins a little more protection and a few more big targets to throw the ball to, and we might have ourselves a different story on our hands than the one that most figure will be told on Monday Night Football.

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3. Total Talk: You think of Seattle as a team which plays all these games into the 30s or so, but that just hasn’t been the case of late. The offense has scored at least 21 in seven straight games dating back to the end of last season, and the team has played three out of four ‘overs’ as a result.

All four games have gotten to at least 46 points, and that would be enough to beat the number in this one. The ‘Skins have played two straight ‘over’ contests after playing two ‘unders’ to start off the year.

4. Betting Trends for Seahawks/Redskins: The Seahawks have failed to cover each of their last two games when they have played on the road off of their bye week. Washington though, only went 1-6 SU and ATS last season against playoff teams, and we have to assume that the Seahawks are once again going to be headed back to the postseason in 2014.

SEAHAWKS – REDSKINS 2014 MNF Score Prediction:

Seahawks 30 – Redskins 10

Patriots vs. Chiefs MNF Point Spread Preview & Score Prediction


After busting out of their slump last week, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to look to take out the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 4. The oddsmakers have installed Head Coach Bill Belichick and the Pats at -3.5 on the road, while the ‘total’ from Arrowhead Stadium comes in at 45.



1. Why the CHIEFS will cover the spread: This is sort of a matter of fact statement, but the Patriots just don’t look that great to us right now. They are a good team for sure, and they really should win the AFC East going away this year, but they don’t look as dominating as they had looked in the past or as dominating as many expected them to look this year.

Kansas City is at home, and it is getting more than a field goal, which sort of insinuates that on a neutral field, the Pats would be laying a full touchdown. Is that really an accurate statement against a team that really should have been in the Divisional Round of the playoffs a year ago?


2. Why the PATRIOTS will cover the spread: It used to be you’d just be able to say that it’s Tom Brady on Monday Night Football, and that would be enough justification to place a bet on the Patriots. That just isn’t the case any longer, as Brady only has a quarterback rating so far this year of 82.9, and he is leading an offense that is accounting for just 301.3 yards and 22.0 points per game so far this year.

However, what we have learned about the Patriots this year is that they can win games with their defense. They are allowing just 272.7 yards per game on the season, and that combined with the fact that KC’s best weapon, Jamaal Charles is still dinged up and could be limited, if he plays at all, is what makes New England a team you can bet on in Week 4.

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3. Total Talk: Both of these offenses are struggling, so it’s easy to point the finger at the ‘under’ on MNF. Both of these clubs have played two of their three games ‘under’ the ‘total’ this year, though we think it’s more notable to look at the Chiefs and their defense at home more than anything else. They played their first five home games ‘under’ the number a year ago, and a Week 1 home game against the Tennessee Titans played out the same way.

4. Betting Trends for Chiefs/Patriots: The Chiefs have failed to cover six straight games at home, but New England is just 2-7 ATS in its last nine games played on the road. The Patriots might be a 5-1 ATS team in their last six Monday Night Football games, but that doesn’t mean they are viable in this one on the road in one of more raucous environments that the NFL has to offer.

KC Chiefs – Patriots 2014 MNF Score Prediction:

Chiefs 23 – Patriots 20

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

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.


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.


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.


Saints 28 – Cowboys 27

Steelers-Panthers Odds & Spread Picks

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.



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.


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.


Panthers 20 – Steelers 13

Jets vs. Bears MNF Vegas Odds & Spread Picks

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.



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?


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.


Jets 28 – Bears 24

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

Disapproving of Domestic Violence. Takes a Stand

Disapproving of Domestic Violence. 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,, 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.

Roger Goodell Odds On Being Fired in 2014 Because Of The Ray Rice Scandal 

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Roger Goodell Odds On Resigning in 2014 Because Of The Ray Rice Scandal

Yes -1000

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“The 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 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 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, 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 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

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.


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.


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.


49ers 30 – Bears 17

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

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.



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.


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.


Colts 27 – Eagles 14

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