NFL

2016-NFL-Monday night football-Packers at Eagles game preview

The Philadelphia Eagles, after crushing Pittsburgh 34-3 to improve to 3-0, looked like they were emerging as a surprise challenger. Instead, Monday night’s game at Lincoln Financial Field could serve as an elimination game. The Packers have lost four in a row to plunge to 4-6 and 14th place in the NFC playoff race. Even with an upset victory over the Eagles, they would remain two games behind the division-leading Lions after their Thanksgiving Day win over Minnesota. The Eagles have crashed back to Earth with losses in five of their last seven games. At 5-5, they are in ninth place in the NFC and trail Washington (6-3-1) for the final NFC wild-card spot. For the Packers, this is unexpected territory as they join New England as the only teams to qualify for the playoffs in each of the past seven seasons. Head coach Mike McCarthy’s confidence, however, hasn’t waned. Read More

2016-NFL-Week 12-Sunday football-Betting preview

Chargers (-2, 46 ½) at Texans – 1:00 PM EST San DiegoRecord: 4-6 SU, 6-4 ATS, 8-2 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 200/1 In spite of sitting in last place of the loaded AFC West, San Diego is several plays away from being in the middle of the AFC Wild Card race. The Chargers were off last week, but blew a 10-0 lead in a Week 10 home loss to the Dolphins, 31-24 as Philip Rivers was intercepted four times in the fourth quarter. San Diego is listed as a road favorite for the first time this season, as the Chargers have won just once in five road contests coming at Atlanta in overtime in Week 7. HoustonRecord: 6-4 SU, 5-4-1 ATS, 5-5 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 60/1 Very curious line here as the Texans have yet to lose a game at NRG Stadium this season, going 5-0 at home. Houston returns to Read More

2016-NFL-Week 12-Thursday night football-Thanksgiving football-Steelers at Colts game preivew

The Indianapolis Colts have bought themselves a chance in the AFC South race. But are they equipped to take advantage of it Thursday night? Monday night’s revelation that quarterback Andrew Luck has entered into the NFL’s concussion protocol comes at a really bad time for Indianapolis. Because it is hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night at Lucas Oil Stadium to round out the slate of Thanksgiving games, Luck has three fewer days to make it through protocol. Luck, who was injured in Sunday’s 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titans early in the fourth quarter but still finished the game, seems like a long shot to make it through protocol by 8:30 Thursday night. Of the players who have been placed in protocol this year, just one has passed all the tests required to play in fewer than five days. Given that backdrop – and some players do recover quicker than Read More

2016-NFL-Week 12-Thursday football-Thanksgiving football-Redskins at Cowboys game preivew

The Dallas Cowboys are the talk of the NFL right now, racing out to the league’s best record and a club-record winning streak behind pair of dynamic offensive rookies. The Cowboys (9-1) haven’t lost since the season opener way back on Sept. 11. It’s a start that has everyone’s attention, given the prominence of the franchise and the circumstances surrounding its unexpected dominance. And while Dallas is enjoying its lofty perch atop the league standings, the Cowboys are quite aware of what awaits Thanksgiving against longtime rival Washington at AT&T Stadium. The defending NFC East champion Redskins (6-3-1) are off to one of their best starts in years and are looking for revenge after losing to Dallas earlier this season. “I’m excited about it,” Cowboys first-year quarterback Dak Prescott said. “I have never done this before, to respond real quick and play another game. But I love ball, and I Read More

2016-NFL-Week 11-Sunday football-Games betting preview

Titans at Colts (-3, 53 ½) – 1:00 PM EST TennesseeRecord: 5-5 SU, 4-6 ATS, 8-2 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 125/1 The AFC South race is still wide-open at the halfway point as Tennessee has played its way back into the pack. The Titans eclipsed the 35-point mark for the third straight week in last Sunday’s 47-25 home rout of the Packers as three-point underdogs. Tennessee keeps cashing OVER tickets on a consistent basis by hitting the OVER in seven consecutive games, including three in a row away from Nissan Stadium. The Titans have struggled against the Colts over the years by losing 10 straight meetings, including a 34-26 home defeat last month. IndianapolisRecord: 4-5 SU, 4-4-1 ATS, 7-2 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 50/1 The Colts are fresh off the bye week as Indianapolis held off Green Bay in its last contest, 31-26 as 7 ½-point underdogs. Indianapolis has yet to win Read More

2016-NFL-Week 11-Thursday night football-Saints at Panthers game preview

  NFL Week 11 Thursday Night Football Betting PreviewNew Orleans Saints (4-5 SU; 6-3 ATS) vs. Carolina Panthers (3-6 SU; 2-6 ATS)Sportsbook.ag Odds: Carolina (-3); Total set at 52.5Week 11 of the NFL season gets going with a NFC South showdown between two teams that are watching their seasons teeter on the brink of elimination. It’s not quite panic time in New Orleans or Carolina with six games remaining after this one, but the loser of this contest is likely going to have too much ground to make up in the NFC to remotely consider a run at the playoffs. The stakes are getting higher and higher each week in the NFL and it will be interesting to see which team comes out ahead in this one. New Orleans took the first meeting between these two by a 41-38 score a little over a month ago as they won it Read More

2016-NFL-Week 10-Monday night football-Bengals at Giants betting preview

Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1 SU, 3-5 ATS) vs. New York Giants (5-3 SU, 4-3-1 ATS) Sportsbook.ag Odds: Cincinnati (-1); Total Set at 47.5 This MNF line has already seen plenty of movement this week as the New York Giants opened up in the -3 range, as there still appears to be very few believers in Eli and company. The Bengals do have that angle that every better loves to back in that they are coming off their bye week, but I wouldn’t be so quick to jump on that angle here as it looks like everyone has been quick to do. The Bengals are a team that have definitely underperformed relative to their preseason expectations and while there still is time for this team to turn it around, just one win in their last four contests is a quite worrisome if I was looking to back the Bengals here. New York Read More

2016-NFL-Week 10-Sunday football-Full betting preview

Chiefs at Panthers (-3, 44) – 1:00 PM EST Kansas CityRecord: 6-2 SU, 3-5 ATS, 6-2 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 15/1 The Chiefs split their first four games of the season, but Kansas City is riding a four-game winning streak, capped off by an ugly home victory over Jacksonville last Sunday. Nick Foles started in place of the injured Alex Smith at quarterback, as Foles led the Chiefs to the end zone only once, while Kansas City needed four field goals in a 19-14 win as seven-point favorites. Smith is expected back under center on Sunday as the Chiefs are listed as an underdog for the second time this season, losing to the Steelers in Week 4 in their other opportunity as a ‘dog. CarolinaRecord: 3-5 SU, 2-5-1 ATS, 5-3 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 45/1 The Panthers lost just once in the 2015 regular season, but won only one game through the Read More

2016-NFL-Week10-Thursday night football-Browns at Ravens game preview

The Baltimore Ravens have an opportunity to take further control of the AFC North with a victory over the winless Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. The Ravens (4-4) sit atop the division after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-14 in Week 9, which also snapped a four-game losing streak. Despite the Browns’ 0-9 record, Ravens coach John Harbaugh is expecting another hard-fought game. “We understand that this is a quality football team that we’re dealing with,” Harbaugh said. “Games are lost for different kinds of reasons. Usually, it’s a play here and a play there, and some of those plays haven’t gone their way. It can go that way. We’ve been in the same situation. We lost four in a row. It just was like that. That can happen. … Our guys understand the rivalry that we have with Cleveland.” While the Ravens look to retain some momentum, the Browns are Read More

2016-NFL-Week 9-Monday night football-Bills at Seahawks betting preview

NFL Week 9 Monday Night Football Betting Preview Buffalo (4-4 SU; 4-4 ATS) vs. Seattle (4-2-1 SU; 3-4 ATS) Sportsbook.ag Odds: Seattle (-7); Total set at 43.5 Two slumping teams from different conferences meet on MNF this week and both would love to come away with the victory to revitalize their spirits heading into the second half of the season. Buffalo has lost two in a row after winning four straight and the euphoria from that four-game winning streak got slapped right out of Bills fans last week when Tom Brady and the Patriots dominated them from start to finish. Seattle is 0-1-1 SU in their last two, but both of those games came on the road and being back at home should sooth some of the pain. The Seahawks still have a major concern with the play of their offensive line, and offense in general, but this Bills team Read More