2016-NFL-Week 7-Monday night football-Texans at Broncos game preview

Even with the attention sure to focus squarely on current Houston (and former Denver) quarterback Brock Osweiler, the most pressing concern for the Broncos in advance of their showdown with the Texans on Monday night is regaining the momentum that carried them through an undefeated start by Week 4. The league went from moderately surprised to wholly accepting of the Broncos’ quick dash from the starting gate, simultaneously stunned by how well Trevor Siemian performed in his first few weeks as a starting quarterback in the NFL while reverential toward a defense that continued to pound opponents into submission in a manner matching that from last season’s run to the Super Bowl championship. But consecutive losses to the Falcons at home and the Chargers on the road in a five-day span wiped a bit of the shine off the Broncos (4-2). Almost as hastily as observers acknowledged the Broncos’ power Read More

2016-NFL-Week 7-Thursday night football-Bears at Packers game preview

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has been either a head coach or defensive coordinator in the NFL for 23 seasons. He doesn’t need any of that experience to figure out the Chicago Bears’ game plan for Thursday night. The Packers probably will be without their three top cornerbacks. That unit will be under siege from Brian Hoyer, who is the first quarterback in Bears history to have four consecutive 300-yard passing games. “When you look at the Bears’ statistics, I would anticipate they’ll throw the ball because that’s what they’ve been having a lot of success doing,” Capers said. On the other side of the coin, the Packers have had shockingly little success throwing the football. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ funk continued in last week’s 30-16 loss to Dallas. While the numbers looked nice at the end of the game – 31-of-42 passing for 294 yards and a 90.8 passer rating, Read More

2016-NFL-Week 6-Sunday football-Full betting preview

Bengals at Patriots (-9, 47 ½) – 1:00 PM EST CincinnatiRecord: 2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS, 3-2 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 50/1 The Bengals were wiped out early at Dallas last Sunday in a 28-14 defeat as 2 ½-point road favorites. Cincinnati fell behind, 28-0 before scoring a pair of late touchdowns, as the two victories by the Bengals have come against the Jets and Dolphins, who are a combined 2-8. The offense has been disappointing in Cincinnati, as the Bengals have been held to 17 points or less in their three losses, while scoring just one touchdown against Miami. The Bengals are playing with major revenge after getting blasted at Gillette Stadium as 2 ½-point road favorites in 2014 by a 43-17 count. New EnglandRecord: 4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS, 4-1 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 7/2 The Patriots were blanked by the Bills in the final game of Tom Brady’s suspension in Week Read More

2016-NFL-Week 6-Thursday night football-Broncos at Chargers game preview

The Denver Broncos head to the West Coast on a short week to play AFC West rival San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football. The Broncos are coming off their first loss of the season, to the Atlanta Falcons, 23-16. Denver is also dealing with the temporary loss of their Super Bowl-winning head coach Gary Kubiak. The Broncos head coach will not make the trip to San Diego after suffering a complex migraine. “Gary is going to concentrate on Gary this week. Everybody else will concentrate on getting a win down in San Diego,” said general manager John Elway. Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis is serving as the interim head coach as the Broncos prepare for the Chargers. DeCamillis is involved in week-to-week game management and this was the reason he was tabbed the coach instead of former NFL head coach Wade Phillips, the Broncos’ defensive coordinator. How much actual Read More

2016-NFL-Week 5-Monday night football-Buccaneers at Panthers preview

The Carolina Panthers didn’t expect to be in the same situation as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a quarter of the way through the season. One of them will take a step in the right direction in Monday night’s game at Bank of America Stadium. “Four games doesn’t make a season. We have been in this situation before,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “This is a challenge. We have to accept this challenge. We have to take it one game at a time, and that’s the approach.” Both teams hold 1-3 records. While the Buccaneers are in a rebuilding phase with a first-year coach, the Panthers are the defending NFC champions. “I think we should be better than we are,” Rivera said. “We’ve had some opportunities that we haven’t taken advantage of.” Tampa Bay is playing back-to-back games against last season’s Super Bowl participants after a home loss to the Denver Read More

2016-NFL-Week 5-Sunday football-Betting previews

Texans at Vikings (-6 ½, 40) – 1:00 PM EST HoustonRecord: 3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS, 3-1 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 20/1 Houston continues to win at home, improving to 3-0 at NRG Stadium after holding off Tennessee last week, 27-20 as four-point favorites. Rookie Will Fuller’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown broke a 20-20 third quarter tie, while the Texans have yet to allow a touchdown in the second half at home this season. However, Houston has yet to win on the road as the Texans were blanked at New England in Week 3 by a 27-0 count. The Texans posted a 3-4 ATS mark as a road underdog last season, while grabbing an upset as 10-point underdogs at Cincinnati last November. MinnesotaRecord: 4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS, 3-1 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 10/1 In spite of losing their starting quarterback and running back, the Vikings keep clicking and remain one of Read More

2016-NFL-Week 5-Thursday night football-Cardinals at 49ers game preview

Palmer entered the week in concussion protocol, leaving the Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams with a head injury Sunday. The short week left little time for manipulating the Cardinals’ game plan against familiar NFC West foe San Francisco. The 49ers (1-3) have quarterback questions of their own. Arians said Tuesday before the team packed for Santa Clara, Calif., that his plan would not change much with Drew Stanton behind center Thursday. “Yeah, not really,” he said. “I think the mindset is the same.” Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said the Cardinals are confident in Stanton based on past performance. He went 5-3 in 2014 when Palmer was sidelined by a torn ACL. “We have to keep playing. We have to keep fighting,” Fitzgerald said. The Cardinals might go a bit more conservative — Arians admits this is counter his typical approach — and ask its defense to flex Read More

2016-NFL-Week 4-Monday night football-Giants at Vikings game preview

Nearly two weeks ago, the Vikings lost their star running back and a key offensive lineman. However, Minnesota hasn’t lost a game in more than eight months. Heading into their Monday night matchup with the New York Giants (2-1), the Vikings (3-0) qualify as one of the early surprises in the NFL. They topped the Tennessee Titans before earning surprise wins over the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers despite an unimpressive offense that is now led by a quarterback who didn’t arrive in Minnesota until the preseason ended. For these Vikings, it is not about offense. With running back Adrian Peterson gone and new signal-caller Sam Bradford doing just enough to move the ball, Minnesota is winning thanks to defense and special teams. Coach Mike Zimmer — a defensive specialist during his six years as an assistant with the Bengals — has a defensive unit that heads into the Read More

2016-NFL-Week 4-Sunday football-Full betting preview

Seahawks (-2 ½, 40) at Jets – 1:00 PM EST SeattleRecord: 2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS, 2-1 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 12/1 The Seahawks leave the west coast for the first time this season, while seeking consecutive victories for the first time. Seattle blasted San Francisco last Sunday, 37-18 after being held to 15 points in its first two games. Quarterback Russell Wilson left with a sprained left knee, but he is expected to play on Sunday. Seattle has allowed the second-fewest amount of points in the NFL with 37, 10 behind Philadelphia. However, the Seahawks have struggled on the road against AFC foes under Pete Carroll by posting a 3-9 SU and 3-7-2 ATS record since 2010. New YorkRecord: 1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS, 2-1 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 65/1 The Jets couldn’t get out of their own way last week at Kansas City by turning the ball over eight times, including six Read More

2016-NFL-Week 4-Thursday night football-Dolphins at Bengals game preview

“We have to move forward and keep doing things better, whether it be protection or anything,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said of preparing a team that fell below .500 for the first time since 2014 with a home loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. “Every time I come in here, there’s something not up to snuff. You’ll point it out to me, which I appreciate. But the key is to win the game.” The short week doesn’t help matters, but Lewis could get two leaders back soon. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict and tight end Tyler Eifert, who had offseason ankle surgery, could be on the field soon. Lewis initially said Eifert is “close”. but the team listed the tight end as doubtful on Wednesday. Miami (1-2) survived the Cleveland Browns in overtime for its first win of the season last week. Burfict’s three-game suspension is over, and on Monday the Read More