2017-NLF-Play Offs-Raiders at Texans game preview

There was something noble in how Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien and his Oakland Raiders counterpart, Jack Del Rio, masked their disappointment while naming respective starting quarterbacks for their Saturday AFC Wild Card postseason game at NRG Stadium. Although hardly planned, the game will feature a duel between quarterbacks who represent the most expensive free-agent disappointment of this last offseason against the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to debut as a starter in a playoff game. To sum up: Oakland rookie Connor Cook debuts on the road in a playoff game against Houston’s expensive, free-agent disappointment, Brock Osweiler. For the Texans (9-7), champions of the AFC South, Osweiler reclaimed his post because Tom Savage was lost to a concussion in the season finale against the Tennessee Titans. Savage supplanted the ineffective Osweiler against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 18. The Raiders (12-4) roared to their first playoff appearance Read More

2017-NFL-Week 17-Final round-Games betting preview

Panthers at Buccaneers (-4 ½, 46) – 1:00 PM ESTCarolinaRecord: 6-9 SU, 5-9-1 ATSThe Panthers finished last season without a home loss in 10 tries, but suffered their fourth home defeat last week in a 33-16 setback to the Falcons. Carolina stumbled to a 2-5 record away from Bank of America Stadium as only one of those victories came in the underdog role at Washington in Week 15. The Panthers look to avenge a 17-14 home defeat to the Buccaneers back in Week 5 as Cam Newton missed that loss due to injury. Carolina has won straight visits to Raymond James Stadium, while holding Tampa Bay to 17 points or less in each victory.Tampa BayRecord: 8-7 SU, 9-6 ATSTwo weeks ago, the Buccaneers were right in the mix of the NFC playoff picture, but back-to-back road losses at New Orleans and Dallas have put Tampa Bay on the brink of Read More

2016-NFL-Week 16-Saturday specials-All games preview

Miami at Buffalo: The Bills (11-3) and Dolphins (10-4) have been sneaky-good ‘over’ bets this season yet oddsmakers continue to post low totals on this pair (41 ½). Is there a reason for this production? The answer is yes and the proof lies with big plays (great stat) from both clubs. The Bills have seen the ‘over’ go 7-0 at Ralph Wilson Stadium this season behind an offense averaging 30.7 points per game at home and a suspect defense (24.7 PPG). Miami has scored 24 and 34 in its two divisional matchups on the road and the ‘over’ cashed in each game. The ‘over’ is on a 3-0 run in this series but the last two games played at Buffalo in December went ‘under’ the number. Keep an eye on the latest weather reports for this matchup with snow possibly looming. Tampa Bay at New Orleans: The Buccaneers stifled the Saints Read More

2016-NFL-Week 16-Thursday night football-Giants at Eagles game preview

There is no denying that the Giants have been one of the better teams in football over the past few months as at 10-4 straight up they are in great shape to get into the playoffs and make a run at the Super Bowl. The Giants are 8-1 SU (7-2 ATS) over their past nine games, but despite that have yet to clinch their spot in the postseason tournament and will need one win over these final two games to get there. It’s been the spectacular play of the Giants defense that has propelled this run (six straight ‘unders’) and New York fans are hoping that the old adage of “defense wins championships” holds true for their team this season. But after three tough games against division leaders (Pittsburgh, Dallas, Detroit), this week’s game in Philadelphia on short rest has the potential to be one of those dreaded “trap” games Read More

2016-NFL-Week 15-Monday night football-Panthers at Redskins game preview

Carolina (5-8 SU, 4-8-1 ATS) rebounded from a 40-7 drubbing at Seattle in Week 13 to beat San Diego last Sunday, 28-16 to cash as one-point home favorites. After allowing a total of 75 points in the previous two losses, the Panthers’ defense stepped up by causing five turnovers, including three interceptions of Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers. Kicker Graham Ganoconnected on four field goals for Carolina, while the Panthers overcame just 10 completions from Cam Newton to improve to 4-3 at Bank of America Stadium. Washington (7-5-1 SU, 9-4 ATS) finished off a string of three consecutive road games by rallying past Philadelphia, 27-22 to cover as two-point favorites. The Redskins lost the previous two weeks at Dallas and Arizona, but pulled off the season sweep of the Eagles thanks to a pair of touchdown passes by Kirk Cousins and the go-ahead touchdown run scored by Chris Thompson after the Read More

2016-NFL-Week 15-Sunday football-Full betting preview

Lions at Giants (-4, 41) – 1:00 PM EST DetroitRecord: 9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS, 9-4 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 30/1 The Lions keep continuing to show they are not a fluke, coming off their fifth consecutive victory last Sunday against the Bears, 20-17. Although Detroit didn’t cover as 7 ½-point home favorites, quarterback Matthew Stafford overcame a finger injury to score the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Lions cashed the UNDER for the seventh straight game. Detroit’s defense has been fantastic during this stretch, giving up 20 points or less in each of the past seen contests, while seeking its third consecutive road win after starting the season with 1-3 record overall. New YorkRecord: 9-4 SU, 7-5-1 ATS, 10-3 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 22/1 The Giants are the only team in the league to beat the Cowboys and New York accomplished that feat for the second time this season Read More

2016-NFL-Week 15-Thursday night football-Rams at Seahawks preview

The Week 15 NFL schedule kicks off Thursday in Seattle where the 8-4-1 Seahawks host the NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams. Both teams are coming off devastating Week 14 losses. The Seahawks lost to a hot Green Bay Packers squad 38-10, while the Rams got booed out of the Los Angeles Coliseum in their 42-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. That loss was the final straw for Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. He was fired on Monday. “This is the right time to make a change as our performance has not lived up to my or our fans’ expectations,” Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a team issued statement about Fisher’s removal as head coach. “We all are focused on improving as an organization and building a team that makes Los Angeles proud. Our mission is to celebrate a Super Bowl title with our fans in Los Angeles. Today Read More

2016-NFL-Week 14-Sunday football-Full betting preview

Texans at Colts (-6, 46 ½) – 1:00 PM EST HoustonRecord: 6-6 SU, 5-6-1 ATS, 7-5 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 100/1 The Texans continue to stumble away from NRG Stadium as their road record dropped to 1-5 following last Sunday’s 21-13 setback at Green Bay as 6 ½-point underdogs. Houston has been held to 13 points or fewer in four of five road defeats, while quarterback Brock Osweiler has yet to throw for more than 270 yards in a game this season. The Texans go for the crucial season sweep of the Colts to grab the tiebreaker inside the AFC South as Houston rallied past Indianapolis, 26-23 in overtime back in Week 6. IndianapolisRecord: 6-6 SU, 6-5-1 ATS, 8-4 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 50/1 The Colts embarrassed the Jets on Monday night, 41-10 to pull back to .500 and into a three-way tie for first place in the division alongside the Texans Read More

2016-NLF-Week 13-Monday night football-Colts at Jets game preview

The AFC Wild Card is heating up through the first weekend in December, but the Colts and Jets are currently on the outside looking in. Indianapolis travels to Met Life Stadium on Monday night trying to reach the .500 mark with a victory and stay in the midst of the AFC South race. New York is riding out the string as the Jets look to snap a three-game losing streak and pick up their second home victory of the season.The Colts (5-6 SU, 5-5-1 ATS) played without quarterback Andrew Luck on Thanksgiving night due to being in the concussion protocol as Indianapolis was blown out by Pittsburgh, 28-7 as eight-point home underdogs. Scott Tolzien started in place of Luck, but threw two interceptions, while Antonio Brown reached the end zone three times for Pittsburgh. The Steelers outgained the Colts, 369-310, as Indianapolis suffered its third home loss of the season. Read More

2016-NFL-Week 13-Sunday football-Full betting preview

Chiefs at Falcons (-5 ½, 49) – 1:00 PM EST Kansas CityRecord: 8-3 SU, 5-6 ATS, 8-3 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 20/1 The Chiefs have been outgained in each of their last four games, but Kansas City has found a way to win three of those contests. In last Sunday night’s last-second overtime victory at Denver, the Chiefs mustered less than 300 yards offensively, but improved to 9-3 SU/ATS in their past 12 games away from Arrowhead Stadium. However, Kansas City owns a 2-5 SU/ATS mark in its previous seven games against NFC opponents with one of those wins coming at Carolina in Week 10 by erasing a late 17-0 deficit. AtlantaRecord: 7-4 SU, 7-4 ATS, 9-2 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 15/1 The Falcons remain atop the NFC South after cruising past the Cardinals last Sunday, 38-19 as four-point favorites. Atlanta improved to 2-8 ATS as a home favorite since the start Read More