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2016-NFL-Week 9-Sunday football-Betting preview

Lions at Vikings (-6, 41) – 1:00 PM EST DetroitRecord: 4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS, 4-4 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 160/1 The Lions saw their three-game winning streak disappear in last Sunday’s 20-13 setback at Houston as Detroit was held to its lowest point total of the season. Detroit’s defense did its job by allowing 270 yards to Houston, but a pair of second quarter touchdowns by the Texans were enough to send the Lions back to .500. The Lions fell to 1-3 away from Ford Field, as Detroit has lost eight of the last 10 meetings in Minnesota, including a 26-16 setback last September. MinnesotaRecord: 5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS, 5-2 UNDERSuper Bowl Odds: 15/1 It’s been a tumultuous run for the Vikings since a 5-0 start as Minnesota’s offense has posted 20 points in two road losses at Philadelphia and Chicago. Norv Turner is out as offensive coordinator as the Vikings Read More

2016-NFL-Week 8-Monday night football-Vikings at Bears game preview

The Minnesota Vikings will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night. The way some Vikings players see it, last week’s loss against the Philadelphia Eagles might have been exactly what the group needed to stay sharp going forward. “No one likes to lose, but at the same time, we can be helped by it,” Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “You can learn from it.” However, rest assured that nobody on the Vikings wants to learn from back-to-back losses. The Vikings (5-1) are the road favorites against the struggling Bears (1-6), who have dropped three consecutive games and are tied for the second-worst record in the NFL. Minnesota has won three consecutive games against Chicago and five of the past seven meetings. The prime-time matchup on Halloween night will feature a Vikings defense Read More

2016-NFL-Week 8-Sunday football-Betting preview

Seahawks (-2 ½, 48) at Saints – 1:00 PM EST SeattleRecord: 4-1-1 SU, 3-3 ATS, 3-3 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 7/1 The Seahawks failed to reach the end zone for the second time this season in a road divisional game, but didn’t lose at Arizona. Seattle finished in a 6-6 tie with the rival Cardinals, but Arizona outgained Pete Carroll’s squad 443-257. The Seahawks had their three-game winning streak snapped, as Seattle has lost only once this season as it shoots for its second road victory. Russell Wilson has never played at the Superdome, as Seattle is making its first trip to New Orleans since 2010 when the Seahawks lost, 34-19 as 11-point underdogs. New OrleansRecord: 2-4 SU, 4-2 ATS, 4-2 OVERSuper Bowl Odds: 165/1 The best underdog team in the NFL resides in the Big Easy as the Saints own a perfect 4-0 ATS mark when receiving points this season. Read More

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