Oct 082013
 

Chicago-Bears

Eli Manning and company will try to turn things around on Thursday night in Chicago, when the Giants take on the heavily-favored Bears. The Bears are listed as 7.5 Point favorites with a total of 47 for this game according to BetOnline Sportsbook

Chicago is 0-4-1 against the spread in its last five games at Soldier Field, including a 26-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Bears offense, behind quarterback Jay Cutler, struggled to put together drives against the Saints’ defense and has now lost two in a row.

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Chicago should have more success a Giants’ defense that fell apart in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants are just 1-4 ATS in their past 5 games as a road dog.

These two teams last met in 2010, with the Giants winning a 17-3 game in New York. They will face the 0-5 Giants, who own a 0-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bears are 4-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Giants are 3-2 favoring the OVER.

NY Giants is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
NY Giants is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Giants’s last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of NY Giants’s last 23 games
Chicago is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago’s last 7 games
Chicago is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

With the current state of the Giants don’t be surprised if the Bears smack them around on Nationally televised Thursday Night Football. Bet the Bears to cover at BetOnline!

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Sep 112013
 

Texans Cheerleaders

After rallying from way back to win their season opener in San Diego Monday night the 1-0 Houston Texans head home for an AFC South divisional rivalry game with the 1-0 Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium (1 pm ET, CBS).

BetOnline Sportsbook has the Texans as 9.5 point favorites with a total of 43 for this one.

In the early wagering the Texans, who swept this season series last year and covered the spread both games, were favored by seven points over the Titans, who upset the Steelers in Pittsburgh in their opener.

Tennessee has slumped to a 2-7 ATS in nine recent games vs Houston. They have also been a terrible bet in division games (1-8 ATS past 9 games within AFC South).

The Texans meanwhile have been OVER machines early in the season. The OVER is 17-4 past 21 September games. Offensively, the game matches up Houston’s No. 6-ranked offense (31 PPG) against a Titans defense that ranks No. 3 at 9 PPG. The Texans passing attack has averaged 329 yards per game, more than the Titans give up through the air (163 YPG on average).

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The Titans were a 16-9 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Steelers. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (25) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Titans grabbed a Week 1 victory over the Steelers in their last game, winning 16-9 at Heinz Field.

The Texans were a 31-28 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Chargers. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (59) made winners of OVER bettors. Last time out, Matt Schaub threw for 3 scores and 346 yards in leading his team past San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee’s last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tennessee’s last 10 games when playing on the road against Houston
Tennessee is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games
Tennessee is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing Tennessee
Houston is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games

The Texans should be able to come out of the gates confidently on this one, but 9.5 points might just be too much against a team that just took out the Steelers at home. Bet the Titans plus the points at BetOnline NOW!

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Sep 112013
 

Bengals Cheerleaders

The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Pittsburgh Steelers for Monday night football on September 16, 2013. NFL week 2 betting lines are available at BetOnline Sportsbook where you can bet on this game and get a 25% free play with your deposit.

The Bengals are home favorites with a point spread of -6.5 along a total over-under line of 40.5 points.

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Cincinnati comes from a loss on the road against Chicago with a score of 21-24. Bets on the Bengals pushed the point spread as +3 underdogs while the game went over the betting line of 41.5 points.

QB Andy Dalton passed for 282 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions while A.J. Green had 162 receiving yards with 2 scores.

Pittsburgh lost its season premiere against the Titan 9-16 on the scoreboard. Bets on Tennessee covered the spread as +6 underdogs with the total score going under the 42 points line.

Ben Roethlisberger had 191 passing yards with a touchdown and a pick while Antonio Brown had 71 receiving yards.

Last Meeting

These teams last met on December 23, 2012 when the Bengals as visitors defeated the Steelers with a score of 13-10, covering the point spread as underdogs at +3, while the total score went under the line of 41 points.

Betting Trends

  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • Cincinnati is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cincinnati’s last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 7 games at home
  • Cincinnati is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home

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Sep 102013
 

Chiefs Cheerleaders

The Dallas Cowboys will visit the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday September 15th, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium (1 pm ET, CBS)

BetOnline Sportsbook has the Chiefs as 3.5 point favorites with a total of 46.5

In the early betting this game, which matches a KC team that beat Jacksonville in its debut under Coach Reid against a Dallas squad that exorcised a demon in beating the Giants at home Sunday night, was listed as a pick ‘em.

Kansas City has struggled in this position lately, with a 1-6 ATS mark the past 7 games they were a home favorite.The game also pits Kansas City’s No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 28 PPG, against a Cowboys defense that ranks No. 26 this week at 31 PPG. The Chiefs aerial game is averaging 171 yards per game, less than the Cowboys secondary allows through the air, 428 YPG per game.

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In their last action, Dallas was a 36-31 winner at home against the Giants. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (67) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Cowboys’s last action saw them get a 2-TD performance from Tony Romo as they handed New York a 36-31 loss at AT&T Stadium.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 28-2 winner on the road against the Jaguars. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (30) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Dallas’s last 11 games on the road
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas’s last 7 games
Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas City’s last 15 games at home
Kansas City is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Kansas City is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Dallas

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Sep 102013
 

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The Philadelphia Eagles, after upsetting Washington in their debut Monday night under new head coach Chip Kelly, get a chance to start 2-0 when they host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday September 15th, 2013 (1 pm ET, CBS).

The Eagles are 7.5 Favorites with a total of 54 according to BetOnline Sportsbook

As of early this week Philly, which ran for 263 yards against the ‘Skins, was favored by seven points over the Bolts, who blew a 28-7 and lost their season opener to Houston Monday night 31-28.

The game also pits Philadelphia’s No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 33 PPG, against a Chargers defense that ranks No. 26 this week at 31 PPG. The Eagles aerial game is averaging 180 yards per game, less than the Chargers secondary allows through the air, 329 YPG per game.

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San Diego lost its last outing, a 31-28 result against the Texans on September 9. The Chargers covered in that game as a 6-point underdog, while the 59 combined points took the game OVER the total. In their last game, the Chargers got 4 passing scores out of Philip Rivers, but lost 31-28 to the Texans on Monday at Qualcomm Stadium.

Philadelphia won its last outing, a 33-27 result against the Redskins on September 9. The Eagles covered in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 60 combined points took the game OVER the total. Washington was unable to contain LeSean McCoy in its last action Monday and the result was a 33-27 Week 1 loss against the Eagles.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Diego’s last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego’s last 5 games
San Diego is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
San Diego is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games
Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Diego
Philadelphia is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games

Philly’s fast tempo offense might just prove to be too much for the Chargers defense on the road. Bet the Eagles to cover at BetOnline NOW!

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Sep 102013
 

Patriots cheerleaders

The embattled New York Jets and their rookie quarterback are unbeaten as they head to New England as big underdogs in a Thursday night showdown with the Patriots for September 12th, 2013.

BetOnline Sportsbook has the Patriots as 12 point favorites with a total of 43 for this one.

Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith led a last-minute game-winning drive against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was not overly impressive in his NFL debut. Tom Brady also led a late game-winning drive to help the Patriots come from behind to nip the Bills.

The Jets are 1-3 ATS against the Patriots in the last two seasons. They have covered the spread in their last three games as double-digit underdogs.

In their last action, New York was a 18-17 winner at home against the Buccaneers. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (35) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last game, the Jets were Week 1 winners, coming out on top of the Buccaneers by a score of 18-17.

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The Patriots were a 23-21 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bills. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites, while the total score (44) made winners of UNDER bettors. Shane Vereen tore up the turf for 101 rushing yards in the latest Patriots game, a 23-21 win over the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Jets last 5 games when playing New England
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the NY Jets last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Jets last 6 games when playing on the road against New England
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Jets last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New England’s last 5 games when playing NY Jets
New England is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New England’s last 6 games when playing at home against NY Jets
New England is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Jets

The line for this game is clearly underestimating the capacity of both offenses to put up points, which will prove to be a mistake. Bet the OVER at BetOnline NOW!

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Sep 062013
 

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The Washington Redskins will host the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field on ESPN Monday Night Football with kickoff time set for 7 PM ET.

BetOnline Sportsbook has the Redskins as 3.5 point favorites with a total of 52 for this one.

The Eagles could have a surprisingly good offensive line and that combined with new coach Chip Kelly’s fast tempo offense quickly could mean a much better offense in 2013. For Vick to become an asset with the NFL odds he must end his irritating habit of holding on to the ball too long. The Eagles defense was one of the worst last year and modest improvement is to be expected. RB LeSean McCoy could flourish in Kelly’s system.

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Washington head coach Mike Shanahan held Robert Griffin III out of preseason action and caught a lot of heat for doing so, despite it actually making total sense. RGIII is probable for this one but the question is if his surgically repaired knee can withstand the punishment of a full NFL season and if he can play at the same sensational level as 2013.

The Eagles have not been a good team on natural grass with a mark of 7-18 against the spread. They have gotten the money in just 2 out of their last 12 NFC games. Washington is 12-2 ATS vs. the NFC East is undefeated ATS in their last 4 season openers. The favorite has covered 5 straight in this head to head series but the home team has covered just 3 out of 13 meetings in this head to head series. Washington has paid out in just 5 out of their last 17 home games with the Eagles. Bet the Redskins to cover at home at BetOnline NOW!

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Sep 062013
 

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The Buffalo Bills will host the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday with kickoff time set for 1 PM ET.

BetOnline Sportsbook has the Patriots as 9.5 point favorites with a total of 51 for this game.

The Patriots have to sort out their new receiver corps and tight end situation but the one key asset that they have for is MVP QB Tom Brady. The Patriots are so desperate that they activated TE Rob Gronkowski despite the fact that he is recovering from multiple surgeries. The Pats 7th ranked ground game from last year should be even better. The defense, while not dominant, has been a turnover creating machine.

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In Buffalo, rookie EJ Manuel will be the starter but is coming off knee surgery. Everything about the Bills is energetic and up tempo and they will be improved, and expectations are high this year for running back C.J Spiller.

The Patriots have gotten the money in 14 out of their last 20 road games while Buffalo has covered the spread in 6 out of their last 8 season openers. New England has gone under the total in just 5 out of their last 22 games in the AFC East. Buffalo has gone over the total in 4 of their last 5 season openers and 7 out of their last 10 home games. New England has covered the spread in 8 out of their last 9 games at Buffalo and the dog has paid out in just 7 out of the last 28 meetings in this head to head series. This one looks like a blowout. Bet the Patriots to cover the spread at BetOnline Now!

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Sep 062013
 

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The Dallas Cowboys will host the New York Giants on NBC Sunday Night Football with a starting time of 8:30 PM ET.

BetOnline Sportsbook opened with Dallas as a 3.5 point favorite and with a total of 49.

The Giants will again be counting on QB Eli Manning to lead them to success and get them back into post season play. New York has never had a losing record since Manning became starting QB in 2005. An inconsistent secondary must become more reliable and Justin Tuck needs to increase sack production.

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The Cowboys have missed the playoffs the past two seasons because they could not close the deal late in the season. Monte Kiffin had good success in training camp as the newly arrived defensive coordinator as he switched the unit to a 4-3 set. He had great success as DC of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. WR Dez Bryant is maturing rapidly and could be one of the best in the NFL.

The Cowboys are a strong 5-1 against the spread in season openers and beat the Giants in their season opener last year. Dallas has some disturbing trends beyond that however as they are 6-18 ATS at home, and 2-10 vs. NFC East Division rivals. The Giants have gotten the money in their last 4 visits to Jerry’s World and the road team has paid out in 5 out of the last 6 in this head to head series, which has gone over the total in 6 out of the last 8 meetings including 4 straight at Dallas. Bet the OVER at BetOnline NOW!

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Sep 032013
 

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It’s finally that time of the year when everything seems to make sense because we have what we need to be happy…Football! And the new season is just a couple of days away when the World Champs Baltimore Ravens visit Sports Authority Field on Thursday September 5th, 2013 for a rematch of last year’s playoff game against the Denver Broncos.

It’s important to choose a couple of efficient Sportsbooks for the season that fulfill all of our wagering needs, and like the past four years we will rely on Bovada SportsBook as well as BetOnline Sportsbook and you should too now that you can get a $50 Free Bet! For the sake of this game, they have listed the Broncos as -8 Point favorites and a total of 48 points.

Many things have changed since the last meeting between these two teams, among the biggest factors to consider as questions marks are:

Denver’s pass rush ability: Keep in mind that Von Miller is suspended for six games and their next best pass rusher from last year Elvis Dumervil is actually now with Baltimore.

Baltimore’s defense: Ray Lewis? Retired. Ed Reed? Now with the Texans, and overall we are looking at 7 or 8 new starters in comparison to the team that won the SuperBowl.

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Baltimore Offense: Changes have come not only in the defensive side also on the offense. Wether it’s injury or departure the Ravens find themselves without Dennis Pitta, Anquan Boldin, key contributors on the SuperBowl win, and are depleted at the wide receiver position. It all comes down to Ray Rice.

Denver Offense: It does look improved with the addition of slot receiver Wes Welker, who will play between Demaryius Thomas and Erick Decker (Black n Decker) but with a situation still unclear on the running game, with Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman set to share the load. Of course Peyton Manning is a superstar so the running back with the better pass protection will find himself on the field more.

While it is still too early to have a clearer idea we believe that both teams have a chance to win this one, but without a doubt it will be a high scoring game. Bet the OVER at BetOnline NOW!

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Jul 042013
 

bills

The Buffalo Bills have done everything they feel they could have to transform themselves in to contenders for more than a decade now, but it has never been enough. The Bills own the NFL’s longest playoff drought at 13-straight seasons, and while they still may not be ready to challenge for a Super Bowl, there is reason to believe they are headed in the right direction. There are a couple of notable moves that could lead to Buffalo challenging for a playoff spot in the near future, and none is more important than the hiring of head coach Doug Marrone.

2014 Super Bowl Odds: Buffalo Bills + 10,000

Notable Change #1: Bills Decide Marrone Is Right Man For The Job

The Bills are high on the former Syracuse head coach Marrone, and managed to convince him that Buffalo is the right place for him to continue his coaching career at the NFL level. Marrone has NFL experience having served as the offensive line coach for the New York Jets for four years as well as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints from 2006-09. His toughest challenge will be helping first-round pick EJ Manuel develop in to a franchise quarterback on the offensive side of the ball, while entrusting former Jet Mike Pettine as the defensive coordinator. Marrone brought with him Nathaniel Hackett from Syracuse to be the offensive coordinator, and the Bills will rely on one of the league’s best running back tandems in CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson to carry the load early.

Notable Change #2: Rookies Should Inject Life In To Offense

Spiller and Jackson will be relied on to spark the offense, but don’t count out the impact that both Manuel and wide receiver Robert Woods will have. Manuel has incredible athleticism and a live arm, which was enough for Buffalo to make him the first quarterback off the board in this year’s draft. That should be reason enough to think Manuel could start from week one, particularly with Woods teaming with Stevie Johnson to help the Bills’ vertical attack. Woods is a big play receiver that should slide in right next to Johnson and help stretch the field, and if he and Manuel click early it could take the Buffalo offense to the next level.

Notable Change #3: Lawson Key To Defense That Is Finally Healthy Again

The Bills’ defense finished last season having allowed the second-most points and the third-most yards in franchise history, even with key additions like Mario Williams and Mark Anderson on the defensive line. Anderson was injured for most of the year but is expected to be healthy, and that should help up front as Williams and Marcell Dareus attempt to bounce back from off years. Manny Lawson was added from Cincinnati to handle the duties on the strong side, and improved play from the front-seven should make things a lot easier on a Buffalo secondary that was torched far too often a year ago.

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Jul 042013
 

titans

The Tennessee Titans had a rough year in 2013 as the team finished 6-10 and well out of the AFC playoff race. The team could not get its running game going, despite having a healthy Chris Johnson all season long. The offensive line became a point of even more scrutiny when quarterback Jake Locker continually took hits that put him out of games.

The Titans made moves in the offseason to improve their offensive line. One notable moves to bring in offensive lineman Adam Levitre from the Buffalo Bills. But knee problems have threatened Levitre’s season and have made him a non-factor in the Tennessee plans. There were plenty of other moves that the Titans made which could push the team closer to being a playoff contender in 2013.

2014 Super Bowl Odds: 140/1

Notable Change #1: The Signing of George Wilson

The thing about safety George Wilson is that he started his NFL career as a wide receiver. When the Buffalo Bills could not justify keeping Wilson as a receiver, they gave him the option to become a safety. Wilson has gone on to be one of the better impact safeties in the NFL. When he signed with the Tennessee Titans, he helped to bring a new dimension to a defense that is already focusing on speed and power. Bringing George Wilson answers a lot of questions for the Titans and puts an important piece in place for Tennessee’s improving defensive secondary.

Notable Change #2: Bringing in Gregg Williams.

The defensive coordinator directly associated with the New Orleans Saints’ “bountygate” has found a home in Tennessee. Before he was hired by the Titans, Williams was actually prepared to be the defensive coordinator in St. Louis for former Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher. But Williams’ suspension forced the Rams to go in a different direction and forced Williams to wait. No one is denying the fact that Williams is one of the most effective defensive coordinators in the game today. But there will be a very strong microscope on the Tennessee Titans as long as Williams is in charge of the team’s defense. As for the product on the field, fans in Tennessee can start to get excited about the bright future of the team’s defense.

Notable Change #3: Kenny Britt is ready to play.

Now that wide receiver Jared Cook has left Tennessee for greener pastures, that opens the door for former star receiver Kenny Britt to re-claim his spot as the number one receiver. Britt spent the offseason getting healthy and staying out of jail. If Britt can keep himself on the field this season and out of a hospital room or a jail cell, then he could be the big piece to the deep passing game that quarterback Jake Locker has been needing for quite a while.

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Jul 042013
 

jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to build from the ground up. A team that sits at the bottom of the NFL has to make substantial improvements in just about every facet of competition.

2014 Super Bowl Odds: +10,000

Notable Change #1:

The Jaguars signed cornerback Alan Ball to try to bolster their secondary. An Associated Press story from March 15 offers the basic overview and context of the acquisition: “Ball, who signed a two-year deal, spent last season in Houston after playing five years in Dallas. He is expected to compete for a starting job for the Jaguars, who recently parted ways with cornerbacks Derek Cox, Rashean Mathis and Aaron Ross. Ball has 22 career starts and three interceptions. The 6-foot-2 Ball fits new coach Gus Bradley’s defensive schemes of being a press-coverage cornerback.”

It was very important for the Jaguars to get players who are likely to be compatible with a first-year head coach’s schemes and packages. Creating an environment in which players will embrace an unproven head coach rated as a prime need for the Jaguars, who have been sorely needing a fresh injection of energy and think that Bradley, the co-architect of the Seattle Seahawks’ swarming, ballhawking defense in 2012, can be the engine of a resurgence in the northern part of Florida. It’s true that this team’s offense was quite punchless in 2012, but if Jacksonville can become imposing and speedy on defense, thereby shrinking the field for the likes of Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts) and Matt Schaub (Houston Texans), the Jaguars could become a lot more competitive in the AFC South Division than a lot of the experts think.

Notable Change #2:

The Jaguars also snagged running back Justin Forsett to give some quality depth to their stable of backs and receivers. Again, the Associated Press story: “Forsett, who also signed a two-year deal, has played for Indianapolis (2008), Seattle (2008-11) and Houston (2012). He has 1,661 yards and eight touchdowns. He will compete for the backup job behind Maurice Jones- Drew. He also has experience dealing with new Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.”

Once again, you can see how the need to select players who could blend in with the newly-assembled coaching staff was a clear priority for the Jacksonville organization. Jones-Drew has existed on an island over the past several seasons, lacking the resources and component parts around him that could make the Jaguars a better and more robust football force. Forsett provides some reinforcements and, by that fact alone, should give Jones-Drew a measure of encouragement, which is important for the Jags as a franchise.

Notable Change #3:

The Jaguars also brought defensive tackle Roy Miller into the fold. As the AP notes, “Miller spent the last four seasons in Tampa Bay, recording 140 tackles and three sacks. He worked with new Jaguars defensive line coach Todd Wash in Tampa Bay. Miller is expected to replace Terrance Knighton in the D-line rotation.”

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Jul 032013
 

Broncos

The Denver Broncos landed a player who could make their offense that much more difficult to defend. They lost a pass rusher and tried to make upgrades to their secondary.

2013 Super Bowl Odds: +275

Notable Change #1:

The Broncos’ biggest acquisition of the offseason was, by far, the pickup of receiver Wes Welker from the New England Patriots. Welker spent the past few seasons serving as the key slot receiver for Tom Brady. Now he’ll catch passes for Peyton Manning in the Mile High City. Welker will obviously be motivated to defeat New England in the race for the AFC Championship. The fact that he brings a substantial knowledge of the Patriots’ methods and tendencies could help the Broncos if they ever play the Patriots in the playoffs. However, Denver has to get there first. The Broncos were on the verge of meeting New England for the AFC title last season, but they lost to the Baltimore Ravens in double overtime in the divisional playoff round. Welker could give Manning the slot receiver he needs in order to move the sticks in third-and-five and other similar situations. If Welker can minimize the amount of passes he drops – he struggled in Super Bowl XLVI and in the 2012 regular season as well – he will make Denver a much better team.

Notable Change #2:

The Broncos lost outside pass rusher Elvis Dumervil, reducing the amount of threats this team can send at opposing quarterbacks. Von Miller is still on the roster, but Dumervil will cut into the Broncos’ level of depth. The team did acquire defensive end Shaun Phillips to try to compensate for the loss of Dumervil, but the sense is that the Broncos will lose more than they gain in that swap of players.

Notable Change #3:

The Broncos tried to bring some reinforcements to their back line of defense. They picked up two cornerbacks, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Quentin Jammer. Everyone in the professional football community knows why Denver made it a point to grab two cornerbacks, not just one. The Broncos would have hosted New England in the AFC Championship Game – and stood a good chance of making Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans – had their secondary not collapsed late in regulation against the Baltimore Ravens in a 2013 AFC Divisional Playoff Game. A blunder committed by Rahim Moore – who badly misjudged a pass thrown by Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco – enabled the Ravens to tie Denver on a 70-yard touchdown pass in the final 35 seconds of regulation. When Baltimore pulled out a victory in double overtime after a Peyton Manning interception, Denver’s top seed in the AFC had ceased to matter. The Broncos hope that Rodgers-Cromartie and Jammer will be able to solidify and stabilize the secondary, so that a recurrence of that nightmare against Baltimore will not happen this season. If Denver can shut down the big play (and avoid the big mistake), the Broncos can take the extra step to the Super Bowl this season.

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Jul 032013
 

Chargers

The San Diego Chargers made high-profile additions at three positions, bolstering their roster and giving their fan base hope that they can regain a measure of success in the AFC West.

2014 Super Bowl Odds: +2150

Notable Change #1:

The Chargers waged many a playoff battle against Dwight Freeney when the outside pass rusher was a member of the Indianapolis Colts, a frequent postseason competitor in the American Football Conference. Now, though, Freeney will wear a lightning bolt instead of a horseshoe on his helmet, an abrupt turn of events for one of football’s best players over the past decade. Lindsay Jones of USA Today wrote this in an article from June 3: “Even though Freeney has yet to practice, or even receive a jersey number (the No. 93 he wore in Indianapolis is currently owned by fourth-year defensive tackle Cam Thomas), the Chargers have begun to envision how he’ll affect their defense. Freeney spent most of his career as a defensive end, but learned to play outside linebacker last season as the Indianapolis Colts shifted to a 3-4 system under coach Chuck Pagano, whose brother, John, runs San Diego’s defense. ‘With what Pagano is going to do, and what our defense is going to do. He’ll be fine,’ McCoy said. ‘We’re not going to limit him.’”

“Freeney figures to be a starter immediately, replacing second-year outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, who tore his ACL last month. The Chargers had hoped Ingram, a first-round pick in 2012, would fill the pass rushing void left by the departure of veteran Shaun Phillips. Instead, they landed Freeney, whose stint as a free agent lasted longer than most anticipated.”

Notable Change #2:

The Chargers’ top need is on their offensive line, and the team addressed that point of need by landing left tackle Max Starks. Dan Hanzus of NFL.com had this to say on May 21: “Starks fills a huge need for the Chargers, who have major talent and depth issues up front. Starks stands a very good chance to displace King Dunlap as San Diego’s starting left tackle. First-round draft pick D.J. Fluker will start on the opposite side of the line. Starks, 31, spent the last five seasons protecting Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starks played every snap last season, but he was not re-signed as the Steelers looked to get more athletic at the position. The Steelers wouldn’t have let Starks get away if they thought his best football was still ahead of him. Nevertheless, he’s a substantial upgrade for the Chargers, who should consider themselves lucky they had a competent option on the market this late in the game.”

Notable Change #3:

The Chargers pried cornerback Derek Cox away from the Jacksonville Jaguars, thereby shoring up their secondary. Cox will step into a division with Peyton Manning and Alex Smith, so he’s likely to add a needed dimension to San Diego’s back line of defense. Cox’s main limitation has been his propensity to absorb injuries. If he can stay on the field, though, he’ll help the Chargers.

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Jul 032013
 

bills

Change has been a major theme for the Buffalo Bills organization for more than a decade now. The problem is that the more things change, the more things have stayed the same. The Bills are owners of the longest current playoff drought in the NFL, which reached 13-straight seasons when the team won just six games a year ago. Buffalo hired head coach Doug Marrone out of Syracuse, drafted a new franchise quarterback in EJ Manuel, and added talent on both sides of the ball. That said, only two teams are considered bigger long shots to win the Super Bowl in 2013, with the Bills listed at +10,000.

2013 Super Bowl Odds: +10,000

Notable Change #1: Bills Take College Route By Hiring Marrone

The Bills have tried nearly everything from young to old, offensive-minded and defensive-minded, but they have yet to find a quality long-term option. Next up is Marrone, the former Syracuse coach that also spent four years as an offensive line coach with the New York Jets before working three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints under Sean Payton. Marrone is an assertive leader that has a firm understanding of how to get the most out of his talent and put his players in position to succeed, and he will not waste any time trying to establish a new culture in Buffalo.

Notable Change #2: Spiller Set To Take Over As Featured Back In Year Four

One of the major differences under Marrone will be the emphasis the Bills place on their rushing attack, which has ranked among the best in the NFL over the past couple of years but hasn’t gotten as many touches as fans would have liked to see. There will also be a changing of the guard with CJ Spiller set to take over as the featured back in his fourth season, replacing Fred Jackson as the undisputed No. 1. Jackson will still be an effective threat in tandem with Spiller, while Tashard Choice fights for his share of carries as the third-down running back. Marrone has not decided whether first-round pick EJ Manuel, or one of veterans Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson will start at quarterback, but Spiller and the rushing attack will be featured regardless.

Notable Change #3: Strong Draft Class Provides Immediate Help

Manuel was the first pick made by Buffalo in what was an excellent draft class overall, with second-round picks wide receiver Robert Woods and linebacker Kiko Alonso both having the potential to contribute right away. Woods is a speedy, elusive receiver that can step in to the starting line up and provide the type of big play deep threat that the Bills have lacked opposite Steve Johnson over the years, while Alonso could being the top back up at the linebacker spot if he doesn’t crack the starting line up. Third-round pick receiver Marquise Goodwin was a track star that could figure in to the return game immediately, while safeties Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks have starting potential but will contribute right away on special teams. Ultimately Manuel will need to succeed for this draft class to live up to its potential, but there are some excellent picks in this group that should be able to make an immediate impact regardless of whether he starts from year one.

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Jul 032013
 

Steelers Fans

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be great again, but probably not this season. For 2013, at least, this looks like an organization that’s in a temporary state of retreat before it gears up for 2014.

2014 Super Bowl Odds: +1235

Notable Change #1:

The Steelers suffered three high-profile losses this past offseason, the first one being the exodus of linebacker James Harrison to AFC North Division rival Cincinnati. ESPN’s April 21 wire-service story on Harrison’s switch of teams put the matter plainly: “The former Defensive Player of the Year was a casualty of Pittsburgh’s move to get under the salary cap. The Steelers and Parise negotiated but couldn’t reach a deal on a reworked contract. Harrison was entering the final two year of a $51 million extension signed in 2009. He missed the first three games last season with a knee injury, but finished with six sacks — tied for the team lead — as the Steelers finished No. 1 in defense for the fourth time since Harrison became a starter in their 3-4 alignment. He moves to a defense that finished sixth last season and lines up in a 4-3. Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga signed a new deal last month, keeping one of the Bengals’ captains. When he signs his deal, Harrison will have been under contract with three of the AFC North’s four teams. An undrafted free agent in 2002, Harrison played two seasons on the practice squad before he was signed by the Baltimore Ravens. They let him go, and he ended up back in Pittsburgh.”

Notable Change #2:

The Steelers also watched running back Rashard Mendenhall go to the Arizona Cardinals. Here’s what ESPN’s report stated on March 13, when the story broke: “Mendenhall had led the Steelers in rushing for three straight seasons before a disappointing 2012 season marred by injuries and a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He was suspended for a game in December for not attending a loss to the Chargers after he found out he wouldn’t dress for the game. He also was inactive for two games after fumbling twice on four carries in a loss to the Browns. Mendenhall also was slowed by injuries. He tore the ACL in his right knee in Week 17 of the 2011 season and didn’t return until Oct. 4 of last season. His return didn’t last long, though, as he strained his right Achilles four days later. The 25-year-old running back has rushed for 3,549 yards and 29 touchdowns in 57 career games.”

Notable Change #3:

The Steelers lost one of the fastest and most dynamic perimeter playmakers in the NFL when receiver Mike Wallace went to the Miami Dolphins. Wallace was a core member of the Steelers’ receiving corps when they won the AFC title and reached Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers in February of 2011. Wallace stretched defenses with his speed and posed a threat not just on vertical pass routes, but when catching short passes in open space. The Steelers will have to radically rework their offense in order to compensate for the loss of a considerable amount of speed on the edges.

 

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Jan 252013
 

Harbowl

SuperBowl XLVII is finally upon us and the Louisiana Superdome will the stage where the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers for the world championship on Sunday February 3rd, 2013 at 6:30 PM ET.

The San Francisco 49ers are favorite to win the game by 3.5 points with a total of 47.5. This game can be wagered at Bovada with a 50% welcome bonus!

The so called Harbowl or Harbaugh Bowl will face two brothers as head coaches for the first time in Super Bowl history. The Baltimore Ravens’ John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh both have had impressive runs through the playoffs, thus providing Super Bowl XLVII with one of the greatest pregame storylines in the championship’s history: brother vs. brother with the Lombardi Trophy at stake.

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick made seven regular-season starts before leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII. His combination of arm strength and running ability will make him an enticing player for fans to follow and a true challenge for the Ray Lewis led Ravens defense. While Lewis isn’t the dominant force he was when he led the Ravens to triumph in Super Bowl XXXV following the 2000 season, the linebacker still dictates the emotional decorum of the team’s locker room. Lewis could turn out to be one of the few all-time greats to go out with a championship victory. The Ravens are 13-7 all-time in the playoffs. Their .650 winning percentage is the best in NFL history. In the Super Bowl, Baltimore faces a 49ers team that owns the fourth-best winning percentage in NFL playoff history (29-19, .604).

While the Super Bowl have proven to be one of the toughest game to pick (except last year) we believe this will be a teeth grinding defensive battle, very physical and both offense will be held in check. This game will go under the points. Bet it now at Bovada and get a 50% Welcome bonus!

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Jan 152013
 

Patriots cheerleaders

The New England Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens for this year’s AFC title game for a second year in a row, and the Ravens hoping to get even after losing last season’s Game in heartbreaking fashion. This game will be played at Gillette Stadium at Foxborough, Mass. On Sunday January 20th at 6:30 PM AT.

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Last year’s conference title game boiled down to late misfortune for Baltimore: Wideout Lee Evans lost his grip on a potential game-winning touchdown, which New England defensive back Sterling Moore helped knock away; shortly thereafter, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal which would’ve sent the game into overtime. Both of those players are no longer with the team. The Ravens held Brady down (239 yards 2 INTs) in this game but he had a much easier match in September (335 yards, TD). If he plays to his normal standard and effectively mixes in the ascending ground game using New England’s new fast-break tempo, a battered Ravens defense that’s played a lot of snaps lately could crack.

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The Ravens are looking like a team of destiny and probably should have beaten New England in each of their latest meetings given how well they have played them. Though the inspiration provided by Ray Lewis has been the theme receiving the most attention, Baltimore’s offense has finally found a new gear under recently promoted coordinator Jim Caldwell. They’ll likely have to win a shootout with the high-scoring Patriots but have already proven up to that task. Wheter that happens or not we know it will be a high scoring game. Bet the total over at Bovada and get a 50% bonus!

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Jan 152013
 

Falcons Cheerleaders

The Atlanta Falcons will battle the San Francisco 49ers in the Georgia Dome for this year’s NFC Championship Game to be played on Sunday January 20th, 2013 at 3 PM ET.

The visiting 49ers are favorites by 4.5 points with a total 48.5 for this game, available for betting now at Bovada with a 50% welcome bonus!

The San Francisco 49ers find themselves in the same position they were last year, and will get another shot at the NFC title game. The Falcons earned the right to host this game after a stellar season, and seem more determined to finally become one of the elite teams in the NFL which they have failed to do so in past years. Before either can stake their claim for this year’s Lombardi Trophy though, they’ve got to play each other.

These are two teams that operate differently. The Falcons are certainly more offensively oriented while the 49ers most of the time rely on their defense, but are becoming more balanced by the day, as quarterback Colin Kaepernick passed for 263 in a 45-31 win over Green Bay in an NFC divisional game Saturday night. Kaepernick also rushed for a quarterback playoff record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

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We all know what this Falcons offense can do in a dome, and the kind of connection that quarterback Matt Ryan has with both of his wideouts Roddy White and Julio Jones, and of course veteran tight end Tony Gonzales. The 49ers will certainly be busy doing something they are good at and that is play defense. On the other hand, Atlanta’s defense is not the best, ranking 23rd against the pass and a worrying 20th against the run against one of the best rushing attacks.

Considering the matchup and the qualities of both offenses at this point, this has all the signs of a high scoring game. Both teams should up plenty of points so make sure you bet the over 48.5 points at Bovada and get a 50% welcome bonus!

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Nov 272012
 

The 7-4 New York Giants will travel to FedEx Field on December 3rd, 2012 to face the 5-6 Washington Redskins for NFL week 13 Monday Night Football.

The line for this game is brought to you by Bovada and has the Giants as 2.5 favorites with a total of 51 for this game.

After a stellar performance in week 12 taking down the Cowboys, Robert Griffin III is playing at a high level, and the Redskins are once again in the hunt for a playoff spot. Washington’s success running the ball is in large part thanks to him and the Giants know it very well, after he ran for 89 yards, threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns in their previous meeting back in October.

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The Giants seems to be getting back on tracking after stomping Green Bay last week. Eli Manning is averaging 254.8 passing yards per game and will now face this Redskins secondary that is amongst the worst in the league, allowing an average of 301.4 passing yards per game. The Skins however are surprisingly good up front, ranking third in the league against the run and allowing only 89.2 rushing yards per game.

Last game the Giants got away with a close win after a difficult game, we believe the Redskins get the better out of the Giants and win this one. Bet the Redskins at Bovada!

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Nov 272012
 

The 3-8 Philadelphia Eagles will visit the 5-6 Dallas Cowboys for and NFC East version of Sunday Night Football for December 2nd,2012.

The best place to bet this game is Bovada who brings us the Cowboys as 9.5 point favorites with a total of 43 for this game.

The Philadelphia Eagles are a total disaster. They have lost seven games in a row, are without quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy, have also placed wide receiver DeSean Jackson on IR with fractured ribs and have released Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin to allow for more playing time for “younger guys”.

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The Cowboys are in no road trip either themselves. They are still unable to run the ball ranking dead last in this category relying in their passing game and we all know what pressures does to Tony Romo. Despite their good defensive ranking they just got shredded by Robert Griffin for four touchdowns, so we will see what rookie quarterback Nick Foles and running back Bryce Brown who rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns last week will be capable of executing in this game.

There is still too much unknown about these new offensive pieces playing for Philly, but we do know that surprises generate plenty of points. Bet the over at Bovada!

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Nov 272012
 

Next Thursday Night Football for November 29th 2012 will bring us an exciting NFC South matchup as the 5-6 New Orleans Saints visit the 10-1 Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome at 8:20 PM ET.

The line for this game brought to you by Bovada has the Falcons as 3.5 with a total of 56 for this game.

The Saints come into this game with playoff aspirations, and after a painful defeat in hands of the 49ers will be looking to do something that is very difficult to do and that is to beat the Falcons at home. This game features two top five passing offenses and it also involves the worst overall Saints defense; along with two of the worst five running attacks as well makes this one look like a massive shootout, especially when being played in a dome.

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This game should be a fest of points from very early and it is certain that the Falcons will likely score at will, ending in this Saints offense to play from behind, and if that happens there is no telling just how many points will be scored, it might be something unprecedented.

With that said and considering the high scoring tendencies in the NFL nowadays we feel that playing both Falcons and the total over the points as strong bets. Bet them confidently at Bovada!

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Nov 202012
 

The 7-3 Green Bay Packers will face NFC rival the 6-4 New York Giants on Sunday Night Football for November 25th, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

The home Giants are 2.5 point favorites with a total of 49.5 and this game can be wagered at BetOnline Sportsbook

The Packers currently own the 11th ranked passing game in the league. They are throwing for 246.3 yards per game and will be facing a Giants Pass defense that ranks 25th in the league, surrendering 257.8 passing yards per game. Green Bay’s rushing attack is currently ranked 24th in the league, averaging 99.2 yards per game, and will be up against the Giants 15th ranked rush defense that allows 113.8 yards per game.

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The Giants average a total of 256 passing yards per game, enough to rank 9th overall and will be matched against a Packers secondary that ranks 21st in the league allowing 244.4 passing yards per game. New York runs the ball for an average of 111.4 yards per game, will face Green Bay’s 11th ranked run defense that allows 99.5 rushing yards per game.

This is the time of the year where the Giants usually come together as a team, and this game will be a good opportunity to make a statement in the NFC. Bet the Giants at home!

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Nov 202012
 

The 3-6 Washington Redskins will visit their hated division rivals the 4-5 Dallas Cowboys in the second game of an NFL Thanksgiving triple header at 4:15 PM ET, on Thursday November 22nd, 2012.

The line for this game is available at BetOnline Sportsbook and the Cowboys are 3 point favorites with a total of 48 for this game.

Robert Griffin III will face the Dallas Cowboys leading a Redskins offense that ranks 2nd in the league in rushing, averaging 164.6 rushing yards per game. He is also throwing for an average of 217.2 yards per game, enough to rank 24th in the league. The Cowboys are a good team defending against the pass ranking 7th in the league in this category, while they do allow more than 100 rushing yards per game.

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Offensively the Cowboys will look to exploit Washington’s weak secondary that ranks 30th in the league, and surrenders 301.7 yards per game. Tony Romo is throwing for an average of 287.3 yards per game, enough to rank the Cowboys 6th in this category.

While RG3 should have success against a Cowboys defense, the Cowboys enyter this game with many factors in the favor, the most relevant being how bad the Redskins are against the pass. Bet the Cowboys at BetOnline!

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Nov 202012
 

This year’s Thanksgiving NFL action kicks off at 12:30 PM ET when the 8-1 Houston Texans visit Ford Field to take on the 4-5 Detroit Lions on Thursday November 22nd, 2012.

This game is available for betting at BetOnline Sportsbook and the Texans are 3 point favorites with a total of 50.5 for this game.

Houston currently owns one of the top defenses in the league. They rank 3rd overall in both rushing (85.6 ypg) and passing (196 ypg) making this one of the toughest units. They will face a Lions offense that leads the league in passing (307.3 ypg), however does not represent a big threat in the running game, since they rank 23rd overall (98.8 ypg)

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Defensively, the Lions should have their hands full facing one of the most potent running games, as the Texans average 136.8 rushing yards per game (8th), and have a good enough passing that averages 217.6 ypg (23rd). Despite improvisations in their secondary The Lions rank a respectable 8th in the league defending against the pass, allowing 214.2 yards per game.

Although the Lions are at home and have a superb passing game we believe the Texans are good enough on defense to neutralize them both through the ground and air, therefore this will not be as high scoring game as projected. Bet the under at BetOnline!

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