Aug 202014
 

2014 NFL Week 1 Predictions 49ers vs Cowboys Betting Odds

The Dallas Cowboys will open the NFL regular season at AT&T Stadium by taking on the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday September 7th, 2014 at 4:25 PM ET.

The visiting 49ers are 5 ½ point favorites with a total of 50 for this NFC matchup, according to BetOnline Sportsbook

If one there is one thing that we are used to with the Dallas Cowboys is 8-8 finishes and pretty bad defenses. Last year the Dallas Cowboys defense allowed more yards per game than any other team and ranked dead last in the league. You would think that after such a performance there would be moves and additions in order to improve the unit, but you would be wrong. Not only that, they waived all-time sack leader DeMarcus Ware, along with Pro Bowler Jason Hatcher, who had the most sacks by a Cowboys’ defensive tackle in 31 years. Seriously, we might be looking at the worst Dallas Cowboys defense in years.

Offensively however we do find plenty of stability. The Tony Romo-Dez Bryant connection is entering its 5th year and reports from camp tell us just how good Bryant is playing. Running back DeMarco Murray is finally healthy and looks fast; and expectations are high for second-year wide out Terrance Williams for a team that will likely be playing from behind.

On the other side of the ball, and from what we have seen so far in camp and preseason, San Francisco is playing really bad. In two games the 49ers allowed 57 points and scored 3, and looked far from the dominant team from the past three seasons. The right side of the offensive line with guard Joe Looney and tackle Jonathan Martin is struggling.The Alex Boone holdout cannot end soon enough and right tackle Anthony Davis is supposed to be ready for the regular season. There are also reports of players unhappy with the management of the team and the long and severe training sessions.

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The Baltimore Ravens marched 80 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown against San Francisco’s starting defense on August 7th and the Broncos kicked a field goal and scored a touchdown on their first two drives last Sunday, with most of the 49ers’ starting defense on the field. Of particular concern, Manning moved the Broncos offense with ease and the 49ers looked confused most of the time.

Quarterback Collin Kaepernick hasn’t had a ton to do with the preseason statistics however. He has, in fact, played in just three drives in two games and all three of them have crossed into opponent territory, but none of them resulted in a touchdown. This year, he will have a healthy Michael Crabtree with whom he has developed certain chemistry in camp, and we also like what we see from rookie running back Carlos Hyde coming in for veteran Frank Gore.

Despite having plenty of question marks at defense the Cowboys enter a year with high expectations. Head coach Jason Garrett will not be allowed another 8-8 season, and will have to rely mainly on his offense. We have not seen anything yet from San Francisco to convince us that they will get on the road and beat the cowboys to cover the spread, but a third preseason game where the starters play most of the snaps will certainly shine some light in this regard. We are inclined towards the Cowboys early, however one thing is sure when two “bad” defenses are involved, and that is plenty of points to go around. Our prediction: Bet the over 50 points at Bovada and Get 50% in bonuses!

Aug 182014
 

2014 NFL Week 1 Predictions Packers vs Seahawks Betting Odds

The reigning Super Bowl champs Seattle Seahawks will open the 2014 NFL Season at noisy CenturyLink Field against NFC Powerhouse Green Bay Packers on Thursday September 4th, 2014 at 8:30 PM ET.

Odds makers at BetOnline Sportsbook have listed the Seahawks as -5 ½ point favorites with a total of 44 ½ for this exciting kickoff matchup.

The last time Seattle hosted Green Bay in the regular season was back in 2012, where we all witnessed one of the most infamous plays in recent history: The Fail Mary. In case you don’t remember it here is that precious moment once again:

If there is one team with hype going into the season is the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers looks rejuvenated this Preseason after recovering from a broken collar bone, but more importantly the first team offense already looks in mid-season form and capable of delivering a one two punch through the air with the likes of Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin combined with a powerful running game brought by second year back Eddie Lacy.

The tendency is to always speak about offense when referring to the Green Bay Packers, however the most notable changes from last season have clearly been on defense. A healthy Clay Matthews will be huge for the Green Bay Packers in 2014, as will the return of cornerback Casey Hayward from injury last year. The drafting of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will be important too; however one move above all others is expected to be the key for this Dom Capers led defense, and that is the addition of outside linebacker Julius Peppers. With Peppers the expectation is that they’ll finally have the pass rush and edge protection needed to stop the Russell Wilsons of the world.

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Unfortunately for the Seattle Seahawks, there are some holes surfacing in its defensive backfield. Kam Chancellor is coming off hip surgery and may not be 100 percent. Meanwhile, the team lost corners Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond to the Patriots and Giants, respectively so there’s no question that their secondary depth has been depleted. There are some concerns on the defensive line also, Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald all left this offseason so the team signed former Viking Kevin Williams, who should provide help in the interior.

The offensive line probably won’t be as strong either. The team lost Breno Giacomini to the Jets in free agency, prompting the front office to spend a second-round pick on right tackle Justin Britt, however it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to play well right away. At left guard James Carpenter struggled in 2013, though he has reportedly been in better shape this offseason and training camp. Seattle seems to be fine at both left tackle and center, provided that Russell Okung can stay healthy for a change. Okung has missed 19 games in four seasons, including eight in 2013.

The Seahawks are 17-1 at home for the past two seasons and one can never underestimate the role of 12th man and its deafening noise. Fans should be much more hyped this year as defending champs, so it isn’t getting any better in this sense for visiting teams.

It is also unwise to discard special situations that affect or “jinx” a game, and in this case there is clearly a need for Divine Justice to allow the Packers to avenge the way the lost their last game in this stadium. They will come out hard against a really good defense and an extremely noisy crowd that will not allow Rodgers to have a field day. With a revamped defense Green Bay should also be able to hypothetically slow down the Seahawks offense.

At this stage it is hard to predict a winner for the game, however it is safe to say that it will likely be a low scoring affair as it has been historically between these two teams. Our prediction: Bet the under 44 ½ at Bovada and get 50% in bonuses!

Aug 162014
 

NFl-Preseason-2014

The Denver Broncos will visit the San Francisco 49ers for their second game of the 2014 NFL preseason on Sunday August 17th, 2014. San Francisco is favorite by 4 ½ with a total of 41 ½ according to Bovada Sportsbook

It will be the 49ers first game at Levi’s Stadium, their new home located in Santa Clara, California and plenty of attention will be on the venue itself, a state-of-the-art stadium that will receive its first glimpses for the spectator to enjoy. San Francisco is 0-1 in the preseason after dropping their first bout to the Baltimore Ravens 23-3 on August 7.

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After defeating the Seattle Seahawks in their preseason opener, the Broncos now face another NFC West opponent. While it is still preseason, having back-to-back games against the two teams that played in the NFC Championship Game is a good way to measure your talent level.

Still, evaluating the players the team has at positions such as running back and linebacker will be far more important than the final score in this one.

And since the teams also meet in Denver in Week 7 of the regular season, they probably won’t show all that much. Our guess this will be a conservative game once Peyton Manning is off the field, and suggest you bet the under 41 ½ at Bovada NOW!