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One thing the Cleveland Browns’ fans have looked forward to over the past several years is the NFL Draft. Unfortunately, with the acquisition of Odell Beckham Jr, the Cleveland Browns no longer have their first-round pick (No. 17 overall) and their third-round pick (No. 95 overall, acquired from the Patriots). There is still a chance […]

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Will second meeting in the Big Easy provide different results for Eagles in 2019 NFC Divisional Round?

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The (10-7) SU, (8-9) ATS Philadelphia Eagles began their quest for another Championship last Sunday in the wildcard round with a 16-15 victory over the Chicago Bears as 6′ point road UNDERDOG ATS.

Quarterback Nick Foles continued to blossom in the postseason but threw two interceptions. However, it didn’t matter due to a missed Bears field goal as time expired.

  • Philadelphia is 1-4 AGAINST THE Point SPREAD the last five between the teams.
  • The Eagles are 3-0 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last three on the road.
  • The UNDER is 4-2 Philadelphia last six on the road.
  • OVER bettors have made profits 6 of the last nine times the teams have played.

The (13-3) SU, (10-6) ATS New Orleans Saints got a bye last week but lost to Carolina 33-14 in the regular season finale as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS. Regardless of how Nick Foles has performed when it counts Drew Brees is better.

New Orleans easily took down the Eagles 48-7 on November 18, 2018, as 7 point home FAVORITES ATS and have won 4 of the last five between the teams both SU and AGAINST THE SPREAD.

  • OVER bettors have cashed the last 6 Saints playoff games at home.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 New Orleans last five vs. NFC opponents.
  • The OVER is 9-4 New Orleans last thirteen in NOLA.
  • New Orleans is 1-4 ATS their last five overall.

Kickoff will be Sunday, January 13, 2019. Game time is 4:25 PM EST at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The FOX Television Network will be broadcasting.

The current Betting Line has New Orleans as 8 point home FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 51′ Points for Sunday’s contest.

Fans in the city of Brotherly Love watched their Eagles advance to the divisional round last Sunday against a Chicago team that took down Minnesota to get Philadelphia in the postseason in the first place. They weren’t satisfied with the favor, and now they’ll face a team they’ve beaten two of the last three times in postseason action. Coached by Chip Kelly with Foles under center the Eagles beat New Orleans 26-24 in a 2014 home wildcard contest.

Although New Orleans crushed the Eagles in the 2018-19 regular season head coach Doug Pederson is downplaying the revenge factor. However, it still left a bad taste in many Eagles mouths.

It’s a different season in a looser game home, and the Eagles have won six of seven since the loss to the Saints. Quarterback Nick Foles who’s in his comfort zone is undefeated since taking over for starter Carson Wentz.

The game could come down to the time of possession which the Eagles (32:32) minutes of offense ranks number one in the NFL. The Eagles coaching staff also understand the Saints have the league’s top run defense; meaning Foles with have to make plays in uncomfortable situations.

On the other side of the Football defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz safety, Malcolm Jenkins along with tackle Fletcher co will be ready for battle.

The Best NFL Handicapper is 9-0 when going on or against the Eagles ATS this season.

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It’s already a festive atmosphere in and around the Bayou with Mardi Gras on the horizon and what’s better to go along with the annual festival? A Saints home playoff game. These two teams should have played in the 2018 NFC Championship game, but the miracle in Minnesota sent the Saints home.

New Orleans is a perfect 5-0 at home in the playoffs in the Sean Payton era. The Saints explosive offense ranks second league-wide with (31.5), total yards (379.2), and rushing yards (126.6) per contest. Did we forget to mention a Hall of Fame quarterback at the helm who has elite weapons at every skilled position one can imagine?

Running Back Alvin Kamara has (1,500 yards) rushing and (1,500 yards) receiving in his first two seasons as a pro; he’s one of two players to own the honor. Drew Brees will do everything imaginable to get Kamara one on one with Eagles linebackers while Mark Ingram (5.0) yards per carrying attempts soften them up with the run.

The X-Factor Sunday could be Saints backup quarterback/utility player Taysom Hill who’ll make an impact in some area. Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen must get a pass rush from Cameron Jordan and rookie Marcus Davenports while nose tackle Sheldon Rankins stops the run. The Eagles will take their shots against a New Orleans secondary that allows (288.9)yards per game through the air.

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Utah Jazz @ Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Betting Preview for Friday. January 4, 2019.

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The (18-20) SU, (18-19-1) ATS Utah Jazz were beaten by Toronto 122-116 as 1′ point road FAVORITES ATS on New Year’s Day. Jae Crowder led all scorers with 30 points as Utah gave up 44 third-quarter points in a pathetic defensive effort.

They’re playing the second of a four-game road trip which end in Milwaukee on the 9th.

  • Utah is 4-0-1 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last five after an SU defeat.
  • The Under is 3-1 Utah last four on the road.
  • UNDER bettors have made profits in Utah last four on the road vs. Teams with an SU losing record.
  • The Jazz is 5-0-1 ATS the last six between the teams.

The (8-30) SU, (18-10) ATS Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to end a seven-game SU losing streak after a 117-92 defeat at the hands of Miami as 5′ point home UNDERDOGS ATS.

Forward Kevin Love is getting set for basketball-related activities after undergoing foot surgery in November, but there’s no timetable for his return on the court. Cleveland owns the worst record in the NBA as we enter 2019.

  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS their last five on Friday’s.
  • The Cavaliers are 0-4 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last four at home.
  • The OVER is 7-1 Cleveland last eight at home.
  • UNDER bettors have cashed in the last five times, the teams have played.

Friday’s game is 7:30 PM EST at Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Local Network will be broadcasting. The Betting Line has Cleveland as 9 point home UNDERDOGS ATS. The TOTAL is 208′ points for Friday’s contest.

 

Expectations around the NBA for the Utah Jazz were prematurely high after a tremendous 2018 postseason. However, the Jazz finds themselves in an unpopular position as far as the standings are concerned.

Head Coach Quinn Snyder insists his guys aren’t panicking but also indicated tonight’s game is critical for team confidence. It’s been seven years since Utah has been victorious in Cleveland, but that’s when they were competing against the likes of LeBron James or Kyrie Irving. Sharp Shooter Kyle Korver returns to Cleveland for the first time since getting traded for Alec Burks while the Cavaliers Rodney Hood also looks forward to seeing his old teammates.

Guard Donovan Mitchell (20.8) points per game lead the leagues 21st ranked offense that scores (107.7) ppg. Point Guard Ricky Rubio is questionable tonight with a minor foot injury which could affect ball distribution. Utah shoots (46.3%) from the field which ranks 13th league-wide.

What bothers the coaching staff is their effort on defense in Toronto, they allow opponents (106.1) points per contest and 144 is unacceptable. They also understand it was New Years and Toronto is city players like to frequent although the weather is frigid.

Utah will face two former players who’ll be looking to take their abilities to new heights tonight; they must stick to the game plan by getting the ball to Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors in the post.

Bovada.Lv list the Utah Jazz win total at 49′ games for 2018-19.

 

After the departure of LeBron James the Cleveland Cavaliers face many dilemmas in the first month of 2019. Owner Dan Gilbert fired Tyronn Lue earlier in the season, replacing him with Larry Drew on an interim basis.

Nothing is working, and now they’re in the hunt for Duke star Zion Williamson who’ll enter the 2019 NBA draft and it in some circles being compared to the King.

Trade rumors are swirling surrounding Kevin Love who’s talent could land him in the Western Conference when he becomes healthy. For now, the coaching staff remembers the production of Donovan Mitchell in two appearances last year averaging (27.5) ppg while shooting (63.6%) and that was against a team that played Golden State in the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers allows opponents a league-worst (48.7%) from the field which should have Mitchell licking his chops. Jordan Clarkson (16.9) ppg leads the leagues 28th ranked scoring offense that puts up (102.0) points per contest while rookie Colin Sexton (14.7) ppg is playing up to expectations. The former Alabama Crimson Tide point guard looks forward to facing Rubio if he’s available.

Cleveland doesn’t have a star in the lineup since Love is on the shelf and their dependency of James no longer an option they’ll lose but cover the POINT SPREAD tonight.

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Falcons v Redskins: A not-so irresistible force meets a fairly immovable object

Falcons v Redskins: A not-so irresistible force meets a fairly immovable object

Two teams with short winning streaks meet in the 2018 NFL campaign’s ninth week. The Atlanta Falcons [3-4] visit FedEx Field in the nation’s capital to take on the NFC East-leading Washington Redskins [5-2]. The pressure is on the Falcons to not allow their season to slip away and the ‘Skins to consolidate their position and prove they’re a cut above the Dallas Cowboys and defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

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Washington head coach Jay Gruden resembles the fella on Antique Roadshow who discovers he’s picked up a long-lost Vincent van Gogh masterpiece at the flea market. Both quarterback Alex Smith and tailback Adrian Peterson are castoffs that other coaches no longer wanted. Andy Reid let the 34-year-old Smith go for a song to hand his offence over to young gun Patrick Mahomes. Smith has responded with a steadfast 1561 yards passing, eight touchdowns and just two interceptions. Peterson, 33, played for both New Orleans and Arizona last season. In ten games combined, he rushed for 529 yards and two TDs. He already has 587 and four this term.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn, two years removed from an epic Super Bowl collapse is retooling on the fly. Tevin Coleman is now the main ball carrier and Steve Sarkisian is calling the plays in his second year, from the sideline no less. Matt Ryan can still sling it. The Boston College product, now in his 11th season with the Falcons, has put up 2,335 yards passing with 15 TDs and two INTs.

Quinn’s woes stem mainly from the defence, specifically the secondary. Of the last 10 offensive TDs scored against the Dirty Birds, eight were passes. It’s not that the defensive backs are being stretched, either. Seven came from inside the red zone. They just can’t cover anyone.

Atlanta is relatively healthy. RB Devonta Freeman remains on the IR with a groin problem. Kicker Matt Bryant is questionable for the game with a hamstring problem. Emergency replacement Giorgio Tavecchio was perfect against Philadelphia last week, with two extra points and three field goals, one for 56 yards.

Washington isn’t so lucky. Three starters and as many second-stringers are listed as questionable for the game. Wideout Jamison Crowder, left tackle Trent Williams and right cornerback Quinton Dunbar comprise the first group, RB Chris Thompson, left corner Adonis Alexander and weakside linebacker Ryan Anderson the other.

The LINE favours the Redskins by 1.5 points in this one. The TOTAL is 47.5. Something has to give there. Sarkisian’s offence racked up 30 points or more in four of their last six but went nine points UNDER against another NFC East opponent, the New York Giants, last week. Washington hasn’t conceded 20 points in their last three. They did surrender 43 to New Orleans before the streak began.

Atlanta is OVER in their last four after failing to cover but they’re UNDER in six of their last seven following a STRAIGHT UP win. The ‘Skins are UNDER in their last four after surrendering more than 250 yards in the air and their last five against losing teams. They’re also 5-0 AGAINST THE SPREAD vs teams with a losing road record, but that’s countered by the road team in this series sitting 5-1 ATS entering this tilt.

There’s a strong case for the UNDER in this one. Washington’s a top defence at home and Atlanta stalled in their last outing, rescued by a journeyman placekicker. On the other hand, the teams have alternated between OVER and UNDER in the last six and it’s OVER’s turn.

In the end, I think it’s simple. Atlanta can score and still lose. Washington doesn’t score much but consistently wins. Take the Redskins and give the points.

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Can the Dolphins tip the AFC East balance of power against the Patriots?

In 1978 the NFL increased its regular season schedule from 14 to 16 games per team. In 2002, the league realigned to form four divisions per conference, four teams per division. While 24-years apart, the two events combined to effect a permanent change on the league.

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Divisional rivalries were reduced, exerting lesser influence on the season. Whereas GMs once drafted and coaches schemed to beat their rivals, they now had to take the entire league into account. Other influences contributed, such as increased player movement and domed stadiums in cities with extreme weather, but the net effect was a homogenized league. One team’s success was copied by 31 others. The respectively unique characteristics of the NFC Central and AFC West disappeared.

Jim Kiick, Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris defined the AFC East in the early 70s

Jim Kiick, Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris defined the AFC East in the early 70s.

Happily, memory carries the day. Rivalries survive on an emotional level. It’s why realignment left Dallas in the NFC East with Washington, Philadelphia and New York. This week, however, the renewed AFC East rivalry between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots has far more meaning than simple bragging rights.

The vaunted Patriots have been to eight Super Bowls and 12 AFC Championships since 2001. Their first Super Bowl appearance, in 1985, came the year after the Dolphins last made an appearance. They won that AFC Championship matchup against Miami. In the interim, the Fins reached a championship game just once more, losing to another AFC rival, Buffalo, in 1992.

Since the Bills ended their futile four-year Super Bowl run, the AFC East belonged to the Patriots. This season, perhaps this weekend, that could end. Tom Brady and the defending AFC champions are 1-2 on the young season. The Dolphins are undefeated. The teams meet in Foxboro in an early Sunday game that could change how we’ve perceived the division for two decades.

With a win, the Dolphins move to 4-0 SU and bury the Patriots in a 1-3 SU hole that makes even a playoff appearance a long shot. Not only would a Miami victory put serious pressure on the Patriots, it’d give Adam Gase’s squad every reason to believe it can contend for a Super Bowl this year. That’s a major power shift.

Can the Dolphins go into Foxboro and come away with the W? New England’s lone win this season came at home. Despite their poor start, the Pats are 6.5 point favourites ATS. So, the experts aren’t backing them.

No one believes the Dolphins can go to New England and force Tom Brady to cough up AFC East supremacy.

No one believes the Dolphins can go to New England and force Tom Brady to cough up AFC East supremacy.

Recent trends suggest the Dolphins will at least put up a fight. They’re on a 5-0 run with the OVER against losing teams and 5-1 ATS in their last six after holding an opponent to less than 90 yards rushing. The Dolphins run defence didn’t look too convincing against the Raiders last week but Jon Gruden’s side focussed too heavily on the passing game, allowing Miami to roar back from a first-half deficit to take control in a 28-20 SU win.

On the other hand, the Pats tend to respond after defeats. They’re on a 4-1 string with the OVER against winning teams. Bill Belichick’s side is also 5-1 ATS in their last six after a loss while the Dolphins are running 0-6 ATS in New England. The home team’s 11-1 ATS in the last twelve meetings between New England and Miami, the favourite 8-3.

Everything points to the Pats pulling their fat from the fire. I hate it when everything or everyone points to a certain outcome. Is Hillary Clinton President? Is a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl insurmountable? Did La La Land win the Oscar? Okay, so the last one’s a little silly. You get the point. I’m backing the Dolphins.

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Is Jacksonville poised to take command in the AFC South?

Is Jacksonville poised to take command in the AFC South?

In a can’t-miss game in the Sunday NFL slate’s early half, the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Tennessee Titans. Pending the Indianapolis Colts’ result at the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, it’s an opportunity for the Jags to open a commanding lead in the AFC South in Week 3. The Colts and Titans are 1-1 after two games. Jacksonville defeated both New England and the New York Giants. Victory in their first divisional matchup not only maintains an undefeated record, it could open a two-game lead on the field. There’s no better feeling than playing from ahead.

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After a decent run from 2004-07 under Jack Del Rio culminated in an 11-5 season, a wildcard win and a second-round loss to the eventual AFC champion Patriots, the Jags sank into mediocrity. From 2008-16, the North Florida franchise managed just one .500 season without a single winning campaign. Del Rio kept them competitive for another three years before a 3-8 start in 2011 spelled the end. Mel Tucker finished the season. Mike Mularkey and Gus Bradley guided the team deep into the depths over five seasons. Bradley just once managed to match del Rio’s worst full season by winning five games in 2015. After going 2-12 in 2016, he was finally put out of the fans’ misery.

Mike Mularkey and Doug Marrone are good friends, save for two weeks every year.

Mike Mularkey and Doug Marrone are good friends, save for two weeks every year.

Doug Marrone took over for the final two games, won one, then stunned the league by winning the division last season. He didn’t stop there. The Jags beat the Bills 10-3 in the wildcard game then the Steelers, 45-42, proving he could grind out a result or shoot it out with the best. Jacksonville pushed the Pats to the brink in the AFC Championship before coming out second-best.

Save for two disastrous seasons under Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee were competitive if not spectacular over the past decade. The team’s fortunes rest on quarterback Marcus Mariota’s arm and legs. When he was injured, the Titans struggled. With the Oregon standout in the pique of health last season, they made a deep playoff run, also falling victim to Tom Brady and New England.

Coach Mike Mularkey returns to Jacksonville, where he posted a 2-14 record in his lone season. His success in Nashville suggested that number belonged to management. GM Gene Smith was sent packing along with Mularkey in 2012. Marrone’s subsequent success arrived after David Caldwell had four seasons to build a solid foundation. The new Jaguars are a different beast but Mularkey’s pride remains on the line for this one.

The Titans enter on a two-game winning streak against Jacksonville. They’ve won six of the last nine. That said, the Jags hold the edge in virtually every major category on both sides of the ball in 2018. They’re putting up more points, gaining more yards, surrendering fewer, spending more time on offence, capitalising more often in the red zone. That’s a lot to overcome, especially on the road.

To keep riding their momentum, the Jags will have to shut down Titan's QB Marcus Mariota.

To keep riding their momentum, the Jags must shut down Titan’s QB Marcus Mariota.

The Jags are 2-0 against the spread in the early doors, while the Titans are 1-1. On the other hand, Tennessee’s 5-0 ATS in their last five AFC South matchups and 5-1 ATS after conceding more than 350 yards in total offence. They yielded 458 to the Texans last week even though they squeaked out a three-point win. They’ve also done the under in their previous four division games. Jacksonville’s 4-0 ATS the spread after winning, 5-1 after winning ATS.

Head-to-head, the home team’s 5-1 ATS in the last seven, with one push. Tennessee covered the spread only once in their last seven visits to TIAA Bank Field. The favourite won five ATS over the same number of games. Jacksonville give away 9.5 at the writing. As a rule, I’m wary about following trends. Marrone and the Jags won’t go 16-0 this season. They’ll hit a road bump at some point. It’s just too soon, however. At home, with momentum on their side, I’ve got to stick with the cats.

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Raiders, Broncos, What’s old is new again

Raiders, Broncos, What’s old is new again

Last week in this space, I looked at the Chargers/Chiefs tilt. The smart money was on Phillip Rivers and co but Andy Reid’s group dumbed it down.

This week, a few good rivalries pop up on the calendar. The Cincinnati Bengals sent the Baltimore Ravens to the Rue Morgue on Thursday night. In the early Sunday games, divisional matchups include the Dolphins and Jets.

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Whenever this one rolls around, I always remember the Dan Marino Clock Play in 1994, when he faked spiking the ball then threw a perfect ball underneath to Mark Ingram with the final seconds draining in the fourth quarter for a comeback win.

The Vikings and Packers, Panthers and Falcons also hook up, not to mention a Texans/Titans meeting between new and old Houston franchises. In the late games, the Cardinals and Rams conduct some West Coast business before the Giants’ Sunday Night visit to a Cowboys side who shot themselves in the foot last week.

Since childhood, I’ve favoured AFC West tilts, however. That’s because I was always sent outside to play on Sundays with instructions to

  1. Have fun
  2. Be back before dark
  3. But not until just before dark.
  4. Never you mind why.

Rules three and four relaxed a little when my mother became pregnant with my sister but as dusk fell around 5pm during southern Ontario winters, West Coast games were the ones I saw most often. Except for the Rams, the NFC West was a lost cause in the 70s, but the AFC West was filled with great teams, even when the Seahawks joined the mix.

I used to root for the Raiders. They had a cool Snake at quarterback long before Kurt Russell hit the theatres in Escape from New York. Mark van Eeghen was a great rushing fullback who paved the way until Marcus Allen arrived. That was before the 49ers began teaching their blocking backs to catch passes. Dave Casper was a brilliant tight end who could do no wrong, even when he fumbled on the goal line. Fred Biletnikoff could catch anything Ken Stabler threw in his direction. So could Lester the Molester Hayes with respect to opposing QBs. I wore his jersey and kept asking the local Canadian Tire to stock Stickum in the sports department even after the league banned it.

To Lester Hayes' delight, the Raiders' clubhouse had no signs stating employees must wash their hands before returning to work.

To Lester Hayes’ delight, the Raiders’ clubhouse had no signs stating employees must wash their hands before returning to work.

The Broncos were a tough side even before John Elway arrived. An ageing Craig Morton took them to their first Super Bowl humiliation against the Cowboys but the Raiders always won theirs when they made it to the big dance.

Things change over the course of a lifetime. Al Davis’ defiance turned into bitterness. The Raiders lost a Super Bowl to former coach Jon Gruden. People point to Marcus Allen’s defection but drafting Todd Marinovich was the beginning of the end. JaMarcus Russell merely confirmed the team’s mediocrity. Even a second turn from Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken in Escape from LA couldn’t help.

Recent seasons brought hope. Derek Carr has an arm when healthy. Management doesn’t inspire, though. Bringing back Gruden to coach after a decade in the booth and Marshawn Lynch following a year in retirement isn’t long-term thinking.

Week 1 proved woeful for the Silver and Black. Carr threw three interceptions. Lynch was limited to just 11 carries for 41 yards when the team began chasing the game. Jared Goff and the Rams picked the defense apart. Chucky needs to turn things around before Mark Davis decides to replace him with Jennifer Tilly.

All’s fair in love and football.

Denver’s management is another story. John Elway knows what he’s doing. After rotating through Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch following Peyton Manning’s retirement, the team president settled on career backup Case Keenum, this season. The move paid dividends against the Seahawks in Week 1. Keenum threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns to eke out a 27-24 victory. Emmanuel Thomas was the main target with 10 catches for 135 yards and a score. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman split the rushing duties down the middle. Each had 15 carries for 71 yards.

The game was close in part because Keenum also matched Derek Carr with three interceptions. Denver coach Vance Joseph expects that to change in Week 2 but expect Gruden’s front seven to pressure Keenum, testing his resilience. Von Miller and the Broncos defense will be hunting Carr, as well.

Running backs pounding the ball. Quarterbacks airing it out. Defensive ends sacking them or forcing bad passes. Cornerbacks picking them off. This game should be an AFC West renaissance fair. I plan to dress the part. With a few alterations, I can still squeeze into that Lester Hayes jersey. I bet I can even find some Stickum on eBay.

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