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NFL Preseason Gambling: Chiefs to play starters first half vs. 49ers

08.16.2013     08:01 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
San Francisco at Kansas City -1.5 O/U 40

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that his starters will play the entire first half against San Francisco tonight. The side and total for this contest hasn't budged since the opener.

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NFL Handicapping: Colts' offensive coordinator seeks run-first philosophy

08.16.2013     06:12 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Article on Indianapolis Colts first-year offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and his desire to become a "run-first team." Last season under Bruce Arians, the Colts threw the ball just under 60% of the time and ranked 22nd in the NFL at 104.4 ypg on the ground. In Week 1 of the preseason, they ran 16 times (72 yards) to go along with 22 pass attempts.

2012 Rushing Stats/League Rank
14th - 27.4 attempts per game
22nd - 104.4 yards per game
23rd - 3.8 yards per carry

“We are a run-first team,” Hamilton said. “We are a power running team and that's well-documented.”

“I think we've talked about (running the ball) quite a bit since we kicked off training camp,” Hamilton said. “But at the same time, the bottom line is we've got to find ways to outscore our opponents.

“We feel like it takes a lot of pressure off the quarterback if we can run the football and force defenses to pack the box," Hamilton said. "That's going to open up

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NFL Preseason Recap: Browns and Eagles win and cover, Falcons and Chargers cash as dogs

08.16.2013     05:57 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Submitted by Stat Intelligence

Let’s run some numbers from Thursday's four-game slate. We’ll take the matchups in rotation order…

(If you’re new to the site, “Drive Points” are those scored on drives of 60 yards or more. “Stat Score” is an estimate of what the final score should have been based only on rushing and passing yardage. The formula for that is 2 times rushing yardage…plus passing yardage…times 0.67…divided by 15)

Cleveland 24 (-1.5), Detroit 6

Total Yardage: Detroit 226, Cleveland 321

Passing Stats: Detroit 26-38-0-175, Cleveland 21-29-0-242

Turnovers: Detroit 0, Cleveland 0

Drive Points: Detroit 3, Cleveland 14

Stat Score: Detroit 12, Cleveland 18

Cleveland has a quarterback war, and a new coach who wants immediate results…which is often a great recipe for preseason success. Well, maybe not for the first half of the dress rehearsal game (next week at Read more

Tags: NFL Stat Intelligence

NFL Preseason Betting Consensus: Eagles -3 top choice for Thursday

08.15.2013     02:26 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Here are the top consensus bets for tonight's NFL Preseason games courtesy of Bookmaker. Note that the percentages are based on the number of bets made not total handle.

Philadelphia -3 (70.5%) vs. Carolina
Atlanta +4 (67.4%) at Baltimore
San Diego +6 (57.1%) at Chicago
Cleveland -1 (56.4%) vs. Detroit

Carolina-Philadelphia OVER 44 (83.2%)
Detroit-Cleveland OVER 42.5 (83.0%)
Atlanta-Baltimore OVER 42 (63.5%)
San Diego-Chicago UNDER 37.5 (52.3%)

Atlanta +185 at Baltimore (83.3%)
San Diego +215 at Chicago (80.0%)
Carolina +145 at Philadelphia (65.2%)
Detroit -101 at Cleveland (54.8%)

Tags: NFL Philadelphia Eagles

NFL Preseason Handicapping: Oakland Raiders prepping for New Orleans Saints

08.15.2013     01:24 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Oakland at New Orleans -6.5 O/U 42

Sounds as if the Oakland Raiders are doing some good old fashion game planning for Friday's game at New Orleans.

“We’re all watching film of all their fronts, all their defense, their personnel, how they’re going to fit plays, one-on-one match ups and really just focusing on how we’re going to attack it. We’re making sure we’re all on the same page.”

“You just watch film and see what they’re doing so far in preseason and going through some of the stuff they’ve done against us in years past and see how they’re going to try to attack and just play man, play ball,” said SS Tyvon Branch.

Tags: NFL Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints

NFL Preseason Betting: Minnesota starters to play a lot more vs. Buffalo

08.15.2013     12:41 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Minnesota at Buffalo -3.5 O/U 43

Under head coach Leslie Frazier, the Minnesota Vikings haven't put much effort into Week 1 of the preseason (0-3 SU/ATS, 7.3 ppg). They are however 2-0 SU/ATS in both Week 2 games under Frazier (super small sample but worth noting). According to quarterback Christian Ponder, who took only two snaps last week, the offense will be getting a lot more work Friday in Buffalo.

"These next two games are crucial for us as an offense and for everybody because we're going to get a lot of snaps," he said.

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NFL Preseason Gambling: Jets' Sanchez to start vs. Jaguars

08.15.2013     12:22 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Jacksonville at New York Jets -2.5 O/U 38.5

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will start again on Saturday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This on the heels of what Rex Ryan called a "brutal" performance by rookie Geno Smith during yesterday's practice.

"It was brutal," Ryan said. "That was Geno's worst day, obviously.The ankle is part of it. That's way too many picks. He didn't look comfortable today. It was a bad day. ... We've seen guys have bad days, but this was a really bad day."

"I think it went just about as well as it could," Sanchez said of the first phase of camp. "I felt good. I thought I threw the ball well. I was accurate. I did my best to take care of the ball. I moved the offense down the field. I think we did that in spurts."

Tags: NFL New York Jets Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL Preseason Betting Free Pick: Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles

08.15.2013     10:17 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Carolina at Philadelphia -3 O/U 44
Recommendation: Over

I could do this write-up in a single sentence.  The Eagles ran 86 offensive plays last week in their preseason opener.  86 plays!  Their game against the Patriots saw the total get steamed up, and it still went over by two scores.  The markets have pushed this total higher, but not high enough.  Chip Kelly’s ‘one play every twelve seconds’ offense merits totals in the high 40’s, even in preseason.

Carolina is going to play at the Eagles pace tonight.  The Panthers have practiced playing an uptempo style on both sides of the football all week.  Philadelphia’s defense couldn’t stop anybody last week – horrible tackling, a limited pass rush, poor play from their rebuilt secondary, along with concerns about both depth and conditioning.  A fast paced offense combined with a suspect defense is a strong recipe for Overs!

Both teams have Read more

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NFL Preseason Betting Podcast 8-15-2013 with Handicapper Teddy Covers

08.15.2013     09:30 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Today's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy broke down Thursday and Friday's NFL Preseason games from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Teddy Covers - NFL Preseason Thursday and Friday EGOTB

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

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NFL Preseason Gambling: Brady injures knee but could play Friday vs. Tampa Bay

08.15.2013     07:35 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tampa Bay at New England -3 O/U 40

New England's Tom Brady went down with an apparent knee injury during yesterday's practice but the team downplayed the incident and claims that Brady could play during Friday's game against Tampa Bay. The Patriots opened 3.5-point favorites but after Brady left practice most sportsbooks took the game off the board. The Pats are currently -3 (even)/-2.5 (-120).

"He basically got kicked," a source said. "It isn't like his knee collapsed or somebody rolled up on him. Is there a chance he could be sore and they decide to hold him out of practice? Yeah. Could they decide he shouldn't play in the game? Probably. But they could also decide it's just soreness and he needs to work it out. It's really nothing."

Tags: NFL New England Patriots Tampa Bay Buccaneers


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