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NFL Gambling Update: So far so good for Ravens' run-game

08.20.2014     07:18 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

A few weeks back we linked to an article on Baltimore's need of a better rushing attach. Last season the Ravens ranked 30th in the league at 83 ypg. First-year offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak had said that he wants this to be a run-first offense. Through two preseason games, the run-game appears to be on the upswing. The Ravens rolled up 151 yards (4.87 ypc) vs. Dallas and 237 yards (4.9 ypc) vs. San Francisco. All told they've run the ball 79 times. But before bettors get too excited, note that the defenses for the Cowboys and 49ers were extremely banged up (111 combined points allowed in four games).


"I feel good about the run game so far, and we temper it with the fact that it’s two games in the preseason, and what matters is what you do when it counts," Harbaugh said. "[There is] a long way to go to be where we need to be to have the kind of success that we’re hoping

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NFL Handicapping: Pittsburgh goes all in on no-huddle

08.20.2014     07:07 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Good article on Pittsburgh's no-huddle offense which finally started to click late last season.


"I think it can almost be our base offense," Roethlisberger said. "Even if we're huddling and calling plays, we're calling a lot of no-huddle plays in the huddle, if that makes sense. In the no-huddle, we pretty much have our whole playbook available.

"When we're hitting and we're going, it's a great weapon because we can keep people off balance."

"In the no-huddle, you're not just a passing offense," Haley told USA TODAY Sports. "Our running game needs to be significantly better. You can't drop back and just throw it 50 times in this league and expect to win. At least not win the way we want to win."






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NFL Preseason Gambling: Bettors react to Dallas' banged up defense

08.19.2014     07:38 AM     Printer Friendly
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Due to multiple injuries the Dallas Cowboys' defense has been nothing short of awful this preseason. They've allowed a league-worst 6.8 yards per play and are unlikely to be at full strength at any point prior to the start of the regular season. Bettors have quickly picked up on the defense's shortcomings with Saturday's total vs. Miami bet up from 43.5 to as high as 45.5. They've also pounded Week 1's total vs. San Francisco. Earlier this summer it opened 48 but over the last week that number has climbed to 50.5.

 

"I thought we simply made more stops than we did in the previous game against San Diego," Garrett said. "There were some good things. Obviously we've got to get better in a lot of different areas and we got to get some of these guys back to see them play but there's good competition for some of the starting spots and good competition down the line too."






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NFL Handicapping: Despite subpar results, Tampa has high hopes for Tedford's offense

08.19.2014     07:19 AM     Printer Friendly
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Article on Tampa Bay's love affair with offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford's new system. You wouldn't know it by the two preseason box scores with the Bucs averaging 4.3 yards per play and 12 points per game.


“That's why I love the no huddle,” Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson said. “It keeps the defense off balance. And that really slows down the pass rushers, because they can't get down into their stance or think about what they're going to do. It really should play to our advantage.”

“Coach Tedford does a great job of drawing out those plays, and I think it's going to allow us to be dynamic both in the run game and the pass game,” wide receiver Chris Owusu said. “It's a fun scheme.” 






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NFL Preseason Gambling Consensus: Market and public differ on Monday Night Football opinion

08.18.2014     01:23 PM     Printer Friendly
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Here are the consensus bets for tonight's NFL Preseason game between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins according to Bookmaker. The Redskins opened -3 (-115) but a majority of the market money has come in on the Browns with the line now down to -2.5 at most offshore sportsbooks. Per usual, the total was pounded up from 40.5 to 42. Note that the percentages are based on the number of bets made not total handle.

Side
Cleveland at Washington -2.5 (66.2%)

Total
Cleveland-Washington OVER 42 (67.1%)

Moneyline
Cleveland +124 (60.9%) at Washington




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NFL Handicapping: League says new rules are here to stay

08.18.2014     01:14 PM     Printer Friendly
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Who's ready for some NFL totals in the 60's? The league says that it won't budge on its “points of emphasis.” They are convinced that players and coaches will eventually adjust. This preseason has featured an average of 23.7 penalties per game. Last year's regular season averaged 12.7.


“The way the game’s being officiated now is the way it’s going to be officiated when the season begins,” Blandino said. “We have to remain consistent. I knew we’d see a spike in calls when we put out these points of emphasis. But coaches adjust, and players adjust. They have to, and they know it. And we’ll correct our officials when we feel they’re being over-zealous with certain calls. Plus, I would say that between 70 and 75 percent of the calls I’ve gotten from teams after their games this preseason are asking the question, Why weren’t there more calls? I had a call

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NFL Preseason Betting: Coughlin not pleased with new offense

08.18.2014     12:31 PM     Printer Friendly
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New York Giants at -New York Jets- pk O/U 42.5

The New York Giants may be a perfect 3-0 SU/ATS this preseason but the first-team offense under first-year coordinator Ben McAdoo has looked extremely poor. Eli Manning is 7-for-16 for 49 yards as he adjusts to first-year offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's new system. Because the Giants played in the Hall of Fame game, Friday's matchup vs. the Jets is likely the last time the starters will play -- assuming they perform up to Tom Coughlin’s satisfaction.


"They'd better," Coughlin said in his Sunday conference call. "Because it's not written in stone about what you do in that last preseason game."

"I don't know that there's any way to put it but that," Coughlin said. "The last few years, we've had what would have to be looked at as unproductive games in preseasons and we've still been able to come out and perform early on in

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NFL Preseason Handicapping: Hoyer and Manziel vie for starting job vs. Washington

08.18.2014     10:02 AM     Printer Friendly
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Cleveland at Washington -2.5 O/U 41.5

The Cleveland Browns are close to making a decision on a starting quarterback -- Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel. Both players will get reps with the first team tonight. Ideally first-year head coach Mike Pettine wants to see both players face Washinton first-string but reports indicate that the Redskins' starters will only play the first quarter.


“But his plan is his plan,” Pettine said of Gruden, according to a transcript prepared by the Browns. “It’s his football team, and if we have to make some adjustments to get the matchups we want, then we will.”






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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Recapping NFL Preseason Week 2

08.18.2014     09:49 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Last week, I wrote about how after a significant five year run of Overs in the preseason, Week 1 of the 2014 preseason brought a 13-4 mark to the Under.  So what happened in Week 2? With 15 games in the books as I write this on Monday morning, Overs have gone 9-6, cashing at a 60% clip throughout the course of the weekend.  That Week 1 run of Unders certainly didn’t last very long.

What’s behind the high scoring affairs from Week 2?  Penalties, penalties and more penalties; with flags up more than 50% from last year through the first two weeks of August.  And the biggest increases in penalties have come via the rule changes tied to pass defense.  Defensive holding, illegal contact and pass interference calls galore have become the new norm. 

The rule changes have most assuredly affected the totals markets for Week 1 of the regular season.  Historically, Week 1 is the lowest scoring week of the first three months of the season (when weather really starts to Read more



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NFL Division-by-Division Betting Podcasts with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

08.18.2014     09:20 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
For those who have missed any of our ongoing NFL Division-by-Division breakdowns on the Sportsmemo Podcast with Teddy Covers, below are links to all of the past shows.

AFC South

AFC North

AFC West

AFC East

NFC South

NFC North

NFC West

NFC East





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