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NFL Preseason Handicapping: Eagles expected to have key offensive weapons vs. Steelers

08.21.2014     06:46 AM     Printer Friendly
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Pittsburgh at Philadelphia -3.5 O/U 50.5

Some news and notes on Philadelphia's game plan for tonight's preseason tilt vs. Pittsburgh. According to reports, all three of Nick Foles' starting receivers, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, and Jordan Matthews, will play. In last year's Week 3 preseason game, the Eagles posted 452 total yards en route to a spread covering (-4.5) 31-24 win over Jacksonville.


"I just want to see guys play," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "It's just, go and play and get valuable reps. You'd like to get in situations. But we're not going to manufacture a bad situation to see how we respond.

"We just need reps. There are some guys that need a lot more reps because they haven't played in the first two preseason games. You have to get out there and run around with the officials when it's loud and

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Don't miss Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning at Friday's SuperContest seminar

08.20.2014     02:19 PM     Printer Friendly
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For those of you in the Las Vegas area, be sure to check out Sportsmemo Handicapper and professional bettor Erin Rynning a Friday's Westgate SuperContest Seminar. ER will be on the AFC panel from 7:05-7:55 pm PT.




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NFL Handicapping Update: Penalties are being called at a ridiculously high rate

08.20.2014     07:36 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

Penalties are up over 40% from last year's preseason -- most of which are being called on the defense. But don’t sleep on offensive pass interference; they have more than doubled compared to the first two weeks of 2013’s preseason. 


“That was crazy,” Browns cornerback Joe Haden said after his team’s preseason game Monday night against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. “That was a little crazy … I was talking to DeSean [Jackson]. He was like, ‘These are bad calls.’ He was saying I wasn’t holding him. I’m like, ‘I know I’m not holding you.’ … We’ve got to kind of adjust our game.”

“We don’t teach that. We don’t teach people to grab receivers after five yards downfield,” Kelly said at his postgame news conference. “And if

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NFL Betting News: Cleveland goes the safe route with Hoyer

08.20.2014     07:29 AM     Printer Friendly
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You can rest easy, bettors...for now. Cleveland went from not being ready to name a starting quarterback to handing Brian Hoyer the job within the span of 24 hours. Important to note than while Johnny Manziel may not be ready for primetime, Hoyer, while technically a veteran, is coming off knee surgery and has only four career starts under his belt.




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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
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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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