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NFL Betting News: New Orleans' defense looks shaky

09.16.2014     08:16 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Two years ago, New Orleans was the only team in the NFL to allow over 400 ypg. Following the hire of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, they went from last to second (301.3 ypg) in 2013. Through two weeks, however, the Saints' stop-unit has look more like the 2012 version with 446.0 ypg allowed and an 0-2 start.

"Every two-minute situation we've had this year, we've blown," Ryan said, pointing to the end of both halves in Week 1 at Atlanta and the final drive in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns. "We want to be a great defense, and great defenses always finish. And that's something you just have to point the finger at us, and we have to get corrected."

"We've limited our checks, and we still busted some things. So we can't have that. And that's not our style of play," Ryan said. "Right now, we need to develop our style of play and prove who we are. Right now we're not very good.

"We're gonna be great, we're gonna work at it. We've got the players, I know we've got the

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NFL Handicapping: Kansas City Chiefs suffer from injury regression

09.15.2014     01:10 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Kansas City at Miami -4 O/U 41.5

A slew of injuries for the Kansas City Chiefs heading into Sunday's game at Miami. Running back Jamaal Charles (ankle) is out and cornerback Eric Berry (ankle) is questionable. Check out the numbers behind those currently sidelined below. Note that the Chiefs were the healthiest team in the league last year based on fewest starts lost to injury.

The loss of Charles and Berry means the hard-luck Chiefs (0-2) are down seven starters to injuries and suspensions. Those seven players have combined to start 355 games, play in 492 games and appear in nine Pro Bowls over 43-plus seasons in the NFL.

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Tags: NFL Kansas City Chiefs Miami Dolphins

Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NFL Week 2 Betting Recap

09.15.2014     07:18 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
My September NFL betting mantra is relatively simple.  It can be stated in one sentence: “Bet on good teams, and bet against bad teams.”   This strategy tends to be at its best  very early in the season, before the betting markets catch up to how good or how bad teams actually are compared to last year. 

That strategy did not fare well this past weekend for two reasons – many of the good teams played poorly and a good handful of the bad teams stepped up.  Of the seven top teams in my power ratings, only two managed to cover the pointspread on Sunday (Cincinnati and New England).  Seattle, New Orleans and San Francisco all lost SU as favorites.  Denver won, by not my enough of a margin to cover the number.  And Green Bay pushed against the closing number but lost for anyone who bet the Packers throughout the course of the week.

On the other end of the spectrum, many of the bottom teams in my power ratings stepped up and played a good game.  The worst two teams in the league – Jacksonville and Oakland, according to my numbers – are both 0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS.  Other weak teams like the Read more

Tags: NFL Teddy Covers

NFL Gambling: Patriots and Chargers top picks for Week 2 SuperContest

09.14.2014     08:30 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Below are the top consensus plays for Week 2 of the Hilton/LVH/Westgate SuperContest.

1. New England -3 at Minnesota
2. San Diego +6 vs. Seattle
3. Buffalo +1 vs. Miami
4. San Francisco -6.5 vs. Chicago
5. Detroit +3 at Carolina

Least picked Sunday side: St. Louis +5.5 at Tampa Bay


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College Football Betting Preview: New Mexico State Aggies at UTEP Miners

09.13.2014     06:01 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
New Mexico State at UTEP
Saturday, 5 pm PT
CRIS Opener:
UTEP -10.5 O/U 62.5
CRIS Current: UTEP -10 O/U 56
Rob Veno’s Power Rating: UTEP -10
Drew Martin’s Recommendation: UTEP

In the 92nd edition of the Battle of I-10, UTEP will play host to New Mexico State on Saturday night in the Sun Bowl. The undefeated New Mexico State Aggies will make the journey from Las Cruces to El Paso in an attempt to win for the first time in this rivalry since 2008. As we dig into this out-of-conference matchup, we uncover some reasons to be skeptical of the undefeated underdog.

New Mexico State opened its season playing host to Cal Poly. The Aggies got the win, but it took until the middle of the fourth quarter to put Poly away with the final score being 28-10. The Aggies then went on the road in Week 2 in a conference matchup against Georgia State and came out of the Georgia Dome with a Read more

Tags: College Football New Mexico State Aggies UTEP Miners C-USA Drew Martin

NFL Gambling Preview: Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans

09.11.2014     01:58 PM     Alatex Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alatex Sports blog entry.
Dallas at Tennessee
Sunday, 10 am PT - FOX
CRIS Opener:
Tennessee -3 O/U 47.5
CRIS Current: Tennessee -3 O/U 49.5
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Tennessee -1.5
Brent Crow's Recommendation: Tennessee

Much has been made of the Dallas Cowboys’ struggling defense and with good reason. They were terrible last year and lost several key players including MLB Sean Lee and DE Demarcus Ware in the offseason as well as CB Orlando Scandrick for the first four games due to a suspension. Last week they took another hit with weakside linebacker Justin Durant going down against San Francisco. He will be replaced by rookie Anthony Hitchens in the lineup this week against the Titans. Durant’s play-calling duties will now be handled by strongside linebacker Bruce Carter.

While the defensive issues are very much a factor for the Cowboys, the offense has come concerns as well. The expectation was that Dallas would be very Read more

Tags: NFL Dallas Cowboys Tennessee Titans Brent Crow

NFL Gambling Preview: Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers

09.10.2014     02:25 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Seattle at San Diego
Sunday, 1 pm PT - FOX
CRIS Opener:
Seattle -5 O/U 44.5
CRIS Current: Seattle -6 O/U 44
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Seattle -5
Teddy Covers' Recommendation: Seattle

The recent history of defending Super Bowl Champions has not been a good one.  No team since the New England Patriots following their 2003 Super Bowl title has even won a single playoff game the following season. The last two defending champs – the Giants and Ravens – failed to make the playoffs the year after their title.

But Seattle is a different animal compared to recent Super Bowl champs.  Three things make the Seahawks different.  First, their coaching staff didn’t get raided this past offseason, as they return both coordinators.  The historical norm is that Super Bowl winning teams tend to lose some of their coaching talent in the offseason, but there’s full continuity for the Read more

Tags: NFL Seattle Seahawks San Diego Chargers Teddy Covers

College Football Gambling: Injury-riddled Minnesota prompts TCU steam

09.09.2014     01:58 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Big steam play in the college football betting markets with TCU played up from -8 to as high as -14.5 vs. Minnesota. Much of the move was based on Golden Gopher injuries. Starting quarterback Mitch Leidner is questionable to play due to a strained MCL. Redshirt freshman Chris Streveler (1 career pass attempt) is Leidner's backup. They have also lost five players to ACL injuries, including two starters. As a result, the team is expected to play a handful of freshmen vs. TCU. The Horned Frogs are coming in off of a bye week.

“Any time you have a knee [injury], you’re concerned,” coach Jerry Kill said Sunday, while awaiting an update from the medical staff. “We haven’t had a lot of good luck [with recent knee injuries].”

Tags: College Football TCU Horned Frogs Big XII Minnesota Golden Gophers Big Ten

Sports Betting Update: Monmouth Park hopes to take NFL bets this Sunday

09.09.2014     09:37 AM     Printer Friendly

New Jersey is expected to start offering sports betting as soon as this weekend. If not then within the next 30 days. Monmouth Park has reportedly been in talks with sportsbook heavyweight William Hill.

“I got calls from people who wanted to come to the track last night to bet,” he said.

He added that if the book is open Sunday – the main day for heavily bet NFL football games – it would probably be a “very basic operation.”

New Jersey mans up and announces sports betting now legal

09.08.2014     12:20 PM     Read more

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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Under- and over-reacting to early season football results

09.08.2014     07:50 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
I probably heard the same expression 20 times last week: ‘Don’t overreact to Week 1 results.’   It’s one of those handicapping mantras that we hear every year right around this time – the very beginning of football season. 

In basketball or baseball there’s no week off between the first two games and the early season betting markets don’t react intensely off a single poor performance.  But for football – both NFL and college – the prevailing conventional wisdom is that Week 1 results are a thing to take with a grain of salt.

The concept certainly makes sense.  Coaches – especially college football coaches – will tell you that they expect their biggest improvement between Week 1 and Week 2.  Without the benefit of preseason games or even scrimmages against opposing squads, teams often ‘work out the kinks’ and ‘get up to game speed’ in their initial contest.  The team you expected to see this year (at least for bettors who do some homework and have opinions coming into the campaign) might not be the team you saw in Week 1, but there’s Read more

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