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MLB Handicapper Free Play: San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers

08.01.2015     07:50 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

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San Francisco (Heston) at Texas (Hamels) -125 O/U 8.5 
Recommendation: Texas


There have been three no-hitters thrown this season and two of the three pitchers responsible for the feats will square off tonight in Texas with Chris Heston taking on newly acquired Cole Hamels. Despite not having eye-popping stuff, Heston has essentially carried the Giants' staff this season as the team sports a 13-7 record when he toes the rubber. But tonight marks a massive step up in class with an AL lineup suited to hit soft-tossing righties in a hitter friendly park and ultra-warm temps. Just look at some of the instances where Heston was asked to throw outside the comforts of home in a difficult venue. In two outings at Coors Field he gave up 12 earned runs and in Cincinnati he lasted only two innings after giving up seven hits and five earned runs. Some will have some concern with Hamels following his 129-pitch no-hitter against the Cubs. Now all of a sudden he's getting thrust into the American League to pitch in one of the best hitter's parks in the league. Note however that he'll be throwing on a full week's rest and historically, the results following a no-hitter are pretty random meaning there is no reason to think he'll be in poor form. Look for Heston to struggle to night and Hamels to notch a victory -- at a fairly cheap price -- in his Rangers debut.

Tags: MLB San Francisco Giants Texas Rangers Andrew Lange



Sports Betting Podcast 7-31-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers and Drew Martin

07.31.2015     10:42 AM     Printer Friendly

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Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Teddy Covers and Drew Martin. Teddy talked MLB while Drew and host Andrew Lange broke the Sun Belt.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - MLB

Drew Martin - Sun Belt Preview Part I

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

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: MLB College Football Sun Belt Teddy Covers Drew Martin Andrew Lange



MLB Handicapper Free Play: Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles

07.31.2015     10:40 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Detroit (Farmer) at Baltimore (Chen) -170 O/U 9 
Recommendation: Over


My clients and I cashed an easy winner over the total between these two teams last night and I have no reservations about looking toward another high scoring affair involving two solid lineups and two very suspect pitchers on a warm and humid night in Baltimore. Buck Farmer gets the nod for Detroit tonight and he is nothing more than a fringe arm with very little upside. Farmer has been hit hard in each of his two starts this season allowing 12 runs on 17 hits in just 10.1 innings of work against the LA Angels and Cleveland while allowing 3 home runs in those starts. The Orioles have scored 29 runs in their last 6 games in very good form at the plate and should score their share of runs tonight against Farmer and the woeful Tigers bullpen behind him which almost coughed up a huge 9-2 lead last night. On the flip side, Wei-Yin Chen has actually been more good than bad this season but he has shown signs of wearing down a bit in the hot summer months as his hits allowed have skyrocketed in each of his last three starts. He’s given up 8, 10 and 6 hits and he yielded a pair of home runs in his last start against Tampa Bay. Chen doesn’t have a good track record against the Detroit Tigers allowing 5 runs in each of his last two starts against them since 2012 and lasted just 3.2 innings in his lone time facing them last season. Miguel Gonzalez was knocked out of last night’s game after 3.1 innings so the Orioles bullpen isn’t in the best of shape tonight either. Detroit remains one of the top over teams in baseball this season at 57-42 O/U and I agree with the move in this total from 8.5 to 9 but still see value. 


Tags: MLB Detroit Tigers Baltimore Orioles Ian Cameron



Casinos forced to deal with rule-breaking high rollers

07.31.2015     08:22 AM     Printer Friendly

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Not surprising, but for all the stringent rules casinos have, those who enter with a suitcase full of cash can typically get away with anything they want. That includes acting like a spoiled six-year old who doesn't like it when they lose.


"All men are created equal except in the casino," Glen Costales, the pit manager, said at a hearing before a tribal gaming commission in May. Transcripts of the hearing were obtained by The Associated Press. "If it's a premium player, he gets away with a lot more than the five-dollar player would get away with."

"The casinos pretend they have rules that are set in stone, like going into a bank or dealing with a police station. Are they supposed to allow late bets? Absolutely not. Do they do it all the time? All the time," said Kaufmann, a dealer who sees plenty of crude behavior himself. "The abuse, the screaming, the cheating, the sexual harassment. Throwing things around. It's worse all the time."



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NFL Handicapping: Tennessee names Mariota starting quarterback

07.31.2015     08:11 AM     Printer Friendly

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Good article on the Tennessee Titans naming Marcus Mariota their Week 1 starting quarterback. The article also discusses the difficulty most run-oriented college quarterbacks have had when asked to become "pocket passers" at the next level. The big question is what will Ken Whisenhunt try to do in terms of a system with Mariota under center? The Titans had a horrific offensive line last season that played a part in Jake Locker's retirement.


Like dropping back and making multiple reads from the pocket. Mariota is an unknown in this realm. The system at Oregon almost never asked him to do this. And the system’s rapid tempo often left him facing static, simplified defenses—not the multifaceted disguises, blitzes and coverage rotations he’ll see in the pros.



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College Football Gambling: Ohio State suspensions impact Week 1 pointspread

07.31.2015     07:54 AM     Printer Friendly

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The suspension of four Ohio State players caused some movement in the betting markets yesterday. The Buckeyes travel to Blacksburg for a Week 1 showdown vs. the Hokies. Of those sitting for OSU will be Joey Bosa is arguably the best defensive end in college football. Ohio State opened -14 but when rumors of the suspensions surfaced, the line dropped to -12.5. Once it became official, more VT money caused the line to plummet to its current number of -10.


"We talk about it every day," senior linebacker Joshua Perry said before the Buckeyes left for the ESPYs earlier this month. "This is the time of year when things can get out of hand. You really have to keep an eye on that. We do a really good job policing each other and making sure guys stay out of trouble."



Tags: College Football Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten Virginia Tech Hokies ACC



MLB Handicapper Free Play: Cleveland Indians at Oakland A's

07.30.2015     10:25 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

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Cleveland (Carrasco) -130 at Oakland (Bassitt) O/U 7 
Recommendation: Cleveland


The Indians come into this game with a very different mindset compared to the A’s.  The Tribe snapped their losing streak yesterday, exploding for 12 runs against the Royals, cruising to victory behind a gem from Corey Kluber.  Manager Terry Francona: “I think we needed it on a number of fronts. We needed that. That'll help us."  Shortstop Francisco Lindor: “It was very important for us to get our confidence back.”  And while Cleveland dealt away veteran bats Brandon Moss and David Murphy, their starting pitching staff remains intact; not a team embarked on a long term rebuilding plan.

The A’s, on the other hand, are in the midst of a fire sale.  They’ve traded away key arms like Scott Kazmir and Tyler Clippard, along with their prized offseason acquisition, Ben Zobrist.  The A’s suffered yet another late game meltdown last night, blowing a three run seventh inning lead while losing for the fifth time in their last six games.  On a rare night where the A’s offense was in good form (they hadn’t scored more than four runs in a game in their previous seven contests), the A’s still couldn’t emerge victorious, not exactly a confidence boost for this underachieving and slumping squad.

The pitching matchup here warrants the very reasonable chalk that you’ll have to lay with the Tribe this evening.  Carlos Carrasco leads the team in wins and he’s been dominant on the highway.  Cleveland is 7-2 in Carrasco’s nine previous road starts this year and he’s thrown a pair of gems in his last three starts, including a dominant seven inning performance against these same A’s.  The Indians bullpen behind him is in good shape off Kluber’s effort yesterday.

Oakland rookie Chris Bassett has an xFIP of 5.08, in sharp contrast to his 2.94 ERA; a correction waiting to happen.  This is a short turnaround second look for the Indians lineup against him – they faced him just before the All Star Break.  Oakland has won only one of his previous four starts, and the A’s bullpen behind him is coming off last night’s disaster, neither rested nor ready.  Chalk worth laying!  Take the Indians.

Tags: MLB Cleveland Indians Oakland A's Teddy Covers



CFL Betting Podcast 7-30-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron

07.30.2015     10:21 AM     Printer Friendly

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Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron. Ian and host Andrew Lange broke down Week 6 of the CFL card.

Today's segments 
Ian Cameron - Canadian Football League Week 6

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Tags: CFL Ian Cameron Andrew Lange



College Football Handicapping: Hawaii expecting big things offensively

07.30.2015     09:04 AM     Printer Friendly

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Despite an 8-29 record over three seasons, Hawaii is still sticking with head coach Norm Chow. After ranking 101st in total offense (364.5 ypg) and 111th in scoring (20.9 ppg) Chow made a few offseason moves to bolster the unit. He brought in former USC quarterback Max Wittek who Chow compares to Carson Palmer. The Rainbow Warriors also hired offensive coordinator Don Bailey who took Idaho State's offense to incredible heights (40.3 ppg in 2014). Bailey says he wants the offense to produce over 40 ppg this season something UH came close to doing back in 2010 (39.6 ppg).


"Just keep the first downs coming whether that comes if we get a first down or second down or third down that's great or whatever.  Just keeping it moving and put the ball in the end zone," said Wittek.



 

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College Football Gambing: Mountain West teams search for new quarterbacks

07.30.2015     08:49 AM     Printer Friendly

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The Mountain West will be loaded with new quarterbacks this season.


“Take out the outliers on the top or the bottom, but the vast majority of the league, we look like each other — our O-lines look the same, our DBs and wide receivers look the same — so then what’s the wild card? The wild card’s the quarterback,” Nevada coach Brian Polian said.



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Treasure Island to offer mobile app

07.30.2015     08:47 AM     Printer Friendly

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Las Vegas' Treasure Island casino and sportsbook is going the mobile app route.


“We continually evolve our race and sports book to bring the latest in technology to our customers,” Treasure Island’s race and sports book director Tony Nevill said.

“With mobile usage dominating the marketplace, creating an app was the obvious next step.

“Now, even when a guest can't be present in our race and sports book, they can still participate in real time, real money sports wagering in Nevada.”



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Mark Teixeira upset because third base coach had the under

07.28.2015     07:49 AM     Printer Friendly

If you had over 9 in last night's Rangers-Yankees game, this will piss you off. If you had under 9 in last night's Rangers-Yankees game, this will make you smile.

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College Football Betting Podcast: AAC West Preview with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

07.29.2015     10:22 AM     Printer Friendly

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Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange previewed the American Athletic Conference West Division.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - AAC West Preview

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

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: College Football AAC Rob Veno Andrew Lange



College Football Gambling: BYU has history of Week 1 success

07.29.2015     09:09 AM     Printer Friendly

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There's a longstanding theory that BYU has somewhat of an advantage in Week 1 due to the older age of many of its players. It's a logical thought process that 22 and 23 year olds who attended Mormon missions will be better prepared than teams forced to play first-year starters and underclassmen. Out of curiosity, we went back and looked at the pointspread history and results of BYU's first game dating back to 2006. Of those nine games, the Cougs went 7-2 straight up and 6-2 against the spread (the game vs. FCS Northern Iowa wasn't lined). Ironically, one of the articles we found on the "phenomenon" was prior to 2013's game vs. Virginia in which the Cavaliers had the most underclassmen in the country on their depth chart. UVA won outright as home underdogs, 19-16. In the end, the short term results suggest there is some truth to the theory but bettors should still incorporate other factors into their handicap.

2015 - BYU at Nebraska 
Opener: BYU +6 
Current: BYU +5 
Result: ???

2014 - BYU at UConn 
Opener: BYU -14.5 
Closer: BYU -17 
Result: BYU 35, UConn 10

2013 - BYU at Virginia 
Opener: BYU -2.5 
Closer: BYU -3 
Result: Virginia 19, BYU 16

2012 - BYU vs. Washington State 
Opener: BYU -13.5 
Closer: BYU -13 
Result: BYU 30, Washington State 6

2011 - BYU at Ole Miss 
Opener: BYU -2.5 
Closer: BYU -2 
Result: BYU 14, Ole Miss 13

2010  - BYU vs. Washington 
Opener: BYU -3.5 
Closer: BYU +1.5 
Result: BYU 23, Washington 17

2009  - BYU vs. Oklahoma 
Opener: BYU +25 
Closer: BYU +22.5 
Result: BYU 14, Oklahoma 13

2008  - BYU vs. Northern Iowa 
Opener: N/L 
Closer: N/L 
Result: BYU 41, Northern Iowa 17

2007 - BYU vs. Arizona 
Opener: BYU -6.5 
Closer: BYU -3.5 
Result: BYU 20, Arizona 7

2006 - BYU at Arizona 
Opener: N/A 
Closer: BYU +6.5 
Result: Arizona 16, BYU 13

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College Football Betting: Week 1 line moves

07.29.2015     08:30 AM     Printer Friendly

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Starting to see some movement in the college football betting markets for Week 1. CRIS posted its openers on July 16. Here's a quick rundown of some of the more significant/key line moves.

South Carolina vs. North Carolina (Charlotte) 
Opener: South Carolina -1 
Current: South Carolina -3

Oklahoma State at Central Michigan 
Opener: Oklahoma State -19 
Current: Oklahoma State -22.5

Michigan at Utah 
Opener: Utah -4.5 
Current: Utah -6

Old Dominion at Eastern Michigan 
Opener: Eastern Michigan +7 
Current: Eastern Michigan +5.5

Florida Atlantic at Tulsa 
Opener: Tulsa -6 
Current: Tulsa -7-115

Arizona State vs. Texas A&M (Houston) 
Opener: Arizona State +3 
Current: Arizona State +2.5

UL-Lafayette at Kentucky 
Opener: Kentucky -13.5 
Current: Kentucky -15.5

Texas at Notre Dame 
Opener: Notre Dame -8.5 
Current: Notre Dame -10

Purdue at Marshall 
Opener: Purdue +8.5 
Current: Purdue +7

Ohio State at Virginia Tech 
Opener: Virginia Tech +14 
Current: Virginia Tech +12.5

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College Football Handicapping: Oregon State offense preps new system, quarterback

07.29.2015     08:18 AM     Printer Friendly

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Good article on Oregon State first-year offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin. Baldwin has had OC stints at Colorado State, Utah State, New Mexico, Michigan State, Baylor and Cincinnati. The Beavers lost quarterback Sean Mannion and will be forced to start a freshman under center but return nine starters including their entire offensive line.


“I’m really excited about our O-line,” he says. “Those guys did a great job in the spring. If we can get Isaac and (tackle) Gavin Andrews back (from injuries), we can be talented up there. I’m looking for them to take over in (August training) camp and be leaders for our offensive group.”

“I don’t have an idea exactly who we are yet,” he says. “We spent much of spring just installing our offense. Now we go into (training) camp trying to determine who our quarterback is going to be and who our starters (at other positions) are. You go through that process every first year in a new program.”



Tags: College Football Oregon State Beavers PAC-12



Offscreen sportsbook with mob ties gets busted

07.28.2015     02:54 PM     Printer Friendly

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Straight out of an episode of the Sopranos.


They were agents, albeit with nicknames that included "Frankie the Flea," "The worm," and "Harpo."

"I got 49 people. These kids get two thousand each," he said. "If at the end of the year I can make two million and I gotta give away, like four or five hundred (expletive), that's a million and a half, you know. My money."



 

 

Tags: College Football Oregon State Beavers PAC-12



College Football Handicapping: Washington loses starting quarterback Miles

07.28.2015     02:45 PM     Printer Friendly

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The Washington Huskies are projected to take a step back this season following news that quarterback Cyler Miles was retiring due to a lingering hip injury. Miles completed 67% of his passes and posted a 17-4 TD-to-INT ratio last season. The Huskies also lost wide receiver John Ross (knee) who averaged nearly 22 yards per catch and ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns. And then there's the offensive and defensive line with just two of a potential 10 starters slated to return. Washington's season over/under wins is lined at 4.5/5 after going 8-4 during the 2014 regular season. They are currently +10.5 at Boise State for Week 1.
Tags: College Football Washington Huskies PAC-12



NFL Gambling Update: Brady suspended first four games of regular season

07.28.2015     02:31 PM     Printer Friendly

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Looks like the New England Patriots really won't have Tom Brady the first four games of the regular season (vs. Pittsburgh, at Buffalo, vs. Jacksonville, and at Dallas). The NFL announced today that the suspension was upheld. As a result, there isn't much in the way of betting options for New England's Week 1 game vs. the Steelers. CRIS never posted a line. Pinnacle, Heritage, and 5Dimes took it down in early July (New England -3). As of today, CG Technology looks to be the only sportsbooks offering a real pointspread with the Patriots dropped from -3-120 to -1.5 following the news.


"The Commissioner's decision is deeply disappointing, but not surprising because the appeal process was thoroughly lacking in procedural fairness," Brady's agent, Don Yee, said Tuesday. "Most importantly, neither Tom nor the Patriots did anything wrong. And the NFL has no evidence that anything inappropriate occurred. The appeal process was a sham, resulting in the Commissioner rubber-stamping his own decision."



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College Football Betting Podcast: PAC-12 North and Independent Previews

07.28.2015     11:05 AM     Printer Friendly

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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Ian Cameron and Teddy Covers. Ian, Teddy, and host Andrew Lange previewed the PAC-12 North and Independents.

Today's segments 
Ian Cameron - PAC-12 North Preview

Teddy Covers - Independent Preview

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

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Tags: College Football PAC-12 Independent Ian Cameron Teddy Covers



MLB Handicapper Free Play: San Diego Padres at New York Mets

07.28.2015     08:56 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Drew Martin

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San Diego (Shields) at New York (Syndergaard) -135 O/U 7 
Recommendation: Under


The San Diego Padres fly across the country to start a 10-game road trip tonight in New York. Padres’ starter James Shields will face off against Mets’ righty Noah Syndergaard in pitcher friendly Citi Field. Shields faced the Mets this year in early June and had success tossing 7 innings with 6 hits and only 2 runs. Shields also has a very impressive opponents’ .453 OPS when facing current Mets including a sample size of 117 at-bats. Syndergaard has struggled at times this year posting a 4-5 record but has thrived when tossing in Citi Field. He sports a 1.74 ERA at home compared to a 4.34 ERA on the road. Dig a little bit more and we see really strong home splits: .200/.242/.257 in 41.1 innings. And coming from the right side, Sydergaard has the chance to shine as the Padres own a sub-.300 OBP and .662 OPS vs. righties this season – some of the worst numbers in MLB. Even with the warm temps, a generous total of 7 (it opened 6.5) makes the under very playable.  


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DraftKings has enough money to buy a medium-sized country

07.28.2015     08:13 AM     Printer Friendly

It's official. DraftKings is well on its way to taking over the world.

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NFL Handicapping: Baltimore keeping same offensive philosphy under Trestman

07.28.2015     07:41 AM     Printer Friendly

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With Gary Kubiak taking over in Denver, the Baltimore Ravens brought in former Chicago head coach Marc Trestman to serve as offensive coordinator. According to Trestman, the Ravens' offense will stay the same. Baltimore ranked 12th in total offense (364.9 ypg), 13th in passing (238.7 ypg), and eighth in rushing (126.2 ypg) last season. 


“It’s never going to be my offense. It’s always going to be the Ravens offense,” Trestman said Wednesday during his introductory conference call.

“I think the framework and the formula for this is for me to go in and learn the offense. … Why would I have 40-some guys learn a new offense when I’m just one person? Isn’t it easier for me to learn it instead of starting over with everybody else, including coaches?”



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College Football Betting Podcast: Big XII Preview with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

07.27.2015     11:03 AM     Printer Friendly

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Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange previewed the Big XII.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - Big XII Preview

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Tags: College Football Big XII Rob Veno Andrew Lange



NFL Gambling: A look back at last year's 20* winner on Carolina Under 8.5 Wins

07.27.2015     08:48 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

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Below is Teddy Covers' write-up for last year's NFL Season O/U Wins Report 20* winner. Since 2001, Teddy has produced a documented record of 71-31 70% including 11-1 92% with his 20* Big Tickets. This year's report is currently available for purchase and will be released on Wednesday. Teddy includes in-depth written analysis on all of plays.


20* Big Ticket: Carolina UNDER 8.5 Wins 
Just about everything broke right for the Carolina Panthers last year on their way to a 12-4 season.  Following a 1-3 start, the Panthers reeled off 11 wins in their final 12 regular season games in large part thanks to a 5-0 mark in games decided by four points or less. 

Make no mistake about it – the Panthers were every bit as lucky as they were good during that extended winning run.  Head coach Ron Rivera was on the hot seat, but he saved his job thanks to a ‘Riverboat Ron’ mentality down the stretch of tight games, a strategy that offers no hope of long term success.

And the Panthers feasted largely on the weak, with nine of their twelve victories coming against foes with .500 records or weaker.  By my numbers, the Panthers faced one of the easier schedules in the league on their way to that 12-4 mark.  They stayed healthy and finished with a +11 turnover margin.  None of these factors is likely to repeat in 2014.

My formula for breaking down season win totals starts with the schedule, and the Panthers schedule is absolutely brutal this year.  Based on this year’s win totals, the Panthers face one of the five toughest opposing slates in the NFL.

They open in a ‘pick ‘em’ game at an improved Tampa Bay squad.  Then they face Detroit, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, and Philadelphia before playing Atlanta on a short week, all before their bye!  Each and every team on that list is projected to finish better than .500 (all lined at 8.5 wins or higher).  It’s a truly brutal stretch without a break. 

From a personnel standpoint, the Panthers offseason can only be called a disaster.  They enter training camp completely devoid of receiving talent in a league where WR talent matters more and more with each passing season as scoring continues to go up. 

Without Steve Smith, Branden LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr on the roster, they’ve lost more than 90% of their WR catches and yards from last year.  And there are no clear replacements, particularly for their #1 guy, Smith.  Teams without a capable #1 receiver do not fare well in the modern NFL and I’m not sold on first round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin consistently beating top cornerbacks.

The unexpected offseason retirement of starting tackle Jordan Gross leaves the offensive line with major question marks at both tackle positions, putting even more pressure on Cam Newton.  It’s surely worth noting that Newton had offseason ankle surgery; unable to practice with his rebuilt receiving corps.  His quote from this past weekend stands out: “I can’t stress enough that I’m not 100 percent yet.  It’s just going to take treatment and time.”

The Panthers defense bailed them out repeatedly last year, and their front seven looks solid again this year – if they stay healthy.  But Carolina has major personnel issues in the secondary; a unit that grades out as well below average following the offseason departures of safety Mike Mitchell and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.  For a team with enormous salary cap problems, there’s no help for any of these personnel problems on the horizon and limited depth behind their starters if and when injuries start to strike.

Carolina was a six win team in 2011 and a seven win team in 2012 before last year’s turnaround.  I’m more than willing to bet that the 2014 edition will look more like the ’11 and ’12 editions.  It’s very hard for me to picture this mediocre (at best) squad getting to nine wins, which is what it will take to beat us!



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