Bet on NFL Game Preview for December 2, 2010: Texans vs. Eagles (-8.5)

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The Philadelphia Eagles are getting more and more difficult to figure out. Just two weeks ago the NFL scores showed an Eagles team that took a hard-fought game away from a good New York Giants team. Yes, the Eagles were helped by the bad play of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. But in order to win a team has to be able to capitalize on the opponent’s mistakes. Then the Eagles lost to a Chicago Bears team that is normally handing wins out to opposing teams. It was a little bit of the Bears looking sharp and the Eagles looking flat.

The Houston Texans are grasping on to preseason NFL predictions that they would be in the playoffs this year. While the NFL betting experts are not impressed with the Texans’ recent losing streak, Houston did manage to beat a Tennessee Titans team that is in complete disarray right now. As the Texans continue their trek towards the playoffs, they come across the Eagles who are still trying to figure out who they really are.

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It is hard to say what exactly got into Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson when he got into a fist fight with Tennessee Titans’ defensive back Cortland Finnegan, but frustration over the Texans past few games is probably a good guess. The Texans will be fortunate in that Johnson will probably be fined but not suspended for his fight, but that does not change the fact that other teams saw how to get Andre Johnson off his game. The combination of quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Adrian Foster and Johnson has been prolific for Houston this season. But the Texans are showing their lack of experience as their playoff hopes drift further and further away. The game against the Titans was the first time that the Houston offense showed up for a game in weeks. The Texans will find out quickly that the Eagles defense is not the same as the Titans.

The Eagles are trying to put games in the hands of quarterback Michael Vick, but Vick is showing growing pains that cost this team a game last week. Vick is fighting the urge to run with the ball when his pocket collapses, and in the process he is missing opportunities to gain important yardage for the Eagles. Vick will eventually figure out how to play the quarterback position the way he has said he wants to, but in the meantime he needs to use all of his talents to help Philadelphia put points on the board.

Defense:

The bad thing for the Texans is that they have the 31st ranked defense in the league, the good thing is that they are ranked eighth against the run. If Houston can keep Michael Vick contained in the pocket, then they just may have a chance at winning this game.

The Eagles defense is punishing, fast and smart. While the Eagles may not resort to the thug tactics that Finnegan used last week, the Philadelphia secondary will use other ways to get inside Andre Johnson’s head. Double coverage and hitting Johnson at the line can be almost as frustrating as a defensive back pulling on Johnson’s helmet. The Eagles’ front seven should be able to contain Adrian Foster as well.

The Bottom Line:

The Eagles need to establish Vick as a passing quarterback, and this game is the perfect opportunity. The Philadelphia defense will keep the Houston offense under wraps while the Eagles offense finds its passing legs.

BSNblog Pick: Philadelphia Eagles

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The Cleveland Browns appear to be on the right track. The NFL scores that rookie quarterback Colt McCoy was putting up while Jake Delhomme was out were impressive. But head coach Eric Mangini did the right thing and put Delhomme back in when he was healthy. The NFL predictions for this season may not have been too impressive for the Browns, but there may be playoff expectations in the Dawg Pound for next season. The Browns offense and defense are developing together, and that is always a healthy way for a bad team to get better.

It looks like the Miami Dolphins have peaked, and now head coach Tony Sparano is trying to piece together a winner out of what he has left. Quarterback Chad Henne was benched, but a season-ending injury to Chad Pennington has put Henne back in the starting role. The wildcat is still a staple part of the Dolphins’ offense, but now that every defense in the league has figured out it is no longer nearly as effective as it used to be. What is still effective in the Dolphins offense is running back Ricky Williams. Williams looked impressive in the Dolphins’ 33-17 win over the surging Oakland Raiders last week.

Offense:

The NFL betting world was not sure what to make of the Cleveland Browns offense before the season started. Quarterback Jake Delhomme was coming off some pretty poor seasons as the starter in Carolina, but the Eric Mangini offense seems to work for Delhomme and he looks comfortable throwing the ball behind a mediocre Browns offensive line. The best part for Cleveland is that Delhomme is helping to develop quarterback Colt McCoy into the Browns quarterback of the future. With running back Peyton Hillis finding a place in the Cleveland offense, the Browns look like they will be a threat in the future.

It seems like the Dolphins are either running out of options on offense, or Miami has decided that a traditional offense is more appropriate with a throwing quarterback like Chad Henne. Don’t forget that the Dolphins still have a deep threat in Brandon Marshall at wide receiver, and Marshall should be back in the line up before the end of the season. The Dolphins have the personnel for a coordinated and powerful running and passing attack without the wildcat.

Defense:

The Dolphins have a very good defense. The Miami defense is ranked sixth overall, but it is their play against the passing game that has sustained them to this point. If the Dolphins focus on stopping Delhomme, then Hillis will run right past them. This will be a war that the Dolphins will need to fight on two fronts, and they have the personnel to do it.

The Cleveland defense is young, aggressive and improving. Miami will miss Brandon Marshall in this game. The long ball would kill the Browns in this game, but Miami will have to rely on the running game and the Browns have an answer for Ricky Williams.

The Bottom Line:

The Dolphins will win this game, but it will be close. Ricky Williams will not have the game everyone is expecting him to have, but there is just enough balance in the Miami attack to come out of this game on top.

Gambling Advisor blog Pick: Miami Dolphins

Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders 33-17 Thanks to Chad Henne

NFL BettingThe Miami Dolphins went to show that they feel good about playing away from home to gain a significant victory over the Oakland Raiders 33.17.

Miami (6-5) won its fifth game in six road games and had a stellar return of Chad Henne, who threw for 307 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, plus a performance of four field goals from Dan Carpenter to blamed on the Raiders (5-6) their second straight loss.

Playing in his hometown, Davone Bess generated 111 yards on six receptions for the Dolphins and Ricky Williams had 95 yards rushing with a touchdown, keeping alive their chances of reaching the playoffs.

The match began dramatically Jacoby Ford for the Raiders to 101 yards on kickoff return early to go ahead 7-0.

However, in its first two offensive, the Dolphins scored 10 points with field goal by Dan Carpenter's 49-yard and 29-yard pass to Patrick Cobbs, Chad Henne for the first quarter ended in their favor 10-7.

In the second period both teams exchanged interceptions and Oakland also had a fumble lost, but there were no matters arising from these losses. However, Jacoby Ford returned to do this on the scoreboard with a great reception for 44 yards away after receiving a pass from Gradkowski.

Four seconds of rest, Carpenter inked a field goal 23 yards to go to break even for the locals 14-13.

In their first offensive in the third quarter, Miami scored again with Henne pass of 57 yards to Marlon Moore, who escaped across the right side and put Miami ahead once more on the scoreboard.

Then alternated with field goals of 44 yards specifying Carpenter, and in the fourth quarter, Sebastian Janikowski, 30 for the Raiders, and Carpenter returned for one over 25 yards with 4:03 to play to make 26-17 front .

Ricky Williams took the lace to the "bad guys" with a break of 45 yards with 3:12 on the clock and the rest was to contain the visitors attack.

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NFL OddsGreat welcome from the Minnesota Vikings to Leslie Frazier in his debut as head coach at home, beating the Washington Redskins 17-13 in a tight marker.

The first blow was made by Redskins tight end Fred Davis as the quarterback of the red tribe sent a pass 10 yards for a touchdown.

But the Vikings quarterback, Brett Favre had a great performance in two key offensive that ended in scoring, hit 3 of 3 in the first possession, which resulted in a carry into the end zone from five yards of the graduate of Oklahoma Adrian Peterson, to bring the score tied at 7-7.

Peterson had to leave in the second quarter after an ankle injury, giving the opportunity to rookie Stanford running back Toby Gerhart (# 32).

Favre, 41, went 5-5 in their first offensive in the second half, culminating with a touchdown acarrero five yards of Gerhart, who finished the match with 22 runs for 76 yards (14-7).

Both NFL betting teams had two more field goals leaving the score 17-13.

In the last stretch of the meeting, on third and eight to move forward, just before the break of two minutes, "The General" ran to find the first down to run out the clock, and he succeeded to the noise of their peers.

Thus, at the National Conference, Washington is at 5-6 in the AL East while the Vikings broke a losing streak at nine games, less than a week after coach Brad Childress left the squad Minnesota and is in the North Division with 4-7.

Favre finished with 23 passes thrown, 15 completed for 172 yards, while McNabb was not the victory as a gift for his 34th birthday, on 25 November was a record full 35 pitches with 21 for 211 yards with one touchdown and a intecepciĆ³n.

In the game, note is the Vikings' defensive line, who managed to catch McNabb 4.

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NCAA Football Betting – Auburn, Alabama Prepare For Massive Iron Bowl

NCAA football betting players should get ready for a game that could shake the BCS rankings, as well as the state of Alabama. Auburn will be aiming to keep their BCS title hopes alive when they head to Alabama, who won’t be able to defend their national title, but they can do the next best thing: keep Auburn from winning it. The 75th edition of the “Iron Bowl” could be the biggest one yet.

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The No.2 Tigers (11-0, 7-0) were off last week, meaning they had two weeks to prepare for their fourth and toughest road game of the season. Cam Newton takes his Heisman hopes to Tuscaloosa, and he’s done an excellent job of putting his off-field problems behind him, at least when he’s on the field. Newton is the key to the No.6 offense in the country, and the Tigers are third in rushing, but people forget that Newton is second in the nation in passer rating. The Tigers’ Achilles Heel is a defense that is prone to giving up the big play as they’re 100th in the country against the pass, and even those who check out NHL scores will tell you, defense wins championships.

The No.11 Crimson Tide (9-2, 5-2) made short work of Georgia State in a 63-7 beating at home, as they were up 42-7 by halftime, which means Alabama could rest their starters. Greg McElroy was 12-of-13 for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide, who gained 478 yards while holding Georgia State to 165 yards. The Crimson Tide ran for 262 yards themselves, and this was a glorified practice session for Alabama, who essentially had a bye, but did just enough to keep the rust off in time for this massive showdown.

The Crimson Tide are favored by 4.5 points according to betting services, and even though the Tigers are 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five trips to Tuscaloosa, that SU loss was a 36-0 trouncing at the hands of the Crimson Tide in 2008. This will be much closer, and while we think Alabama will win straight up, we think Auburn will keep it closer than the 4.5-point spread. Newton rolled over the toughest defense he faced this year in LSU, and even though that was at home, we think Newton will be ready for them. The problem is a defense that won’t be able to stop the Alabama aerial attack, led by McElroy and Julio Jones. If you’re going to pick the game straight up, go with Alabama, but if you want to go against the online sports betting spread, roll with Auburn.

College Football OddsThose who bet on NCAA football have seen Boise State dominate the WAC, as they’ve won seven conference titles since 2002, and they can clinch at least a share of one final title before they head to the Mountain West when they head to Nevada on Friday night. More importantly, the Broncos will likely jump up in the BCS rankings with a decisive win as they look for their 18th straight win on the road.

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The No.4 Broncos (10-0, 6-0) got off to a slow start, but got back on track quickly for a 51-0 shutout of Fresno State at home. Kellen Moore was 27-of-38 for 333 yards, four touchdowns and a pick as the Broncos racked up 516 yards of offense, while holding Fresno State to a mere 125 yards, stopping them on 11 of 12 third-down opportunities. On the other hand, the Broncos converted 10 of their 13 chances to move the chains on third down, and any online football betting player will tell you how important that is to a team’s success.

The Wolf Pack (10-1, 5-1) raced out to a 31-3 halftime lead and never looked back in a 52-6 rout out New Mexico State at home, and turnovers were the story of this game. Nevada allowed New Mexico State to gain 309 yards, but they forced three turnovers and ran one pick back for a score. Colin Kaepernick was 15-of-27 for 251 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 35 yards and another score for the Wolf Pack, who had 494 yards of their own. The Nevada defense did a great job on third down, stopping New Mexico on 15 of 20 opportunities, and that also had a big hand in the win.

Your pay per head sportsbook has the Broncos as 14-point favorites on the road, and they’re 9-0 against the Wolf Pack in the WAC. In fact, the Broncos have won 10 in a row over the Wolf Pack, last losing back in 1998, which was at Nevada. The Wolf Pack are an extremely talented team, and they’ll probably hang with the Broncos for the first half due to Kaepernick’s ability to beat you with his legs as well as his arm. But the Broncos are just too strong, ranking second in the country in defense and fourth on offense, and they’re deeper than people give them credit for. That depth will allow them to wear down the Wolf Pack in the second half. Also, the Broncos prepare for every team the same, whether you’re Virginia Tech, Fresno State or Nevada, and that preparation will pay off in spades on Friday. Take Boise State to cover the sports betting spread.

Thanksgiving Betting GamesBetting Overview:

The annual NFL betting feast known as the Detroit Lions home Thanksgiving Day game continues against the New England Patriots this week. The NFL predictions surrounding the Patriots early in the preseason whispered of a Super Bowl appearance, and with the Indianapolis Colts having nothing left in the tank it seems that the Pats will wind up with the favorable NFL scores late in the season.

The Lions are going to be struggling the rest of the season without their starting quarterback. Detroit is currently riding a two-game losing streak and it is no coincidence that the first loss came against the Buffalo Bills in the first week that Matthew Stafford was declared ineligible due to injury. For those that do not think the quarterback makes that big of a difference, try to imagine the New Orleans Saints without Drew Brees or the Green Bay Packers without Aaron Rodgers. It is a completely different team. That is what the Lions are going through right now.

Offense:

Tom Brady has a corps of some of the shortest receivers and running backs the NFL has seen in a long time. Wide receivers Deion Branch and Wes Welker, along with running back Danny Woodhead, are all 5’9” or shorter. But their lack of size does not diminish their effectiveness on the field. The Patriots are coming off of a shootout 31-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Tom Brady and the offense look to be hitting on all cylinders, even if those cylinders are a bit shorter than the cylinders in other NFL engines.

The Lions are lost without Matthew Stafford. He is the lynchpin that makes that offense work. The Detroit defense can hold its own against some teams, but last week the Cowboys wore the Lion defense down to the point where the Detroit defense caved in. Shaun Hill is playing a decent game in place of Stafford, but he is not able to utilize the offense like Stafford can. Without their quarterback, the Lions have no offense bite.

Defense:

The Patriots defense was improving week by week, until Peyton Manning and the injured Colts offense hung 28 points on the Pats defense. Their weak defense is the reason why many NFL experts are shying away from the Patriots Super Bowl bandwagon. But without much of a Detroit passing game to worry about, the New England defense should be able to shut down Detroit rookie running back Jahvid Best and keep the Lions under control.


The Detroit Lions defensive line is having a good season. Rookie defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh is have a rookie of the year kind of season, and veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch is playing well. But the linebackers and secondary for the Lions is suspect, and against a passing game like the one the Patriots have, the Lions could be in trouble.

The Bottom Line:

Everyone wants the Detroit Lions to win their home Thanksgiving Day game, but the Patriots are just too strong and the Lions are a developing team that is not ready for the pressure of a high-profile game like this.

BSN Sports Pick: New England Patriots

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NFL betting fans who love to gorge on Thanksgiving Day football were happy when a third game was added to the holiday schedule. The Cincinnati Bengals have very little to be thankful for this season as they have failed to live up to their preseason NFL predictions. The NFL scores racked up by the Bengals have shown a team that is out of sync on offense, and out of luck on defense.

The New York Jets touted themselves as the next Super Bowl champions before the season started, but few believed that a team with no depth could possibly go very far in the playoffs. To this point, the Jets have been incredibly fortunate not to have any major injuries to key players and that is what has made them the best team in the AFC. The Jets dominate on both sides of the ball, and have one of the best offensive lines in football. But the thing that has really carried the Jets to this point is that they make very few mistakes on offense or defense.

Offense:

The greatest fear of all other AFC teams is starting to materialize; Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez actually is turning into a pressure quarterback. In the dying seconds of last week’s game against the Houston Texans, Sanchez led the Jets to a game winning touchdown that looked like something Marion or Elway had orchestrated. A long bomb to Braylon Edwards followed up by a touch pass to Santonio Holmes sealed the game for the Jets. It is wins like that which are making the Jets into a Super Bowl contender.

The Bengals offense is just all off. Cincinnati went into the locker room at halftime against the Buffalo Bills up 31-14. That should have been lights out for the Bills, but Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is so fixated on getting the ball to wide receiver Terrell Owens that he is ignoring a wide open Chad Ochocinco. On one occasion in the Bills game, Ochocinco was standing all alone in the endzone as Palmer threw the ball over the middle and incomplete. Running back Cedric Benson is showing signs of giving up on the season, and Terrell Owens himself continues to put pressure on the offense to perform.

Defense:

The Jets have one of the top defenses in the league. By all accounts, over the past three or four weeks, the Jets have the top defense in the league followed closely by the Green Bay Packers. The Jets have Antonio Cromartie and Darelle Revis shutting down both sides of the field in the passing game. That allows the defensive line to tee-off on the run and get to the quarterback. There is very little that an offense can do to trick or beat the New York Jets defense.

The Bengals defense completely collapsed against the Buffalo Bills last week. Cincinnati could not stop the run or the pass at all in the second half. Towards the end of the game it looked like the Bengals defense gave up and the Bills were walking into the endzone from 20 and 30 yards out. The best the Bengals can hope for in this game is to not get blown out, and in order to do that they need their defense to play a full game.

The Bottom Line:

The Cincinnati Bengals are a mess. The offense is arguing and the defense has given up. The New York Jets will not take very long to exploit the weak points of the Bengals and it is a possibility that this could be the most lopsided game of the season.

BSN Sports Pick: New York Jets

New Orleans Saints beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-19

NFL OddsFrom the hand of quarterback Drew Brees, the champions New Orleans Saints beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-19.

Brees had a spectacular first half with three of the four touchdown passes he did in the clash.

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIV were very good, completed 29 of 43 passes for 382 yards with the aforementioned four runs and two interceptions.

The main partner was the Brees Marques Colston receiver with 8 catches for 113 yards and two arrivals to diagoneles.

Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle also had a good game, hitting 32 of the 44 items that attempted to 366 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

After this game, New Orleans remains in second place in the NFC South with a 7-3 mark, while Seattle is also kept on top of the weak NFC West sector with even record of 5-5.

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NFL BettingThe Kansas City Chiefs came back to lead in the AFC West and in the process remained undefeated Arrowhead Stadium from 31 to 13 after defeating the Arizona Cardinals.

The performance of the evening was that of Dwayne Bowe with two touchdown passes coming six consecutive games with at least one touchdown reception, a mark on the franchise, to accompany his 109 yards.

Arizona began with promise to take a lead early, but Thomas Jones was charged tip two touchdowns in a performance in which he totaled 71 yards. From there the result never again be in doubt despite a good game of Derek Anderson threw 295 yards and a touchdown in the final minutes of the game in Larry Fitzgerald.

The Cardinals posted their fifth straight loss and have dropped to 3-7, leaving the chance of being NFL betting champions of their division for the third consecutive time while the Chiefs (6-4) are still struggling to prove that their home has not been a fluke and that deserve the title of the West.

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College Football BettingWith a third straight undefeated season within their reach, No. 4 Boise State will continue its fight to gain recognition in the BCS rankings Friday with a visit from Fresno State. The Broncos have won nine straight to open their 2010 schedule, and earned some respect by blowing away Idaho 52-14 in their last college football betting outing.

Fresno State Bulldogs @ Boise State Broncos

Friday November 19, 2010


Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho


Online Sports Betting
Odds: Boise State - 33

That win combined with TCU nearly falling to San Diego State in their worst game of the season has left an opening for Boise State in the top-three. The Broncos have already moved in to third spot in the AP polls, but will need a strong finish to their season to have any chance at securing an automatic bid in a BCS bowl game, beginning this Friday night against the Bulldogs.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Fresno State

The Bulldogs are coming off a close loss to Nevada in which they almost pulled off a major upset before giving up the go-ahead touchdown with 4:51 remaining to fall behind 35-34 in a game that had seven lead changes. Fresno State has now lost 12 straight games to ranked teams, and will have an even harder time rebounding against a Boise State team that is favored by 31 football betting points. This will be the Bulldogs’ final road trip before consecutive home dates against Idaho and Illinois to close out the season.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Boise State

Although they still trail the Horned Frogs in the BCS rankings, the Broncos still have three more games to play and are in control of whether or not they crack the top-three. A loss from either No. 1 Oregon or No. 2 Auburn next week would change the outlook dramatically, but for now Boise State has to concentrate on what they do control. Anything less than a blowout win will not be acceptable for quarterback Kellen Moore and his teammates. Moore remains the nation’s highest-rated passer with a 191.2 rating, and has thrown at least three touchdowns in five of his last seven outings. The Broncos rank second in both points scored and points allowed, and will need to show the nation why under the Friday night lights.

The Match Up: Fresno State @ Boise State

The Broncos have just two losses in their last 71 conference games, and although one of them was to Fresno State, that shouldn’t have any significance reading in to this NCAAF betting game. The Ducks and Tigers are both off this week so there will be no openings in the top-two, but if Boise State can cover the spread this week there is a good chance they can pass TCU for No. 3, or at the least continue to close the slim margin between the teams.

NCAA Football Betting Pick: Broncos - 33

College Football OddsDespite the fact that they won’t get the chance to defend their national title, or get a shot at a third straight SEC championship, No. 11 Alabama is still looking to finish their season strong. The Crimson Tide will try to avoid looking too far ahead on their football betting schedule with a massive showdown in their finale against No. 2 Auburn looming after this week’s match up with Georgia State.

Georgia State Panthers @ Alabama Crimson Tide

Thursday November 18, 2010


Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Online Sports Betting
Odds: Alabama – 54.5

The Panthers represent an easy win for the Crimson Tide, who haven’t gotten many breaks this year with the toughest schedule in the country. Georgia State is 6-4 in the IAA Independents, and are overmatched against a powerful Alabama team that will have the chance to step out of the SEC spotlight before being thrust back in to it for their college football betting showdown with the Tigers.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Georgia State

The Panthers are coming off of a 23-17 win over Lamar which ended a mini two-game slide that included losses at Old Dominion and South Alabama, but will have a tough time ending their season on a high note. 67-year old Bill Curry was back on the sidelines after a 14-year absence for the win, and will get the chance to close out the season against a school he helped lead to a national title in 1989. Although Georgia State is a huge underdog, Curry appreciates the experience his team will draw from playing a big school like Alabama as the Panthers build for the future.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Alabama

After going undefeated since the 2009 Sugar Bowl, the Crimson Tide faced a couple of major obstacles this season with consecutive games against ranked opponents on multiple occasions. Alabama went 3-2 in those games, losing to South Carolina on the heels of wins over Arkansas and Florida before dropping a close decision to LSU before beating Mississippi State. Despite the tough pay per head schedule the Crimson Tide rank fourth in the country in points allowed, while Greg McElroy and reigning Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram both played major roles in dropping the Bulldogs last weekend. Alabama has the finale against Auburn circled as their own personal championship game, and this will be considered a tune up to make sure everything is ready for the big game.

The Match Up: Georgia State @ Alabama

The Crimson Tide’s season is down to two games, including an easy win against Georgia State this Thursday before a massive SEC showdown with the Tigers next week. Alabama players and coaches know that they won’t get the chance to defend their national title, but that should only serve as motivation to finish the season strong. The line is huge for this game, but there is every reason to believe that Alabama will still cover it.

NCAA Football Betting Pick: Crimson Tide – 54.5

NFL PicksBetting Overview:

The Houston Texans and New York Jets are two teams going in opposite directions. Once the halfway point of the season hit, the NFL betting prospects of the Texans seemed to go downhill. They were starting to come up on the wrong end of NFL scores, and the NFL predictions of the Texans making the playoffs now seem in jeopardy.

The Jets seem to be coming together very nicely as they start to hit the playoff stretch. Before the season started, Jets head coach Rex Ryan was taking a lot of heat for being confident and predicting that his team would be the one standing when Super Bowl XLV was over. Now it looks like all of Ryan’s talk may be coming true.

Offense:

The weird thing about this game is that the Houston Texans possess a more potent offense that the Jets. But the Texans are becoming predictable, and that may be what is hurting them right now. The combination of quarterback Matt Schaub to wide receiver Andre Johnson is one of the most prolific in the league, and Johnson does have a skill for getting open even in double coverage. However the Texans’ luck is beginning to run out as Schaub and Johnson are starting to get caught up in coverages specifically designed to slow them down. Stop Schaub to Johnson and you stop the Texans air attack. That means that the linebackers can focus on the run and shut down running back Arian Foster.

The Jets have the 11th ranked offense in the league, but they are getting better rapidly. With weapons such as wide receiver Braylon Edwards and running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the Jets offense is getting more proficient at scoring points at the most opportune moments. To make things worse for opposing defenses, quarterback Mark Sanchez is rapidly improving as well.

Defense:

The Texans cannot stop the run, and the Texans cannot stop the pass. A glaring example of why the Texans are having so many problems is the “Hail Mary” play that lost them the game in week 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The pass from Jaguars quarterback David Garrard should have been knocked to the ground, but instead it was batted right into the hands of Jacksonville receiver Mike Thomas. The Texans defense is riddled with bad technique and lazy play. That is not going to cut it against the Jets offense.

The Jets are solid on defense at the front and in the secondary. The only weakness in the Jets defense seems to be their 15th ranked pass defense. But when you have defensive backs such as Anotnio Cromartie and Darelle Reavis defending the pass, it seems unlikely that the Jets will be giving up many big plays on defense. The front seven of the Jets is ranked fifth in the run holding the opposition to 90 yards per game. If the Jets defensive line can take Arian Foster out of the game, then that leaves Cromartie and Reavis to shut down the pass.

The Bottom Line:

The Texans defense has developed some bad habits over the past 10 weeks that Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense cannot wait to exploit. It won’t take the Jets long to put this game out of reach.

BSN Sports Pick: New York Jets

NFL OddsBetting Overview:

Things were going so well for the Detroit Lions just a couple of weeks ago. Yes the Lions only had two wins this season, but the NFL betting experts never expected them to win more than a couple anyways. The NFL scores the Lions were starting to put up, thanks to quarterback Matthew Stafford, were threatening to defy the NFL predictions that had the Lions winning four games or less this season. Then Stafford was lost for the season, and the Lions lost to the previously winless Buffalo Bills, and the season-ending tailspin has begun.

The Dallas Cowboys have seen their fair share of turmoil this season as well. Things got so bad in Dallas that owner Jerry Jones felt compelled to fire head coach Wade Phillips and replace him with assistant head coach Jason Garrett. But things are looking up for the Cowboys. They beat the New York Giants in week 10, and looked organized and inspired in doing so. The Cowboys won’t be making the playoffs, but at least they will now see which players want to be on the roster next season.

Offense:

It has become apparent that the Lions offense is lost without Matthew Stafford. Shaun Hill may be a competent backup, but there is something about the way that Stafford runs the offense that makes it so much more efficient when he is in there. Now that Stafford is out for the season, teams can key in on stopping rookie running back Jahvid Best. Shutting down the Detroit running game is how the Bills beat the Lions, and the Cowboys will use the same tactics.

When Dallas quarterback Tony Romo broke his collarbone, many Cowboys fans felt that the season was truly over. But Jon Kitna is a savvy veteran quarterback, and while he does not have the arm strength of Romo he does understand how to attack a defense. Kitna is using weapons like wide receivers Dez Bryant and Roy Williams to open up the opposing defense for the Dallas run game. The Dallas offense finally seems to be hitting on more than one cylinder and it is a good sign for Dallas fans.

Defense:

A team does not get to be 2-7 by accident, and the Detroit Lion’s biggest inconsistency is their defense. The Detroit defense is ranked 21st overall giving up an average of 353 total yards per game. The Lions defense is giving up 130 yards per game on the ground, and they are not showing an ability to get turnovers out of the opposing offense. Rookie defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh is impressive so far this season with six and a half sacks, but the rest of the Detroit defensive line only has seven sacks combined.

The Dallas defense has become famous, along with the offense, for mistakes that cost them the game. Bad penalties and an inability to stop the opposing offense in key situations has cost the Cowboys games this season. The Cowboys defense seemed to get things straightened out in the Giants game, but it will be interesting to see if they can keep it going all season long.

The Bottom Line:

The players in Dallas took the firing of Wade Phillips personally. While it may seem anti-climatic that they now feel inspired to win because he is gone, it does mean that the Cowboys can start to climb the standings and try to finish the season .500.

BSN Sports Pick: Dallas Cowboys

NCAA Football Betting – Golden Bears Aim To Slow Down Ducks

College Football oddsNCAA football betting players have watched Oregon rip through everyone in their path this season, but they face a potentially tricky trip to Berkeley to face California, who is a much different team at home than they are on the road. Can the high-flying Ducks cover a massive NCAA football betting spread?

Oregon California Betting – Saturday, November 13th, 8:00 PM ET

The No.1 Ducks (9-0, 6-0) were shut out in the first quarter, then dropped 18 points in the second and didn’t look back in a 53-16 rout at Washington, racking up 522 yards of offense. LaMichael James ran for 121 yards and three scores, while Darron Thomas was 24-of-33 for 243 yards and a touchdown, while adding 89 yards and two more scores on the ground for the Ducks, who overcame a couple of turnovers. Defensively, the Ducks got the Huskies off the field, stopping them on 14 of 16 third-down conversions. The Ducks are now averaging over 54 points a game, and they look as unstoppable as anyone in the country.

The Golden Bears (5-4, 3-3) won their first road game in seven tries with a 20-13 victory at Washington State, outgaining the lowly Cougars 383-194. Shane Vereen had 112 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Brock Mansion (which is in the running for ‘best sports names of the year’) was 12-of-24 for 171 yards and a couple of picks for the Golden Bears, who are truly awful away from home. The Golden Bears have scored 50 points or more in three of their four home games, while scoring more than 14 points just once in five road games.

Betting services have the Ducks as a 19.5-point NCAA football betting favorite, even though they’re only 2-3 both SU and ATS in their last five trips to Berkeley. Cal actually has the No.12 defense in the country, and they’re going to keep Oregon from romping, even though the Ducks will win the game by at least 10 points. The Golden Bears need to keep up with Oregon’s speed, while plays are running, and the pace at which Oregon runs plays. We think the Golden Bears have the energy to hang with Oregon longer than anyone else has, but like everyone else, they’ll eventually run out of gas because the Ducks have to be the best-conditioned team in the country. They just tire teams out and cause confusion with their offensive schemes, but Cal is going to be a stiff test for them, especially in Berkeley. We’re going to go with Oregon straight up, but if you’re feeling like taking a chance, take Cal to go against the sports betting spread.

College Football BettingIf you bet on NCAA football, you may think that Mississippi State is one of the biggest surprises in the country, and you’ll probably be right. But the Bulldogs have a tall order in front of them on Saturday night when they head to Tuscaloosa, where they’ll face an Alabama team who will be angry after seeing their chances at a BCS-title repeat go up in smoke last week.

Mississippi State Alabama Betting – Saturday, November 13th, 7:15 PM ET

The No.19 Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2) won their sixth straight game with a 24-17 victory at home against Kentucky, forcing four turnovers out of the Wildcats. Chris Relf was 7-of-16 for 111 yards and a touchdown, while adding 79 yards and the game-winning score on the ground. Vick Ballard ran for 103 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs, who had 214 yards on the ground, but were still outgained 347-325. Their defense was opportunistic, picking off Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline three times, and all football betting players know that if you win the turnover battle, you’re likely to come away with a win.

The No.12 Crimson Tide (7-2, 4-2) fell just short in a 24-21 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge, and it burns even more because Alabama coach Nick Saban, who won a national title at LSU in 2003, was outcoached by counterpart Les Miles, who called a fake punt in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide also had a couple of turnovers which didn’t help their cause, and they were outgained 433-325. Greg McElroy was 21-of-34 for 223, two touchdowns and a pick, while Mark Ingram ran for 97 yards and a score for the Crimson Tide, whose defense went soft early in the fourth quarter and allowed LSU to take over.

If you’re a fan of defense, this will be well worth the price per head if you have a ticket to the game, where the Crimson Tide are a 13.5-point favorite. Both teams are ranked in the top 10 nationally in terms of scoring defense (Alabama is fifth, Mississippi State is ninth), so it should be a low-scoring affair. The Crimson Tide are 5-2 SU in their last seven at home against the Bulldogs, but only 2-5 ATS, and while we think Alabama will win the game, we think Mississippi State to keep it to within a touchdown. The Bulldogs are 71st against the pass, but we don’t know if the Crimson Tide can take advantage of it. McElroy hasn’t been as sharp as he was in last year’s run to the national title, and that’s partly because the running game hasn’t been as strong. We’re taking Alabama to win straight up, but go with Mississippi State if you want to go against the online sports betting spread.

NFL PicksOverview:

The NFL betting is getting fierce as the teams have crossed the halfway point and are heading towards the playoffs. Some people are still betting that the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) are going to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, while others are seeing the NFL scores the Atlanta Falcons (6-2) are putting up and are picking Atlanta to play in Dallas in February.

The preseason NFL predictions had the Atlanta Falcons giving the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints a run for their money in the NFC South, but few could have predicted the problems the Saints would be having on offense and the way that the Falcons have been able to exploit those problems.

In this battle of two first place teams, we will see the hard-nosed defense of the Baltimore Ravens collide with the prolific offense of the Atlanta Falcons. If defense really wins championships, then the Ravens should be able to pull this game out with no problem.

Offense

The Atlanta Falcons have the fifth ranked offense in the league, and much of the credit for that goes to quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner. Ryan has thrown for 1,949 yards already this season and 13 touchdowns. Turner has rushed for 694 yards and five touchdowns. When the Falcons get deep into the red zone they are definitely a threat to score a touchdown. Turner has done a great job at stretching out the field for Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White.

The Ravens may not admit it but they were pretty concerned about their quarterback Joe Flacco earlier in the season. The Ravens went out and got wide receiver Anquan Boldin as a new target for Flacco, and with Ray Rice running the ball the Baltimore offense should have been a juggernaut. But Flacco was indecisive early in the season, and it was starting to become a concern. But in the last few games Flacco has come around and has put his team in line for a playoff berth.

Defense

The Ravens are playing good defense as they are ranked ninth overall in the league, but they are not playing great defense. They are inconsistent on the running game, and if Ed Reed is not on the field then the Baltimore secondary is suspect as well. But in the last couple of weeks Reed and linebacker Ray Lewis have been getting turnovers for the Ravens that are resulting in points. That kind of attacking defense is what will win the Ravens games.

The Falcons are great against the run as they are ranked sixth in the league, but if Flacco starts finding open receivers then it could be a long day for Atlanta. Look for the Falcons to shut down the Baltimore running game and key in on Flacco and the passing game. That puts the game on the shoulders of Flacco which, lately, has been a good thing for the Ravens.

The Bottom Line:

The Ravens need this game and are playing solid on both sides of the ball. The Falcons really need this game as the Saints are picking up some momentum in the NFC South. But the Falcons may not have enough defense to contain Flacco and the Ravens offense. If the Ravens defense can cause turnovers, then this game goes to Baltimore.

BSN Sports Pick: Baltimore Ravens

NFL Betting LinesOverview:

NFL observers were betting on some level of drama surrounding the Minnesota Vikings (3-5) this season. The Vikings did use a private jet to fly to Brett Favre’s house and convince him to play one more season. But the NFL betting experts were probably not counting on more coaching drama from head coach Brad Childress and the quick visit of wide receiver Randy Moss.

The football betting enthusiasts also did not know what to make of the Chicago Bears (5-3) in the preseason. The NFL predictions surrounding the Bears were favorable. The Bears had linebacker Brian Urlacher back from injury, they picked up defensive lineman Julius Peppers and they also brought in running back Chester Taylor to help the offense. But the Chicago offense is still sputtering, and many are starting to wonder if the problem does not start with quarterback Jay Cutler.

Offense:

Why the Chicago Bears have the 27th ranked passing game in the NFL is a mystery. It could be the same problem that the 29th ranked passing game is having; the quarterback and the offensive line are inconsistent. Quarterback Jay Cutler only has nine touchdowns this season to go along with seven interceptions. But Cutler is getting sacked an average of three times a game. That indicates that the Bears offensive line is having all kinds of problems protecting for the pass, and opening up holes in the running game.

The Minnesota Vikings thought they had the perfect replacement for oft-injured wide receiver Percy Harvin when they brought in veteran receiver Randy Moss. But after insulting the Vikings caterer, and initiating a Patriots love-fest after the Vikings lost to the Patriots in week eight, the Vikings decided that they did not need the services of Randy Moss any longer and let him go. Luckily for the Vikings, Brett Favre is starting to really warm up and push Minnesota into the win column. It looks like some of that Favre magic still exists.

Defense:

The Vikings have the fifth-ranked defense in the NFL allowing an average of only 305 total yards per game, but they have had problems putting pressure on the quarterback. In their week nine win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Vikings defense finally found its way to the quarterback and registered six sacks. Up to that game, the Vikings had only six sacks all season long. The Minnesota secondary looked a little confused against the Cardinals, but they brought it together in the fourth quarter to help force overtime.

The Bears defense is as intimidating as it has always been. The Bears are ranked third against the rush allowing an average of only 84 yards per game on the ground. Even with the addition of Peppers and a healthy Urlacher, the pass defense on the Bears is ranked 19th. The Bears have a problem giving up the big pass play at least once or twice a game, and if they give that play up early to Favre then it could open the flood gates.

The Bottom Line:

The Bears struggled to hold on and beat the Buffalo Bills in week nine while the Vikings came back from two touchdowns back to force overtime and beat the Cardinals. Momentum can sometimes account for a lot in the NFL, and the Vikings are carrying a lot of momentum into this game.

BSN Sports Pick: Minnesota Vikings

College Football BettingDespite a loss to South Carolina State that ended their undefeated run in the top spot of the SEC Standings, number-five Alabama still feels as though they are capable of catching one of the two spots available for this year’s BCS title game. While Oregon and Auburn remain locked in for first and second in the rankings, many of the other teams that are considered contenders for the championship also have one loss, and the Crimson Tide still have their season finale against Auburn to look forward to.

Alabama Crimson Tide @ LSU Tigers

Saturday November 6, 2010 – 3:30 PM ET


Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, California


Online Sports Betting Odds: Alabama – 6.5

The situation is only a bit different for LSU than it is Alabama, as the Tigers also head in to week 10 of the college football betting season with just one loss. Both the Crimson Tide and LSU are 7-1 overall this year, including 4-1 in the conference, setting the stage for a massive SEC showdown this Saturday.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Alabama

A trip to LSU opens a stretch against three top-20 ranked opponents in the next four games for Alabama, including number-20 Mississippi State a week from Saturday and the season finale against Auburn. The nation’s second-ranked defense and a well balanced offense has the Crimson Tide still in contention for a spot in the BCS title game, but head coach Nick Saban will have to make sure his team sweeps through the remainder of its schedule to have any chance. Despite that last weekend was their bye, Alabama gained a little recognition in the standings with Michigan State and Missouri both losing on the road, but it is now up to running back Mark Ingram and company to finish what they’ve started in a crucial road game.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: LSU

The only defense in the country that is ranked ahead of the Crimson Tide belongs to LSU. Tigers’ head coach Les Miles has his team playing some of its best football since he joined the school, as illustrated by seven straight wins to open the season. That run came to an end however when LSU lost to Auburn 24-7 at home two weeks ago, and it will be hard for the school to recover in time to post a legitimate title game pledge. Like Alabama, the Tigers will be coming off an extra week of rest due to their bye.

The Match Up: Alabama @ LSU

This SEC showdown will be a clash of the top two defenses in the country, as a pair of 7-1 teams meet at Baton Rouge. The Crimson Tide have worked their way back in to contention to defend their national title, and will now control their own destiny. Meanwhile, LSU will have a lot more work to do with Alabama and number-18 Arkansas the only ranked opponents left on their pay per head schedule. The Crimson Tide are a focused, talented group, and will show everyone why they are so underrated this weekend.

BSN Sports Pick: Alabama – 6.5

College Football Betting - Free PicksIt took eight convincing wins to finally capture the top spot in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, but for number-one Oregon, there is an understanding that it will take just one loss for everything they have built this season to crumble. After watching four number-one teams lose their spots in the past five weeks, the Ducks are primed to make a statement in their debut as the top-ranked team in the country, welcoming the Washington Huskies to Eugene this Saturday.

Washington Huskies @ Oregon Ducks

Saturday November 6, 2010 – 3:30 PM ET


Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon


Online Sports Betting Odds: Oregon - 36

The Huskies are coming off consecutive college football betting losses to number-18 Arizona and number-13 Standford that dropped their record to 2-3 in the conference, but now get the toughest team of them all in Oregon. A 35-34 double overtime win over number-24 Oregon State now seems like nothing more than a distant memory, and the Huskies may need a miracle to keep this one close.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Washington

Potential NFL betting first round pick Jake Locker didn’t help his stock in last weekend’s 41-0 shutout loss to Stanford, completing just seven passes for 64 yards while throwing away two interceptions. Locker was outplayed by Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck, and will need to regain his confidence in a hurry in order to help the Huskies avoid a second straight blowout loss. The running game will need to be better as well however, as Chris Polk has struggled to get much going in recent weeks. Part of the problem has been the offensive line, which has been inconsistent all year, and those issues may come down to talent and depth more than anything else. The Huskies have allowed an average of 34.1 points per game this year, which doesn’t inspire confidence heading in to a game against the top-ranked offense in the country.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Oregon

A 52-32 win over rivals USC served as the metaphorical passing of the torch for the recognition to the Trojans as the best team in the conference. The Ducks’ high-powered offense steamrolled through the USC defense with LaMichael James showing the nation how he has averaged a phenomenal 7.1 yards per carry and 14 touchdowns this year. Meanwhile, quarterback Darron Thomas continues to provide Oregon with the dual-threat option from under center with 23 combined touchdowns. The Ducks have just one ranked opponent left on their schedule in number-15 Arizona, and will be tough to stop now four wins away from clinching the conference and BCS title game spot.

The Match Up: Washington @ Oregon

While 36 points is a lot to give any team, the Ducks are on a sportsbook bonus mission and given what the Cardinal were able to do to Washington, it doesn’t seem unreasonable for the spread to be so high. Oregon’s offense will smash through the Huskies defense both on the ground and through the air, and by the time this one is over the Ducks will be three wins away from a national title shot.

BSN Sports Pick: Oregon – 36

NFL Free PicksBetting Overview:

The Minnesota Vikings (2-5) are watching their playoff hopes slip away as their hall of fame quarterback gets beat up on a regular basis and their wide receivers cannot seem to stay healthy either. For some reason, the football betting experts are still on the Vikings Super Bowl bandwagon. But that wagon may get derailed if the Vikings lose to the Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals (3-4) are a different story. The NFL picks for the NFC West were all over the map before the season started as the division was seen as the weakest in football. The Cardinals are still in there swinging to win the division, and at 3-4 they are only one win away from divisional leaders St. Louis and Seattle.

Offense:

Quarterback Derek Anderson is back under center for the Cardinals as rookie Max Hall still tries to shake the effects of a week seven concussion. Anderson performed about as expected in week eight against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His inability to throw the underneath ball cost the Cardinals the game as Anderson was picked on the last drive of the contest. Max Hall may be back under center this week, and that could be a great relief for the Cardinals.

The Vikings have watched their 41-year-old quarterback Brett Favre get beat up and knocked down all season long. Favre’s most recent problems came in the week eight loss to the New England Patriots when Favre received a helmet hit to the chin. His chin was bleeding, but that is not the main concern. Once x-rays came back negative for a fractured jaw, the tests for a concussion began. What people seem to forget is if Favre cannot go, back up Tavaris Jackson is more than capable.

Defense:

Defense is where the Vikings are supposed to excel, but they do not. Minnesota’s defense is ranked 12th overall allowing an average of 316 yards per game. Most notable is the absence of Jared Allen. Last year Allen had 14.5 sacks. After 7 games this season he only has one. Allen’s inability to get to the quarterback sums up the Vikings problems on defense; everyone is underachieving.

The Cardinals struggle on defense, but they struggle the most against the run. Arizona’s rush defense is ranked 29th in the league at 143 yards per game allowed. If Favre cannot play in this game, do not expect Tavaris Jackson to just hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson all day long. However, Tavaris Jackson is a running quarterback that could be a big problem for the Arizona defense.

The Bottom Line:

This will be an interesting game to watch. Will the Vikings allow Peterson to exploit the weak Arizona run defense? In the end, it could be the ego of the Minnesota quarterback and offensive coordinator that could lose this game for them. But it is unlikely that the Cardinals offense will be able to pick up on the short-comings of the Minnesota defense.

BSN Sports Pick: Minnesota Vikings 35-10

NFL OddsBetting Overview:

Has anyone even noticed that the Atlanta Falcons (5-2) are leading the NFC South over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints (5-3)? Has anyone even noticed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) are in second place in the NFC South and also leading the New Orleans Saints? The Buccaneers have been feasting on weaker teams to this point, but they do hold a victory over the up and coming St. Louis Rams.

This divisional game is extremely important to the Falcons. If Atlanta is going to wrestle the torch away from the Saints and take over the NFC South, then they will have to win as many divisional games as possible. This game will help give the Falcons the upper hand in any tie-breaking situations at the end of this season, and that may come into play as the playoffs get closer.

Offense:

The Falcons are led by steady quarterback Matt Ryan. To this point, Ryan has 1,714 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. He had a rough start to the season, but with the help of veterans like receiver Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez, Ryan has been able to turn the Atlanta offense back around. Running back Michael Turner has racked up 587 yards so far this season on his way to another 1,000+ yard season.

The Buccaneers are an interesting study because much of the NFL scores they put up to win games are done on special teams and not on offense. While the Bucs are exceeding any of the NFL predictions that came out in the preseason, they always look like they are living on borrowed time. They pulled out a win in week eight in the last minute against the Arizona Cardinals and, while the Bucs record is impressive, a quick look at who they beat to get the record instantly brings up questions about the quality of the Tampa Bay team.

Defense:

The Atlanta defense is getting better, but it still allows a lot of yards through the air. The Falcons pass defense is ranked 27th in the league allowing an average of 260 yards per game. However, the Atlanta run defense is ranked sixth in the league only allowing teams an average of 96 yards per game. The Buccaneers very limited running game will get shut down by the Falcons, and that will force Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman to take control and try to win the game for the Bucs.

The Buccaneers are 30th against the run allowing an average of 149 yards per year on the ground. This is a perfect invitation for Michael Turner to soften up the Tampa Bay defense on the ground, and then have Ryan attack the Bucs through the air. This could be a very long day for the Buccaneers defense.

The Bottom Line:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been able to take advantage of the mistakes made by others so far this season, but the Falcons play disciplined football. With few mistakes to capitalize on, the Buccaneers may find themselves unable to compete against Atlanta.

BSN Sports Pick: Atlanta Falcons 21-10

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