NFL Week 8 Preview: New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams

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The Breeder’s Cup betting is getting a lot of attention in New Orleans because they love horse racing in the Big Easy. But the anticipation of the New Orleans Saints playing another sub-par defense in week eight after completely dismantling the Indianapolis Colts in week seven is getting even more talk. The Saints played the Sunday night game against the Colts in week seven and wound up winning the game 62-7. It was a dominating performance by New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees that could easily be repeated in week eight.

The St. Louis Rams gave a little preview of their pending week eight defensive break down in its week seven loss to the Dallas Cowboys. In a game that should have been close, the Rams disappointed the price per head bookmaking crowd by giving up 287 rushing yards to just two Dallas running backs which featured rookie running back DeMarco Murray picking up 253 rushing yards. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, who has been largely ineffective all season long, picked up only 166 passing yards for the game but he threw two touchdowns and no interceptions. Things were supposed to be challenging in St. Louis this season, but they were not supposed to be so outwardly bad.

New Orleans Saints

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers losing to the Chicago Bears in London, England in week seven, the Saints were able to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a 5-2 record. Head coach Sean Payton called the game from the press box after having surgery to repair a broken leg and ACL injury he suffered in a sideline collision in week six. But the Saints just keep on rolling and it looks like the New Orleans defense has finally caught up to the offense as far as being in mid-season form. The Saints’ defense was superb against the Colts, which makes this NFL betting picks easier.

St. Louis Rams

Instead of taking a few more steps forward this season and building on a decent end to last year, the Rams have regressed horribly and are in definite danger of going 0-16. In the week seven loss to the Cowboys, the Rams showed that its defense has no teeth. It could not stop the run and it was not effective enough to prevent a relatively ineffective Tony Romo from throwing two touchdown passes. With starting quarterback Sam Bradford out and veteran back-up A.J. Feeley starting, the Rams’ offense looks lost. Running back Steven Jackson was only able to gain 70 rushing yards at a time when the running game needed to pick up the passing game. It is not a pretty sight in St. Louis right now.

The Bottom Line

The only thing that NFL fans in St. Louis can hope for in this game is that the Saints do not run up another 62 point embarrassment. But, judging by the way the Rams’ defense has been playing, 62 points is a definite possibility.

Pick: New Orleans Saints

Picks NFLThis is no BetOnline scam; after an awful start to the season, Kansas City has stormed back to pull within a game of San Diego in the AFC West, and the two will square off at Arrowhead Stadium in a huge Monday night contest.

Chargers Chiefs Odds – Monday, October 31st, 8:30 PM ET

The Chargers (4-2) let one slip away in a 27-21 loss on the road to the New York Jets, as they were up 21-10 at the half, but the Jets’ offense came alive and San Diego couldn’t slow them down. Philip Rivers was 16-of-32 for 179 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw a couple of picks NFL fans were left scratching their heads afterwards. The defense also gave the Jets four first downs due to penalties, and committing 13 penalties is an easy way to watch your lead down the drain. The Chargers also allowed the Jets to rush for 162 yards, and people are starting to ask the same questions that many have put forth for years; are the Chargers good or are they playing in a subpar division? They’ve beaten Minnesota, Kansas City, Miami and Denver, with losses against the Jets and New England, so that should be a hint.

The Chiefs (3-3) picked off Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer three times each in a 28-0 shutout in Oakland, running back two picks for scores in a game that got testy. Price per head players may have given the Chiefs an edge coming into this game because of the Raiders’ quarterback issues, but no one saw this coming, not even the most diehard Chiefs fan. Matt Cassel was poor, going 15-of-30 for 161 yards and a couple of picks, but he didn’t even have to be good on this day as the Chiefs ran for 139 yards and the defense did the rest.

Pay head odds have the Chargers as a 3.5-point favorite on the road in Kansas City, where they are 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last five trips to Arrowhead, with two games going over the posted total, along with a push. These two met on Monday Night Football last season, with the Chiefs coming away with a 21-14 win in the first week of the season, and they ended up going on to win the West. Injuries destroyed them in the first few games this season, but the Chiefs have been fortunate to play the likes of Minnesota, Indianapolis and the Raiders. San Diego won Week 3’s 20-17 clash at home, but the Chiefs were starting to come around in that game and only a late pick by Cassel stopped them. Kansas City isn’t as bad as they looked, and San Diego isn’t as good as you think. That leads to a Kansas City sports betting win.

NFL Betting: Week Seven Spotlight Shines On NFC North

NFL Betting PicksWhile the NFC East and NFC South seem to be getting the most attention, perhaps the most competitive division in the conference right now is the NFC North, where the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers lead an impressive trio of teams that will contend for a playoff spot this season. While the Packers remain the NFL’s lone undefeated team, the Detroit Lions will look to rebound from their first loss this weekend, while the Chicago Bears look to make an NFL statement that they should not be overlooked.

Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (At London)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

One week after dismantling the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears will look to close the gap between them and the Lions even further with a trip to London, England, where they will clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers bounced back from their worst defeat in franchise history against the San Francisco 49ers to beat the New Orleans Saints and move into first place in their division last week, but they remain one of the teams that Chicago will likely battle for a Wild Card spot. While the Bears should be able to continue to beat some of the inferior opponents that they face in the NFC, Tampa Bay is a legitimate playoff team and should be able to cause price per head matchup problems for Chicago on both sides of the ball.

NFL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1

Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

Many were shocked that the Lions weren’t able to continue their strong start against the 49ers, but they won’t have much time to reflect with another hungry team coming in to town in the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons bounced back from a loss to Green Bay with a win over the Carolina Panthers, and unless Detroit is able to create some disruption in the Atlanta backfield they could be in trouble. The Lions should be able to move the ball a lot easier this week with Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson looking to bounce back, but any sports betting victory will begin with a better effort from the defense.

NFL Betting Pick: Detroit Lions – 3.5

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, 4:15 PM ET

Only a year ago this would have been considered a marquee matchups, but instead this Sunday it is a chance to see how well rookie Christian Ponder will hold up against the defending Super Bowl champions. The Packers are trucking through every opponent that they face, and unless Ponder can operate at a Pro Bowl level in his first career NFL start, this one shouldn’t be close. Green Bay is once again a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and so far they have showed no pay per head signs of slowing down.

NFL Betting Picks: Green Bay Packers – 8.5


NFL PicksThrough the first six weeks of the NFL season the NFC East remains wide open, with just two games separating first from last in the division. While the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles both enter their respective bye week on the heels of crucial wins, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys will both look to bounce back from tough losses this Sunday in week seven of the regular season.

Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

After a quick NFL picks start, the Redskins couldn’t hold up against the Eagles at home in a tough 20-13 loss that could mark a potential turning point in their season. Washington won three of their first four games with Red Grossman as the starting quarterback, but after he threw four interceptions against Philadelphia, head coach Mike Shanahan is reassessing his options. Shanahan could very well go with John Beck, who ran for the Redskins’ lone touchdown against the Eagles, although a couple of players have already voiced their support in favor of continuity. Wide receiver Santana Moss has gone on record saying that there is “no doubt” that Grossman should be the team’s starter, but if he is going to continue to handle that role he will need to be more careful with the football and avoid the turnovers that have plagued him throughout his career. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Washington with games against Cam Newton and the Panthers and then the surprising Buffalo BIlls, and it will take a greater sense of urgency if they are going to bounce back from last week’s loss regardless of who gets the sports betting start.

NFL Betting Pick: Washington Redksins + 2.5

St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, 4:15 PM ET

The Cowboys made the mistake of giving Tom Brady and the New England Patriots the ball in the dying minutes of a game they led, and it came back to haunt them as Brady marched down the field and delivered the game-winning touchdown. Dallas has now surrendered fourth quarter leads in each of their three losses, and if they are going to have any chance at making a push for the playoffs they are going to need to avoid those costly mistakes late in games. The Cowboys will match up well against the winless Rams, but like any other game they will need to protect the football. St. Louis has had a tough time moving the ball, and it won’t get any easier against Rob Ryan’s defense. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett prefers to move the ball through the air, and it will be interesting to see if they go to the ground more often against the league’s worst run defense. The Rams will have a tough pay head time remaining competitive against any team on the road, and if the Cowboys are going to be contenders this year they will have to make a statement in this game.

NFL Betting Pick: Dallas Cowboys – 13


NFL PicksTonight is a historic one for breeders cup betting enthusiasts across Canada, as this evening’s affair between the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the duo’s first encounter in nearly 15 years. The last time Winnipeg and Toronto met, both franchises were in the Western Conference. However, 15 years later, NHL fans get to watch one of the most historic rivalries of the early 1990s rekindle itself in the Eastern Conference. A win by either team will also significantly impact the power rankings for the other 28 bookie software NHL teams. Here is a preview of the game.

Earlier this week, the new Winnipeg Jets recorded their first win of the season, as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of two to one. Winnipeg’s speed and youth was on full display, as top prospect and eventual number one center Alexander Burmistrov set up both Jets goals. The win was the first price per head victory for the Jets, although it was their fourth game of the season. Jets Head Coach Claude Noel was forced to read his team the riot act before the game because of lazy efforts in the team’s first three games.

On the other hand the Toronto Maple Leafs suffered their first loss of the season, in overtime, to the Colorado Avalanche. The notoriously slow starting Maple Leafs, have been feeling lucky as of late, as rough patches in the first period of all four of their games, have only resulted in one defeat. What was especially enticing to Leaf fans in their loss to Colorado was the fact that the Leafs were able to battle back from the Avalanche’s on slot and tie the game up in the third period.

Looking at each team’s roster, the Maple Leafs, who sit fourth in the Eastern Conference standings; need the win against Winnipeg almost as much as the Jets do. In essence, the Jets are not an NFL picks to make the playoffs this year; so losing in the first season is understandable. Conversely, if the Leafs do not collect wins early, it could affect their playoff aspirations later in the season. As a result, if the Leafs miss the playoffs for a seventh straight year, you can guarantee that changes will be made in the coaching and managing ranks.

In terms of the NHL power rankings, Toronto currently finds itself tied for fourth with the powerhouse Philadelphia Flyers. However, a victory tonight, could see them vault over not only the Flyers, but also Northeast divisional rivals the Buffalo Sabres. With the aforementioned loss to Colorado, the Leafs are one point behind Buffalo for the divisional lead.

On the other side of things, the Winnipeg Jets could see their power ranking slot jump from 27 to 22 with a win. The Jets are one of those teams, that if they can win a few games in a row, they could be in the thick of the playoff hunt by December. At the same time, another loss, and they may need to start looking for a new goalie.


NFL Trade Deadline Speculation Louder Then Ever

NFL NewsLeading into tomorrow’s sports betting trade deadline, as many as 15 teams could find themselves entrenched in bidding wars for the top players around the league. Despite losing the first five games of their season, the St. Louis Rams made headlines earlier today, when they picked up the highly talented wide receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos. The move indicates, that the Rams feel they can still win their division despite price per head odds indicating otherwise. With that in mind, here is a look at several players that could be on the move and which teams are in need of their bookie software services.

Oakland Raiders – The 2011 NFL season has been an interesting one to say the least, for the Oakland Raiders. Currently riding a two game winning streak and sitting at four and two, the Raiders appear poised to take a run at the AFC West crown and then the Super Bowl. The last two weeks have been rough for the Raiders, as owner Al Davis passed away before the game last Sunday, and then top quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a season ending collarbone injury in the team’s victory last night.

Meaning to say, with the NFL trade deadline tomorrow, the Raiders may be in search for a top quarterback to help keep the team’s playoff hopes alive. Two interesting rumors for Oakland include Cincinnati Bengals hold out Carson Palmer and Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton. Palmer hasn’t played all season, however his familiarity with Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson from their days in Cincinnati, could allow Palmer to slide right in with the Raiders offense.

On the other hand, with Kyle Orton seemingly the odd man out in Denver, look for the Raiders to be entrenched in a bidding war with plenty of other teams for his services. Orton is not a bad quarterback, rather it appears he isn’t the NFL betting picks of the current Broncos regime.

New England Patriots – Sitting atop the AFC East standings for another consecutive year, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are actually a team that is struggling pretty hard right now. Essentially, while the offense continues to keep the team in games, the defense is allowing the Patriots opponents to also remain in the games.

In order to help the Patriots take their game to the next level and convert regular season success into Super Bowl titles, the management needs to acquire strong defensive players. One player the Patriots have had their eyes on for a while, is Asante Samuel of the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Eagles lack of chemistry this season, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, the long serving Eagle may be sent packing.

If Samuel along with Champ Bailey from Denver both are traded to New England, it will give the Patriots much needed veteran guidance. However, if New England can’t acquire either, they may lose in the playoffs again.

College Football LinesThe North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Virginia Cavaliers will fight on Saturday when they meet at Scott Stadium.

The Cavs upset of previously unbeaten Georgia Tech puts them in prime ‘Brilliant Disguise’ mode this afternoon in Charlottesville reminds us to play against any college football betting favorite who won SU as an underdog against a 5-0 or better opponent in their last game.

A 4-21 ATS tightener to this system ties in nicely to NC State and Tom O’Brien’s 17-4 ATS log versus an opponent off a SU dog win compliments the Boss’ tune.

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The veteran head coach is also a well-prepared 13-5 ATS as a dog with rest and we’ll need to lean on that to offset a not-so cozy 0-5 ‘ITS’ record this season. We can also rely on a series history that shows the Wahoos just 2-3 SU in these meetings since 2001 with those wins coming by a combined 12 points (5,7).

In fact, the last time that Virginia laid this many points to the Pack (1998), then-President Bill Clinton was ‘not having sexual relations’ with Monica Lewinsky and the cost of a gallon of gas was $1.15! Like Hillary’s husband, you can lay it if you want but we say take what you can get and ‘know just what you’ve got in this new thing you’ve found.’

To us the 4-2 Cavaliers, with close wins over pathetic Indiana (3 points) and Idaho (1 point), are nothing more than a ‘Brilliant Disguise.’

Free Betting Pick: Virginia over NC State by 1

The Cavaliers are listed as 5½-point favorites against the Wolfpack, while the game's total is sitting at 52.

North Carolina State most recently:

When playing in October are 3-7

When playing on grass are 7-3

After being outgained are 5-5

When playing within the conference are 5-5

Virginia most recently:

When playing in October are 5-5

When playing on grass are 5-5

After outgaining opponent are 4-6

When playing within the conference are 2-8

Hawaii Warriors vs. San Jose State Spartans Odds

NCAA Football OddsThe Friday night lights have already seen a couple of WAC teams in non- conference action (Utah State dropped a close one to BYU, Fresno State got drilled by Boise) so why not show a conference clash in this wide- open league.

Sportsbooks currently have the Warriors listed as 5½-point favorites versus the Spartans, while the game's total is sitting at 56.

Well, after checking our betting database, the more apropos question becomes: why? The Warriors are 1-6 ATS on the road in regular-season weekday affairs since 2003 and just 1-2 SU and ATS on the mainland this season, including an embarrassing loss in Vegas less than a month ago.

Hawaii did open league play with a 44-26 win in Ruston as 4.5-point dogs and that figures to bode well against a Spartans’ squad that is a sword-less 1-7 ATS against conference foes off a SU dog win, including 0-4 ATS at home.

Nonetheless, we still can’t get that 20-point loss to UNLV out of our minds.

Here’s hoping that the NLCS goes at least five games or it will be Friday Night Lights for us… the one on NBC, that is (hey, maybe Minka Kelly will make another guest appearance). Next.

Football PicksThings would look a lot different heading in to week six of the NFL regular season if there wasn’t so many injuries plaguing the AFC South, but with Peyton Manning, Mario Williams, and Andre Johnson all injured there is no doubt about which division in three AFC matchups. The Baltimore Ravens find themselves one-half game ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North coming off their bye week, and will look to remain north of both of those teams in the standings with all three teams heavy favorites for this Sunday.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-12)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

The Jaguars’ 32nd ranked passing offense will go up against the Steelers’ top-ranked pass defense this weekend, and that shapes up as a nightmare for rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert and a team that has struggled with four straight losses. Jacksonville’s schedule doesn’t get any easier with trips to Pittsburgh and Baltimore in consecutive weeks, and while the defense has kept them competitive for the most part this season, things could get ugly in a hurry for a franchise lacking much of an identity. The Steelers have won two of three against the AFC South, and after finally putting it all together against the Tennessee Titans in their biggest pay head win of the year will look to flex their muscle against an inferior opponent.

NFL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers - 12

Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals (-7)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

Even despite an 0-5 record, the Colts have managed to remain competitive in their last four sports betting games, losing each of them by a single score. Indianapolis may have already had its best chance to get in the win column however, and after blowing a 17-point second quarter lead against the Kansas City Chiefs, they will now travel on a season-high three-game road trip. While the Colts have struggled without their franchise quarterbacks, the Bengals have graduated to a new leading man in rookie Andy Dalton, who continues to progress as a legitimate starter. Dalton won’t be asked to do too much with Cedric Benson back in the game, and as long as they don’t turn the ball over Cincinnati should be able to cover.

NFL Betting Picks : Cincinnati Bengals - 7

Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens (-7.5)

Sunday, 4:05 PM ET

What was considered two weeks ago to be a marquee matchup that would feature two key AFC contenders is now one of the more lopsided contests of the week, with the Texans limping in to Baltimore missing both Mario Williams and Andre Johnson. While Houston has been decimated by injuries, the Ravens return from their bye well rested and looking to extend their winning streak with a statement game at home. How well Matt Schaub and the remaining pieces are able to come together will determine how close this game ends up, but in the end the Texans simply don’t have the pay per head weapons to keep up.

NFL Betting Pick: Baltimore Ravens – 7.5

NFL Betting OddsTwo AFC teams trending in different directions will look to earn key wins at a crucial point in their respective seasons this week, with the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets each hosting teams that are below .500. While the Raiders look to build on last week’s win over the Houston Texans in their first home game since the passing of owner Al Davis, the Jets will look to avoid a fourth straight loss at home against the division rival Dolphins on NFL Monday Night Football.

Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders (-6)

Sunday, 4:05 PM ET

The Raiders provided their fans with a memorable pay head comeback win a week ago, and return home looking to clinch one more with the chance to close on the San Diego Chargers for first in the AFC West. Oakland has channeled the traditional power running attack to start the season strong, with an average of 161.8 rushing yards per game good for the second-best mark in the NFL. If the Raiders are going to be a playoff team, they will need to be better on the defensive side of the ball, where they rank 22nd against the run and 29th against the pass. Cleveland comes in to this game off a bye week at .500 and looking to improve in several areas, but the potential for an upset here is slim with the Browns on the road for just the second sports betting time against an Oakland team looking to build some momentum. The Cleveland defense ranks fourth against the pass, but just 25th against the run with an average of 124.5 rushing yards against through their first four games.

NFL Betting Pick: Oakland Raiders - 6

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets (-7)

Monday, 8:35 PM ET

While the Raiders will look to build off a big win, the Jets are hoping that they can get back in the win column after losing all three games of a season-high three-game road trip. New York has looked awful at times over that span, and hope that a return to East Rutherford will help them to end their slide. The problems for the Jets have reportedly carried over in to the locker room where some of the offensive players are unhappy with the play calling of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, but a big win on the field should go a long way to ending all talk about pay per head tensions off the field. The seat isn’t nearly as hot for Schottenheimer at this point as it is Miami head coach Tony Sparano, who many consider fortunate to have kept his job through the bye week. Miami is winless through the first four games of the regular season and struggling on both sides of the ball. Dolphins’ fans are hoping that the extra week to prepare helps, but if it doesn’t then this could be the perfect game for the Jets to bounce back as Mark Sanchez and the offense looks to take off against Miami’s 31st ranked pass defense.

NFL Betting Picks: New York Jets - 7

NFL Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers OddsThe Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet on Sunday at Heinz Field. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

The Steelers got back on the win track with a convincing 21-point romp here last week over Tennessee.

More important, its defense is beginning to assert itself once again as they have held each of their last four foes to season low – or 2nd low – yardage. The good news is Pittsburgh is 9-3 ATS at home in games off a home win of more than 20 points.

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The bad news – and there is almost always bad news for teams off easy wins – is the Steelers’ 2-8 ATS mark as favorites of 13 or more points in games off awin.

Meanwhile, the Jags from Jacksonville enter on a 0-4 SU and ATS slide knowing they are 4-0 SU and ATS in games off four losses in a row. They are also 5-0 ATS as dogs in this series.

With that, look for the Steel City crew to slip to 1-9 ATS as double-digit chalk in games against anyone outside the AFC North off a SU and ATS loss. By the book, the Jags are worth a look.

NFL betting picks: Steelers over Jacksonville by 10

Jacksonville most recently:

When playing in October are 5-5

When playing on grass are 5-5

After outgaining opponent are 5-5

When playing outside the division are 3-7

Pittsburgh most recently:

When playing in October are 7-3

When playing on grass are 8-2

After outgaining opponent are 8-2

When playing outside the division are 7-3


College Football BettingThe Utah Utes and the Pittsburgh Panthers will meet on Saturday at Heinz Field. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

Free at last – from the MAC, that is – and much like Marty King, we also have a dream.

However, it’s probably not the same dream the Utes had when they thought they could be a competitive force in the realigned Pac-12.

Utah simply can’t fi nish: in consecutive home losses to conference foes Washington and Arizona State, the Salt Lakers were outscored in the second half by 21-7 and 25-7.

Granted, it may do Kyle Whittingham’s team visitors own a solid 7-2 ATS mark when playing with conference revenge but that stat is largely negated by Oregon’s 5-1 ATS series mark of late.

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The Ducks own more good numbers but the loss of star RB LaMichael James to a dislocated elbow last week cannot be underestimated (James rushed for 239 yards in 30 carries before leaving in the fourth quarter against Cal).

Even if James remains on the sidelines, the presence of ESPN’s College GameDay crew at Autzen Stadium will guarantee an electric atmosphere.

Erickson’s ‘D’ has allowed more than 22 points just once in six games this year so even a lukewarm showing from the offense means ASU has a good chance of hanging within the 2-TD spread.

Don’t expect either team to fold in the late going as both squads staged big second-half comebacks last week to turn potential losses into wins and covers. Devils get the call here.

The Panthers listed as 7-point favorites versus the Utes, while the game's total is sitting at 47.

A few trends to consider:

Utah is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games on the road

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games on the road

Utah is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games

Pittsburgh is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home

Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

NFL Betting: Rested Cowboys Try to Slow Down Patriots

NFL PicksGambling Advisor blog betting players waiting for the sixth week of the NFL regular season to kick off, and they’ll be treated to a matchup of two of the most popular teams in the league as Dallas, coming off a bye, will head to New England to take on a team many are picking to win the Super Bowl.

Cowboys vs. Patriots Odds – Sunday, 4:15 PM ET

The Cowboys (2-2) could be 4-0 or 0-4, that is how wild they’ve been so far in 2011, and a lot of that is down to the play of Tony Romo. The Dallas pivot has (and continues to) played through broken ribs, and he has also thrown some costly late NFL betting picks to take his team out of the game. The secondary is improved, but Detroit still rolled over them in the second half of a 34-30 win just over a week ago. The talent is there, but the Cowboys are shooting themselves in the foot with mistakes and that is the reason while some price per head sports fans are hesitant to put their faith in Dallas when it comes to making Super Bowl picks.

The Patriots (4-1) put up 446 yards of offense on their rivals from New York in a 30-21 win over the Jets at home, and even though Tom Brady had huge numbers (24-of-33 for 321 yards, a touchdown and a pick), the story is a running game that is improving each and every week. The Patriots ran for 152 yards, including 136 yards from BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who added a pair of scores as well. New England also took advantage of the Jets’ penalties (four first downs came from flags), and their defense also stepped up, holding New York to 255 yards.

Price per head odds should have the Patriots favored at home, and these two have met twice since 2003, with New England winning and covering the spread both times, and one of the games went over the posted total. This should be a high-scoring affair as both teams have shown the propensity to give up points, but it’s tough to bet against Brady and the New England offense, especially since they have a running game now. How do the Cowboys stop them? And if the game is close down the stretch, who are you more comfortable siding with, Brady or Romo? That is a no-brainer; Brady is, well, Tom Brady, and the New England defense, even though they give up a ton of yards, live off turnovers and that isn’t a good sign for Romo, who throws them at the worst times. Go with New England in your sports betting online picks.

NFL OddsSports Betting Overview

After the way that the New York Giants lost to the Seattle Seahawks in week five and the nose-dive that the Philadelphia Eagles took against the Buffalo Bills, the Washington Redskins are becoming the NFC East favorite by default. The Dallas Cowboys are extremely inconsistent, and the Redskins are proving to be the only team in the NFC East that is capable of putting two wins together. But the Redskins are not doing these things by accident. Washington has a very good defensive front and an active defensive secondary. The offensive line is opening up holes for running back Tim Hightower and giving quarterback Rex Grossman time to find open receivers. The Redskins are second in lowest points allowed and in the bottom half of the league in points scored. It is an interesting mix that is holding on to the NFC East lead right now.

The “Dream Team” has gone beyond nightmare straight to embarrassment. When the Eagles promoted offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator, the moved raised some eyebrows. The Eagles spent a lot of money bringing in a lot of top defensive talent and it was going to put someone who had never called a defense in charge of it. The experiment is failing, and the big names from the Eagles’ defense are hardly ever heard from during the course of a game. The price per head sports fans in Philadelphia just got rocked by the loss of the Philadelphia Phillies in the playoffs, and now they face the possibility that the Eagles will have a losing season. All is not well in the city of brotherly love.

Washington Redskins

The pay per head football fans in Washington, DC are amazed at how good the Redskins’ defense has become. Mike Shanahan was right in his decision to cut ties with Albert Haynesworth, and Shanahan was right in his decision to change the Washington defense to a 3-4 configuration. The Washington secondary is aggressive and opportunistic, and the front seven have been able to stand up to almost any opposing passing or rushing attack. Rex Grossman is not a great quarterback, but he really has not hurt the Redskins just yet. Grossman still has to prove that he can perform well in big games, and as regular season games go, this is a big one.

Philadelphia Eagles

The sportsbook reviews on the Eagles’ season to this point all show how important coaching really is to a football team. The Eagles’ defense is awful and can be traced back to a poor use of quality players by an inexperienced defensive coordinator. The Eagles’ offensive line is still unable to protect quarterback Michael Vick, yet very few changes have been made on the offensive line. The Eagles knew it had some serious deficiencies on its roster coming into this season. But the team has made all of the wrong moves to try and compensate for those deficiencies, and it is showing up on the field.

The Bottom Line

NFL fans in Washington are starting to believe that their team is well-coached, while Philadelphia fans still have no answers to the team’s poor start. When week six is over, things will not have gotten any better in the Philadelphia locker room.

NFL Betting Picks: Washington Redskins

Are The Detroit Lions For Real?

NFL Betting PicksEntering week five of the NFL sports betting season, fans and analysts are faced with one huge question, are the Detroit Lions for real? It was only three seasons ago, that the Lions became the first team in the history of the league to lose all 16 games. Now three years later, that same team appears to have the price per head services to become one of the elite teams in the NFL. Sitting comfortably at four and zero after the first month of the season, the Detroit Lions will face their toughest challenge yet, when they take on divisional rival the Chicago Bears. Today we wonder, are the Lions for real or are they just lucky?

The 2011 Detroit Lions are the culmination of a slew of tests that were used to accumulate the bookie software needed to turn the team into a legitimate threat. This Lions team historically is one of the best the fan base has ever seen, as even as recently as last year, the team could not win on the road. In fact, from 2001 – 2003 the Lions lost 24 straight games on the road. Last season, their road win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers snapped a zero for 26 streak on the road. Since that time, the team has won five straight on the road and become one of the most feared road warriors in the NFL.

To follow up the late season success in 2010, the Lions have set a new record in the league, as they are the first team to ever come back from 20-point deficits in two straight games. They first accomplished the feat against Minnesota two weeks ago when they stormed back from being down 20 points at half time to win the game outright 23 – 20 in overtime. Then Detroit followed up their late game heroics in Minnesota, by storming back to win a thrilling game 34 – 30 against the Dallas Cowboys this past weekend.

From losing all 16 games last year to going undefeated in their first four games of the 2011 season, the Detroit Lions are becoming one of the safest NFL betting picks on the line. What’s more, the Lions are led by a trio of franchise stars, as quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson and defensive back Ndamukong Suh have recaptured the hearts of Lions fans and bettors everywhere.

The Lions used to be the best team to fade on the NFL point spread line. However, dating back to the second half of the 2010 season, the Lions have managed to go 11-0-one in 12 games against the spread.

Detroit is in feel good story mode, as the Tigers are in the playoffs, and the Lions have gone from the kid being bullied to the one doing the bullying. In fact, the Detroit Lions opened the season at 75 to one odds to win the Super Bowl. Yet, now despite being six to one favorites, if the Lions do win the Super Bowl, the average payout will be $50,000.

NFL Betting PicksFollowing a three-year span in which the NFC East was consider the dominant division in the conference, it seems as if that label has now been placed on the NFC South, where the reigning division champion Atlanta Falcons are looking up at the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading in to week five. Right behind them is a talented Carolina Panthers’ team, and although they may not contend for a playoff spot this year, they will certainly have an impact on the postseason landscape this NFL season.

New Orleans Saints (-6) @ Carolina Panthers

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

The Panthers will allow rookie first overall pick Cam Newton to continue to do his thing, as they give him even more leverage to make plays both on the ground and through the air. The New Orleans defense could have a tough time containing the former Heisman trophy winner in their second road game in as many weeks, and defensive coordinator Greg Williams is sure to come up with some funky blitz schemes to try and confuse him. The Saints’ offense was held to just 23 points last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, their lowest total of the season. But considering that Carolina hasn’t been able to stop anyone through the air or on the ground, it shouldn’t be a problem for Drew Brees and company to put up some big sports betting numbers and force the rookie to try and keep up once again.

NFL Betting Pick: New Orleans Saints - 6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers (-3)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

After a tough loss at home to the Detroit Lions in week one, the Buccaneers have bounced back with three straight wins to take over first place in the division, including a close pay per head win over the division rival Falcons two weeks ago. If Tampa Bay is going to keep up with Atlanta and New Orleans this season, they will need to find a way to win the games in which they are favored on the road. The 49ers proved in their win over the Philadelphia Eagles last week that they won’t roll over for anyone, but the Buccaneers are a much different team than the one that San Francisco beat last Sunday.

NFL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers + 3

Green Bay Packers (-5.5) @ Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, 8:30 PM ET

The pay head problem with the Falcons is that they don’t have the defense to slow opponents down, so even though they score a ton of points, they can’t stop anyone. The same cannot be said about a Green Bay defense that has struggled more than expected this year, but has still made plays. The defending Super Bowl champions are rolling as one of two undefeated teams still remaining, and they should have no problem extending that run against an Atlanta team that they roughed up last NFL betting picks postseason.

NFL Betting Pick: Green Bay Packers – 5.5

What We Learnt During Week 4 Of The NFL Season

NFL Betting PicksSince the NFL reopened for business again a month ago, sports betting handicappers have been faced with the same question week in and week out, can this get any better? In the first week fans were able to witness unbelievable blow outs, week two brought us impressive come from behind wins, and weeks three and now four have seen crazy plays determine the outcomes of games. With week four in the books, here is what we have learnt using price per head services.

Youth Movement Making Waves In New NFL - Rookie quarterbacks have turned heads in the first month of the season, whether it is Cam Newton in Carolina or Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. Since debuting in week one of the bookie software season, Cam Newton has received praise that most veteran quarterbacks never get to hear. For instance, with his 374 passing yards against Chicago on Sunday, Newton has already reached 1000 yards passing in his rookie season. The calm cool and collected composure he has shown every week would have you believing the Panthers are a three and one team instead of a one and three team.

On the other hand, Andy Dalton in Cincinnati and Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville have received mixed fishing games reviews from fans and analyst alike. For Dalton, he has done his best impression to replicate the story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as in one series he can appear as calm and focused as Dr. Jekyll, while in another his play making has you wondering if he is as crazy as Mr. Hyde. Conversely, Blaine Gabbert showed Jaguars fans that he can be high risk and high reward, as he looked too showed mixed results on Sunday.

Nevertheless, with the rumored starts of Tim Tebow in Denver and Christian Ponder in Minnesota for week five, fans will see more rookie starting quarterbacks in 2011 then any year before.

Is It Time To Panic In Dallas And Pennsylvania? – The Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Philadelphia Eagles have been anything but safe NFL betting picks throughout the first month of the season. Annually three favorites to make it to the Super Bowl, each team has had a disastrous first month of the season.

In Dallas, Tony Romo continues to make his case for biggest choke artist in the history of football, as his three interceptions in a loss to the Detroit Lions, indicates that Romo might be better served on the bench. Last season, when Romo went down with a season ending injury, America’s team played its best football.

Over in Pennsylvania, the two and two record for Pittsburgh and one and three record for the Philadelphia Eagles, paint false pictures for the two clubs. For Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, the 500 record suggests they have been in every game. However in reality, they have been lucky in three games, and should be one and three. Philadelphia on paper should be better, but their play indicates they should be on a four game losing streak.

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The Oakland Raiders are not playing very consistent football, but they are fun to watch. New head coach Hue Jackson often has unique outlooks on life and football that he passes on to his players. He also passes on his unique views in post-game press conferences which make for some very interesting sound bites. The Raiders have been trying to live off of running back Darren McFadden and the running game for the first four weeks of the season and wound up finishing 2-2. That is not a bad start, but if the Raiders want to keep pace with the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West, then Oakland is going to need to develop its passing game and open up the field just a little more. Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell seems to be thriving under Jackson’s system, but it is taking time for the team to adjust.

The Houston Texans are in a battle with the Tennessee Titans for the lead in the AFC South. But the price per head football fans in Houston are all anxiously awaiting the results of an MRI on the hamstring of all-pro wide receiver Andre Johnson. A strained hamstring is a week or two off and then Johnson can contribute again. A torn hamstring will follow Johnson for the rest of his career. One thing is for sure, even if Johnson forces himself to play against the Raiders, he will not be nearly as effective as he normally is. That takes a lot of pressure off of the Oakland secondary, that is until Arian Foster and Ben Tate start running the ball.

Oakland Raiders

The pay per head defense in Oakland is off to a rough start for the 2011-2012 season. The Buffalo Bills exploited the Oakland secondary for a win in week two, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots shredded the Oakland secondary in week four. The loss of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is proving to be more formidable than Raiders fans had anticipated. The problem is that Oakland does not have a pass rush to compensate for the lack of a secondary. That will be a huge problem against the Texans who love to get running backs and tight ends into the opposing secondary.

Houston Texans

The bet online difference between this year’s Houston Texans team and last year’s, aside from the improvements on defense, is the options available on offense. If Andre Johnson cannot play this game, then the Texans will play a two-back set with Foster and Tate along with getting the tight ends more involved in the long passing game. Once the Texans get past the Oakland linebackers, there is little to stop Houston from scoring.

The Bottom Line

NFL betting picks fans know that the Raiders are a scrappy bunch that never give up at any point in a game. But with Nnamdi Asomugha leaving a huge hole in the secondary and the Oakland pass rush being less than expected this season, Oakland is going to have a problem stopping Houston. The Texans have so many weapons on offense that it can handle the Raiders without Andre Johnson.

Pick: Houston Texans

2011 NFL Week 4 Betting Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders Odds

NFL Betting PicksThe Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson does not seem very concerned that his team could not have two starters in the secondary for four week's game against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

Since taking office that belonged to Tom Cable, Jackson did not allow his players to make excuses and not willing to use them.

That faith will be tested if the free safety Michael Huff can not play. Huff suffered a concussion in week three victory over the New York Jets and was listed as questionable on the team injury report.

With cornerback Chris Johnson sidelined with a thigh injury, the Raiders will have to seek help from their bench to try to stop the offensive number one Brady led the NFL, the best quarterback in the AFC.

"He who follows," said Jackson. "We can not worry about that. If you are outside is outside and that between the follower ".

Johnson hurt his thigh in the opening minutes of the victory over Jets 34-24 and did not practice throughout the week. Joe Porter and substitutes were divided Chimdi Chekwa to replace Johnson played in that game until the defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan decided to stay with Chekwa, who was a fourth-round pick.

Jackson declined to say who would be the starter in place of Johnson.

The coach said Huff passed the test required of the players after suffering concussions, although he admitted not know if Huff had fallen or not.

"Once you pass the test, there are still other factors that have to happen that are not included," he said. "We just have to keep pushing those."

Tyvon Branch likely will move to free safety in the event that Huff can not play.

The good news for Oakland is that their potent offense would be enhanced by the return of wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who has not played since the season opener and is listed as questionable, but has said he expects to play.

Sportsbooks currently have the Patriots listed as 6-point favorites versus the Raiders, while the game's total is sitting at 55.


NFL Betting: Bills Aim For Fourth Win While AFC Gives Chase

NFL Betting PicksThe Buffalo Bills are alone at the top of the AFC at 3-0, but fans in and around Orchard Park aren’t taking anything for granted after watching their team fall behind by 21 points in each of their past two wins. The Bills will look to keep their run going this week with a short trip west to face the Cincinnati Bengals, while the rest of the NFL betting lines conference plays catch up early on.

Buffalo Bills (-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

While it is not as surprising as that they are 3-0, the fact that Buffalo is listed as only three-point favorites this week against a struggling Bengals’ team has to have turned at least a few heads, especially considering the Bills were able to overcome a powerful New England Patriots’ team a week ago. But after falling behind in each of their last two contests, there are question marks about how long Buffalo will be able to overcome those early struggles, and they will look to avoid another slow start this sports betting week against Cincinnati. The Bills’ rushing attack ranks fourth in the NFL with running back Fred Jackson setting the tone on the ground with 303 rushing yards and three touchdowns through three wins, and he and CJ Spiller are averaging 6.4 and 8.2 yards per carry respectively. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to produce but will need to do a better job with not turning the ball over.

NFL Betting Pick: Buffalo Bills - 3

Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns (-1)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

The Titans are perfect through two home games, but they did lose to Jacksonville in their lone road game so far this season, and Cleveland has looked good in consecutive wins. The Browns have done a good job of bending but not breaking defensively, but they need to do a better job against the run after allowing an average of 128.7 yards per game through three contests. Tennessee hasn’t been able to get its running game going, with a league-worst average of 51.7 yards through three games, with Chris Johnson earning just 2.1 yards per carry. The Titans will need to get their rushing game going if they are going to have any chance at contending in the AFC this season, and it begins this NFL betting picks week against Cleveland.

NFL Betting Pick: Tennessee Titans +1

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Texans (-4)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

The Steelers survived a close fishing games outing against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football even without Peyton Manning in the lineup, because they continued to struggle with turnovers. Pittsburgh has the weapons to keep this one close, but unless they can do a better job of securing the ball and not turning it over, they will have a hard price per head time getting a win on the road against a talented Texans’ team.

NFL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers + 4

Baseball BettingIt was nearly a month ago, that MLB betting enthusiasts felt that the 2011 season was the most predictable, as all of the playoff spots including the Wild Cards in each league appeared to be decided. Now on the final day of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays have stung their way back to a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the American League Wild Card. Meanwhile, in the National League, the Atlanta Braves have gone on a cold streak, while the Cardinals have been hot, as a result, fishing games enthusiasts are also witnessing a tie in the National League wild card race. Today being the final game of the regular season, it all comes down to this.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been a feel good story in sports betting circles since 2008, when they went on an improbable run to the World Series and lost to the Philadelphia Phillies. Now nearly three years later, the Rays and their low budget of $41 million, have fans and analysts from across the nation, hoping that they out gun the super team known as the 2011 Boston Red Sox.

A month ago, the Tampa Bay Rays were 10 games out of a wild card spot. Entering tonight’s final game of the season against the MLB leading New York Yankees, Tampa must at the very least win to force a one game playoff with the Boston Red Sox. At the same time, the Boston Red Sox, experiencing a meteoric collapse similar to the 2007 New York Mets whom blew a 12 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies, are hoping that their pitching gets its focus together. If Boston fails to win the wild card, they would become one of only 11 teams in the history of the league to have the best World Series betting odds prior to the season, only to lose the first six games of the season, and then fail to make the playoffs.

On the other hand, the Atlanta Braves are basically begging the St. Louis Cardinals to take the wild card spot from them. Since the beginning of September, the Braves have gone nine and 17 including a seven to one loss to Philadelphia yesterday. At the same time, St. Louis has accumulated a record of 17 and eight this month, including a five to nothing victory over the lowly Houston Astros last night.

Theoretically, if all four wild card teams remain in sync after tonight’s action, it would be the first time ever, that both the AL and NL played a one game playoff in the same year. With a rumored second wild card team being added to each league as early as next year, fans should expect to see a 163rd game almost every season, to determine the final entrants in the playoffs.

If each league’s wild card comes down to a one game playoff, expect the scores to go under the total, as each game will have great pitching matches. In the AL Josh Beckett takes on James Shields, and in the NL Edwin Jackson takes on Jair Jurrjens.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Syracuse Orange: College Football Betting

NCAA Football PicksThe Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Syracuse Orange will meet on Saturday at Carrier Dome.

We’re not sure which was more blatant. The phantom holding call on a punt return in the final minute of the Green Bay-Chicago game that cost the Bears a backdoor cover or the blown extra-point call in regulation that gave the Orange the cover as they eventually outlasted Toledo in overtime (maybe it IS time to bring Tim Donahue on our staff).

However, despite a 6-2 ATS mark at home in this football betting series, we feel they’ll be no such ‘luck’ today for Doug Marrone’s men.

Rutgers’ offense fi nally awoke in its win-and-cover over the Bobcats last Saturday and that’ll serve as a buy sign in this contest.

And despite the Knights’ poor road record in the Free NFL Picks series, two of their last three trips to the Carrier Dome have resulted in a pair of SU wins and covers.

With the Scarlet Lettermen a red-faced ‘Mission Dog’ seeking revenge from a 13-10 home loss last season, we expect an A-type effort this afternoon in the Dome.

Grab the points early in the week and Fuggedaboutit as Schiano and company squeeze out the ‘W.” No ex-‘Cuses.

Current betting lie is: Syracuse listed as 1-point favorites versus the Scarlet Knights, while the game's total is sitting at 49½.

Sportsbook betting pick: Rutgers over Syracuse by 3.

College Football BettingThe Demon Deacons and the Eagles will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Alumni Stadium.

Another coach taking a leave of absence for health reasons is Boston College fi rst-year offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers. Our college football betting database tells us that the Eagles’ offense has been on leave all season (13 PPG versus FBS foes) so we’re honestly not sure that Mr. Rogers will be all that missed in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

Don’t be fooled by last week’s 45-point outburst against Division 1-AA UMass – the Minutemeneked out single-digit wins over Holy Cross and Rhode Island prior to last week’s visit to Alumni Stadium.

And while we’re not willing to back the feeble Eagles and their 0-3 SU and ATS record against Division 1-A competition this season, there’s just no value in making a pledge to the Demons in this pick ‘em affair, as they arrive with an 0-4 ATS series record since 2007 (as well as a dog role in all four of their previous visits).

Wake’s 1-5 ATS mark with revenge versus .400 or less opposition also keeps us in bed for this 12:30 kickoff. Like AT&T, we’ll let you make the call in this snooze-fest.

Sportsbooks currently have the Demon Deacons listed as 1-point favorites versus the Eagles, while the game's total is sitting at 50.

Trends to consider:

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wake Forest's last 6 games when playing Boston College

Wake Forest is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games

Wake Forest is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games

Wake Forest is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston College

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston College's last 10 games

Boston College is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Wake Forest

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston College's last 5 games at home

Boston College is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home

NFL Betting Lines: Top Games to Watch in Week 4

NFL BettingIf you’re fishing for some games to wager on in the fourth week of the NFL’s regular season, you won’t have to look very far as all of the rust should be shaken off by now, and we’re going to really start to see what teams are made of. Here are the top three games of the week in pro football.

Panthers Bears Odds – Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

The Bears will be favored at home against the Panthers, who got their first win of the season against Jacksonville, and while No.1 overall NFL betting picks Cam Newton didn’t have a big game, Carolina was efficient and their defense did the rest. Chicago’s defense has come under fire this year, but you have to look at their competition: Atlanta, New Orleans and Green Bay, three of the top offenses in the NFC, and they should bounce back this week at home against Carolina, who will face former Panther Julius Peppers. The former North Carolina Tar Heel was huge against the Panthers last year, and Peppers should have a big game again; Chicago still has to protect Jay Cutler, though. Take Chicago to cover at home.

Patriots Raiders Odds – Sunday, 4:15 PM ET

The Patriots should be the NFL road favorites in Oakland, and they’ve scored 79 points in their last two meetings with the Raiders, who upset the New York Jets last week. New England’s defense let them down in losing a 21-0 lead in Buffalo, but it was also an uncharacteristically bad day for Tom Brady, who had four touchdown passes, but he was also picked off four times. Look for Brady to take out some frustrations on the Raiders, who managed to rush for 171 yards against a tough New York defense. They’ll need more of the same this week, but we’re rolling with the Patriots.

Jets Ravens Odds – Sunday, 8:20 PM ET

Finally, the Ravens should be a slight favorite according to NFL betting lines as Jets head coach Rex Ryan returns to Baltimore, where he spent 10 years as the architect of their defensive scheme. Ryan’s Jets will be hungry to bounce back from their loss to the Raiders, while the Ravens rebounded from a disappointing loss to Tennessee by blasting St. Louis at home. Ryan has some insights into how to beat the Baltimore defense, Mark Sanchez had a great game against the Raiders and you can expect the defense to step up after Oakland ran through them. Last year’s meeting was a 10-9 win for the Ravens on the road; look for the Jets to return the favor and come away with a victory in your online sports betting book.

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Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton finally won his first NFL game in a rain-soaked week three affair against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The remaining hurricane conditions swept into Carolina and made it difficult to see the game, much less play it. But even in the muddy slop that he was forced to deal with, Newton still threw for 158 passing yards and a touchdown. Nothing that the Panthers experienced in its week three win over the Jaguars will prepare it to meet the Bears in week four. The Jacksonville defense was assisted by the weather conditions and still could not stop Newton and the Carolina offense. The Bears will not have that sort of problem in week four.

The NFL betting picks fans in Chicago are still not warming up to starting quarterback Jay Cutler. But what Chicago fans should really be worried about is the Bears’ offensive line. In its week three loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Bears were only able to manage 13 total rushing yards and Cutler accounted for 11 of those yards. The Bears’ offense could not stay on the field due to turnovers and a series of three-and-outs. The boos were cascading down on Cutler as he threw two interceptions that stalled Chicago drives and handed the ball back over to Green Bay. Cutler should have an easier time of it in week four, but if the offense does not pick up the pace then offensive coordinator Mike Martz may be bass fishing next year instead of coaching the Chicago offense.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton appears to be the real deal at quarterback for the Panthers. He faced some seriously bad weather in week three and was able to pull out the win. In the first two games of the season, the Panthers were hampered by a bad defense. The bad weather seemed to really help the Carolina defense keep the Jacksonville offense under control. That bad defense will come to the forefront again in week four as the Chicago Bears are just waiting for a defense to tee off on and the weather conditions in Chicago rarely approach hurricane force winds and rain. Jay Cutler may be called upon to win this game for the Bears, and there may be little that the price per head Carolina defense can do about it.

Chicago Bears

The betonline reviews of the Chicago Bears defense this season have been extremely impressive. Veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher is playing like a man possessed and picking up interceptions at a frightening pace this season. But that Chicago defense will have its hands full with the elusive Cam Newton. The Bears’ secondary may not be able to keep up with the Carolina receivers and Newton could very well have another 300 to 400-yard passing day. But the Bears will keep the Panthers out of the endzone just enough to allow the Chicago offense to win this game.

The Bottom Line

The Carolina defense will get better as the season goes along, but it still lacks any kind of sustained pass rush that can give the Panthers a real chance at winning games. This one might be close, but it will be a Chicago win in the end.

Pick: Chicago Bears

Football Betting: Spotlight On NFC East Rivalries Week 3 in The NFL

NFL PicksWith the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and “Dream Team” Philadelphia Eagles all considered to be among the contenders to win their division, it may come as a surprise to some that it is the Washington Redskins at the top of the NFC East heading in to week three. The Redskins have escaped with two close wins at home and will look to parlay that in to success on the road this Monday night, but not before the Giants and Eagles clash at Lincoln Financial Field as the NFC East rivalries take the NFL betting lines spotlight this weekend.

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles (-5.5)

Sunday, 1:00 PM ET

Despite escaping with a sports betting win over the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football, the Giants looked like a shadow of the team expected to compete for a division title this season with the injuries that have ripped through the roster. With starters missing on every level of the defense, quarterback Eli Manning and the offense have done the best they can to keep New York competitive through two weeks, and they could be in trouble with a trip to Philadelphia. The Eagles were exposed against the Atlanta Falcons after Michael Vick went down with a concussion, and that one potential injury for Philadelphia could outweigh all of New York’s if he isn’t able to go on Sunday. The Eagles have the best cornerbacks in the league but their front-seven was exposed by Atlanta, and could be again if they don’t go fishing to tighten things up front. Philadelphia should win, but the Giants will keep it close if they can establish a running game.

NFL Betting Pick: New York Giants + 5.5

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys (-4)

Monday, 8:35 PM ET

The Redskins scored 10 straight points late in the fourth quarter to rally against the Cardinals at home, but they will need to be better overall to escape Dallas with a win this week. That is unless Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo cannot go after suffering cracked ribs and a punctured lung in his heroic comeback sportsbook odds win over the San Francisco 49ers, a game in which he literally willed his team back to prevent consecutive losses to open the year. The extra day off could help Romo and company in this matchup, and regardless of whether he plays or not, head coach Jason Garrett will need to get more out of his running backs. Felix Jones has not gotten enough touches early on this season and that has left Romo exposed, so the entire offense should benefit from a better running game. Washington quarterback Rex Grossman has been good through two starts but did toss a pair of interceptions in his last start, and that should have Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan salivating at the possibilities of what his units can do this NFL picks week.

NFL Betting Pick: Dallas Cowboys - 4