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

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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

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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.

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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

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