Football picksJanuary 14, 2017

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Divisional Playoff Preview

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Divisional Playoff Preview Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Preview 

Sunday, Jan. 15, 4:40 p.m. (ET) FOX

Football Pointspread: Dallas -4.5

Total Line: 52 

Green Bay at Dallas Game Matchup Overview

Green Bay will be bringing a ton of momentum into Big D this Sunday coming off a solid 38-13 victory over the New York Giants in the Wild Card Round as a five-point favorite at home. This extended the Packers’ current straight-up winning streak to seven games while going a profitable 6-1 against the spread. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 46.5-point line in that game and it has now gone OVER in their last five games something to consider when making your football picks.

One of the main reasons for the Packers’ recent success has been the elevated play of veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He ended the regular season ranked fourth in the league in total passing yards (4,428) and his 40 touchdown throws were the most in the NFL. In Sunday’s win against New York, he threw for 362 yards and four scores. One injury of note is wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who is considered doubtful for Sunday with fractured ribs.

The Cowboys were the class of the NFC all season long at 13-3 SU and while they went a solid 10-5-1 ATS, there has to be some concern for bettors with a 1-4 record ATS over their last five games. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ 44-point line in a season-ending 27-13 loss to Philadelphia and it has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games. Dallas opens the playoffs at home where it went 5-2-1 ATS this season.

There is no doubt that the one-two punch of Dak Prescott throwing the ball and Ezekiel Elliott running it had a lot to do with the Cowboys’ turnaround this season from a 4-12 record in 2015, but both of these rookies will be under the gun on Sunday given the added pressure of this game. Dallas also got a strong effort on defense as the fifth-best unit in the league when it came to points allowed (19.1). More good news for the Cowboys in light of their recent bye week is that most of the players on their injury list have been upgraded to probable.

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Football picksJanuary 14, 2017

NFL Division Playoffs Preview – Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, Jan. 15, 1:05 p.m. (ET) CBS

NFL Pointspread: Kansas City -1

Total Line: 44.5 

Pittsburgh at Kansas City Game Matchup Overview

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to extend their current straight-up winning streak to nine games this Sunday following last Sunday’s 30-12 victory against Miami in the Wild Card Round as heavy 11.5-point home favorites. The total line at BetAnySports stayed UNDER 47 in that game after going OVER in three of Pittsburgh’s previous four contests. The Steelers have gone a profitable 6-1-1 against the spread during this run and they are 5-3 ATS in eight previous road games this season.

Ben Roethlisberger tweaked his foot in last week’s win to aggravate an old injury, but he remains listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Big Ben throwing the ball to Antonio Brown and handing it off to Le’Veon Bell is an offensive combination that has the ability to carry Pittsburgh all the way to the Super Bowl if these “Killer B’s “ keep playing at such a high level. In last week’s win against the Dolphins, Roethlisberger hooked up with Bryant five times for 124 yards and two touchdowns while Bell added 167 yards and two more scores on the ground.

Kansas City closed out its regular season with five victories in its last six games both SU and ATS en route to the AFC West Division title and a first round bye. The Chiefs were 12-4 SU with a 9-7 record ATS, but they did fail to cover in five of their eight regular-season home games. The total has now gone OVER in four of their last six games following a 37-27 win against San Diego in Week 17 as 5.5-point road favorites with BetAnySports.

While the combination of Alex Smith throwing the ball to tight end Travis Kelce with Spencer Ware anchoring the ground game has not produced the same gaudy stats as Kansas City’s opponent in this game, this has been a very effective trio of playmakers all season long. What the Chiefs really need is another strong performance from a defense that was ranked seventh in the NFL in points allowed (19.4), since it is doubtful they could keep pace if this game turns into a shootout.

 



Football picksJanuary 7, 2017

No. 2 Clemson Tigers vs. No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide Preview

No. 2 Clemson Tigers vs. No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide PreviewCollege Football Championship Preview

No. 2 Clemson Tigers vs. No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide 

Monday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m. (ET) ESPN

BetAnySports Pointspread: Alabama -6.5

BetAnySportsTotal Line: 51 

Clemson vs. Alabama Game Matchup Overview

Clemson’s return trip to the College Football Playoff Championship against a very familiar foe hit some bumps along the way with a few close calls and a loss to Pittsburgh, but when push came to shove it proved it belonged with a 31-0 shutout of Ohio State as a 1.5-point underdog in the CFP semifinals. The Tigers are now 13-1 straight-up on the year with a 7-7 record against the college football picks spread. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 57-point line against the Buckeyes after going OVER in their previous four games.

Deshaun Watson completed 23-of-36 passing attempts in last Saturday’s win for 259 yards and a score and the Tigers rushed for another 205 yards on 48 carries, but the big story in that game was the play on the other side of the ball. Clemson held the Buckeyes to just 215 yards of total offense in that dominating win. This was after this unit gave up 35 points to Virginia Tech in the ACC title game.

The Crimson Tide turned in another perfect performance in its return trip to the national title game at 14-0 SU capped off by last week’s 24-7 victory over Washington as 13-point favorites in the other semifinal game. Alabama was able to cover the spread in 10 games this season despite closing as a double-digit favorite in 13 of those14 contests. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ 51.5-point line against the Huskies and it has now stayed UNDER in five of its last seven games.

It remains to be seen how the sudden departure of offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin effects the Tide’s game plan for Monday night, but it would be safe to assume that they will try and pass the ball a bit more after gaining just 57 yards through the air against Washington. They rolled up 269 yards on the ground in that game so we already know that we will still see a big dose of the running game. Alabama is another team that relies heavily on its dominant defense. This unit held the Huskies to a total of 194 yards last week.

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Football picksJanuary 7, 2017

NFL Wild Card Playoffs Preview – New York Giants at Green Bay Packers

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New York Giants at Green Bay Packers

Sunday, Jan. 8, 4:40 p.m. (ET) FOX

Pointspread: Green Bay -4.5

Total Line: 44.5

New York at Green Bay Game Matchup Overview

The Giants made their way into the playoffs as the fifth seed in the NFC after posting a straight-up record of 11-5 in the regular season. They were one of the hottest teams in the league since mid-October with a SU 9-2 run in their last 11 games while going 8-3 against the spread. The total stayed UNDER in 12 of 16 games this season on BetAnySports’ closing line. New York went 8-6-2 ATS overall including an even 3-3-2 record on the road.

Veteran quarterback Eli Manning ended the regular season with 4,027 yards passing and 26 touchdown throws against 16 interceptions. His top target all year long was Odell Beckham Jr. with 101 receptions for 1,367 yards and 10 scores. New York did struggle to run the ball with an average of just 88.2 rushing yards a game, but it closed out the season on a strong note with 161 yards on the ground in a win at Washington.

Green Bay dug itself into a 4-6 hole with a mid-season four-game losing streak, but it comes into the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league at 10-6 after winning its last six games to claim the NFC North Division title. The Packers went 5-1 ATS during this run and the total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in their last four games. They went 5-2-1 ATS in seven home games this year.

The Packers have really turned up the heat on offense down the stretch with 30 points or more in those final four games. Aaron Rodgers returned to MVP form to lead the NFL in passing touchdowns with 40. He threw four scoring strikes in a Week 17 win at Detroit that helped clinch the division title. Green Bay ended the regular season ranked eighth in the league in total yards per game (368.8) and it was fourth in scoring with an average of 27 points a game. 



Football picksDecember 28, 2016

2016 Fiesta Bowl Preview – No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 2 Clemson Tigers

2016 Fiesta Bowl Preview - No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 2 Clemson Tigers2016 Fiesta Bowl Preview 

No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No, 2 Clemson Tigers

Saturday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. (ET) ESPN

NFL Pointspread: Ohio State -3

Total Line: 59.5

Ohio State vs. Clemson Game Matchup Overview

The Big Ten’s Buckeyes had just one straight-up loss this season against 11 wins, but it was not an easy ride back to the College Football Playoff semifinals with an even 6-6 record against the spread. They survived more than a few close calls including extremely tight finishes against Michigan State and Michigan by a combined four points to close out the regular season. The total has gone OVER BetAnySports closing line in three of Ohio State’s last four contests.

The star power on this team revolves around JT Barrett at quarterback and Mike Weber as the lead running back. Barrett finished the season with 2,428 passing yards and 24 touchdown throws against just five interceptions. He was also the team’s second leading rusher with 847 yards on the ground. Weber ran the ball 177 times for 1,072 yards and nine touchdowns for an average of 6.1 yards a carry. Ohio State’s defense had just as much to do with the team’s success behind a points-allowed average of 14.2.

Clemson is another team making a return trip to the CFP semifinals with an overall record of 12-1. The Tigers were 7-1 SU in the ACC this season and it got past Virginia Tech 42-35 as 10.5-point favorites in the conference title game. That was just one of quite a few tight games this season that resulted in a 6-7 record ATS. They failed to cover in five of their last seven games and the total went OVERBetAnySports closing line in their last four games.

When it came to offensive firepower for Clemson as the 14th-highest scoring team in the nation (40.2 points), the primary weapon was junior quarterback Deshaun Watson. He has finished in the top three of the Heisman Trophy voting the last two seasons as one of the top players in the country. Watson threw for 3,914 yards and 37 touchdowns this season while also running the ball 129 times for 529 yards and six scores. The Tigers also relied heavily on a defense that was 12th in the country in points allowed (18.4).

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Football picksDecember 28, 2016

Sunday Night Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Game Preview

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Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 

Sunday, Jan.1, 8:30 p.m. (ET) NBC

NFL Pointspread: Green Bay -3.5

Total Line: 48.5 

Green Bay at Detroit Game Matchup Overview

Green Bay comes into this NFC North title bout riding a straight-up five-game winning streak and it has gone 4-1 against the spread with BetAnySports. The total has gone OVER in its last three games behind a scoring average of 35.3 points a game. Overall, the Packers are 9-6 SU with a 7-7-1 record ATS and the total has gone over in nine of the 15 games. One concern for bettors is a 2-5 record ATS in seven previous road games this year.

There is no doubt that Green Bay is playing its best ball of the season at just the right time with victories over Houston, Seattle and Minnesota as part of this five-game winning streak. Aaron Rodgers is back to MVP form and in last week’s victory against the Vikings he threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns to help pace the win. The Packers still have some pressing issues with their running game after gaining only 40 yards against the Vikings and their defense allowed 353 yards through the air in that game.

The Lions will need to quickly regroup following Monday night’s 42-21 loss to Dallas as 6.5-point road underdogs with BetAnySports. This loss came on the heels of a 17-6 setback to the New York Giants as four-point road underdogs the week before. Detroit is now 9-6 SU with an 8-7 record ATS and the total has stayed UNDER in eight of its last nine games. The one bright spot is a 5-2 ATS at home this season and it has gone 5-4 ATS when closing as an underdog.

Detroit is going to need one more big effort from its veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford to pull off the upset on Sunday night. He has thrown for 3,980 yards and 22 touchdowns this year. Stafford has been hampered with a finger injury in his throwing hand the past few games, but the Lions will be hard pressed to rely on a ground game that is ranked 30th in the NFL with an average of 82.3 yards a game.

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