August 2010


Football picksAugust 31, 2010

Arizona Cardinals NFL Picks, Predictions vs the Spread

Arizona Cardinals NFL Picks, Predictions vs the Spread

This NFL season the Cardinals are heading into the post Kurt Warner era in Arizona and even though a lot of faith has been put in backup quarterback and former Heisman trophy winner Matt Leinart, things are looking too promising for the future of the franchise as the former USC standout continues to struggle under center.

Over the past few seasons with Kurt Warner under center, the Arizona Cardinals have been amongst the best teams in the NFC Conference and favored in NFL picks on a weekly basis, but that all could change this year as the once potent offense seems poised to lose a lot of steam with without their future Hall of Fame quarterback.

Even though this team is almost certainly going to struggle with a new starting quarterback that has only underperformed on the NFL level, they do have some promising young players in wide receivers Early Doucet and Steve Breaston and running backs Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells.

Along with some promising young players, Leinart will still have perennial Pro Bowl wideout Larry Fitzgerald at his disposal and that could be enough to keep the Arizona Cardinals in playoff contention, but for the time being I believe they will struggle this season.

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Football picksAugust 26, 2010

NFL Season Preview: Green Bay Packers NFL Picks

NFL Season Preview: Green Bay Packers NFL Picks

Last season the Green Bay Packers seemed to come into their own on both sides of the football as their offense and defense were amongst the best in the league with Aaron Rodgers officially becoming a dominant force under center and cornerback Charles Woodson winning the Defensive Player of the Year.

Needless to say, the Packers have officially put the Brett Favre era in Green Bay in the rearview mirror as it has become apparent that Aaron Rodgers is more the fit to take over as the face of the franchise with his ability to light up the scoreboard and keep this team favored in NFL picks every single week.

This season the Packers will have high hopes of making a run at the playoffs once again and possibly the Super Bowl. Even though the Minnesota Vikings will have Brett Favre back for one more season before he walks away from the game, the Green Bay Packers have a great opportunity to compete with their rivals in the NFC North division and more than likely clinch an NFC Wildcard spot if they can’t get the best of Brett Favre and company in the division.

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Football picksAugust 26, 2010

NFL Season Preview: Dallas Cowboys NFL Picks

NFL Season Preview: Dallas Cowboys NFL Picks

No matter what the circumstances are with the Dallas Cowboys heading into an NFL regular season, America’s Team always has a tremendous amount of pressure on them to be successful and this season will be no different as Tony Romo and company have the opportunity to make history by being the first team in the league to play a Super Bowl on their home field.

There is no question that the Dallas Cowboys are an extremely talented team on the offensive side of the football and are easy pickins for your NFL picks , but this season they have gotten even better with the addition of rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant out of Oklahoma State.

Even though Bryant missed a lot of time with Oklahoma State last season due to suspension, the wideout could singled handedly make his team favored in college football picks on any given Saturday and the Dallas Cowboys believe he will be able to do the same thing on the NFL level in the near future.

Coming into this season, Bryant probably won’t be a big factor in the offense, but if veteran Roy Williams struggles he could turn out to be a prime target for Tony Romo.

Along with the Dallas Cowboys have arguably one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, they will also have a dominant defense and will be looking to make a run at the Super Bowl when it is all said and done.

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Football picksAugust 25, 2010

The NFC North in 2010 NFL Picks & Predictions

The NFC North in 2010 NFL Picks & Predictions

When making NFL picks this fall, you will probably focus at least a little bit on the NFC North. After all, there are plenty of story lines worth considering. Are the Bears going to slip off the map? Will Detroit continue to improve? Who is going to come out on top after a season-long battle between the Packers and Vikings?

These are all questions that you will need to address with your NFL picks. The most compelling issue has to do with Favre, the Vikings, and how they will deal with the upstart Packers. Green Bay is, by all accounts, the most complete team in the division. They have an emerging quarterback, a solid running game, and a nasty defense. The Vikings have Favre, Peterson, and a little bit of luck on their side. Will they really be top-notch again in 2010?

It’s hard to say for sure, but you should probably temper expectations a bit with Minnesota if you want your NFL picks to stick. Favre is coming off of an injury and he’s unlikely to replicate his career year from 2009 anyway. Green Bay is probably a safer bet, especially when they are playing at home in 2010.

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Football picksAugust 21, 2010

College Football Picks & Home Field Advantage Part 2

College Football Picks & Home Field Advantage Part 2

If you are beginning to think about college football picks and home field advantage, then here are some more venues to keep in mind. These are places that might run beneath the radar, but they are serious spots with solid value. One of the best places to play in the country is located in the foothills of South Carolina. Clemson has a large stadium, a loud, rowdy fan base, and some of the best traditions in the country. They play very well at home, especially at night. When making college football picks, don’t forget about the Tigers during prime time.

Consider also the other Tigers, just a couple of states over. Auburn has shown up big at home over the years, and there is a reason for that. It has everything to do with Jordan-Hare Stadium. Most people don’t immediately think of Auburn when they think of the most difficult places to play in the SEC, but they certainly should. The Tigers are hard to beat on the plains, and will continue to dominate opponents in their own barn.

Don’t neglect home field advantage when making college football picks. It’s worth your time to consider these factors, since that will provide you with an excellent angle to get value.

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Football picksAugust 18, 2010

The Best Home Field Advantage when Making College Football Picks

The Best Home Field Advantage when Making College Football Picks

When making college football picks, you need to be conscious of what is going on with home field advantage. Have you ever made a bet, only to discover that your road favorite is walking into a major buzzsaw that you knew nothing about? If this is the case, then you’re not alone. Lots of bettors do this each and every week. So which stadiums have the best home field advantage?

BYU
Who knew that the boys at BYU had such an advantage? For them, it’s not because the fans are drunk and rowdy (in fact, they’re likely stone-cold sober). The kicker here is that they play at high altitude, so they are more conditioned for long-term success than some of their opponents.

South Florida
Each year, the South Florida Bulls knock off some teams that no one expects them to beat. How does this happen? They get those teams on the back end of a long trip and beat them into submission in front of a tough crowd. This is one that you probably won’t think about when making college football picks, but you certainly should keep them in mind.

Everyone knows about the home field advantage at places like Ohio State, LSU, and Alabama. You need to keep in mind smaller schools when making college football picks, though. There are opportunities to make money sitting right out there.

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