August 30, 2015
The NFL preseason continues to be a key talking point after another top tier starter goes down. This time that player is All-Pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the Green Bay Packers. The injury was sustained during the Packers last preseason game after Nelson went down to the ground with what looked to be a knee injury.
As the football country went to Twitter as well as other social sites the news broke that Nelson in deed suffered a season ending ACL tear. This injury also came just a few days after the upcoming odds came out having the Packers as one of the top options to take home the Lombardi Trophy.
This injury was a devastating blow for the Packers receiving corps but luckily for them they have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL Aaron Rodgers. The other good thing for Packers fans as well as sports bettors and your NFL game picks is the fact that this team has a solid backup in Randall Cobb as well as emerging wide receiver Devante Adams who will be looking to improve on his rookie season numbers.
Since the season is just around the corner this gives us a chance to take a look at a few of the other key injuries that could play key roles in how well there respective teams might play. These injuries could also play a key role in the outcomes of the games around the NFL in week 1 as well as the rest of the season.
Here are a few key NFL injuries that took place this summer that could play a key role in the decision of which team a sports bettor will select each week.
Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens used there first pick during the 2015 NFL draft on the University of Central Florida wide receiver. This move came after the team lost Torrey Smith during free agency to the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately for the Ravens, Perriman has been dealing with a knee injury that has kept him out of action including both of the team’s first two preseason games. This injury not only limits the Ravens passing attack but also delivers a key blow to a team that many expected to be one of the top teams in the AFC.
Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers: Coming off an impressive rookie season, the former Florida State wide receiver looked poised to take another big step forward in 2015. This injury not only delivered a key blow to the success of the Panthers entire team but also a devastating blow to quarterback Cam Newton. Without Benjamin the Panthers offense will struggle to find a replacement at the receiver position. Look for the Panthers to take a step back in the NFC South in 2015 without Benjamin out wide.
Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals: Floyd suffered a hand injury during training camp resulting in three broken fingers. While the Cardinals expect Floyd to be back at some point early during the 2015 NFL season it is slowly looking as the team will be without him during week 1. This injury will take a key part of the Cardinals passing attack off the field and could potentially slow down the teams other receivers Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.
August 29, 2015
The NFL dominated the headlines this offseason including a record contracts, off the field conduct issues and the latest issues dealing with Deflategate. All of these headlines all will have a direct impact on the 2015 NFL season as well as which direction many sports bettors may look to go during the upcoming season.
Starting with the biggest of the off-season headlines the suspension of Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. As we have said before this may be one of the biggest of the stories that could directly impact how the Patriots play early on during the 2015 NFL season. Currently Brady is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season a move that will force the Patriots to turn to second year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
If that is the case the current Vegas Line having the Patriots as high as a seven point favor should slowly move down as the opening kickoff on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 against the Pittsburgh Steelers approaches. On the flip side if the suspension is over turned by a judge and Brady starts from the first game of the season we expect the team to take home another division title.
No one wants to see Brady and company playing with a chip on there shoulder week in and week out. That is one thing we expect either way so if you elect to bet against the Patriots we suggest doing it the first four games if Brady is out. After that we suggest riding the Patriots to some big cash payouts each week.
Here are some their key headlines and moves that will play a direct impact in the outcome of NFL games during the 2015 NFL season.
Adrian Peterson reinstated to the Minnesota Vikings: While Peterson isn’t getting any younger the former Oklahoma Sooner is still one of the best running backs in the NFL. Add Peterson to a Vikings team that is slowly seeing Teddy Bridgewater emerge as a weapon at quarterback and this team could compete with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.
DeMarco Murray signs with Philadelphia Eagles: This is one of those moves that not only directly impact the Eagles but also his former team the Dallas Cowboys. While we still expect the Cowboys running back tandem to produce behind one of the top offensive lines in football the team just lacks a top tier running back to carry the load on each down. If the Cowboys can’t move the ball on the ground look for the passing attack to suffer while the Eagles entire offense improves with him on the field.
LeSean McCoy traded to the Buffalo Bills: Over the past few seasons we have all waited for CJ Spiller to become the main running back in Buffalo. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case for Spiller or Fred Jackson who both have dealt with injuries. This was the first thing that new head coach Rex Ryan addressed letting Spiller leave in free agency while trading for McCoy. If McCoy can pace the offense the Bills could be a sleeper team to make the playoffs.
August 26, 2015
The first 2015 NCAA preseason polls have dropped as the Ohio State Buckeyes claim the top spot. For many this was expected after the type of season the Buckeyes put together finishing it off taking home the first playoff system National Championship last season. What many didn’t expect was sitting atop the AP poll taking home all 61 first place votes becoming the first team in NCAA history to accomplish the unanimously vote.
The question we have heard around the country is the Buckeyes worth betting on the first week or is there a better team to make your money with? The answer will be determined fast as the Buckeyes open the season up on the road at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
As we start to look at the numbers the Buckeyes come in as low as a 10 point favorite and as high as a 14 point favorite depending on the site you are looking at. We like the Buckeyes in week one but the points is where the money is at in this game with an over/under at around 54 points. Last season 14 of of the teams 15 games finished over 54 points with the only game not coming in at 51 points to open the season.
Here are some of the other top NCAA college football sports bets for the first week of the 2015 NCAA Football Season.
September 3rd, 2015 @ 8:30PM
Michigan VS Utah (-3): The one game that we are waiting to watch week 1 is the Michigan Wolverines take the field against Utah. Honestly we have been waiting to see the Wolverines take the field since announcing Jim Harbaugh would take over as head coach. The one thing we didn’t expect to see was the Wolverines as an underdog to open the season with sports betting sites having Utah as high as a six point favorite.
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September 5th, 2015 @ 11:00PM
Arkansas State VS USC (-27): All eyes will be on quarterback Cody Kessler who elected to skip going to the NFL to return for another season at USC. With Kessler behind center we expect the Trojans to make some noise during the 2015 NCAA Football season including week 1 against Arkansas State. We are looking at this game at more of the Over/Under at 63 points. Last season the Trojans were able to combine to top that mark in five of there eight games against teams outside of the top 25.
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September 5th, 2015 @ 8PM
Wisconsin VS Alabama (-10): The questions marks comes in for both of these teams after Melvin Gordon left for the NFL while the Crimson Tides biggest question mark comes at quarterback. For us this first week is interesting as we aren’t quite sure what to expect from either one of these teams. That being said the Crimson Tide have come out under Nick Saban and took care of business week 1 in each of the past five seasons. In all five of those seasons the Tide have rolled to at least a ten point win.
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August 26, 2015
The 2015 NFL Preseason is here as the regular season is just around the corner. The question many sports bettors continue to ask is which teams around the NFL can contend for not only a division title but a chance to take home the Super Bowl Trophy at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco.
The same can be said for NFL fans around the country hoping to see there favorite team land a spot. That being said that gives us a chance to take a look at a few of our top NFL Contenders during the 2015 NFL season. The list includes the reigning Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens and the Green Bay Packers.
For us we start in the AFC East as we continue to like the New England Patriots despite the fact the team could be without All-Pro quarterback Tom Brady for the first few games is his current suspension is upheld. Now a four game losing streak could put them in a bad spot for home field advantage through the playoffs but they should still be in contention in a division that has a ton of question marks outside of the Patriots.
Add in the fact that both Bill Belichick and Brady will have a huge chip on there shoulder after the NFL continues to try to prove they cheated during the DeflateGate incident during last years playoffs. This is the single most reason we have them as our favorite to not only return to the postseason but also play in Super Bowl 50.
Meanwhile in Green Bay the Packers look as good as they did during the 2015 season with all key returners returning on the offensive side of the football. The Packers have one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL leading them as Aaron Rogers looks to land his second Super Bowl trophy. The key move for the Packers this offseason was signing Randall Cobb to a long term deal.
The third team that is high on our NFL Contenders list and a team that could win sports bettors a bunch of money this year with there NFL football picks is the Ravens. After a trick play cost them a chance to return to the Super Bowl last season the team returns the core of there team including one of the top offensive lines in football. All this team needs is a trip to the postseason and then we have seen Joe Flacco carry them to a title.
Now outside of our top three NFL contenders the list could go many different ways for us. One sleeper team we like for the upcoming season to make some noise is the Minnesota Vikings. This team has a solid defense but the big key could be the return of Adrian Peterson to help anchor the offense while Teddy Bridgewater matures as a quarterback.
Along with these teams a few other teams we expect to make a run include the Seattle Seahawks out in the NFC West, the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North and the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East. Now we all just have to sit back and wait for the 2015 NFL regular season to get underway.
August 24, 2015
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insisted they checked out Jameis Winston thoroughly before making him the #1 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. So now they are betting their immediate future on him. Fans of the team will be looking for something better out of him than they saw the last time as the Bucs line up to face the Cincinnati Bengals in pre-season pro football betting action can see on ESPN at 8 PM ET.
Tampa Bay suffered through a tremendous collapse in Lovie Smith’s first year at the helm, as they won just two games. The Bucs had signed Josh McCown to be the “veteran” presence at quarterback, but he went through injuries and Mike Glennon had to step in for the second year in a row. Smith and the Bucs’ management, looking for the long-term solution, turned to Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State who experienced much off-the-field controversy. He opened up the pre-season going nine for 19 with an interception against the Minnesota Vikings in a 26-16 defeat.
Cincinnati looked better against the New York Giants, winning 23-10 and rushing for 225 yards. Andy Dalton completed all three of his passes and led a touchdown drive early, and the Bengals’ defense held the Giants’ starting offense to just one first down in five drives. So this could be a formidable crew going up against the rookie.
See where the betting public is betting this game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2.5 (-110)/ Cincinnati Bengals +2.5 (+100)
Under 40 points -107
Over 40 points -103
Winston took a page out of Aaron Rodgers’ book this past week by essentially telling Bucs’ fans to relax in the wake of his shaky start, which included some awkward snaps from center. There is very little chance that he is not going to be the starting quarterback when the regular season begins. Mike Bajakian, the team’s quarterback coach, was restrained in his evaluation of Winston, mentioning that what he is looking for is progress with regard to his game management. Smith would certainly like to get an idea of how much support he will get from the running game, so there is also great interest in the performance of running back Doug Martin, who is expected to get more action than last week’s seven snaps.
Those who are interested in the Bengals will be keeping an eye on AJ McCarron, who did not play last year and sat out the first pre-season game. He will be in action for the first time in a real game situation since Alabama’s Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma in January 2014. Whether he’ll get to work extensively with Marvin Jones, a receiver who did not play in the 2014 regular season, is not known, since Jones may be working with Dalton and the first team.
By the way, Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson, who played with the Buccaneers last season, will miss this game with a knee injury. But Margus Hunt, the massive Estonian who was taken in the second round two years ago, will be in the rotation this week after missing the opener.
August 22, 2015
The Chicago Bears
made John Fox’s debut as head coach a success, although it was the reserves who really made things happen. That. of course, bodes well when it comes to the pre-season, when players beyond the first unit get the lion’s share of playing time. On Saturday
night the Bears will pay a visit to the Indianapolis Colts
in football betting action that is ready to get underway at 7:30 PM ET
at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Bears are adopting a more hard-nosed approach under Fox than they did under his predecessor, Marc Trestman. Of course, it is going to take a while. This was one of the league’s worst defenses last year, and they didn’t necessarily look so good against Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins were going at them with the first unit. But they did outscore the Dolphins 24-0 in the second half of the 27-10 victory.
The Colts practically didn’t even show up for their preseason NFL
lid-lifter, as they rolled over for the Philadelphia Eagles on the way to a 36-10 defeat. Fortunately for them, they are facing a team that is limited offensively, more so than the Eagles. They gave some time to quarterback Andrew Luck last week, but held out a lot of key offensive players who may get to see the field this week.
Indianapolis Colts -3.5 (-105)
Chicago Bears +3.5 (-105)
Under 41 points -107
Over 41 points -103
Chicago is going to be handcuffed a bit on offense, as the Bears will be without their top two receivers. Alshon Jeffery has a calf issue that is not overly serious, and he’ll most likely be held out as a precaution. Kevin White, who was the team’s first-round draft choice out of West Virginia, will be out for at least eight more weeks because of a shin problem.
With the new coaching staff in place, the jury is out on Jay Cutler, who is dealing with yet another offensive system. His backup, Jimmy Clausen, gave the staff some confidence with his effort last week (17 of 27 for 151 yards). Competing for the third spot on the roster will be Shane Carden, the rookie from East Carolina, who got into the game but didn’t throw a pass, and David Fales, the second-year pro who has just come off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
The Colts’ recent history of laying down during the exhibition season. In fact, they have gone 0-5-1 ATS in their last six in the pre-season, where head coach Chuck Pagano is 4-9 straight-up since he became the head coach. Luck will start, and get relief, in all likelihood, from Matt Hasselbeck, but the Colts may be in trouble when going to the third QB option. Bryan Bennett, who played collegiate ball at Oregon and Southeastern Louisiana, had a rough time of it against the Eagles and his former college coach Chip Kelly, hitting on just four of 16 passes with two interceptions. Indianapolis had the ball for 36 minutes but had only 18 first downs.
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