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Tim Tebow released by New York Jets

April 30th, 2013

Tim Tebow has been released by the New York Jets after an poor first season.


The 25-year-old quarterback, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 was initially a cult figure with the Denver Broncos. Tebow became widely known – and impersonated – for his ‘Tebow Time’ touchdown celebrations, going down on one knee in prayer to celebrate touchdowns, joined the Jets 13 months ago.


Struggling badly, Tebow attempted only eight passes after his surprise trade from the Broncos in March 2012, throwing for only 39 yards, and rushed 32 times for 102 yards.


News of his departure had long been anticipated and became inevitable when the Jets selected former West Virginia star Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.

Bovada looks at NFL Season and SuperBowl XLVII

January 22nd, 2013

So, home advantage counted for absolutely nothing in the NFL conference playoffs, with the San Francisco 49ers winning 28-24 in Atlanta, and the Baltimore Ravens blowing out New England at Foxboro.

Kevin Bradley the Sports Book Manager at Bovada.lv says :
“Looking back at this NFL season, it has been very strange for the book.

We might have had our best start to an NFL season ever and then Week 9 was the worst NFL week for us that I have ever seen, so Baltimore winning twice as double digit underdogs against Manning and Brady does not surprise me.

However, Baltimore cost us on the weekend and are the only big loser for the book on our Super Bowl odds.

Despite the bettors being enamored with Kaepernick over his last five starts, the Ravens covering all three playoff games easily has 60% of the bettors siding with Baltimore early on in the week.”

SUPER BOWL XLVII BETTING LINE:

Baltimore Ravens +4
San Francisco -4

MVP Odds to Win MVP at Bovada.lv?

Colin Kaepernick (SF) QB 7/4
Joe Flacco (BAL) QB 5/2
Ray Lewis (BAL) LB 6/1
Frank Gore (SF) RB 17/2
Ray Rice (BAL) RB 12/1
Michael Crabtree (SF) WR 16/1
Anquan Boldin (BAL) WR 18/1
Torrey Smith (BAL) WR 20/1
Vernon Davis (SF) TE 22/1
Aldon Smith (SF) LB 25/1
Dennis Pitta (BAL) TE 33/1
Ed Reed (BAL) FS 33/1
Randy Moss (SF) WR 40/1
Terrell Suggs (BAL) LB 50/1
LaMichael James (SF) RB 50/1
Patrick Willis (SF) LB 66/1
NaVorro Bowman (SF) LB 66/1
Dashon Goldson (SF) FS 66/1
David Akers (SF) K 66/1
Bernard Pierce (BAL) RB 75/1
Justin Tucker (BAL) K 75/1
Delanie Walker (SF) TE 75/1
Ted Ginn Jr. (SF) WR 75/1
Alex Smith (SF) QB 100/1
Field (anyone else) 22/1

NFC Divisional Playoffs Will Have Tough Act To Follow

January 13th, 2011

The NFL’s preliminary wild card round was a real doozy last weekend, taking a turn that nobody quite expected. Next up is the divisional playoffs, where those same first-week winners will try their luck on the road against the #1 and #2 conference seeded teams.

The Seattle Seahawks surprised the entire league with a 41-36 victory over the reigning champion New Orleans Saints just one week after becoming the first NFL team in league history to qualify for a playoff berth by leading their division with a losing record. Though they finished just 7-9 in regulation, the Seahawks now have 40/1 odds of winning the Super Bowl (but I don’t recommend it)

Pete Carroll and his team of overachievers will try to take the momentum of their historical wild card win and put it to good use against the Chicago Bears. The Bears finished the season with an 11-5 mark after getting out to a good start in 2010 and never looking back.

Chicago are 10 point favourites, just like the New Orleans Saints were last weekend, but this time the favourites are at home and I expect the Bear to win easily and cover the spread.

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Elsewhere in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers will look to try their luck against the first-place Atlanta Falcons. After downing the Philadelphia Eagles in an upset on Sunday, the team will hope that Aaron Rodgers’ recent return to health continues. Has Rodgers completely recovered from the two concussions he faced during the regular season?

Atlanta are slight favourites, not surprising given their 21-4 record SU in the last 25 home games, but this game is too close to call – especially if Green Bay bring their uncompromising defence to town. Atlanta won the regular season game between the two sides here by 20-17, and are giving up a -2.5 point start on the ATS betting line.

This time – it’s the playoffs – and this game is must-watch football !!

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Get all your NFL betting lines at Bovada Sportsbook.

New England Patriots are favourites to win Super Bowl XLV

December 28th, 2010

The New England Patriots are into a best odds line of +240 (12/5, 3.40)  for the 2011 Super Bowl after securing the AFC’s top seeding for the play-offs.

Quarterback Tom Brady led the Pats to a 34-3 victory over Buffalo on Sunday, one which extended their win-loss record for the season to 13-2.

It means the New England Patriots will have home-field advantage throughout the play-offs. Brady threw for three touchdowns in the rout and extended his streak of pass attempts without an interception to a record 319.

bet365 will give you 12/5 about the Pats winning the Super Bowl, which is being staged at the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium in Texas on February 6.

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The New Orleans Saints +1100 (11/1, 12.00) at Canbet, are now second favourites at some bookmakers and outsiders at others after a hard fought 17-14 win at Atlanta on Monday night, they still may not secure the top seeding in the NFC though as that is still in the Atlanta Falcon’s grasp.

The Atlanta Falcons are at +700 (7/1, 8.00) at Canbet, and if the Falcons earn top seeding then the Falcons 6-1 home record seems to make those odds very good value.

The Baltimore Ravens +1425 (14/1, 14.25) booked their play-off spot with victory over Cleveland and are worthy of a punt on winning the title.

Indianapolis Colts +1600 (16/1) and Green Bay Packers +2000 (20/1) were widely cut after wins for both sides moved them closer to a play-off berth. Kansas City are already through to the post-season but they are still available at +3300 (33/1) to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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Super Bowl MVP Odds – Quarterbacks lead the way in MVP race

February 4th, 2010

It’s no surprise that Super Bowl MVP odds have the two quarterbacks at the top of their list: on 22 occasions, a quarterback has won this award, including this year’s favorite. Here’s a look at the top five players to watch in this list.

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (-200)
Manning won this award in 2006, when the Colts beat Chicago, and he also beat out Drew Brees this year for his fourth regular-season MVP award, which is a record. Manning completely controls this offense, which is based on his impeccable timing and quick release, and the Saints will try to get some pressure on him, but he was sacked just 14 times this season.

Drew Brees, New Orleans (+300)
Brees will need to have the game of his life for the Saints to pull out the upset, but if you look at the numbers since he’s been in New Orleans, you could put Brees right beside Manning. He hasn’t thrown a pick in the playoffs, and turnovers will likely play a huge factor in this game.

Reggie Bush (+1000)
Betting on Bush is like betting in an online super casino : sometimes you win big, and sometimes, not so much. Bush was a monster in the Saints’ rout of Arizona in the divisional round of the playoffs, racking up 217 all-purpose yards, which included a late punt return for a touchdown. He didn’t have the same impact against Minnesota, but he did catch a fourth-quarter touchdown from Brees. If the Saints can get Bush out in the flat and in space, where he is a terror, the Colts could be in big trouble.

Austin Collie, Indianapolis (+1800)
Collie gets the nod over teammate Pierre Garcon, as both exploded on the Jets, who took away Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. Garcon earned his numbers where Wayne usually does, catching an AFC championship record 11 passes, while Collie took Clark’s place in the slot and ended up with seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. The Saints like to pressure the quarterback, which means that Collie could be open for some quick slants over the middle.

Darren Sharper, New Orleans (+2500)
If the Saints are going to have any success at all against Manning, Sharper will probably have a lot to do with it. Sharper has been a force since coming to New Orleans, racking up nine picks and returning three of them for scores during the regular season, and he’s been all over the place in the playoffs, recovering a fumble against Arizona and then blitzing Brett Favre into oblivion in the NFC championship game.

NFL Betting Pick :

Take Manning to win MVP as the smart play here. No one player controls their team’s destiny like he does.

NFL Betting – Colts Look For Second Championship in Four Years

February 2nd, 2010

New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis Colts @ Miami, FL

Super Bowl 2010 Odds :
Colts -5.5,
Over/Under 56

When the Saints and the Colts hit the field for the NFL Championship game in Miami this Sunday, there is a good chance that it will be a high scoring affair. Two big time offences will be attack two defences that are not highly ranked and should be able to put up points easily, especially after putting up big numbers against some of the best defences in the league already this offseason.
 
Primetime Performers 
Saints : The New Orleans Saints have been carried on the arm of Drew Brees to their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Posting the second best passer rating, 109.6, since 2005 in route to his best statistical season , this Purdue product lead the league in touchdowns with 34. He has an offensive line that boasts three Pro Bowlers and a talented group of receivers that allows him to spread the ball all over the field. The Austin, Texas native has never been out of the conference championship round of the playoffs, in his nine year career, but one can be sure he will still make a lot of noise on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

Colts : Peyton Manning is at the top of the game at reading and reacting to the defence before the ball is ever snapped, leading to a league best 4,500 passing yards in the regular season. Not known for scrambling or avoiding the rush in any manner besides sliding around in the pocket, the Colts QB was only sacked 10 times this year. Tom Brady finished second in that category with 16 and Brees was brought down 20 times. Having already won a Super Bowl in 2006, the four time AP NFL Most Valuable player knows how to deal with the pressure and intensity of the big game.

X-Factors 
Saints : Reggie Bush has been on a tear in the post season, making big plays in each of the Saints’ post-season games. Not only is he a threat on the ground but he is an accomplished receiver out of the backfield.

Those looking for betting tips should know that with the Colts giving up close to 100 yards receiving to running backs over their two playoff games, none of which had the skill of Bush, there is the strong possibility of Reggie adding to his post-season totals of 149 combined yards and two touchdowns.
 
Colts : All-Pro wide-receiver Reggie Wayne should make up for below average numbers in the Conference Championships with a monster day for the Colts. Even though Peyton Manning put up great numbers last game, he only connected with Wayne and tight-end Dallas Clarke for seven receptions and 90 yards combined. These were per game numbers that each of them would put up during the rest of the season. This does not bode well for the Saints defence.

The Matchup 
Before making NFL picks know that in their respective conference championship games the two teams combined for 574 yards and 6 touchdowns through the air en route to 61 total points against the number one and fifth ranked defences in the league of the Jets and Vikings. 
When the Colts and Saints meet at Dolphin Stadium, they will bring the 18th and 25th ranked defences, respectively, and this means that the record 75 points, set by San Francisco and San Diego in 1995, for highest scoring Super Bowl could be in jeopardy when these high powered offenses hook up this Sunday.

Betting Pick : Indianapolis Colts to win

NFL Betting – Colts Will Breeze To Super Bowl

January 20th, 2010

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts
NFC Championship Game
Sunday, 24th January 2010- Kickoff 3pm
Bookmaker Odds : Colts -7.5 

The Super Bowl line still has the Indianapolis Colts favored after two rounds of the playoffs and there is little reason to believe that it will change the rest of the way.

A lot of people are wondering if the Colts should have taken care of business – in other words, disposed of the New York Jets – when they had the chance back in Week 15 but the reality is that the Jets did the Colts a favor.

The Colts don’t have to face the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship and thanks to the Baltimore Ravens, they don’t have to face the New England Patriots either. Those have been the two toughest teams for the Colts. This game should be easier.

Last Week
The Colts were big favorites over the Baltimore Ravens and they took care of business rather easily. The Ravens brought their running game to town and left with it and their tail between their legs. Baltimore was extremely sloppy with the football, turning it over a few times and the end result was a 20-3 Colts win.

Meanwhile, the Jets were the biggest underdog on the board last week in San Diego and they were particularly impressive. For a second straight week, the Jets ran all over an opponent and played good defense. They won 17-14 but they really won on the strength of three Nate Kaeding missed field goals. In a three-point game, it’s hard to argue that the Jets didn’t get lucky.

This Week
The NFL odds don’t favor the Jets this week and for a third week in a row, they are an underdog. They upset the Cincinnati Bengals, then the San Diego Chargers, but doing the same to the No. 1 seed in the AFC will be their toughest test. For starters, the Jets are on the road for the third straight week and that’s always difficult. Fatigue tends to creep in when teams are forced to travel around so much.

The Colts have to do one thing to win this game: stop the Jets running attack. When teams are typically this one dimensional, they end up losing at these points in the season.

With Peyton Manning, a lethal passing game and an underrated defense, the Colts will be too much for the Jets.

NFL Pick : Take the INDIANAPOLIS Colts -7.5 to win and cover 

NFC Divisonal Playoffs – Arizona @ New Orleans

January 14th, 2010

NFL Betting – Cardinals Experience Will Factor Again

Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints
NFC Divisonal Playoffs
Bookmaker Line : Saints -7
NFL Betting Total : 56.5

The Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints are expected to be in quite the shootout this week. As you can tell, the sports betting odds makers have set the odds for the over/under at 56.5, which gives you an idea of what type of style they believe this game will be.

The Cardinals and their first-round opponent, the Green Bay Packers, combined for 96 points in the Wild Card weekend, and the Saints are quite the high-scoring outfit themselves, so there is little reason to believe that this game won’t be as high-scoring.

From the Cardinals perspective, they better hope their defense finds some answers in the week between games. They allowed 500+ yards to the Packers and gave up 45 points at home, which isn’t even the biggest concern. The Cardinals had a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter, then also led 31-10 in the third quarter and led 38-24 entering the fourth quarter.

Even with such huge leads, the Cardinals still couldn’t hold on and allowed the Packers all the way back.

The Cards have had some trouble with big leads a few times down the stretch of the season. They allowed the Detroit Lions to come up off the mat after a 17-0 lead and then allowed the St. Louis Rams to hang around the following week as well.

Considering they are going up against Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey this week, they better figure out their deficiencies really quickly.

If the Packers exposed one thing last week it’s that the Cardinals simply don’t have much depth in the secondary. They are good in run defense but against teams who line up with multiple receiving weapons, they are going to have problems.

Inconveniently, the Saints have that many weapons.

The experience edge will definitely be on the Cardinals side as their team went to the Super Bowl last year but don’t forget that this Saints team has also been to the NFC Championship a few years back. Drew Brees and Sean Payton were on that team, so they’ll be familiar with the playoff atmosphere.

This game will be close but a bye week should be the difference. The Saints will be just a bit crisper in this game.

NFL Betting Pick : Saints -7

NFL Betting – Packers Favored On The Road

January 9th, 2010

The NFL betting line has the Green Bay Packers as a road favorite on the road in Arizona this weekend, which may come as a surprise to the naked eye. After all, it was the Cardinals that won the NFC last year and returned stronger this year. And after all, they have the experienced Kurt Warner running the show versus Aaron Rodgers, who will be starting his first NFL playoff game.

But the Cardinals are banged up and the Packers simply might be too good for them. Home field advantage will have to be the key if that’s not the case.

Why The Packers Can Win
The Packers have a prolific offense, they come into the game winning seven of their last eight contests, their defense is ranked third in the NFL and they led the league in turnover ratio. Is that enough for you?

What’s even scarier to expert sports handicapping sharps is the fact that the Packers were much better down the stretch of the season. Early on, they struggled to run the ball and protect Rodgers but those leaks were plugged up. The offensive line is playing much better and this team will be tough to beat.

Why The Cardinals Can Win
Because they are still playing at home. Sure, they don’t have the better defense and health is not on their side, but they face similar disparities in the postseason last year and they still managed to come out on top in the NFC.

Kurt Warner has far more playoff experience than Aaron Rodgers and if Warner plays his game and Rodgers is slightly off, that may be all the difference that is needed. Warner to Larry Fitzgerald was a lethal combo in the postseason last year and there is a good chance it will be again.

What Will Happen?
The Cardinals are at home but that won’t be enough. They’ll come out hot after a disheartening effort last week but the Packers have too many advantages in this game to blow it. Experience will be a factor for the first half but talent will be the difference in the end.

The Packers have the better offense since Anquan Boldin is going to be limited, they clearly have the better defense and they are sounder fundamentally. That’s enough to get a big road win in the playoffs.

NFL Pick : Packers -1

 

 

Is the NFL starting to eye the rewards of online gambling ?

January 6th, 2010

The National Football League (NFL) recently announced that it would allow advertising for Las Vegas casinos during the postseason playoff games, including the Super Bowl.

This is a significant change in attitude for an organization that has, in the past, come out harshly against gambling in all forms.  

The NFL is one of the main supporters of the UIGEA (the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, the hotly debated law that seeks to outlaw Internet poker and online casinos in the U.S.). In addition, the NFL is among the organizations that lobby most to ensure online gambling remains prohibited.

This is, of course, after ensuring that there are specific carveouts and exclusions for “fantasy football betting pools” which proliferate online and generate significant prize-money. The NFL promotes online gambling whenever IT gets a slice of the profits!

So perhaps the NFL is noticing the downturn in advertising revenue this season? Perhaps the NFL wants to cash in on the SuperBowl, the biggest advertising event in the United States?

For whatever reason the Associated Press (AP) are reporting that “Under the modified policy, tourist destinations that allow gambling, such as Las Vegas, Reno or Lake Tahoe in Nevada, will now be permitted to advertise during NFL games from Jan. 4, 2010, to Feb. 28, 2010”.

Is this a sign that the NFL is perhaps slowly leveraging itself to reap the profits in the event that online gambling becomes legal in the United States ?

Or is it perhaps just an other act of hypocrisy from one of the United States’ most powerful sporting bodies?

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