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NFL Picks – Cowboys Vs Redskins Predictions

Dallas Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday December 30th, 2012.  The game is being played on NBC at 8:30 pm est.  the winner wins the division and will be going to the playoffs. Why Dallas Will Cover: Dallas is a veteran-laden team that has come on very strong to arrive at this point. They dominate the Redskins in big-game experience.  They’ve reached the playoffs with many of the players on this roster and could easily do so again. They have jumped on the unusually broad shoulders of Tony Romo and won 5 of their last 7 to get to this ‘win and in’ game.  In the month of December, he’s thrown for 10 TD’s and only one interception.  When Romo limits his mistakes, Dallas usually comes out the victor.  The Redskins pass defense can be exploited and a hot aerial assault could mean a long day for Washington. The Redskins need to account for not only DeMarcus Ware but Anthony Spencer on the defensive side of the ball. Spencer has been masterful at stopping both the run and the pass and will be the key factor in containing RG III and his escape ablilty. The Cowboys have performed admirably ATS on the road this season, at a more than respectable 5-2; while the Skins are merely average at home with a 4-3 tally. The Redskins are also due; seven-game win streaks are extremely rare in this day of parity. Dallas is also 2-0 ATS in ‘revenge’ games this season. Why Washington Will Cover: The Redskins appear to be one of those ‘teams of destiny.’ They’ve been unstoppable...

NFL Picks – Packers Vikings Odds

In one of the biggest games of Week 17, the Minnesota Vikings will host the Green Bay Packers in an NFC North showdown. The game is scheduled for 4:25 EST at Mall of America Field and will be televised locally on FOX. Oddsmakers currently have the Packers listed as a 3-point road favorite with the total posted at 46.5 points. Why Green Bay Will Cover The Pack needs a win to secure the 2nd seed and a wild-card round bye next week. A win would also guarantee them a home playoff game in the divisional round; January in Wisconsin would be a huge advantage for them. Aaron Rodgers is playing better than he has all season. He is a master at picking apart defenses with his pinpoint accuracy and stellar decision-making. He rarely forces the ball into tight coverage and, when pressured, can improvise outside of the pocket giving his receivers time to get open deep.  In the last five games against Minnesota, he has completed over 73% of his passes with 14 TD’s and only 3 INT’s – not surprisingly, he has won all 5 matchups. The Pack is getting healthy on both sides of the ball. Expected back for this game are Jordy Nelson and Alex Green on offense and DE Jerel Worthy on defense.  Minnesota will still be missing offensive star #2 in Percy Harvin, while Brian Robison, Antoine Winfield, and even Adrian Peterson are on the injury list – with the first two questionable. The Packers have dominated on the road against teams with a winning record at home, to the tune of 19-7 ATS...

Giants Eagles Odds

The New York Giants (8-7) host the Philadelphia Eagles (4-11) Sunday at 1:00 PM ET in a Week 17 NFC East division clash. Oddsmakers have listed the Giants as a 9.5-point favorite and have set the total at 46.5. Why New York Covers This is a playoff game for the Giants, and their performance in the clutch the past few years indicates that they thrive under the pressure to win big games. While they need a slew of other teams to win as well, those other teams are playing winnable games and things could settle into place nicely if they take care of Philly. Expect a heavier than normal dose of Ahmad Bradshaw and David Martin, as the Giants will try to exploit the Eagles 22nd ranked rush defense, which is missing two key players in Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks. The tandem is averaging over 4.5 yards per carry and 15-18 carries each is not out of the question. The Eagles pass protection is also exactly what the Giants struggling pass rush needs.  Philly has allowed 47 sacks – 27 in the nine games Vick has started. Vick has a penchant for holding the ball too long and trying to do too much with his legs; Jason Pierre-Paul could have a field day if these tendencies continue. This is a revenge game for the Giants, and they don’t want their season to end because of a loss to not only the struggling Eagles, but a divisional rival as well. Philly is 0-5-1 in their last six games against teams with winning records, and 3-11-1 overall ATS. Why Philadelphia...

Independence Bowl Preview

Independence Bowl The Independence Bowl features the Ohio Bobcats (8-4) vs LA Monroe Warhawks (8-4). The game is being played at Independence Stadium in Shrevport, LA. The oddsmakers have made LA Monroe a 7-point favorite with the total being set at 60. The game is scheduled to be played on Friday December 28th, 2012 at 2:00 pm est. Ohio Kind of a disappointing year for Ohio University as we feel they have underachieved as they srated the year 8-1 before losing their last three games. The offense is not very good as they average 5.6-ypp vs teams that combined to allow 5.9-ypp. They score 30.6-ppg vs a schedule of teams that combined to allow 32.7-ppg. However, on the road those numbers got worse as they only averaged 23.5-ppg and 5.4-ypp. The Bobcats were led by QB Tyler Tettleton as he threw for 2513 yards, 7.3 ypa, 62% completions and 16:3 ratio. Overall the passing attack average 7.4-yppa vs teams that combined to allow 7.4-yppa defensively. RB Beau Blankenship led the team with 1500 yards rushing, 5.1-ypr and 11 td’s. Overall the rushing attack is not very good considering the opponents they faced. They averaged 4.3-ypr vs teams that combined to allow 4.6-ypr. OU defense was good but not great this year as the team allowed 25.7-ypp. However, when you look at the opponents faced they allowed 5.5-ypp vs teams that combined to average 5.2-ypp offensively. On the road the defense is very bad as they allow 6.3-ypp and 457-ypg in total. LA Monroe The Warhawks were the surprise team in the nation early in the year as they beat...

Meineke Car Care Bowl

Meineke Car Care Bowl The Meineke Car Care Bowl features the Minnesota Golfen Gophers (6-6) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5).  The game is being played at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The oddsmakers have made Texas Tech a 13-point favorite with the total being set at 57.  The game is scheduled to be played on Friday December 28th, 2012 at 9:00 pm est Minnesota HC Jerry Kill did an outstanding job with his team this year.  They don’t have a lot of talent but were able to string enough games together to become bowl eligible. The offense was below average this year as they only scored 21.3-ppg vs a schedule of teams that combined to allow 26.4-ppg.  Overall, this team only averaged 317.5-ypg (114th nationally) and 4.9-ypp vs teams that combined to allow 5.4-ypp defensively.  On the road the numbers get worse as the Golden Gophers only average 17.4-ppg and 4.8-ypp. The offense has a ton of injuries in this one with several to the offensive line.  QB Phillip Nelson and MarQueis Gray have combined to help lead the team at the end of the year.  Overall, Minnesota QB’s average 6.6-yppa vs teams that combined to allow 7.0-yppa. RB Donnell Kirkwood led the rushing attack as he had 848 yards on the ground, 4.3-ypr and 5 td’s.  QB MarQueis Gray also rushed for 5 td’s and 331 yards (5.4-ypr). The defense has been solid as they allow 23.9-ppg vs teams that combine to average 25.1-ppg offensively.  The strength of the Golden Gopher defense is their pass-defense.  The yallowed 178.5-ypg though the air (11th nationally). MINNESOTA is 12-3 ATS...