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Carmine Bianco
  • Event: (475) Carolina Panthers at (476) San Francisco 49ers
    Sport/League: NFL
    Date/Time: September 10, 2017 4PM EDT
    Play: Carolina Panthers -4.5 (-105)

    NFL - Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers

    The Panthers 2016 season was a disappointment to say the least, finishing 6-10 and last in the NFC South after great 2015 but the Panthers 2017 season looks to be a promising one buoyed with drafting some offensive talent in Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey (both in the top 40 of the draft) but just as important is getting that offensive line that left Cam Newton unprotected all season back to where it was in 2015 and they added Matt Kalil as well as drafting Taylor Moton and with Daryl Williams and Michael Oher looking to return to the line up this O line should have more than enough depth to protect Cam.  If we thought Carolina's season was a disappointment then the 49er's 2016 could only be described as disastrous as they finished an NFC worst 2-14. This team made a series of offseason moves but on the field and head office in starting the rebuilding stage and are still a long way from contending and a difficult early schedule with the Panthers and Rams at home with a trip to Seattle sandwiched in between before 3 straight on the road won't do them any favors.    

    Week one will be two teams looking to get their season's going in the right direction but realistically for the Panthers it's while an eye on returning to their winning ways and back to the playoffs while the 49ers it'll be the first step in rebuilding what was once a great franchise. Carolina's offence here is the difference.      

    Carolina Panthers 34-16

    The Play is Carolina Panthers -4.5 -105

Tony Finn
  • Event: (471) Indianapolis Colts at (472) Los Angeles Rams
    Sport/League: NFL
    Date/Time: September 10, 2017 4PM EDT
    Play: Indianapolis Colts -3.0 (-113)

    The 2017 season opener in the Colts (-3, 48) vs. Rams matchup kicks off the campaign with a backdrop of Los Angeles glitz. The Rams will have a shiny new look on the sidelines under the guidance of a first-year head coach and the likelihood of starting the franchise’s prized signal caller, Jared Goff, from begging to end in 2017. The Sunday afternoon Week #1 event will feature a battle between experience and youth. In a league driven by quarterback play veteran signal-caller Andrew Luck takes his experience to Hollywood to square off against the Rams new coaching staff and second-year field general, Goff.

    Under new front office leadership the Colts made a number of offseason moves. General manager Ryan Grigson is out and former Kansas City Director of Player Personnel Chris Ballard is in. The Los Angeles brain trusts let go of longtime head coach Jeff Fisher, replacing him with Sean McVay, the former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator.

     

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    2017 NFL Week #1 Preview and Prediction – Colts vs Rams – provided by Tony Finn

    Indianapolis Colts
    The Indianapolis Colts began their 2016-17 season, a year ago last January, by firing six of the clubs coaching staff. The organization fired their Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky, Safeties Coach Roy Anderson, Secondary Coach Mike Gillhamer, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Roger Marandino, Tight Ends Coach Alfredo Roberts and Running Backs Coach Charlie Williams.  It began the fourth season under the trio of head coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson and quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts entered the 2015 campaign as the defending AFC South champions after compiling an 11–5 record before falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The result of the firings in the 216 offseason were the result of the Colts failures to improve from their 3 consecutive 11–5 records and finished 2015-16 with an 8–8 mark. It was the first time since 2011 and only the 4th time since 1998 that Indy had not qualified for the postseason schedule.

    Backing the Colts — giving or getting points the last two seasons — hasn’t been a profitable venture. Last year the team went 8-8 overall and depending on the particular sportsbook closing numbers the club went 8-8 against the spread, as well.

    Luck did all he could in 2016 to help his team win. Long gone was the pass-happy scheme of Bruce Arians and due to free agent losses, injuries and retirements the offensive coaching staff was forced to engineer a more balanced game-plan with the hope of keeping their undermanned defense off the field and to shorten games.

    Luck was forced to work behind an offensive line that lacked average league talent and do so with aging running back Frank Gore. Luck had just one game-breaker at his disposal, that being receiver T.Y. Hilton.

    The defense was the focus for the new front office this offseason, signing defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and rush end Jabaal Sheard, while finding the muster to retain CB Darius Butler. The stop-unit did lose safety Mike Adams to the Carolina Panthers and Robert Mathis to retirement.

    The 2017 offseason by new GM Chris Ballard included a large number of upgrades to the offensive and defensive lines. Defensively the team added the aforementioned ex-New York Giants run stuffer Hankins.

    The Colts ranked 30th in the NFL in total defense in 2017. The Finn Factor ratings positioned Indy equally as porous against the pass (29th) as the run (30th).

    The front office did their dandiest to bring in defensive depth and they accomplished this by inking Sheard, Barkevious Mingo, Al Woods, Margus Hunt and Sean Spence via free agency. In the May draft they used a third, fourth and fifth round pick on defensive help selecting Tarell Basham, Grover Stewart and Anthony Walker, respectively. The club spent their first round draft pick on safety Malik Hooker, second round pick on cornerback Quincy Wilson and in the fifth round reached out for cover cornerback Nate Hairston adding capable bodies to the defensive secondary.

    Ballard massively overhauled the defense for the sole purpose of making a 2017 run at the AFC South title. Ballard held serve with former GM Ryan Grigson’s offensive line. Ballard was vocal before and after this spring’s draft that the current player personnel on the O-Line were not only getting a bad rap but showed significant improvement as the 2016 season wore on.

    Los Angeles Rams
    Goff doesn’t have the talent surrounding him to become a second-year quarterback-wonder. The offense has no true game breakers at the receiver positions making ground-gaining life difficult for running back Todd Gurley. While most NFL pundits lambasted Colts general manager Grigson a season ago it was the Los Angeles Rams offensive line that lacked competence. Rookie QB Goff had a large number of mental breakdowns and lapses in courage behind an offensive line that offered him little to no time to execute the game plan. Goff not only crumbled on most Sunday afternoons under the pressure of opposing defensive fronts his accuracy rating was the lowest of any quarterback in the league.

    At this time a year ago, during his rookie minicamp, Goff looked everything but comfortable. The Rams’ No. 1 overall pick scuffled with every important variable that makes an NFL leader successful. He didn’t understand the playbook verbiage and struggled with even the simplest parts of his job, moving the offense in and out of the huddle and managing the play clock.

    The Rams’ offense last year was nothing short of a disaster. The head coach and his staff at the time, Jeff Fisher, dummied down the playbook to the point that the unit was laughably predictable. The biggest hurdle that Goff had to overcome was the under-talented offensive line. In the latter stages of the season opposing defenses didn’t respect Goff and the passing game and focused on stacking the box and containing the dangerous legs of Todd Gurley.

    New head coach Sean McVay and the front office made offseason upgrades to the offensive line and have added depth to their receiving corps through free agency.. For most of last season, the Rams lined up with left tackle Greg Robinson, left guard Rodger Saffold, center Tim Barnes, with a rotation of Jamon Brown plus Cody Wichmann at right guard and right tackle was manned by Rob Havenstein. The average age of this group was less than 25-years-old. Experience wasn’t the unit’s strength.

    The 2017 offensive line, barring training camp injuries, projects out as newly signed Andrew Whitworth at left tackle, Saffold at left guard, former Vikings and Redskins’ John Sullivan at center, Havenstein at right guard and Robinson at right tackle. While there is reasonable optimism that Goff will operate behind a more experienced and talented group believing the winter changes are the cure for the maladies that Goff suffered through a season ago. is unrealistic.

    Week #1 Outlook:
    The strength of the Rams is their defense but the lack of offensive production puts the stop-unit in a large number of field position conundrums that the squad ultimately won’t be able to overcome, especially against quality offenses and experienced quarterbacks.  There is no doubt that Goff is talented and will grow in conjunction with the improvement of the team’s offensive line, but the new coaching staff is by all evidence mortgaging the 2017 season and will let Goff grow into the team leader role, slowly.  The new team of coaches and their overall plan won’t come to fruition in 2017, especially in Week #1.

    2017 NFL Week #1 Free Pick is a play on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (-3) minus the points.

     

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Scott Spreitzer
  • Event: (463) Oakland Raiders at (464) Tennessee Titans
    Sport/League: NFL
    Date/Time: September 10, 2017 1PM EDT
    Play: Tennessee Titans 1.0 (-103)

    I'm recommending a play on the Tennessee Titans (+1) in their week-one tilt with Oakland. The Raiders are once again one of the hottest tickets in Las Vegas sports books and those who're backing the Silver & Black will have to pay for it. Tennessee is one of the teams on our most improved list this season and we have them power rated a couple points better than Oakland at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee won eight of their final 12 games last season, including wins over the Broncos, Chiefs, and Packers and they've suffered 11 defeats by eight points or less over the last two seasons, coming close to a postseason berth with last year's 9-7 SU mark. The offensive line has been bolstered in the off-season, while the defense gains needed talent and experience in the secondary with Logan Ryan and Johnathan Cyprien signing on. Offensively, QB Marcus Mariota already owned protection and a decent ground game and the WR corps just got more diverse and deeper with the selection of Corey Davis with the 5th pick in the 2017 draft. Oakland is a squad that could challenge in the AFC this season, but we feel they're overvalued from a betting standpoint and we'll back the Titans in week-one. Thanks & GL! - Scott Spreitzer. SCOTT SPREITZER ENTERS 2017 ON A 57% WINNING RUN WITH HIS LAST 262 NFL RELEASES! HE'S THE ONLY BETTOR TO MAKE IT TO THREE STRAIGHT FINALS IN THE STATION CASINOS FOOTBALL INVITE AND HE'S TASTED TOP-20 SUCCESS IN THE FAMED WESTGATE NFL SUPER CONTEST! YEARS OF FOOTBALL DOMINANCE CAN BE YOURS WHEN YOU RUN WITHSCOTT!
Oskeim Sports
  • Event: (453) New York Jets at (454) Buffalo Bills
    Sport/League: NFL
    Date/Time: September 10, 2017 1PM EDT
    Play: Buffalo Bills -6.0 (-107)

    Buffalo's 2016 campaign was defined by an ineffective coaching staff, together with turmoil in the front office. The termination of head coach Rex Ryan was a significant step in the right decision after Ryan proved incapable of fielding a half-way decent stop unit.

    Despite inheriting an excellent defense from Jim Schwartz in 2014, Ryan's defenses ranked 24th and 26th, respectively, during his tenure (as per Football Outsider's DVOA system).

    Buffalo's decision to replace general manager Doug Whaley with Brandon Beane was another positive off-season move by team owners Terry and Kim Pegula.  New head coach Sean McDermott has experience working with Beane and, more importantly, the Pegula's have consolidated the authority to run the football operations around McDermott.

    McDermott, who sources indicate had full decision-making authority in the 2017 Draft, selected wide receiver Zay Jones with the No. 37 overall pick.  Jones is regarded as someone who can make an immediate impact in 2017-18, and McDermott was wise to invest in Jones in light of the uncertainty surrounding Sammy Watkins (recovering from foot surgery and could be sidelined until training camp). 

    Meanwhile, the Jets are in full-blown rebuild mode after dumping Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold, among others.  The rebuilding project continued during the 2017 Draft wherein the Jets traded down on four separate occasions to stockpile much-needed picks.  

    Finally, the Jets signed quarterback Josh McCown to play quarterback, a decision that borders on professional malfeasance.  Devoid of a legitimate tight end and very little talent (or experience) in the wide receiving corp., McCown (or whoever earns the starting job) has little hope of success.

    Take the Buffalo Bills minus 6 in Week One of the 2017-18 NFL Regular Season as Oskeim Sports' Free Pick!   

Bryan Leonard
  • Event: (457) Jacksonville Jaguars at (458) Houston Texans
    Sport/League: NFL
    Date/Time: September 10, 2017 1PM EDT
    Play: Jacksonville Jaguars 5.0 (-110)

    457 Jacksonville at Houston

    Teams who win six or less games and open the season on the road are an excellent pointspread proposition. Another advantage for the Jags here is that Houston swept the season series a year ago, so the Texans should overlook this division rival. Don't want any part of the host here breaking in a new quarterback. Jacksonville was heavily bet before last season and now is the time to see that return on investment.

    PLAY JACKSONVILLE

The Prez
  • Event: (461) Arizona Cardinals at (462) Detroit Lions
    Sport/League: NFL
    Date/Time: September 10, 2017 1PM EDT
    Play: Detroit Lions -2.5 (-105)

    Two NFC foes take the 2017 opener in Detroit on Ford Field when the Lions (-2.5, 50) host the Arizona Cardinals in the Week #1 event. Detroit scuffled in the latter portion of the 2016 season. After a 9-4 start to the campaign the team lost their final three games to finish 9-7 and earn an NFC Wild Card berth. Arizona missed the postseason for the first time in three season finishing second in the NFC West with a 7-8-1 mark.

    Courtesy of The Prez

    Arizona Cardinals
    The Cardinals were a major disappointment last season. Head coach Bruce Arians and the front office didn’t believe the squad and units had personnel holes and during the offseason spoke openly about the results of the 2016 campaign being “one of those seasons.” Hence, the team was relatively quiet during the offseason concerning free agents.

    While the front office and the coaching staff were satisfied to hold serve with last year’s roster they enter the 2017 season opener against the Lions in Detroit with a number of question marks.  Given the struggles from last season and the players they lost, their 2017 results will be dictated by a 37 year-old quarterback, Carson Palmer, that waited until February after his body healed to announce he would return for another season.

     

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    Detroit Lions

    Matthew Stafford led a 2016 Detroit offense to the largest number of fourth quarter comebacks in a single season. Stafford threw for more than 4,200 yards for the sixth straight season. Stafford and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter clicked big time in 2016.

    Running back Ameer Abdullah enters the Week #1 affair healthy. He was lost for the 2016 campaign to injured reserve due to a foot injury.  Stafford will have the veteran presence of Golden Tate and Marvin Jones to throw to again this season.

    The Lions upgraded the offensive line by adding 2016 Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang and tackle Rick Wagner who departed Baltimore after starting 47 career games for the Ravens.

    The Lions team liability a season ago was their defense. The secondary, most concerning their cover corners, surrendered 16 touchdowns and intercepted a mere three passes in 2016. Detroit also fell short in pressuring opposing quarterbacks.

    The stop-unit lost safety Rafael Bush to the New Orleans Saints as well as defensive end Devin Taylor to free agency. The team cut linebacker DeAndre Levy.

    The Lions did add defensive tackle Jordan Hill, linebackers Nick Bellore and Paul Worrilow, and added depth to the cover-corner position by signing D.J. Hayden.

    The Lions host an aging and less talented Arizona Cardinals troupe that will have traveled three time zones for this 2017 opener. The Cardinals receivers will be the primary focus for head coach Jim Caldwell’s defensive staff.

    Defensively the Cardinals are well-rounded and balanced but the personnel they lost this offseason wasn’t adequately replaced. Arizona’s Week #1 matchup versus Stafford and company will be difficult test.

    I fully expect Teryl Austin’s secondary to do just enough to assist the Lions’ high powered offense under the guidance of Stafford to outscore Palmer and the Cardinals while covering the field goal handicap, as well.

    2017 NFL Season Opener Free Pick is a play on the Detroit Lions minus the points.

     

     

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Buster Sports
  • Event: (451) Kansas City Chiefs at (452) New England Patriots
    Sport/League: NFL
    Date/Time: September 7, 2017 8PM EDT
    Play: Kansas City Chiefs 7.5 (-105)

    Our selection for WEEK 1 of the NFL is on the KC Chiefs plus 7 1/2

    The last time these teams played each other it was in the divisional playoff on January 16th 2016. The Patriots won 27-20 went on to meet Denver and lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champions. Move forward to opening night of the 2017/2018 football season and the New England Patriots are fresh off of their 5th Super Bowl win in the Tom Brady era and their 2nd Championship in 3 years. Kansas City opens the season trying to slay the Number 1 team at Gillette Stadium where the Patriots are almost unbeatable. In fact, in games that Tom Brady has started, the Patriots have lost only one home game to an AFC opponent since 2007. By the way that loss was to Buffalo in 2014 and the game meant nothing to the Patriots.

    So why pick the Chiefs. We believe the Chiefs will be one of the top teams in the NFL this season. They have been right there on the cusp and this year could be their year. What better way than to start the season and beat the Patriots in Foxborough. Unlike other Super Bowl winners, HC Belichick will not let the Patriots have a hangover from winning the Super Bowl. The last time the Patriots won the Super Bowl they beat Pittsburgh on opening night by 7. The Chiefs have always played the Patriots tough for the most part and everyone remembers the beatdown that KC gave the Patriots on a Monday night in 2014. HC Andy Reid no matter what people may say/think is an excellent football coach with time to prepare. Everyone is well aware of his Bye week prowess. Although this is not a bye week we like the fact that the Chiefs will be well prepared to face the Patriots. Both these teams play very good defense and this may end up being a very tight game from start to finish. We are more than happy to take the large number with the Chiefs as we write this in May even with the game at Foxborough.

    We see this being a close game coming down to a FG. Yes the Patriots are great at home, but if anytime you can get these guys it is going to be early in the year. The Chiefs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and we will be happy to take the 7 1/2 points here.

    So lets get the job done with the Kansas City Chiefs as your free play for Opening Night of the NFL Football season.

    Don Buster

Cal Sports
  • Event: (451) Kansas City Chiefs at (452) New England Patriots
    Sport/League: NFL
    Date/Time: September 7, 2017 8PM EDT
    Play: Total Under 49.0 (-108)

    OPENING NIGHT OF THE NFL – Thursday September 7, 2017  (8:30 PM)

    #451/#452 UNDER 48.5 Kansas City/ New England 8:30 PM

    Last season the Patriots were #4 averaging 386 YPG on offense while the Chiefs finished #20 at 343 YPG. However, looking at their scoring New England (also #3) averaged 27.6 points/game while KC was #13 in the league scoring 24.3 points/game. Both teams offenses were aided by the fact that these two teams were the NFL’s #1 and #3 teams in regards to turnover margin as KC was +16 TO’s, with 33 takeaways and 17 giveaway’s while NE was +12 with 23 “only” takeaways and a league low 11 giveaways.

    When we look on the defensive side of the ball the Patriots were #8, allowing 326 YPG while the Chiefs were #24 at 368 YPG. What set these two teams apart from the rest of the NFL was their scoring defenses as New England led the league allowing only 15.6 PPG while Kansas City was #7 allowing 19.4 PPG. The Chiefs finished #5 in the league in Red Zone defense while New England was #3 in Goal to Goal defense.

    The Over/Under line is certainly inflated with having two top ten scoring defenses. Both teams have ‘bend but don’t brake’ defenses with offenses that that prefer to run the ball and rarely play up-tempo. While the opening Thursday Night means we have last year’s Super Bowl Champ in this case it is also the only AFC game with two of last year’s post=season participants. It will be a low scoring affair tonight!

    PLAY: UNDER THE TOTAL - Kansas City at New England

Marco D'Angelo
  • Event: (163) Akron at (164) PENN ST
    Sport/League: CFB
    Date/Time: September 2, 2017 12PM EDT
    Play: Akron +35

    Penn St will be over priced a lot this year because of the way they finished last year and everyone they have coming back. The problem today is that Penn St has no reason to run the score up on Akron as they have a huge game next week against their rival Pitt. This use to be one of the most heated rivalries in College Football until they suspended the series. Last year they brought it back and Pitt beat Penn St in Pittsburgh. Penn St wants revenge bad as that loss and the Michigan loss is what cost Penn St playing for the National Championship last year. Penn St will keep the offense pretty vanilla this week as not to show any new wrinkles for Pitt to see on tape for their game next week. Akron stays within the 35 here.

     

    TAKE AKRON +35 (This line is available at Southpoint Casino in Las Vegas)