Thursday, September 25, 2014

Online Betting Sites NFL Week 4 Odds Shopper

I just started a new weekly series for Online Betting Sites that takes a look at the top three NFL matchups in terms of the line movement with three of the betting industry's largest Offshore Sportsbooks; 5Dimes, Bovada and BetOnline.

When it comes to wagering on the NFL the Oddsmakers will continue to sharpen the edge on the initial betting odds they release, but you can create your own edge by shopping the market for the best odds on the board. The Eagles opened as 4.5-point road underdogs for Sunday's game against San Francisco. That spread has held steady on Bovada's current board, but you can now get the Birds plus five points with 5Dimes and the spread has actually jumped to 5.5 points on BetOnline's current board. That is why it pays to shop around!

I am going to be a total homer this week by taking the Eagles straight-up so I am going with the very favorable +195 betting odds on 5Dimes current moneyline.

Please checkout this week's article for Online Betting Sites at the link below for the inside scoop on the betting odds for all three NFL games on Week 4's list.

A Look At NFL Betting For Week 4

NFL Week 4 NFC East Preview & Pick

The NFC East gets an early jump this week with the Giants and the Redskins battling it out on Thursday Night Football. New York snapped its two-game skid to start the season with a solid victory over Houston last Sunday, while Washington fell to 1-2 with its loss to the Eagles.

If you read last week’s post for the Week 3 games in the NFC East you would recall that I was very leery about the game against the Redskins because of quarterback Kirk Cousins. True to form he lit-up the Eagles’ secondary for 427 yards passing and three scoring strikes, but it still was not enough to get the win on the road. As an interesting side bar, I read somewhere that DeSean Jackson stated that the only thing he cared about was getting 100 yards receiving and at least one score (and people still wonder why Chip Kelly cut him from the team).

Eli Manning played much better for the Giants last week after tossing four interceptions in his first two games, so Thursday’s game should make for an interesting matchup between two teams trying to avoid that dreaded 1-3 start.

Just about everyone jumped-ship on the Cowboys after their dismal performance against San Francisco, but it is hard for any team in the NFL to win when your quarterback throws three interceptions. Tony Romo has returned to form in his past two games so I guess it was a bit early for me to take Dallas out of the race for the division title. The Cowboys will have a huge test on their hands this Saturday night with a 1-2 New Orleans Saints’ team coming into Big D.

If you think that erasing double-digit deficits to win games is an easy thing to do in the NFL then think again. By going down by 10-points to the Redskins in last week’s 37-34 win, Philadelphia became the first team in the history of the league to trail by 10 points or more in its first three games of the season and still come away with a win.

I am not going to tip my hand on the “NFC East Pick of the Week” for my Week 4 NFC East preview, but I feel pretty confident that I am going to run my record on the year to a perfect 4-0, while the team we all know and love does the exact same thing.

Here is the link to this week’s piece on Doc’s Sports.

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 4

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NFL Week 3 NFC East Preview & Pick

I am off to another fast start out of the gate with my weekly picks in the NFC East for Doc's Sports. Last week I went with the OVER on the Eagles vs. Indianapolis game and after another sketchy first half the Birds got in gear with a 30-27 victory that took the total OVER the closing 54-point line. That makes me 2-0 heading into Week 3 of the new NFL season.

My first instinct was to ride the Birds again this Sunday as seven-point favorites against the Redskins, but I am wary of the fact that Kirk Cousins might very well light-up the Eagles' secondary in a game that could easily end up being a bit too close for comfort. I still think that Philly comes away with the straight-up win but it is still playing this game at the Linc which has not provided the home field advantage that you would think it would over the past few seasons.

The Giants have been absolutely terrible in their first two games and I have no confidence in their chances to get a win this Sunday at home against Houston, so I am going with Dallas as my NFC East 'pick of the week' to come out on the winning end of Sunday's game against St. Louis as a 1.5-point underdog on the road. A few sportsbooks currently have this game listed as a PICK, but it really does not matter as I have the Boys winning this game outright. It is not that I think that Dallas is all that good, it is the fact that I know that St. Louis is not all that good especially with quarterback Sam Bradford lost again due to a season-ending injury.

The following is a link to my complete preview and 'pick of the week' for all the games in the NFC East this week as part of an ongoing series for Doc's Sports.

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 3

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NFL Week 2 NFC East Preview & Pick

I would be lying if I told you that I was never concerned about the outcome of last week's Eagles's season opener against Jacksonville, but I am being honest when I say that I knew the home-town Birds would play much better in the second half. Chip Kelly made the necessary adjustments and Nick Foles was able to shake-off some early jitters and quickly return to the form that made Philadelphia one of the most potent offenses in the NFL last season.

My biggest takeaway from Kelly's approach to this game is his desire to simply score points. He does know the value of playing defense and somewhere along the line that side of the ball is going to have to win some games as well, but something tells me that Kelly would not mind winning every game in a high-scoring shootout which makes Philadelphia a prime candidate for a wager on the OVER on the total line every time it takes the field.

As far as the rest of the division, it was a pretty dismal start for the other three teams. The biggest surprise was how bad the Giants looked against Detroit. While that game was not one of my official picks, I had this contest going OVER so I still would have cashed-in, but it appears that New York's retooled offense is still a work in progress. As far as Washington and Dallas, things are shaping-up to be a very long season for both of these teams unless they can quickly turn things around as well.

It is time to turn our attention to Week 2 in the NFL, and while I do not want to give my official pick away, it does involve our beloved Birds and it does involve a scoreboard that should be lighting up all night long come this Monday.

The following is a link to this week's NFC East preview and "pick of the week" as part of an ongoing series for Doc's Sports.

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 2

Friday, September 12, 2014

NFL Totals Betting: Week 2 Over and Under Predictions

I will be posting my NFC East Week 2 preview and "pick of the week" on Saturday morning as usual, but below is a link to my Week 2 top three plays on the total line which I also release for Doc's Sports on a weekly basis.

If you like to wager on NFL totals you might want to pay attention to my picks after posting a perfect 3-0 record in Week 1. While I would love to spend even more time marveling at this sterling start to the season, I am well aware that in this game you are only as good as your last picks so here ya go....

NFL Totals Betting: Week 2 Over and Under Predictions

Saturday, September 6, 2014

NFL Week 1 NFC East Preview & Pick

After a very successful run in 2013 picking my "game of the week" in the NFC East, Doc's Sports has invited me back to do this year's weekly preview and pick for my favorite division in the pros. Everyone knows what a huge Eagles fan I am, but I also fancy myself as a subject expert for the division they play in. If you were the betting type, you could have made over $2500 on last year's picks with an overall record of 12-5. Enough of living in the past as in this game you are only as good as your last correct play!

Last week I released my predictions for the season and, as expected, I have the Eagles repeating as NFC East champs. That is not a real stretch when you consider that every major sportsbook's futures odds and most football experts are predicting the same thing. Coming into Sunday's season opener, the Birds are the only double-digit favorite on the board in a matchup against Jacksonville. I stayed away from this game only because it is tough to lay that many points against any NFL team in the first week of the season. If I had to make a pick for Sunday, I would probably go with the OVER 52 on the total line. Philadelphia is going to put up more than 30 points because that is what Chip Kelly does and I think that the Jaguars will score enough points to help the total eclipse this number.

I like the Giants to cover with the 5.5 points against Detroit on Monday night, but I do not love that pick. I completely stayed away from the Dallas game since there are just too many question marks with both the Cowboys and the 49ers. That leaves me with Washington at Houston as my NFC East "Pick of the Week". Since I do not want to spoil the surprise here (or jinx myself bragging about it) please check out Doc's at the link below for my complete preview of all the games in the division for opening day as well as my official selection for the Redskins' game.

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 1