Friday, January 29, 2016

Super Bowl 50 Top Prop Picks-Part 1

Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers is still over a week away, but it is not too early to start betting on the game through any number of "prop bet" odds that have been released by all the top online sportsbooks in the sports betting industry today. One of the biggest and most popular online sportsbooks that caters to US bettors is 5Dimes and this book has already released a multitude of team and player props surrounding this season's big game.

That list is sure to grow by this time next week as we continue to close-in on the actual kickoff for Super Bowl 50, but as part of my weekly top prop bet picks for Doc's Sports I have zeroed-in on a few of the most popular scoring props surrounding the most heavily-bet single day sporting event of the year.

I am not going to tip my hand on these three top Super Bowl 50 prop bet picks so you will have to check-out my recent post on Doc's Sports at the following link:

Super Bowl 50 Props Picks and Expert Betting Advic

Friday, January 22, 2016

NFL Conference Championship Parlay Pick

Two of the final three NFL games of the 2015 season will be played this Sunday with the New England Patriots facing the Denver Broncos in the AFC title game while the Arizona Cardinals battle it out with the Carolina Panthers in the NFC for a trip to Super Bowl 50. BetOnline has listed the Patriots as three-point road favorites with the total line set at 44.5 points in the first game of this championship double-header. Carolina has been listed as a three-point favorite at home against the Cardinals with a total line of 47.5 points.

All season long I have been posting a two-team NFL parlay pick with fairly good results and this week I made my top picks for this Sunday's games as my official NFL Two-Team Parlay for A+ Sportsbook Reviews. While most of the NFL industry experts and a good portion of the betting public is all over New England to win and cover to return to the Super Bowl for the second season in a row. I am going in the opposite direction with a play on Denver in what could very well be Peyton Manning's final home game of his storied NFL career.

The betting action for the NFC Championship Game has been trending towards Carolina and the OVER on Odds Shark Consensus Picks and I would have to completely agree with both of these results. My top pick is for a high scoring game that goes OVER the current 47.5-point line, but I am also fairly confident that the Panthers go on to cover the three-point spread.

Below is a link to A+ Sportsbook Reviews and my complete preview & pick for Sunday's games

NFL Conference Championship Round Playoff Parlay Betting Picks

Friday, January 15, 2016

Eagles Set to Tap Andy Reid's Staff in Kansas City for New Head Coach

All the reports out of Philadelphia point towards the Eagles hiring current Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson as their new head coach. The official announcement cannot take place until the Chief's season ends, which could be as late as early February should former Eagles' head coach Andy Reid lead his current team all the way to a Super Bowl title.

Conventional wisdom says that the announcement will be early next week assuming that Kansas City loses to New England this Saturday in the Divisional Round of the playoffs as a five-point road underdog. I have been extremely impressed with the Chiefs incredible 11-game winning streak following a dismal 1-5 start, but I would have to agree that this tremendous ride ends in Foxborough with a loss to the Patriots.

Veteran Eagles' fans remember Pederson from his brief stint with the team as Donovan McNabb's backup when Reid first came to Philadelphia in 1999. He started nine games that season and the team went 2-7 as part of an overall record of 5-11. He returned to Philadelphia in 2009 as part of Reid's coaching staff including the position of quarterback coach in 2011 and 2012 before following Reid to Kansas City.

The big question that most Eagles' fan will have about this move is Pederson just "Reid Light" in disguise? That may not actually be the worst thing in the world given Reid's long tenure of success in Philadelphia, but somewhere along the line the new head coach is going to have to have some kind of plan on how he is going to take the next step and win a Super Bowl.

I will be the first one to admit that I really miss all those years when the Eagles were a gimme to make the playoffs and despite those four heart-breaking losses in the NFC title game (including a brutal three in a row from 2001 to 2003) it was great to have a team in the mix this time of the year as opposed to looking forward to who the Eagles are going to pick first in the draft.

So when you ask "why Pederson", I will answer with "why not". Reid came to Philly as a protege of Mike Holmgren, who was a protege of Bill Walsh so there is some pretty solid pedigree in that blood line. Only time will tell if Pederson will be a good fit for the Eagles, but I am happy to see team owner Jeff Lurie getting back to the pattern of hiring up-and-coming coordinators as opposed to tapping the college ranks for his head coach. It was painfully obvious that the Chip Kelly experiment did not go as planned and the only good news from that whole mess is that the former Wizard of Broad Street is now San Francisco's headache.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Wild Card Weekend Prop Bets

While the Eagles are still busy trying to find a new head coach, eight of the 12 teams that did make the playoffs will be in action this Saturday and Sunday in the Wild Card Round. One of those teams is the 9-7 Washington Redskins, who will face Green Bay at home after winning the NFC East this season.

I have put Philly's coaching dilemma on the back-burner to focus on this weekend's games. In my weekly betting props article for Doc's Sports, I covered the odds for how many actual Wild Card teams will win. All four teams are on the road and favored and the "Over/Under" for the prop is two. I actually like the Redskins' chances to pull-off the upset as one-point home underdogs, but it is going to be tough for Houston (+3 against Kansas City), Cincinnati (+3 against Pittsburgh) and Minnesota (+4.5 against Seattle) to do the same as underdogs on their home field.

The following is a link to Doc's Sports with my Wild Card prop bet picks:

NFL Props Odds with Expert Betting Picks and Predictions
- Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Betting on Chip Kelly's Future-Part 2

I few weeks ago a posted a link to an article I wrote for Doc's Sports covering the betting odds for Chip Kelly's future in Philadelphia. In typical fashion, I made it my top selection that he would be on the Eagles' sideline as head coach on opening day 2016. In my defense, I also stated that team owner Jeff Lurie was a patient man and that he would most likely give Kelly a chance to turn things around heading into the final year of his four-year contract.

All this just tells me that Kelly had to have worked pretty hard at getting himself fired this past week. The past few days I have been reading reports of what went down between the owner and the former coach in a heart-to-heart talk that eventually got Kelly fired and I am not sure we will ever get the full story of why the Wizard of Broad Street was sent packing. Some football insiders are saying that Lurie had all intentions of letting him go before that meeting ever took place, while others are saying that Kelly's callous and aloof attitude towards the whole situation is what got him canned.

It does not matter what really happened to make Lurie pull the plug on an experiment gone bad. Kelly proved to be bad fit in the NFL from the start and two winning seasons simply put a band-aid on a bleeding wound that was never going to heal. Most coaches that thrive on the college level decide to stay there for their own good. Being a head coach in the NFL is a whole new ball game and best suited for the guys that already have some experience coaching at this level before moving up the ranks to the top spot.

To put one final exclamation point on this whole unfortunate situation, I am at it again predicting what Kelly's future in football holds as a head coach. I will openly admit that I completely blew the call the first time around, but I honestly believe that I nailed it this time in another article posted on Doc's Sports.

NFL Props Odds with Expert Betting Picks and Predictions- Chip Kelly's Coaching Future