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Giants and Manning Agree to a 4 Year Extension

Giants and Manning agree to a 4 year $84 million extensionLooks like the Eli Manning will be staying with the New York Giants for a while longer as they have agreed in principle to a four year contract extension worth $84 millions.  The contracts which had been held up for some time was held because of a no-trade clause which is now plart of the new contract.

As mentioned last Tuesday, Manning had hoped to get the contract finalized before the Giant’s first game of the regular NFL season as he is not a “big fan of keeping negotiation going during the season.  I’m hoping that if this thing is going to get done, it’s going to get done very quickly.

Earlier this season, there was a rumor going around the online sportsbook world that Manning was comfortable playing out his final year of his 6 year, $97.5 million contract extension but that he wanted to be paid more than any quarterback in the NFL.

These rumors where of course denied by Manning saying that these reports were wrong.

Timing is everything as his contract extension comes at a time when many other quarterbacks have also been in salary discussions with several of them seeing significant increase in their pay.  Some examples are Rogers with $22 millions and Roethlisberger with $21.8 million.

Manning is of course a solid part of the New York Giants thanks to his leadership, he has gotten them to two Super Bowl Victories and his stats have always been high.

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NFL Betting – Week 1 Betting Lines

NFL Betting – Week 1 Betting Lines

NFL Betting – Week 1 Betting Lines After months of turmoil, Tom Brady will suit up and play in Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers – the first game of the 2015 NFL Regular Season. There are some stars that will not see the field due to suspension, however, as New England’s LeGarrette Bount and Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant are all suspended for this contest.

New England was listed as a three-point home favorite for this game throughout the NFL Preseason when Brady’s playing status was in serious jeopardy. After that suspension was lifted, the Pats lined jumped to -7. NFL bettors quickly jumped on that line value, however, and New England is now down to a 6.5-point choice.

That is only one of a handful of intriguing games this weekend. Quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston were under the microscope this NFL Preseason as the two highly-drafted quarterbacks. We won’t have to wait long to see them share a football field as the Titans visit the Bucs this Sunday. Tampa Bay is a three-point favorite thanks to home field advantage, and this line implies these teams would be a pick ‘em if played on a neutral field.

The Green Bay Packers are the biggest favorite on the board as they visit the Chicago Bears. Apparently this online sportsbook doesn’t mind having the Packers lay a big number despite losing All-Pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Green Bay beat Chicago by 21 and 41 points last year, easily covering the number in both victories.

The game that we are most excited to watch is the first of two Monday Night Football games when Philadelphia visits Atlanta. This game promises to be a shootout, with the Eagles and Atlanta both employing powerful, up-tempo offenses and suspect defensive units. Philly is a three-point road favorite, and this game has the highest posted total of the NFL’s Week 1 action with a 55.5-point number.

There are eight home underdogs this week, including both of the Monday Night Football hosts. We mentioned the Eagles being a three-point choice at Atlanta, and the late game has San Francisco giving 2.5 points at home against Minnesota. It will be interesting to see how Adrian Peterson looks after the mess of last season, and San Francisco also has a new look in the backfield as Carlos Hyde replaces Frank Gore as the main focus of the offense.

We’ll be back next week to break down some of the key NFL games for Week 2.

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Browns suspend OL coach Andy Moeller

Coach Moeller Suspended from the Browns

Browns suspend OL coach Andy MoellerOffensive line coach of the Cleveland Browns, Andy Moeller has been placed on suspension indefinitely due to an accident that happened over the weekend.

The news was announced today after the team’s spokesman read that”Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been suspended indefinitely by the team effective immediately. Over the weekend, Andy was involved in an incident, involving allegations that we take very seriously. We have followed our internal protocol, determining that right now it is best for the team and for Andy to take time away from the organization to focus on his personal matters. We are going to respect the process of investigation on this personal matter and will have no further comment at this time.”

Even though nothing was spoken about alcohol being involved. Many people in the online sportsbook industry believe that it is related to an alcohol incident since this is not the first time that Moeller has had problems in his coaching career due to alcohol.

During his time with the Baltimore Ravens where he held the same position, Moeller had been suspended after he had been found guilty of a DUI after his third alcohol-related arrest in 2011.

Mike Pettine, the head coach of the Browns did not expend on the matter but did state that George DeLeone, the assistant offensive line coach assisted by coach Kurt Roper would take over the his duties.

MLB Betting: AL Playoff Update

MLB Betting: AL Playoff Update

MLB Betting: AL Playoff Update Last week we took a look at the top five contenders in the NL ((Fred – link to NL Playoff Update article sent over last weekend)), specifically noting how all five teams were on winning streaks and were performing particularly well against the runline. This week we take a look at the top contenders in the American League and see how that stack up.

Kansas City and Houston have some breathing room in their division races, but the AL East continues to be a battle between the Blue Jays and Yankees. Toronto recently overtook New York in the standings, and lead the Bronx Bombers by a game and a half entering Wednesday’s action. Texas is currently slotted in the final AL Wild Card spot (behind New York), with Minnesota just a game behind the Rangers.

Although the Royals have split their last six games, they are still on a long term 17-7 winning run over the past four weeks to build a comfortable 5.5-game lead over the Blue Jays for home field advantage throughout the MLB Playoffs. However 7 of those 17 wins have only come by one run, so runline players would actually show a losing 10-14 record backing the best team in the AL over that stretch.

Speaking of the Blue Jays, they enter Wednesday winners of 9 of their last 12 games overall, and unlike the Royals they have done well against the runline as 7 of those 9 victories have come by at least two runs. Toronto is the only one of the three AL division leaders to be on par with the NL teams we spoke about last week.

Houston isn’t just doing poorly against the runline, they are having a tough time to win period. Astros had a big momentum boost after acquiring Scott Kazmir at the trade deadline, but have since cooled off in losing ten of their last 18 games overall.

With that instability, Texas has climbed back in the race for the AL West crown. The Rangers have won 14 of their last 19 games overall – five victories coming as underdogs – and are currently in line for a postseason appearance. And with 11 of those 14 wins coming by at least two runs, this may be a team to back on the runline until that hot streak comes to an end.

The Yankees currently hold the top AL Wild Card spot, and while they were struggling for a few weeks their offense has returned. The Yankees scored 15 runs on Friday night as well as a 20-run explosion on Sunday, and they are heating up again with four wins (all by 2+ runs) in their last five games.

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Finally, Minnesota doesn’t get much love from the national media but they have quietly put together a 9-2 winning run to creep within a game of Texas for the last Wild Card spot. Two series against the Royals and Astros (both on the road) will determine if they can sustain that momentum.

Overall, the AL contenders are not on par with the NL contenders in terms of consistent ROI on the runline. Those who bet on baseball may want to pick their spots as opposed to blindly backing a team every night.

NFL Preseason Betting – Week 4 Lines Posted

NFL Preseason Betting – Week 4 Lines Posted

NFL Preseason Betting – Week 4 Lines Posted After showing a nice profit with a 19-11 ATS effort over the first two week of the NFL Preseason, home favorites crashed back down to Earth last week, going 4-10 against the spread. Last week was the official dress rehearsal for most teams, with starters playing a full half and into the third quarter on most teams (Green Bay being a notable exception). This week, the starters won’t see much action, if any, and it’s the backups turn to get meaningful reps and state their case for making the roster.

 
While many who bet on football prefer not to wager on the NFL Preseason, and especially the final week of the NFL Preseason, there is still some great NFL betting opportunities on the board this week if you know where to look.

 
Five teams enter this final week of NFL Preseason action unbeaten. Two of them, Minnesota and Philadelphia, aren’t much of a surprise. The Vikings went 4-0 last preseason, and including this year they are a perfect 8-0 straight up and 7-1 against the pointspread. Philadelphia led the league in preseason scoring last year, and are on pace to repeat that performance after averaging 38.3 ppg this August.

 
The other three teams going for a perfect 4-0 preseason are Denver, Kansas City, and Washington. Denver is the big surprise given the history of preseason wins and losses on Peyton Manning teams. Washington has been especially strong on defense, allowing 45, 46, and 55 yards rushing while also holding all three opponents to less than 200 yards through the air.

 
Kansas City has been the surprise team in terms of dominance, winning by nearly two touchdowns per game and putting up great numbers on both sides of the ball. The Redskins are one of the biggest favorites on the board this Thursday, laying 4.5 points at home against Jacksonville.
Two teams are looking to notch their first win of the NFL Preseason – Dallas and St. Louis. Losing in August is nothing new for the Cowboys, as they went 0-4 last preseason and have now lost eight straight NFL Preseason games dating back to 2013. St. Louis faces the aforementioned Chiefs, so it will be a tough task for them to avoid a 0-4 showing.

 
NFL head coaches will be releasing their expected player rotations in the next few days, so pick your spots and get ready for the “real” NFL season starting next Thursday with the big Steelers vs. Patriots showdown!

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