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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Everet Golson is the new starting quarterback for Florida State

Everett Golson, the New Starting Quarterback for Florida State

Everet Golson is the new starting quarterback for Florida StateFor weeks NCAA football betting fans have been kept in suspense as to who will be the starting quarterback for Florida State Seminole.  Today, Coach Jimbo Fisher announced that Everett Golson is the man for the job as he relates well to players and shown what kind of player he is himself.

Golson previously came from Notre Dame where he played from 2011 to the spring of 2015.  Even though he was never able to repeat his 2012 performance at Notre Dame where they had a perfect season finishing 12-0, Goldson still performed admirably during his time at Notre Dame.

According to Coach Fisher, it came down to Golson and Maguire as to who would be the next starting quarterback for the Seminoles saying that they “have both had their moments and shined”.  What set Golson apart was that “he has a good grasp of things.  Making reads, plays and getting on the edge with his legs when he has to.”

Nolan Young, a top football handicapper believes that one of the main reason as to why Fisher chose Golson over Maguire is experience because Florida State has four returning starter on offense and Golson is the most experience of them all.  That and considering that he has thrown 5,850 yards and had 41 touchdowns where he ran 14 of those touchdowns during his time at Notre Dame makes him a powerhouse for Florida State.

The big test for Golson and the Seminoles will be when they take on Texas Sate in their season opener giving the online sportsbook plenty of mixed signals as to which way the handicapping will go.

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MLB Betting: NL Playoff Update

MLB Betting: NL Playoff Update

MLB Betting: NL Playoff Update With one more month to go, the National League playoff picture is starting to take shape. Entering Sunday’s action, the division leaders are all at least 3.5 games ahead of their closest competitor, and even the two Wild Card teams (Pirates and Cubs) have a comfortable lead against the Giants (currently 4.5 games behind the Cubs for the final Wild Card spot).

Not only are those top five teams in the NL winning, but they are winning big. Runline players have been cleaning up over the last few weeks backing these teams while getting a favorable payout laying a run and a half.

The Cardinals have won six of their last seven games, with all six victories coming by at least two runs. Pittsburgh has won 10 of their last 12 games overall, with seven of those ten victories coming by at least two runs.

Chicago has cooled off a bit, losing four straight heading into Sunday, however we can give them a pass due to their 21-4 winning streak just prior to that four-game skid. And again, we find runline players cleaning up at the most online sportsbook as the Cubs won by at least two runs in 16 of those 21 victories.

The LA Dodgers are our pick to come out of the National League, and they are heating up with five straight wins entering Sunday. That includes a pair of wins over the streaking Cubs this weekend, and of those five wins four of them have come by at least two runs.

The New York Mets are the final team in the top five, and they too have performed well for MLB runline bettors. The Mets have won seven of their last nine games overall with six of those seven victories coming by at least two runs.

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Remember, even if our team loses the game outright, we are still laying a smaller price than we would betting them on the MLB moneyline. This trend of the NL contenders not only winning at a high percentage, but winning by margins of 2+ runs is a trend that should continue until these teams lock up their playoff spot and begin to rest their starters.

We’ll be back next week with a look at the American League Playoff contenders and see how they are performing from an MLB betting runline standpoint.

New Jersey Appeal to Legalize Sports Betting Denied

New Jersey Appeal to Legalize Sports Betting Denied

New Jersey Appeal to Legalize Sports Betting DeniedFor several years, the State of New Jersey has been fighting to legalize sports betting and was hoping to become the latest state allowed to bet on sports. Unfortunately for thousands of sports bettors in New Jersey and the surrounding area, their latest effort was stopped Tuesday by a federal appeals court.

The State New Jersey sports betting advocates were hoping for a favorable decision after a three year battle against national sports organizations. This battle of will has been closely watched by several lawmakers in the US who are believe that legalizing sports betting as an opportunity to help the state budget.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a lower court ruling that had voided the state’s repeal of some prohibitions against sports gambling. The judges however, were not swayed to their side in a 2-to-1 decision, that New Jersey’s efforts to allow its casinos and racetracks to take bets violated the 1992 U.S. Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA.

Many people in the gambling industry had their opinion of the matter. Many overseas companies that run an online sportsbook were hoping to see the law past to further enhance the chance of becoming a legal entity in New Jersey. Others however, were happy to see the appeal fail as it kept the status quo for illegal online sports betting which is estimated to be bringing around $400 billion annually in bets.

Fantasy sports operators were also happy with the results as they are currently able to operate under the “Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006” bringing millions of dollars in their pocket every year. The latest statistics show that 57 million people in the United States and Canada participated in fantasy sports this year.

“The bigger winner today is the daily fantasy companies who now have the legal sports gambling space all to themselves for years to come,” said Daniel L. Wallach, a sports and gambling lawyer at Becker & Poliakoff. “The sports league benefited again as well because now they get to control the timing of when and how legal sports betting eventually gets implemented.”

On the other side of the issue are the national sports organizations like the NBA(despite having Commissioner Adam Silver in favor of legalized sports gambling), the NHL and MLB who claim that legalizing sports betting in New Jersey would “irreparably” corrupt sports in the United States.

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“We agree with the Third Circuit’s decision reaffirming that the appropriate path to legal sports betting is through Congress,” said NBA spokesman Mike Bass. “We continue to support a federal legislative solution that would protect the integrity of the game while allowing those who engage in sports betting to do so in a legal and safe manner.”

The game however is not over according to the American Gaming Association, which represents the $240 billion U.S. casino industry. They have vowed to keep on fighting to bring legal sports gambling to a broader audience across New Jersey and the rest of the United States.

MLB Betting: How to Use MLB Betting Trends

MLB Betting: How to Use MLB Betting Trends

MLB Betting: How to Use MLB Betting Trends Betting Trends are often sought after by those who bet on baseball, and while MLB betting trends can add value to a handicapping routine, many betting trends are misleading and misused.

The first thing to do when reviewing MLB betting trends is to discard the ones that don’t make any sense. These trends, while accurate, are more of a fluke than anything else and can’t be trusted to return the same winning percentage over a longer period of time.

Trends that involve a specific day of the week – like a team going 10-2 on Wednesdays – doesn’t have the same impact as an NFL trend relating to Thursday or Monday night games – as those games involve teams playing with an unusual amount of rest in between games.

For the professional sports handicapper who enjoy online sports betting, another type of trend to stay away from is a trend that has only a few occurrences with a record that goes back several years. With the amount of roster turnover that happens every season, these MLB betting trends are based on games where many of the current players weren’t a part of.

Betting trends that we do like are ones that pertain to certain situations. For example, finding a betting trend that pertains to a team coming off a loss or two straight losses, or against left-handed starting pitchers. These are specific in-game motivational or matchup situations that MLB handicappers would want to find out information about.

MLB betting trends related to pitchers (often in the form of team start records) are much more reliable than team-based betting trends, as it pertains to the most important position on the field. Having specific betting trends related to the starting pitcher against the current opponent is a fantastic place to start your handicapping on the game.

Of course, win/loss records associated to betting trends must be taken with a grain of salt. If a team is 20-20 as an underdog of +150 or higher, and another team is 30-20 as a favorite of -150 or higher, then the underdog trend is resulting in a big profit while the favorite trend is actually losing money.

Panthers’ Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin Out for the Year

Panthers’ Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin Out for the Year

Panthers’ Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin Out for the YearThe Carolina Panthers have been one of the few teams in the NFL that boasted 2 or less player injuries but this all changed yesterday when Kelvin Benjamin injured himself during practice on Wednesday morning.

The MRI results just came back and it’s bad news for the Panthers as Benjamin will need surgery for a torn left ACL that will take him out for the rest of the season.

Benjamin who is a second-year wide receiver was a former Florida State star athlete who was drafted by the Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was ranked as the No. 8 wide receiver and the No. 60 overall player nationally in his class during the 2014 NFL draft.

The 6 feet 5 inches, 240 pounds Benjamin was often compared to players like Alshon Jeffrey for his size, speed, physicality and high pointing abilities. Last season, he played very well as a rookie, beating the NFL’s stingiest cornerbacks for 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns

“Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin,” general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement released by the team. “He’s worked tremendously hard to put himself in a position to have a strong year. We’re confident he will attack his surgery and rehab with the same determination he has met all challenges before.”

Benjamin being out of for the season will greatly affect quarterback Cam Newton’s offense and many a sportsbook are currently adjusting their Super Bowl futures odds. According to most sources, Benjamin is one of the five most valuable players on the roster.

It is still too early to count the Panthers out of the running but the loss of Benjamin will limit their win options.

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NFL Preseason Betting – Week 2 Lines Posted

NFL Preseason Betting – Week 2 Lines Posted

NFL Preseason Betting – Week 2 Lines Posted Home favorites ruled the first full week of the NFL postseason, posting a profitable 10-4 record against the pointspread. How will home favorites fare this week? Here we break down the NFL Preseason betting lines for Week 2.

We’ll start with Minnesota, who after going a perfect 4-0 straight up last August under new head coach Mike Zimmer (3-1 against the pointspread) is off to a perfect 2-0 straight up and ATS start this year. The Vikings beat Pittsburgh by 11 points in the Hall of Fame Game, they beat Tampa Bay by 10 points last week. It’s no surprise the Vikings are the biggest favorite on the board this week, laying 5 points at home against the Oakland Raiders.

That is just one of three games that features an NFL betting line of more than three points. Philadelphia is a 3.5-point home choice against Baltimore after the Eagles crushed the Indianapolis Colts 36-10. Houston is a 3.5-point home favorite against Denver, as the Texans starting quarterback battle of Mallet vs. Hoyer resulted in both players looking great in their preseason opener. Mallet will get the start this week.

The Eagles matchup also features the highest over/under line of the week. Last year Philly went over the total in all four of their NFL Preseason games, and went over the total last week in their win vs. the Colts. This week, the posted total is listed at 44.5 points, and even with another good showing by their offense, NFL bettors will need the Ravens to reach the end zone a few times to send that game over.

There is only one road team listed as the favorite this week, and that is the Atlanta Falcons as they are small one-point chalk at New York against the Jets. The Jets arguably played worse than anyone in the league last week, finishing with a paltry 123 yards of total offense – far less than they allowed the Detroit Lions to reach in rushing (193) and passing (235) separately.
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The NFL Week 2 line that sticks out to us is the Colts being a three-point home favorite against Chicago. Indianapolis was one of two teams to go win-less last August, and based on their 36-10 trouncing this past Sunday at Philadelphia, we’re not sure they are deserving of that respect.

We’ll be back next week to discuss the NFL Betting Lines for the third full week of the preseason.

2015 NFL Preseason Player Injuries

NFL Preseason Games Wreck Havoc on Player Injuries

2015 NFL Preseason Player InjuriesThe purpose of the NFL preseason games was that it allowed players to get some much needed practice to get back into the game while at the same time test and toughen up the rookies.  Today, the purpose of the NFL preseason games are not so much for the team since they now have more mini-camps available to keep them in shape during the off-season.

Some my argue that preseason games are for the fans, for the online sportsbooks who are out to make an early buck on the NFL and for the owners to make more money but even if that is the case, there is no reason for a coach to risk playing hard in games that do not have any bearing on the NFL team standings.

So far, there has been quite a few preseason injuries leaving many teams scratching their heads as to how they will play the regular NFL season.

Here are some of the more notable preseason injuries starting with tight end, Niles Paul was one of the first preseason victim when on August 13, 2015 during a match-up against the Browns, Paul had to be carted off the field after an awkward fall from a block and will now miss the rest of the season due to an ankle fracture dislocation.

That same Thursday night, the Chargers had a run of bad luck when guard Johnnie Tourtman broke his arm and Tourek Williams for the chargers broke his foot during the same game

So far, the Jacksonville Jaguars have only sustained one injury when Julius Thomas of the Jaguars fractured his hand against Pittsburgh.

The New York Giants have also had their share so far of preseason injuries when Rookie safety, Landon Collins exited the game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee that will probably take him out for 3-4 weeks.

Write us a comment on how these injuries will affect your NFL betting season below!