Nover: How to Beat NFL Thursday Games

Want to know the secret on how to beat NFL Thursday night games? It's a simple handicap: Go with the experienced head coach. They know how to get their teams ready during a short turnaround week.
Teams with an experienced coach are 8-0 against the spread this season when going against a first or second year coach on Thursday night, taking advantage of inexperienced head coaches that haven't been in this unique spot before.


Seahawks are Red-Hot ATS vs 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are no strangers to one another, but the teams that are set to face off in Week 11 appear to be shells of their former selves compared to what we’ve seen over the last few years. To say Seattle has had the upper hand at the betting window in this series would be a massive understatement, however. The Seahawks are a red-hot 9-0 ATS in their last nine against the Niners.

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<li>The 49ers are 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS in their last six games on the road.</li>
<li>The Seahawks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 11.</li>
<li>The total has gone OVER in five of the Seahawks' last seven games at home.</li>

San Fran has struggled mightily this season in light of an offseason exodus of players that included the departure of their former head coach, Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers (3-6 SU, 4-5 ATS) are just 1-4 ATS at home but have covered the spread in three out of their four road tilts this year.

Seattle (4-5 SU, 2-6-1 ATS) has been far from a sure thing, too. The Seahawks, fresh off a crushing last-minute loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, have struggled to get anything going this season and must pick up their socks soon or the playoffs may not be a possibility for Pete Carroll’s squad this year.

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Cowboys Total Wins & Tony Romo Props

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This season could very well go down as a lost season for the Dallas Cowboys. The team entered the season with high expectations thanks to winning the NFC East last season and had it not been for a questionable no-catch ruling against Green Bay in the playoffs, they would have been in the NFC Championship Game. Any aspirations of a deep playoff run this season were quickly dashed thanks to a rash of injuries that affected key players on both sides of the ball.


Vikings Seeking Ninth Straight Cover

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The Green Bay Packers have been the kings of the NFC North for the better part of the last decade, but a new player has emerged in 2015: the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings (7-2 SU) have looked great this season and have particularly been strong for bettors, posting an 8-1 record ATS including an eight-game streak where they have covered the spread.

<h5>Shark Bites</h5>

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<li>The Vikings are 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four games in Week 11.</li>
<li>The Packers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games.</li>
<li>The total has gone UNDER in five of the Packers' last six games.</li>

It seems as if no one can figure out what is going on in Green Bay right now. The Packers fell to the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers—two teams who were undefeated at the time, before returning to Wisconsin to face the lowly Lions. But the Packers (who closed as healthy 10.5-point favorites) laid an egg, falling to Detroit 18-16—the first time the Lions have topped the Packers at Lambeau Field since 1991.

Home field advantage has been crucial in recent contests between the NFC North rivals. Home sides are 7-2 SU in the last nine meetings between the clubs.

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NFL Odds: Chargers Struggle Off the Bye

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There are a lot of reasons the San Diego Chargers have had an underwhelming 2015 campaign, but the finger can’t be pointed at starting quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers has 3,033 passing yards for 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions so far this year and will have an opportunity to pad those stats against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10.


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<li>The Chiefs are 7-3 SU and ATS in their last 10 games as road favorites.</li>

<li>The Chargers are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games as home underdogs.</li>

<li>The Chiefs are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games after winning as an underdog.</li>


It turns out extra rest hasn’t been a good thing for the Bolts in recent years, however. The Chargers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games after the bye—a trend that won’t appeal to San Diego backers in the wake of the team’s bye week.

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NFL Week 11 Backup Quarterback Props

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There will be three different backup quarterbacks starting under center this weekend that did not start in their team’s previous game. Brock Osweiler starts for the Denver Broncos over Peyton Manning, the St. Louis Rams have turned to Case Keenum over Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez gets the call for the Philadelphia Eagles due to an injured Sam Bradford.


NCAAB Betting: Akron at Villanova

The eighth-ranked Villanova Wildcats play host to the Akron Zips in Sunday's college hoops action, and oddsmakers have opened the 'Cats as 14.5-point chalk for the affair. Villanova has been cashing as faves, going 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games against underdogs dating back to last season.

Shark Bites
  • Akron is 5-1 ATS in its last six games as underdogs.
  • Villanova is 1-3 SU and ATS in its last four games with one day off.
  • Akron is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games on the road.

To say the Wildcats have been rock solid at home would be a massive understatement. Villanova has won 29 straight games at The Pavillion.

Both teams enter the contest with identical 3-0 SU records and are perfect against the spread in the young campaign. This is the first time the Zips and Wildcats have met in NCAA history.

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Boston College vs Notre Dame at Fenway

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will need to be careful when they play Boston College Saturday, as the favorite is just 2-8 ATS in the past 10 meetings between these two teams. Boston College and Notre Dame will take the field at Fenway Park for a special game Saturday.

Notre Dame is still on the outside looking in of the college playoff picture with their one loss this season coming to No.1 Clemson. The Fighting Irish will need to win out and will likely need Oklahoma State to lose one of their final two games to make the committee look their way.

After starting the season a respectable 3-1 SU, Boston College has lost six straight while averaging a mere 9.3 points per game.

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NCAAB Betting: UNC vs UNI Odds

Northern Iowa has their work cut out for them Saturday when they welcome the first-ranked University of North Carolina Tarheels to town in college hoops action. UNI Has never hosted a top ranked team before today.

Shark Bites
  • The Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
  • The OVER is 6-2-1 in the Panthers' last 9 overall.
  • The Panthers are 15-5-3 ATS in their last 23 games.

Considered by many NCAA pundits to be the title favorite prior to the beginning of the season, UNC has looked the part through three games. The Tar Heels are making their first road trip of the season and will be making a rare stop in Iowa. UNC hasn't played in the state of Iowa since 1989.

The Panthers opened the season with an 84-78 loss to Colorado State in which they turned the ball over 17 times. UNI hung on for a 70-60 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday.

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Warriors Aim for 14-0 Start vs Bulls

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The Warriors became the fifth team in NBA history to start a season 13-0 last night and are two wins from tying an NBA record for the best start to a season. They’ll face a tough challenge tonight at home when they welcome the Chicago Bulls, who are winners of five of their last six games SU. In their last 10 games against each other, both teams have won five games SU and ATS while the OVER/UNDER in those games is 5-5. It doesn’t get more even than that.

This will be the second game of three on the west coast for the Bulls, who are coming off of a 103-97 win in Phoenix. The Bulls have covered in three of their five road games this season, while the majority of their games have gone UNDER this season, posting a 3-8 O/U record.

What can be said about the Warriors that hasn’t already been said? Here’s a few—The Warriors are 17-2 SU in the last 19 games after losing the previous game in a matchup. They lost to the Bulls the last time they played. Also, the Warriors have been great recently in the second game of back-to-backs, going 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in those games.

Derrick Rose (ankle) has been announced as inactive.

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