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SuperContest Team OS Week 6 Review

There is now just one man atop the Team OddsShark leaderboard for the 2015 SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. David Fucillo from SB Nation went 3-2 in Week 6 to move two full points ahead of Ryan Fowler from FOX Sports, who had more losers than winners for the first time this season in going 1-4.


AFC West Showdown - SD vs OAK Odds

If anyone is going to catch the Denver Broncos in the AFC West, they had better start making the uphill battle soon. That sets the stage for Week 7’s meeting between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders as a big one if anyone is going to challenge Peyton Manning and company for the division crown. 

Oakland (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS) and San Diego (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) have been far from safe bets this season for the backers. You can’t fault San Diego signal caller Philip Rivers for his team’s underwhelming record, however. Rivers has led the Bolts to becoming the number one passing offense in the NFL and even set franchise records for completions and passing yards (503) in Week 6’s 27-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

San Diego has historically struggled to cover at Qualcomm Stadium, going 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games.

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Vikes are Hot, Lions are Not ATS

A pair of teams heading in different directions when it comes to covering the spread are set to square off in Week 7 when the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions tangle at Ford Field Sunday. Minnesota (3-2 SU) has been solid for bettors at 4-1 ATS, while the lowly Lions (1-5 SU, ATS) did manage to pick up their first win of the season against the Bears in their last contest but have struggled mightily so far.

Thanks to a strong running game led by Adrian Peterson, the Vikings rank as the sixth best team on the ground in the NFL despite averaging a league-worst 179.6 passing yards per game this season. Needless to say, the Lions will have their hands full in this one, meaning it’s going to be imperative for the squad to shore up a rushing defense that’s giving up an average of 120.5 yards per game.

The UNDER has also been a solid play for the Vikings, cashing in each of their first five contests.

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Steelers Proving Oddsmakers Wrong

Does it matter who’s under center for the Pittsburgh Steelers anymore? Third string QB Landry Jones entered last Sunday’s Arizona Cardinals clash when Mike Vick went down to injury and breathed new life into the offense, tossing two touchdown passes to wideout Martavius Bryant in a 25-13 victory.

As a result, the Steelers continue to prove oddsmakers wrong. Pittsburgh (4-2 SU) is a sizzling 5-0-1 ATS in the 2015 campaign. Kansas City on the other hand has been an awful bet so far, going 1-5 SU and ATS in its opening six games.

Totals bettors have found some solace in the Chiefs, however. The OVER has gone 4-2 during those affairs. 

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Phins Go for Second Win Under Campbell

Did the departure of ex-head coach Joe Philbin really make that much of a difference for the Miami Dolphins? Under interim bench boss Dan Campbell, the Dolphins picked up their second win of the season in a 38-10 blowout of the Tennessee Titans, while easily covering as +2.5 underdogs.

Miami (2-3 SU, ATS) will be seeking to continue that momentum at home in Week 7 against the Houston Texans. Behind a strong performance from Brian Hoyer, Houston looked good in Week 6 by topping the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-20. OVER bettors have loved the Texans so far due to a 4-1 OVER/UNDER record in their games.

Houston ranks sixth in the league in offense and 11th in defense, while the ‘Fins come in well behind at 24th in both categories.

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Browns are a Red-Hot OVER Bet

The Cleveland Browns aren’t a notoriously good bet, however that’s a trend that appears to be reversing itself. Cleveland may just be 2-4 SU but have covered in four of those games. The OVER has also gone a perfect 6-0 when the Browns take the field, making them the top OVER team in the league.

The St. Louis Rams have the task of taking on the Browns in Week 7. St. Louis has been solid on defense (10th in the NFL) but own the worst offense in the entire league heading into the contest. The Rams have mustered up just 16.8 points per game in five matchups.

Since turning back to veteran signal caller Josh McCown, the Browns have looked fairly solid. McCown has eight touchdowns and 1,416 passing yards while tossing three interceptions in five appearances.

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Home Field Disadvantage for Titans?

The Atlanta Falcons came back down to life in Week 6 thanks to a 31-21 loss to division rival New Orleans, but still own a 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS record heading into their Week 7 clash with the Tennessee Titans. The Titans (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS) have shown some promise under rookie signal caller Marcus Mariota but haven’t been getting the job done when it comes to collecting W’s.

Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt has historically been on a less than inspiring run as well. In his last 33 games, Whisenhunt’s teams are a paltry 4-29 SU. The confines of Nissan Stadium haven’t been particularly friendly to the Titans as of late, as the team is just 2-14-1 ATS in its last 17 home games.

Titans may also be dealt a debilitating blow as Jason COle of Bleacher Report is reporting that Mariota may miss several weeks with a MCL strain.

The Falcons own the fourth best offense in the league thanks to a plethora of weapons but haven’t been as solid on the defensive side of the ball, sitting at a more mediocre 19th in the NFL in total defense


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Buccaneers vs Redskins Week 7 Odds

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins, two teams that are still looking to find their footing in the 2015 NFL season, collide in D.C. on Sunday.  Both sides feature a pair of young quarterbacks who have had their fair share of struggles in Jameis Winston and Kirk Cousins.

It’s a different story on defense, however. Tampa Bay owns the fifth best defense in the NFL, while Washington comes in at eighth overall in that category. 

The NFC South appears to be a two horse race at this point in the season between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons with the Bucs barely ahead of the New Orleans Saints in third place at 2-3 SU. Washington’s 2-4 SU record is particularly disappointing for ‘Skins fans due to the overall weakness of the NFC East.

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Mets Look to Go Up 3-0 at Wrigley

As the NLCS heads to Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Mets will look to grab a 3-0 stranglehold in the series vs the Cubs. They’ll be in a great position to do so, sending Jacob deGrom to the hill who will hope to build upon his already impressive postseason resume. In two starts in the NLDS vs the Dodgers, deGrom allowed just two runs in 13 innings pitched while striking out 20 batters. He was slightly roughed up, however, in his one start vs the Cubs this season, allowing three runs and seven hits while only registering two strikeouts in an early July loss.

Countering for the Cubs is Kyle Hendricks, who lasted only 4.2 innings in the Cubs’ NLDS Game 2 win vs the Cardinals last week. He allowed three runs in the game, all coming off solo home runs, but the 25-year-old has a strong track record vs the Mets, limiting them to a career .140 batting average in 43 combined at bats.

The Cubs and Hendricks will be happy to see a change of scenery. Hendricks’ ERA was more than a full run lower at home this season, while the Cubs are undefeated at home so far during the postseason, hitting nine home runs in the two games at Wrigley.

Teams who jump out to a 2-0 lead in LCS’ have won 22 of 25 series since the best-of-seven format began.

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NFL London - Bills vs Jags Week 7 Odds

The NFL returns to jolly old England for the second time this season for an early Sunday game between the Bills and Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

Perhaps it was a case of smoke and mirrors in the first few weeks of the NFL campaign, but the Buffalo Bills have failed to parlay a strong start into momentum and find themselves once again in the middle of the pack in the AFC East – a position they’ve become quite accustomed to in recent years.

Next on the docket for Rex Ryan and company (3-3 SU, ATS) is a matchup with the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS). Jacksonville, a team many NFL pundits expected to make a leap this season, have left plenty to be desired on the field so far despite having the foundation of a young, promising squad. 

The Bills have responded well after a loss, going 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five games after a loss.

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