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Hamels Lights Out in Close Out Games

Texas Rangers Cole Hamels

Thanks to a pair of huge wins in the Lone Star State, the Toronto Blue Jays have clawed their way back from an 0-2 hole in their American League Divisional Series against the Texas Rangers and will have an opportunity to advance to the next round in front of what’s sure to be a raucous crowd at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • Hamels has started five career playoff games in which his team can close out a series, with his teams going 5-0.
  • The Rangers are 11-0 in Hamels' last 11 starts.
  • The UNDER is 8-1-1 in Stroman's last 10 outings.

Toronto rediscovered its dormant offense at Arlington Park and looked like the team that led the bigs in nearly every offensive category. To the surprise of many, Jays manager opted to bring ace David Price out of the bullpen in Game 4 with a sizeable lead to relieve R.A. Dickey, meaning it’s young gun Marcus Stroman’s turn to carry the torch in a clutch situation.

Cole Hamels will counter on the bump for the Rangers. The two hurlers could not be more different as Stroman is making just his second postseason start, while the 31-year-old Hamels has a World Series ring and MVP to his name.

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SuperContest Team OS Week 5 Review

The battle between Team OddsShark co-leaders David Fucillo from SB Nation and Ryan Fowler from FOX Sports remains a deadlock through the first five weeks of the SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, with each of them earning 18.5 points out of a possible 25.


Browns a Perfect OVER Play This Season

Travis Benjamin Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns are a hard team to figure out this season, with small glimpses of what could be a competent football team despite several inconsistencies. However, one thing has been reliable, the OVER has hit in all five of the Browns games this season. Cleveland will look to continue their offensive surge when they host the Denver Broncos Sunday.

The Browns have averaged a respectable 23.6 points per game on offense while surrendering a less-than-fantastic 26.4 points per game. Every Browns game this season has seen at least 41 points scored with their past two eclipsing 50 combined points.

It’s a different story for the Broncos this season as their defense has allowed a measly 15.8 points per game and their offense has scored just 22.6 points per game. Denver has struggled to run the ball and has averaged just 3.3 yards per carry while quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns.

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Lions vs Bears - Week 6 NFL Odds

Matt Forte Chicago Bears

After coming off two consecutive wins the Chicago Bears may be feeling pretty good, but the former Monsters of the Midway are just 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS in their past five visits to Ford Field. Things might be different this time around when the Bears visit the Detroit Lions Sunday, with the Lions suffering from some embarrassing performances recently.

Quarterback Jay Cutler has been doing a good job for the Bears during their past two games with the 10th year veteran tossing four touchdowns and one interception. However, the increased play from Cutler has meant Matt Forte has been struggling to get anything going and has averaged 3.7 yards per carry in those games.

When your starting quarterback gets benched for Dan Orlovsky you know there’s trouble. That’s exactly what happened to Matthew Stafford last week as the signal caller threw three picks against the Cardinals. Lions coach Jim Caldwell reportedly told Stafford at halftime that if he threw one more pick he was getting pulled, which Stafford promptly did within five minutes.

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Texans vs Jaguars - Week 6 Odds & Pick

Brian Hoyer Houston Texans

The Houston Texans have been a quarterback carousel this season and Week 6’s clash with the Jacksonville Jaguars will once again feature a different signal caller, as head coach Bill O’Brien has opted to pull the struggling Ryan Mallett in favor of journeyman Brian Hoyer.

Both clubs are sitting in the basement of the AFC South with identical 1-4 SU records largely due in part to some poor defensive play. Jacksonville has allowed opposing offenses to collect 145 points against them, while Houston isn’t faring much better at 135. Jags fans and bettors alike will feel much more secure about their quarterback situation, however, as the promising Blake Bortles has made solid strides in his second year in the league (10 touchdowns, four interceptions).

Houston is just 1-4 ATS in the campaign but have been a more reliable play for OVER bettors, as the OVER/UNDER has gone 3-1-1 through their first five games.

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Jets vs Redskins - Week 6 Odds and Pick

Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins

There are few things that are consistent for the Washington Redskins over the past two seasons, but the team failing to cover the spread is one of them. Washington is just 6-12 ATS in their past 18 games, with the team only winning five SU. The Redskins will look to change their losing ways when they visit the New York Jets Sunday.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was actually looking solid last week until he threw a game losing pick-six in overtime that kept Washington winless on the road this season. 

The New York Jets are coming off a bye and have looked good so far this season. The Jets defense has been dominant this season with the team allowing a league-low 13.8 points per game and just 280.3 yards per game.

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Cardinals Still the Top Over Team in NFL

Carson Palmer Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals offense has been absolutely ridiculous this year, which has caused the OVER to go a perfect 5-0 on the season so far. The Cardinals will look to continue their offensive circus when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.

Arizona has averaged a staggering 38 points per game so far this season, tops in the NFL, and have scored more than 40 points in three of their five games. Quarterback Carson Palmer is putting together one of the best seasons of his long career with a 114.0 QBR and 13 touchdowns with just three interceptions.

It was close, but the Steelers managed to walk away with a win on Monday night last week. Running back Le’Veon Bell scored a walk-off touchdown against the San Diego Chargers to cap off his 111 yards rushing performance.


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Titans Struggling to Cover at Home

Marcus Mariota Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans have looked more competent this season than in recent memory, but they are still struggling to cover the spread at home with a 2-13-1 ATS record in their past 16 at home. Nissan Stadium will play host to the Titans and the Miami Dolphins Sunday. 

Strangely enough, rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota has struggled at home this season. The Titans QB has started two games in Nashville in his career with two touchdowns and three interceptions to his name. Tennessee has been playing close games though, with their past two losses coming by a combined three points. 

Though the Dolphins were on a bye last week they had their most eventful week of the season firing head coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. In their place on an interim basis is Dan Camphttp://www.oddsshark.com/nfl/do-teams-perform-better-new-head-coachbell (TE coach) and Lou Anarumo (DB coach).

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NFL Week 6 Expert Betting Odds Picks

What is going on in Cleveland? Josh McCown is a 36-year-old journeyman quarterback and Mike Pettine is a conservative defensive coach. Yet during the last three weeks McCown has resembled Dan Fouts and Pettine has looked like Don Coryell as in "Air Coryell."

McCown has thrown 141 passes in the last three games for 1,154 yards and six touchdowns. The Browns have averaged 26.6 points during this time frame. Cleveland is playing Denver, who ranks No. 1 in total defense and is allowing less than 16 points per game.


Louisville-Florida State Week 7 NCAAF Odds

Florida State Seminoles

Florida State welcomes Louisville to town in Week 7 college football action, where the Seminoles will be looking to improve on a sub-par record for their bettors. FSU is 5-0 SU but just 2-3 ATS so far in the season, but Louisville is 2-3 SU but a much more respectable 4-1 ATS.

Shark Bites
  • FSU RB Dalvin Cook is the first FSU player to have two 200 yard rushing games in a year since 1981.
  • Florida State is 1-6 ATS in its last seven home games.
  • Louisville is 6-0 ATS in its last six road games.

The ‘Noles are also just 1-6 ATS in their last seven at home, while Louisville is 6-0 ATS on the road.

Louisville hasn’t been lighting the world on fire on offense this year but it’s been a different story on the defensive side of the ball. The Cardinals are 26th in the nation in total yards allowed, including owning the 23rd top mark when it comes to limiting opposing quarterbacks.

Under bettors have taken a liking to Louisville this year and for good reason. The O/U has gone 1-3-1 so far when the Cardinals have taken the field.

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