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NFL point spreads

Props and live betting are grabbing more headlines and a bigger share of the betting market these days, but NFL point spreads remain the line of record and the favorite way to wager for many football fans. And why not?

While other new wager types involve knowing in-depth player stats (fantasy-style) or require you to get your bets down quickly in a live-wagering interface, the point spread is there as an old faithful friend – simple to understand, simple to handicap and, if you are lucky, simple to beat.

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Monday Night Football: Week 2

Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals are favored by a touchdown at the sportsbooks for Monday Night Football this week, but if head-to-head history repeats itself, this will be a Pittsburgh Steeler win.

The Bengals take on Ben Roethlisberger and the division-rival Steelers in a game between AFC North teams that were both tagged with a loss in Week 1. But Cincy's home record against the Steelers (1-11 going back 12 seasons) has been a money sucker for Bengal bettors.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati - Paul Brown Stadium, 8:30pm ET

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Rangers open key series against Rays

The Texas Rangers will send righthander Matt Garza to the mound on Monday night as they open up a key MLB betting series on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rangers and Rays met in a three-game series in Arlington back in April, with Texas winning two of those three contests for their supporters on the MLB odds. The UNDER has paid out in five of the last six Rangers vs. Rays games.

Tampa Bay sends Alex Cobb out against Garza for the Rangers in this game. Cobb is 8-3 with a 3.08 ERA on the season, while Garza is 9-5 on the year and has a 3.79 ERA.

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Steelers vs Bengals MNF odds

Two AFC North rivals coming off Week 1 losses collide in Cincinnati on Sunday, when the disappointing Steelers visit the Bengals.

Cincinnati opened as 6.5-point favorites over Pittsburgh. The Steelers have won five of the last six meetings straight-up and against the spread, but struggled mightily in an opening loss to the Tennessee Titans at home.

The Bengals dropped their opener at Chicago, but were more impressive than the Steelers, who also lost starting center Mike Pouncey for the season with a knee injury.

That could lead to problems against a Cincinnati pass rush considered among the league’s best.

Cincy has struggled bigtime at home vs Pitt, falling to a 1-10-1 ATS in 12 games. They have also struggled on Monday Night Football (1-4 ATS past 5 MNF games).

The Steelers have trended UNDER the total (7-3 past 10 MNF games) while they have struggled as a road team (3-9 ATS past 12 road games).

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CFL Week 13 Betting Preview

Week 13 of the CFL season kicks off in Winnipeg on Friday night with a rematch between the Eskimos and Blue Bombers, and continues through to Sunday with the Roughriders playing host to the Lions in a clash of Western teams. Here's a look at the full slate of Week 13 CFL matchups.

Find this week's CFL odds plus Grey Cup futures at Bovada.

Fri Sep 20 - Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8:00pm ET
Last 10 Meetings: Winnipeg 4-6 SU, 6-4 ATS | OU 3-7

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Seahawks 49ers Betting Odds Preview

The Seahawks own one of the biggest home-field advantages in the league. They used it to paste the 49ers, 42-13, in the NFC West rivals last meeting in December.

Yet, Seattle is only a 3-point favorite over the visiting 49ers on Sunday. The Seahawks have covered the spread in 10 of their last 11 home games and are 16-4 ATS in their last 20 home games.

San Francisco went 6-3 against the spread on the road last season and has won three of four against the Seahawks under coach Jim Harbaugh.

The 49ers were impressive, especially offensively, in an opening win over the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for more than 400 yards in the win.

The Seahawks’ offense got off to a slow start in their opening win at Carolina, but the defense picked up right where left off last season.

Seattle is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games at home, while San Francisco has struggled to a 1-5 ATS mark in 6 games at Seattle.

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Manning Bowl Odds: Broncos vs Giants

Peyton Manning and the Broncos head to New York as 5.5-point favorites over a Giants team that turned the ball over six times in an opening loss at Dallas.

The Broncos, on the other hand, blew out the Baltimore Ravens behind seven touchdown passes from Peyton Manning.

The Giants are 7-5 against the spread as home underdogs under Tom Coughlin, but have some serious question marks to address after the loss at Dallas. Eli Manning threw three interceptions, and the Giants couldn’t get anything going on the ground.

Peyton has won both head-to-head meetings against younger brother Eli. [ Prop offered - will these teams meet in the Super Bowl is a 40-1 longshot ]

The Giants have been home dogs just 5 times since 2006 and they have chomped the favorites pretty good at a 4-1 ATS clip.

The underdog has covered 3 of past 4 meetings between these teams since 1999.

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Packers Redskins Betting Preview Week 2

Two teams looking to bounce back from opening losses collide in Green Bay on Sunday, when the Packers host the Redskins.

Washington second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled in the first half in a Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but rebounded to lead a second-half rally that put the Redskins back in the game. Griffin ended up with 329 yards passing, but wasn’t much of a threat on the ground. Washington finished with only 74 yards rushing.

The banged-up Packers battled with the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, but couldn’t come up with a key stop or clutch drive when they needed it in a Week 1 loss.

Green Bay lost multiple offensive starters in training camp, including starting running back DeJuan Harris and starting offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. It showed in the loss to San Francisco. Aaron Rodgers was sacked twice, and the Packers’ ground game finished with just 63 yards.

Green Bay has won eight straight home games, covering the spread in five of them. The Redskins went 6-2 against the spread on the road last season.

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Yankees Red Sox Sunday Night MLB

The Boston Red Sox are expected to turn to Clay Buchholz on Sunday night as they close out their MLB betting series against the rival New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Buchholz is 10-0 with a 1.61 ERA on the season, returning from the disabled list on Tuesday night and holding the Rays scoreless in five innings of work. The righthander, however, is 4-5 with an ERA of 5.86 in 11 career starts vs. New York.

Ivan Nova gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Yankees on this day; he's 7-4 on the season.

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NFL Betting: Key Week 2 Injuries

Realistically, the Green Bay Packers were supposed to get thumped by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, while the Washington Redskins were supposed to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Both come into their showdown this Sunday with losses still stinging, and looking to avoid a disappointing 0-2 start to the 2013 season.

And though their showdown is in Green Bay, and the Packers are laying 7 at Bovada, they may be vulnerable to a live underdog due to a key injury.

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