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Lions Dominating Bears in Recent Games

Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson

Dominating isn’t often a word used to describe the Detroit Lions, but after five straight wins over the Chicago Bears, it seems appropriate. With basically nothing on the line for either team (except a better draft pick for the loser), the players will simply be playing for the love of the game, or for pending free-agents, fatter contract offers in the offseason.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 2-7-1 ATS in the last 10 games in this matchup.
  • In 13 career games vs the Lions, Jay Cutler has 18 TD passes and eight interceptions.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Bears' last four games.

Some alarming trends stick out for the Bears heading into the game. Most disturbing for the team and their season ticket holders is the team’s 1-9 SU home record in their last 10 games. They’ve also been a bad bet against divisional opponents, posting a 6-14 ATS record in their last 20 games vs divisional foes.

The Lions will be looking to end the season on a three game win streak, after winning their last two games, both SU and ATS. The Lions won a close game over the Bears on October 18th—37-34. Matthew Stafford went off in the game for 405 passing yards and four touchdowns, while Calvin Johnson had his only 100+ receiving yard game of the season—catching six balls, for 166 yards and a touchdown.

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Garrett Headlines NFL Coach of the Year Award Odds

As the 2016 NFL campaign draws to a close, the competition for the NFL Coach of the Year Award has become a one-horse race according to oddsmakers.


Where Will Kelly Be Coaching Next Year?

Philadelphia Eagles Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly has been officially fired by the Philadelphia Eagles. It was clear from the beginning that Kelly was going to live and die by the sword when he completely rebuilt the roster during his tenure in Philly.


NFL Week 17 Opening Odds Analysis

Not since the preseason has there been such volatility in the NFL betting lines. Welcome to Week 17, where numbers appearing early could be drastically altered by kickoff as playoff berths and seeds get determined.

Oddsmakers usually play it straight going by power ratings to make their numbers. But during this last week of the regular season there is more line inflation on teams in must-win situations.


Suddenly Red Hot Rams Visit The 49ers

Todd Gurley Rams

The final quarter of the NFL schedule has seen the St. Louis Rams start to put the pieces together. The Rams are 3-0 SU and ATS in their past three games while outscoring opponents 75-54. The Rams will look to end their season on a four-game winning streak when they visit the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

The Rams late season surge has a lot to do with the reimagined offense. Rob Boras was promoted to offensive coordinator following the firing of Frank Cignetti and he emphasized a simplified gameplan. Case Keenum also came in as starter and has managed to do what Nick Foles never could, protect the football.

There is no sugar coating this; the 49ers suck. When Blaine Gabbert, a backup quarterback at best, is your best offensive player you can’t argue that your team sucks. The 49ers are averaging the fewest points per game (14.6) in the NFL by a wide margin.

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Can Anyone Stop The Streaking Chiefs?

Jeremy Maclin Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have shocked the football world by winning their last nine games and booking themselves a trip to the playoffs. Not only have the Chiefs been getting it done on the field, but they have also been getting it done at the betting window as they have gone 7-2 ATS in their past nine games. Kansas City will look to end their season on a 10-game winning streak when they host the Oakland Raiders Sunday.

Quarterback Alex Smith has been putting up some ridiculous numbers during the Chiefs winning streak as the former No.1 overall pick has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. KC’s defence has been playing off the charts as well as they have allowed a mere 12.3 points per game in their past nine games.

The Raiders success this season is directly related to how Derek Carr plays. In the Raiders seven wins so far this season, Carr has 18 touchdowns with just two interceptions, but the sophomore quarterback has thrown 13 touchdowns and 10 picks in eight losses.

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Week 17 NFL Odds: Panthers vs Bucs

Carolina Panthers Josh Norman

The Panthers are no longer perfect but there’s still plenty to play for as they can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Panthers were simply outplayed by the Falcons in their first loss of the season, and after being a strong ATS bet for most of the season, they’ve been unable to cover the spread in three of their last four games.

Shark Bites
  • The Buccaneers are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Panthers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Panthers' last 16 games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Panthers are 9-0 ATS in their last nine games after consecutive ATS losses.

Tampa Bay has been on a serious slide since the end of November, going just 1-4 SU and ATS over their last five games. Despite averaging the seventh most yards per game this season (375.2), they rank in the bottom half of the league with just 22.1 points per games.

The teams met on October 4th, with the Panthers winning by a score of 37-23. Jameis Winston struggled in the game, throwing four interceptions—one of which was returned by Josh Norman for a touchdown.

The Bucs opened as 12 point underdogs, which is the third largest underdog they’ve been since 2010. It’s also the second highest favorites the Panthers have been since 2008.

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Road Team Has Edge Between SEA, AZ

Russell Wilson Seahawks

Both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals have already booked their tickets to the postseason, but both have something to play for Sunday. The Seahawks want to grab the fifth seed instead of the sixth while the Cardinals can overtake the Panthers as the No.1 seed in the NFC. These two teams have battled each other tough in recent memory, but the road team has had the edge going 4-1 SU and ATS in the last five meetings.

The Seahawks wew double-digit favorites when they hosted the St. Louis Rams last week, but came out flat and lost SU. After some phenomenal performances quarterback Russell Wilson was just good in his last outing as he threw two touchdowns and one interception while spending a lot of the day running for his life.

The Seahawks will need to tighten up their protection if they want to the beat the Cardinals as Arizona embarrassed the Packers last week while notching nine sacks. It seems that every week it is a new player standing out for the Cards during their nine-game winning streak.

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UNDER Trending in SD-DEN Tilt

San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers

The Denver Broncos officially clinched a playoff berth in the wake of Week 16’s 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, but before they can advance to the postseason they’ll face off against the lowly San Diego Chargers at home– a game that will mercifully end the Chargers’ season.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the Chargers' last four games.
  • The Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in January.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between the Broncos and Chargers.

San Diego (4-11 SU) suffered through one of its worst years since Philip Rivers came into the fold in 2004. While the Bolts have nothing to play for, they’d certainly love nothing more than to stick it to their division rivals one last time before they clean out their lockers.

UNDER bettors have fallen in love with Mile High Stadium this season, and for good reason. The UNDER has gone 1-5-1 in the Broncos’ seven home contests this year.

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Ravens Floundering Against Bengals

Maxx Williams Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have been one of the worst best in the NFL this season (4-9-2) and, if history stands, it looks like there could be one more loss before the end of the regular season. The Ravens will visit the AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, a team that has defeated and covered against Baltimore in their last four meetings between the teams.

Last weeks 20-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers marked the first time in Ravens franchise history that they won a game that the entered as a double-digit dog. Ryan Mallett, of all people, played very well in his first game for the Ravens as he completed 68.3 percent of his passes and threw a touchdown.

Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron injured his wrist on Cincinnati’s final offensive play in their overtime loss to the Denver Broncos Monday. If McCarron’s wrist causes him to miss this game, that leaves Keith Wenning as the only uninjured quarterback on the Bengals roster. There is still a chance that the Bengals could have to play in the first round of the playoffs so this game will be important for Cincy to rest up regular starting quarterback Andy Dalton. 

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