NFL Betting: Eight Weeks Until Kickoff

The NFL kicks off in eight weeks with a Wednesday night showdown that will set the tone for the NFC East division this season.


The defending-champion Giants are 3-point (-120) home favorites over the visiting Cowboys, a relatively small number considering that New York has covered the spread in four of its last five games against Dallas. As well, the defending Super Bowl champions are sitting at 9-2-1 ATS in their season opener over the past dozen years.


NFL Draft Odds: Luck, RG3 Off Board

Much of the drama is absent with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III already slotted, but that doesn't mean NFL draft odds lack excitement or volume in 2012.

Will the Minnesota Vikings trade the third pick? Will Cleveland trade the fourth pick?

After Luck and RG3, how many QBs will be taken in the first round? The over-under is 3.5.

And in a draft where running backs are being dismissed, how many will go in Round 1? It's a lock that Trent Richardson will be picked but will any other RBs be taken? (The over under is 1.5).


Bill Parcells New Orleans Saints odds

It started out as a weird joke: Sean Payton was chatting with Bill Parcells about coaching the New Orleans Saints in 2012.

Slow news day or the fanciful musings of some bored blogger in the Bayou, probably.

Then it quickly became a serious topic of conversation to the point where sportsbooks made Tuna the favorite to become the next head coach while Payton sits out his suspension in the wake of Bounty-Gate.

“Even as the NFL stated that Payton is welcome to appeal his one-year suspension, the groundswell of betting support has been behind Parcells,” said Mike Pickett


Sean Payton suspension: Saints odds

New Orleans Saints fans have longer Super Bowl odds Wednesday afternoon after the NFL came down hard on coach Sean Payton and his coaching staff in its Saints punishment.

The investigation of bounties to injure opposing players yielded a one-year ban for the Saints head coach, an indefinite suspension for defensive boss Gregg Williams and more penalties.

The Saints will also lose second-round picks in 2012 and 2013, eroding their prospect stream for the next several years.


Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Odds

Maybe Peyton Manning couldn’t shake the idea of having a horse in his name after 16 years with the horseshoe on his Colts helmet.

Whatever the case (and there were 95 million reasons apparently), Manning will join the Denver Broncos, considered a longshot when he became a free agent two weeks ago.

Just as the fervor of speculation began when he became available, so too does speculation of what he’ll achieve in a Denver uniform. And what will happen to another favorite target for NFL prop odds, Tim Tebow.


Peyton Manning: Odds Say Dolphins

Peyton Manning’s pain in the neck may well have led to Tom Brady having a pain in the neck twice each season.

Oddsmakers have made the Miami Dolphins the top betting choice on where the four-time MVP will sign after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday.

“We don’t see the Dolphins as the best fit, but some other factors are at play here that make sense, hence the 2/1 odds,” said Mike Pickett.


Correct Props Answers

You read about all the crazy Super Bowl props last week, but which answers actually won the bets?

The coin toss went to the AFC Patriots, the first time in 15 years that the NFC has not won it. The Patriots elected to kick off, a rare occurrence.

If you bet on the national anthem, there were five answers with most of the money on how long it would take Kelly Clarkson to sing it (it went over 1:34 seconds).

Check out the full list of answers from the Super Bowl props offered at Bovada.


Why the Giants Will Win the Super Bowl

The New York Giants are a 3-point underdog at most sportsbooks for the Super Bowl.


Not only are they a great team to get three points on, but the Giants may also be a great NFL betting value on the moneyline to win the Super Bowl outright.


Super Bowl Revenge Factor Sways Line

The theme of Super Bowl 46 betting will be payback and revenge when the New York Giants battle the New England Patriots.

There is the obvious Super Bowl revenge factor for the Patriots, whose perfect season in 2007 was wrecked by the Giants in Super Bowl 42. Patriots fans still squirm at the mention of David Tyree.

And earlier this season, the Giants went to Foxboro and upset the Pats 24-20 as 10-point road dogs. So there is seasonal revenge and Super Bowl revenge, not to mention that fact that the Giants are 6-2 ATS in eight games against New England dating back to 1987.


Why the Patriots Will Win the Super Bowl

The New England Patriots enter the Super Bowl this Sunday as a 3-point favorite, the first time they’ve been favored by less than 7 points since Week 12.


With such a low spread to cover the Patriots could make a very profitable NFL betting option this Sunday.



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