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#309/310 OVER 41.5 Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 3:25 PM CT

It is easy to buy into the Nick Foles storyline with the Eagles posting a pair of huge wins the last two weeks to climb back to the edge of the NFC Playoffs. Philadelphia needs Minnesota to lose at home this week vs. a mildly interested Bears team that will likely have to host the Vikings next week as the chances for the Eagles aren’t favorable. Philadelphia has also been out-gained by a combined total of more than 400 yards over the past six weeks despite somehow being 4-2 in that span as the defense has been deteriorated with injuries and hasn’t come close to matching the results of last season’s championship unit.

One of the wins came hosting Washington on Monday night in Week 13 but that 15-point win was very misleading as it was a one-point game in the fourth quarter and Washington had to play most of the contest with a woefully ineffective Mark Sanchez. Washington’s playoff hopes were extinguished last week but under Josh Johnson the Redskins played two very competitive road games vs. tough defenses, out-gaining both Jacksonville and Tennessee for some success against quality defenses.

Washington beat the Jaguars and were right in last week’s game with a Titans team that had a lot on the line. Washington should continue to give a good effort as a divisional home underdog. Both teams have arguably made quarterback upgrades since the meeting four weeks ago and yet this total is even lower than that game and is set to the be the lowest total in this series since 2009.

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NFL Close Calls – Week 14

NFL Close Calls – Week 14

Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in most games. Here are some of the games that went down to the wire relative to the spread and total in the fourth quarter in Week 14 of the NFL regular season with one of the wilder NFL Sundays in recent memory.

Kansas City Chiefs (-6½) 27, Baltimore Ravens 24 (49): The AFC-leading Chiefs led by seven at halftime with a spread that slipped from -7½ to -6 or -6½ by kickoff. Baltimore tied the game late in the third quarter following a Patrick Mahomes interception. A big punt return put the Ravens in position for the upset and with just over four minutes to go Lamar Jackson found John Brown to give the underdog Ravens a seven-point edge. Mahomes cemented his MVP case with a great drive that included a pair of 4th down conversions, the second of which resulted in the game-tying touchdown in the final minute. That score also put the scoring at 48 on a total that reached as high as 53 before settling at 51 and dropping to 49 by kickoff. The Ravens had some time on the clock but disaster struck as a sack led to a fumble and the Chiefs had the ball in field goal range. Harrison Butker would miss from 43 yards at time expired however. Kansas City had the ball first and survived a fumble inside the red zone, ultimately giving Butker another opportunity and he was good from 35 yards. Baltimore crossed midfield but went backwards with a penalty and a sack that saw Jackson exit the game. Robert Griffin III entered and made a good throw on 4th-and-22 but Willie Snead couldn’t come up with it to extend the game. Baltimore still cashed underdog tickets and there were likely mixed results on the total.

Cleveland Browns (+1) 26, Carolina Panthers 20 (48): The scoring pace in this game was hot early with a 17-17 halftime score as the Panthers and Browns traded scores. Cleveland fumbled on its first play of the second half but Carolina didn’t take advantage of the field position to add points and only later in the frame added a field goal to lead by three as slight road favorite entering the fourth quarter. Early in the fourth Nick Chubb put the Browns in front but the PAT was missed for just a three-point edge. Cleveland added a field goal a few minutes later but up by just six, all results were still in play. Carolina reached 1st-and-goal with about four minutes remaining but Cam Newton’s eventual 4th down throw sailed high. The Panthers would get another shot but Newton threw an interception on 1st down with a minute to go as the Browns and the ‘under’ held on.

Green Bay Packers (-4) 34, Atlanta Falcons 20 (50½): Despite only managing 300 total yards in the game the Packers pulled away with a 34-7 lead late in the third quarter. Atlanta scored early in the fourth to put the total scoring at 48, just below the closing total. The Falcons reached the Green Bay 8-yard-line with about seven minutes remaining but a fumble kept points off the board. In the final minutes Atlanta kept a meaningless drive going with a 4th down conversion and then with 14 seconds to go hit a 19-yard touchdown pass on another 4th down play to bail out those on the ‘over’.

New Orleans Saints (-9½) 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (55½): The Buccaneers led 14-3 at the half as they looked to sweep the season series with the Saints. The game seemed to swing on a blocked punt late in the third quarter as New Orleans got back in the game with a short-field touchdown. Early in the fourth New Orleans scored on 4th-and-goal with a Drew Brees reach to put New Orleans up by four and suddenly the hefty underdog cover was in danger for the home team. Another 3-and-out gave the Saints the ball back in good field position and New Orleans again scored to make the margin 11 points. The Buccaneers again had to punt and the Saints added a field goal to lead by 14 with just over a minute to go. A touchdown would still put the Buccaneers in position to cover however and Tampa Bay reached the New Orleans 26-yard-line in the final seconds before a holding call and an eventual interception in the end zone.

New York Jets (+4½) 27, Buffalo Bills 23 (37): The Bills led 20-13 early in the third quarter after a short field goal after the Jets fumbled on the halftime kickoff. The Bills didn’t add points after another Jets turnover and then early in the fourth New York managed to tie the game. Buffalo missed a field goal on its next possession but after forcing a quick punt managed three points after a 62-yard drive, leading by three with just over two minutes to go on a spread that sat at -3½ before reaching -4 or -4½. Sam Darnold led a great late drive with the Jets rushing into the end zone on 4th-and-goal to take the lead for the first time in the game. Josh Allen would get intercepted to end the game for the Bills.

Miami Dolphins (+9) 34, New England Patriots 33 (50½): The Patriots led 30-28 late in the fourth quarter but couldn’t quite burn off the remaining clock and didn’t find the end zone, ultimately kicking a 22-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining to lead by five when a touchdown could have put New England by nine on a spread that bounced around between -7 and -9. The Dolphins returned the kickoff to the 31 and had one play left, it turned out to be a play that will be remembered for a long time as a two laterals after a Ryan Tannehill completion left Kenyan Drake with room to maneuver, eventually going the distance for a 69-yard game-winning score.

Los Angeles Chargers (-16½) 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21 (48): The Bengals were never out of position to cover the massive underdog spread in this game but their late bid to tie the game had a huge impact on the total. The ‘under’ felt safe with just 32 points into the fourth quarter and matching field goals didn’t change that trajectory. Cincinnati would complete a touchdown drive just after the two-minute warning and lined up for a two-point conversion that would have tied the game. The attempt was not a success as the Chargers led 23-21 and the total sat just ‘under’. After holding the on-side kick attempt the Chargers added a late field goal to secure the win and put the scoring at 46, just below the closing figure of 48 after an opener at 47.

Dallas Cowboys (-3) 29, Philadelphia Eagles 23 (45): Eagles backers had a right to be fuming early in Sunday’s big afternoon showcase game in the NFC East with a Dallas fumble on the opening kickoff handed back to the Cowboys on a simply unimaginable replay review decision. From there just 15 points were scored through three quarters and the underdog Eagles tied the game at just 9-9 early in the fourth quarter. These rivals scored four touchdowns in the final eight minutes for a 23-23 tie to incredibly hit the ‘over’ when the ‘under’ appeared to be in a very safe position most of the way. Dallas was in position to have a game-winning field goal attempt at the end of regulation but had a fumble and then a sack to cost the team 15 yards. In overtime Dallas again appeared to stall in field goal range but opted to go for it on 4th-and-1 from the 19-yard-line rather than kicking a relatively sure field goal. The Cowboys got the conversion and then on 3rd-and-8 connected for a game-winning and spread-covering touchdown on a lucky bounce as a deflected pass wound up in Amari Cooper’s hands.

Oakland Raiders (+10) 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 21 (51): The heavy underdog Raiders came to play in this old rivalry as the double-digit underdog was in position to cover the entire way. The ‘under’ also seemed safe with a 14-10 score through three quarters which held until the Raiders took the lead 17-14 with a touchdown with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Both teams would score again for a 24-21 Oakland edge in the final seconds. The Steelers picked up a huge gain on a lateral play to set-up a game-tying field goal that would have put those on the ‘over’ miraculously back in play but Chris Boswell’s plant foot slipped and his 40-yard attempt failed as the ‘under’ held on.

Seattle Seahawks (-3) 21, Minnesota Vikings 7 (45½): Both defenses were tough in this Monday NFC showdown with a 3-0 lead for Seattle through three quarters after Minnesota failed going for it on 4th-and-1 across midfield. In good field position Seattle got the biggest play of the game to that point with a 31-yard pass interference call on the first play of the 4th quarter, a play with minimal contact on a debatably catchable pass. That put Seattle at 1st-and-goal and Seattle got past the home favorite spread with a field goal to lead 6-0. Minnesota would go right down the field on its next possession but stalled inside the 2-yard-line and threw incomplete on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard-line. Minnesota’s defense forced a 3-and-out and returned to Seattle territory, opting for a 47-yard field goal try. Bobby Wagner blocked the kick but was flagged for pushing off teammates to leap over a gap, a new rule emphasized this season. Without explanation the flag was picked up as for the second time in the game a clear 15-yard penalty on Wagner was missed after he got away with a facemask in the 1st quarter. With the block Seattle took over downs near midfield when the penalty would have given Minnesota 1st down at the Seattle 14-yard-line in an egregious officiating mistake that created a huge swing in the potential result of the game. A big Russell Wilson scramble put the game away for the Seahawks who would also add a late score on defense before Minnesota avoided the shutout with a garbage-time touchdown for a very misleading final score.

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#124 San Francisco 49ers +3 over Denver Broncos 3:05 PM CT

Denver has faced a difficult schedule this season while looking the part against some of the league’s top teams including wins over the Chargers and Steelers. Denver also lost to the Jets however and is is a challenging scheduling spot this week facing a third road game in four weeks and a second straight road contest after winning in Cincinnati last week. The Broncos caught a break on the schedule last week vs. the sinking Bengals drawing the first start from Jeff Driskel.

Denver won 24-10 but Cincinnati had three turnovers and 12 penalties. The Broncos had a solid edge on the ground but fewer first downs while losing the time of possession battle as well. 10 Denver points came on drives of just 33 and 7 yards as there was good fortune for the Broncos. This could be a dangerous game in San Francisco with the Broncos back in the playoff race and now a healthy road favorite for the second straight week. 2-10 San Francisco has a top 10 run defense and the 49ers have had some misleading results this season thanks to a NFL worst -20 turnover margin juggling three different quarterbacks and numerous injuries on offense.

The 49ers are also a top 10 rushing team as Denver isn’t likely to enjoy a big rushing edge in this matchup. San Francisco has out-rushed six of the past eight foes while out-gaining three of the last four foes by at least 97 yards. The 49ers are the more productive passing team with Denver posting only 6.8 yards per attempt and Denver actually allows a higher completion rate and more yards per attempt on defense than San Francisco despite the perception of these defenses. Emmanuel Sanders is also out of action to greatly limit Denver’s passing potential. Denver is on a 5-11 ATS run in road games and this could be the biggest road favorite spread since 2015 for the Broncos.

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NFL Close Calls Week 13

NFL Close Calls – Week 13

Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in most games. Here are some of the games that went down to the wire relative to the spread and total in the fourth quarter in Week 13 of the NFL regular season.

Miami Dolphins (-3½) 21, Buffalo Bills 17 (40): The Dolphins led 14-6 at the half and 14-9 through three quarters on a spread that fell from -6 to just -3½. After both teams had interceptions late in the third quarter Josh Allen led a touchdown drive to put Buffalo in front at the 12-minute mark, with the two-point conversion making it a 17-14 edge. With the help of two penalties for 36 yards Miami answered with a touchdown drive in only six plays to go in front 21-17, past the favorite spread while inching closer to the total that closed at 40. The Bills missed a 55-yard field goal on their next drive with back-to-back sacks making that kick much more difficult. Miami only burned a minute of clock as the Bills got the ball back with more than two minutes remaining. Buffalo reached the Miami 25-yard line but a field goal wouldn’t be enough. A third down completion to the Miami 6-yard-line was overturned on replay review and on 4th-and-11 the Miami defense held to secure the narrow win while the ‘under’ also held on.

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New York Giants (+3½) 30, Chicago Bears 27 (43½): After the Bears had a comeback win last week and the Giants had a late collapse the same storyline looked to be unfolding in this matchup. The Giants led by 10 entering the fourth quarter and held Chicago to a field goal on an early drive to keep a seven-point edge. Chicago would get the ball back with more than two minutes remaining but fumbled immediately. With great field position New York had to settle for a field goal while only trimming 30 seconds off the clock. Still it was a 10-point game when the Bears got the ball back after the two-minute warning. Chase Daniel led the Bears to a field goal in just 36 seconds. Chicago got the onside kick and Daniel delivered a few big plays to tie the game as time expired. In overtime New York went first and got a 44-yard field goal. Daniel couldn’t deliver again, struggling to hold on to the ball and eventually failing on 4th-and-8 near midfield as the underdog Giants held on this week.

Los Angeles Rams (-10) 30, Detroit Lions 16 (53½): Detroit wound up holding the Rams to just 344 yards and trailed by only three points well into the fourth quarter as a heavy home underdog. Matthew Stafford would have another big late game turnover, fumbling on a sack near midfield to give the Rams great field position. Three plays later the Rams went up by 10 with fewer than seven minutes remaining in the game to match the spread. Detroit had a costly red zone holding penalty and settled for a field goal past the three-minute mark to get back within one score. The onside kick try was not recovered and the Rams nearly could have taken a knee with Detroit exhausting its timeouts. Instead Todd Gurley ran into the end zone after the two-minute warning to suddenly give the Rams a 14-point edge. The Lions were a threat to get back within the number late reaching the Los Angeles 14-yard-line in the final seconds before Stafford threw an interception in the end zone to end a loss for a second straight week.

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Arizona Cardinals (+13½) 20, Green Bay Packers 17 (41): In what turned out to be Mike McCarthy’s final game for the Packers, Green Bay never approached the heavy-favorite spread. A three-point edge at halftime was erased as Arizona scored 10 points in four minutes late in the third quarter to lead by seven. The Packers tied the game at 17-17 with five minutes to go but Arizona managed a late field goal after the two-minute warning. Those on the ‘over’ liked their chances with a late Green Bay score either clearing the number or forcing overtime. The Packers didn’t make the task easy with Aaron Rodgers unable to move further than the Arizona 31-yard-line and in windy, wet conditions Mason Crosby missed from 49 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs (-14) 40, Oakland Raiders 33 (54): The Chiefs led 33-16 entering the fourth quarter to sit past a spread that climbed as high as -15½ before settling right on 14. Derek Carr led two fourth quarter touchdown drives to suddenly put the Raiders within three with nearly seven minutes remaining. A big offside call converted a key 3rd down for Kansas City and the Chiefs wound up in the end zone just after the two-minute warning to seal the win up by 10. Oakland would wind up with a late field goal but only 28 seconds were on the clock when the Raiders failed on an onside kick attempt.

Los Angeles Chargers (+3) 33, Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (53½): With 10 points in the final three minutes before halftime, Pittsburgh had a commanding 23-7 edge in the Sunday night game. That margin held until the final two minutes of the third quarter with the Chargers completing a 13-play, 88-yard touchdown drive and also adding the two-point conversion. Pittsburgh still led by eight but a sack and a holding call had the Steelers facing 4th-and-24 and they punted back to the Chargers who delivered a 73-yard punt return touchdown. Another successful two-point conversion tied the game at 23-23. Pittsburgh went three-and-out on offense and the Chargers turned in another touchdown drive to suddenly lead by seven at the eight-minute mark. Pittsburgh regrouped for a 12-play touchdown drive that included a 4th down conversion but more than four minutes remained on the clock. The Chargers methodically used up the remaining clock to line up a game-winning field goal from just 39 yards. The kick was missed but offsides was called. On the second attempt the Steelers got the block but again offsides was called. It was called again on the third attempt but Mike Badgley was good from 29 yards as the Chargers were able to steal a huge road win in the AFC picture, with theses teams now having a good chance of meeting again in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs.

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Philadelphia Eagles (-5½) 28, Washington Redskins 13 (45): The Eagles led 7-3 in the second quarter Monday night when Washington had to turn to third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez after losing Colt McCoy to a broken leg a few weeks after losing Alex Smith to a broken leg. Adrian Peterson broke a long run to give Washington the lead and the Redskins then stepped up on defense with a goal line stand. Washington wasn’t able to take a lead into halftime however as the Eagles found the end zone after the two-minute warning to lead by four facing a favorite spread that slipped from -7 to -5½. Washington managed a field goal just before halftime to trail just 14-13. Josh Norman came up with an interception to keep Philadelphia points off the board in the third quarter as the underdog was still in position to cover despite Sanchez providing little for the Washington offense. Early in the fourth quarter the Eagles finally completed a touchdown drive and went for two successfully to lead by nine. Sanchez was picked off a few plays later near midfield and Philadelphia added a field goal despite picking up only seven yards. Down 12 Washington was still a touchdown away from covering but had negative yards on its final two possessions and the Eagles added a late field goal to complete a big NFC East win. The total also stayed just barely ‘under’ with several missed scoring chances in the game.

 

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FREE PICK 364 NY GIANTS +4.5 over CHI BEARS 12:00 PM CT

It would be easy to assume the Giants have quit on the season after a November surge had the team playing for a long shot division title run. Last week in Philadelphia New York did everything right early with a 19-3 edge but wound up falling 25-22 and now 3-8 any lingering playoff hopes have been extinguished. That doesn’t mean New York will mail it in the rest of the season and a team that was just a slight underdog on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions last week will be similarly priced at home vs. a team with a back-up quarterback this week.

Chase Daniel is an experienced option for the Bears and he played reasonably well last week in the comeback win over the Lions on Thanksgiving morning. The Chicago defense broke a 16-16 tie in the fourth quarter however with a defensive touchdown while also intercepting a late Lions drive that could have forced overtime. Behind Daniel the Bears had just 264 total yards against a mediocre Lions team that doesn’t rate much differently than the Giants at this point. With Daniel in the game and without the rushing ability of Mitchell Trubisky Chicago managed only 38 rushing yards on 2.5 yards per carry.

Struggling on the ground has been at the forefront of the discussion for the Giants this season but New York has been out-gained on the ground by more than 27 yards just once in the past six games. Chicago meanwhile has been out-rushed in three of the past four games. This will be a second straight road game for the Bears ahead of a huge NFC test with the Rams next week and a Giants team that has played almost exclusively close games this season can again play tight with a spread that has climbed above four points.

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NFL Close Calls – Week 12

NFL Close Calls – Week 12

11/27/2018

Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in most games. Here are some of the games that went down to the wire relative to the spread and total in the fourth quarter in Week 12 of the NFL regular season.

Chicago Bears (-3) 23, Detroit Lions 16 (43): Chase Daniel filling in for Mitchell Trubisky brought the line on the early Thanksgiving game down from -4 to -3. The Lions trailed 9-7 at the half with the Bears getting a field goal and a touchdown in the final four minutes before halftime. Detroit took a 13-9 advantage into the fourth quarter but the Bears quickly answered to go up by three early in the fourth. The Lions went 73 yards on the next possession but had to settle for a 20-yard field goal to tie the game, after being unable to get in the end zone on a pair of plays inside the 3-yard-line. Detroit’s defense forced a punt but on 1st down Matthew Stafford was intercepted and Eddie Jackson put the Bears in front with a 41-yard return as the Bears suddenly led by seven and the ‘over’ was within a touchdown. Detroit had plenty of time to work with and eventually had a new set of downs at the Chicago 12-yard-line at the two-minute-warning. On 3rd down Stafford was intercepted again this time for a touchback to end the threat as the Bears escaped with the win and cover despite posting only 264 total yards.

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Buffalo Bills (+3) 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 21 (36½): The Bills and Jaguars were tied at 14-14 through three quarters after Josh Lambo missed a field goal from just 42 yards. The Bills haven’t been known as a quick strike offense but in three plays and with the help of 30 penalty yards, Buffalo got in the zone to take a 21-14 edge early in the fourth quarter. Four straight punts followed before the Bills added a field goal after intercepting Blake Bortles deep in Jacksonville territory. The Jaguars would add a touchdown with just over a minute remaining but didn’t get the on-side kick attempt as Buffalo held on for the minor upset and 17 fourth quarter points pushed the game ‘over’ one of the league’s lowest totals of the season.

Baltimore Ravens (-13) 34, Oakland Raiders 17 (41½): Baltimore led just 20-17 through three quarters but another rough fourth quarter was on the way for the Raiders. Former Oakland star Michael Crabtree caught a touchdown pass to put the Ravens up by 10 and Baltimore got a fumble return touchdown from Terrell Suggs a few minutes later after having scored earlier in the game on a punt return putting the Ravens up by 17 on a spread that climbed from -11 to -13. The defeated Raiders didn’t offer a much of a late threat to get back within the number, going backwards on a late 3-and-out.

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Philadelphia Eagles (-5) 25, New York Giants 22 (49):The underdog Giants had a 19-3 edge but the Eagles got eight points with about a minute to go before halftime and then added another three to trail by just five through three quarters. With 10 minutes to go Philadelphia went up by three with another touchdown with a successful two-point conversion, but that lead was not quite enough against a line that opened at -6 never fell past -4 during the week. The Giants tied the game with a short field goal with about six minutes remaining but Philadelphia burned most of the remaining time to hit from 43 yards for a three-point edge for a demoralizing loss for New York, though the effort was enough for the underdog to narrowly hold the cover.

New England Patriots (-13) 27, New York Jets 13 (47): The Jets were tied with the Patriots 13-13 with four minutes left in the third quarter but Tom Brady hit Julian Edelman for a 21-yard touchdown as the AFC East leaders took a seven-point edge in the final frame on a spread that climbed up to -13 from an early week price of just -9. The Jets crossed midfield on its next drive but early in the fourth quarter opted to punt after taking a 3rd down sack. New England then completed an 80-yard drive with nine minutes to go for that 14-point advantage. It looked like the Jets would earn the backdoor cover reaching the New England 4-yard-line at the two-minute warning. Josh McCown had two throws to the end zone fall incomplete however as the Patriots held the 14-point margin.

Seattle Seahawks (+3) 30, Carolina Panthers 27 (47): Carolina led by three through three quarters and took a seven-point edge with seven minutes remaining in a game where the Panthers finished with 476 total yards but had a few missed opportunities early to keep Seattle in the game. Seattle went 75 yards in just over three minutes to answer with a tying touchdown. Graham Gano then missed a 52-yard field goal try just after the two-minute warning for the Panthers and without a timeout the Seahawks went 45 yards for Sebastian Janikowski to connect from 31 for the upset win in Charlotte with the Seahawks posting 20 points in the final 22 minutes of the game.

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Denver Broncos (+3) 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (49): These teams were tied at 3-3, 10-10, and then 17-17 through three quarters with Pittsburgh turnovers offsetting a significant production edge. The Broncos completed a 79-yard touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter after a Pittsburgh fumble just outside of the red zone but it appeared the Steelers would tie the game to potentially force overtime. Pittsburgh wound up with a new set of downs at the Denver 3-yard-line just after the two-minute warning but on 3rd-and-goal Ben Roethlisberger rushed a pass up the middle after an awkward exchange and the errant throw was snagged by defensive lineman Shelby Harris for an interception in the end zone to seal the minor upset for the Broncos. That turnover also sealed the ‘under’ with the total likely to be eclipsed had the game headed to overtime.

Minnesota Vikings (-4) 24, Green Bay Packers 17 (49): The Sunday night NFC North battle appeared to be headed towards a shootout with a 14-14 score just four minutes into the second quarter but Minnesota would miss a pair of field goals before halftime. In the second half both teams punted on early possessions while the Packers failed near midfield going for it on 4th-and-1. The good field position allowed Minnesota to finally add three to take the lead with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter with the spread climbing from -3 to -4 by kickoff after opening at -3½. The Vikings were able to take a 10-point lead just before the start of the fourth quarter and then halfway through the fourth the Packers defense got a big 3rd down sack to stay in the game, pushing Minnesota out of field goal range. On the punt disaster struck as the ball bounced into returner Tramon Williams and was recovered by Minnesota at the Green Bay 15-yard-line. Still no points were recorded as Mike Zimmer and the Vikings eventually opted to go for it on 4th-and-2 from the 7-yard-line up by 10. The Packers would face a similar decision on 4th-and-1 ahead of the two-minute-warning but opted to kick the 38-yard field goal to get back within one score, three points which were no help to those on the Packers, while the ‘under’ was also able to hold on.

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#265 Miami Dolphins +9 over Indianapolis Colts 12:00 PM CT

The Colts have some momentum with four straight wins to reach 5-5 but they beat teams that are a combined 13-27 in that run while getting to face a back-up quarterback last week against a Titans team that provided the highest quality win for the Colts in that run. Ryan Tannehill is set to return for Miami this week as they won’t again get to face a backup quarterback but some rust is possible for the Miami offense. It is the Colts that will be shorthanded on offense however with Center Ryan Kelly ruled out to shake up the offensive line while only two healthy tight ends are available this week for Indianapolis.

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While the Colts held the Titans to just 10 points last week allowing 28 to the Raiders and 26 to the Jaguars presents some concern for the Indianapolis defense and Tannehill had very capable numbers this season before his injury. 5-5 on the season, the Dolphins are still in the AFC Wild Card picture and Miami enters this critical game off a bye week for a potential advantage. Miami is only 1-4 on the road but they have had to face the Patriots, Bengals, Texans, and Packers in those road losses as this is likely the most favorable road game for the team since a Week 2 win over the Jets.

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The Colts haven’t been a favorite of more than seven points in four years going back to November of 2014 as this is an inflated price to give with a Colts defense that has surrendered 25 points per game through what rates as the second weakest schedule in the league. The Colts have the seventh most passing attempts in the league but Miami has the far superior pass defense in this matchup with the Colts allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 72 percent of throws this season, the second worst mark in the league only ahead of Tampa Bay’s historically bad pass defense. Those marginal pass numbers have come against Blaine Gabbert, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Derek Anderson, and Sam Darnold in the past five games as while Tannehill isn’t a star quarterback he compares very favorably with that grouping.

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A successful Eliminator Contest featured great carnage in Week 10 with seven of nine contestants bounced from the contest!

2011 Eliminator Champion Weekly Wizard was the only handicapper to win his DOUBLE PLAY last week and he leads the contest with 7 points. BB Documented Plays is still in the running with 9 points looking to sweep this week to take the title in his first season participating in the contest!

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NFL Close Calls – Week 11

NFL Close Calls – Week 11

Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in most games. Here are some of the games that went down to the wire relative to the spread and total in the fourth quarter in Week 11 of the NFL regular season.

Seattle Seahawks (-3) 27, Green Bay Packers 24 (49): The ‘over’ certainly looked promising early with a 21-17 Green Bay advantage at halftime. The second half started with five consecutive punts however before a Seattle field goal made it a one-point game early in the fourth quarter. The Packers responded to reach the red zone but also settled for a field goal for a 24-20 edge with eight minutes to go. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks 75 yards in just seven plays to secure the ‘over’ and put Seattle right on the number with a three-point edge approaching the five minute mark. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers faced a 4th-and-2 at their own 33-yard-line with only one timeout remaining and just over four minutes to go. The Packers opted to punt and Seattle picked up a pair of first downs and kneeled out the remaining clock for a big NFC win to start Week 11.

Detroit Lions (+4) 20, Carolina Panthers 19 (48): Carolina went 90 yards with relative ease on its opening possession for a 7-0 advantage against the slumping Lions. The Panthers didn’t score again until the fourth quarter however as Detroit took a 13-7 lead into the final frame. Carolina tied the game with just over nine minutes to go but Graham Gano missed the extra-point for a 13-13 tie. Detroit answered with a 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by a brilliant catch from Kenny Golladay for a 20-13 advantage for the host with five minutes to go. Carolina would wind up back in the end zone with just over a minute remaining, seemingly putting all side and total outcomes back in play. To the delight of those on the ‘under’ or Detroit, the Panthers went for two and the win, and came up short as Detroit held on for the narrow upset.

Dallas Cowboys (+3½) 22, Atlanta Falcons 19 (50): The ‘under’ was in a great shape with only field goals through three quarters as the home favorite Falcons led just 9-6 heading into the fourth quarter. The underdog Cowboys scored a touchdown early in the fourth to lead by three after a missed PAT left Atlanta just a touchdown away from covering the 3½-point favorite spread. With a new set of downs near midfield Matt Ryan committed the game’s only turnover and Dallas added a short field touchdown after a long return to suddenly lead by 10. The Falcons would add a field goal, force a punt, and then score a touchdown for a 19-19 draw just after the two-minute warning to keep both side outcomes alive with overtime possible. Dak Prescott led a 51-yard drive and Brett Maher just barely connected from 42 yards for the game-winning kick.

 

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Baltimore Ravens (-6½) 24, Cincinnati Bengals 21 (44): The Ravens led 13-7 at halftime but Cincinnati scored on back-to-back short field drives early in the third quarter to lead 21-13. Baltimore managed to tie the game at 21-21 with a minute to go in the third quarter, successfully getting a two-point conversion. That left the ‘over’ in great shape just needing a field goal the rest of the way. The Ravens had 1st-and-goal from the Cincinnati 8-yard-line but wound up settling for a 24-yard field goal to lead by just three. Overtime looked likely but Randy Bullock would miss the answering try from 52 as the Ravens held a three-point advantage. Cincinnati got the ball back but needing just three yards for a 1st down came up with three straight incomplete passes as the Ravens won but the Bengals collected as the road underdog.

New Orleans Saints (-7) 48, Philadelphia Eagles 7 (56½): For the second straight week the Saints turned in a blowout result as there was no drama with regards to the favorite spread that fell back down to -7 by kickoff. Those on the ‘over’ had some late hope but Carson Wentz had a pair of late interceptions, the first at the New Orleans 17-yard-line and the second in the end zone for a touchback to keep the total just ‘under’.

Houston Texans (-3) 23, Washington Redskins 21 (40½): Houston led 17-7 at halftime and clung to a 20-14 edge through three quarters. With Colt McCoy filling in at quarterback after an injury to Alex Smith, Washington took the lead with an Adrian Peterson touchdown run with about 12 minutes remaining. Houston hit a 54-yard field goal to lead by two, just short of the road favorite spread halfway through the final frame. Washington had to punt and the Texans did their best to run out the clock before reaching 4th down with less than a minute remaining. Houston attempted a 45-yard field goal that carried great ramifications relative to the spread and Ka’imi Fairbairn missed wide right. Washington would attempt a 63-yarder as time expired but didn’t get there as Houston held with a two-point final margin that wasn’t quite enough for most.

 

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New York Giants (-3) 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35 (54): The Giants led 24-7 halfway through the third quarter but Jameis Winston provided a spark for Tampa Bay off the bench. Tampa Bay cut the margin to three points with five minutes to go sitting right on the closing spread, though early in the week -1 or -2 was often available on New York. The Giants needed just over a minute to go back up by 10 but in just six plays the Buccaneers were back within three. The Tampa Bay defense surprisingly forced a 3-and-out to get a late chance but Winston was intercepted for the fourth Buccaneers turnover in the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers (-4) 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 16 (47): The Steelers were favored by 5-to-6 most of the week before line crashed to -4 in the hour before kickoff. It didn’t seem likely to matter as Jacksonville scored the first touchdown of the game to lead 16-0 with only 17 minutes left in the game. A blown coverage led to a 78-yard touchdown for Antonio Brown but the Steelers didn’t get the two-point conversion to trail by 10. Three punts followed and the Steelers were stopped on downs just across midfield with fewer than seven minutes remaining. Jacksonville wasn’t able to pick up a first down and the Steelers had the ball back with about five minutes remaining. In eight plays and fewer than three minutes the Steelers climbed to within three points just ahead of the two-minute warning. The Jacksonville offense turned in a fourth consecutive 3-and-out and managed to burn only 46 seconds with Pittsburgh using two timeouts. The punt went just 37 yards as the Steelers had decent field position. Not content for a tie Pittsburgh connected on two big gains and reached the 2-yard-line. Back-to-back penalties on a day where the Steelers had an outrageously lopsided penalty advantage put Pittsburgh even closer and with just seconds left Ben Roethlisberger narrowly reached the ball to the end zone for the go-ahead score. The extra-point was good for a closing line push though only very late Pittsburgh backers would have benefitted.

Los Angeles Rams (-3) 54, Kansas City Chiefs 51 (63½): The Rams had a 16-7 lead early but by halftime the score was tied at 23-23 with the defensive score from the Rams and a late touchdown from the Chiefs after the two-minute warning with both teams missing extra-point kicks in the first half. The record setting ‘over’ was well on pace with a 30-30 score midway through the fourth but the Rams were in front by 10 heading into the fourth quarter with a second defensive score from Samson Ebukam. Kansas City was back within three with a 73-yard touchdown for Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs went up by four a minute later with their own defensive score. The Rams quickly answered with a 47-44 edge just after the 10 minute mark, sitting right on the closing spread of -3. Both teams shockingly traded punts on the next two possessions before the Chiefs went back in front with fewer than three minutes remaining. The Rams answered in less than a minute to lead by three again. In a game with 105 points the Rams defense sealed the win with a pair of late interceptions for a closing line push though early Los Angeles backers might have found a number less than three while +3.5 was certainly available on Sunday for those backing the Chiefs.

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NFL Close Calls – Week 10

NFL Close Calls – Week 10

11/13/2018

Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in most games. Here are some of the games that went down to the wire relative to the spread and total in the fourth quarter in Week 10 of the NFL regular season.

Green Bay Packers (-12) 31, Miami Dolphins 12 (49): The Dolphins were down only 14-12 in the third quarter, settling for four field goals from Jason Sanders. The Packers would get an Aaron Jones touchdown run to lead 21-12 and then two minutes later got past the heavy favorite spread with a touchdown following a Miami interception. The 16-point edge didn’t leave much margin for error and the Dolphins reached the Green Bay 26-yard-line but on the final play of the third quarter Brock Osweiler took a 12-yard sack to take Miami out of field goal range. The Packers would add three in the fourth to lead by 19 and back-to-back sacks ended Miami’s final threat with three minutes to go.

Indianapolis Colts (-3) 29, Jacksonville Jaguars 26 (48): The Colts led 29-16 at the break but the pace slowed in the second half and Jacksonville climbed back in the game. Leonard Fournette scored his second touchdown in the third quarter as the Jaguars climbed to within six and the Jaguars would also missed a late third quarter field goal try. Andrew Luck was intercepted in Jacksonville territory to start the fourth quarter and the Jaguars had the ball back with about eight minutes to go in good field position after an exchange of punts. The Jaguars reached the 36-yard-line but lost yardage from there and faced a decision with four minutes to go on fourth down. Jacksonville went for the 55-yard field goal and got it to put the margin right on the common spread. The Colts faced a similar dilemma after stalling at the Jacksonville 34-yard-line with still nearly three minutes to go. Indianapolis would also go for the long field goal but Adam Vinatieri missed. The Jaguars were a late threat to win or force overtime but on 3rd-and-1 from the Indianapolis 35-yard-line a 10-yard gain was reviewed by the Colts and narrowly overturned to a fumble to effectively end the game.

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Chicago Bears (-7) 34, Detroit Lions 22 (44½): The Bears were in complete control with a 34-10 edge through three quarters but Detroit made a late rally with a pair of touchdowns in the middle of the fourth quarter with a successful on-side kick to trail by 12, leaving room for one more touchdown to be enough to flip the spread result. The Lions were able to get the ball back with just over a minute to go and gained 35 yards before ultimately running out of time without taking a shot at the end zone.

Los Angeles Rams (-9½) 36, Seattle Seahawks 31 (51): The Seahawks led 21-20 through three quarters but the Rams scored early in the fourth quarter and opted to go for two, falling short with a 26-21 edge. Seattle added a field goal to trail by two with 10 minutes to go and the Rams likewise added three a few minutes later to lead by five again. Russell Wilson scrambled on first down and seemed to get clocked in the head but with no call. Then two plays later disaster struck the Seahawks with newly acquired Ram Dante Fowler forcing a fumble. The Rams recovered at the 9-yard-line and scored on 1st down, suddenly moving past the heavy-favorite spread with a 12-point edge. Seattle proved resilient going 90 yards on its next drive to get back within five and then forced a Rams punt with only 35 seconds coming off the clock. The Seahawks would reach the Los Angeles 35-yard-line before coming up empty, but they held on for the underdog cover.

Dallas Cowboys (+7½) 27, Philadelphia Eagles 20 (45): The total on this game proved a close call despite only three points in the first 26 minutes of the game. Both teams added field goals and Dallas managed the game’s first touchdown with 19 seconds before halftime for a 13-3 edge. The Eagles tied the game through three quarters for a total of 26 points but both teams added touchdowns in the fourth for a 20-20 draw. Dallas would make it four touchdowns in the game on four straight possessions to secure the ‘over’ with a 27-20 edge with three minutes to go and the Eagles were not able to force overtime.

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New York Giants (+3) 27, San Francisco 49ers 23 (45): Monday’s battle at the bottom of the NFC featured the 49ers leading by three at the half to sit right on the number. Nick Mullens delivered a touchdown pass to put San Francisco up by 10 in the third quarter but the Giants quickly answered and had tied the game by the start of the fourth quarter at 20-20, leaving all outcomes in play. Mullens had an interception on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Giants great field position but they would punt on the next two possessions as San Francisco got the ball back with about nine minutes to go. The running game carried the load in an over six-minute drive, but San Francisco couldn’t deliver in the red zone, settling for a 30-yard field goal to the delight of those on the ‘under’. In what may be his last primetime performance Eli Manning got the ball back with fewer than three minutes remaining and connected for a 31-yard pass to quickly put the Giants on the edge of field goal range. The Giants got a pair of first downs via penalty and in the final minute Manning hit Sterling Shepard for the go-ahead score while the ‘over’ collected. San Francisco had a late shot as Mullens threw to the end zone from the New York 21-yard-line on the final play, but the throw fell incomplete.