[Cardinals/SEAHAWKS] Every week it is hard to believe that a team that is only averaging 79 yards per game can win. However, that is exactly what the Cardinals are doing. It could be because this same team is only allowing 17 points per game. The real battle today is the Seahawks offense that is powering 174 rushing yards per game versus a stingy Cardinals defense that is allowing only 80 rushing yards per game. This same defense already cranking out 15 interceptions this season. One thing that is too hard to resist is a Cardinals team that is 5-0 ATS in their last five games in outscoring their opponents by over 10 points per game versus a Seahawks team that is 1-5 ATS in their last six games. Hard to believe that these opposing quarterback staffs enter with matching quarterback ratings.
[49ers/GIANTS] While it kills me to say it, it is hard to resist a Niners team that is 10-3-2 ATS in their last 15 Road games. Although the Niners have been outscored by nearly 1 point per game this season, the Giants have been outscored by nearly 6; outscored by an average of nearly 13 points per game in giong 1-4 ATS in their last five games. This game is a long way from the Giants big upset back in 2012 in San Francisco. While the Niners offense has struggled in powering only 343 yards per game, the Giants continued battle with injuries and 27th ranked defense allowing over 400 yards per game should provide them plenty of opportunities.
[Steelers/JETS] Having started off slowly, the Steelers have powered over 414 yards per game in their last five games in rolling up 4 of 5 wins ATS. Roethlisberger powering 315 yards per game through the air during the run as his rating has quietly powered up to 110.6. The Jets, 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games, are averaging only 15 points per game in their last five game in being outscored by over 16 points per game; they simply do not seem to have what it takes to trap the Steelers in New York. Relying on its rushing defense to stay in games, look for the Jets to struggle under the weight of the Steelers passing attack.
[Rams/CARDINALS] Although the Rams have some exciting recent performance, it is too hard to resist the Cardinals in front of their home crowd. 2-5 ATS in their last seven games, outscored by nearly 9 points per game, Davis, 87.8 rating will struggle with a Cardinals defense that is shutting down opposing rushing attacks. 2-0 ATS in their last two matchups with St. Louis, including a 20 point margin of victory in their last battle in Arizona, look for the Cardinals, 4-1 ATS in their last five games to down the Rams.
[Cardinals/COWBOYS] Losing Romo in the biggest upset of the year spells trouble for a Cowboys team facing a streaking Cardinals team that is 4-1 ATS in their last five games. 6-1 SU in their last seven games, the time is now for the Cardinals to turn their 0-5 record ATS in their last five games in Dallas. The Cowboys will suffer the same fate of so many this year against the #1 ranked Cardinals rush defense.
[Jets/CHIEFS] It is hard to resist a CHIEFS team that is 4-1 ATS in their last five games in outscoring their opponents by over 14 points per game. With a balanced offense, it is the defense that is allowing less than 307 yards per game, including only 195.7 passing yards per game. Arrowhead will too large a hill to climb for a visiting Jets team that is powering only 16 points per game in their last five games.
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[Colts/STEELERS] Having fallen off the wagon against in Week 7, it is impossible to resist the Colts. The Colts arrive 5-0 ATS in their last five games in outscoring their opponents by 18 points on nearly 500 yards per game. While the rushing attack is only averaging 86.3 rushing yards per game this season, Luck, 110.5 rating, had already powered out 19 touchdowns. Although Roethlisberger arrives with a 96 rating himself behind an offense averaging over 380 yards per game, the Steelers have struggled versus winning teams in 2014. This game will hinge on the Colts defense that is allowing only a 26% 3rd down percentage this season.
[Texans/TITANS] With its offense only powering 320 yards per game, the TITANS will struggle against the Texans today. Even though their defense is allowing nearly 400 yards per game, the return of Foster, 4.9 yards per carry, has put the Texans back on the right track. Having faced two of the NFL elite over the last three weeks, look for the Texans to run over a Titans team that arrives 0-4-1 ATS in their last five Home games, and 1-5 ATS in their last six matchups with Houston. While both of these defenses have struggled on third down, look for the Texans to have the upper hand versus a Titans defense that is also allowing over 360 yards per game.
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[Steelers/JAGUARS] When you are on an 0-7 run ATS, you chase any victory you think you can get your hands on. For that reason, we head to Jacksonville, where the JAGUARS, 0-4 ATS in 2014, and outscored by nearly 24 points per game in their last three games, will face a Steelers team that were shocked by the Bucs. Managing only 279 yards per game to their opponents 451, it would appear an easy window for Rothlisberger, 99.4 rating, and his offense that is powering 412 yards per game to jump through to get back on track. Look for Tomlin, who is 3-9 ATS in his NFL career in games versus winless opponents, including 0-5 SUATS his last five, to get back on track with The Director.
[Jets/CHARGERS] Powering a 114.5 rating, Rivers looks like he has recaptured the magic that west coast buzzing. While the Chargers, 4-0 ATS in 2014, have struggled on the ground without Matthews, River’s air assault has been relentless. Although the Jets arrive a steller 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS mark in games off three straight losses, their offensive struggles with Smith, 75.1 rating at the helm will continue. Look for the Chargers defense that has held opponents to only 97.3 rushing yards per game to slow a Jets rushing attack powering over 151 yards per game. Like the Director look for San Diego to turn is sour record of 1-6 SU and 0-7 ATS mark in this series when playing off a win.
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[Raiders/PATRIOTS] Of course this could be a trap…or not. 2002 seems like an eternity ago. The Raiders arrive 1-5 ATS in their last five games sporting the 30th ranked Road passing and rushing attack. Having righted itself last week in Minnesota, look for Brady, who has an uncharacteristic 78.9 rating will find his legs in the team’s home opener. With its defense allowing 364.5 yards per game, look for Ridley, 3.7 yards per carry, to find his legs this week. Although the Pats stumbled in Week 1, the defense is only allowinng 288.5 yards per game.
[Texans/GIANTS] A member of the Giants Nation, it is hard to see the Giants play like this. However, the fact is, that Manning arrives a 69.2 rating and 4 interceptions. The Texans Fitzpatrick arrives with a 118.4 rating. While the Giants defense is allowing only 341.5 yards per game, their offense continues to sputter with only 269 yards per game. For Giants fans like me, it will be hard to watch Foster, 4.4 yards per carry, run over big blue. And if he is sidelined, it will be the passing attack of Johnson and Hopkins that proves too much. Nobody would be happier to be proved wrong.