[Giants/JAGUARS] There are few games that big blue nation can get excited about this season, and this is one of them. While the Giants are 1-5 ATS in their last six games, and 1-4 ATS in their last four games on the Road, they are still in a better position to win than the Jaguars, who are only managing 14 points per game in being outscored by 13 points per game this season; the Jaguars 2-10-2 ATS in their last fourteen games. With both of these teams struggling on the ground, and allowing nearly 400 yards per game on defense, look for plenty of big plays to the Giants new star Beckham Jr., 14.9 yards per catch. While Manning, 88 rating, has stumbled when it counted the last two weeks, look for him to take advantage of a Jaguars defense that is allowing a 43.3 third down conversion percentage.
[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.
[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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[Niners/COWBOYS] It is always risky to start the year off on the road. If there was ever a team to do it with, it is the San Francisco 49ers, who were only one step short of the Super Bowl last year. The Niners standing tall as one of the best Road teams in 2013 going 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 Road games. The Cowboys on the other hand enter 1-4 ATS in their last five games, and 6-13 ATS at Home. Look for the Niners to start on the ground with it top rushers averaging over 5.7 yards per carry in the Preseason. Among the many question marks for Dallas will be the return of Romo from surgery. While he had a 97.5 rating during the preseason, this is the real thing.
[Patriots/DOLPHINS] The Director has been shocked here before. The Patriots, who are 0-2 ATS in their most recent visits to Miami, hope to recapture the magic that allowed the to defeat the Fish by 14 points here in 2011. Brady will be looking for revenge for the 2013 loss her ATS that was one of two blemishes on a 6-2 run ATS in the second half of last season. Powering a rating of 123.8 on 9.2 yards per attempt, Brady looks like he is poised to be a contender again in 2014. The Fish, on the other hand, are still looking for a quarterback to run the show. Look for Wilfork to control Moreno, the Dolphins one big weapon.
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[Patriots/DOLPHINS] It is rivalry week in Pro Football. There is little reason to believe that the Fish, 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven matchups, can repeat their 2011 upset. Instead, Brady, 88.3 rating, and a patriots offense that has averaged over 450 yards per game in their last three games, will exploit the Dolphins 30th ranked Home defense; the Dolphins powering only 252 yards in their matchup in New England. With Tannehill sacked 48 times this year, Look for the Patriots defense to generate turnovers, and help to turn their 1-6-1 run ATS on the Road around.
[Chiefs/RAIDERS] With the surprise loss on Thursday night, the Chiefs will have every reason to avoid falling into a trap this week. This game will be fought in the trenches between the Chiefs 4th ranked Road rushing attack and the Raiders 3rd ranked Home defense. Entering 1-4 ATS in their last five games, look for a Raiders offense, managing 20.3 points per game, to continue to struggle. Having snapped the 3 game slide ATS earlier this season, look for Smith, 18 touchdowns, and the Chiefs, who are outscoring their opponents by nearly 10 points per game, to take this one.
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