Chiefs and Rams favored to meet in Super Bowl

NFL playoff Odds Jan 22

Bu the end of the day we’ll know which NFL teams will be meeting up in the Super Bowl that will be played in Los Angeles in two weeks. The current betting lines have the Chiefs and Rams favored to meet for the NFL title, but we all know anything can happen in the NFL.

Cincinnati Bengals +7 at Kansas City Chiefs

This line hung around 7.5 all week, but late money must be coming in on the Bengals as the line is now an even 7. Joe Burrow is extremely confident and he has an offense loaded with weapons at the skill positions, so you can see why you can’t count this team out. He also has the moxie to take the necessary risks to win this game. But there’s a downside to this strategy. The Bengals have been on the edge of playing recklessly all season. Last week Burrow was sacked 9 times but were bailed out by a horrible game by the Titans offense. They won’t be so lucky against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. This team will score points, and put plenty of pressure on Burrow and the Bengals offense. We know that Burrow is unflappable, but he will certainly be tested this week in Kansas City. Burrow pointed out last week that SEC stadiums are typically louder than NFL stadiums, but he hasn’t played on the road in KC in the playoffs. Things are different there.

While I think anything can happen in this game, I’m going to lay the points here. The Honey Badger is back for KC, which should bolster the defense that was shredded by Josh Allen and the Bills. Mahomes will put up points, and this could turn into a blowout if Burrow makes some mistakes.

San Francisco 49ers +3½ Los Angeles Rams

Many would concede that the Rams are the better overall team, and it’s certainly a team loaded with elite talent, but the 49ers have had their number. It’s a matchup issue, as the 49ers are built to give the Rams headaches. The Rams don’t defend the run well. They’d much rather pin their ears back and kill you with their pass rush. But the 49ers love to run the football and they do it very well against the Rams. Also, everyone is talking about the mistakes we’ve been seeing from Jimmy Garoppolo, but Matt Stafford has had his share of mistakes as well. He’s played much better in the playoffs, but against the 49ers pass rush we easily could see more this week.

This is a tough game to pick, but it’s hard to pass on the 49ers and 3.5 points in this game. The Rams are at home but there could be more 49er fans in the stands so both teams will be dealing with the noise. The key to the game could be the 49er defensive line. If they get pressure today then the 49ers should be able to win this game outright.

Based on last week’s games, betting on NFL games can be quite stressful, so try to enjoy the experience!

  

NFL Futures still have Packers and Chiefs as favorites to get to Super Bowl

NFL Futures Packers Chiefs Super Bowl

The NFL Wildcard Weekend saw most of the favorites advance, we have some pretty good matchups heading into the Divisional Round. The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs are still the favorites to meet in the Super Bowl, but neither team has an easy matchup this weekend.

Cincinnati Bengals +3½ at Tennessee Titans

The Bengals are riding high behind the golden arm of Joe Burrow. Meanwhile, nobody is talking about the Titans who managed to grab the top seed in the AFC and now have a healthy Derek Henry back in the backfield. I like the Titans in this game, but Borrow would make me nervous. The kid is special and he won’t be intimidated by playing on the road. That said, the Titans have a big edge when it comes to experience and coaching, and they can tear apart the Cincy defense with their running game.

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NFL season kicks off with an instant classic

Buccaneers vs Dallas 2021

The NFL season got off to a fun start last night in a game that had sports betters driving up the point spread to the Buccaneers as favorites, only to see Dallas come close to winning the game. It was a good example of how week one can be wild in the NFL as Tampa coughed up the football several times to keep Dallas in the game.

Of course, it’s always fun to bet on the first game, so from a pure entertainment perspective it drove a lot of excitement. But to win at sports betting you need to be selective in where you place your bets. In many ways this game was a sucker’s bet.

The Dak Prescott injury story dominated the news and help drive up the betting line. But he played, and he played well.

So keep that in mind as you look over the week one NFL betting lines. Find games where you really have an edge. Some betters last night probably knew that Dak was healthy and ready to go. Don’t go with the conventional wisdom.

  

Sports gambling in New Jersey?

Legalized gambling is going to get a ton of attention in 2012 with recent rulings on poker and lotteries. Now, with the recent developments in New Jersey regarding sports gambling, the entire issue is set to explode into a national conversation.

New Jersey’s inexorable march toward rectifying a two-decades-old mistake has taken a giant leap forward with a stroke of Gov. Chris Christie’s pen.

The governor’s signature Tuesday on legislation passed by New Jersey lawmakers positions the state for a legal challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which was spearheaded – ironically – by former N.J. Sen. Bill Bradley.

Legalized sport betting at casinos in Atlantic City as well as at four race tracks in the state is now a court decision away. Within weeks, or only as long as it takes to get the paperwork together, New Jersey is expected to file a challenge to PASPA. Supporters are optimistic that Atlantic City casinos will be able to open sportsbooks in time for the start of the 2012 NFL season in September.

“He (Christie) didn’t have much choice but to sign the bill,” I. Nelson Rose, one of the country’s leading gambling analysts and the author of the popular gamblingandthelaw.com blog, told Covers.com in an email shortly after the governor made it official. “Not after voters approved it 2-1 in November.”

The November referendum asked voters if they wanted to put the state on record as endorsing a court challenge to PASPA, and the vote showed that residents were eager to take on the fight. Enabling legislation sponsored by state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a longtime advocate of the legalization of sports betting, cruised through the legislature, teeing it up for Christie.

This will be a fascinating debate as right now fans can do this online at sites like bwin but states want in on the action. States are looking for new revenues, so old sacred cows are now being attacked.

Also, it will be interesting to see what the NFL has to say about it with the New York Giants and New York Jets playing in New Jersey.

  

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