NFL power rankings: Chiefs, Pats lead way in AFC

With a week before the NFL Draft, let’s take a look at where all the teams in the AFC stand after free agency finished up. Here’s the NFL power rankings for the AFC at this point in the year. 16. Miami Dolphins This is by design. The Dolphins are tanking hard to build for the future. 15. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati had the worst-rated defense a year ago and didn’t do a thing to improve it. Combine that with a first-year head coach and Andy … [Read entire story]

Raiders among teams worth watching in NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is in three weeks, and it’s been headlined by a few topics. For starters, Kyler Murray. It appears a foregone conclusion he’s going No. 1 overall, but will it be to the Arizona Cardinals or someone else? Beyond that, what are the Oakland Raiders going to do? Oakland has an NFL-high three first-round picks in the event, having gained two from the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears in trades sending away Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack, respectively. Want $250 to bet on NFL … [Read entire story]

Titans need to make significant strides this season

The Tennessee Titans have to make a move in 2019. If they don’t. they are in serious danger of becoming a perennial afterthought in the AFC South. For years, the Titans have been good enough to stay in the playoff conversation but never quite a contender. Tennessee actually did reach the playoffs … [Read entire story]

Detroit Lions made a litany of moves but didn’t change fortunes

The Detroit Lions finished in last place of the NFC North last season. This week, they spent a ton of money to make sure that wouldn’t happen again. It’s not clear that they succeeded. Detroit was throwing money around like a drunk frat kid at a poker table. However, it can be argued that the cash wasn’t wisely doled out. The Lions dropped a huge sum on defensive end Trey Flowers, who took… [Read entire story]

Steelers find themselves in unusual position of underdog

The Pittsburgh Steelers are usually the sexy team in the AFC North. Not anymore. Coming out of the crux of free agency, it’s the Cleveland Browns who suddenly are the superstars in the division. Cleveland went out and traded for New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon last week before landing Odell Beckham from New York in a separate trade — later combined … [Read entire story]

Oakland Raiders compelled to go great guns in free agency

The Oakland Raiders appeared to be rebuilding. After trading for and then paying Antonio Brown, that no longer appears to be the case. On Sunday morning, the Oakland Raiders sent third and fifth-round draft picks to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for Brown. Brown, who turns 31 years old in July, was given a new contract that includes $30 million guaranteed. His performance shows no signs of decay — Brown scored 15 touchdowns in as many games last year. However, it’s fair to wonder how long he has before they appear considering his age. Want $250 … [Read entire story]

Lions have to remake roster this offseason

The Detroit Lions don’t have an identity. They are neither here nor there, which coincidentally is the worst place to be for a pro sports franchises. Detroit hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991. Right now, a casual fan would be hard-pressed to name more than one player on the roster. Yes, Matthew Stafford remains a star in his own right, although even that luster is beginning to wear off. Once a reason for hope, Stafford almost seems … [Read entire story]

Baltimore Ravens reshaping roster prior to free agency

The Baltimore Ravens are going through one of those ugly weeks. It isn’t going to be an easy process of reshaping the roster. Although for general manager Eric DeCosta, it’s necessary. On Tuesday, the NFL watched its franchise tag deadline come and go. Among the surprises was that the Ravens didn’t use their tag on inside linebacker C.J. Mosley to keep him beyond his rookie contract. In his five seasons with Baltimore, Mosley only had less … [Read entire story]

Steelers would have tough time retaining Antonio Brown

The Pittsburgh Steelers need to move on from Antonio Brown, but not everyone is ready to accept that. After Antonio Brown blew up on Ben Roethlisberger during a Wednesday practice before Pittsburgh’s Week 17 clash with the Cincinnati Bengals, the five-time All-Pro skipped the next two days of work before missing a Saturday meeting. Now infamously, Brown didn’t play in that game and showed his displeasure by leaving the contest at halftime. Despite all that and a host of other issues throughout the season — including the alleged incident where he threw furniture off a 14th … [Read entire story]

NFC Wild Card preview: Bears, Cowboys try to cover

The time has come. After OTAs, minicamp, training camp, preseason and regular season action, we finally made it to the playoffs. Twelve teams are hoping to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season. After the upcoming weekend, only eight will continue their quest, with four more joining the scrap heap. So who advances out of the NFC Wild Card round? Let’s take a look at the games and break them down a bit… Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) The Cowboys are in the playoffs for the second time in … [Read entire story]

NFL Week 17: 5 favorites to bet on Sunday

5. Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-8) This isn’t as much as a vote of confidence in Green Bay as it’s a total belief that Matt Patricia shouldn’t be a head coach in the NFL. In fact, while the Lions are typically conservative when it comes to firing head coaches, the guess here is that Patricia … [Read entire story]

NFC playoff scenarios: Eagles, Vikings fight for lives

The NFC playoff picture isn’t nearly as fun and dramatic as the AFC. We already know who five of the teams are going to be, and all of the division titles have been officially wrapped up. In fact, we’re basically  playing Week 17 to see which team is going to get the sixth and final seed between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. Additionally, we also know who is going to be enjoying home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. By beating the Pittsburgh Steelers … [Read entire story]

NFL Week 15: 5 best games to watch

5. Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams (-9) The Rams are trying to stay in the race for the top seed in the NFC. That said, Los Angeles has to simply look good after a week of being kicked around in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Eagles are trying to stay alive after losing last weekend to the… [Read entire story]

NFL Week 13: 5 favorites to bet on

NFL Week 13 sees many road favorites. We take a look at 5 favorites to bet on in the upcoming slate. 5. Indianapolis Colts (-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars The Jaguars are absolutely cooked. They are also benching Blake Bortles, which normally would be a really positive thing, except the front office showed only enough foresight to have… Cody Kessler as the backup. The Colts have won five straight and are absolutely rolling into December with an… [Read entire story]

Chiefs enter brave new world with Patrick Mahomes

For almost the entirety of the franchise’s history, the Kansas City Chiefs have been wandering the NFL wastelands without a top-notch quarterback. The team has never been able to draft and develop one, with Len Dawson, Trent Green, Joe Montana and Alex Smith all coming to Kansas City via trade or free agency. Now, suddenly, the Chiefs… [Read entire story]

Buccaneers still not getting any respect

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t getting much love, despite being one of the more impressive teams the NFL has in the early going. Tampa Bay, which was universally pegged to be the weak sister in the ridiculously good NFC South, is one of the final seven undefeated teams remaining. Nobody has a more impressive pair of … [Read entire story]

NFL Draft drawing near with ample intrigue

Who is going to be the first-overall pick to the Cleveland Browns come April 26 when the 2018 NFL Draft finally gets underway? Who are the New York Giants going to pick after that, or better yet, do we know what position they are looking at? Hell, do the Giants even plan to make that selection, and if not, who… [Read entire story]

NFL Draft could see historic beginning

The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and we still have no idea who is going to go with the first overall pick. Last year, everybody knew that the Cleveland Browns would select Myles Garrett of Texas A&M, but with little more than three weeks until Cleveland is once more on the clock, the mystery continues. However, there’s no mystery to the bevy of quarterbacks waiting … [Read entire story]

NFL free agency winners: Texans must feel good

The NFL free agency period is still churning through, and there are a couple of big names that remain on the market. Ndamukong Suh is the main headliner, and while we stand around and wait for the five-time All-Pro to sign on the dotted line, here are five teams that have to feel… [Read entire story]

Raiders are confusing experience for value in free agency

The NFL is currently on fire, with teams throwing fistfuls of cash at players throughout free agency. It’s a rite of spring, with 32 clubs hoping to improve their chances for an appearance in the Super Bowl 11 months from now, and more often than not, it’s an exercise in futility.That said, there are plenty of teams that do improve themselves. Some go from… [Read entire story]

NFL Combine: Rumors and notes

The NFL Combine had its second day of on-field drills and workouts, and it was the one we’ve been waiting for. The quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends took to the gridiron inside Lucas Oil Stadium at Indianapolis, and the results were interesting. Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson all threw, while Sam Darnold did all of the drills that … [Read entire story]

Colts have heavy lifting to do in free agency

The Indianapolis Colts have endured plenty of drama this offseason. After seemingly settling on Josh McDaniels to be their next head coach, McDaniels skipped town right before signing on the dotted line, leading to Frank Reich taking the job. Now, the Colts have to leave all that madness behind and focus on putting a quality … The [Read entire story]

Browns have chance to change image

The Cleveland Browns are a joke. They have been a joke for much of the past 20 years since being reintroduced into the National Football League in 1999. Since that moment, the Browns have only reached the playoffs once, and in that game blew an 18-point lead to the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. The quarterback-coach combination … The post Browns have chance to change image appeared first on [Read entire story]

Josh Allen represents the ultimate risk in the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is not for another three months, but the coverage around it is already starting to ramp up. Last week, we had the East-West Shrine Game, a precursor to the more popular Senior Bowl down in Mobile, Ala. this week. At the Senior Bowl are both Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen, a pair … The post Josh Allen represents the ultimate risk in the NFL Draft appeared first on bettingsports.com. [Read entire story]

NFL Week 15: Notes and observations

We’re finally to the point of the NFL season where it’s put up or shutup for legion of squads. The playoffs are only three weeks away, and only a few of the spots have been nabbed. This weekend, we have a bevy of teams that face either absolute or borderline must-win contests, and it starts … The post NFL Week 15: Notes and observations appeared first on bettingsports.com. [Read entire story]

NFL Week 14: Notes and observations

The final quarter of the 2017 NFL regular season is upon us. It began with a wild game on Thursday night between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints, with the Falcons earning a key win. Now, Sunday has 14 games on its slate, with a couple of contests having ample playoff implications. The AFC … The post NFL Week 14: Notes and observations appeared first on bettingsports.com. [Read entire story]

NFL Week 13: Notes and observations

The NFL is into December, and that means crunch time. Well, for some teams. For others, it means draft position and getting ready to remake a failing roster. As for the latter, there is no better game this weekend than the Chicago Bears playing host to the San Francisco 49ers. Chicago is 3-8 and cruising … The post NFL Week 13: Notes and observations appeared first on bettingsports.com. [Read entire story]

NFL Week 9: Notes and observations

The NFL season has reached the halfway mark, and we started this week off with an upset at MetLife Stadium. The New York Jets beat up on the Buffalo Bills, 34-21, putting Buffalo a game behind the idle New England Patriots in the AFC East. Perhaps that is a harbinger of things to come this … The post NFL Week 9: Notes and observations appeared first on bettingsports [Read entire story]

NFL odds: Lines and predictions

We are getting toward the cold weather, which means football season is getting serious. Forget about what we have seen in September and October from the contenders, it’s about the second half of the year, something that is rapidly approaching. So what should we expect this week across the league? Let’s take a look. All … The post NFL odds: Lines and predictions appeared first on bettingsports.com. [Read entire story]

Saints proving they belong in NFC conversation

Nobody believed in the New Orleans Saints before the season. No, not even the people who attend the games at the Superdome honestly thought the Saints could be a Super Bowl contender before they kicked off against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. Hell, even those who lied and said they believed in this team … The post Saints proving they belong in NFC conversation appeared [Read entire story]

Saints proving their mettle in win over Lions

For the longest time, the New Orleans Saints have been a one-dimensional team. If the offense couldn’t carry the mail on the Sunday, it would result in a frustrating loss as the defense gave up 400 yards and 30 points… on a good day. Over the last three games, the Saints have shown they can … The post Saints proving their mettle in win over Lions appeared first on bettingsports [Read entire story]

Falcons need to figure things out

The Atlanta Falcons are struggling to look ike the team that rolled to Super Bowl LI a year ago. After beginning the season 3-0, many believed that the Falcons were well on their way to another NFC South and a bye in the playoffs, only to see things fall apart over the past two games. … The post Falcons need to figure things out appeared first on bettingsports.com. [Read entire story]

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