jimmythegreek Posts:10556 Followers:377
On 09/08/2011 01:50 PM in NFL

NFL GREEK INSIDER WEEK 1

New Orleans/Green Bay over 47.5
An enormous banner not far from Lambeau Field features the last two Super Bowl MVPs - Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Not too long ago, it was far from certain that this glamorous matchup of the past two Super Bowl champions would take place. However, a tumultuous offseason has finally given rise to this star-studded NFL season opener at Lambeau, with Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers taking on Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

Brees and the Saints won't be awed by the festive atmosphere. This is the third time in five years they'll be playing in the league opener, having defeated Minnesota last year in New Orleans and losing at Indianapolis in 2007. Brees put together his third straight season with at least 33 touchdowns in 2010, leading the NFC with 4,620 passing yards and helping New Orleans go 11-5 to return to the playoffs. The Saints, however, were stunned by Seattle in their first postseason game in their bid to repeat.

He'll get a chance to hand off to former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, drafted with the 28th overall pick. Ingram will replace another player who won the Heisman in Reggie Bush, who was traded to Miami. The Packers went 10-6 for a wild-card berth last year, and they could be even better with some key players back healthy. Dynamic tight end Jermichael Finley and starting running back Ryan Grant are among that group. It all starts with Rodgers, who finally put aside the doubts about whether he could replace Brett Favre by leading the Packers to the same amount of Super Bowl victories as the former legend.

Offensively, the Saints will have to be hitting on all cylinders against a Packers' defense that was among the best in the NFL last season. The Packers, who ranked fifth in fewest yards allowed, finished fifth against the pass and were 18th against the run. So the Saints will likely try to do some damage early with their re-tooled running game to open things up for Drew Brees and his group of receivers. On defense, the Saints ranked fourth against the pass a year ago, so keeping Aaron Rodgers from getting hot will be their top priority. The rare matchup of the last two Super Bowl champions in Week 1 also pits the league's two most consistently productive offenses - they are the only teams to rank in the top 10 for total yards each of the last five seasons. Two similarly blitz-minded defenses, however, could keep the intriguing matchup from turning into the shootout that unfolded for part of the teams' last meeting on the fast track at the Superdome in 2008, when the Saints finally pulled away for a 51-29 victory. Dom Capers didn't come in as Green Bay's defensive coordinator until the following year. His aggressive, opportunistic, nickel-heavy schemes with several playmakers on the field give the Packers a better shot to corral the Saints' spread attack led by Drew Brees than New Orleans' assertive defense that has holes in the secondary is to stifle the myriad options Aaron Rodgers has at his disposal. First one to 30 wins.

I'll have some more plays later this weekend.







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junkmansports Posts:1135 Followers:26
09/08/2011 01:56 PM

On the over also JTG lets cash

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09/11/2011 01:55 AM

Cincinnati/Cleveland over 35.5:
Cleveland Browns first-year coach Pat Shurmur has handed his offense to second-year quarterback Colt McCoy. Cincinnati Bengals rookie signal-caller Andy Dalton is now leading the attack for Marvin Lewis' team. With McCoy and Dalton under center for the season opener, this AFC North rivalry will be renewed Sunday in Cleveland. After winning a Division I-record 45 games at Texas, McCoy started last season as the Browns' No. 3 quarterback. However, injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace allowed McCoy to start eight of the final 11 games.

McCoy completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,576 yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions, but showed even more glimpses of experience and picking up the offense becoming more familiar in the preseason. Lewis is hoping Dalton, a second-round pick, can deliver for Cincinnati as he takes over for two-time Pro Bowler Carson Palmer, who decided to retire rather than play for the Bengals again after they finished 4-12 last season.

Dalton led TCU to a record 42 wins over the last four years, but he had a rough introduction to the NFL, throwing three interceptions and posting a 30.9 passer rating in the first two preseason games. Dalton, though, went 11 of 17 for 130 yards and a score in a 24-13 win over Carolina on Aug. 25. Jay Gruden takes over as Bengals offensive coordinator, and he'll be working with a new receiving corps with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco gone. Fourth overall pick A.J. Green, Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and Jordan Shipley have a combined 20 starts and 160 receptions. The Bengals are expecting big things from Green as he continues to learn the terminology and routes.

Browns return specialist Josh Cribbs should get more opportunities to do the same for McCoy. Another top target for McCoy should be rookie wide receiver Greg Little, the former North Carolina standout. Same with Peyton Hillis, who had a breakout 2010 in his first season with Cleveland. He rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 TDs and caught 61 passes for 477 yards and two scores. Offenses should get off to a fast start here, and may become overwhelmed as the game goes on. However this number is way too low and I see the winner scoring at least 3 TD's in a closely contested battle.















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09/11/2011 02:00 AM

Tennessee +3.5 over Jacksonville (played early and bought half):
While the Tennessee Titans have a new, but familiar, head coach, they are more grateful to have their best player still in the mix. After the surprising release of David Garrard, the new faces at quarterback in Jacksonville could ultimately determine the future fate of the Jaguars' veteran coach. These AFC South rivals hope a mix of old and new will be the recipe for success as they open the season Sunday in Jacksonville. While Jacksonville avoided a third consecutive losing season with an 8-8 mark in 2010, it was not nearly good enough to reach the postseason.

Tennessee, meanwhile, started 5-2 but finished 1-8 to miss the playoffs for a second straight year. That second-half tailspin and the drama and distractions that came with it led to the release of quarterback Vince Young three weeks before the team parted with coach Jeff Fisher - who took over in November 1994 when the franchise was based in Houston. Longtime Titans assistant Mike Munchak steps in for Fisher and former Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck takes over under center with eighth overall pick Jake Locker waiting in the wings.

More important, star running back Chris Johnson is ready to play after he followed the lockout by holding out for a four-year contract extension worth $53 million - $30 million guaranteed. Currently the NFL's highest-paid running back, Johnson has led the league with 4,598 rushing yards over his first three seasons. He has his sights set on a big year for himself and the Titans. Johnson could find racking up the yards a bit of a challenge early on with fullback Ahmad Hall suspended four games for inadvertently using performance-enhancing substances. Johnson has averaged 105.3 yards in six games against the Jaguars but has scored just three touchdowns. He was held to 53 yards on 13 carries in a 17-6 home loss to Jacksonville on Dec. 5.

With Johnson and receiver Kenny Britt (nine TDs in 2010) set to pace the offense, the Titans hope the additions of tackle Shaun Smith, linebacker Barrett Ruud and safety Jordan Babineaux will help upgrade a defense that ranked 26th in total yards allowed per game (367.7) and 29th against the pass (252.0). The Titans have won three of four at Jacksonville, including 30-3 on Oct. 18 - the worst home loss in Jaguars' history. Tennessee won't need to worry about trying to stop Garrard, who was set to start before he was cut Tuesday. Garrard was 39-37 as a starter, but a shaky preseason and a $9 million price tag made him expendable.

Luke McCown will start under center with 10th overall pick Blaine Gabbert ready and waiting. McCown has played 16 games - starting seven - in five seasons with three teams, throwing for 1,739 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Del Rio's fate also could ride on the health of Maurice Jones-Drew, who rushed for 1,324 yards last year despite playing all 14 games he was in with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Tennessee's defense gets it done combined with Johnson in the backfield and Hasselbeck under center.



















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09/11/2011 02:06 AM

San Diego -8.5 over Minnesota:
Philip Rivers and the Chargers will try to prove they're back among the NFL's elite and spoil Donovan McNabb's Vikings debut Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego and Minnesota struggled to overcome 2-5 starts last season, and eventually missed the playoffs after winning their respective divisions in 2009. The Chargers won seven of their final nine games but a 9-7 finish was a huge underachievement for a team coming off four straight AFC West titles.

Slow starts are nothing new for Norv Turner's team, which opened 2-3 in 2009 and 2008 and 1-3 in 2007 in his first season in San Diego. Rivers is motivated to change that, and is coming off one of his best seasons. He had a career-high 4,710 passing yards with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and a 101.8 passer rating, leading the Chargers to the NFL's top-ranked offense. One area San Diego identified for improvement is preventing turnovers after committing 29 last season. The Chargers totaled a league-low 76 over the previous four years.

The Vikings went 6-10 last season, and had their own problems with the ball, turning it over 37 times to tie for second-most in the NFC while more than doubling their total from the previous season. That included 19 interceptions from Brett Favre, who finally retired after two years in Minnesota. Part of that responsibility will fall on McNabb, who replaces Favre and is looking to rebound from a rocky season with Washington. He lost his starting job with the Redskins late in the season after throwing 14 touchdowns and a career-high 15 picks.

Unlike in Washington, McNabb has some big-time offensive weapons at his disposal in running back Adrian Peterson and wide receiver Percy Harvin. Over the past four seasons, Peterson's leads the NFL with 5,782 rushing yards and 52 TDs. He totaled 1,298 yards and 12 touchdowns last year, but was much improved with just one fumble after totaling 20 over his first three seasons.

The Chargers, meanwhile, hope to have a full season with top targets Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson. Gates led San Diego with 10 receiving touchdowns while accumulating 782 yards on 50 catches, but missed six games with a foot injury. Jackson was limited to five games due to a contract dispute and calf injury. He had 248 yards and 14 receptions with three touchdowns - all coming in a Week 15 rout of San Francisco. While the offense is looking to remain among the best in the NFL, so is the defense after adding experience in linebackers Na'il Diggs and Takeo Spikes. While this one may start out close early, the bolts will set the tempo behind Rivers and a balanced receiving core to upend the purple people eaters.

GL everyone in week 1



















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junkmansports Posts:1135 Followers:26
09/11/2011 02:53 AM

Good Luck JTG

jimmythegreek Posts:10556 Followers:377
09/12/2011 01:55 PM

3-1 .750 in week 1 of best bets. Back up next week.

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jimmythegreek Posts:10556 Followers:377
09/12/2011 01:56 PM

3-1 .750 overall on week 1 best bets. Back up next week.

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junkmansports Posts:1135 Followers:26
09/12/2011 02:02 PM

Great Job

br_eilering Posts:58 Followers:0
09/12/2011 02:14 PM

I don't know many folks complaining about .750...nice work!