coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:14 PM

Ravens, Patriots, Broncos, and Texans can clinch playoff spots and/or division titles with wins. Falcons are in with Bucs or Seahawks lass.

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coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:16 PM

Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

Spread: No line
Public consensus pick: N/A
SuperContestants: 81 picks for each team

Public perception: Everyone is waiting for this line to get posted, and oddsmakers are waiting to know whether Ben Roethlisberger will play or not. If he doesn't, you can expect the public to be on the Ravens no matter what the number is (and it could be as high as 10, based on how Charlie Batch played in the loss to the Browns).

Wiseguys' view: The pro bettors aren't as likely to lay a lot of points with the Ravens, especially as we saw just two weeks ago that the Steelers covered the plus-3.5 against the Ravens with Byron Leftwich under center. But the sharps will need ample numbers to back Batch.

Tuley's Take: I'm in the same boat. This rivalry always seems to come down to a field goal, so points are at a premium, and before downgrading the Steelers too much for their loss to the Browns, let's not forget how the Ravens looked for 58 1/2 minutes against the Chargers. The pick: Steelers (hoping for plus-7.5 without Big Ben or at least plus-3.5 with him, but will clarify in the comments section after the line gets set).

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coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:17 PM

LV Sports Book BIG needs today: Dolphins, Seahawks, Titans, Chargers & Bucs. Lots of risk rolling over after losing big on Saturday

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coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:17 PM

You know those stats I mentioned? Here's something you won't see in them: Dolphins look absolutely fired up in warmups. Loose. Energized.

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coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:18 PM

Patriots are averaging 37 PPG through 11 games. Only team in NFL history to average more in a season was 1950 Rams (38.8)

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coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:18 PM

MORE SAD NEWS

Browns also dealt w tragedy yesterday when team discovered an employee committed suicide by hanging himself in the equipment shed at the facility. Sad, sad day

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coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:18 PM

Matchup: Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders

Spread: Browns minus-1
Public consensus pick: N/A
SuperContestants: 131-63 in favor of Browns

Public perception: This game is still off the board most places, with Brandon Weeden trying to clear the concussion recovery phases, but some books have posted the Browns as a small road favorite. The public should be pretty split on this game, as neither has been getting much support.

Wiseguys' view: The sharps have done well with the Browns this year at 6-4-1 ATS, but the wiseguys also know the Browns are in the unfamiliar role of favorite. Of course, that's assuming this opening line stays that way.

Tuley's Take: Except for their spread-covering loss at Atlanta earlier this year, the Raiders have let me down several times. It's hard to back them at home, where their only win was an upset of the Steelers. The pick: Pass (pool play: Raiders).

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coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:20 PM

Kenny Britt on what he expects to see out of new OC Dowell Loggains: "The ball -- more."

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coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:22 PM

Matchup: Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers

Spread: Bengals minus-2
Public consensus pick: 64 percent picked Bengals
SuperContestants: 210-79 in favor of Bengals

Public perception: The Bengals continue to chase the Steelers and Colts in the wild-card race, and the public is starting to take notice. Of course, I've also heard more people than ever swear off ever betting the Chargers/Norv Turner again after last week's loss, so I think the public would side with any team against them this week.

Wiseguys' view: As scary as it is to back the Chargers in any way/shape/form, they're still a prime candidate to tease them over a full touchdown (giving more wiggle room if they find another crazy way to lose a close game). Some will choose to pair it with one of the aforementioned favorites (49ers, Broncos, Patriots), while others will just put it with the Raiders in the afternoon game for a dog teaser.

Tuley's Take: Both teams have burned me at various times this season, though the Bengals have justified my love more recently. I want to make the case for the Chargers as the short home dog but just can't pull the trigger. The pick: Pass (pool play: Chargers).

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coleryan Posts:13458 Followers:19
12/02/2012 12:24 PM

SUNDAY SIX-PACK!

1. Chiefs +5
2. DOLPHINS +7.5
3 RAVENS -7.5
4.Seahawks +3

5. adding TITANS +7

The new change at OC will energize this team and the Titans have a shot at winning this game

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