Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks: Snap Chat
The NFL season kicks off tonight with a marquee matchup featuring the Packers against the defending champion Seahawks. This also provides a perfect example of how before betting on a football game, it is important to do your research.
Everyone knows how great the Packers offense is and Aaron Rodgers is recognized as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but can you name the player that will be snapping the ball tonight? If not you could be betting blindly. His name is Corey Linsley and he is a rookie.
Bruce Irvin on Packers rookie center: 'I'm going to pray for him’ http://t.co/XQh53KsrRv
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) September 3, 2014
We should all pray for this kid. He is the starting center for Green Bay and he will be in charge of calling the plays and snapping the ball in the loudest stadium in the league.
The Packers will surround him with as much help as possible.
McCarthy on center Corey Linsley: He's got a job to do. We feel very good about his prep. He's surrounded by some very good people.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 1, 2014
The loud stadium will only be a part of the problem. He will face the league’s best defense from a season ago and he'll do it without having ever snapped a ball in a preseason game to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
This is a very important tidbit to be armed with before betting on this game.
New York Giants: Problems with Pass Catchers
The Giants season starts on Monday night against the Detroit Lions. There is no doubt that if the Giants want to win this game they will have to put up some points. It is bad enough that Eli Manning is learning a new offense, but now it looks as though they will be short on targets for the talented quarterback.
Jerrel Jernigan will need to fill the void created by Odell Beckham's absence when the season kicks off Monday night in Detroit. If Jernigan struggles, Preston Parker and Corey Washington might get an opportunity.
This lack of pass catching threats is cause for concern.
Jon Gruden not Sold on New-Look New York Giants Offense; Feels It Lacks Proper Personnel http://t.co/0zwlIA67Od #nyg #giants #NFL
— Giants 101 (@Giants_101) September 3, 2014
The Giants will have to try and mesh early if they have any hopes of starting off the year better than they did last year.
Baltimore Ravens: Cooked without Rice?
The Baltimore Ravens start the season with a home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. As widely reported the Ravens will be without the services of Ray Rice for this game.
Last year the Ravens rushing game was bad with Rice in the game and very bad without him. Baltimore's rushing offense was the worst in the NFL, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. Rice and his top backup, Bernard Pierce, had two of the four worst rushing averages in the league in 2013. Rice averaged 3.08 yards per carry and Pierce averaged 2.87. To make matters worse, Pierce suffered a concussion in preseason.
Only two players on Ravens injury report: Bernard Pierce (concussion), Lardarius Webb (back). Both were full participants.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) September 3, 2014
Pierce will take the field in the opener and is expected to play, but it is yet to be seen if the Ravens will be able to establish a running game this season.
NFL Betting Info: Eight Trends in a Box
Here are eight trends against the spread (ATS) for week one in the NFL.
The under is 10-4 in Saints last 14 games in Week 1
The Patriots are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games
The Buccaneers are 13-29-1 ATS in their last 43 home games
The 49ers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games
The Texans are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games
The under is 14-4 in Buccaneers last 18 games in Week 1
The Browns are 2-12-1 ATS in their last 15 games in Week 1
The Chargers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September
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