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2013 NFL Playoff Odds – Divisional Round Lines

January 9th, 2014 by Lou Palumbo (Head Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2013 NFL Playoff Odds – Divisional Round Lines
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Here you will find the listing of all the NFL Divisional Playoff lines from 5 Dimes Sportsbook
These include spreads & totals for the NFL Playoffs Divisional round games at 5 Dimes Sportsbook

Three of these 2013-14 NFL Playoffs matchups are rematches of regular season games this year. 

2013 NFL Playoffs Lines For Saturday, January 11, 2014

Seahawks vs Saints Line

Last Saturday, Drew Brees & the Saints were able to come away with their 1st ever road playoff win. Their reward? A trip to Seattle to face Russell Wilson & Seahawks at “The Clink”. Current Line: Seattle -7.5 (Over/Under 46.5)

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
Game Time: 4:35pm (EST) ♦ TV Network: FOX
Divisional Playoff Line: Seahawks -8  Total: 46.5

The New Orleans Saints (12-5, SU, 9-8 ATS) will take on the Seattle Seahawks (13-3 SU, 11-5 ATS) for a chance to advance to the NFC championship. These two teams met back in week 13, in a dominant 34-7 victory by the Seahawks. Heading into the playoffs one would think that the Saints had absolutely no chance of winning in Seattle due to this past regular season matchup and the fact that most assumed that the Saints would not be able to win the type game where they were required to run the ball and play a physical grind-it-out game on the road and in cold weather. However, the Saints proved the critics wrong last Saturday by winning their first playoff road game 26-24 at Philadelphia. However, the Seahawks and their stingy defense are currently 7-1 at home this season, with their only loss coming to Arizona 17-10.  Their home field advantage may be the best in the NFL.  They seem to fluster teams early and throw a lot of early punches.  It will take an even more physical attack and lot of mental toughness to come away with this one.  Most think the Saints will not be able to handle what Seattle will dish out this Saturday.  Russell Wilson’s Seahawks are now listed as 8 point favorites from most books as of today.  However, this NFC divisional playoff line is down from an opening line of 8.5. The total may be the more interesting straight to watch here as 46.5 seems high for most Seattle games, but their last matchup finished with only 41 (league average 48).  The Saints are long shots according to the latest odds to win the Superbowl, with a 22 to 1 payout if they win it all this year.  Meanwhile Seattle is the current favorite at 3 to 1.

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Game Time: 8:15pm (EST)  TV Network: CBS
Divisional Playoff Odds: Patriots -7  Over/Under: 51
The AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts (12-5 SU, 10-6-1 ATS) are coming off one of the most improbable comebacks in playoff history. The Colts rallied from a 28 point deficit to defeat Kansas City in the Wildcard round 45-44. Andrew Luck and his island of misfit toys will try to keep this momentum going as they head over to Foxboro, Massachusetts to take on Tom Brady and the playoff-experienced, New England Patriots (12–4 SU, 9-7 ATS). The last meeting between these two teams was in November of the 2012 season.  In last seasons week 11, fans watched an exciting offensive show which racked up almost 900 yards of total offense (over 400+ for both offenses). Brady just kept throwing punches and then rookie, Andrew Luck couldn’t keep up.  Luck had thrown 3 interceptions in the 59-24 New England victory; and the Patriots were able to levy the “Chuck Strong” wave that had taken the league by storm. But that was a Colts team with no experience in big matchups and was also a much stronger New England team in a lot of ways. As of today, the Colts have won four straight heading into this one and are feeling good about themselves after their epic comeback.  However, the Patriots were rolling themselves as they have won five of their last six.  Many would say that the Patriots (as the #2 seed) got the better draw in Indianapolis, while Denver drew a more formidable matchup in the Chargers.  However, Superbowl teams don’t complain about their draw in the divisional playoff round when getting a first round bye in the NFL playoffs.  Most consensus lines for this AFC divisional playoff game have the Patriots listed as 7 point favorites at home against Andrew Luck and the Colts.  The total for this game opened at 52.5 and is down to 51. Check out the Colts & the Patriots Superbowl Odds.

NFL Divisional Playoffs Odds For Sunday, January 12, 2013


Last week, Colin Kaepernick & the 49ers (-2.5) reminded everyone why they are the reigning NFC Champions. They head to Carolina as 1 pt. favorites to face Cam Newton & the Panthers

San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers
Game Time: 1:00pm (EST)  TV Network: FOX
Divisional Playoff Line: 49ers -1  Over/Under: 42

In the Sunday NFC Divisional Playoff game, the San Francisco 48ers (13–4 SU, 10–5-2 ATS) will travel East for their second meeting this season with the Carolina Panthers (12-4 SU, 10-6 ATS). The 49ers (Divisional Round Odds to win the Superbowl: 6 to 1) defeated the Green Bay Packers 23-20 in the Wildcard round in sub-zero temperatures. In the first meeting this season, the 49ers lost to the Panthers 10-9 in one of the more physical games this season and perhaps Colin Kaepernick’s worst performance this season. The 49ers failed to score a point in the 2nd half while Carolina was able to get a go-ahead field goal in the 2nd half. While it wasn’t one of Cam Newton’s best performances either, the difference in this game was a 20 yard TD run by DeAngelo Williams.  San Francisco has won seven games in a row heading into this one, while the Panthers have won three games in a row with the week off.  Colin Kaepernick and the red hot 49ers, opened at 2.5 point favorites and are now down to -1.  The 49ers are the only road favorite of the four divisional playoff lines for this weekend.  This line has seen a lot of movement since the end of the Green Bay / San Francisco game.

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (-7, 46.5) 4:40 PM EST on CBS
Game Time: 4:40pm (EST)  TV Network: CBS
Current Line: Broncos -9.5  Over/Under: 54.5
The San Diego Chargers (10-7 SU, 9-7-1 ATS) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 27-10 last Sunday in the biggest upset thus far in the playoffs. They will take on their AFC West rival, in Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (13–3 SU, 10–6 ATS) in what will be their third meeting this season (rubber match). Both matchups this season were fantastic games.  Manning and the Broncos won their first meeting 28-20 on the road in sunny San Diego.  Phillip Rivers and the Chargers came out victorious 27-20 on the road in Denver just a few weeks ago (in week 15). Many question whether Peyton Manning can win in the cold weather, making his Choice of Denver during his free agency period back in 2010-11 an interesting one. This is Mannings second go-around with the Broncos after losing a tough loss to the Ravens in last year’s Divisional playoff round.  While it won’t be freezing cold temperatures in Denver on Sunday, it won’t be warm either, with an expected gametime temperature around 38°.  The Chargers have been playing very sound football as of late.  And, prior to their first NFL Playoff win in a while win over the Bengals last week, they have stayed off most people’s radar while doing so.  San Diego has won their last four games.  But, the offensive powerhouse that is, Manning’s Bronco offense has won four out of their last five (with their sole loss being to the Chargers. The oddsmakers opened this AFC Divisional playoff line at Denver -9.5 and it has been bet up to 1 at some books.  The betting public loves to put their money in Peyton Manning’s hands, and that is why they are listed as the current favorite to win the AFC.  Their current odds to win the AFC Championship are listed at t

2013 NFL Playoff Odds – Wildcard Weekend Game Lines

January 2nd, 2014 by Bankroll Sports Staff | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2013 NFL Playoff Odds – Wildcard Weekend Game Lines
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Wildcard Game Lines On Saturday, January 4, 2013

Kansas City at Indianapolis (-2.5, 46.5) 4:35 PM EST on NBC
The AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts host the Kansas City Chiefs in what will be a rematch from week 16. The Colts Indianapolis (11-5 SU, 9-6-1 ATS) upset the Chiefs 23-7 in Arrowhead Stadium, forcing 4 turnovers. Andrew Luck led the offensive charge with 241 yards passing while Donald Brown had 120 total yards and two touchdowns. Indianapolis has won three straight games while Kansas City comes in on a two game skid. Kansas City Kansas City (11–5 SU, 9–7 ATS) did rest their starters in the final regular season game losing in overtime 27-24 to Kansas City.

New Orleans at Philadelphia (-2.5, 53.5) 8:00 PM EST on NBC
Two of the higher scoring teams in the NFL will meet at Lincoln Financial field as the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles host the New Orleans Saints. The Eagles (10-6 SU, 8-7-1 ATS) are coming off a 24-22 victory over Dallas to win their division, clinching the #3 seed in the process. New Orleans (11-5, SU, 8-8 ATS) clinched the final wildcard spot with a dominant 42-17 win over TampaBay. The Saints hit a rough patch in December, and have lost three out of their last five games. Philadelphia is one of the hotter teams in the league, winning seven out their last eight.

Wildcard Weekend Odds On Sunday, January 5, 2013

San Diego at Cincinnati (-7, 46.5) 1:00 PM EST on CBS
The San Diego Chargers will have their work cut out for them when they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. These two teams met in week 13, with Cincinnati winning 17-10. The Bengals (11-5 SU, 10-5-1 ATS) have been dominant at home this year, going 8-0 at Paul Brown Stadium. What’s even more impressive is that they are also 8-0 against the spread at home as well. Cincinnati put an end to Baltimore’s playoff hopes, defeating the Ravens 34-17 last Sunday despite 3 interceptions thrown by quarterback Andy Dalton. San Diego (9-7 SU, 8-7-1 ATS) comes in to Sundays matchup off a 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City and have won five out of their last six games.

San Francisco (-2.5, 48) at Green Bay 4:30 PM EST on FOX
San Francisco will travel to Lambeau Field for the second meeting this season with the Green Bay Packers (8-7-1 SU, 6-10 ATS). The 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28 in week 1 and was one of the more entertaining contests of the season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned last Sunday after missing the previous seven games with a collarbone injury. The result was positive, as Green Bay defeated Chicago last week 33-28 to clinch the NFC North title and the #4 seed. San Francisco (12–4 SU, 10–5-1 ATS) notched their sixth win in a row defeating Arizona 23-20 last Sunday.

Thursday Night NFL Picks: Saints vs. Falcons Props & Predictions 11/29

November 21st, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on Thursday Night NFL Picks: Saints vs. Falcons Props & Predictions 11/29
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Atlanta Falcons MascotThe Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints are set to continue the 2012 NFL season, and as a part of our analysis of the Week 13 betting lines, we are taking a look at some of the best NFL props on the board for this crucial Thursday Night Football matchup.

Will the First Score of the Game Be a Touchdown?: One blush would suggest that the sharp play is to bet on the first score of this game to be a touchdown and not a field goal, almost regardless of the price. That’s exactly what the oddsmakers are hoping that you do. They want you to look and see that the Saints have scored 39 TDs against just nine field goals this year and immediately figure touchdown. What you should be seeing though, are the 31 Atlanta TDs this year against 26 field goals for K Matt Bryant. What you should be seeing are the 21 field goal attempts that Bryant has had in his last six games against the 14 TDs that have been scored in that same stretch. The Atlanta defense allowed three field goals last week and four the week before, and it is starting to really seem like that the first score of this game at least has a fighting chance of being a field goal (or a safety) instead of a touchdown. First Score of the Game Not A Touchdown (+170)

Drew Brees Pass Completions Over/Under 26.5: Brees has completed at least 448 passes in each of his last two years, numbers which are out of this world. That’s an average of 28.6 completions per game. This year, that number has cut back quite a bit to just 25.1 completions per game. Brees also hasn’t completed more than 26 passes in a game in four straight weeks, and that includes a game against these Falcons. The running game is getting more and more involved as the weeks go by, and there is no reason not to think, especially for as bad as the New Orleans defense has been, that Interim Head Coach Joe Vitt won’t want to see more of that in this week’s game plan as well. Sure, if the Saints are playing catch-up, they’re going to be relying on Brees throwing the ball all over the place. However, he was playing catch-up all week last week and only went 26-of-41 in spite of the fact that the Saints dominated the possession. This just isn’t a slam dunk to see Brees get to 27 completions. Drew Brees Under 26.5 Pass Completions (-105)

Marques Colston Receptions Over/Under 5: Colston is one of the top receivers on this New Orleans outfit, but the likelihood that he beats us on this prop just isn’t there. Over the course of the last few weeks, it has been WR Lance Moore and WR Joe Morgan that have been getting more looks, taking away from the likelihood that Colston gets his targets. Sure, the Hofstra grad has had five, six, six, and four targets over the course of the last four weeks, but he isn’t catching everything coming his way. We could very much so see this prop ending on a push at five catches, but to see that sixth catch really doesn’t seem all that likely, especially after Colston had just three catches for 26 yards and a TD in the first meeting of these two teams this year. Marques Colston Under 5 Receptions (-130)

Jimmy Graham Receptions Over/Under 5.5: Now here’s a prop that we prefer. Graham really has been relatively quiet these last two weeks, but he stormed to seven catches, 144 yards, and two TDs when he played against these Falcons three weeks ago. There is no doubt that with TE Rob Gronkowski on the sidelines, that Graham is the most productive tight end in football, and we expect to see another great game out of the Miami product once again in this one. Brees has sort of gotten away from his big target in the middle of the field these last couple of weeks, and it has led to lesser numbers for them both. We expect to see a tremendously different story this time around when these two get on the field now against the Falcons. Jimmy Graham Over 5.5 Receptions (-115)

Matt Ryan Passing Yards Over/Under 313.5: It’s really hard to feel like Matty Ice is going to stay beneath this number, especially knowing that the emphasis has really been there on the passing game as opposed to the rushing game over the course of the last four weeks. In all four games, Ryan has eclipsed this number, and that includes when he went for over 400 yards against the Saints a few weeks back. However, Atlanta has been playing either from behind or in tight games or from way behind in those, and though we aren’t handicapping the game by any stretch of the imagination, we are still figuring that this one isn’t going to be a game in which the Falcons are going to have to fight back from down 20 to try to come back and win. It’s a tough number to try to reach for any quarterback more often than not, and we think that Ryan is going to fall short of the 300-yard threshold in this game. Matt Ryan Under 313.5 Passing Yards (-105)

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NFL Picks: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints Predictions 11/5

November 4th, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on NFL Picks: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints Predictions 11/5
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New Orleans Saints CheerleadersThe New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles are set to continue the 2012 NFL season, and as a part of our analysis of the Week 9 betting lines, we are taking a look at some of the best NFL props on the board for this crucial primetime fight.

DeSean Jackson Over/Under 74.5 Receiving Yards: D-Jax hasn’t played the best ball of late, as he only has 14 receptions for 191 yards over the course of his last three games without a trip to the end zone. This is the New Orleans defense that he is going to be playing against though, and this unit has allowed at least 199 yards to opposing wide receivers in all but one game this year (and that came against the lowly Chiefs). There is no reason to think that both Jackson and WR Jeremy Maclin won’t have big time games this week, as these are the two receivers that QB Michael Vick looks at the most. We also like Jackson over 4.5 receptions, but this is the better play, knowing that the speed of Jackson can take one 75 yards on a single play. DeSean Jackson Over 74.5 Receiving Yards (-115)

Jeremy Maclin Over/Under 53.5 Receiving Yards: Same premise here with Maclin. The Saints’ secondary is awful. Maclin has gotten over 53.5 receiving yards just twice all season long, and just once since Week 1. Still, we think that he is in for a much better game this time around, and he should have another one of these borderline 100+ yard games. Jeremy Maclin Over 53.5 Receiving Yards (-115)

Marques Colston Over/Under 77.5 Receiving Yards: With RB Darren Sproles out of the fold, QB Drew Brees is going to have to work hard to get the ball down the field. The problem is that he is going against a very talented secondary for the Eagles, and this unit is going to be tough to crack when push comes to shove. Don’t be all that shocked if Colston will draw the attention of DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie quite a bit, and that might get Brees to think twice about try to get the ball to the man from Hofstra. There will be better days for Colston than this. Remember that he has only made it to 78 yards twice this entire season to date. Marques Colston Under 77.5 Receiving Yards (-115)

Will Jimmy Graham Score a Touchdown?: If there is a Jimmy Graham prop on Monday Night Football this week, we love the ‘over’. Graham is a man that has fallen upon hard times this year because of his bum ankle, but in the end, he is still a dream to have at this position this year. Remember that he had 99 receptions last year and averaged over 80 yards per game, but more important to us right now is the fact that he has scored a touchdown in four of the five games that he has played in from start to finish this year. And, the one game that he didn’t play at all, TE David Thomas had a touchdown. With Sproles out, Graham is probably going to be the security blanket that Brees needs to get the ball to when he is in trouble. We expect to see at least 8 receptions, at least 100 yards, and at least one, if not more trips to the end zone for the Miami Hurricane. Jimmy Graham To Score a Touchdown (-115)

Garrett Hartley Over/Under 6.5 Points: Hartley hasn’t kicked a field goal in two straight games, but what he does routinely do is kick a ton of extra points for New Orleans touchdowns. Granted, we know that it is going to take at least one field goal, and likely at least two to get Hartley to this number, but we have confidence, especially after he had at least two chances in three out of four games to start the year, that he is going to get that opportunity this time around as well against a Philly defense that has a heck of a lot to prove this week. Garrett Hartley Over 6.5 Points (-150)

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Score in the First 5.5 Minutes of the Game -125
No Score in the First 5.5 Minutes of the Game -105

Eagles Score First +105
Saints Score First -135

First Score a Touchdown -210
First Score Not a Touchdown +165

Longest Touchdown of the Game Over 50.5 Yards -115
Longest Touchdown of the Game Under 50.5 Yards -115

Michael Vick Completions Over 22.5 -125
Michael Vick Completions Under 22.5 -105

Michael Vick Longest Completion Over 37.5 Yards -115
Michael Vick Longest Completion Under 37.5 Yards -115

Michael Vick Passing Yards Over 263.5 -115
Michael Vick Passing Yards Under 263.5 -115

Michael Vick Touchdown Passes Over 1.5 -160
Michael Vick Touchdown Passes Under 1.5 +130

LeSean McCoy Rushing Yards Over 90.5 -115
LeSean McCoy Rushing Yards Under 90.5 -115

LeSean McCoy Receptions Over 3.5 -140
LeSean McCoy Receptions Under 3.5 +110

LeSean McCoy Scores a Touchdown -185
LeSean McCoy Doesn’t Score a Touchdown +145

DeSean Jackson Receptions Over 4.5 -145
DeSean Jackson Receptions Under 4.5 +115

DeSean Jackson Receiving Yards Over 74.5 -115
DeSean Jackson Receiving Yards Under 74.5 -115

Jeremy Maclin Receiving Yards Over 53.5 -115
Jeremy Maclin Receiving Yards Under 53.5 -115

Jeremy Maclin Scores a Touchdown +140
Jeremy Maclin Doesn’t Score a Touchdown -180

Brent Celek Receptions Over 3.5 -125
Brent Celek Receptions Under 3.5 -105

Brent Celek Receiving Yards Over 49.5 -115
Brent Celek Receiving Yards Under 49.5 -115

Jason Avant Receptions Over 3 +115
Jason Avant Receptions Under 3 -145

DeMeco Ryans Solo + Assisted Tackles Over 6.5 -130
DeMeco Ryans Solo + Assisted Tackles Under 6.5 +100

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Intercepts a Pass +250
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Doesn’t Intercept a Pass -330

Alex Henery Total Points Over 7.5 +115
Alex Henery Total Points Under 7.5 -140

Drew Brees Completions Over 27.5 -115
Drew Brees Completions Under 27.5 -115

Drew Brees Longest Completion in Yards Over 40.5 -130
Drew Brees Longest Completion in Yards Under 40.5 +100

Drew Brees Passing Yards Over 318.5 -115
Drew Brees Passing Yards Under 318.5 -115

Drew Brees Touchdown Passes Over 2.5 -105
Drew Brees Touchdown Passes Under 2.5 -125

Drew Brees Throws an Interception -260
Drew Brees Doesn’t Thrown an Interception +200

Marques Colston Receptions Over 5.5 -115
Marques Colston Receptions Under 5.5 -115

Marques Colston Receiving Yards Over 77.5 -115
Marques Colston Receiving Yards Under 77.5 -115

Marques Colston Scores a Touchdown -105
Marques Colston Doesn’t Score a Touchdown -125

Lance Moore Receptions Over 4 -125
Lance Moore Receptions Under 4 -105

Lance Moore Receiving Yards Over 65.5 -115
Lance Moore Receiving Yards Under 65.5 -115

Jimmy Graham Receptions Over 5 +100
Jimmy Graham Receptions Under 5 -130

Jimmy Graham Receiving Yards Over 60.5 -115
Jimmy Graham Receiving Yards Under 60.5 -115

Jimmy Graham Scores a Touchdown -115
Jimmy Graham Doesn’t Score a Touchdown -115

Curtis Lofton Total Tackles Over 8.5 -125
Curtis Lofton Total Tackles Under 8.5 -105

Garrett Hartley Total Points Over 6.5 -150
Garrett Hartley Total Points Under 6.5 +120

New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers Predictions 1/14/12

January 10th, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers Predictions 1/14/12
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No one believed that the San Francisco 49ers were really good enough to win the NFC this entire season, but on Saturday, they have a chance to beat the NFL betting odds against one of the best teams in the league, the New Orleans Saints with a spot in the NFC Championship Game on the line.

NFL Playoffs Matchup: New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers
Saints vs. 49ers Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Saints vs. 49ers Date/Time: Saturday, January 14th, 4:30 p.m.
Saints vs. 49ers Television Coverage: FOX

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Key #1: The Saints’ secondary cannot let Drew Brees go wild
It seems like the understatement of the century, but it is true. Brees has now thrown for nearly 6,000 yards in 17 games this year, and he just keeps racking up 400+ yard performance after 400+ yard performance. The 49ers did a great job this year on the ground, as they didn’t allow a rushing touchdown in the first 14 weeks of the season, but their secondary at times was suspect, allowing 230.9 yards per game and ranking No. 16 in the league. Rookie LB Aldon Smith did have a team best 14 sacks this year to help bring a lot of pressure off of the corner, and others like LB Ahmad Brooks, DE Justin Smith, and DE Ray McDonald had great years as well. When Brees has been slowed this year, it has been with great pass rushes. That’s what the Detroit Lions had going last week for a half of football, but in the end, it was Brees that got the last laugh with a clinic in the second half. Brees is probably going over 300 yards, and he is probably going to get a couple scores, but much more than that is bad, bad news for the Niners.

Saints @ 49ers Odds at Wager Web Sportsbook
New Orleans Saints -3.5
San Francisco 49ers +3.5
Over/Under 47.5
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Key #2: San Francisco cannot get overtaken by the pressure in this game
It has been almost a decade since the 49ers have played in the playoffs, and no one like RB Frank Gore and QB Alex Smith were around at that point. We already saw the Lions fail against the Saints in their first playoff game in ages, and though the Texans won in their first ever playoff game, it came against a Cincinnati team that also had absolutely zilch in terms of playoff experience on the team. Playing at home is at least going to give a level of comfort for the 49ers, especially since they are playing against a New Orleans team which was beaten last year on the road in the first round of the playoffs. Smith and Gore are really the two cogs that have to hold up in this one, as they have to make the most of their opportunities against a sometimes suspect New Orleans defense. Even though you would like to think that San Francisco can’t afford for this game to become a shootout, consistently scoring and putting the pressure back on Brees and the gang is the right way to try to go about this game. Going conservatively isn’t going to get the job done.


Key #3: Whichever team gets a few big plays on the ground will have a major upper hand
The one thing that Head Coach Jim Harbaugh brought to the Niners this year was a level of toughness. They play fantastic rush defense because they aren’t losing those battles up front in the trenches. That being said, the Saints, who aren’t known for their ground game, do have the backs to make plays happen on the ground, while Gore could have a big day against the Saints as well. New Orleans only allowed a total of 32 yards on the ground to the Lions on Saturday night, but that came against a team that just doesn’t run the football. The 49ers are a significantly different team for sure. RBs Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Chris Ivory all have the ability to bust off some big runs as well for New Orleans. Whichever team can establish the line of scrimmage and get its ground game off to a great start is going to have a major advantage in this game.

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Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints Predictions & Analysis 1/7/12

January 7th, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints Predictions & Analysis 1/7/12
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In what could be one of the most entertaining games in the first round of the playoffs, the Detroit Lions will take on the New Orleans Saints. We’re set to make our NFL predictions for the big time duel on Saturday night in the playoffs.

NFL Playoffs Matchup: Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints
Lions vs. Saints Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Lions vs. Saints Date/Time: Saturday, January 7th, 8:00 p.m.
Lions vs. Saints Television Coverage: NBC

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Key #1: Detroit absolutely cannot beat itself
The first time that these two teams played this year, the penalties mounted in almost ridiculous fashion against the Lions. WR Nate Burleson was flagged three times for offensive pass interference, and there were three personal fouls that went against Detroit, some of which proved to kill drives on offense or extend drives on defense. In total the team committed 11 penalties for 107 yards. It is hard enough to try to beat the Saints on the road, a place where they seemingly never lose. You absolutely cannot give up a football field’s worth of penalty yardage against them and expect to win. If Detroit lets its emotions get the best of it in this game, it will be absolutely blown away and made to wonder what could have been had it been a more disciplined team this entire season.

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Detroit Lions +11
New Orleans Saints -11
Over/Under 59
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Key #2: Someone on the Detroit defense has to be spying Darren Sproles at all times
Sproles actually didn’t have that much of an impact on the game that these two played a month ago, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have the ability to kill the Lions. At just 5’6”, Sproles has a way of going unnoticed out of the backfield, and his blazing speed and uncanny ability to make tacklers miss in the open field is why he is so dangerous. Head Coach Sean Payton will use him between the tackles at times, as he did have 81 carries for 563 yards on the ground this year. However, Sproles also had 81 receptions for 681 yards and six scores, and he had a grand total of 1,287 yards as a return man between kicks and puns to go with a TD. In the end, he broke the record for most all-purpose yards in a season. We’ve seen Sproles do some amazing things in the past, and someone has to be keeping an eye on him at all times, or he will absolutely be the killer in this game.


Key #3: Matt Stafford has to outduel Drew Brees
Brees and the Saints were nuts this year. Not only did Brees reach the 40,000 yard mark for his career, but he became the first man to throw for 5,000 yards twice in seasons in a career, and he obliterated Dan Marino’s record for the most passing yards in a season. He has six receiving options that can all go off for over 100 yards in a game, and he throws for multiple touchdown seemingly every week. In total, he had 46 TDs this year. However, the Lions are still craving some respect, and this would be the way to get it. Stafford stayed healthy for the full 16 games for really the first time in his career, and he became the fourth different man to throw for 5,000+ yards in a season this year as well. WR Calvin Johnson had some amazing games this season, including picking up over 200 receiving yards in two of his last three games, but Burleson, WR Titus Young, and TE Brandon Pettigrew can’t be forgotten either. Detroit is good enough to shoot it out with the Saints, and without any sort of a running game to rely on, it doesn’t really have a chance of winning this one if it doesn’t.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints NFL Prop Picks (12/26/11)

December 26th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints NFL Prop Picks (12/26/11)
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Our NFL prop picks continue with our Monday Night Football picks and our Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints prop picks. Be sure to check out our NFL prop picks for the big duel on Monday, courtesy of BetOnline Sportsbook.

Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Jason Snelling Over/Under 128.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards
Playing ‘unders’ in NFL props like this one can be dangerous, as we have a slew of players that are involved, which really removes the potential easy out of an early injury. The first time that these two teams met, Turner and Rodgers alone had 126 yards on the ground and another 43 as receivers, and that really doesn’t bode well for the ‘under’ in this one. However, we have to look at the great job that New Orleans has really done this year against backfield groupings like this one. The team is averaging allowing just 109.9 rushing yards per game, and that is in a division in which th e Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers run the snot out of the football. Sure, dump off passes might be the death of us in this one, but we are definitely going to take our chances that the power of the New Orleans defense is going to be enough to get the job done in this very crucial game. Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Jason Snelling Under 128.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards (-115 at BetOnline Sportsbook)

Darren Sproles Over/Under 83.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards
Sproles really is a one of a kind back in this league, as he does just about everything. Sure, he is only run between the tackles a handful of times per game, but he is capable of being a 100+ yard receiver as well in any game, and any time he touches the football, it could go a long, long way. Sproles has 496 yards on the ground and 659 more as a receiver, both of which are career highs with two games to play. In the first meeting, he was really kept under wraps, as he rushed for just one yard and had four catches for two yards. However, that isn’t going to stop him by any means, as he is surely going to have a heck of a lot better day than that. He will probably get at least seven or eight targets as a receiver, and if he can catch just four or five of them, it could result in a slew of yards. We just don’t like the Atlanta defense and its capability of slowing down Sproles yet again in this game. When push comes to shove, at home, Sproles is a different back, and he is going to show it on Monday. Darren Sproles Over 83.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards (-115 at BetOnline Sportsbook).

Drew Brees Over/Under 2.5 TD Passes
Asking a quarterback to throw for three TDs in a game is always a tall task, but we think that this is going to be one of these days in which Brees puts his name back in the hat for the MVP award once and for all. Sure, he isn’t going to catch QB Aaron Rodgers for the most passing touchdowns in the league at 45 since he “only” has 37 scores, but he is going to become the first quarterback of the season to throw for at least 5,000 yards, and he is probably going to break QB Dan Marino’s record for most passing yards in a season on this night. Brees is 220 yards shy of becoming the first man to ever throw for 5,000 yards in a season twice in his career, and he needs another 83 yards to break Marino’s record. We think that he will do it, and do it with flying colors, and if he needs to play in Week 17, we think that he could even come up near the 5,500 yard mark to totally smash the record to bits and pieces as well. With 16 TDs and no picks over the course of his last five games, Brees is just rolling right now, and we don’t see how he isn’t going to throw for at least three TDs at least half the time in this situation. Remember that he already has three or more scores in seven of his 14 games this year, including in five of his six played here at the Louisiana Superdome. Drew Brees Over 2.5 TD Passes (+105 at BetOnline Sportsbook).