NFL Week 16 Football Picks

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However, this team needs a revival-tent style awakening after the appalling lack of heart, focus and execution displayed last week in Pittsburgh. He is now one of those few QBs who can complete passes into one-foot windows. A job somewhere else, so that Washington can recover some of the cash they spent on Robert Griffin III. At an overall ranking of 24th, that’s exactly what they are. If Dallas wins, the Eagles can’t clinch Sunday night and the Philly coach may pull some starters. New Orleans must run the ball to win on the road and the Panthers only allowed 97.3 yards per game over the last month. He’s less than 400 yards shy of being the first Dolphins QB since Dan you-know-who to have a 4,000-yard season.

Statistics from: Pro-Football-Refernce.com, NFL.com, and Three-Week Stats from USAToday.com, CBSSports.com

New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens. The promising offense has dropped to a pedestrian 25 points per contest this month. And the Seahawks special teams have given up 19 punt return yards all year. QB Carson Palmer has an injured elbow that may be a problem and star wideout Larry Fitzgerald is coming off a concussion. Coach Chip Kelly will know at kickoff whether Dallas won over Washington. Posluszny has labored in obscurity while turning in a rather amazing season in Florida: he is second in the NFL with 139 tackles. Let’s see how well backup QB Kellen Clemens does versus a Bucs secondary giving up fewer than 200 passing yards in the last three games. This is the matchup of under-performing squads. That just about sums up this season.

Dallas QB Tony Romo needs to join a recovery group for QBs who think they have to win the game single-handedly. Now starting WRs are returning balls–never an ideal situation.

Straight Up: Jets at home

Against the Spread: Jets -2.5

Straight Up: Chicago (unless Dallas loses earlier in which case you should switch to the Eagles)

Against the Spread: Chicago +4

Dallas Cowboys at Washington. However, in the past three weeks (one of which featured only a third-string RB) the Vikings have averaged: 148.3 rushing yards, 295 passing yards, 443.3 total yards and 32.3 points. However, the Steelers are essentially playing for pride after an abysmal first two-thirds of the season and the Packers are hanging around in the NFC North without their starting quarterback only courtesy of Detroit’s and Chicago’s inability to close out the division. That’s the best thing this team has done in two months.

Jets’ rookie signal-caller Geno Smith has not had an easy time of it, averaging less than 150 passing yards this month. Philip Rivers was the president of this group the past few years. On the other side, LeSean McCoy is one of the most dangerous backs in the NFL: “Shady” is averaging five yards per carry and 11.3 yards per reception.

Pats QB Tom Brady gets his taller red zone targets back this week in WRs Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson (probably). In fact, the most points that the Saints have managed on the road all season were 27 against New England–and they still lost. The defense has given up 27 points per game. Both QBs can be had in the interception department.

New York Giants at Detroit Lions. The Chargers made the Denver defense look like a bottom-third unit last week. Spiller will need to run up and down the gridiron: Buffalo’s rushers have contributed 153.3 yards each of the last three Sundays, while Miami’s D has allowed only 93 rushing yards. Without dominant D-lineman Justin Houston, KC’s D isn’t as fierce and has allowed 25.3 points over the last three games. Roddy White, Julio Jones and Steven Jackson haven’t been healthy and the team could only muster 262 passing yards and fewer than 80 rushing yards over the year. Add in my choice for Offensive Rookie of the Year, WR Keenan Allen (seven touchdowns and 14.8 yards per catch), and Rivers has more to work with than in recent memory. Their pass rush is inconsistent on a line that has lost two starters in three weeks, the linebackers vacillate from being playmakers to looking like they missed “Run D 101″ in training camp and the secondary is susceptible to the big play.

The Raiders, behind unlikely starting QB Matt McGloin, have scored more than 27 points over the last three Sundays, but have given up 41.3 and are -9 in turnovers! Hard to win with that ratio. He has contributed over 1,000 combined yards after missing the first four games of the year. With 77 total touches thus far in December, Bears RB Matt Forte has added 457 yards and a score to his team’s offense. They will face a second-year Seattle QB in Russell Wilson who has 3077 aerial yards, 24 TDs and only 8 INTs. Meanwhile, the Ravens D is rallying and has surrendered 20.7 points on average over the last three weeks.. If the Cardinals don’t win against Seattle in Seattle, their playoff hopes are done. Throw in the fact that Danny Woodhead and featured back Ryan Mathews are combing for almost 140 rushing yards each game of the past three weeks. Return specialist Trindon Holliday seems to be paralyzed with fear that he’ll drop the ball yet again. Miami’s rushers Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas (who is questionable) have run for 131.3 per contest themselves this month; Buffalo is surrendering 158.3 rushing yards over the same period. In that Pittsburgh blizzard he also threw three scores. Louis has a ferocious defense, but their franchise QB can’t stay healthy. Yes, of course they need to run the ball more. The defense should be the second coming of the Steel Curtain and yet they couldn’t beat a Ravens team that has no running game!

Then there’s the return game. Starting rusher Willis McGahee may be back from concussion, but Edwin Baker made an impact in his first chance on the gridiron after two well-traveled years in the League. Both teams Read more

Cantor Gaming Announces In-Running Wagering for The NFL Season

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Amaitis said the bets that will be offered through In-Running are:

. Amaitis added, “In-Running is hugely successful at the M’s Race &

Sports Book. In-Running betting allows

wagering on live sporting events throughout the event. “We are constantly looking for

opportunities to add new and exciting amenities to our overall guest

experience and this is the type of “only in Las Vegas” concept that

helps differentiate The Venetian and Palazzo from other properties on

the Strip, and also demonstrates the true uniqueness of Las Vegas and

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addition to NFL games, In-Running will be available for select NCAA

football games this season.

Through Cantor Gaming’s In-Running, wagers also will be accepted on

whether:

For more information, visit www.cantorgaming.com

“The addition of “In-Running” is certainly going to enhance our sports

book offering and be a huge hit with the many sports aficionados who

spend time at our properties,” said Robert Goldstein, president of both

The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas. In-Running betting allows wagering on live sporting events throughout

the event.

Full Game Money Line

Full Game Point Line

Full Game Total, Over/Under

First Half Money Line

First Half Point Line

First Half Total Over/Under

About Cantor Gaming

“In-Running is particularly well suited for football because of the

popularity of the game and the huge number of football fans interested

in sports betting. With In-Running, customers can place bets during the

game, so fans can have a stake in the action all the way through the

event,” said Lee Amaitis, President and CEO of Cantor Gaming.

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cantor Gaming, an affiliate of the global financial services firm Cantor

Fitzgerald, today announced that its extremely popular “In-Running”

sports betting product will be available at The Venetian, Palazzo and

the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas for the 2009 NFL season, beginning

with Tennessee at Pittsburgh on September 10.

The current drive will yield a first down.

The current drive will result in a punt, field goal, touchdown, or an

interception/fumble.

Twenty or more yards will be gained on the next play.

Any field goal attempt will be made or missed.

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season is immensely popular with sports betters and we’re excited to

extend our product offerings to The Venetian and Palazzo.”

Cantor Gaming is an affiliate of global financial services provider

Cantor Fitzgerald, which has over 60 years of experience and

unparalleled expertise of highly secure real-time financial transaction

processing, management, and execution. Cantor is

the first company licensed as a manufacturer, distributor, and operator

of a mobile gaming system by the state of Nevada and remains the world

leader. Cantor was also the first company to introduce in-running

wagering in Las Vegas, at the M Resort Spa & Casino’s Race and Sports

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casino games including XtraOdds Baccarat(TM) and Bonus Roulette(TM). We opened the action with the NCAA March Madness Basketball

Tournament, continued throughout the NBA Playoffs, horse racing’s Triple

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The Symbiotic Relationship Between Sports and Gambling

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However, it does go a long way toward proving my point. I applaud the most recent comments of Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA and the legislative efforts of Chris Christie of New Jersey.

Perhaps the most troubling part is the negative spin often associated with sports betting. They both require the responsible management of risk capital and making the best possible investment decisions after a thorough analysis of the information. This magical interaction now intensifies, bringing a deeper quality to the game. The NFL needs the gamblers just as much as the gamblers need the NFL. Everything suddenly matters more, every call and every play. All of us have felt the adrenaline surge for a must-have fourth down conversion or seen the handy camera work pan to a fan, whose eyes are closed, and is in solemn prayer. The days of offering game odds driven by rumor and “on the ground” contacts are over. I would also venture to say that more than fifty percent of those UK fans have laid a bet with one of the publicly traded companies licensed to accept wagers. She told him they had won, and he erupted with absolute glee. If morality is truly the reason, can you imagine a scenario where the NFL questions fans before allowing entrance to the stadium, and then denies entrance to the gambler and issues a refund? No chance of that. They are riding a roller coaster during a speculative course of events, and it’s those crucial actions on the field that manifest themselves on both the physical (a racing heart) and spiritual (praying to the Football Gods) plane. I continue to draw comparisons to any financial market that entertains a speculative investment. I’m going to use the NFL as my example because of its universal appeal and because football betting drives the largest number of bets here in America. With such a big secret one would think the message would be broadcasted across the wire, but instead sports betting continues to channel in a gigantic whisper.

Consider that the base, and now let’s spike that unquantifiable interest with a financial stake in the game. Do I think Ben loves sports? Without question. At seven years old, and to his frustration, his bedtime curfew cannot embrace the whole game. She asked him, “Ben, why are you so happy about that?” and he replied with a smile, “My friend owes me a dollar today.” Obviously, I do not condone elementary betting, but I’ll chalk this up to kids having fun. It’s directly related to the profitability of every professional league, but to acknowledge its importance and interdependence would grate against history. The NFL has never been more successful than it is today. The days of back-room alleys and street bookies are largely over, as even they have moved to the Internet, though they are still breaking federal law. Right now, the offshore bookmakers and the underground world are hoping things continue unchanged while they happily siphon millions of dollars each year catering to the voracious betting appetites of the American public.

I must assume the NFL throws the public red flag on grounds of morality, though it’s completely disingenuous. Sports betting is the most taboo yet pervasive activity among sports fans and grows in popularity exponentially. It would be foolish to think otherwise. In today’s fantasy crazed-society, the stats and information available are at worst equal to, but in my opinion better than, information one could obtain before purchasing stock of a company. The games are now broadcasted up to three times a week, and the viewership of these games allows the league to command enormous sums of money for the privilege of advertising to its fan base. Sports betting is the secret love that everyone in the room is sharing, and it has never been bigger in the United States than it is today. Fans are “active viewers” and are engaged on a second-to-second level.

Blayne Davis, Author of Wild Game, an international legal thriller about a sports betting hedge fund.

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For millions of Americans, the mere mention of football season triggers sweaty palms and stomach churning. She told me the first thing Ben wanted to know when he woke up was if the Cowboys beat the Bears. Those responsible for setting the Vegas line are surrounded by banks of computers running calculations and formulas as complex as those used by hedge funds on Wall Street.

Fortuitously, when I started to the write this article, my wife relayed to me a funny story about our son. Simply put, the advertising pays the multi-million dollar player contracts and justifies the billion-dollar stadium. They openly recognize the existence and the economics behind creating a regulatory framework. Delving into the hot demand for the NFL product, we must move into some basic psychology behind watching a game versus watching a sitcom. All of these factors create the level of drama and excitement that we all secretly desire in our lives. Yelling at the big screen at a dropped pass (that we could’ve caught, right?) or a questionable penalty, (the conspiratorial referee, right?). Do I think he will ever place action again in his lifetime? I’m betting that he will.

. There has always been, and there will continue to be, an intrinsic relationship between sports and betting. Eyeballs drive this marketing monster — the larger the viewership, the more money media outlets can demand from their advertising partners.

The undeniable truth remains that regardless of the public message put out by the league, if miraculously all betting stopped there would be a dramatic decline in revenue and the financial repercussions would rock the league. It’s awesome.

Let me explain the correlation of sports and gambling from a superficial economic standpoint. We want this action; we need it.

But let’s go back to those initial viewership numbers and exactly why they are so great in the first place. As the NFL continues its Read more