Eagles On the Brink, Chargers Rally and Other NFL Notes

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Has the glitter disappeared from Chip Kelly's offense which has lost three straight?

It wasn’t that long ago that Mark Sanchez was the darling of Philadelphia and right alongside of him was his head coach Chip Kelly. Now, both might as well be the red-headed step-sisters at the nearest Philly orphanage.

The Eagles went into Washington last night and lost on a Kai Forbath field goal with five seconds left by the final of 27-24. The loss sends the Detroit Lions into the playoffs and now means the only way that Philly can get in is as a division champion. They will need the Cowboys to lose to the Colts today, then to the Redskins next week and they have to beat the Giants in their finale.

In other words, things aren’t so good. Chip Kelly’s no-huddle system is the greatest offense in the history of football when the team is doing well but he is now about to be run out of town after three-straight losses. On his coat tails will be Sanchez whose numbers don’t look too bad (37/50 374 yards 2TD/1INT) but he had a costly fumbled and his interception came at a horrible time and led to winning field goal.

To be fair, Sanchez as far from the only problem. Cody Parkey was one of three in field goals, the Eagles had 13 penalties and also dropped four passes. The imperfect storm happened at the worst possible time for the Eagles.

If you’re in Philly today, you are a Colts’ fan for sure.

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Mike McCoy's Chargers rallied to stun the Niners and kept their playoff hopes alive.

Bolts Stay Alive

On the left coast last night in the late game, San Diego rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat San Francisco 38-35 in overtime. The victory keeps the Chargers playoff hopes alive as they move to 9-6 on the season. Denver has already won the AFC West so the best the Bolts can do is a wild-card but it’s a logjam in the AFC to say the least.

Division rival Kansas City is in Pittsburgh today. The Chiefs are 8-6 and are looking to keep their playoff chances alive as well with a win over the 9-5 Steelers who can clinch a playoff spot with a victory. Also at 9-5 is Baltimore and then Buffalo is 8-6.

While we entered this week knowing all 12 playoff spots could be filled, I’m starting to think we’ll see a few contests next week that will determine both positioning and berths into this year’s playoffs/

Nothing in LA in 2015

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear yesterday that there will not be an NFL franchise in Los Angeles in 2015. Goodell told St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland that any relocation would not happen until at least the 2016 season.

That doesn’t mean the Rams, Chargers and Raiders can’t file for relocation on or after January 1st though. The problem is that a “super majority” is needed and Goodell made it pretty straight-forward comments that this won’t happen for 2015.

The question in my mind is why is the league so adamant about having a team in the LA area? It’s a bit of a rhetorical question because LA is the second biggest TV market in the country but is there really a fan-based demand for a team? I’m not saying there isn’t because I don’t live in SoCal but from everyone I talk to and listen to I get the distinct feeling a team in LA would be a rather “ho-hum” type of move.

Of those three teams I would think the Rams have the greatest chance of heading to Los Angeles and I say that because their owner seems dead-set on it. The Raiders are flirting with San Antonio which appears hungry for NFL football and I believe the Chargers will eventually get a new stadium.

Stranger things have happened though…

 

Monday Night Features the First Start for Sanchez in Philly

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Mark Sanchez will lead the Eagles for the next several weeks and get his first start tonight.

Carolina (O/U 48) at Philadelphia (-7) – Both teams come in knowing exactly what occurred within their division from yesterday and both now realize the extra importance of tonight’s game. The Panthers got a gift with New Orleans suffering a home loss to San Francisco which means a win tonight would give them five wins which would tie them with the Saints.

The Eagles are aware of the Cowboys victory in London over Jacksonville and need to win to stay a game up on them in the NFC East. Both teams tonight are dealing with quarterback issues although they are both of a different sort.

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Cam Newton needs a big game tonight in Philadelphia so the Panthers can stay with the Saints in the NFC South.

Cam Newton has been inconsistent for most of the season and I don’t put all of that on him. He’s had to rely on rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin as his go-to guy and the running game hasn’t exactly panned out well either with the team’s top two running backs dealing with injuries. Still, Newton knows those excuses only go so far. He needs to make better decisions with the ball and has to do a better job of executing when the the plays are there.

For Philadelphia, the Mark Sanchez era is here. Starting quarterback Nick Foles is likely out for the rest of the season with his injury. Last week, Sanchez came in for Foles and promptly delivered a solid performance in getting the Eagles a road win at Houston. Sanchez was 15 of 22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Overall, a very “Sanchez-like” performance.

Philly and Carolina rank 15th and 29th in total defense respectively. The reason for the Panthers low ranking is that they also rank 29th in rushing defense so I would suspect we’ll see plenty of running with LeSean McCoy and company. Don’t dismiss Sanchez running the ball off of the read option either. He’s more than capable of picking up the necessary yardage.

Sanchez will obviously look to Jeremy Maclin as his top target while Newton will look heavily for Benjamin as mentioned previously.

Both defenses will do what so many NFL defenses plan to do at the start of each game which is to pressure the quarterback and stop the run. The Eagles have done a far better job of this so far in 2014. One key area that favors the Panthers is in the Giveaway/Takeaway department. Carolina is +4 while the Eagles are a whopping -10 on the season. That stat alone could keep the game close.

Key Injuries: CAR Corey Brown WR Probable/Concussion, PHI Nick Foles QB Out/Collarbone

Trends: Carolina is 2-4 against the spread in their last six games against the Eagles… The total has gone OVER in five of Philly’s last seven games when playing Carolina… The Panthers are 2-3-1 straight up in their last six games on the road… Philadelphia is 8-1 SU in their last nine games at home.

The Pick: The Eagles are unbeaten (4-0) at home while the Panthers have just one win away from their stadium. Take the Eagles tonight to cover behind a big night from Mark Sanchez and take the OVER as well.

Early Thanksgiving Football Betting Tips

The Cowboys and Redskins collide Thursday in a true Thanksgiving tradition.

Thanksgiving is upon us which means it’s time for some real Thursday night football, and not those hapless games that parade under the Thursday Night Football banner the rest of the year.

Let’s face it, there’s no way you’re going to get to sit down tomorrow and work your way through the NFL’s Thanksgiving schedule looking for those all-important tips that will ultimately help you make the right pick. There’s always someone, or some task, that gets in the way. So take the opportunity today to get on top of things and pick your teams early.

Here’re a few tips from CasinoReview that may well help you with the three-game slate.

 

Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions

12:30 PM ET

In keeping with tradition, Detroit (4-6, 2-2 home) hosts the Thanksgiving Classic opening, this year welcoming the best team (record-wise) in all of football, Houston (9-1, 4-0 road).

The Lions have had a rough season so far, coming across as a one-dimensional passing team with just one receiving threat (Calvin Johnson). A porous defense hasn’t helped matter, with the team conceding 24.6 points per game, 23rd in the league.

The Texans meanwhile have been the toast of the AFC, serving up nine wins from 10. The team’s only loss – a 42-24 beat down at the hands of Green Bay – alongside close wins over the Jets, Broncos, Bears, and this past weekend against Jacksonville, have proved the side is fallible though, and Detroit will look to make the most of home field advantage.

These two sides have met just twice before (2004, 2008), splitting the pair between them.

Odds: Despite its superior record, Houston opens as just three-point favorites. The over/under is 49.

Take: Houston – With a defense that ranks in the top 10 in passing (7), rushing (2) and scoring (4), it’s hard to imagine the Lions putting many points on the board in this one – despite passing for more yards per game than any other team in the league. Detroit’s defense has been relatively sharp itself, until you consider points conceded, a category in which the Lions rank 23rd across the league. That means Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster may have a typical Texans game. On top of all of this, Detroit has not won a Thanksgiving Day game since beating the Green Bay Packers 22-14 in 2003. Take the Texans to cover the spread and the total to go over.

 

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys

4:15 PM ET

In the second of Thursday’s traditional Thanksgiving games, Dallas (5-5, 2-2 home) hosts division rivals Washington (4-6, 2-3 road) in what may prove to be the most competitive game on the schedule.

The Cowboys’ spluttering season has almost evened out over the past two weeks, with wins over Philadelphia and Cleveland (just). That being said, that isn’t exactly the most sterling of opposition.

Washington routed Philadelphia 31-16 this past weekend, halting a three-game skid in the process. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has impressed for much of the season, and the Redskins at least seem pointed in the right direction. A win over the Cowboys will put the side back in contention for the NFC East, which the Giants seem determined to lose.

Washington’s pass defense – which is ranked 29th in the league – could be up against the wall as Tony Romo and the Cowboys passing game – ranked seventh in the league – looks to lead an almost rushing-less offense.

Odds: Dallas is favored but the opening spread of six points has dwindled to three ahead of kickoff. The over/under is 46.

Take: Dallas – In many ways it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Redskins take this game, which is more a commentary on the Cowboys’ lack of consistency than it is Washington’s prowess. However, Dallas has owned Washington in the recent past, taking three straight and six of the last seven. Add to that the fact that the Redskins have never beaten the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day (in six attempts) and Tony Romo’s impressive November record (21-3) and you have all the ingredients for history to repeat itself, however uninteresting that might seem to those rooting against America’s Team.

 

New England Patriots @ New York Jets

8:20 PM ET

The third game on Thursday’s schedule is the non-tradition, NFL-makes-some-money game between New England (7-3, 3-2 road) and the New York Jets (4-6, 2-3 home).

A win in this AFC East divisional match-up could well be enough for the Patriots – already three games ahead of the Jets, Bills and Dolphins, who are all tied up – to all but be awarded the division title. The Jets therefore need a win and even that might not be enough to bring back any credibility to what has been an incredulous season.

The bad news for the Jets is that not only was New England victorious earlier in the season, and not only have the Patriots won three straight, but the Massachusetts side has also won 18 of the last 24. The Jets, to put it abruptly, are up against it.

Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez and Co. will need to remember that the Patriots’ victory earlier this year was achieved only in overtime. There might be some hope yet.

Odds: New England is a one-touchdown favorite heading into this one. The over/under is 51.

Take: New England – Okay, so we’re going with all three Thanksgiving favorites, but that’s just the way this schedule is shaping up. Few people expect the hapless Jets to get anything from the Patriots, a team that has averaged 47 points per contest over the last three games. Compare that to a paltry 14.3 being put up by the Jets in that same period. Take the Patriots to cover/obliterate the spread and take the total to go over, as it has in eight New England games this season, especially as the Patriots covered the total alone last weekend.

 

Remaining Week 12 Schedule

Sunday: (1 PM ET) Minnesota @ Chicago | Oakland @ Cincinnati | Pittsburgh @ Cleveland | Buffalo @ Indianapolis |Tennessee @ Jacksonville | Denver @ Kansas City | Seattle @ Miami | Atlanta @ Tampa Bay; (4:05 PM ET) Baltimore @ San Diego; (4:25 PM ET) St. Louis @ Arizona | San Francisco @ New Orleans; (8:20 PM ET) Green Bay @ NY Giants

Monday: (8:30 PM ET) Carolina @ Philadelphia

Week 11 NFL Betting Tips

The impending quarterback Armageddon in New York could continue to chug along if the Jets get a win over the Rams this weekend.

Week 11 in the NFL sees the final four byes of the season, meaning from here on out we get a full slate of football all the way to the end of December. Week 11 also sees a quick turnaround for Thanksgiving games this coming Thursday, but before we get to that, we’ve got a few games worthy of your attention.

Here’s a look at three of Sunday afternoon’s most intriguing and noteworthy match-ups. There are important games across the slate, with teams bustling for position or just trying for a rare win, but these are the ones that have caught the eye of CasinoReview ahead of the weekend.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay (5-4, 2-2 road) looks to win its fourth game in a row Sunday, something it hasn’t done in four years. The Buccaneers will travel to Carolina (2-7, 1-4 home) to take on a Panthers side that has lost six of the last seven.

Tampa Bay will be looking to keep up the pace to make the postseason, a tough ask when you consider that Atlanta is streaking ahead and New Orleans may well be on the way back. But the Buccaneers have been tough of late, winning four of the last five. The Bucs also beat the Panthers 16-10 in Week 1.

Carolina’s 1-4 home record is only better than that of Kansas City (0-5) and Jacksonville (0-5). That’s not the sort of company you want to be keeping.

Odds: Carolina opened as 1½-point favorites but the momentum has swung in the opposite direction and now the Buccaneers are favorites (-2). The over/under is 48½.

Take: Tampa Bay – Number one in the league at stopping the run, Tampa Bay will force the Panthers, and Cam Newton, to throw which has been a less than successful tactic so far this season. The Buccaneers meanwhile are number three in the league in scoring, having put together a strong passing and rushing game. It could be a long day for the team from Charlotte. Take the Bucks to cover the spread, as they have done seven times this season, with the total going over.

 

New York Jets @ St. Louis Rams

You’d be forgiven for not realizing that the New York Jets (3-6, 1-3 road) took to the football field on Sunday afternoons, such is the comedy parade of off-field antics. This week unnamed players denounced Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, and just about everybody else you can think off. This mishmash of egos and enemies will head to the Gateway City this Sunday.

St. Louis (3-5-1, 3-2 home) managed to snap a three-game losing streak last week, scoring a tie –yes, a tie – with San Francisco. The Rams will be looking to go one better and get a win this weekend. Better hold on to your hats.

New York defeated the Rams the last time the two sides met (2008), breaking a seven-game losing streak. However, the Jets have never beaten the Rams in St. Louis. New York’s one and only road win against the Rams came in 1970 – the first time the two sides met – when the Rams were located in Los Angeles.

Odds: The Jets’ turbulent week has seen the spread open up in this one. The Jets are now 3½-point underdogs, with the over/under at 38½.

Take: NY Jets – The thing the Jets need least right now is for this saga of discontent and uncertainty to continue. There needs to be a cutting of the chord and a restart. If the Jets were to lose, we might finally see such a move – whether it involves a certain Florida Gators quarterback or not – but if the Jets win, this sorry mess will continue to drag on. Take the Jets to win and cover the spread then, perhaps even on an almost solid performance by Mark Sanchez. Take the total to go under with these low-scorers on the field.

 

Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots

Indianapolis (6-3, 2-2 road) had another emotional visit from head coach Chuck Pagano this week. These emotional meetings have tended to spur the Colts on to victory but this week could be a little different.

Indianapolis travels to New England (6-3, 3-1 home) to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots in what will be an enticing game. Brady will face-off against Andrew Luck for the first time, as both teams look to add to winning streaks of three and four respectively.

The Patriots have won two in a row against Indianapolis, and nine of the last 14. The Colts have not won in New England since 2006.

Odds: New England opened with a healthy eight point advantage which has since risen to nine. The over/under is 54.

Take: New England – The bubble that Indianapolis has encased itself within – and the hype that has followed – may be about to burst. Can Luck and Co. sustain an entire season of high tension and emotion, as well as the steep learning curve that comes with making the jump to the pros? Maybe, but not against Tom Brady who could be about to hit form. Nine points might seem a large spread, but take New England to cover it with a two touchdown victory. Take the total to go over, as it has in seven Patriot games this season.

 

There’s also the small matter of Baltimore’s match-up with Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football and Chicago’s trip to San Francisco for Monday Night Football. We haven’t forgotten about those games, we just want you to come back and read about them on Sunday and Monday.

 

Week 11 Schedule

Thursday: Miami 14-19 Buffalo

Sunday: (1 PM ET) Arizona @ Atlanta | Tampa Bay @ Carolina | Cleveland @ Dallas | Green Bay @ Detroit | Jacksonville @ Houston | Cincinnati @ Kansas City | NY Jets @ St. Louis | Philadelphia @ Washington; (4:05 PM ET) New Orleans @ Oakland; (4:25 PM ET) San Diego @ Denver | Indianapolis @ New England; (8:20 PM ET) Baltimore @ Pittsburgh

Monday: (8:30 PM ET) Chicago @ San Francisco

Bye: Minnesota, NY Giants, Seattle, Tennessee

Monday Night Football and MLB Postseason Should Keep You Busy

Andy Pettitte takes to the mound for the first time in the postseason since losing Game 3 of the ALCS in 2010.

 

Indianapolis, Miami, Seattle, and St. Louis were all underdog winners in Week 5 of the NFL and the New York Jets will be hoping to join them as they host Houston on Monday Night Football. The matchup will bring this week’s NFL action to a close before Thursday Night Football sees Pittsburgh travel to Tennessee.

Football’s not the only big time action tonight either. The divisional round of the MLB postseason continues with two pivotal matchups, one either side of the NL/AL divide. First, the Cardinals host the Nationals before the Yankees visit Baltimore.

Put simply, there’s enough betting action tonight to keep you off the streets.

 

NFL: Houston Texans @ New York Jets

8:30 PM ET

Houston New York. We have a problem.

With news that Santonio Holmes is on the shelf for the rest of the year, the green side of New York is panicking. The Jets (2-2, 1-1 home) are under-manned with the ‘Best Team in Football’ coming to town for tonight’s edition of Monday Night Football.

Houston (4-0, 2-0 road) has looked sharp both offensively and defensively this season on the way to an unbeaten record through four weeks of play. The Texans will be a wildly popular choice to join the Atlanta Falcons as the only 5-0 teams in the league.

The miserable Jets have shown very few signs of life since a surprising Week 1 demolition job on Buffalo, with last week’s 34-0 shutout by San Francisco proving the icing on a very unsavory, not to mention ugly, cake. Sure, San Francisco looks like one of the league’s best, but how does a team tally exactly zero points at home?

History favors the Jets, who are 5-0 all-time against the Texans, but common sense declares bettors must stay away from the Jets.

Odds: Houston is favorite (-9) heading into the game with the under/over at 41 points.

Take: Houston. If there’s a lifeline for the Jets, it’s very well hidden. Houston will have few problems against a weakened Jets team, and will beat the spread for the fifth time this season. The total may well go under – as is common with both of these sides of late – but if it goes over it’ll be down to Houston racking up the points.

 

MLB: Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals (WAS leads series 1-0)

4:30 PM ET

Pitching matchup: Jordan Zimmerman (12-8, 2.98 ERA) vs. Jaime Garcia (7-7, 3.92 ERA)

The Nationals made hard work of their first postseason game since moving south from Montreal, narrowly picking off St. Louis 3-2 on Sunday night.

It took some eighth inning heroics from rookie Tyler Moore to fend off the Cardinals, who were flying high on Friday’s stunning upset of the Atlanta Braves in the Wild Card round.

Jordan Zimmerman takes the mound for the Nationals, hoping to propel the team to a 2-0 series lead before heading back to Washington for the Capital’s first postseason baseball game since 1933. He has the advantage on paper over St. Louis’ Jaime Garcia but paper means exactly squat at this time of the season.

For the Nationals to be successful they’ll need to have better offensive performances from the likes of Jayson Werth. For St. Louis, more of the same will suffice.

Take: Washington. When a team gets away with a narrow victory – as Washington did last night – it tends to generate a little extra impetus to do better next time out. St. Louis needs to regroup after being ‘so close’.

 

MLB: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles (NYY leads series 1-0)

8:00 PM ET

Pitching matchup: Andy Pettitte (5-4, 2.87 ERA) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02 ERA)

Baltimore’s bullpen has been instrumental in the Orioles making the postseason for the first time in 15 years. It’s ironic then that it was the bullpen that lost Sunday night’s series opener.

That bullpen could be vital again tonight as Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen averages just six innings per start. Six innings this time round will lead to some nervous jitters for sure. The Orioles though will be buoyed by the knowledge that when Chen pitches on six days rest – as he will do on Monday – his ERA drops to 2.28.

Andy Pettitte finds himself as the number two man in the rotation for the first time this year. The Yankees will be hoping that the veteran is more than just a good omen.

New York has played well at Camden Yards all season (6-3) and will be confident that those ninth inning hot bats will follow through to Monday night’s game.

Take: New York. The Yankees have much more to prove than the Orioles this season, and it started well last night. Now the trick for the Orioles will be going into Yankee Stadium and picking up wins. That might not be as daunting a task as you think: the Orioles are 6-3 at the Stadium this season.

Plenty To Get Excited About In NFL Week 2

 

As it has done for the better part of a century, opening weekend in the NFL came and went. Dallas, Washington, San Francisco and Tampa Bay upset the opposition and bookmakers alike. Cleveland and St. Louis kept it tight to beat the spread despite losing, while the Patriots and Jets obliterated the pointspread. There was certainly money to be had.

Week 2 kicked off on Thursday with Green Bay beating Chicago and the spread. Now, it’s time for a full slate of action and this particular Sunday schedule features a host of intriguing matchups.

Those looking for favorites worth backing both outright and against the spread should take a close look at Cincinnati’s (-7) trip to Cleveland, Houston (-7.5) at Jacksonville, and Arizona at New England (-14). It’s hard to imagine any of these three going the way of the dogs.

The rest of the schedule is pretty tight so expect parlay bets to take a big sting this week.

Here’re just some of the matchups on tap this Sunday.

 

Baltimore Orioles @ Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick had a rough day against Cleveland last weekend and can expect more of the same from Baltimore this week.

Possibly the most difficult matchup to call outright this week, Baltimore (1-0, 0-0 home) heads to Philadelphia (1-0, 0-0 home) for what you would expect to be a tough-as-nails bout. Baltimore though lit-up the scoreboard last weekend in a 44-13 trouncing of Cincinnati, electing to utilize the arm (yes, the arm!) of Joe Flacco. Historically, Philadelphia has known how to pile-up the points as well, so this could turn into a shootout. But then again, it could equally become a battle between Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy on the ground.

Playing at home, Philadelphia is narrowly favored (-3), but that homefield advantage could soon take a hit if Michael Vick repeats his four-interception performance against Cleveland. You think that Philadelphia crowd would patiently wait things out?

Take Baltimore to beat the spread and win outright in this one. Philadelphia is a notoriously slow season starter and last week’s rustiness just isn’t appealing against a Ravens side already shortening its Super Bowl XLVII odds.

 

New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh (0-1, 0-0 home) hosts the Jets (1-0, 0-0 road) in a matchup that should give an indication of which way both teams are headed.

The Steelers were preseason favorites to take the AFC North but a depleted offensive line and injuries – especially those to Rashard Mendenhall and James Harrison – took the air out of the team in Denver last weekend. Or was that just the Mile High City?

The Jets looked impressive offensively last weekend, with Mark Sanchez quieting a few more doubters after a three touchdown performance. This was not the same team that struggled scoring in the preseason. Or was it just that the Jets beat a Buffalo Bills team that has been dreadful both on the road and in the division of late?

The Steelers are six-point favorites ahead of kickoff. The Jets will probably keep this one tight, but take Pittsburgh to win by a touchdown or more.

 

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers

After a surprise loss to Washington, expect Drew Brees and the Saints to take their frustration out on the Panthers this weekend.

Drew Brees and the Saints (0-1, 0-0 road) were picked off by the surprising Washington Redskins last week and will be looking for a bounce back win against the Panthers (0-1, 0-0 home). Carolina was outlasted by division rivals Tampa Bay.

How much New Orleans’ loss was down to the fallout of ‘BountyGate’ and how much was down to RGIII and Co. remains to be seen. The Panthers will hope it’s the former if they’re to pull off a victory this weekend. But having put up 32 points, it might be the latter, which spells bad news for Cam Newton’s side.

Take New Orleans in this one to beat the -3 spread and to win outright. Carolina may be improving, but Brees will be champing at the bit heading into Charlotte, N.C.

 

Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers

Sunday Night Football pits Detroit (1-0, 0-0 road) against San Francisco (1-0, 0-0 home). The Niners had the result of the weekend last week, defeating the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Lions meanwhile struggled past a resilient St. Louis team, and looked far less impressive than preseason odds suggested.

San Francisco enters the game as seven-point favorites and -300 to win outright. Take both! Yes, the 49ers looked good last week and the Lions looked average, but the real reason to take the Bay Area team is history.

The 49ers have won 13 of the last 14 games against Detroit, dating back to 1988. It gets better (or worse, depending on your viewpoint): Detroit hasn’t won in San Francisco since 1975! Sure, streaks like this are made to be broken, but this Niners’ defense just looks too strong for a patchy Lions offense.

After all of that, if you’re still looking for a few wagers to keep you busy, try these Week 2 specials out:

(1) Will Jim Harbaugh (SF) and Jim Schwartz (DET) shake hands or hug at the end of Sunday night’s game? Yes (-400); No (+250).

(2) Will the team of (botching) replacement referees still be on the field in Week 6? Yes (-140); No (EVEN).

 

NFL Week 2 Schedule

Thursday: Chicago 10-23 Green Bay

Sunday: (1 PM ET) Kansas City @ Buffalo | New Orleans @ Carolina | Cleveland @ Cincinnati | Minnesota @ Indianapolis | Houston @ Jacksonville | Oakland @ Miami | Arizona @ New England | Tampa Bay @ NY Giants | Baltimore @ Philadelphia; (4:05 PM ET) Dallas @ Seattle | Washington @ St. Louis; (4:25 PM ET) NY Jets @ Pittsburgh | Tennessee @ San Diego; (8:20 PM ET) Detroit @ San Francisco

Monday: (8:30 PM ET) Denver @ Atlanta