Sports Insights’ contrarian betting strategy for Week 8 of the NFL

Home-field advantage in the NFL is typically assumed to be worth about three points to the spread, although there are exceptions. For example, the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks have exceptional home crowds, while the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins are renowned for their poor turnouts. All home-field advantages are not created equal and, more John Elway Jersey importantly, they are almost always overvalued by casual bettors.

Seven weeks into Johnson’s second NFL season — his first as the Cardinals’ full-time starting running back — he leads the NFL with 174 touches and 1,004 yards from scrimmage. His total yardage accounts for 36.8 percent of the Cardinals’ offense and his eight touchdowns represent 44.4 percent of Arizona’s total offensive scores, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“He’s special,” center A.Q. Shipley said. “We love blocking for him. We know that as long as we give him a crack, there’s something for him. He’s going to get you John Phillips Jersey four or five.”

The Cardinals’ offense isn’t just leaning on Johnson, it’s putting one-third of its weight on him.

His 174 touches account for 34.6 percent of the Cardinals’ total plays and 47.8 percent of Arizona’s total touches. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a future Hall of Famer, has the second-most touches on the team with 48 — 9.6 percent of the Cardinals’ total offensive plays and 13.2 percent of the team’s total touches.

Arians, however, isn’t concerned about wearing out Johnson, who’s played the second-most offensive snaps among skill players with 417.

“If he’s tired,” Arians said, “he taps out.”

Philadelphia presents a similar story: The defense looks great, but how far can the team go with a rookie quarterback and rookie head coach? Like the Vikings, Philadelphia also lacks a top-notch playmaker on offense to carry the team. Jordan Matthews is the team leader in yards from scrimmage, but leaguewide he ranks just 75th in that metric this year. Darren Sproles, at age 33, is second on the team and 77th overall.

Arizona has a similar statistical profile to the Eagles, but the Cardinals are 3-3-1 against a schedule that has been below average. And while the Cardinals were a top team last year, it’s hard to be impressed by a team that has lost to the Patriots without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, the 3-4 Rams and the 4-3 Bills.
Denver, like the Vikings and Eagles, is trying to ride a strong defense to a Super Bowl title. Unlike those teams, the Broncos have some precedent for it: the 2015 season. Denver remains a Super Bowl contender, but the team is hardly balanced. In fact, the Broncos are averaging just 5.2 yards per play this year, down from 5.4 on last year’s hard-to-watch offense.

Buffalo is another team that is hard to take seriously as a contender: The Bills are 4-3, with losses to the 3-4 Ravens, 3-4 Dolphins, and 2-5 Jets. The team will live and die with its rushing game: Buffalo has averaged 73 rushing yards in its three losses, and 212 in its four wins.

New England? Well, no argument here. Expect the Patriots to be on top of just about every set of power rankings this week, including ours.

Dallas, like Philadelphia, is a surprise behind a rookie quarterback. And while the Cowboys rank seventh in points allowed per game, the defense is below average, as its EPA rating indicates. Dallas leads the NFL in time of possession, which helps keep the raw numbers down, and the Cowboys defense ranks fourth in percentage of drives ending in turnovers, which is unlikely to continue. More worrisome? Dallas ranks 29th in third-down defense and is below-average against the pass.
Atlanta is the mirror-image Vikings: Whereas Minnesota ranks first in defensive EPA and 28th in offensive EPA, the Falcons are first in offensive EPA and 28th in defensive EPA. But the Falcons are trending in the wrong direction, making it fair to question them. Atlanta began last year 5-0 yet managed to finish 8-8, and after starting this year 4-1, Neil Paine asked if the Falcons were going to screw it up again. Since then, Atlanta is 0-2.

Perhaps if Tom Brady had never been suspended, the 2016 season would be thought of as a year highlighted (again) by a dominant Patriots team. But through seven weeks, there are no longer any undefeated teams, and no teams that looked great on both sides of the ball. Parity may be a selling point for the league, but that doesn’t make it pretty.

You meet them with a group at a bar or at a party or some like that

You meet them with a group at a bar or at a party or some like that. You ‘t automatically commit three hours of your life to that gamble. Only a fool would do that. Tinder offers the best of all worlds because it’s still KINDA blind. You can pictures and all that, but it still won’t give you exact idea of what that person look like real life, right? There’s still that moment of apprehension beforehand, where you picture the other person walking looking like either J.J. Wilcox Jersey a god or a sea creature. That little bit of angst is still there. you’re on a blind date, only your odds are improved, and you ‘t have actually go on a date before getting to the dry- part. I envy you youngsters out there. You perfected the model. ‘t let anyone ever tell you the old way was better.

Also, when we a billionaire on the? I assume Jack Crawford Jersey because it costs more than a billion dollars to build a rocket and go to the. And billionaires aren’t fans of spending their own money. Once you’re a billionaire, you never have to spend your own money ever again, because you can just strong-arm governments and companies into paying for for you. Every free hotel suite and goody bag that should be granted to poor people almost always ends up going to rich assholes instead. THE SYSTEM WORKS. Anyway, cost aside, the reason you haven’t seen some billionaire fly to the and back is because going to the is very dangerous. If you had a billion dollars, would you risk it all by strapping yourself a tin can and sitting on top of a rocket? Hell no. If you die, you ‘t get to enjoy your billion dollars ever again. No more infinity pools. No more five-star hookers. No more crushing your enemies with army of well-paid lawyers. It’s not worth the risk. If I had a billion dollars, I would never jeopardize the enjoyment of fortune. I would lock myself compound, jealously guarding loot, growing paranoid and lashing out at anyone who dares to steal from me. That would make me happy! Also, billionaires are deluded shitbags who think they have a responsibility to all the little people to live on and do good things for humanity, like invent a new flavor of Slice.I went to a strip club for the first time last weekend. I sat at the stage for probably 5 minutes or, and I wondered: What’s the appropriate thing to do when the stripper makes eye contact with you?

Do I put on the serious Yeah, baby, give it to me face? Do I smile wryly? Do I show no emotion? Do I grin and give a thumbs-up? What are you supposed to do that situation? PLAY IT COOL, MAN! Give them some money and a small nod to let them know you appreciate all their hard work. You can also nod your head to the beat. That lets the stripper know that Girls Girls Girls was a fine selection on her part. Seriously though, the only time being at a strip club isn’t awkward is when you are either handing a stripper money or having them grind into you. That’s why men spend much money at a titty bar. It’s not just because they’re. It’s because they have to fill the vacuum somehow. The money buys you a small moment of comfort.Nobody sends food back at a restaurant because, you know, it’s a pain, you ‘t want to cause a scene, you’re hungry, andyou ‘t want spit your food. But if none of those situations were play, what percentage of food would be sent back? Maybe 50 percent, if only because of buyer’s remorse. If you had the freedom to switch to what your friend ordered, you’d exercise that option freely. But lemme say this: If you think there is something genuinely wrong with what you ordered, send it back. ‘t be afraid. I went to Iowa for this piece and ate at a Mexican joint. I ordered a, and when it came, it smelled like spoiled raw chicken. You know the smell I’m talking about.

Eli Manning says he was not using ‘Trump’ as an audible

If you were watching the New York Giants’ win over the Los Angeles Rams in Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, you may have heard Eli Manning calling an audible that sounded like it referenced GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

It’s been a bizarre season for Goff, who opened up the year as the Rams’ third-string quarterback. It wasn’t too long ago that Fisher thought more highly of Sean Mannion than the player his team traded two first-round selections to acquire just a Martellus Bennett Jersey few months prior.

Though Goff is expected to get more practice reps in the coming weeks, Fisher’s commitment to Keenum appears unwavering. He said Sunday he’s more likely to make changes at wide receiver before he even considers swapping quarterbacks.

The trend of teams starting rookie quarterbacks has only accelerated this season. No. 2 pick Carson Wentz won the starting job in Matt Forte Jersey Philadelphia and is dueling with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who’s playing for the injured Tony Romo, atop the NFC East. The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots have started rookie quarterbacks — Paxton Lynch and Jacoby Brissett — as well.

It’s likely that Goff isn’t ready for superstardom. Even Fisher wouldn’t be benching him if that were the case, unless he has an unflappable commitment to going 7-9 that can’t be broken at any cost. But it’s nonsensical to keep Goff sidelined while Keenum continues to literally throw the Rams’ season away into the hands of opposing defensive backs.

Maybe Goff would struggle as a starter. Maybe he would even be horrific. But he couldn’t possibly be worse than Keenum. The Rams have nothing to lose here, but they still haven’t pulled the trigger on what should be an obvious personnel change.

Note to @Rams front office: you now play in entertainment capital of the world. We know bad performances well. Make changes NOW.

On Friday night, the Cubs lost 17 to Colorado

According to TMZ, there was a shooting at the Oceanside, California, home of former NFL linebacker Seau. TMZ says that multiple sources have confirmed to them that Seau was found dead inside his home. Seau was 43 years old. UPDATE: TMZ now reports that cops suspect that Seau committed suicide, and that he sent you text messages yesterday to his ex-wife and children. sad. Everyone at the Chargers is complete shock and disbelief right now…We ask everyone to stop what they’re doing and send their prayers to and his family. Local police are expected to hold a press conference Joe Haden Jersey shortly. UPDATE #3: Local police just addressed the media. A 911 call was placed at 9 am this morning, when Seau was found unconscious one of his bedrooms by a woman. He had a gunshot to the chest, and a handgun was found nearby. Police and fire departments responded, performed saved live-saving efforts on him, but were not successful. The case is being investigated as a suicide. UPDATE #4: Reactions are flowing from NFL players, past and present, but Saints lineman Olsen shares here an amazing story of when he went one-on-one against Seau during a football camp high school. More of these, please. All Joe Thomas Jersey of us are deeply saddened about Seau, a great player loved by teammates who also worked hard to serve his community. and his family remain our thoughts.

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Prince Fielder drove five runs and had five of Milwaukee’s -high 26 hits and Yovani Gallardo tied a -high with 12 strikeouts as the Brewers pounded the Chicago Cubs 18 on Monday night. The Cubs tied a franchise record for hits allowed, matching Sept. 2, when they lost to the Milwaukee Braves. After scoring two runs a three-game series against Houston, the Brewers broke out against an overmatched pitching staff. Ryan also had five hits for Milwaukee, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Casey McGhee had a three-run homer and Fielder had a three-run double. Gallardo allowed one run and two hits over six innings. The Cubs have lost a -high six straight, several of them embarrassing fashion. On Friday night, the Cubs lost 17 to Colorado, which was highlighted by a 12-run eighth inning when the Rockies brought 18 batters to the plate. The Brewers score five runs and had seven hits off Cubs starter Randy Wells the fourth inning. During the six-game skid, the Cubs have been outscored 62. On Monday night, the Brewers batted around against the Cubs consecutive innings. They brought 10 batters to the plate the fourth and fifth innings. Alcides Escobar had three hits and McGhee had four RBIs for Milwaukee. The only hits against Gallardo were doubles by rookie Starlin Castro. Chicago finished with four hits, all doubles. After -running for Jim Edmonds the sixth, Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch seventh, then was hit on the helmet by a fastball from Brian Schilitter the eighth. Gomez hit the deck after getting hit the eighth and a trainer tended to him before he walked to the dugout. Gomez did not return to the game. NOTES: Before the game, the Brewers agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract extension through 2013 with Hart, rewarding the outfielder for a turnaround that included a trip to the All-Star game…. Cubs manager Lou Piniella missed his third straight game to attend funeral services for his uncle. Alan Trammell is managing the team Piniella’s absence…. Cubs placed RHP Carlos on the DL for cardiac evaluation. place of, the Cubs purchased the contract of RHPs Thomas and Casey from Triple-A Iowa. is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Brewers and will work out of the bullpen.

Menu Chipper Jones was named to the National League All- team on Tuesday

As part of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, the league awards performance-based pay each year. A $110 million pot is divided evenly among the league’s 32 teams, then divvied to players based on playing time and salary. The system is designed to compensate lower-salaried players who play a significant amount of snaps. Every player who plays a down during the regular season is eligible for a slice of the pie. For the Detroit Lions, rookie guard Warford was the big winner. He played every snap Mike Ribeiro Jersey on offense for the team last season and was awarded an additional $260.09. Only nine players received bigger bonuses. Chicago offensive tackle Mills, a fifth-round draft pick, paced the NFL with a $318 check. In Warford’s case, the bonus was worth more than 64 percent of his 2013 base salary. Eight other Lions — wide receiver Kris Durham, cornerback Rashean Mathis, offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle, cornerback Bil, running back Joique Bell, defensive end Olli Jokinen Jersey Idonije, tight end Joseph Fauria and safety DeJon Gomes — Hopefully none of the players are hard-pressed for money now. The bonuses are scheduled to be paid out 1. Below is the full list of performance-based bonuses awarded to Lions players:
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1. You Might Be A Yellow Jacket… Sure, the most famous Tech – because we’re talking about the university here, I refer to them by their official name, The Institute of Technology – alumnus is, who was President of the United States and also won the Nobel Peace Prize, tellingly, not for being President Of The United States. But the GIT alumnus more recognizable to the majority of United States citizens is no doubt comedian Foxworthy, the famous you might be a redneck fellow and current host of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? 2. Their Fandom Of Anheuser-Busch Products Rivals The St. Cardinals’. For years, the Cardinals’ played the Anheuser-Busch anthem Here Comes The King during the seventh-inning stretch – more colloquially known as the Clydesdale song – before moving it to the eighth inning when they moved to their new ballpark. The Tech band has a similar tradition; they play When You Say during the second-to-last timeout every home game. The fans respond by, according to Wikipedia, alternately bending their knees and standing up straight. I don’t know what that means. 3. REALLY Young. The Yellow Jackets are led by their two hot freshmen recruits, Young – who was born in – and Javaris Crittendon have been the team’s two best players all, the two leading scorers, the two dominant forces, if someone who is a teenager can ever be referred to as a force. The bad news is that they both very well might be gone after this year to the Draft. And I still can’t get over the fact that I was already going through puberty when these two were born.

Menu Chipper Jones was named to the National League All- team on Tuesday, replacing injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Jones was one of the players named for the National League final vote and is hitting.291 with six homers and 29 RBI this season. The 40-year-old third baseman, who has spent his entire 18-year career with Atlanta, announced March that he call it a career at the end of the year. This be Jones’ eighth All- appearance. Kemp is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury but still plans to participate the home run derby.

Oakland Raiders assistant head coach Sparano calls to his team during NFL preseason football game against the Seattle Seahawks Seattle

Menu FILE – this Aug. 29, file photo, Oakland Raiders assistant head coach Sparano calls to his team during NFL preseason football game against the Seattle Seahawks Seattle. The Raiders promoted offensive line Brandon Flowers Jersey coach Sparano to interim coach on Tuesday, Sept. 30, a day after firing head coach . arrived Oakland as the fresh-faced, defensive mastermind who was supposed to be completely different than the parade of coaches during late owner ‘ final years running the Raiders. leaves Oakland after less than three seasons just like those others, having failed to turn around the downtrodden franchise. The Raiders fired on Monday night after he lost the first four of his third year as coach and often failed to field a competitive team.

The decision was announced soon after the Raiders returned from London, where they lost their 10th straight game dating to last , 34 to the Bront Bird Jersey Miami Dolphins on . The firing was first reported by Fox Sports. was the first head coach hired by Oakland after ‘ death on October 2011. His 8 record is the worst for the franchise since before arrived 1963. His contract was set to run through next . announcement on the interim coach come Tuesday, with offensive line coach Sparano and offensive coordinator Olson the most likely options. is the third coach fired during the by Oakland since arrived. Shanahan was fired after four 1989 and Kiffin was let go four into the 2008 . The Raiders have had 11 straight seasons without a winning record or a playoff berth.

Oakland now have its eighth coach since 2003. and general manager were hired after the team finished 8 under coach Hue 2011, falling one game short of a playoff bid. They were expected to steady a franchise that ran into disrepair during ‘ final years as owner. Instead, the team has only gotten worse. The two were hamstrung their first two seasons by a lack of premium draft picks and a difficult salary-cap situation due to bad contracts handed out by . But after spending their first two years tearing down the team, owner expected the Raiders to be much more competitive this after having ample salary cap room the offseason and a near full complement of draft picks. Instead, the Raiders have looked overmatched at times. They fell behind 27 after three quarters of their only home game against and trailed by 31 points after three quarters against the Dolphins. all, had more losses by at least 20 points than wins. It was performances like those that said he no longer wanted to ‘s third and ultimately led to his downfall. was a former defensive coordinator Denver who was expected to modernize a defense that ran what were considered outdated schemes under ‘ watch. The defense, instead, has gotten worse. has overseen two of the three highest-scoring seasons by opponents franchise history. The Raiders have yielded 27 points per game since the start of the 2012 , allowing opponents to complete 67 percent of their passes with a 101 passer rating. With out, the pressure now turns to , who has two seasons left on his contract. ‘s first two draft classes have had almost no impact, with the biggest disappointment being 2013 first-round cornerback DJ , who has struggled with injuries. was exposed eight as a rookie and hasn’t played at all this because of a foot injury. This year’s draft class appears to be much stronger, led by first-round linebacker Khalil and second-round quarterback Carr. But whether that be enough for to keep his job remains to be seen. also has botched two offseason trades for quarterbacks, with Flynn 2013 and Schaub this year failing to win starting jobs after being acquired to start.

NFL Insiders Predict: Week 4’s upsets, fantasy sleepers, more

Our NFL Insiders make their predictions for Week 4: The biggest upsets, fantasy sleepers and busts, the best 3-0 team, bounce-back players, and the 1-2 team that worries them the most.

What’s your biggest upset for Week 4?

Newton already has five interceptions, three more than a year ago. He threw three interceptions and was sacked eight times in Sunday’s loss to Minnesota.

“It’s really going to come down to us,’’ Newton said of turning things around. “Just like this past game, it wasn’t anything that they did outside of us executing. We have to understand our role. We have to take the personal challenge to ourselves knowing we’ve got to be better.

“If we do that, nine times out of 10 we put ourselves in the best situation. Then it comes down to how good the individual is.’’

Brown apparently switched his shoes for the second half in Philadelphia, where Brown finished with 12 catches for 140 yards.

Luke Willson was used in an H-back-type role and was heavily involved in the run game.

“He did well,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He was comfortable with it. He’s really pumped up about anything that he gets to do to add to the team, so he was excited about the chance and he looked pretty comfortable. He’ll definitely improve in the next couple weeks. It’s a really good role for him, and it makes us a little versatile in that substitution. That’s a good positive thing for us.”

We’ll see in future weeks whether this was a game plan deal or something the Seahawks intend to use regularly. My hunch is they’ll still be mostly an 11 personnel (one RB, one TE) team.

Kirk Cousins: Teammates’ frustration ‘understandable’

With a lifetime’s worth of financial security hanging in the balance, Kirk Cousins is under as much pressure as any quarterback this season.

After tossing three interceptions and missing a host of open receivers through two games, he’s facing increased scrutiny.

Washington Redskins wide receivers have already grown frustrated with their quarterback, particularly for locking onto primary reads, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Monday’s edition of Up To The Minute.

The only consolation for San Diego is the fact that 2015 first-round pick Melvin Gordon seems to be finally running with purpose. Gordon posted 159 yards and three touchdowns over his first two games this season, while Woodhead added 116 yards on the ground and 35 yards through the air.

Receiving backs like Woodhead are not easy to come by, especially ones who can navigate complex protection schemes and operate out of the backfield as a safety net pass catcher. Last year, Woodhead caught 80 passes for 755 yards and six touchdowns.

Undrafted free agent Kenneth Farrow and former Giants draft pick Andre Williams round out the team’s depth chart. Neither have much experience as a receiving back. San Diego signed wide recevier Griff Whalen on Monday after moving Woodhead to IR.

Woodhead has never really gotten the credit he deserves. If an NFL team lost a receiver who produced 80 catches on 106 targets and averaged nearly 10 yards per reception, their fanbase would be in a whirlwind wondering how exactly to replace him.

Woodhead, though, might prove even harder to replace.

Broncos must decide where Paxton Lynch fits on QB depth chart

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Denver Broncos went into Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals with a list of roster questions they hope to answer correctly in the coming days. And one of the biggest questions is whether or not they believe prized rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch has advanced far enough on the learning curve to be the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind Trevor Siemian.

And as a highlight, he picked his opening touchdown pass of the preseason — an 8-yarder to tight end John Phillips in the loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

“Scored a touchdown, my first NFL touchdown, that was a pretty special moment,” Lynch said.

Lynch consistently said throughout the offseason program, into training camp and almost right until the time Kubiak named Siemian the starter, that he believed he had kept himself in the mix to be the starter. And Thursday night he said he’s “excited” for the regular season and believes he will be ready for whatever the Broncos have in store for him in the weeks and months to come.

“A dude that wants to just bond,” Haden said Wednesday. “He wants to have a friendship, he wants to have a bond between all of his teammates. Like me, wants to be liked.

“Doesn’t feel like there’s [any] reason to have anybody walking around and not talking to everybody. That’s really special. I think that’s why the team picked him as a captain.”

Griffin said he was “extremely happy” to be chosen.

“Not satisfied, but happy with where I’m at, the opportunity that’s been blessed upon me and being here with these guys, it’s really a blessing,” Griffin said. “I can’t speak enough about how this [locker room] has been awesome.

“I’ve been able to grow as a player and as a leader in this locker room.”

Browns coach Hue Jackson said that he didn’t expect the results of the vote.

“I’ll be very honest with you: I was surprised,” the first-year coach said. “Because obviously Robert hasn’t been here very long, and we haven’t played a real football game yet. For him to be voted captain, he should feel good about that. His teammates feel good about him.

“The testament of Robert being named captain is that it came from his teammates. They voted on it. Coaches had nothing to do with this; this was all his teammates. So obviously he’s embedded within the organization and his team, his teammates. I think he’s shown them he’s somebody they can depend on and look to.”

Seahawks’ Cliff Avril checks on Tony Romo after hit injured Cowboys QB

Cliff Avril followed through with plans to reach out to Tony Romo and received an optimistic response from the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, who suffered a fractured bone in his back after a hit by the Seattle Seahawks defensive end.

“You take care of the NFC West, we will see yall in the playoffs,” Romo texted to Avril, the defensive end told the Star-Telegram on Friday.

How does Harrison celebrate? By needling himself instead of the league.

At 3:29 a.m. Friday — five hours after the Pittsburgh Steelers concluded their preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers — Harrison posted an Instagram picture of himself undergoing an intense form of acupuncture called dry-needle therapy.

Harrison must have gone straight from the team plane to the therapy.

“Grind never stops,” said Harrison in the post.

Harrison got into dry-needle therapy around 2010 to alleviate muscle tension from back surgery that repaired a herniated disc. The routine is painful enough that some teammates won’t do it with him.

Harrison, 38, believes the healing powers of the therapy have prolonged his career.

“It’s painful as hell … but very powerful,” Harrison said. “It makes you sore the next day, but the day after you feel fine. I’m not the only person that does it. Three to five people [in the locker room] do it.”

Gabbert started each of the first three preseason games, leading the 49ers offense to touchdowns on three of the eight possessions he played. He finished 12-of-22 for 146 yards with a touchdown for a passer rating of 90.3. He also rushed for 33 yards on five carries.

Kaepernick started the preseason finale against the Chargers and fared better than he did in his exhibition debut against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick finished 13-of-24 for 117 yards for a passer rating of 67.5 and led one touchdown drive. He also rushed for 56 yards on eight carries.