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By Greg Dempson

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

The last time these two opponents faced one another was in week 12, and that contest did not feature Brady vs. Manning when the Patriots traveled to Denver. Each team played without key starters and in that contest the Patriots went 2 of 13 with their third down conversions and thus, Brady’s Mile High record was anything but, “Mile High” as that most recent loss had the Pats/Brady at 2–6 straight up. In that contest Denver rallied to defeat New England 30–24 in overtime. Denver trailed 21–7 in the 4th quarter and rallied to tie the game 24–24 and win in overtime. Brady was able to toss three touchdowns without Julian Edelman in a losing effort and he lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury late in the game.

Denver is great at stopping the run and the Patriots do not have a running game and that usually spells doom for teams that cannot run the ball with some degree of success.

FACT

Since 2001, when factoring in all 32 teams that have played in a game whereby they abandoned the run to such an extent they passed the ball 80% or more times in a game, those 32 teams are only 7–86 straight up, never mind the spread.

There is one exception to that statistic, Tom Brady, as the Patriots are the lone exception with Tom Brady’s under center. The Patriots have played 5 games when Brady’s passed the ball 80% or more times in a game, New England’s record is 4–1. It’s hard to grasp…. as 31 quarterbacks/teams have gone 3–85 without a run game while New England/Brady is 4–1.

Ask Yourself This?

If Kansas City had defeated New England last week, what would the line be? Alex Smith vs. Manning? Kansas City would certainly be capable of defeating Denver. However, Alex Smith is a “game manager” but Smith is a QB who can not only run but still throw the ball down field, Manning is well, Manning. Obviously Denver would be laying wood in that scenario.

Time

Denver’s defense vs. the Patriots offensive line? New England cannot run the ball so what will Denver do? Well, last week Brady got rid of the ball in less than 2 seconds and 66% of his passes where for 10 or less yards. Tom is the better quarterback but laying 3 on the road when you are only 2–6 straight up is questionable.

Patriots vs Broncos Pick

Take New England to score 24 or more points as my Every Edge Game of the Week.

 

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We are down to the championship round of the NFL Playoffs featuring the top two seeds in each conference. This is only the seventh time since 1990 that we have the top two seeds facing each other with winners going into the SuperBowl.

In the AFC Championship, you have two wily veteran QBs facing off against each other for the 17th time. In the NFC Championship, you have two young teams from the past few seasons now ready to take over the NFC top position vacated by the Seahawks. This should be a great Championship Sunday.

Last weekend, we went 2-1-1 and our playoff record is 4-3-1.

NFL Playoff Championship Round Predictions

New England Patriots -3 vs Denver Broncos +3 Total 44.5

Line opened at -3.5 for the visitors and sharp money quickly came down for the home team with the best defense in the AFC (based on yards per play) moving the line to -3. The betting public is firmly behind the defending champion New England Patriots with 75% support. With quarterback Peyton Manning in decline, bettors are anticipating that this will not be one of those past Manning vs Brady classics. However, the Broncos are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a home underdog of +3.0 or less. Tom Brady is not a big fan of Mile High stadium. He is 2-6 straight up record as a visitor to Denver.

Pick: New England Patriots, to revenge their loss in the regular season

Arizona Cardinals +3 vs Carolina Panthers -3 Total 47.5

Although all the hype and talk is on the Manning vs Brady, this is the game I’m looking forward to Sunday. Both teams are electrifying on offense and both can play punishing defence. The line opened at -3 Panthers and flirted at -3.5 Thursday before Cardinals backers pushed the market back to -3. Over 72% of the betting public is behind Cam Newton’s Panthers. The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite of -3.0 or less. In the Cardinals last 10 games as road dog, they are 7-3 ATS.

Pick: Arizona Cardinals, Coach Arians opens up his bag of tricks to fool the Panthers. 

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After all 4 road favourites won last weekend and this weekend’s NFL Playoffs, everything is flipped – all the road teams are now dogs.  Home favorites, 3 of 4 were all bet down from their opening lines in this Divisional Round. The Denver-Pittsburgh line was affect due to injury status with star Steelers players. The smallest home favorite is the team with the best regular season record, Carolina Panthers. Home teams in the divisional round 13-23 ATS. Is there value with home teams since they’ve had two weeks of rest?

NFL Playoff Divisional Round Predictions

Kansas City Chiefs +5 vs New England Patriots -5 Total 42

Line opened at -5, went down to -4.5 briefly and then went back up to -5. The betting public fell in love with Chiefs after last Saturday’s demolition of the Texans. The Chiefs are getting 51% of the betting public support. The Patriots are no Houston Texans.  The Patriots & Belichek are undefeated after suffer 2 straight up losses. The Chiefs are on a 11 game winning streak, but are 3-7 ATS when games are played on Saturday.

Pick: New England Patriots, not going against the champs at home

Green Bay Packers +7 vs Arizona Cardinals -7 Total 50

Line opened at -7.5 and then bet down to -7, but the Arizona Cardinals are finally getting the respect from bookmakers. When these teams met in the season a few weeks ago, the Cardinals walloped the Packers, but no matter. There is significant betting public support for the Packers at 44% at +7. Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff home games.

Pick: Green Bay Packers, Packers get the cover, but not SU. 

Seattle Seahawks +1.5 vs Carolina Panthers -1.5 Total 44

Just two words “I’m ready” and the line drops 1.5 points with Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch texting a reporter his injury status. Line opened at -2.5 and then went to -3 briefly, then back to -2.5 points. After Lynch’s text, the line dropped to -1 and the wise guys have come in on the Panthers side to push it to-1.5.  Betting public are firmly behind Carolina at 72%. Looking at Strength of Schedule from teamrankings.com, Seattle is ranked 2nd while Carolina is ranked 27th. A big difference in quality of opponents. Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Pick: Seattle Seahawkssome way some how, they get it done.

Pittsburgh Steelers +7 vs Denver Broncos -7 Total N/A

In what appeared to be a great match up on paper, the Steelers coming into this contest are without their number 1 running back, their best WR is under concussion protocol and their leader, Ben Roethlisberger with a shoulder injury. Line opened at -3 Broncos and quickly shot up to -7 with the unknown impact of the injuries. As of writing, no totals have been published. Naturally, betting public is at 76% behind the Broncos. Broncos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 playoff games. Steelers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 playoff road games.

Pick: Denver Broncosdefense of the Broncos will beat up an injury-riddled Steelers offence. 

NFL Playoff Record: 2-2 ATS

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By Greg Dempson

New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys

I’m 10–07 ATS with my NFL Every Edge selections this season. My College record is 9–4 ATS for a combined record of 19–11 = 63% ATS. Every Edge has also posted up my first Bowl selection and features the Arizona Wildcats vs. the New Mexico Lobos in the New Mexico Bowl. Onto, tonight’s NFL recommendation.

The New York Jets are 3 point road favorites tonight in Dallas and take on a Cowboys team that has but one home win this season, (back in week 1,) when the New York Giants handed them the game. The Cowboys are 1–5 straight up and ATS as a host being outscored by an average of 29.0 to 19.0 in those six contests. Since moving to Jerry’s World, with or without a healthy starting quarterback, Dallas hasn’t fared well.

Will the Jets come up flat and overlook tonight’s contest? That’s a question a lot of sports broadcasters are asking. I don’t think so as the “Fly Boys” have two division games on deck to close out the regular season, week 16 at home vs. the Patriots and a road trip to Buffalo vs. the Bills to close out the season. The Jets are tied with the Steelers and Chiefs for the second Wild Card spot. However, if all three teams win out, the Jets will miss the post season so I expect them to be focused tonight.

Bet Pinnacle Sports: NY Jets -3 (-113) at Dallas Cowboys +3 (+102) Total 41.5

The Jets enter tonight’s game with a top 10 offense as well as a top 10 defense. Last week the Jets throttled the Titans 30–08 with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing for 263 along with 3 touchdowns as their defense limited the Titans to 24 rushing yards. The Jets allow an average of 78.9 rushing yards per game this season and in their past three contests they’ve allowed a combined 110 yards.

During their three game winning streak Fitzpatrick has thrown for 930 passing yards with 8 touchdown passes and zero picks.

Ready in the Red Zone

Fitzpatrick has 19 touchdown passes in the red zone this season while throwing no interceptions. He has also been fleet of foot and hasn’t been sacked once all season when under center in the red zone.

The Cowboy start Matt Cassel tonight, (1–6,) as a starter this season. Cassel has struggled and last week he threw for only 114 yards and it will be a long day if the Jets force them to throw by limiting Darren McFadden. Dallas is ranked #28 in the league in total offense. The Cowboys have scored 14 or less points in 5 of their last 9 games.

View From the 50 Yard Line

· The New York Jets are 6–0 this season when they force 2 or more takeaways.

· The Cowboys are ranked #32 in the league with only 8 takeaways. (Last season they were ranked #2 with 31.)

· The Jets are 5–2–1 ATS in their last 8 road games.

· Dallas is 3–11 ATS in their last 14 contests.

· The Jets are ranked #1 in run defense.

· Rolando McClain is out tonight due to a concussion plus corner back Morris Claiborne has a hamstring injury and is doubtful.

· Cassel has 5 touchdown passes vs. 6 interceptions.

· The Cowboys are 2–8 in their last 10 games and in play outside their division this season they’re 1–7.

· The Jets are a non division road favorite of –3 to –7 points with back-to-back division games on deck. In this situation, since 1999, all non division road favorites in this system are 20–10–02 = 66.7% ATS. If they are a favorite in week 15 the non division road favorite teams are 4–0 straight up and ATS winning by an average score of 24 points per game.

New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys Pick

My Every Edge NFL Game of the Week is on the New York Jets at –3.

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By Greg Dempson

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

My Every Edge NFL record is 9 and 6 ATS, onto this week’s selection. There’s no place like home for Washington’s starting quarterback Kirk Cousins as he has now won five consecutive home games. It’s the longest home winning streak since 1991 and their starting quarterback has a completion percentage of 76% while tossing 10 touchdowns with no interceptions and a gaudy QB rating of 121.2 in those five wins.

One of the reasons for Cousins’ success is an offensive line that has kept him upright as he’s only been sacked 11 times all season and the giants defense didn’t get to him once last week. Cousins completed 20 out of 29 passes last Sunday for 302 yards.

Pinnacle Odds – Dallas +3.5 vs Washington -3.5 Total 42 Bet Now!

Washington’s offensive line will have to be “on their game” as Greg Hardy leads the Cowboys with a team high 4.5 sacks.
Dallas will once again be without their starting quarterback as Romo re-injured his collarbone. Matt Cassel will get the start and he’s 0–5 this season and only 1–4 ATS. In their three road games, without Romo under center, Dallas lost 26–20 in overtime at New Orleans, 27–20 at New York vs. the Giants and 10–06 at Tampa Bay.

View From the 50 Yard Line

· Washington’s defense has held four of six opponents to 14 points or less at home this season while the Cowboys have scored a combined 46 points, (15.3 PPG,) in their three road games without Romo as their starter.

· Dallas is last in the league in the take-a-way department at –12 as they’ve forced only 7 turnovers.

· The Redskins are 5–1 straight up at home as well as 4–2 ATS this season and outscoring their opponents by an average of 8.3 points per game.

· In the second half of the season the Cowboys are 05–16 ATS away from home vs. foes that allow 350 or more yards per game.

· Washington is 8–2 ATS in their last 10 meetings vs. Dallas.

· The Cowboys are on a 3–8 ATS run this season.

· Play on all Monday night favorites following a straight up division win by 7 points or less. This system is 21–03–01 = 87.5% ATS since 1995 and when our play on favorite is –4 or more points the record is 12–02–01= 87.7% ATS since 1994.

NFL Pick 

My Every Edge NFL Game of the Week is on the Washington Redskins –4.