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Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, MLB, WNBA and NCAAF Previews and Odds - 09/16/2021

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Sep 16, 2021

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, and the WNBA. The NFL kicks off Week 2 of the regular season with Washington hosting the New York Giants on the NFL Network at 8:20 PM ET. The Football Team was upset on Sunday by the Los Angeles Chargers, 20-16, as a 2-point favorite. The Giants got beat, 27-13, at home against Denver as a 3-point underdog. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick joined wide receiver Curtis Samuel on Injured Reserve this week after injuring his hip Sunday. Ron Rivera has named Taylor Heinicke his starting quarterback. Running back Antonio Gibson is probable despite a shoulder injury. New York will again be without tight end Evan Engram, who missed the Broncos game with a knee injury. Running back Saquon Barkley is probable despite his lingering knee issues. Washington is a 3-point favorite with the total set at 41 (all odds from DraftKings). One game begins Week 3 in college football. Louisiana-Lafayette plays at home against Ohio on ESPN at 8 PM ET. The Ragin’ Cajuns evened their record at 1-1 with a 27-24 victory at home against Nicholls State as a 26-point favorite on Saturday. The Bobcats fell to 0-2 on the season after getting upset for the second straight week in a 28-26 loss at home to Duquesne as a 28.5-point favorite on Saturday. Louisiana is a 21-point favorite with an over/under of 57. Nine games are on the MLB docket. Six games start in the afternoon. Atlanta hosts Colorado at 12:20 PM ET as a -170 money line favorite with a total of 8. The Braves pitch Ian Anderson against the Rockies' German Marquez. Cincinnati plays at Pittsburgh at 12:35 PM ET as a -145 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Tyler Mahle pitches for the Reds against Connor Overton of the Pirates. Two games being at 2:10 PM ET. The Chicago White Sox are at home against the Los Angeles Angels as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 8. The White Sox pitch Reynaldo Lopez against the Angels'  Alex Cobb. Oakland plays at Kansas City as a -125 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9.5. Paul Blackburn pitches for the A's against Daniel Lynch of the Royals. San Francisco is at home against San Diego at 3:45 PM ET as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Giants pitch Kevin Gausman against a Padres starting pitcher yet to be determined. The New York Yankees are at Baltimore at 5:05 PM ET as a -250 money line road favorite with an over/under of 10. Jordan Montgomery pitches for the Yankees against Chris Ellis of the Orioles.Philadelphia is at home against the Chicago Cubs at 6:05 PM ET as a -220 money line favorite with a total of 8. The Cubs pitch Kyle Hendricks against a Phillies starting pitcher yet to be named. Tampa Bay plays at home against Detroit as a -210 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Dietrich Enns pitches for the Rays against Tyler Alexander of the Tigers. Houston plays at Texas at 8:05 PM ET as a -235 money line road favorite with a total of 9. The Astros pitch Framber Valdez against the Rangers' Glenn Otto.One game is on the WNBA slate. Los Angeles travels to Atlanta at 7 PM ET.

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ASA's NFL Notes - In Case You Missed It

by ASA, Inc.

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021

ASA's NFL NOTES  NFL – Underdogs went 12-4 the first week of the season – 9 of those dogs won outright!  The average point total for week 1 of the NFL was 47.8.  Last year games averaged 49.6 total points which was the highest mark ever.  Four games last week reached at least 60 points and one game topped 70 points (SF vs Detroit).  RAVENS – QB Lamar Jackson has not thrown for more than 250 yards in 17 straight games.  Their loss @ Las Vegas as a favorite was the first time the Ravens have lost a season opener in 5 years.  They are now a +3.5 home dog this week vs KC.  Last year they were a -3.5 home favorite vs Chiefs.  Dating back to 2015, Baltimore is 4-1 both SU & ATS as a home underdog.  SAINTS – A few of their offensive coaches have tested positive for Covid.  Something to watch as this week progresses.  Jameis Winston didn’t have huge numbers yardage wise in the Saints 38-3 win over the Packers (148 yards passing) but he did throw for 5 TD’s.  He did so on just 20 attempts so every 4th pass attempt for Winston was a TD.  Even more importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over.  In his 72 previous games as a starter Winston turned the ball over 119 times by HIMSELF.  If he protects the ball, he can be very good.  FALCONS – Atlanta was expected to be very solid offensively under new HC Smith who was the OC at Tennessee last year.  They looked OK to start the game last week kicking FG’s on their first two drives vs Philadelphia.  However, the Falcons gained only 77 total yards on their final 9 offensive possessions after getting 6 points on the board.  STEELERS – Pittsburgh went into Buffalo and won outright as a 6.5 point dog last week.  They are now 99-75-4 ATS as a road underdog since 1980 (57%).  The Steelers were outgained by 120 yards in their win @ Buffalo but they also ran 24 fewer offensive snaps so the YPP numbers were about dead even.  LIONS – Detroit was down 41-17 at home vs San Francisco on Sunday.  The final score?  41-33!  Detroit scored 16 points in the final 1:53 of the game AND had the ball at the Niner 24-yard line to end the game.  The Lions gained 191 of their 430 total yards on their final 3 possessions.  Detroit was +7.5 for much of the week but moved to +9.5 on gameday so those final 16 points were big for a number of bettors, win or lose.  TITANS – Tennessee scored just 13 points and averaged only 3.9 YPP in their season opening blowout loss at home to Arizona.  This from an offense that averaged 29.6 PPG on 6.1 YPP a year ago.  Their OC from last year (Smith) is now the head coach at Atlanta and the new OC Downing was the Titans TE’s coach last year and has only 1 year of experience as a NFL OC (Raiders in 2017).  Something to keep an eye on.  SEAHAWKS – Seattle ran 18 fewer offensive snaps on Sunday and still controlled the game beating Indianapolis 28-16 on the road.  The Seahawks averaged a whopping 7.2 YPP to just 4.7 YPP for the Colts.  Impressive stats vs an Indy defense that allowed 5.4 YPP a year ago.  Great debut for new OC Waldron who came over from the LA Rams where he was the passing game coordinator.  WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM – Well the exciting off-season acquisition of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to jumpstart the offense when by the wayside quickly on Sunday.  Fitzpatrick left with a hip injury in the 2nd quarter after leading Washington to 2 FG’s in their first 3 drives.  He is now likely out for a few months.  Taylor Heinicke, who has 2 career starts, will now take over at QB.  BROWNS – Cleveland’s offense looked great on Sunday putting up 457 yards on a ridiculous 8.2 YPP and LOST.  Turnovers were the difference as they are in many NFL games.  The Browns had a fumble which led to a 23 yard FG drive for KC, the punter dropped a snap which led to a 15 yard KC TD drive, and QB Mayfield threw an interception on the final drive of the game which basically ended the game giving the Chiefs a 33-29 win.  KC’s first and only lead came with 7:00 minutes to go in the game. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, WNBA and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 09/15/2021

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021

The Wednesday sports card features action in MLB, WNBA, and the UEFA Champions League.Fifteen games are on the MLB docket. Four games take place in the afternoon. Miami plays at Washington at 1:05 PM ET as a -125 money line road favorite with the total set at 8.5 (all odds from DraftKings). Milwaukee is at Detroit at 1:10 PM ET as a -220 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9. Toronto hosts Tampa Bay at 3:07 PM ET as a -170 money line favorite with a total of 9. Boston plays at Seattle at 4:10 PM ET as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5.Cincinnati is at Pittsburgh at 6:35 PM ET as a -150 money line road favorite with a total of 9. Two games start at 7:05 PM ET. Philadelphia is at home against the Chicago Cubs as a -200 money line favorite with a total of 9. The New York Yankees play at Baltimore as a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Mets host St. Louis at 7:10 PM ET as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Atlanta plays at home against Colorado at 7:20 PM ET as a -200 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. Cleveland is at Minnesota at 7:40 PM ET in a game where both teams are -110 money line favorites with a total of 9.5. Houston plays at Texas at 8:05 PM ET as a -210 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9. Two games start at 8:10 PM ET. The Chicago White Sox are at home against the Los Angeles Angels as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Oakland plays at Kansas City as a -150 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. San Diego is at San Francisco at 9:45 PM ET as a -120 money line road favored with a total of 8.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers are at home against Arizona at ESPN at 10:10 PM ET as a -335 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.One game takes place in the WNBA. New York travels to Connecticut on the CBS Sports Network at 7 PM ET.Matchday 1 of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League concludes with eight matches. Two matches begin at 12:45 PM ET. Borussia Dortmund travels to Besiktas as a -1 goal line road favorite with a total of 3. Shakhtar Donetsk visits Sheriff as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.25. The six remaining matches start at 3 PM ET. Paris Saint-Germain plays at Club Brugge as a -1.75 goal line road favorite with a total of 3.25. Manchester City hosts RB Leipzig as a -1.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3. Atletico Madrid plays at home against Porto at -1 goal line favorite with a total of 2.25. Liverpool is at home against AC Milan as a -1.25 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3. Ajax travels to Sporting CP as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5. Real Madrid visits Inter Milan in a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 2.75. All eight Champions League matches are available on Paramount+. The CBS Sports Network’s “The Golazo Show” is an NFL Red Zone-inspired show that presents live updated highlights of all eight games.

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