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Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/19/2021

Game Time: 8:15 pm ET, Sunday, September 19, 2021 Venue:  Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI Where to Watch:  ESPN Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Lions +12.5, Packers -12.5; Over/Under:  48 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Lions +11.5, Packers -11.5; Over/Under:  48.5 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Lions +11.5, Packers -11.5; Over/Under:  48 points Season Record Detroit Lions:  0-1 (2nd place, NFC North) Green Bay Packers:  0-1 (4th place, NFC North)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is on a 3-0/100% YTD NFL PRIME TIME RUN. Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers Preview and Analysis Recent Form Detroit Lions:  lost at home on Sep. 12 against the San Francisco 49ers 41-33. Green Bay Packers:  lost on the road on Sep. 12 against the New Orleans Saints 38-3.   Detroit Lions AnalysisThe Lions are coming into this game after losing their home opener against the 49ers. They were down by a lot a few times in that game but they just refused to die slowly coming back each time to end up making that an 8 point game. Now they will be playing their first divisional matchup of the year. Jared Goff did not have a bad game in his debut as a Lion as he completed 38/57 passes for 338 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. They could not get the run game going in this one as Jamaal Williams led the team with 54 rushing yards and 1 TD on 9 carries. D'Andre Swift actually got a majority of the carries with 11 for 39 yards rushing. T.J. Hockenson had a good game as he led the receivers with 97 yards and 1 TD on 8 receptions. Tracy Walker III led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 1 assisted one along with 1 sack as well. No one else on the defense had a sack or an interception for the team. The Lions scored 33 points in that game and allowed their opponents to score 41 against them. Their offense is averaging 430 YPG while they are allowing 442 YPG.  Green Bay Packers AnalysisThe Packers are coming into this game after losing their season opener on the road in New Orleans. They were awful in that game as they came in as a favorite and lost bad by over 30 points, all they could muster up was 1 field goal in the entire game. Aaron Rodgers had a very bad game as he completed 15/28 passes for 133 yards and 2 interceptions. Their running game was non-existent as AJ Dillon led the team in rushing with 19 yards on 4 carries. Davante Adams led the team in receiving but only had 56 yards on 5 receptions. Adrian Amos led the defense with 7 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones while Krys Barnes also had 7 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. No one on this defense recorded a single sack or an interception in this game. They only scored 3 points in their first game and allowed their opponents to score 38 points against them. Their offense is averaging 229 YPG while their defense is allowing 322 YPG.   Lions vs Packers PredictionGreen Bay is a massive favorite in this game by double digits. They are at home but this is a divisional matchup and a different Lions team with a new quarterback taking charge. The Lions sure showed that they can score points no matter how far they fall behind. The Packers have not even scored a touchdown yet this season and Aaron Rodgers looked like he did not care and did not want to be there in week 1. There is something going on with them and double digit spreads are hard for most NFL teams to cover. After a performance like that in week 1 no one can back the Packers here. The best bet is to take the Lions to cover this big spread.  Lions Packers Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, September 19, 2021 (8:15 pm ET start time) is Packers 20 Lions 17.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NFL predictions and previews. NFL Betting Trends Detroit Lions: 2-1 ATS as an underdog of 10 or more points. 8-6 ATS in all games where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points.Green Bay Packers: 0-2 ATS as a home favorite of 10.5 to 14 points. 0-3 ATS as a favorite of 10 or more points. Key Injuries  Detroit Lions:  L. Onwuzurike (DT) Prob Mon - Hip injury. J. Williams (RB) Ques Mon - Chest injury. T. Flowers (DE) Ques Mon - Shoulder injury. Green Bay Packers:  Z. Smith (LB) Out indefinitely - Back injury. J. Myers (C) Prob Mon - Finger injury. T. Lancaster (DL) Ques Mon - Back injury. Players to Watch  Detroit Lions: Jared Goff is one player to watch in this game. He is on a new team and looked pretty good in their last game almost leading his team to a very late comeback. If he can do that from the start then they have a chance to make a big upset here so look for him to play well and get this offense going.  Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers is one player to watch here. He looked awful in the last game and a lot of what the Packers will do this year relies on him and how he plays. Watch for him in this game as he will either step up and play better or continue his bad play in what could be some rocky relationships between him and the team moving forward. Notable Quotes"We dug ourselves into a really big ditch early against a very good team. We were better in the second half, but that wasn't good enough." - Dan Campbell on his team’s performance in the first game."This is a good kick in the you-know-where. We felt like we were going to go up and down the field on whoever they have and that obviously wasn't the case." - Aaron Rodgers after an awful performance in their first game.    Starting Lineups Detroit LionsWR Raymond, Kalif WR Williams, Tyrell TE Hockenson, TJ QB Goff, Jared RB Swift, D'Andre FB Cabinda, Jason   Green Bay PackersWR Adams, Davante WR Valdes-Scantling, Marquez TE LEWIS, MARCEDES TE Tonyan Jr., Robert QB RODGERS, AARON RB Jones, Aaron  Statistical Leaders Detroit LionsPassing: J. Goff (338)Rushing: J. Williams (54)Receiving: T. Hockenson (97)Touchdowns: J. Williams (1)Sacks: T. Walker (1)Tackles: T. Walker (6) Green Bay PackersPassing: A. Rodgers (133)Rushing: A. Dillon (19)Receiving: D. Adams (56)Touchdowns: N/ASacks: N/ATackles: A. Amos (7)  Coaches:Detroit Lions: Dan Campbell (1st season)Green Bay Packers: Matt LaFleur (3rd season) Weather Forecast81 degrees F mostly sunny, 66% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 11 mph wind speeds S.

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Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/19/2021

Game Time: 4:05 pm ET, Sunday, September 19, 2021 Venue:  Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL Where to Watch:  Fox Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Falcons +12.5, Buccaneers -12.5; Over/Under:  51 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Falcons +12.5, Buccaneers -12.5; Over/Under:  51 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Falcons +12, Buccaneers -12; Over/Under:  52 points Season Record Atlanta Falcons:  0-1 (4th place, AFC South) Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  1-0 (2nd place, NFC South)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is on a 3-0/100% YTD NFL PRIME TIME RUN. Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview and Analysis Recent Form Atlanta Falcons:  lost at home on Sep.12 against the Philadelphia Eagles 32-6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  won at home on Sep. 9 against the Dallas Cowboys 31-29.   Atlanta Falcons AnalysisThe ATL Falcons are coming into this matchup after losing their home opener against the Eagles by almost 30 points. Quarterback Matt Ryan did not play well completing 21/35 passes for 164 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions. They were not able to establish much of a run game as Cordarrelle Patterson led the team with 54 rushing yards on 7 carries. Mike Davis actually had the biggest workload with 15 carries but only managed to get 49 yards rushing. The receiving corps had a very quiet day as Calvin Ridley led them with 51 yards on 5 receptions. A.J. Terrell and Duron Harmon both led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 1 assisted one each. No one on the defense had an interception in the game but Jacob Tuioti-Mariner came away with the only sack for his team. The Falcons were only able to score 6 points while they allowed their opponents to score 32 against them. Their offense is averaging 260 YPG while their defense is allowing 434 YPG.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers AnalysisThe TB Bucs are coming into this game after a close 2 point win against the Cowboys in week 1. Tom Brady played well but also struggled at times as he completed 32/50 passes for 379 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Leonard Fournette led the team in rushing with 32 yards on 9 carries but they did not really run the ball a whole lot in that game. The receivers had a massive day though. Antonio Brown led the way with 121 receiving yards and 1 TD on 5 receptions. Chris Godwin also had a great day with 105 receiving yards and 1 TD on 9 receptions. Rob Gronkowski also saw a lot of action as he had 90 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 receptions. Devin White led the defense with 8 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Shaquil Barrett recorded the only sack in the game for them while Carlton Davis came up with the 1 interception for his team. The Bucs' offense scored 31 points in that game and they allowed their opponents to score 29 points against them. Their offense is averaging 431 YPG and their defense is allowing 451 YPG.  Falcons vs Buccaneers PredictionThe Falcons looked really bad in week 1. They have struggled for years now and it looks like nothing has changed for them. They are now going on the road against the defending Super Bowl Champions and this will not turn out well for them. The Bucs are coming off of a high scoring game already. The Falcons offense may still be garbage in this game but they have to do a little better than 6 points. They will be playing from behind too so they will need to throw the ball more and they do have a talented receiver to make those catches. This game is going to go over the total. Between a high scoring Tampa team and an Atlanta team that just needs to do better in this game, there will be a lot of points in this divisional matchup.  Falcons Buccaneers Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, September 19, 2021 (4:05 pm ET start time) is Buccaneers 42 Falcons 16.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Atlanta Falcons Tampa Bay Buccaneers prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NFL predictions and previews. NFL Betting Trends Atlanta Falcons: 14-18 ATS in all games. 10-14 ATS against conference opponents.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 11-6 ATS in all games where the total is greater than or equal to 49.5. 7-1 ATS after gaining 75 or less rushing yards last game. Key Injuries  Atlanta Falcons:  F. Darby (WR) Out Sun - Calf injury. K. Sheffield (DB) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. J. Andrews (OL) Out indefinitely - Hand injury. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  C. Davis (CB) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. A. Brown (WR) Prob Sun - Knee injury. S. Barrett (LB) Prob Sun - Back injury. Players to Watch  Atlanta Falcons: Calvin Ridley is one player to watch in this game. He leads the team in receiving and is now the star wide receiver on this team. They had an awful showing in their last game failing to score even a touchdown. Look for him to find the end zone here as the Falcons step up their play.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronald Jones is one player to watch in this game. He is coming off of a great year last season and will be looking to play better in this one as he was quiet in the last game. Look for him to get some touches here and make some good runs. Notable Quotes"I did a really poor job getting us ready to go. That game is not going to define us. It's a long season to go, but I certainly didn't do a good enough job getting us ready to go today." - Arthur Smith after a terrible loss at home in the opening weekend.  "There was no doubt that we're going to win the game with him. It's just who's going to make plays." - Bruce Arians on his belief in his team despite a close game.  Starting Lineups Atlanta FalconsWR Ridley, Calvin WR Gage, Russell TE Hurst, Hayden TE SMITH, LEE QB RYAN, MATT RB Davis, MikeTampa Bay BuccaneersWR Evans, Mike WR Godwin, Chris TE Howard, OJ TE GRONKOWSKI, ROB QB BRADY, TOM RB Jones II, Ronald RB Fournette, Leonard  Statistical Leaders Atlanta FalconsPassing: M. Ryan (164)Rushing: C. Patterson (54)Receiving: C. Ridley (51)Touchdowns: N/ASacks: J. Tuioti-Mariner (1)Tackles: D. Harmon (6) Tampa Bay BuccaneersPassing: T. Brady (379)Rushing: L. Fournette (32)Receiving: A. Brown (121)Touchdowns: R. Gronkowski (2)Sacks: S. Barrett (1)Tackles: D. White (8)  Coaches:Atlanta Falcons: Arthur Smith (1st season)Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bruce Arians (3rd season) Weather Forecast86 degrees F scattered thunderstorms, 73% humidity, 60% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds N.

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Las Vegas Raiders vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/19/2021

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, September 19, 2021 Venue:  Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA Where to Watch:  CBS Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Raiders +6.5, Steelers -6.5; Over/Under:  46.5 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Raiders +6.5, Steelers -6.5; Over/Under:  47 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Raiders +6.5, Steelers -6.5; Over/Under:  47 points Season Record Las Vegas Raiders:  1-0 (1st place, AFC West) Pittsburgh Steelers:  1-0 (1st place, AFC North)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is on a 3-0/100% YTD NFL PRIME TIME RUN. Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Las Vegas Raiders vs Pittsburgh Steelers Preview and Analysis Recent Form Las Vegas Raiders:  won at home on Sep. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens in overtime 33-27. Pittsburgh Steelers:  won on the road on Sep. 12 against the Buffalo Bills 23-16.   Las Vegas Raiders AnalysisThe Raiders are coming into this game after winning their home opener as a 4 point underdog against the Baltimore Ravens. Derek Carr played a great game in their season opener completing 34/56 passes for 435 total yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Josh Jacobs led the team in rushing with 34 yards and 2 touchdowns on 10 carries, but they could not really establish a good ground game in that one. Darren Walker had a great day for the receiving corps leading the team with 105 yards and 1 TD on 10 receptions. Bryan Edwards also had 80 receiving yards in that game on 4 receptions. Denzel Perryman led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 5 assisted ones. No one on the team had an interception but Carl Nassib recorded 1 sack in the game while Maxx Crosby had 2. The Raiders scored 33 points on offense and allowed their opponents to score 27 points against them. Their offense is averaging 491 YPG while their defense is averaging 406 YPG.  Pittsburgh Steelers AnalysisThe Steelers are coming into this matchup after winning their season opener on the road in Buffalo. They came into that game as an underdog and came out of it with the big upset win. Ben Roethlisberger did not play that well at all in the game as he completed 18/32 passes for 188 yards and 1 touchdown. Najee Harris led the team in rushing with 45 yards on 16 carries. JuJu Smith-Schuster led the team in receiving with 52 yards on 4 receptions. Overall, it was not a productive day for the Steelers' offense in this one. Devin Bush Jr. and Minkah Fitzpatrick both led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones each. No one on the defense had an interception in the game but it was Cameron Heyward who recorded 1 sack and T.J. Watt who recorded 2. Their offense scored 23 points in that game and they allowed their opponents to score 16 points against them. Their offense is averaging 252 YPG while their defense is allowing 371 YPG.   Raiders vs Steelers PredictionThe Steelers have a very good offense but Derek Carr knows how to run his offense and he does it very efficiently as he can move the ball down the field well. The Raiders are coming off of a high scoring game and will likely have another one here. The Steelers' offense was terrible last week but they were up against the Bills who also have one of the best defenses in the league. The Steelers should put in a better offensive effort in this game against this defense while Derek Carr and his Raiders' offense is always ready to score a lot of points. This game has over written all over it, especially at the total points number that the current betting odds have posted.  Raiders Steelers Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, September 19, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Steelers 35 Raiders 30 Don't miss our champion handicappers betting insights, free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Las Vegas Raiders Pittsburgh Steelers prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NFL predictions and previews. NFL Betting Trends Las Vegas Raiders: 14-9 ATS as an underdog. 2-1 ATS against AFC North division opponents.Pittsburgh Steelers: 18-14 ATS in all games. 7-4 ATS as a home favorite of 7 points or less. Key Injuries  Las Vegas Raiders:  A. Ingold (FB) Prob Sun - Knee injury. Y. Ngakoue (DE) Prob Sun - Hamstring injury. C. Nassib (DE) Prob Sun - Pectoral injury. Pittsburgh Steelers:  D. Bush (LB) Ques Sun - Groin injury. J. Haden (CB) Ques Sun - Groin injury. C. Davis (DT) Out Sun - Knee injury. Players to Watch  Las Vegas Raiders: Tight end Darren Waller is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in receiving yards and was a pretty big target for Carr to throw to in some key moments. Look for him to make some clutch plays on 3rd down and near the end zone.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Rookie Najee Harris is one player to watch in this game. He has now played in 1 game and has learned how the offense runs in a real game. Expect him to make some adjustments and have a bigger game here as he looks to have a breakout season and make a name for himself. Notable Quotes"Felt like I died and woke up. And died. And woke up again. I was like a cat — I had multiple lives." - Jon Gruden after a wild OT win in their home opener. "We anticipate that a little bit, right? The bumps in the road the offense is going to have, the newness. We expect our defense to have to carry us. I told them that afterward, we appreciated their efforts, appreciated what they do, not losing faith in us." - Ben Roethlisberger on a weak offensive effort in their last game.  Starting Lineups Las Vegas RaidersWR Ruggs III, Henry WR Edwards, Bryan WR Renfrow, Hunter TE Waller, Darren QB CARR, DEREK RB Jacobs, Josh FB Ingold, Alec  Pittsburgh SteelersWR Smith-Schuster, JuJu WR Claypool, Chase WR Johnson, Diontae TE Ebron, Eric QB ROETHLISBERGER, BEN RB Harris, Najee FB Watt, Derek  Statistical Leaders Las Vegas RaidersPassing: D. Carr (435)Rushing: J. Jacobs (34)Receiving: D. Waller (105)Touchdowns: J. Jacobs (2)Sacks: M. Crosby (2)Tackles: D. Perryman (5) Pittsburgh SteelersPassing: B. Roethlisberger (188)Rushing: N. Harris (45)Receiving: J. Smith-Schuster (52)Touchdowns: D. Johnson (1)Sacks: T. Watt (2)Tackles: M. Fitzpatrick (6)  Coaches:Las Vegas Raiders: Jon Gruden (4th season)Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Tomlin (15th season) Weather Forecast76 degrees F sunny, 61% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 6 mph wind speeds NE.

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NCAA Football: East Carolina Pirates vs Marshall Thundering Herd Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/18/2021

NCAA Football: East Carolina Pirates vs Marshall Thundering Herd Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/18/2021 Game Time: 6:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 18th, 2021 Venue: John C Edwards Stadium, Huntington, West VirginiaWhere to Watch: CBS Sports Network Opening NCAAF Odds at USA SportsbooksDraftKings:  Spread: Marshall -9.5:  O/U: 58.5BetMGM:  Spread:  Marshall -10:  O/U:  58Caesars:  Spread: Marshall -10:  O/U: 58 Season RecordE. Carolina: 0-2 (AAC) Marshall:  2-0 (C-USA) Al McMordie CASHED the Las Vegas Raiders over Baltimore, and is unloading in College Football this week. Here, pick up Big Al's NCAA Non-Conference Game of the Month, as it's out of a spectacular 84.7% ATS system. Don't miss out on the EASY $$$$.  Get Al’s picks right now at the Shop Picks page, where you can find all of the Best Bets from our champion sports handicappers. Marshall vs East Carolina Preview and AnalysisMarshall has opened the season with two big wins.  They beat Navy 49-7 and then North Carolina Central 44-10 (although they were favored by 43 points and didn’t cover).  These weren’t top flight teams, but Marshall is clearly good at taking advantage of anywhere they find a weakness.East Carolina dropped their first two games.  The first was a 33-19 loss to Appalachian State (ASU covered the 9 point spread).  The second was a close 20-17 loss to South Carolina, they were 3 point dogs and they lost by 3.   Offensive Analysis Marshall has been rolling on offense.  Big winners on the touchdown express.  Averaging 49.5 points per game on 583.5 yards per game. Quarterback Grant Wells has amassed 677 yards, 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions with an RTG of 147.1.  RB Rasheen Ali leads a pack of runners that produce.  WR Corey Gammage and WR Talik Keaton are tied in the lead with 173 yards each, 6 more guys have more than 40 yards receiving in the two games.  TE Xavier Gaines has 5 catches for 73 yards.  Everyone gets the rock and everyone picks up yards.ECU is ground to a halt. The Pirates are only managing 18 points per game on 324 yards per game.  They are only 20% effective on 3rd downs.  They are only averaging 3 yards per punt return.  This is a team that struggles to gain yards.  QB Holton Ahlers has thrown for 372 yards 2 TDs, 3 interceptions and he has been sacked 9 times.  The offensive line is giving up 4.5 sacks per game… 9 sacks in 2 games!  RBs Rahjai Harris and Keaton Mitchell are tied with 92 yards rushing over the two games.  WR Jsi Hatfield is the top receiver with 141 yards on the season.  ECU struggles. Defensive AnalysisMarshall has been playing great defense.  They have given up 17 points total in two games. The competition hasn’t been anything to write home about but they handled everything. Marshall’s defense is 1st in college football by only allowing 3.5 yards per pass play. The East Carolina defense needs a reboot. They need to find another gear, they need to play with passion and all the other cliched coach talk you can muster… they need to get stops.  They had the South Carolina Gamecocks in their grasp and they let them get away with 20 points.  The Pirates defense is 96th in yards given up.   Thundering Herd vs Pirates Prediction Our prediction for Saturday, September 18th is….  Marshall 38 -  ECU 17Ignore the spread, it won’t be close.  ECU is wounded prey no matter what you think of the strength of schedule and conference Marshall plays in.  Don't miss our champion handicappers' Free NCAAF Picks and Premium Selections every day here at Bigal.com. Just click on Shop Picks for our Best Bets, or click on Shop Subscriptions to join for a week or a month. And if you enjoyed this Marshall/E.Carolina preview, be sure to bookmark Bigal.com for our daily Game Previews and Predictions.  Get help with all your picks NCAAF, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL NCAAF Betting TrendsMarshall is 1-1 ATS… but that was a huge spreadECU is 0-2 ATS this season.ECU is 0-2 as underdogs this season. Key InjuriesN/A Players to WatchMarshall:  WR Knowledge McDaniel.  Knowledge doesn’t lead the team in rushing or receiving, but he does both and he does both well.  He is a big play guy.  Knowledge is due for a real big game against ECU’s defense.  ECU:  QB Holton Ahlers.  Holton gets sacked.  It happens a lot.  If ECU has a chance in this game the coaching staff is going to have to devise a game plan that brings in more blockers or gets the ball out quicker.  Either way if Holton spends another afternoon glimpsing the sky from his back, we’ll know how this one will turn out. Notable Quotes“We used up our trick play in a loss?”  - ECU super fan. Starting LineupsMarshall:  QB Grant Wells, RB Ali Rasheen, WR Corey Gammage, WR Shadeed Ahmed, WR Talik Keaton, TE Xavier Gaines, ECU:  QB Holton Ahlers, RB Keaton Mitchell, WR Jsi Hatfield, WR C.J. Johnson, WR Tyler Snead, TE Shane Calhoun Statistical Leaders ECU:Passing:  Holton Ahlers  186 YPGRushing: Rahjai Harris 46 YPGReceiving: JSI Hatfield  70 YPGMarshall:Passing: Grant Wells  340 YPGRushing: Ali Rasheen 52 YPGReceiving: Talik Keaton 86.5 YPG Coaches:Marshall:  Charles Huff - new coach off to a great start.ECU: Mike Houston Weather Forecast Partly Cloudy.  High of 85* 20% chance of precipitation.  Humidity 68%  

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Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Odds and Preview - mm/dd/yyyy

Game Time: 9:07 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021 Venue:  Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA Where to Watch:  BSW Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Athletics -135, Angels +115; Over/Under:  10 runs Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs Season Record Oakland Athletics:  79-67 (2nd place, AL West) Los Angeles Angels:  72-74 (4th place AL West)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is on a $77K (10*) MLB RUN. Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels Preview and Analysis Recent Form Oakland Athletics:  5-5 last 10 Los Angeles Angels:  4-6 last 10   Oakland Athletics AnalysisThe Oakland Athletics are coming into this game after winning their last 2 straight. This will be the 2nd game of a three-game series against the Angels with the series opener being on Friday, the result is still pending. They just won their series against the Kansas City Royals after losing their series before that one to the Texas Rangers. Cole Irvin will be getting the nod for Friday's game while Daulton Jefferies will be the starting pitcher on the mound in this game on Saturday. He is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA this season. He has started in just 1 game this season and was credited with the win. He has also made a relief appearance in 4 different games for the A's and they went on to lose all of those games with no-decision on him in any of them. The game he started was back in August against these same LA Angels. In that game, he allowed 3 ER, 1 of them being a HR, and 3 BB with 3 Ks on 3 hits through 5 IP. That was the only time he has faced this lineup this season. The A's offense scored 26 runs in their last 3 games averaging over 8 runs scored per game in that span. They also allowed their opponents to score 22 runs against them in that same span averaging over 7 runs allowed per game. Los Angeles Angels AnalysisThe L.A. Angels are coming into this game after winning their last 2 games, with Friday's result pending. They won their last series against the Chicago White Sox but lost the series they played before that against the Houston Astros. The Angels do not have a scheduled starter in the rotation for Friday's game but it will be Jose Suarez who is getting the start in this game on Saturday. He is 7-7 with a 3.59 ERA this season. The team has won their last 3 games when he has started and he was credited with 2 of those wins while the other was a no-decision. In his last outing, he had some great accuracy as he allowed 1 ER and 3 BB with 7 strikeouts on 3 hits through 5.2 innings of work against the Houston Astros last Saturday. He has seen this A's lineup 3 times this season. He has only started once and was credited with the loss allowing 4 runs scored against him in that game. The other 2 times were relief appearances where the team lost 1 and won 1, he was credited with that win. The Halos have scored 15 total runs in their last 3 games averaging 5 runs scored per game in that span. They have allowed 14 runs scored against them in that same span allowing just under 5 runs per game.   Athletics vs Angels PredictionThe A's are sitting just 3 games out of a wildcard position right now. Every game until the end of the season is a must win for them. They are just 3 games back of the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoff spots and also have the New York Yankees 2.5 games ahead of them they will need to pass. The only thing the Angels can do until the season is over is play spoiler. The A's have been playing better than the Angels recently and they also have a slight advantage with the pitching matchup. The best bet to place in this game would be on the A's to win as they look to climb the standings and have a run at the postseason. That is our free pick on this game.  Athletics Angels Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (9:07 pm ET start time) is Athletics 5 Angels 3.Don't miss our champion handicappers betting services, free MLB picks and expert baseball picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Oakland Athletics Los Angeles Angels prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our daily MLB projections and previews. MLB Betting Trends Oakland Athletics: 41-26 (+8.8 units) on the money line when the money line is -100 to -150. 39-33 (+3.1 units) on the money line in road games.Los Angeles Angels: 24-23 (-4.5 units) on the money line when the money line is -100 to -150.  59-50 (+10.7 units) on the money line when the total is 8.5 to 10. Key Injuries  Oakland Athletics:  M. Chapman (3B) Ques Fri - Shin injury. M. Fiers (SP) Late Sept - Elbow injury. M. Moreland (1B) out for season - Wrist injury. Los Angeles Angels:  A. Warren (RP) Late Sept - Undisclosed injury. S. Ohtani (SP) Out Fri - Arm injury. M. Trout (CF )out for season - Calf injury. Players to Watch  Oakland Athletics: Matt Olson is one player on this current roster to watch in this one. He leads his team in hits, home runs, and in RBI. He has a very high hit rate and will be looking to help get his team to the postseason and possibly even to the World Series. He is one of the best batters on his team so look for him to make an impact here.  Los Angeles Angels: Shohei Ohtani is one player on this full list to watch in this game. He leads his team in home runs, RBI, and stolen bases and has been slugging the ball at an incredible rate. Watch for him to whip some balls into the stands here as they look to spoil the Athletics’ playoff hopes. Notable Quotes"We'll draw some walks. Obviously there were some wild pitches that moved some runners up. We got big hits when we needed to. When you put a crooked number up, it has an emotional effect on the other side." - Bob Melvin after their 7-2 win against the Royals.   "I didn't think I was going to work that deep into the game. I thought it would be a challenge but was able to pound the zone for the most part." - Alex Cobb on his performance in their last win. Starting Lineups Oakland AthleticsJ. Harrison 3BS. Marte CFM. Olson 1BM. Canha LFK. Davis DHC. Pinder RFS. Murphy CE. Andrus SST. Kemp 2B Los Angeles AngelsB. Marsh CFD. Fletcher 2BS. Ohtani DHM. Stassi CJ. Walsh 1BL. Rengifo SSJ. Mayfield 3BJ. Rojas RFK. Wong LF Statistical Leaders Oakland AthleticsBatting Average:  S. Marte (.321)Hits:  M. Olson (140)Home Runs:  M. Olson (35)RBI:  M. Olson (101)Stolen Bases:  S. Marte (45)Wins:  C. Bassitt (12)Saves:  L. Trivino (21)ERA:  A. Chafin (1.86) Los Angeles AngelsBatting Average:  Mike Trout (.333)Hits:  D. Fletcher (156)Home Runs:  S. Ohtani (44)RBI:  S. Ohtani (94)Stolen Bases:  S. Ohtani (23)Wins:  S. Ohtani (9)Saves:  R. Iglesias (32)ERA:  A. Warren (1.69)  Managers:Oakland Athletics: Bob Melvin (11th season)Los Angeles Angels: Joe Maddon (2nd season) Weather Forecast69 degrees F sunny, 63% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 7 mph wind speeds NE.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds Prediction, Odds and Preview - mm/dd/yyyy

Game Time: 2:10 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021 Venue:  Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH Where to Watch:  BSOH Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Dodgers -190, Reds +160; Over/Under:  7.5 runs Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs Season Record Los Angeles Dodgers:  94-53 (2nd place, NL West) Cincinnati Reds:  76-71 (3rd place, NL Central)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is on a $77K (10*) MLB RUN. Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds Preview and Analysis Recent Form Los Angeles Dodgers:  8-2 last 10 Cincinnati Reds:  3-7 last 10   Los Angeles Dodgers AnalysisThe Dodgers are coming into this game on a 6 game winning streak. This is the 2nd game of a three-game series against the Reds with the series opener being on Friday, that result is still pending. The Dodgers have been on a roll as they swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in their last series and swept the San Diego Padres in the series prior to that one. Walker Buehler will be getting the nod for Friday's game while Max Scherzer will be the starting pitcher on the mound in this game on Saturday. Scherzer is 14-4 with a 2.17 ERA this season. The Dodgers have won their last 8 games with him starting on the bump, that is every single game he has played for them since coming over from the Washington Nationals. He has 10 straight wins himself and his team has won the last 10 games when he was the starter. In his last start, he allowed 0 ER and 0 BB with 9 Ks on 1 hit through 8 IP against the Padres last Sunday. He has faced this Cincinnati lineup once this year and he allowed 2 runs in that game as he was credited with the loss. The Dodgers offense has scored 18 runs in their last 3 games averaging 6 runs scored per game in that span. They have also allowed their opponents to score 8 runs against them in that same span allowing just under 3 runs per game. Cincinnati Reds AnalysisThe Reds are coming into this game after winning their last game against the Pirates 1-0. Their Friday result is still pending but they have lost 4 of their last 5 games. They lost their last series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and lost the series prior to that one against the St. Louis Cardinals. Luis Castillo will be the starter for Friday's game while Sonny Gray will be throwing the first pitch for the Reds in this game on Saturday. He is 7-7 with a 3.80 ERA this season. The Reds have lost their last 2 games with him starting and he was credited with the loss in his last time out. In his last start, he allowed 2 ER, 1 of them being a HR, and 1 BB with 6 strikeouts on 3 hits through 7 innings of work against the St. Louis Cardinals last Sunday. He has faced the Dodgers lineup once this season back in April and was credited with the loss as he allowed 2 runs in that game. The Reds offense has scored 10 runs in their last 3 games averaging a little over 3 runs scored per game in that span. They have also allowed their opponents to score 11 runs against them in that same span allowing a little under 4 runs per game.  Dodgers vs Reds PredictionThese last few games as the season winds down are very important to the Reds as they sit just 1 game out of a wildcard position right now. The Dodgers will not be taking their foot off the pedal either though as they still have something to play for despite clinching a spot already. The Dodgers are the only team that can still catch the National League West's division leading San Francisco Giants and finish in 1st place of the division. The Dodgers have been playing very well on this winning streak while the Reds have struggled in their last few. Scherzer has been almost untouchable in his last few starts as well. The best bet to place in this game would be on the Dodgers to win as they will take this game.  Dodgers Reds Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (2:10 pm ET start time) is Dodgers 8 Reds 4.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert baseball picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Los Angeles Dodgers Cincinnati Reds prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our daily MLB projections and previews. MLB Betting Trends Los Angeles Dodgers: 94-50 (+9.2 units) on the money line as a favorite of -110 or higher. 21-5 (+10.1 units) on the money line when the total is 9 to 9.5.Cincinnati Reds: 76-71 (-3.3 units) on the money line in all games. 10-20 (-11.5 units) on the money line against NL West opponents. Key Injuries  Los Angeles Dodgers:  G. Lux (SS) Out Fri - Forearm injury. C. Taylor (LF) Out Fri - Neck injury. M. Muncy (1B) Prob Fri - Knee injury. Cincinnati Reds:  S. Akiyama (LF) Out Fri - Hamstring injury. T. Naquin (CF) Out indefinitely - Ribs injury. J. Winker (RF) Prob Fri - Back injury. Players to Watch  Los Angeles Dodgers: Max Muncy is one player to watch here. He leads his team in home runs and in RBI. The Dodgers are still looking to catch the Giants for the division so look for him to make some big hits in this game.  Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in home runs and in RBI. His team is just out of a wildcard spot so look for him to step up in this game and bring in some runs. Notable Quotes"The main thing is we're playing really good baseball overall. We just got to keep going." - Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts on the way his team is playing right now.  "We're all in it together. It's all of us. We continue to do our job, compete, prepare, continue to just fight through it. It's an honor to be able to do that. We're still playing extremely important games. That's fun. We have to just continue to work and continue to play. It'll turn around." - David Bell after a bad series against the Pirates.  Starting Lineups Los Angeles DodgersM. Betts RFM. Muncy 1BT. Turner 2BC. Seager SSJ. Turner 3BW. Smith CC. Bellinger CFG. Lux LFJ. Urias P Cincinnati RedsJ. India 2BM. Schrock LFN. Castellanos RFJ. Votto 1BM. Moustakas 3BK. Farmer SST. Barnhart CS. Akiyama CFV. Gutierrez P Statistical Leaders Los Angeles DodgersBatting Average:  T. Turner (.317)Hits:  T. Turner (169)Home Runs:  M. Muncy (34)RBI:  M. Muncy (86)Stolen Bases:  T. Turner (29)Wins:  J. Urias (18)Saves:  K. Jansen (33)ERA:  J. Nelson (1.86) Cincinnati RedsBatting Average:  M. Schrock (.329)Hits:  N. Castellanos (149)Home Runs:  J. Votto (30)RBI:  J. Votto (88)Stolen Bases:  J. India (10)Wins:  W. Miley (12)Saves:  M. Givens (8)ERA:  T. Antone (1.87)  Managers:Los Angeles Dodgers: Dave Roberts (6th season)Cincinnati Reds: David Bell (3rd season) Weather Forecast83 degrees F mostly sunny, 66% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds SW.

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San Diego Padres vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Odds and Preview - mm/dd/yyyy

Game Time: 7:15 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021 Venue:  Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO Where to Watch:  BSMW Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Padres -105, Cardinals -115; Over/Under:  8 runs Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs Season Record San Diego Padres:  76-70 (3rd place, NL West) St Louis Cardinals:  76-69 (2nd place, NL Central)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is on a $77K (10*) MLB RUN. Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  San Diego Padres vs St Louis Cardinals Preview and Analysis Recent Form San Diego Padres:  4-6 last 10 St Louis Cardinals:  7-3 last 10   San Diego Padres AnalysisThe SD Padres are coming into this game as the road underdog after winning their last 2 games. This will be the 2nd game of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals with Friday's game, the series-openers, still to be played, the result is pending. The Padres have won 2 games straight now after tying their series with the San Francisco Giants. They were swept in the series prior to that against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Vince Velasquez will be getting the nod for Friday's game while Yu Darvish will be the starting pitcher on the mound in this game on Saturday. Darvish is 8-10 with a 4.32 ERA this season. The Padres have actually lost 4 of the last 5 games that he has started in. In his last start, he allowed 8 ER, 4 of them being HR, and 3 BB with 3 Ks on 6 hits through 4 IP against the San Francisco Giants last Monday. He has not faced the Cardinals lineup all year so this will be his first time facing them this season. The Padres offense has scored 18 runs in their last 4 games averaging over 4 runs scored per game in that span. They have also allowed their opponents to score 25 runs against them in that same span allowing a little over 6 runs per game. St Louis Cardinals AnalysisThe Cardinals are coming into this contest on a 5 game winning streak and have won 7 of their last 8 games. They got the sweep against the New York Mets in their last series and won 2 of the 3 games against the Cincinnati Reds in the series prior to that one. Miles Mikolas will be the starter for the game on Friday night while Adam Wainwright will be throwing the first pitch for the Cards in this game on Saturday. He is 16-7 with a 2.88 ERA this season. The Cardinals have won the last 5 games that he has started in and have just 1 loss in their last 11 games when he is on the bump. In his last start, he allowed 0 ER and 3 BB with 4 strikeouts on 4 hits through 6 innings of work against the New York Mets last Monday. He has seen this Padres lineup once this season back in May when he was credited with the loss allowing 6 runs scored against him in that game. The Cardinals offense has scored 25 runs in their last 3 games averaging a little over 8 runs scored per game in that span. They have also allowed their opponents to score 10 runs against them in that same span allowing a little over 3 runs per game.   Padres vs Cardinals PredictionBoth of these teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot as the regular season winds down. The STL Cardinals are currently sitting in the final National League wildcard spot with the Padres sitting just 0.5 games behind them. This is a very important series to both sides as whoever comes out as the winner of this series will have an advantage over the other to make the postseason. The Padres batters have finally woken up after going through a bad slump at the wrong time but the Cardinals have been really hot for over a week now. The momentum is with them and, despite Wainwright's performance against them earlier this year, they have the pitching advantage in this game with the starting pitchers. The Cardinals are also scoring consistently in their recent games. It is a sprint to the finish line in these last few games of the baseball season. The Padres are slight underdogs and for good reason. The best bet to make in this game is on the Cardinals to come out as the winners here.  Padres Cardinals Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (7:15 pm ET start time) is Cardinals 6 Padres 3.Don't miss our champion handicappers free MLB picks and expert MLB baseball picks today.  And if you enjoyed this San Diego Padres St Louis Cardinals prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our daily MLB projections and previews. MLB Betting Trends San Diego Padres: 76-70 (-27.9 units) on the money line in all games. 55-45 (-11.3 units) on the money line when the total is 7 to 8.5. St Louis Cardinals: 76-69 (+5.8 units) on the money line in all games. 31-22 (+5.3 units) on the money line at home when the total is 7 to 8.5. Key Injured List  San Diego Padres:  J. Cronenworth (SS) Out indefinitely - Finger injury. B. Snell (SP) Out indefinitely - Groin injury. C. Paddack (SP) Out indefinitely - Elbow injury. St Louis Cardinals:  J. Fernandez (RP) Out indefinitely - Back injury. R. Helsley (RP) out for season - Elbow injury. W. LeBlanc (SP) out for season - Elbow injury. Players to Watch  San Diego Padres: Adam Frazier is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in batting average and in hits. He will need to step up here and get on base to help his team make a push for the playoffs. Look for him to get some hits in this one.  St Louis Cardinals: Paul Goldschmidt is one player to watch here. He leads his team in batting average and in hits and he will want to get some here in such an important series. Look for him to get some hits as his team is looking for a playoff spot. Notable Quotes"It feels good, especially the way we played the last couple of days. Pitchers have been huge and, obviously, you've seen the shift offensively." - Jayce Tingler after winning 2 straight against the Giants.  "We're going to have a lot of fun down the stretch. Looking forward to seeing where it ends up." - Harrison Bader after sweeping the Mets in the series.  Starting Lineups San Diego PadresJ. Profar RFF. Tatis Jr. SSM. Machado 3BA. Frazier 2BT. Pham LFE. Hosmer 1BA. Nola CT. Grisham CFP. Johnson P St Louis CardinalsT. Edman 2BP. Goldschmidt 1BT. O'Neill LFN. Arenado 3BY. Molina CD. Carlson RFE. Sosa SSH. Bader CFJ. Lester P Statistical Leaders San Diego PadresBatting Average:  A. Frazier (.308)Hits:  A. Frazier (162)Home Runs:  F. Tatis Jr. (39)RBI:  M. Machado (93)Stolen Bases:  F. Tatis Jr. (25)Wins:  J. Musgrove (11)Saves:  M. Melancon (37)ERA:  D. Pomeranz (1.75) St Louis CardinalsBatting Average:  P. Goldschmidt (.289)Hits:  P. Goldschmidt (158)Home Runs:  N. Arenado (32)RBI:  N. Arenado (99)Stolen Bases:  T. Edman (25)Wins:  A. Wainwright (16)Saves:  A. Reyes (29)ERA:  T. McFarland (1.82)  Managers:San Diego Padres: Jayce Tingler (2nd season)St Louis Cardinals: Mike Shildt (4th season) Weather Forecast80 degrees F partly cloudy, 68% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds W.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets Prediction, Odds and Preview - mm/dd/yyyy

Game Time: 7:15 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021 Venue:  Citi Field, Queens, NY Where to Watch:  Fox Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Phillies -120, Mets +100; Over/Under:  8 runs Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs Season Record Philadelphia Phillies:  74-72 (2nd place, NL East) New York Mets:  72-75 (3rd place, NL East)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is on a $77K (10*) MLB RUN. Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets Preview and Analysis Recent Form Philadelphia Phillies:  4-6 last 10 New York Mets:  3-7 last 10   Philadelphia Phillies AnalysisThe Phillies are coming into this game after winning their last 2 games. This will be the 2nd game of a three-game series against the Mets with the series opener being on Friday, the result is still pending. They just won their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs after losing in a four-game series to the Colorado Rockies. Zack Wheeler will be getting the nod for Friday's game while Aaron Nola will be the starting pitcher on the mound in this game on Saturday. He is 7-8 this season with a 4.58 ERA. The team has lost 5 of the last 7 games that he has started in and he has been credited with 2 losses in a row now. In his last start, he allowed 3 ER, 1 of those being a HR, and 0 BB with 10 Ks on 5 hits through 5.1 IP against the Colorado Rockies last Sunday. He has faced the Mets lineup twice this season, both times back in April, and the team won 1 of those and lost the other. The win was a no-decision while the loss he was credited with allowing 3 runs in that game. The Phillies offense has put up 26 runs in their last 3 games averaging over 8 runs scored per game in that span. They have also allowed 19 runs against them in that same span allowing a little over 6 runs per game. New York Mets AnalysisThe Mets are coming into this game on a 3 game losing streak after getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals in their last series. They had won their series before that one against the New York Yankees. Taijuan Walker will be the starter for Friday's game while Carlos Carrasco is the starter for this game on Saturday. He is 1-2 with a 5.59 ERA this season. The team has won their last 3 games when he has been the starter, he was credited with 1 of those wins. In his last start, he allowed 2 ER and 4 BB with 5 strikeouts on 3 hits through 5 innings of work against the New York Yankees last Sunday. He has not faced this Phillies lineup at all this season as this will be his first time pitching against them this year. The Mets offense has scored 10 runs in their last 3 games averaging a little over 3 runs scored per game in that span. They have also allowed their opponents to score 25 runs against them in that same span allowing a little over 8 runs per game.  Phillies vs Mets PredictionThe Phillies still have a slim chance to make the playoffs but they must win all of their games from this point on. This is a very important series as they sit just 2.5 games out of a wildcard position while the Mets are sitting 5 games out. This is a chance for the Phillies to gain some ground while they bury the Mets even deeper out of contention. The Phillies have been playing better in their recent games too. The only bet here to make is on the Phillies as they wil come out as the winners of this game.  Phillies Mets Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (7:15 pm ET start time) is Phillies 4 Mets 1.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert baseball picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Philadelphia Phillies New York Mets prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our daily MLB projections and previews. MLB Betting Trends Philadelphia Phillies: 27-30 (-10 units) on the money line when the money line is -100 to -150. 20-23 (-4.7 units) on the money line on the road when the total is 7 to 8.5.New York Mets: 72-75 (-17.8 units) on the money line in all games. 18-12 (+2.9 units) on the money line at home with a money line of -100 to -150. Key Injuries  Philadelphia Phillies:  J. Realmuto (C) Prob Fri - Tricep injury. C. Brogdon (RP) Out indefinitely - Groin injury. T. Jankowski (RF) Out indefinitely - Foot injury. New York Mets:  T. Szapucki (SP) out for season - Elbow injury. B. Nimmo (LF) Prob Fri - Hamstring injury. N. Syndergaard (SP) Late Sept - Elbow injury. Players to Watch  Philadelphia Phillies: Bryce Harper is one player to watch here. He leads his team in batting average, home runs, RBI, and stolen bases. If they are going to have a chance to slip into a wildcard spot he will need to produce some offense for the team here so look for him to make an impact.  New York Mets: Pete Alonso is one player to watch in this one. He leads his team in hits, home runs, and in RBI. He will need to step up here at the plate and help his team get a win. Notable Quotes"It feels good but we've got a while to go. I want to keep playing well and have good at-bats, have good games and just be where we need to be down the stretch." - Bryce Harper after their 17-8 win over the Cubs.  "We didn't come through in situations to score more runs." - Luis Rojas after a close 7-6 loss to the Cardinals.  Starting Lineups Philadelphia PhilliesO. Herrera CFJ. Segura 2BB. Harper RFJ.T. Realmuto CD. Gregorius SSA. McCutchen LFB. Miller 1BF. Galvis 3BC. Bedrosian P New York MetsJ. Villar 3BF. Lindor SSJ. Baez 2BP. Alonso 1BM. Conforto RFK. Pillar CFJ. McCann CJ. McNeil LFT. Megill P Statistical Leaders Philadelphia PhilliesBatting Average:  B. Harper (.311)Hits:  J. Segura (138)Home Runs:  B. Harper (33)RBI:  B. Harper (77)Stolen Bases:  B. Harper (13)Wins:  Z. Wheeler (13)Saves:  I. Kennedy (22)ERA:  R. Suarez (1.50) New York MetsBatting Average:  B. Nimmo (.302)Hits:  P. Alonso (131)Home Runs:  P. Alonso (33)RBI:  P. Alonso (87)Stolen Bases:  J. Baez (17)Wins:  M. Stroman (9)Saves:  E. Diaz (29)ERA:  A. Loup (1.05)  Managers:Philadelphia Phillies: Joe Girardi (2nd season)New York Mets: Luis Rojas (2nd season) Weather Forecast68 degrees F scattered thunderstorms, 84% humidity, 40% chance of rain, up to 6 mph wind speeds S.

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Minnesota Twins vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, Odds and Preview - mm/dd/yyyy

Game Time: 3:07 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021 Venue:  Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON Where to Watch:  Sportsnet Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Twins +150, Blue Jays -170; Over/Under:  10.5 runs Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  NL; Over/Under NL runs Season Record Minnesota Twins:  64-83 (5th place, AL Central) Toronto Blue Jays:  82-64 (2nd place, AL East)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is on a $77K (10*) MLB RUN. Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Minnesota Twins vs Toronto Blue Jays Preview and Analysis Recent Form Minnesota Twins:  4-6 last 10 Toronto Blue Jays:  8-2 last 10   Minnesota Twins AnalysisThe Twins are coming into this matchup with just 1 win in their last 5 games. This is the 2nd game of a three-game series against the Blue Jays with the series opener on Friday night still to be played, the result pending. They lost their series finale against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday 12-3 and had Thursday night off as a rest day. Michael Pineda is getting the nod for Friday's game while rookie pitcher Bailey Ober will be the starting pitcher on the mound for this game on Saturday. Ober is 2-2 with a 4.12 ERA this season. The team has lost just 2 games in their last 8 when he has started. In his last start, he allowed 3 ER, 1 being a HR, and 0 BB with 6 Ks on 5 hits through 4.1 IP against the Kansas City Royals last Sunday. This will be his first time ever facing the Blue Jays lineup in his career and this could not be a worse time for him to face them as they have been on a tear recently. The Twins' offense has scored 15 runs in their last 4 games averaging almost 4 runs scored per game in that span. They have allowed 24 runs against them in that same span averaging 6 runs allowed per game. Toronto Blue Jays AnalysisThe Blue Jays are coming into this game after winning 6 of their last 7 games. They won their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles and then followed that up by winning their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. They won the series finale of that one 6-3 on Wednesday, getting Thursday as a rest day. Friday's series opener against the Twins will see Hyun Jin Ryu as the starter while Steven Matz will be starting for this game on Saturday. Matz is 12-7 with a 3.87 ERA this season. The team has won their last 3 games when he has started, Matz being credited with 2 of those wins along with 1 no-decision. In his last start, he allowed 5 ER, 2 of them being homers, and 2 BB with 6 strikeouts on 6 hits through 6 innings of work against the Baltimore Orioles last weekend. This will be his first time facing the Twins' lineup this season. The Jays' offense has scored 58 runs in their last 6 games averaging over 9 runs scored per game in that span. These batters have been hot. They have also allowed 25 runs against them in that same span averaging allowing a little over 4 runs per game.   Twins vs Blue Jays PredictionThe Twins are in a bit of a slump right now after that Cleveland series and they really have nothing to play for except spoiling for the rest of the season. The Jays have been winning a lot recently and they have scored an unimaginable amount of runs in a short period of time as the season winds down. They are looking to maintain their wildcard position as they are tied with the Boston Red Sox and sit with a 0.5 game lead over the New York Yankees. The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners are also just a few games out. The Jays’ bullpen and relievers have also been playing really well in recent games. They are playing like a team that wants to be in the postseason and it is hard to step in front of this train right now. The only bet to make here is on the Blue Jays to win this game.  Twins Blue Jays Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (3:07 pm ET start time) is Blue Jays 7 Twins 2.Don't miss our champion handicappers free MLB picks and expert baseball picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our daily MLB projections and previews. MLB Betting Trends Minnesota Twins: 64-83 (-28.5 units) on the money line in all games. 50-56 (-13.3 units) on the money line when the total is 8.5 to 10.Toronto Blue Jays: 25-8 (+9.8 units) on the money line as a favorite of -175 to -250. 50-47 (-13.7 units) on the money line when the total is 8.5 to 10. Key Injuries  Minnesota Twins:  M. Garver (C) Late Sept - Back injury. A. Simmons (SS) Out indefinitely - Personal. J. Ryan (SP) Ques Tues - Wrist injury. Toronto Blue Jays:  J. Berrios (SP) Prob Sun - Abdominal injury. A. Kay (RP) Out indefinitely - Illness. C. Biggio (2B) Out indefinitely - Elbow injury. Players to Watch  Minnesota Twins: Jorge Polanco is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in hits, home runs, RBI, and stolen bases. If they are to win this game he will likely be a big part of that offense so look for him to make a big impact at the plate.  Toronto Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is one player to watch in this one. He leads his team in batting average, home runs, hits and in RBI. He leads the league in home runs as well. The Jays have been hot and he is a big reason why so look for him to make some big hits in this game. Notable Quotes"We know that's happening, but he's showing enough in these starts to know that there's something there. Have we fixed all the bugs at this point and worked through everything? No. We still have some work to do with Griff, but I think we're going to get there." - Rocco Baldelli on the performance of Griffin Jax in their last game. "We're showing everybody who we are" - Bo Bichette on the way the Jays are playing right now.   Starting Lineups Minnesota TwinsL. Arraez 3BB. Buxton CFJ. Polanco 2BJ. Donaldson DHM. Kepler RFM. Sano 1BN. Gordon SSR. Jeffers CJ. Cave LF Toronto Blue JaysG. Springer DHM. Semien 2BV. Guerrero Jr. 1BB. Bichette SST. Hernandez RFA. Kirk CL. Gurriel Jr. LFR. Grichuk CFJ. Lamb 3B Statistical Leaders Minnesota TwinsBatting Average:  L. Arraez (.288)Hits:  Jorge Polanco (147)Home Runs:  Jorge Polanco (30)RBI:  Jorge Polanco (88)Stolen Bases:  Jorge Polanco (10)Wins:  Kenta Maeda (6)Saves:  A. Colome (14)ERA: Luke Farrell (1.31) Toronto Blue JaysBatting Average:  V. Guerrero Jr. (.317)Hits:  V. Guerrero Jr. (173)Home Runs:  V. Guerrero Jr. (45)RBI:  V. Guerrero Jr. (103)Stolen Bases:  B. Bichette (22)Wins:  H. Ryu (13)Saves:  J. Romano (18)ERA:  D. Phelps (0.87)  Managers:Minnesota Twins: Rocco Baldelli (3rd season)Toronto Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo (3rd season) Weather Forecast68 degrees F partly cloudy, 57% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 11 mph wind speeds S.

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NFL Football: Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/19/2021

NFL Football:  Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/19/2021 Game Time:  4:25 pm ET, Sunday, September 19th, 2021Venue:  SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles ChargersWhere to Watch:  CBS  Opening MLB Odds at USA SportsbooksFanDuel:  Spread:  Chargers -3; Over/Under:  54.5 pointsBetMGM:  Spread: Chargers -3.5; Over/Under:  55 pointsCaesars: Spread:  Chargers -3.5;  Over/Under:  54.5 points  Season RecordCowboys: 0-1 (NFC East)Chargers:  1-0 (AFC West) Al McMordie WON BIG on Monday, as the Las Vegas Raiders upset the Baltimore Ravens. Now, for Sunday, Big Al's STEPPING OUT with a MAJOR WAGER!  Get Big Al’s pick!...  It's available right now at the Shop Picks page, where you can find all of the Best Bets from our champion sports handicappers. Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers Preview and AnalysisRECENT FORMThe Cowboys showed us their training camp on NFL Films & HBO… and it was boring.  They practiced with Dak and then without when he had a shoulder injury.  They got to listen to Mike McCarthy swear and reference the 90’s film Austin Powers… it doesn’t hold up.  Then they opened the season against the Super Bowl champs Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  They lost, but it was close 31-29.  Cowboys fans everywhere cheered a close loss.  It must mean they are ready to start winning.The Chargers opened the season by beating the Washington Football Team 20 -16.  Yay!  It was coach Brandon Staley’s best Charger moment so far.  It was also his first.  Second-year quarterback Justin Herbert didn’t play exactly as well as he did last year in front of no fans and a different coach… but he played well enough to beat the Washington Football Team who fielded QB Ryan Fitzpatrick we learned since he went down with a hip injury.  Hip injuries always get old people… even old gunslingers.   Offensive AnalysisThe Cowboys offense did play well.  QB Dak Prescott threw for 403 yards and 3 TD’s in his first game since suffering that ankle injury that ended 2020 early for him. Amari Cooper is the WR1 for the Cowboys, the lead guy, the top dog.  He caught 13 balls for 139 yards and 1 TD.  The future WR1, lead guy, top dog is CeeDee Lamb and he also had a TD reception for 22 yards.  Ezekiel Elliott is highly paid… very highly paid.  He ran the ball 11 times and totaled 33 yards.  Tony Pollard and Dak Prescott both average more per carry.  It’s not gloom and doom because the Cowboys are scoring the ball.. And it took a game winning drive from Tom Brady (he’s 6-0 against the Cowboys all-time) to beat them.The Chargers offense clicked to the tune of 20 points.  Second-year quarterback Justin Herbert was 31-47 with 337 yards 1 TD and 1 INT.  He’ll be making his Inglewood debut (SoFi’s location) against an underdog Cowboy team that just put their best pass rusher on the Injured reserve list indefinitely.  Joining him is RB Austin Ekeler who had 57 yards on 15 carries  for 1 TD.  A dazzling combination of WRs and a quality TE give Justin a lot of talent to disperse the ball to.  Keenan Allen had 9 catches for 100 yards, Mike Williams had 8 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, and TE Jared Cook caught 5 for 56.  They were an explosive offense last year…who didn’t win much. This matchup at home, in a new stadium, in front of a huge crowd will produce a lot of touchdowns… Will it produce a win?  Defensive AnalysisThe Cowboys defense didn’t hold against Tom Brady when it was all on the line, but few ever have.  They gave up 31 points.  They lost DE Demarcus Lawrence to a broken foot.  There were a few bright spots though.  Rookie 1st round pick LB Micah Parsons is an absolute keeper.  Micah had 7 tackles in his debut, but more importantly was everywhere on the field.  The Cowboys unfortunately have already invested millions upon millions of dollars in the linebacker position to Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.  Those two LB’s combined for 1 tackle less than their rookie replacement.  CB Anthony Brown led the team with 11 tackles, S Jayron Kearse had 10.The Chargers defense gave up 16 points to the Washington Football Team.  Kenneth Murray Jr led the team in tackles with 9, Derwin James got 8 and LB Joey Bosa got his 1st sack on the season.  They will need a better test than the lowly Washington Redskins to really know, but right now The Chargers are undefeated.  Cowboys vs Chargers PredictionOur prediction for Sunday, September 19th is … Chargers 28 - Cowboys 17The Cowboys lost two important players to the IL, they have an important lineman on the Covid list.  The Chargers are making a home debut in a new stadium.  The momentum is all Los Angeles.  Don't miss our champion handicappers' Free NFL Picks and Premium Selections every day here at Bigal.com.  Just click on Shop Picks for our Best Bets, or click on Shop Subscriptions to join for a week or a month.  And if you enjoyed this Patriots vs Jets preview, be sure to bookmark Bigal.com for our daily Game Previews and Predictions.  NFL Betting TrendsThe Chargers were 2-2 over their last four games as -3 or better favorites.Chargers games have hit Over in 9 of their last 16.Dallas had 9 games hit the Over last year.    Key InjuriesCowboys:  RG Zach Martin (Covid protocol), he should be back depending on his vaccination status… unless he isn’t vaccinated in which case who knows?  WR Michael Gallup (calf) Out, DE Demarcus Lawrence (foot) Out,  RT La’el Collins (suspended) Out Chargers:  DL Justin Jones (calf) Doubtful, CB Chris Harris Jr (shoulder)  Out   Players to WatchCowboys:  CeeDee Lamb. Without Michael Gallup in the lineup Dak will be forced to throw to the future more.  CeeDee had 58 yards a game in his rookie season last year.  This year should be his coming out party. Chargers:  Joey Bosa had 7.5 sacks and 49 tackles last season.  This year there is a roaring crowd.  The roaring crowd also regularly watches Aaron Donald play in the same stadium.  If Joey wants to lead this Bolts defense he’ll have to find the 11 on his volume dial.  Notable Quotes “I thought Dak played well,.....I really like the way our team played, the preparation coming into it. ... We had tough looks, particularly some of the things they did defensively. I thought our guys did a good job adjusting, did a good job distributing the ball on the perimeter.” -Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy.   Starting LineupsCowboys:  QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliot, WR Amari Cooper, WR CeeDee Lamb, WR Cedric Wilson, TE Dalton Schultz  Chargers:  QB Justin Herbert, RB Austin Ekeler, WR Keenan Allen, WR Mike Williams, WR Jalen Guyton, TE Jared Cook, FB Gabe Nabers   Statistical LeadersChargers:Passing:  Justin Herbert 337 yardsRushing:   Austin Ekeler  57 yardsReceiving:  Keenan Allen  100 yardsCowboys:Passing:  Dak Prescott 403 yardsRushing:  Ezekiel Elliot  33 yards  *  averaging 3 per carry.Receiving:  Amari Cooper  139 yards  Coaches:Cowboys:  Mike McCarthyChargers:  Brandon Staley  Weather ForecastPartly Cloudy.  72*  Humidity 67%.  A beautiful Southern California day, a brand new stadium that still has that brand new stadium smell.  

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NFL Football: New England Patriots vs New York Jets Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/19/2021

NFL Football:  New England Patriots vs New York Jets Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/19/2021 Game Time:  1:00 pm ET, Sunday, September 19th, 2021Venue:  Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New JerseyWhere to Watch:  CBS  Opening MLB Odds at USA SportsbooksFanDuel:  Spread:  Patriots -5.5; Over/Under:  42.5 pointsBetMGM:  Spread: Patriots -6; Over/Under:  43 pointsCaesars: Spread:  Patriots --6;  Over/Under:  43 points  Season RecordPatriots:  0-1 (AFC East)Jets:   0-1 (AFC East)  Nelly went 2-0 in MLB totals on Wednesday adding to a 15-6-2 all sports run the past seven days A total tonight in the American League West provides a great opportunity for another big win!  Get “Nelly’s Sports” pick!...  It's available right now at the Shop Picks page, where you can find all of the Best Bets from our champion sports handicappers. New England Patriots vs New York Jets Preview and Analysis   Offensive AnalysisPatriots starting rookie QB Mac Jones went 29-39, 281 yards, and 1 touchdown against the Miami Dolphins while losing game 1.  It was a solid first game out of a rookie with lots of promise for the future. The Patriots got mediocre results from their run game and came very close with a final score of Dolphins 17 - Patriots 16.  RB Damien Harris rushed 23 times for 100 yards (not enough yards per carry), and the rest of the lot added 25 yards.  WR Nelson Agholor picked up 72 yards and 1 touchdown, RB James White caught a flurry of short passes to add 49 yards.  All in all the offense was just too conservative to get the wind.  A quarterback’s first game will fade into memory as the season goes on (if health permits) and New England must allow Mac to open up the field with longer pass plays, RPO, and scrambles.  He’s gonna be the starter from here on out, the playbook can’t stay this conservative.The Jets are in exactly the same boat as New England… same division, same first game loss, and they both start a rookie quarterback, high first round draft pick.  Zach Wilson was up against an extra scoop of pressure against the Carolina Panthers having to face Quarterback Sam Darnold… the guy Zach got drafted to replace.  The guy the Jets dumped at the end of a long engagement.  Zach Struggled a bit throwing 20-37, 254 yards, 2 TD, 1 interception.  Plus Zach couldn’t avoid six sacks that would leave any rookie a bit shaken. His favorite target so far is offseason acquisition Carey Davis who brought in 97 yards and 1 TD. The flaw in the loss wasn’t Zach Wilson it was a run game that only netted 45 yards, using three rushers Tevin Coleman, Michael Carter, and Ty Johnson.  With the final score Panthers 19 - Jets 14 only getting 45 yards out of the run game is unforgivable.  The offensive line will take a hit after losing LT Mekhi Becton.  Defensive AnalysisThe Pats defense has always been solid.  Under Coach Bill Belichick they got Tom Brady 6 Super Bowl wins.  Last season was an off-year, but a solid offseason spending spree and a good spot in the draft has left them much improved.The Jets defense played great in a loss.  They have definitely improved from last season. They are not in charge of scoring the points, but looked very competent at stopping them.  Quinnen Williams is the star, every possession is a chance for a big hit.  Linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips got 11 tackles, Safety Marcus Maye had 8.  This is a defense that is missing their big offseason free agent acquisition Carl Lawson.  The pipe dream of lining Carl up on one side and Quinnen Williams on the other of the D-line will have to wait for next year. Patriots vs Jets PredictionWith the season so young it’s hard to know exactly how accurate the underdog prediction for the Jets really is… are the two teams that much different sitting at 0-1, and starting a rookie QB? The discrepancy on the O-line hurts the Jets odds.Our prediction for Sunday, September 19th is Patriots 21 -  Jets 11   *This is really just a pick for the Under.  Don't miss our champion handicappers' Free NFL Picks and Premium Selections every day here at Bigal.com.  Just click on Shop Picks for our Best Bets, or click on Shop Subscriptions to join for a week or a month.  And if you enjoyed this Patriots vs Jets preview, be sure to bookmark Bigal.com for our daily Game Previews and Predictions.  NFL Betting TrendsThe Patriots have hit the Under in 8 of their last 9 games. New England is 0-1 ATSThe Jets are 0-1 ATS      Key InjuriesPatriots:  OL Trent Brown (quest),  WR N’Keal Harry  (Out), CB Stephon Gilmore  (Out)Jets: OT Mekhi Becton (Out), S LaMarcus Joyner (Out), WR  Jamison Crowder (quest)   Players to WatchThe obvious players to watch for both clubs are the rookie QB’s.  They will be scrutinized and graded all year.  Plus these two happy campers are in the same division, playing for a long standing rivalry.   Zach Wilson has the tougher road to hoe in this matchup because he got drafted to the Jets.  History says the Jets are bad and when they are good it’s only for short bursts of time.  Zach is expected to be a savior of a franchise… as was expected of Sanchez and Darnold, and in a couple of years the next guy.   Mac Jones was picked a few spots later in the draft, but to the New England Patriots… they still have future Hall of Fame coach Bill Belichick, they still have a fan base that embraces and cheers, they still have lots of reasons to believe that all Mac needs to do is be accurate and take care of the ball… and the Franchise will get Mac wins, even trophies.  Notable Quotes“I mean, I'm sure later tonight or tomorrow when I'm watching the game I'll start to feel that, but it was just good to get a win,"  - Sam Darnold, Panthers quarterback, on whether he feels vindication beating his former team.     Starting LineupsPatriots:  QB Mac Jones, RB Damien Harris, WR Nelson Agholor, WR Jakobi Meyers, WR Kendrick Bourne, TE Jonnu Smith, FB Jakob Johnson Jets: QB Zach Wilson, RB Tevin Coleman, WR Corey Davis, WR Jamison Crowder, WR Keelan Cole, TE Tyler Kroft,   Statistical LeadersPatriots:Passing:  Mac Jones 281 yardsRushing:  Damien Harris  100 yardsReceiving:  Nelson Agholor  72 yardsJets:Passing: Zach Wilson 258 yardsRushing: Tevin Coleman   24 yards Receiving:  Corey Davis  97 yards  Coaches:  Weather ForecastSunny. High of 79*.  Humidity 45%, wind 9 mph.  

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NFL Football: Tennessee Titans vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview, Prediction & Odds -- Sept. 19, 2021

Game time: 4:35 p.m. ET, Sept. 19, 2021 Venue: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA Where to watch: CBSOpening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings: Seahawks -6.5; O/U 54.5; Seahawks -320, Titans +250 BetMGM: Seahawks -6; O/U 54; Seahawks -286, Titans +225 Caesars: Seahawks -6.5; O/U 54; Seahawks -280, Titans +230Season record Titans: 0-1 Seahawks: 1-0With the NFL, it's business as usual for AAA Sports! They kicked off the season by going 5-2 in Week 1! That gives them a regular season run of 75-51, a truly AMAZING performance! Then we've also got to mention the fact AAA has gone 16-7-1 over the L8 days! Catch AAA’s and other plays available right now at the Shop Picks page, where you can find all of the Best Bets from our champion sports handicappers.Titans - Seahawks preview and analysisRecent form Titans: lost 38-13 vs. Cardinals in Week 1 Seahawks: won 28-16 at Colts in Week 1There’s no greater home-field advantage in the NFL than the 12s for the Seattle Seahawks, and they probably missed their fans last season in the NFC Wild Card game.Which makes this season more important than ever given the uncertain future of Russell Wilson and the need for the Seahawks to win now. They got off to a good start in Week 1 with a 12-point road win against the Indianapolis Colts.Now the Seahawks will welcome another AFC South opponent Sunday when they take on a Tennessee Titans team that was shellacked at home by the Arizona Cardinals a week ago.If there was any concern as to if the Seahawks would find distraction from the rumors of their Super Bowl-winning quarterback wanting out, that was put to rest for at least one week after his four-touchdown performance at Lucas Oil Stadium.Wilson was sacked three times, but it was enough of an efficient day to find Tyler Lockett twice in the end zone, as well as DK Metcalf for four catches, 60 yards and a touchdown.The Seattle defense had a weird day despite getting three sacks of its own, but allowing Carson Wentz to throw for two touchdowns. Eventually, Indy’s offense slowed due to a lack of T.Y. Hilton and other productive weapons in the passing game.Tennessee should have the kind of offense that will test the Seattle secondary, but after getting walloped at home by Kyler Murray and the Cardinals -- as well as five sacks from Chandler Jones -- the Titans are in need of a major reset after Week 1.With the COVID distraction ranging from Ryan Tannehill to head coach Mike Vrabel, the first week of the new-look Titans offense featuring Julio Jones was a dud. The star acquisition had only three catches for 29 yards in his Titans debut. But that wasn’t the end-all, be-all in the Tennessee passing game; A.J. Brown had a touchdown, but only with four catches and 49 yards. Chester Rogers led all Titans receivers with 62 yards.The Titans’ offense could be the result of a work-in-progress after offensive coordinator Arthur Smith left to take the Atlanta Falcons head coaching job. Seattle, on the road, is not a good combination to find out if the wrinkles can be ironed out.PredictionThis seems like a great pick for the over, and we’ll stand by that play. As for the outright winner, Seattle at home with that crowd is too good of a bet to pass up. The Seahawks’ offense will be another tough test for the Tennessee defense, and if they had a tough time trying to stop Murray, Wilson won’t be any easier. Henry could play a role in keeping this game close, but the Titans don’t have anyone reliable on the back end to stop Metcalf or Lockett. Seahawks by 13 Betting trendsThe Titans are 4-5 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, but 57-34 over the course of their last 91 matchups against NFC teams.Seattle is 10-5 straight up in its last 15 games as a home favorite, but only 7-8 ATS.Players to watch Titans: All-Pro safety Kevin Byard had an interception last week against the Cardinals, but he was kept quiet in the tackle department with only three. Expect him to have a bounce-back game. Seahawks: It’ll be interesting to see if running back Chris Carson can replicate his Week 1 output against this Tennessee defense. Carson had 91 yards on 16 carries against the Colts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.Statistical leadersTitans:Passing: Ryan Tannehill -- 212 yards, 1 TD, 1 INTRushing: Derrick Henry -- 58 yardsReceiving: Chester Rogers -- 62 yardsDefense: Janoris Jenkins -- 8 tacklesSeahawks:Passing: Russell Wilson -- 254 yards, 4 TD, 0 INTRushing: Chris Carson -- 91 yardsReceiving: Tyler Lockett -- 100 yards, 2 TDDefense: Bobby Wagner -- 13 tacklesDon't miss our champion handicappers' free picks and expert football picks today. And if you enjoyed this Tennessee Titans - Seattle Seahawks prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our daily NFL projections and previews.

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