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Los Angeles Rams vs New York Giants Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/17/2021

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, October 17, 2021 Venue:  MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ Where to Watch:  Fox Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Rams -10.5, Giants +10.5; Over/Under:  47.5 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Rams -10.5, Giants +10.5; Over/Under:  47.5 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Rams -10.5, Giants +10.5; Over/Under:  47.5 points Season Record Los Angeles Rams:  4-1 (2nd place, NFC West) New York Giants:  1-4 (4th place, NFC East)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Will Rogers is on a 25-16 NFL RUN! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Los Angeles Rams vs New York Giants Preview and Analysis Recent Form Los Angeles Rams:  won on the road on Oct. 7 against the Seattle Seahawks 26-17. New York Giants:  lost on the road on Oct. 10 against the Dallas Cowboys 44-20.   Los Angeles Rams AnalysisThe LA Rams are coming into this game with a 4-1 record overall and they are 2-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. After a divisional loss by the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams bounced back with a division win over the Seattle Seahawks in their last game on Thursday night football. They beat the Seahawks 26-17 in a game that they trailed by 4 at halftime but came out in the 2nd half and took the lead never looking back. Matthew Stafford had a good game as he completed 25/37 passes for 365 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Darrell Henderson led the team in rushing with 82 yards and 1 touchdown while Sony Michel also got 11 carries for 37 yards and a TD. Robert Woods had a big day as he led the team in receiving with 150 yards on 12 receptions. Cooper Kupp also had a good game with 92 receiving yards on 7 receptions while DeSean Jackson had 1 big catch for 68 yards. Aaron Donald led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted ones and 1 sack. Terrell Hall also had 1 sack in that game while Troy Reeder and Nick Scott came up big with 1 interception each. They have scored 141 points in their first 5 games averaging 28.2 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 116 points against them allowing 23.2 PPG. Their offense is averaging 408.2 YPG while their defense is allowing 388.2 YPG.  New York Giants AnalysisThe Giants are coming into this game with a 1-4 record overall and they are 0-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They lost their last game in a divisional matchup 44-20 against the Cowboys. They never really had a chance from the start in that game as the Cowboys just kept pulling away on them. Daniel Jones completed 5/13 passes for 98 yards before having to leave the game with an injury. Mike Glennon took over for him at the quarterback position completing 16/25 passes for 196 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Saquon Barkley had 2 carries for 9 yards before leaving the game with an injury as well and he will not be playing in this game. Devontae Booker ended up leading the team in rushing yards in that game with 42 and 1 touchdown on 16 carries but they could not really get anything going on the ground in that one. Kadarius Toney led the team in receiving with 189 yards on 10 receptions while Evan Engram had 55 yards on 4 receptions. Booker caught the only touchdown pass in that game for them. Adoree' Jackson led the defense with 7 solo tackles while Logan Ryan was right behind him with 6 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Austin Johnson led the defense in sacks with 1 while Danny Shelton and Leonard Williams both combined for 1 sack in that one. Lorenzo Carter came away with the only interception for them in that game. They have scored 103 points in their first 5 games averaging 20.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 139 points against them allowing 27.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 380.6 YPG while their defense is allowing 408.6 YPG.   Rams vs Giants PredictionThe Rams are coming into this game as a 10.5 point favorite and the total is set at 47.5 with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Cowboys just scored 44 points on this Giants defense and the Rams' offense is just as good as the Cowboys so they are going to find ways to score in this game. They have a promising season ahead of them and will be trying to get the win here, likely blowing the Giants out in the process. The Giants have too many question marks at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions with all of their injuries. They are really thin on weapons and might not even be able to score in this game. The best bet to place in this game is on the Rams to cover the spread and on the under as this will be a game where the Rams score a lot but the Giants will be lucky to score at all in.  Rams Giants Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, October 17, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Rams 28 Giants 7.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Los Angeles Rams New York Giants prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NFL predictions and previews. NFL Betting Trends Los Angeles Rams: 217-255 ATS in all games. 103-113 ATS as a favorite. 38-41 ATS as a road favorite. 107-128 ATS in road games. 160-198 ATS against conference opponents.New York Giants: 12-7 ATS as an underdog of 10 or more points. 246-229 ATS in all games. 138-119 ATS as an underdog. 190-169 ATS against conference opponents. Key Injuries  Los Angeles Rams:  T. Anchrum Jr. (OL) Ques Sun - Knee injury. T. Higbee (TE) Ques Sun - Shoulder injury. D. Williams (CB) Out indefinitely - Ankle injury. New York Giants:  S. Shepard (WR) Ques Sun - Hamstring D. Slayton (WR) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. B. Bredeson (G) Ques Sun - Hand injury. J. Peppers (S) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. D. Jones (QB) Ques Sun - Concussion. K. Toney (WR) Ques Sun - Ankle injury. A. Thomas (T) Ques Sun - Foot injury. S. Barkley (RB) Doub Sun - Ankle injury. K. Golladay (WR) Out Sun - Knee injury. Players to Watch  Los Angeles Rams: Cooper Kupp is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns scored this season. In their last game it was the Robert Woods show but Kupp still had a good game with over 80 receiving yards. Look for him to step up and get some more looks in this game as he looks to score more TDs and catch some big passes.  New York Giants: The Quarterback position in one player to watch in this contest. Daniel Jones leads his team in passing, rushing and touchdowns scored this season. He has a concussion and if he does not play then this offense is going to look very different. Mike Glennon will be the starter in that event but he will not have many weapons to work with as they are all injured. It will be up to the QB in this game to make the plays so look for that player whoever it may be. Notable Quotes "It was just a little bit out of place and was able to put it back in and keep going. It didn't affect me too much, to be honest with you." - Matt Stafford on playing a majority of that game with a dislocated index finger on his throwing hand after suffering the injury in that game.  "Our guys are going to keep playing, that's not going to be a question. In terms of next man up mentality, there were a lot of good examples today on guys stepping up, playing different roles and making plays." - Joe Judge on all the injuries to starting players on their offense that they have suffered this season already.  Starting Lineups Los Angeles RamsWR Kupp, Cooper WR Jefferson, Van WR Woods, Robert TE Higbee, Tyler QB STAFFORD, MATTHEW RB Michel, Sony  New York GiantsWR Golladay, Kenny WR Shepard, Sterling TE Engram, Evan TE Smith, Kaden QB Jones, Daniel RB Barkley, Saquon FB Penny, Elijhaa Statistical Leaders Los Angeles RamsPassing: M. Stafford (1587)Rushing: D. Henderson Jr. (294)Receiving: C. Kupp (523)Touchdowns: C. Kupp (5)Sacks: L. Floyd (3)Tackles: D. Williams (24) New York GiantsPassing: D. Jones (1282)Rushing: D. Jones (197)Receiving: K. Golladay (282)Touchdowns: D. Jones (2)Sacks: A. Ojulari (3)Tackles: L. Ryan (26)  Coaches:Los Angeles Rams: Sean McVay (5th season)New York Giants: Joe Judge (2nd season) Weather Forecast64 degrees F mostly sunny, 54% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 14 mph wind speeds W.

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Buffalo Bills vs Tennessee Titans Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/18/2021

Game Time: 8:15 pm ET, Monday, October 18, 2021 Venue:  Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN Where to Watch:  ESPN Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Bills -5.5, Titans +5.5; Over/Under:  53.5 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Bills -5.5, Titans +5.5; Over/Under:  54 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Bills -5, Titans +5; Over/Under:  54 points Season Record Buffalo Bills:  4-1 (1st place, AFC East) Tennessee Titans:  3-2 (1st place, AFC South)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Will Rogers is on a 25-16 NFL RUN! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Buffalo Bills vs Tennessee Titans Preview and Analysis Recent Form Buffalo Bills:  won on the road on Oct. 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs 38-20. Tennessee Titans:  won on the road on Oct. 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-19.   Buffalo Bills AnalysisThe Bills are coming into this game with a 4-1 record overall and they are 2-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. After losing their season opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bills have bounced back winning their last 4 games straight. They have scored over 35 points in all of those wins and are coming off of a massive 38-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night football. Josh Allen played a great game in that one as he completed 15/26 passes for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 59 yards and 1 touchdown on 11 carries. Zach Moss had 11 carries for 37 yards while Devin Singletary had 6 carries for 25 yards. Dawson Knox had a big game as he led the receivers with 117 yards and 1 touchdown on 3 receptions. Stefon Diggs had 2 catches for 69 yards while Emmanuel Sanders caught 2 touchdown passes for 54 yards on 2 receptions in that game. Taron Johnson led the defense with 8 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones while A.J. Klein was right behind him with 8 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. Gregory Rousseau led the defense in sacks with 1 while Carlos Basham Jr. and Jerry Hughes both combined for 1 in that game. Rousseau also had 1 interception for them in that one along with Micah Hyde. They have scored 172 points in their first 5 games averaging 34.4 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 64 points against them allowing 12.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 410.4 YPG while their defense is allowing 251.8 YPG.  Tennessee Titans AnalysisThe Titans are coming into this game with a 3-2 record overall and they are 1-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. After a terrible loss to the winless New York Jets, they bounced back in their last game with a win over the Jags 37-19. That game was back and forth to start but the Titans had gained a lead by halftime and never looked back once in that game. Ryan Tannehill played alright as he completed 14/22 passes for 197 yards and 1 touchdown. Derrick Henry had a great day on the ground as he led the team in rushing with 130 yards and 3 touchdowns on 29 carries but he was basically their entire running game in that one. Marcus Johnson led the receivers with 52 yards on 3 receptions while A.J. Brown had 3 catches for 38 yards. David Long led the defense with 10 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones while Kevin Byard was right behind with 8 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Harold Landry and Dane Cruikshank also played well in that game with 6 solo tackles and 1 assisted one each. Landry had the only 2 sacks in that game for the defense while Byard had the only interception. They have scored 132 points in their first 5 games averaging 26.4 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 130 points against them allowing 26 PPG. Their offense is averaging 389.2 YPG while their defense is allowing 377.4 YPG.   Bills vs Titans PredictionThe Bills are coming into this game as a 5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. They have been playing incredible ever since their loss in their first game of the season. They lead the NFL in points per game and points allowed per game while they are also leading the league in yards allowed per game on defense. The Titans beat up on the winless Jags last week but they lost to the winless Jets the week before. They have some injuries on their side as well but now they are facing a Bills team that is clearly the best team in the AFC right now. The Bills have scored almost 40 points in each of their last 4 games and this game will be no different. The best bet to place in this game is on the Bills to cover the spread here.  Bills Titans Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Monday, October 18, 2021 (8:15 pm ET start time) is Bills 42 Titans 17.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Buffalo Bills Tennessee Titans prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NFL predictions and previews. NFL Betting Trends Buffalo Bills: 240-227 ATS in all games. 112-104 ATS as a favorite. 115-114 ATS in road games. 114-105 ATS off 1 or more straight overs.Tennessee Titans: 190-202 ATS in all games. 101-103 ATS as an underdog. 91-98 ATS in home games. 132-168 ATS against conference opponents. Key Injuries  Buffalo Bills:  M. Milano (LB) Ques Mon - Hamstring injury. M. Stevenson (WR) Out indefinitely - Head injury. B. Cox Jr. (DE) Out indefinitely - Achilles injury. Tennessee Titans:  D. Evans (RB) Ques Mon - Knee injury. B. Breeze (S) Ques Mon - Leg injury. B. Dupree (LB) Ques Mon - Knee injury. B. Kern (P) Ques Mon - Groin injury. J. Jones (WR) Ques Mon - Hamstring injury. Players to Watch  Buffalo Bills: Dawson Knox is one player to watch in this matchup. He leads his team in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a game where he had over 100 yards receiving and found the end zone as well. He seems to be a big target for Allen in the red zone so look for him to keep playing well in this game and find the end zone as Allen looks for his big body to make the catch.  Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in rushing yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a game where he had over 100 rushing yards yet again. He is a beast and has played well in every game this season. He is a focal point of the Titans offense so look for him to keep up his great play as they will indeed him in this game if they are going to have a chance at winning. Notable Quotes "I think this is going to be made a bigger deal than it is. We're in Week 5. Four wins doesn't get you to the playoffs. We ended up with a win. That's our goal each and every week, to come out and be resilient through lightning delays. I'm proud of how our team handled the situation." - Josh Allen displaying his mentality after a huge win over the Chiefs in their last game in a blowout fashion.  "I think he's a stud. The crazy thing is, from a rushing standpoint, as an offensive line, we can do way better. We've played way better in the past. We're leaving a lot of meat on the bone there." - Taylor Lewan on Derrick Henry’s performance this season as well as he and his offensive line’s performance.  Starting Lineups Buffalo BillsWR SANDERS, EMMANUEL WR Diggs, Stefon WR BEASLEY, COLE TE Knox, Dawson QB Allen, Josh RB Singletary, Devin FB Gilliam, Reggie  Tennessee TitansWR JONES, JULIO WR Brown, AJ WR Reynolds, Josh TE Swaim, Geoff QB TANNEHILL, RYAN RB Henry, Derrick Statistical Leaders Buffalo BillsPassing: J. Allen (1370)Rushing: D. Singletary (284)Receiving: S. Diggs (374)Touchdowns: D. Knox (5)Sacks: G. Rousseau (3)Tackles: T. Johnson (21) Tennessee TitansPassing: R. Tannehill (1251)Rushing: D. Henry (640)Receiving: J. Jones (204)Touchdowns: D. Henry (7)Sacks: H. Landry III (4.5)Tackles: H. Landry III (19)  Coaches:Buffalo Bills: Sean McDermott (5th season)Tennessee Titans: Mike Vrabel (4th season) Weather Forecast73 degrees F sunny , 55% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds SE.

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Dallas Cowboys vs New England Patriots Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/17/2021

Game Time: 4:25 pm ET, Sunday, October 17, 2021 Venue:  Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA Where to Watch:  CBS Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Cowboys -4, Patriots +4; Over/Under:  50.5 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Cowboys -4, Patriots +4; Over/Under:  50.5 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Cowboys -4, Patriots +4; Over/Under:  50 points Season Record Dallas Cowboys:  4-1 (1st place, NFC East) New England Patriots:  2-3 (2nd place, AFC East)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Will Rogers is on a 25-16 NFL RUN! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Dallas Cowboys vs New England Patriots Preview and Analysis Recent Form Dallas Cowboys:  won at home on Oct. 10 against the New York Giants 44-20. New England Patriots:  won on the road on Oct. 10 against the Houston Texans 25-22.   Dallas Cowboys AnalysisThe Cowboys are coming into this game with a 4-1 record overall and they are 1-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. After losing their season opener to the Super Bowl Champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night football, they have won their last 4 games straight and have become the clear favorite to win the NFC East. They have scored over 20 points in every game this season ramping that up to over 35 points scored in each of their last 3. They are coming off of a blowout win over the Giants 44-20 in a game that they led the entire time as the Giants faced multiple injuries to their starters in that one. Dak Prescott had a good game as he completed 22/32 passes for 302 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Ezekiel Elliott had a very nice day as he led the team in rushing with 110 yards and 1 touchdown on 21 carries while Tony Pollard was right behind with 75 rushing yards on 14 carries. CeeDee Lamb led the receivers with 84 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions while Dalton Schultz was right behind him with 79 yards on 6 receptions. Amari Cooper also had 3 catches for 60 yards and 1 TD. Micah Parsons led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones while Leighton Vander Esch was right behind with 4 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. No one on the defense had a sack in that game but Anthony Brown and Trevon Diggs both had 1 interception each. Diggs now leads the league in interceptions this season with 6 in just 5 games. They have scored 170 points in their first 5 games averaging 34 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 117 points against them allowing 23.4 PPG. Their offense is averaging 436.6 YPG while their defense is allowing 390.4 YPG.  New England Patriots AnalysisThe Patriots are coming into this game with a 2-3 record overall and they are 0-3 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. After losing 2 games straight they have stopped the bleeding a bit with a win over the Texans in their last game. They won that game 25-22 in a game where they were trailing from the start and had to make a late 4th quarter comeback just to win that game. Mac Jones played alright in that game as he completed 23/30 passes for 231 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Damien Harris led the team in rushing with 58 yards and 1 touchdown on 14 carries but they did not really have much of a run game in that one and had to abandon it once they fell too far behind. Hunter Henry led the receivers with 75 yards and 1 touchdown on 6 receptions while Jakobi Meyers had 56 yards on 4 receptions in what was a quiet day for the receiving corps. Kyle Duggar led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 5 assisted ones while Adrian Phillips was right behind him with 4 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones. J.C Jackson and Dont'a Hightower both played well as well with 4 solo tackles and 1assisted one each in that game. Matthew Judon led the defense in sacks with 2 while Jamie Collins also had 1 in that game but no one on the defense was able to come up with an interception. They have scored 96 points in their first 5 games averaging 19.2 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 92 points against them allowing 18.4 PPG. Their offense is averaging 319.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 317.6 YPG.   Cowboys vs Patriots PredictionThe Cowboys are coming into this game as a 4 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. They have been moving the ball really well this year scoring a lot of points as their offense looks great this season. They have scored over 35 points in each of their last 3 games, scoring over 40 points in 2 of those 3. The Patriots have not been scoring a lot of points or gaining a lot of yards on offense this year as they have scored more than 20 points in just 1 of their last 3 games. Their defense has been playing well not allowing a lot of points or yards but they have not really faced any good offense this year in any of their games. The only one was the Bucs, they scored just 19 points but there was a lot of rain in that game which hindered a lot of big plays and the Pats had a major advantage when your head coach coached the opposing quarterback for 20 years. The Cowboys have a very potent offense and they are going to overpower New England in this game blowing out yet another team on their schedule as they have blown out their last 3 opponents all by more than a touchdown, 2 of them by double digits. The best bet to place in this game is on the Cowboys to cover the spread here.  Cowboys Patriots Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, October 17, 2021 (4:25 pm ET start time) is Cowboys 41 Patriots 20.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Dallas Cowboys New England Patriots prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NFL predictions and previews. NFL Betting Trends Dallas Cowboys: 236-243 ATS in all games. 146-160 ATS as a favorite. 52-60 ATS as a road favorite. 110-125 ATS in road games. 164-170 ATS in games played on turf.New England Patriots: 48-27 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 279-220 ATS in all games. 92-53 ATS as an underdog. 26-9 ATS as a home underdog. 140-111 ATS in home games.  Key Injuries  Dallas Cowboys:  D. Thompson (S) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. D. Wilson (S) Ques Sun - Groin injury. D. Armstrong (DE) Ques Sun - Ankle injury. New England Patriots:  R. Perkins (LB) Ques Sun - Shoulder injury. J. Mills (CB) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. S. Mason (OL) Ques Sun - Abdominal injury. Players to Watch  Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliot is one player to watch in this matchup. He leads his team in rushing yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a game where he had over 100 yards rushing and he will be looking to continue that here. He has alway been a key piece in this offense since he was drafted so look for him to keep having good games and finding the end zone for scores.  New England Patriots: Mac Jones is one player to watch in this contest. He is the starting QB and leads his team in passing yards. It is his rookie season and he led his team to a big comeback victory on the road in their last game. He is still developing and getting better every week so look for to keep improving in this game and getting better as he learns from his mistakes. Notable Quotes "He's so dang focused in everything he does. His disposition never changes, his attitude, his energy. I thought he played very well, particularly after those two giveaways." - Mike McCarthy on the way Dak Prescott played in their win over the Giants in their last game.  "Mac has been good for us all year in terms of his leadership and resilience. We are counting on him to do the right thing, and he's doing it on a high level." - Bill Belichick on his rookie quarterback’s performance this season.  Starting Lineups Dallas CowboysWR Cooper, Amari WR Wilson, Cedrick WR Lamb, CeeDee TE Jarwin, Blake QB Prescott, Dak RB Elliott, Ezekiel  New England PatriotsWR Agholor, Nelson WR Meyers, Jakobi TE Smith, Jonnu QB Jones, Mac RB Harris, Damien FB Johnson, Jakob Statistical Leaders Dallas CowboysPassing: D. Prescott (1368)Rushing: E. Elliott (452)Receiving: C. Lamb (348)Touchdowns: E. Elliott (5)Sacks: M. Parsons (2.5)Tackles: A. Brown (23) New England PatriotsPassing: M. Jones (1243)Rushing: D. Harris (230)Receiving: J. Meyers (302)Touchdowns: D. Harris (2)Sacks: M. Judon (6.5)Tackles: K. Dugger (20)  Coaches:Dallas Cowboys: Mike McCarthy (2nd season)New England Patriots: Bill Belichick (22nd season) Weather Forecast65 degrees F mostly sunny, 62% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 11 mph wind speeds W.

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Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/17/2021

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, October 17, 2021 Venue:  Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC Where to Watch:  Fox Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Vikings -1, Panthers +1; Over/Under:  46 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Vikings -1, Panthers +1; Over/Under:  46 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Vikings -1, Panthers +1; Over/Under:  46 points Season Record Minnesota Vikings:  2-3 (3rd place, NFC North) Carolina Panthers:  3-2 (2nd place, NFC South)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Will Rogers is on a 25-16 NFL RUN! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers Preview and Analysis Recent Form Minnesota Vikings:  won at home on Oct. 10 against the Detroit Lions 19-17. Carolina Panthers:  lost at home on Oct. 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles 21-18.   Minnesota Vikings AnalysisThe Vikings are coming into this game with a 2-3 record overall and they are 0-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd divisional game of the season and they are off to a good start with  a 1-0 record in their division. They won their last game against the Lions 19-17 in a close game that they were leading for most of the time. Kirk Cousins played alright in that game as he completed 25/34 passes for 275 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Alexander Mattison led the team in rushing yards with 113 on 25 carries. Justin Jefferson had a great day as he led the receivers with 124 yards on 7 carries. Mattison had 40 yards receiving in that game and 1 touchdown on 7 receptions while Adam Thielen was nowhere to be found with 2 receptions for 40 yards. Harrison Smith led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones while Eric Kendricks was right behind with 5 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones while also coming away with 1 interception in that one. He was the only one on the defense with an interception while D.J. Wonnum recorded the only sack for their defense in that one. They have scored 113 points in their first 5 games averaging 22.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 109 points against them allowing 21.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 382.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 368.8 YPG.  Carolina Panthers AnalysisThe Panthers are coming into this game with a 3-2 record overall and they are 2-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming into this game on a 2 game losing streak after falling to the Eagles in their last game. They lost that game 21-18 in a game that they led for the entire time, blowing that lead in the 4th quarter. Sam Darnold really struggled in that game as he completed 21/37 passes for 177 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Chuba Hubbard led the team in rushing with 101 yards on 24 carries but he was basically their entire run game in that one. D.J. Moore led the receivers with 42 yards on 5 receptions while Ian Thomas had 40 yards receiving on 4 receptions in what was a pretty quiet day for the receiving corps. Haason Reddick led the defense in that game with 6 solo tackles, 2 assisted ones and 2 sacks. He had the only 2 sacks in that game for the defense while Donte Jackson came away with the only interception for them. They have scored 115 points in their first 5 games averaging 23 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 87 points against them allowing 17.4 PPG. Their offense is averaging 363.4 YPG while their defense is allowing 255.8 YPG.   Vikings vs Panthers PredictionThe Panthers are coming into this game as a 1 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Panthers looked good, especially on defense, in their loss to the Eagles for most of the game but it was their offense that could not move the ball and finish the game when they needed to. The Vikings held off the Lions for a late win with a game-winning field goal in their last one but the Lions have been awful on defense this year and the Vikings should have been able to do more in that game. The Panthers will have the home crowd on their side in this game and will likely be going over that problem they had late in the game against the Eagles. The best bet to make in this game is on the Panthers to win on the moneyline as they bounce back in this game with a win at home.  Vikings Panthers Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, October 17, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Panthers 27 Vikings 23.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NFL predictions and previews. NFL Betting Trends Minnesota Vikings: 127-138 ATS as a favorite. 34-49 ATS as a road favorite. 113-128 ATS in road games. 29-43 ATS as a road favorite of 7 points or less. 17-22 ATS as a road favorite of 3 points or less.Carolina Panthers: 93-69 ATS in games where the line is +3 to -3. 228-199 ATS in all games. 130-98 ATS as an underdog. 40-35 ATS as a home underdog. 109-102 ATS in home games. 171-152 ATS against conference opponents. Key Injuries  Minnesota Vikings:  K. Nwangwu (RB) Ques Sun - Knee injury. I. Smith-Marsette (WR) Ques Sun - Toe injury. M. Pierce (DT) Ques Sun - Elbow injury. Carolina Panthers:  C. McCaffrey (RB) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. P. Hoskins (DT) Ques Sun - Personal. S. Thompson (LB) Ques Sun - Foot injury. Players to Watch  Minnesota Vikings: Alexander Mattison and Justin Jefferson are both players to watch in this matchup. Mattison leads the team in rushing yards while Jefferson leads the team in receiving yards this season. They are both coming off of a good game where each had over 100 yards at their respective positions. The Vikings have some good weapons with these two so look for them to get the ball in their hands and make some plays in this game.  Carolina Panthers: Chuba Hubbard is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in rushing yards and will be the starting running back until Christian McCaffrey comes back from injury. He had a good game in their last rushing for over 100 yards in that game. Look for him to keep playing well as he gets his chance to shine now and show the potential that he has a starter. Notable Quotes "I'm proud of our guys the way they fought. Not particularly proud of the way we played, though." - Mike Zimmer on his team’s performance in their win over the Lions in their last game.  "It was the definition of a team win. It's the definition of what we talk about with ‘Dawg Mentality' because the offense wasn't going good for a long time of that game. But when they needed to make plays at the end and it was still tight, they made the plays that we needed to make there." - Nick Sirianni on his team’s performance in their win over the Panthers in their last game.  Starting Lineups Minnesota VikingsWR Jefferson, Justin WR THIELEN, ADAM TE Herndon, Christopher QB COUSINS, KIRK RB Cook, Dalvin FB Ham, CJ  Carolina PanthersWR Moore, DJ WR Anderson, Robby TE Tremble, Tommy TE Thomas, Ian QB Darnold, Sam RB McCaffrey, Christian FB Ricci, Giovanni Statistical Leaders Minnesota VikingsPassing: K. Cousins (1396)Rushing: A. Mattison (258)Receiving: J. Jefferson (462)Touchdowns: A. Thielen (4)Sacks: D. Hunter (6)Tackles: E. Kendricks (32) Carolina PanthersPassing: S. Darnold (1366)Rushing: C. Hubbard (220)Receiving: D. Moore (440)Touchdowns: S. Darnold (5)Sacks: H. Reddick (6.5)Tackles: D. Jackson (18)  Coaches:Minnesota Vikings: Mike Zimmer (8th season)Carolina Panthers: Matt Rhule (2nd season) Weather Forecast70 degrees F sunny, 45% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 8 mph wind speeds N.

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Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/17/2021

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, October 17, 2021 Venue:  Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN Where to Watch:  CBS Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Texans +9.5, Colts -9.5; Over/Under:  42.5 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Texans +9.5, Colts -9.5; Over/Under:  42.5 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Texans +10, Colts -10; Over/Under:  43.5 points Season Record Houston Texans:  1-4 (2nd place, AFC South) Indianapolis Colts:  1-4 (3rd place, AFC South)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Will Rogers is on a 25-16 NFL RUN! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section.  Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts Preview and Analysis Recent Form Houston Texans:  lost at home on Oct. 10 against the New England Patriots 25-22. Indianapolis Colts:  lost on the road on Oct. 11 against the Baltimore Ravens in overtime 31-25.   Houston Texans AnalysisThe Texans are coming into this game with a 1-4 record overall and they are 0-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd divisional matchup of the season and they are already 1-0 in their division this year. After winning their first game of the season, they have now lost their last 4 games straight coming into this one. They lost their last game to the Patriots 25-22 in a game that they were leading for 3 quarters until they blew that lead in the 4th quarter. Davis Mills played well in that game as he completed 21/29 passes for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mark Ingram Jr. led the team in rushing with 41 yards on 16 carries but they did not really have much of a run game going for them in that one. The receiving corps had a nice day as Chris Moore led the receivers with 109 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions. Chris Conley also had a nice day with 84 yards and 1 touchdown on 3 receptions. Christian Kirksey led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 6 assisted ones while Terrance Mitchell was right behind him with 6 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. Jonathan Greenard recorded the only sack for them and Lonnie Johnson Jr. came away with the only interception for his team in that game. They have scored 89 points in their first 5 games averaging 17.8 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 141 points against them allowing 28.2 PPG. Their offense is averaging 282.6 YPG while their defense is allowing 391.8 YPG.  Indianapolis Colts AnalysisThe Colts are coming into this game with a 1-4 record overall and they are 0-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd divisional matchup on their schedule and they are already off to a bad start with a 0-1 record in their division this season. They lost their last game on Monday night football to the Ravens in a heartbreaking fashion 31-25. They led that game 25-9 going into the 4th quarter and they came out of that game as the losers in OT. Carson Wentz played very well in that game as he completed 25/35 passes for 402 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor led the team in rushing with 53 yards and 1 touchdown on 15 carries while Marlon Mack had 47 rushing yards on 5 carries. Taylor also led the receivers in that game with 116 yards and 1 touchdown through the air on 3 receptions while Michael Pittman Jr. also had a good game with 89 yards receiving and 1 touchdown on 6 receptions. Darius Leonard led the defense with 7 solo tackles and 6 assisted ones while Bobby Okereke was right behind with 7 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Tyquan Lewis led the defense in sacks with 1.5 while Al-Quadin Muhammad had the other 1/2 sack in that one. No one on the defense was able to come up with an interception in that game. They have scored 108 points in their first 5 games averaging 21.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 128 points against them allowing 25.6 PPG. Their offense is averaging 363.4 YPG while their defense is allowing 369.2 YPG.   Texans vs Colts PredictionThe Colts are coming into this game as a 9.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. They have been playing much better in their recent games and they looked really good on both offense and defense on Monday night for most of that game. The Texans are in the same position though, they looked really good on Sunday against the Patriots holding down a lead for the entire game before blowing it in the 4th quarter. Both of these teams need this divisional win and just a win in general so both are going to play hard here. The Colts should not be favored by almost 10 points over any team in the league no matter how good they looked so the best bet to place in this game is on the Texans to cover the spread here.  Texans Colts Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, October 17, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Colts 24 Texans 17.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NFL predictions and previews. NFL Betting Trends Houston Texans: 51-59 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 148-160 ATS in all games. 90-99 ATS as an underdog. 56-66 ATS as a road underdog. 70-81 ATS in road games. 73-81 ATS in all games where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points.Indianapolis Colts: 249-238 ATS in all games. 139-129 ATS as a favorite. 133-112 ATS in all games where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points. 121-115 ATS off 1 or more straight overs. Key Injuries  Houston Texans:  K. Pierre-Louis (LB) Ques Sun - Thigh injury. D. Amendola (WR) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. S. Phillips (RB) Ques Sun - Illness. Indianapolis Colts:  S. Ehlinger (QB) Ques Sun - Knee injury. B. Smith (T) Ques Sun - Foot injury. R. Ya-Sin (CB) Ques Sun - Ankle injury. Players to Watch  Houston Texans: Davis Mills is one player to watch in this matchup. He is the starting quarterback for them the rest of the way and he is getting better each week as they almost pulled off the win in their last game. Look for him to keep improving each week and finally get a win as a starting quarterback.  Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Taylor is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in rushing yards this season. He is coming off of a game where he led the team in rushing and receiving with over 100 receiving yards and over 150 yards from scrimmage. He is a bis part of this offense so look for him to keep getting a lot of looks in this game. Notable Quotes "Davis protected the football. He was very good in the pocket and ran our offense very well. We knew going into the game, the most important thing to do was be able to protect the football and he did that." - David Culley on his quarterback protecting the football and preventing turnovers in their games.  "Tough loss. Proud of the way our guys fought. We have to learn from our mistakes and learn how to finish games. No one is going to feel sorry for us. We have to learn from it and get better." - French Reich on his team finishing games after their loss in OT to the Ravens in their last game on Monday night.  Starting Lineups Houston TexansWR Cooks, Brandin WR Conley, Chris TE Brown, Pharaoh QB Mills, Davis  RB INGRAM, MARK RB Lindsay, Phillip  Indianapolis ColtsWR Strachan, Mike WR Pittman Jr., Michael WR Pascal, Zach TE DOYLE, JACK TE Alie-Cox, Mo QB Wentz, Carson RB Taylor, Jonathan Statistical Leaders Houston TexansPassing: D. Mills (669)Rushing: M. Ingram II (212)Receiving: B. Cooks (392)Touchdowns: M. Ingram II (1)Sacks: W. Mercilus (3)Tackles: C. Kirksey (26) Indianapolis ColtsPassing: C. Wentz (1322)Rushing: J. Taylor (327)Receiving: M. Pittman Jr. (368)Touchdowns: Z. Pascal (3)Sacks: K. Turay (2)Tackles: K. Moore II (23)  Coaches:Houston Texans: David Culley (1st season)Indianapolis Colts: Frank Reich (4th season) Weather Forecast66 degrees F sunny, 56% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 14 mph wind speeds W.

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Rice Owls vs UTSA Roadrunners Game Preview and Prediction - 10/16/2021

Game Time: 6:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 16, 2021 Venue:  Alamodome, San Antonio, TX Where to Watch:  ESPN+ Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Rice +18.5, UTSA -18.5; Over/Under:  53.5 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Rice +18.5, UTSA -18.5; Over/Under:  53.5 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Rice +18.5, UTSA -18.5; Over/Under:  54 points Season Record Rice Owls:  2-3 (5th place, C-USA West) UTSA Roadrunners:  6-0 (1st place, C-USA West)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is 82% 9/10* CFB TOTALS with those plays! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section. Rice Owls vs UTSA Roadrunners Preview and Analysis Recent Form Rice Owls:  won at home on Oct. 2 against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 24-19. UTSA Roadrunners:  won on the road on Oct. 9 against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 52-46.   Rice Owls AnalysisRice is coming into this NCAA football game with a 2-3 record overall and they are 0-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd conference matchup of the year and they are already off to a good start with a 1-0 record in their conference games this season. Their win came against Southern Miss in their last game. They won that game 24-19 in a game that they were leading for most of the time. They had a bye last week so they have an extra week to prepare for this game as well, coming into it on a 2 game winning streak. Jake Constantine had a good game as he completed 16/22 passes for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cedric Patterson III led the team in rushing with 38 yards and 1 touchdown on 1 carry while Jordan Myers led the team in carries with 10 for 20 rushing yards. They did not really have much of a run game going for them in that one. Jake Bailey led the receivers with 83 yards and 1 touchdown while Jack Bradley had 47 yards receiving on 5 receptions. Overall, it was a pretty quiet day for the receiving corps. George Nyakwol led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles, 4 assisted ones, 1 sack and 1 interception. Elijah Garcia led the defense in sacks with 2 while Trey Schuman and Ikenna Enechukwu both had 1 sack each as well. Nyakwol along with Naeem Smith, Myles McCord, and Kirk Lockhart all came away with 1 interception each in that game which was overall, a great day for the defense. They have scored 96 points in their first 5 games averaging 19.2 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 193 points against them allowing 38.6 PPG. Their offense is averaging 349.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 445 YPG.  UTSA Roadrunners AnalysisThe University of Texas San Antonio is coming into this college football game with a 6-0 record overall and they are 3-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 3rd conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are already off to a great start with a 2-0 record in their conference games this season. Their 2 wins came against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and against WKU in their last game. They won that game 52-46 in a game that was close the whole time but they maintained a slight lead for the entire length of the game. Frank Harris had a great game at the quarterback position as he completed 28/38 passes for 349 yards, 6 touchdowns and 1 interception. Sincere McCormick led the team in rushing with 120 yards on 23 carries but he was pretty much their whole running game in that one. De'Corian Clark had a very nice day as he led the receivers with 160 yards and 3 touchdowns on 7 receptions. Joshua Cephus also had a good game with 83 receiving yards and 1 touchdown on 8 receptions while Zakhari Franklin had 8 receptions as well for 50 yards. Both Harris and Cephus caught a TD pass and threw a TD pass in that game. Rashad Wisdom led the defense in that game with 11 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Dadrian Taylor also played well with 6 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones while Antonio Parks was right behind with 6 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. Brandon Matterson and Trumane Bell both combined for the only sack in that game by them while Clarence Hicks came away with the only interception for the defense in that one. They have scored 225 points in their first 6 games averaging 37.5 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 134 points against them allowing 22.3 PPG. Their offense is averaging 453.5 YPG while their defense is allowing 360.2 YPG.  Rice vs UTSA PredictionUTSA is coming into this game as an 18.5 point favorite with the total set at 53.5 points with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. UTSA has been great this year with their undefeated record, they are finding ways to win close games and in blowouts scoring a lot of points in the process. Rice played a great game on defense in their last one but that was against a struggling USM team and that was really the only game this year where they did not allow more than 20 points on defense. UTSA will be able to move the ball here and score a lot of points on Rice but Rice will also score some as UTSA definitely has some holes in their defense as well. This will be a high scoring game as both teams score some points with a lot more coming from UTSA. The best bet to place in this game is on the over as there will be a lot of points scored in this game.  Rice UTSA Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 16, 2021 (6:00 pm ET start time) is UTSA 42 Rice 17.Don't miss our champion handicappers betting insight, free picks, best bets and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Rice Owls UTSA Roadrunners prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NCAAF predictions and previews. NCAAF Betting Trends Rice Owls: 120-88 O/U in all games. 42-30 O/U when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 87-64 O/U as an underdog. 52-33 O/U as a road underdog. 63-37 O/U in road games. 77-62 O/U against conference opponents.UTSA Roadrunners: 18-25 ATS as a favorite. 11-19 ATS as a home favorite. 23-31 ATS in home games. 34-36 ATS against conference opponents. Key Injuries  Rice Owls:  B. Rozner (WR) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. A. Pitre III (WR) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. W. Green (QB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. UTSA Roadrunners:  B. Brady (RB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. K. Davis (C) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. Players to Watch  Rice Owls: Jordan Myers is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in rushing yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a game where he did not play well at all and did not even lead the team in rushing in that game. He will be looking to change that in this game so look for him to get a lot of touches and try to set the tone early in this game with their running.  UTSA Roadrunners: Sincere McCormick is one player to watch here. He leads his team in rushing yards and in touchdowns scored. He is coming off of a game where he had over 100 rushing yards and he will be looking to continue that here. His team has a very good offense this season and he is part of the reason why so look for him to get some big runs in this game and find the end zone. Notable Quotes “The five sacks and four interceptions were things that really changed the game. I think the defense did a great job putting them behind the sticks and punishing [Southern Miss] when they had the ball. We are all very proud of our defense for finishing the fourth quarter the way that they did.” - Mike Bloomgren on his team’s defensive play in their win over Southern MIss.  "Last night, we witnessed history, so find a friend, make a plan and #PackTheDome for Homecoming," - the UTSA twitter account after their team started the season 6-0 coming into this next game.  Starting Lineups Rice OwlsWR Patterson III, Cedric WR Mason, Andrew WR Bailey, Jake TE Bradley, Jack QB Constantine, Jake RB Myers, Jordan FB Suckley, Brendan  UTSA RoadrunnersWR Bradley, Tre'Von WR Franklin, Zakhari WR Cephus, Joshua TE Watson, Leroy QB Harris, Frank RB McCormick, Sincere Statistical Leaders Rice OwlsPassing: J. Constantine (543)Rushing: J. Myers (244)Receiving: J. Bailey (232)Touchdowns: J. Myers (5)Sacks: E. Garcia (3)Tackles: N. Smith (17) UTSA RoadrunnersPassing: F. Harris (1475)Rushing: S. McCormick (661)Receiving: J. Cephus (457)Touchdowns: S. McCormick (6)Sacks: T. Bell II (3.5)Tackles: R. Wisdom (27)  Coaches:Rice Owls: Mike Bloomgren (4th season)UTSA Roadrunners: Jeff Traylor (2nd season) Weather Forecast76 degrees F mostly sunny, 41% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 14 mph wind speeds NE.

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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Kansas Jayhawks Game Preview and Prediction - 10/16/2021

Game Time: 4:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 16, 2021 Venue:  David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS Where to Watch:  ESPN+ Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  TT -16.5, Kansas +16.5; Over/Under:  66.5 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  TT -16.5, Kansas +16.5; Over/Under:  66.5 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  TT -16.5, Kansas +16.5; Over/Under:  66.5 points Season Record Texas Tech Red Raiders:  4-2 (7th, Big 12) Kansas Jayhawks:  1-4 (9th place, Big 12)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is 82% 9/10* CFB TOTALS with those plays! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section. Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Kansas Jayhawks Preview and Analysis Recent Form Texas Tech Red Raiders:  lost at home on Oct. 9 against the TCU Horned Frogs 52-31. Kansas Jayhawks:  lost on the road on Oct. 2 against the Iowa State Cyclones 59-7.   Texas Tech Red Raiders AnalysisTexas Tech is coming into this game with a 4-2 record overall and they are 1-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 3rd conference matchup of the year and they are not off to a good start with  a 1-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 1 win came against the West Virginia Mountaineers while their 2 losses came against the Texas Longhorns and TCU in their last game. They lost that game to TCU 52-31 in a game that they were completely dominated in from start to finish. Henry Colombi did not play bad but he did not play that good either as he completed 23/41 passes for 344 yards and 1 interception. SaRodorick Thompson had a great day on the ground as he led the team in rushing yards with 118 and 3 touchdowns on 18 carries. Xavier also ran in 1 TD with 51 rushing yards on 9 carries in that one. Kaylon Geiger led the receivers with 99 yards on 6 receptions while Thompson had 79 yards receiving as well on 2 receptions giving him well over 200 yards from scrimmage in that game. Dadrion Taylor led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. while Colin Schooler had 4 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones. No one on the defense recorded a sack or an interception in that game. They have scored 209 points in their first 6 games averaging 34.8 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 206 points against them allowing 34.3 PPG. Their offense is averaging 458 YPG while their defense is allowing 405.3 YPG.  Kansas Jayhawks AnalysisKansas is coming into this game with a 1-4 record overall and they are 1-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 3rd conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are already in a hole with a 0-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 2 losses came against the Baylor Bears and ISU in their last game. They lost that game 59-7 and were dominated from the start with no chance of coming back after going down 28-0 in the 1st quarter alone. They were on a bye last week so they have had an extra week to prepare for this game. Jason Bean struggled in their last one as he completed 10/20 passes for 120 yards and 1 interception. Devin Neal led the team in rushing with 83 yards on 15 carries while Torry Locklin had the only TD on the ground with 39 rushing yards on 12 carries. Trevor Wilson led the receivers with 55 yards on 3 receptions in that one in what was a very quiet day for the receiving corps. Jacobee Bryant led the defense with 5 solo tackles Ricky Thomas was right behind with 4 solo tackles. Kyron Johnson had the only sack in that game for their defense and no one was able to come away with an interception for them in that game. They have scored 86 points in their first 5 games averaging 17.2 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 219 points against them allowing 43.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 336 YPG while their defense is allowing 493.8 YPG.  Texas Tech vs Kansas PredictionTexas Tech is coming into this game as a 16.5 point favorite with the total set at 66.5 points with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Kansas is a very bad team and they have been at the bottom of the Big 12 conference for years now. Their defense has been getting shredded this season allowing a lot of yards against them and a lot of points. Texas Tech has been struggling in their games against the better teams but their offense is till scoring points and moving the ball well and they have been laying a hurt on the lesser teams when they have played them this year. Texas Tech does not have a good defense though and that is what is losing them games against the better teams and allowing the lesser ones to score more points against them than they should be allowing. The best bet to make in this game is on the over as Texas Tech will likely get close to the number themselves and their defense is so bad Kansas is bound to score some points on them as well. This will be a high scoring game between the two sides.  Texas Tech Kansas Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 16, 2021 (4:00 pm ET start time) is Texas Tech 56 Kansas 21.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Texas Tech Red Raiders Kansas Jayhawks prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NCAAF predictions and previews. NCAAF Betting Trends Texas Tech Red Raiders: 179-159 ATS in all games. 33-19 ATS as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points. 100-83 ATS as a favorite. 127-110 ATS against conference opponents.Kansas Jayhawks: 24-40 ATS as an underdog of 10.5 to 21 points. 138-184 ATS in all games. 89-131 ATS as an underdog. 41-54 ATS as a home underdog. 76-91 ATS in home games. 99-136 ATS against conference opponents. Key Injuries  Texas Tech Red Raiders:  T. Brooks (RB) Ques Sat - Leg injury. C. Townsend (RB) out for season - Chest injury. M. Waters (DB) out for season - Pectoral injury. T. Shough (QB) Late Nov - Upper Body injury. Kansas Jayhawks:  K. Terry (WR) Out Indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. D. Hishaw Jr. (RB) out for season - Undisclosed injury. Players to Watch  Texas Tech Red Raiders: Henry Colombi is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in passing yards after taking over for Tyler Shough. He did not play well in their last game and he will need to step it up and play better in this game. This is a game that they should be able to win by a lot in so look for him to lead this offense and have a much better game.  Kansas Jayhawks: Jason Bean is one player to watch here. He leads his team in both passing and in rushing yards and he will need to do a better job of leading their offense. He has not played well and the entire team is having another bad year. Look for him to try and turn things around in this game as the offensive troubles start with him. Notable Quotes "We played cruddy defense ... The bottom line is, we didn't stop the run. Offensively we moved the ball well at times, but not very smooth early." - Matt Wells on their loss to TCU in their last game.   “Believe in the plan, got to trust the process.” - Lance Leipold on his team’s awful start to the season and in their conference games so far. Starting Lineups Texas Tech Red RaidersWR Geiger Sr., Kaylon WR Ezukanma, Erik WR Mannix, McLane TE Koontz, Travis QB Colombi, Henry RB Thompson, SaRodorick  Kansas JayhawksWR Wilson, Trevor WR McBride, Steven WR Lassiter II, Kwamie TE Fairchild, Mason QB Bean, Jason RB Neal, Devin Statistical Leaders Texas Tech Red RaidersPassing: H. Colombi (942)Rushing: T. Brooks (284)Receiving: E. Ezukanma (429)Touchdowns: S. Thompson (6)Sacks: J. Hutchings (3)Tackles: C. Schooler (33) Kansas JayhawksPassing: J. Bean (852)Rushing: J. Bean (291)Receiving: T. Wilson (271)Touchdowns: L. Arnold (2)Sacks: K. Johnson (2.5)Tackles: K. Logan Jr. (23)  Coaches:Texas Tech Red Raiders: Matt Wells (3rd season)Kansas Jayhawks: Lance Leipold (1st season) Weather Forecast66 degrees F sunny, 55% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 10 mph wind speeds W.

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Purdue Boilermakers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Game Preview and Prediction - 10/16/2021

Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, October 16, 2021 Venue:  Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA Where to Watch:  ABC Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Purdue +11.5, Iowa -11.5; Over/Under:  43 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Purdue +11.5, Iowa -11.5; Over/Under:  43 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Purdue +12.5, Iowa -12.5; Over/Under:  43.5 points Season Record Purdue Boilermakers:  3-2 (3rd place, Big Ten West) Iowa Hawkeyes:  6-0 (1st place, Big Ten West)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is 82% 9/10* CFB TOTALS with those plays! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section. Purdue Boilermakers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Preview and Analysis Recent Form Purdue Boilermakers:  lost at home on Oct. 2 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers 20-13. Iowa Hawkeyes:  won at home on Oct. 9 against the Penn State Nittany Lions 23-20.   Purdue Boilermakers AnalysisThe Boilers are coming into this game with a 3-2 record overall and they are 1-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 3rd conference matchup of the year and they are currently 1-1 in their conference games this regular season. Their 1 win came against the Illinois Fighting Illini while their loss came against Minnesota in their last game. They lost that game 20-13 after leading at halftime but failing to score a single point in the 2nd half giving that lead away. Aidan O’Connell played well in that game but he did have his moments where he struggled as well as he completed 34/52 passes for 371 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. King Doerue led the team in rushing with 95 yards on 21 carries but he was basically their entire running game in that one. The receiving corps had a nice day as David Bell led the receivers with 120 yards on 6 receptions while Milton Wright was right behind him with 91 yards and 1 touchdown on 6 receptions. Marvin Grant led the defense with 4 solo tackles and 1 assisted one while Dedrick Mackley, Cam Allen, and Jalen Graham were all right behind him with 4 solo tackles each. No one on the defense recorded a sack or an interception in that game. They have scored 118 points in their first 5 games averaging 23.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 77 points against them allowing 15.4 PPG. Their offense is averaging 415.6 YPG while their defense is allowing 300.8 YPG.  Iowa Hawkeyes AnalysisIowa is coming into this college football game with a 6-0 record overall and they are 4-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 4th conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are off to a great start with a 3-0 record in their conference games this season. Their 3 wins came against the Indiana Hoosiers, the Maryland Terrapins, and against PSU in their last game. They won that game 23-20 after trailing in the 1st half to comeback in the 2nd half late and win the game. Spencer Petras played alright in that game as he completed 17/31 passes for 195 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, but still not his best performance. Tyler Goodson led his team in rushing yards with 88 on 25 carries but he was basically their entire running game in that one. Nico Ragaini led his team in receiving yards with 73 and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions while Keegan Johnson had 45 receiving yards on 2 receptions. Charlie Jones caught the only other touchdown pass for them in that game but overall, it was a pretty quiet day for the receiving corps. Jack Campbell led the defense with 7 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones while Jack Koerner was right behind with 4 solo tackles, 3 assisted ones, and 1 interception. Koerner along with Matt Hankins, Jestin Jacobs, and Riley Moss all had 1 interception each in that game. Deontae Craig recorded the only sack for them in that game. They have scored 189 points in their first 6 games averaging 31.5 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 78 points against them allowing 13 PPG. Their offense is averaging 317.5 YPG while their defense is allowing 274 YPG.  Purdue vs Iowa PredictionIowa is coming into this game as a 12.5 point favorite and the total is set at 43 with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Iowa have been scoring a lot of points this year but it is their defense that is keeping them in games for them to win. They are allowing less than 300 yards every game and less than 15 points in each game. Purdue's offense has not looked good recently as they have scored 13 points in each of their last 3 games. Purdue's defense has been playing well though as they are allowing roughly 300 yards each game and 15 points in each on average. Both of these teams have good defenses so it will be tough for the offenses to score on both sides. This should be a low scoring game so the best bet to make in this game is on the under.   Purdue Iowa Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 16, 2021 (3:30 pm ET start time) is Iowa 23 Purdue 13.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Purdue Boilermakers Iowa Hawkeyes prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NCAAF predictions and previews. NCAAF Betting Trends Purdue Boilermakers: 128-137 O/U in all games. 54-58 O/U in road games. 88-98 O/U against conference opponents. 87-92 O/U after playing a conference game. Iowa Hawkeyes: 123-147 O/U in all games. 19-36 O/U as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points. 49-76 O/U when the total is between 42.5 and 49. 78-88 O/U as a favorite. 63-69 O/U in home games. 89-97 O/U against conference opponents. Key Injuries  Purdue Boilermakers:  P. Durham (TE) Ques Sat - Concussion. S. James (RB) out for season - Eligibility. C. Trice (CB) Out indefinitely - Ankle injury. Iowa Hawkeyes:  R. Moss (DB) Ques Sat - Knee injury. E. Hurkett (DL) Out indefinitely - Leg injury. Players to Watch  Purdue Boilermakers: David Bell is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a big game where he had over 100 yards receiving. He is a big part of this offense so look for him to make some plays in this game and get into the end zone again.  Iowa Hawkeyes: Tyler Goodson is one player to watch here. He leads his team in rushing yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a game where he had a team-high in rushing yards for that game. Look for him to get a lot of touches here as Iowa will try to control the ground game here. Notable Quotes "We weren't very opportunistic in the red zone again. It's something we've got to get better at — producing points when we get down in there tight. There were some things we did better but it wasn't good enough." - Jeff Brohm om their loss to Minnesota, his 4th in a row against them as a coach.   "This was like the biggest of the big-time, which was pretty awesome. You don't get moments like this every day, taking advantage of the opportunity. It was a mentally draining game for sure, and physically draining.” - Nico Ragaini after their big win against PSU in their last game. Starting Lineups Purdue BoilermakersWR Sheffield, TJ WR Wright, Milton WR Bell, David TE Durham, Payne QB Jack PlummerRB Horvath, Zander  Iowa HawkeyesWR Tracy Jr., Tyrone WR Ragaini, Nico TE Sam LaPorta QB Petras, Spencer RB Goodson, Tyler FB Pottebaum, Monte Statistical Leaders Purdue BoilermakersPassing: J. Plummer (840)Rushing: K. Doerue (221)Receiving: D. Bell (439)Touchdowns: D. Bell (3)Sacks: G. Karlaftis (1.5)Tackles: M. Grant (22) Iowa HawkeyesPassing: S. Petras (1138)Rushing: T. Goodson (518)Receiving: S. Laporta (271)Touchdowns: T. Goodson (5)Sacks: L. Van Ness (4)Tackles: J. Campbell (26)  Coaches:Purdue Boilermakers: Jeff Brohm (5th season)Iowa Hawkeyes: Kirk Ferentz (23rd season) Weather Forecast62 degrees F sunny, 52% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 15 mph wind speeds W.

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Old Dominion Monarchs Game Preview and Prediction - 10/16/2021

Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, October 16, 2021 Venue:  S.B. Ballard Stadium, Norfolk, VA Where to Watch:  ESPN3 Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  WKU -12, ODU +12; Over/Under:  67.5 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  WKU -12.5, ODU +12.5; Over/Under:  67.5 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  WKU -12.5, ODU +12.5; Over/Under:  67 points Season Record Western Kentucky Hilltoppers:  1-4 (5th place, C-USA East) Old Dominion Monarchs:  1-5 (7th place, C-USA East)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is 82% 9/10* CFB TOTALS with those plays! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Old Dominion Monarchs Preview and Analysis Recent Form Western Kentucky Hilltoppers:  lost at home on Oct. 9 against the UTSA Roadrunners 52-46. Old Dominion Monarchs:  lost on the road on Oct. 9 in overtime against the Marshall Thundering Herd 20-13.   Western Kentucky Hilltoppers AnalysisWKU is coming into this game with a 1-4 record overall and they are 0-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd conference matchup of the year and they have already fallen behind a bit with a 0-1 record in their conference games this season. Their 1 loss came against the undefeated UTSA in their last game. They lost that one 52-46 in a high scoring game that they kept up the whole time but were slightly trailing the whole way by a few points. Bailey Zappe had a pretty good game as he completed 38/60 passes for 523 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Adam Cofield led the team in rushing with 65 yards and 1 touchdown on 9 carries while Noah Whittington had 49 rushing yards on 8 carries but they did not really get much going in the running game in that one. The receiving corps had a very nice day as Jerreth Sterns led the team in receiving with 195 yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 carries while Mitchell Tinsley was right behind him with 102 yards receiving and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions. Daewood Davis also had a nice day with 75 receiving yards on 5 receptions while Dalvin Smith and Malachi Corley both caught 1 TD pass each. DeAngelo Malone led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones. Beanie Bishop also had a great game with 7 solo tackles and Antwon Kincade was right behind him with 6 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. No one on the defense was able to record a sack but AJ Brathwaite Jr. had the only interception for his team in that one. They have scored 202 points in their first 5 games averaging 40.4 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 192 points against them allowing 38.4 PPG. Their offense is averaging 550.4 YPG while their defense is allowing 480.4 YPG.  Old Dominion Monarchs AnalysisODU is coming into this game with a 1-5 record overall and they are 1-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 3rd conference matchup on their schedule this year and they have already fallen in a hole with a 0-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 2 losses came against the UTEP Miners and against Marshall in their last game. They lost that game 20-13 in OT but were able to stay in it for the entire length of the game, almost getting the win. D.J. Mack Jr. really struggled in that game as he completed 9/22 passes for 106 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Blake Watson had a massive day on the ground for them as he led the team in rushing with 168 yards on 26 carries but he was basically their entire running game. Ali Jennings led the receivers with 33 yards and 1 touchdown on 1 reception in what was a pretty quiet day for the receiving corps. Tre Hawkins led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones in that game. Marcus Haynes led the defense in sacks with 1.5 while Chazz Wallace had the other 1/2 sack in that game, Sokoya McDuffie also had 1 sack in that one too. Roger Cray and R'Tarriun Johnson both came away with 1 interception each in that one. They have scored 142 points in their first 6 games averaging 23.7 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 177 points against them allowing 29.5 PPG. Their offense is averaging 345.7 YPG while their defense is allowing 330.5 YPG.  Western Kentucky vs Old Dominion PredictionWKU is coming into this game as a 12 point favorite with the total set at 67.5 with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. WKU has had a very strong offense this year as they have been gaining a lot of yards and scoring a lot of points but it is their defense that has been hindering them this season. Just as they are scoring a lot of points, their defense is allowing a lot of points as well. Their bad defense may just be what keeps ODU in this game as their offense is not the greatest but they will be able to find ways to score on them in this game. This will likely be a high scoring game where both teams drive up the score as WKU tries to pull away and ODU keeps trying to come back. The best bet to make in this game is on the over.  Western Kentucky Old Dominion Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 16, 2021 (3:30 pm ET start time) is WKU 49 ODU 31.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks and expert football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Old Dominion Monarchs prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NCAAF predictions and previews. NCAAF Betting Trends Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: 83-78 ATS in all games. 43-35 ATS in road games. 55-46 ATS against conference opponents. 88-74 O/U in all games. 32-12 O/U when the total is greater than or equal to 63. 45-31 O/U as a favorite. 55-45 O/U against conference opponents.Old Dominion Monarchs: 36-48 ATS in all games. 22-31 ATS as an underdog. 15-24 ATS in home games. 21-29 ATS against conference opponents. 46-37 O/U in all games. 32-19 O/U as an underdog. 31-19 O/U against conference opponents. Key Injuries  Western Kentucky Hilltoppers:  J. Simon (TE) Ques Sat - Knee injury. J. Moses (RB) out for season - Knee injury. Old Dominion Monarchs:  None. Players to Watch  Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: Jerreth Sterns is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns this season. He is coming off of a massive game where he had almost 200 yards receiving and he will be looking to continue that here. He has been a focal point of this offense all season so look for them to get the ball in his hands as he looks to find the end zone yet again.  Old Dominion Monarchs: Blake Watson is one player to watch here. He leads his team in rushing yards this season. He is coming off of a big game where he had over 150 rushing yards and he will need to keep that up here. They will need to control the run game if they want to win here so look for him to get a lot of touches in this game. Notable Quotes “We still have all the goals in front of us we want to accomplish.” - Tyson Helton on his team’s optimism to still win the conference.   "Character is one of our three C's. We've been great at that. We've been great at not talking back to the refs or not showing disrespect to our opponents or not showing disrespect to our teammates or coaches. I've been incredibly impressed with how we've handled our emotions during games." - Ricky Rahne on his team’s discipline in all of their games this season. Starting Lineups Western Kentucky HilltoppersWR Tinsley, Mitchell WR Davis, Daewood WR Sterns, Jerreth WR Corley, Malachi TE Beljan, Joey QB Zappe, Bailey RB Whittington, Noah  Old Dominion MonarchsWR Jennings III, Ali WR Smartt, Stone WR Harvey, Javon TE Anthony Jr., Donta QB Mack Jr., D.J. RB Watson, Blake Statistical Leaders Western Kentucky HilltoppersPassing: B. Zappe (2235)Rushing: A. Cofield (162)Receiving: J. Sterns (741)Touchdowns: J. Sterns (7)Sacks: D. Malone (1.5)Tackles: A. Kincade (27) Old Dominion MonarchsPassing: D. Mack Jr. (859)Rushing: B. Watson (339)Receiving: Z. Kuntz (262)Touchdowns: D. Mack Jr. (6)Sacks: M. Haynes (3.5)Tackles: T. Hawkins III (27)  Coaches:Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: Tyson Helton (3rd season)Old Dominion Monarchs: Ricky Rahne (2nd season) Weather Forecast83 degrees F scattered showers, 68% humidity, 40% chance of rain, up to 14 mph wind speeds SW.

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Los Angeles Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens Picks and Preview - 10/17/2021

Los Angeles Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens Picks and Preview - 10/17/2021 Game Time:  1:00  pm ET, Sunday, October 17th, 2021Venue:  M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MarylandWhere to Watch:  CBS  Opening MLB Odds at USA SportsbooksBetMGM:  Spread: Ravens -3; Over/Under:  51.5 pointsCaesars: Spread:  Ravens -3;  Over/Under:  51.5 pointsFanDuel: Spread: Ravens -3; OverUnder:  51.5 points  Season RecordChargers: 4-1 (AFC West)Ravens: 4-1 (AFC North)This is a real matchup between OCT studs.  The regular season is now fully underway.   Going into the sixth week of NFL play real identities are coming to the forefront. The former San Diego Chargers are now clearly the Las Angeles Chargers (because of the wining) and the current Baltimore Ravens can ignore anyone saying Baltimore Colts (because of the winning).  Both teams have quarterbacks that prove that sometimes the NFL draft smiles upon the team without the first pick.  Both teams are doing reconstructive surgery on their reputations.  One of these teams will lose, but both are winners. Matt looks to open Week Six with a BIG Thursday night winner! He is 640-556 +$27,660 long-term and extends it here with his NFC Thursday Primetime Punisher! Grab a subscription and get every play Matt is releasing! Get Matt’s picks, they’re available right now at the Shop Picks page, where you can find all of the Best Bets from our champion sports handicappers. Los Angeles Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens Preview and AnalysisRECENT FORMThe Chargers opened the season with a win over the Washington Football Team 20-16 (as a side point, several Washington Football officials from coaches to executives to the owner are wrapped up in the Jon Gruden e-mails… they will need to say publicly if they ever corresponded with him).  Game 2 was the lone loss to the Dallas Cowboys 20-17.  Game 3 was another win over the Kansas City Chiefs 30-24.  Game 4 was a win over the Las Vegas Raiders (as a side note, Gruden e-mailed the Raiders owner 11,000 times… do we have the NFL Clippers?). Game 5 was a tight shootout that ended in a win over the Cleveland Browns 47-42.The Ravens opened their season with an overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders (coached by the racist, homophobic, misogynist Jon Gruden) 33-27.  Criticism of Lamar Jackson followed.  Game 2 was a super close win over the Kansas City Chiefs 36-35.  Game 3 was a super close win over the lowly Detroit Lions 19-17.  Game 4 was finally the easy win… over the Denver Broncos 23-7.  Game 5 was a dramatic overtime comeback against the Indianapolis Colts directed by the amazing play of Lamar Jackson 31-25.  They sit at 4-1, the landmarks reached so far this year were 1) beating the Chiefs.  2) proving that Lamar hasn’t deserved most of the criticism directed toward him.  3) they never hired or employed Jon Gruden. Offensive AnalysisThe Chargers are ranked 7th in the NFl on offense.  They score 28.4 points per game on 411.4 yards per game.  Quarterback Justin Herbert is playing like a man who needs no backup ever. He doesn’t just connect with Mike Williams… he hits everybody! The Baltimore Ravens are ranked #1 in offense in the NFL.  They score 27.2 points per game on 440.6 yards per game.  Quarterback Lamar Jackson has improved his passing year over year and still holds on to his ability to run the ball at any time he sees an opening.  Lamar put in a fourth quarter performance against the Colts that will be taught in graduate level coaching classes. Defensive AnalysisThe Chargers need another draft to shore up the defense or at least get them to compliment the offense enough to win postseason games. November and December are coming and the warm weather Chargers will need to do better than 19th in the league. They give up 23.2 points per game on 371.8 yards per game. Maybe there are some cornerbacks on the practice squad that can defend pass attempts?  If not, they need more.The Ravens were once known for an amazing defense.  A defense so amazing they won a Super Bowl with a middling quarterback at the helm.  Now the Ravens are ranked 24th on defense.  They give up 23.4 points per game on 389.6 yards per game.  The numbers between 19th and 24th are very very close. The difference is when the Chargers win they really win… when the Ravens win it is close and hard fought.  They will need to come together as a team and find the heart that will let Lamar keep on winning. Chargers vs Ravens PredictionOur prediction for Sunday October 17th is… Chargers 35 - Ravens 27This will be a big OVER.  The numbers say that the Ravens defense won’t stop Justin Herbert… and there may be no defense that can stop Lamar Jackson after he got the green light by Harbaugh and fans to just be himself. 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 Chargers/Ravens preview, be sure to bookmark Bigal.com for our daily Game Previews and Predictions.  NFL Betting TrendsThe Chargers are 4-1 ATS this season.The Chargers are 19-7 ATS in road games where the total is greater or equal to 49.5 points since 1993.The Chargers are 5-2 ATS in October games, the last 3 seasons.The Ravens are 7-2 ATS in games where the line is -3 - +3, the last 3 seasons.The Ravens are 11-5 ATS against teams with a winning record, the last 3 seasons. Key InjuriesChargers: G Oday Aboushi (knee) Out for seasonRavens:  G Ben Cleveland (knee) injured reserve * Wr Sammy Watkins (hammy) Quest Starting LineupsChargers:  QB Justin Herbert, RB Austin Ekeler, WR Mike Williams, WR Keenan Allen, WR Jalen Guyton, TE Jared Cook, Lt Rashawn Slater, LG Matt Feiler, C Corey Linsley, RG Miachale Schofield III, RT Storm NortonRavens: QB Lamar Jackson, RB Latavious Murray, WR Marquise Brown, WR Miles Boykin, WR Devin Duvernay, TE Mark Andrews, LT Ronnie Stanley, LG Ben Powers, C Bradley Bozeman, RG Kevin Zeitler, RT Patrick Mekari   Statistical LeadersRavensPassing Yards: Lamar Jackson 1,519 Rushing Yards: Lamar Jackson 341 Receiving yards: Marquise Brown 451Tackles: Patrick McQueen 33Interceptions: Anthony Averett 2Chargers:Passing Yards: Justin Herbert 1,576Rushing Yards:  Austin Ekeler 349Receiving Yards: Mike Williams 471Tackles: Derwin James 43 Interceptions: Asante Samuels 2 Weather ForecastSunny.  High of 67*.  Humidity 48%.  Wind 14 mph.  14 mph is not enough to deter a well kicked field goal… and it certainly won’t deter a season-high kicks for extra-points.  This will be a high scoring game.

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Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears Preview and Picks - 10/14/2021

Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears Preview and Picks - 10/14/2021 Game Time: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 17th, 2021 Venue: Soldier Field, Chicago, IllinoisWhere to Watch: FOX Opening NFL Odds at USA SportsbooksCirca:  Point Spread: Packers -4.5;  : O/U 45Caesars: Spread:  Packers -4.5; : O/U 45BetMGM:  Spread:  Packers -4.5; : O/U 45 Season RecordPackers: 4-1 (NFC North)Bears: 3-2 (NFC North)For months now we have heard that the Chicago Bears are terrible.  We have heard that the Chicago Bears can’t get the coach or quarterback or GM right.  Going into week six in the NFL the Chicago Bears have a winning record.  They are in the middle of a 2 game-winning streak.  Rookie QB Justin Fields is getting better or playing better depending on how you look at the transition to the NFL.  The Bears Defense is real, and it has been for a few years now.  Mitchell Trubisky is gone… should he have been?  I have heard that asked.  Is this a team that can win if any quarterback is given time to make passes and sustain drives?  Is this a team that can beat any matchup?  Yes. No. No.  The Bears are surviving the way any team does… some teams aren’t as good, some teams are better.The Green Bay Packers are better. Don’t worry about the Bears odds or the payday on the moneyline.  The Packers have game show host wannabe Aaron Rodgers… and he is a great NFL quarterback.  GB Packers fans can ignore the Chi Bears and Bears fans can ignore the playoffs.  The Packers will roll the Bears and history will add another win to that column of the historical cold weather rivalry. Matt looks to open Week Six with a BIG Thursday night winner! He is 640-556 +$27,660 long-term and extends it here with his NFC Thursday Primetime Punisher! Grab a subscription and get every play Matt is releasing! Come get it!.. Get Matt’s picks; they're  available right now at the Shop Picks page, where you can find all of the Best Bets from our champion sports handicappers. Packers vs Bears Preview and AnalysisRecent FormWe have gone over it again and again but the Packers opened the season with a big, embarrassing loss to the New Orleans Saints 38-3.  Aaron Rodgers had an awful game that was only duplicated in the nightmares of Jordan Love.  That game aside, they have now won 4 straight.  They beat the Detroit Lions 35-17, the San Francisco 49ers 30-28, the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17, and the Cincinnati Bengals 25-22. This cold weather Pack is full of winners.  Aaron is entitled to a bad game to remind the GM that he should be throwing to CeeDee Lamb instead of explaining how to beat Cover Two to Jordan Love.The Chicago Bears started the season with a loss to the exciting and maybe great Los Angeles Rams 34-14.  They had a veteran quarterback at the helm while rookie Justin Fields held down the bench.  In Game 2 that veteran got hurt and they lost to the Bengals 20-17.  In game 3 rookie Justin Fields got his first full game shot and was sacked 9 times and the Bears lost to the Cleveland Browns 26-6.  In game 4 Justin Fields got his bearings and improved his passer rating during a win over the Detroit Lions 24-14.  In game 5 the Bears beat the Las Vegas Raiders 20-9, while the Raiders were still coached by a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, phony.   Offensive Analysis The Regular season Green Bay Packers are currently ranked 22nd on offense.   They score 24 points per game on 347.6 yards per game.  It’s regular season because it will take until the playoffs for the stats to accurately reflect the team.  That first game killed the numbers for a long while.The Chicago Bears are ranked last in offense in the NFL.  Below the Jets, Below the Giants, Below the Texans.  Why?... their wins were against the Lions, the Bengals and the phony coached Raiders. They are scoring 16.8 points per game on 240 yards per game.  They can only go up from last place.  They won't against the Packers.Defensive AnalysisThe Green Bay Packers have the 3rd ranked defense in the NFL… they will go to 2nd if not 1st after this game.  They give up 24.4 points per game.  The front office of the Packers have ignored Aaron Rodgers' needs for years in order to shore up the defense. Did they miss Super Bowls?.. Yes. Did they fall to Tom Brady when they didn’t need to?... Yes. Did Aaron learn to keep the team he has always and only played for in the NFL at arm’s length?.. Yes.  Did they build a great defense?… Totally!!!   The Chicago Bears are the top ranked defense in the NFL.  It is entirely the reason that Coach Matt Nagy and the wobbly offense can point to a winning record.  A few years ago they traded for LB Khalil Mack and it has worked.  The defense has depth, it has real players, and it has a game-winner mentality.  They give up 20 points per game on which gives them a chance when the offense only scores 16.8 points per game. They are about to lose the top defense standing to the Cardinals because the packers will outscore the wobbly offense.Packers vs Bears PredictionOur prediction for Sunday, October 17th is… Packers 28 - Bears 17 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. 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NFL Betting TrendsThe Packers are 4-1 ATS this season.The Packers are 4-1 as a road favorite of 3.5 - 7 pts, the last 3 seasons.The Packers are 9-4 ATS against conference opponents, the last 3 seasons.The Bears are 24-11 ATS as a home underdog 0f 3.5 - 7 pts since 1993.The Bears are 5-11 ATS against teams with a winning record, the last 3 seasons.Key InjuriesPackers: CB Kevin King (shoulder) Quest * LB Jaylon Smith (acquired) QuestBears: LB Jeremiah Attaochu (pec) Out * T Germain Ifedi (knee) Quest Starting LineupsPackers: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Aaron Jones, WR DeVonte Adams, WR Allen Lazard, WR Randall Cobb, TE Robert Tonyan, LT Elgton Jenkins, LG Jon Runyon, C Josh Meyers, RG Royce Newman, RT Billy TurnerBears:  QB Justin Fields, RB Damien Williams, WR Allen Robinson II, WR Marquise Goodwin, TE Cole Kmet, LT Jason Peters, LG Cody Whitehair, C Sam Mustipher, RG James Daniels, RT Germain IfediStatistical LeadersPackersPassing Yards: Aaron Rodgers 1,241Rushing Yards: Aaron Jones 309Receiving Yards: Davante Adams 579Tackles: De’Vondre Campbell 48Interceptions: De’Vondre Campbell 2BearsPassing Yards:  Justin Fields 458Rushing Yards: David Montgomery 309Receiving yards:  Darnell Mooney 261Tackles:  Roquan Smith 50Interceptions:  D Houston-Carson 1Weather ForecastSunny.  65* as the high.  Humidity 46%.  Chicago is cold and it will get much colder.  Soldier Filed catches the wind off the lake at 13 mph.   

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Troy Trojans vs Texas State Bobcats Game Preview and Prediction - 10/16/2021

Game Time: 3:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 16, 2021 Venue:  Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX Where to Watch:  ESPN+ Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Troy -7.5, Texas State +7.5; Over/Under:  49.5 points Bet365:  Point Spread:  Troy -7.5, Texas State +7.5; Over/Under:  49.5 points BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Troy -7.5, Texas State +7.5; Over/Under:  49.5 points Season Record Troy Trojans:  3-3 (3rd place, Sun Belt Group A) Texas State Bobcats:  2-3 (2nd place, Sun Belt Group B)  Do not miss out on our expert handicapper analysis! Ben Burns is 82% 9/10* CFB TOTALS with those plays! Make sure you check out his picks and many more from the expert handicappers featured in the Shop Picks section. Troy Trojans vs Texas State Bobcats Preview and Analysis Recent Form Troy Trojans:  won at home on Oct. 9 against the Georgia Southern Eagles 27-24. Texas State Bobcats:  won at home on Oct. 9 in overtime against the South Alabama Jaguars 33-31.   Troy Trojans AnalysisTroy is coming into this FBS game with a 3-3 record overall and they are 1-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 3rd conference matchup of the season and they are currently 1-1 in their conference games this year. Their 1 loss came against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks while their 1 win came against GA Southern in their last game. They won that game 27-24 but they had a large lead in the 2st half and let them back into the game later on in the 2nd half. Gunnar Watson had a good game as he completed 24/36 passes for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jamontez Woods led the team in rushing yards with 98 and 1 touchdown on 9 carries while Kimani Vidal had 57 rushing yards on 13 carries. Those two made up their entire ground game in that one. Reggie Todd led the receivers with 71 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions but the ball was spread around quite a bit with 10 different players catching a pass for them in that game so no one player stood out for the receiving corps. TJ Harris led the defense with 5 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 interception while Dell Pettus was right behind with 4 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones. Harris along with Richard Jibunor and Javon Solomon all had 1 sack and 1 interception each in that game. Elgin Griffin and Jayden McDonald both got to the quarterback as well in that one recording 1 sack each. They have scored 146 points in their first 6 games averaging 24.3 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 109 points against them allowing 18.2 PPG. Their offense is averaging 346.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 272 YPG. Texas State Bobcats AnalysisTexas State is coming into this NCAA football game with a 2-3 record overall and they are 1-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 2nd conference matchup on their schedule and they are off to a good start so far with a 1-0 record in their conference games this season. Their 1 win came against South Alabama in their last game. They won a very close game in OT 33-31. Brady McBride struggled a lot in that game as he completed 18/28 passes for 187 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Calvin Hill led the team in rushing with 70 yards on 11 carries while Jahmyl Jeter was right behind him with 66 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 10 carries. McBride also racked up 57 rushing yards on 15 carries himself while Brock Sturges had the other TD on the ground in that one. Javen Banks had a nice day as he led the receivers with 104 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions. Marcell Barbee caught the only other TD through the air in that game but Banks was the biggest threat of all the receiving corps. Sione Tupou led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 9 assisted ones while Troy Lefeged Jr. was right behind him with 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted one and the only interception caught by them in that game. No one else on the defense had an interception while Jordan Revels and Samuel Obiang both combined for 1 sack in the game. They have scored 131 points in their first 5 games averaging 26.2 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 178 points against them allowing 35.6 PPG. The Texas State offense is averaging 346 YPG while their defense is allowing 414.6 YPG.  Troy vs Texas State PredictionTexas State is coming into this game as a 7.5 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings sportsbook. They have not been playing well leading up to their last game but they really showed up as they pulled off a big conference win in overtime. They are getting a Troy team that has not been playing any better themselves recently. Troy has lost 2 of their last 3 games and they are coming off of a win but that win was by 3 points at home against a very bad Georgia Southern team. This will be a close game that both teams fight hard for the win and Troy is not really playing that much better than Texas State right now. Texas State has the home advantage here too so the best bet to place in this game is on Texas State to cover the spread.  Troy Texas State Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 16, 2021 (3:00 pm ET start time) is Troy 23 Texas State 20.Don't miss our champion handicappers free picks, best bets and expert college football picks today.  And if you enjoyed this Troy Trojans Texas State Bobcats prediction, be sure to drop by every day for our weekly NCAAF predictions and previews. NCAAF Betting Trends Troy Trojans: 118-114 ATS in all games. 26-22 ATS as a road favorite. 72-58 ATS in road games. 66-63 ATS against conference opponents.Texas State Bobcats: 51-58 O/U in all games. 12-24 O/U when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 36-48 O/U as an underdog. 31-39 O/U against conference opponents. Key Injuries  Troy Trojans:  None. Texas State Bobcats:  R. Groves (WR) Out Indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. W. Jones (WR) Out indefinitely - Foot injury. Players to Watch  Troy Trojans: Jamontez Woods is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a good game where he scored again and led the team in rushing yards. He will want to keep up his good performance so look for him to get a lot of touches here and find the end zone again.  Texas State Bobcats: Javen Banks is one player to watch here. He leads his team in receiving yards this season. He is coming off of a good game where he led the team in receiving and had over 100 yards in that game. He is a key piece in this offense so look for him to keep getting balls thrown his way as he makes big catches down the field.  Notable Quotes "Obviously, really excited to get a win, especially a conference win. Any time you do that you've got to be happy about it. I really like the way our guys just kept fighting. I think it says a lot about our team.” - Chip Lindsey on the way his team performed in their win over GA Southern.   “McBride has a short-term memory, so I knew he was going to be fine. He doesn’t get rattled with this stuff. He understands that he has got to take care of the ball a little better, and he gets frustrated with that, but there was no hesitation because I knew that kid was going to make some plays. He’s the guy everyone wanted to have the game ball in the locker room.” - Jake Spavital on his starting quarterback and his performance in their OT win over South Alabama. Starting Lineups Troy TrojansWR Todd, Reggie WR Luke WhittemoreWR Barber, Jabre WR Tez JohnsonTE Lewis, Deyunkrea QB Powell, Taylor RB Vidal, Kimani  Texas State BobcatsWR Marcell BarbeeWR Banks, Javen WR Speights, Chandler WR Drue JacksonTE Lanam, Jackson QB McBride, Brady RB Hill, Calvin Statistical Leaders Troy TrojansPassing: T. Powell (1144)Rushing: K. Vidal (281)Receiving: T. Johnson (335)Touchdowns: J. Woods (4)Sacks: J. Solomon (7.5)Tackles: C. Martial (18) Texas State BobcatsPassing: B. McBride (973)Rushing: C. Hill (308)Receiving: J. Banks (252)Touchdowns: J. Jeter (4)Sacks: I. Nixon (3)Tackles: Z. Childress (17)  Coaches:Troy Trojans: Chip Lindsey (3rd season)Texas State Bobcats: Jake Spavital (3rd season) Weather Forecast73 degrees F mostly sunny, 43% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 15 mph wind speeds N.

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