The New England Patriots Dominate League Again in Free Agency (archival article)

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If the Patriots had not done a thing  this off season, they would likely be the favorites again to win the AFC next season. So exactly what does Bill Belichick do? He heads out and  practically murders every person in  free agency, taking actions that promptly place the Patriots atop the NFL power positions, and  by a huge margin also.

After including pass receiver Chris Hogan and also dealing Chandler Jones for a gifted offensive guard as well as a 2nd round choice, Belichick made the most effective action yet the other day, trading for one of the most productive tight  ends in the business in Martellus Bennett.

Are you joking me? Martellus Freaking Bennett? 😆

And if defenses aren’t  frightened enough  with Tom Brady tossing the football to Gronk as well as Bennett, merely remember he likewise has Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and even Dion Lewis also at his disposal.

The Aaron Hernandez– Rob Gronkowski duo was extraordinary back in 2011, and I think this brand-new combination will certainly equal that duo in manufacturing points, and even be  a lot better when it pertains to making first downs. Since 2013, there is just one tight end that has  more yards after catch compared to Bennett, namely: Rob Gronkowski! 🙂

This offense  just went from top 5, to damn near unstoppable. The two-tight end collection is restored in a huge way this period with Gronk as well as Bennett, and  it will be close to impossible to guard. Both are gigantic targets that can run well, making them no match for linebackers,corners and safeties. We understand just how awesome Gronkowski is, yet Bennett is exceptionally skilled too.  Opposing defenses will  not have the ability to take care of both of them rumbling down the field at the same time! 2019-20 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings Archival Football Player News  patriots league england dominate agency again


The Next Great NFL Running Back Ezekiel Elliott (archival article)

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Ezekiel Elliott will be awesome at Rb …6’0″ 226 lbs with 4.47 forty speed + hands size 10 1/4 ” and can be an awesome blocker for the Qb . Ezekiel will tear up many Lbs going out for a pass play and having size 10 1/4 ” hands – Ezekiel doesn’t drop many passes .

He has a great burst, adds in terrific balance and caps it off with the power to run through defenders.  Elliott is also a reliable ball carrier with a mere four fumbles through his college career (nearly 600 rushing attempts). It’s hard to find a flaw in Elliott’s game. A running back with quickness, power, great decision-making, quality pass catching and high-end blocking ability doesn’t show up every year.


Why Smart Bettors are Flocking to the Buffalo Bills for 2015-6 (archival article)

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How many games will the Buffalo Bills win this year? Sportsbooks have set the betting line at 8.5.  Surprisingly, our Artificial Intelligence computer Beardog has the Bills ranked 5th behind New England, Seattle, Dallas and Green Bay due to its strong defense.

 

Buffalo has a new coach in Rex Ryan whose unusual formations, blitzes and overall defensive expertise should further strengthen the defense. We project the defensive line to have about 62 sacks this season. Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes are as deadly a unit as any in the NFL. They forced 6 fumbles last year.Last year Buffalo was fourth in yards and points given up. There is absolutely no reason that prowess shouldn’t continue this season.

 

If Tom Brady’s suspension is upheld the Bills and their awesome defense will face a green Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 2. Ralph Wilson Stadium is one of the most difficult stadiums for opposing teams to play in due to the rowdy fans and bitter weather.Most of the Bills strong opponents in the next season will be played at home.

 

Hopefully Rex Ryan is smart enough to not play E.J. Manuel. With Manuel on the bench, Tyrod Taylor or Kyle Orton will be in, thus their quarterback problems should dissipate especially if Taylor plays the first game. But in any event Sammy Watkins is a highly talented receiver who we project to have 70 catches and 1000 yards in 2015.

 

Finally, the running back by committee should keep the backfield healthy for what looks like a productive season. LeSean McCoy, recently acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles, is expected to have  recovered  from a hamstring pull and will be supported by capable veteran Fred Jackson. In addition, the Bills also have Boobie Dixon as well as Karlos Williams the impressive rookie from Florida State. Look for Ryan to pound the ball on the ground, attack with his defense and roll easily to 9 victories or more!

 


Don’t Sleep On The Falcon’s New Running Back! (archival article)

Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman

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Tevin Ford Coleman is an American football running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana University, where he was a unanimous All-American.

Top Three Quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL draft (archival article)

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While a lot of teams in the NFL feel like they already have a franchise quarterback to count on, there are going to be teams looking for that type of guy in the 2015 NFL draft. It might not be the most outstanding year for quarterbacks, but there are a few who have an opportunity to become starters rather quickly. Here is a look at who might be able to take a franchise to another level.

Jameis Winston

In his redshirt freshman year, Winston made a name for hiimself as a nationalchampion and a Heisman Trophy winner. However, a lot of people are goingto focus on some of his transgressions off of the field as reasons to doubt his character a little bit. He seems to be maturing quickly, and a lot of mock drafts have him as the number 1 overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have been desperately looking for a franchise type of guy, and he certainly has the arm strength and the size to be solid in the NFL.

Marcus Mariota

Like Winston, Mariota goes into the draft with the Heisman Trophy alreaady to his name. He has some people doubting him as well, but that has to do with the type of style he played at the college level. There are some scouts who feel like Oregon made him look better than he actually is. His draft position seems a little bit trickier, but someone in the 1st round is going to take a chance on him. In fact, slipping out of the top 10 seems almost impossible.

Brett Hundley

After the top 2 prospects, there is a chance that we do not see another quarterback drafted until the 3rd round. There are going to be some options for teams at that time, as Bryce Petty and Garrett Grayson could go in that round as well. Hundley just seems like the guy with the most potential right now. He was able to have quite a bit of success at UCLA, and he has the armstrength to compete at the highest level.


How Vegas Views The LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso Trade (archival article)

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When ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday night that the Eagles have agreed to trade All-Pro RB LeSean McCoy to the Bills for LB Kiko Alonso, it came as a major shock to many NFL observers: “How could the Eagles, on the brink of Super Bowl contention, let their best player go?”

But Las Vegas sports books barely blinked. Neither the Westgate LV SuperBook nor MGM Resorts, in fact, made any adjustments to their Super Bowl odds. Station Casinos shortened the Bills from 30-to-1 to 25-to-1 and kept the Eagles at 22-to-1. The only move made at The Wynn was a lengthening of the Eagles’ futures price.

“No movement on Bills – they are already low at 50-1 due to bets,” said Wynn sports book director John Avello. “We can’t go much lower until they show they are a contender. We took Philly from 15-to-1 up to 20-to-1. Who will run the ball for them?”

Right now, those running the ball for Philly are Darren Sproles, Chris Polk and former Oregon Duck Kenjon Barner.

Apparently, McCoy and Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s relationship had soured recently, and as we saw last season with All-Pro WR DeSean Jackson, you either get with Kelly’s program or get out. In this case, Kelly was able to grab another one of his Oregon guys in Alonso — he now has nine former Ducks players on his Eagles roster.

Kelly’s offensive system has proven to be effective with interchangeable parts, and by trading McCoy and earlier releasing DE Trent Cole and CB Cary Williams, Philly is projected to be $48 million under the 2015 salary cap. As great as McCoy has been, the Eagles should be able to find a suitable system back either in the draft or through free-agency.

Among the interesting free-agent RBs available is C.J. Spiller, who now knows he won’t be back with Buffalo. The prized free-agent back is DeMarco Murray, and Kelly could kill two birds with one stone by signing him – fill the void left by McCoy and make the Cowboys weaker within the NFC East.

For the Bills, new coach Rex Ryan has inherited a defense on the brink greatness, and a back like McCoy boosts his chances to compete with the Patriots in the AFC East. The Bills have reportedly also made a trade with the Vikings to acquire QB Matt Cassel.

Bills fans should be excited about 2015, and Eagles fans should trust that Kelly has a plan. After taking over a 4-12 squad, Kelly has gone 10-6 in each of his first two seasons. McCoy’s replacement may not have 2,146 yards from scrimmage like McCoy did in 2013, but the system will produce numbers regardless of who in running the ball.

The best bet is that this trade is a win for both teams.


2015 Super Bowl Point Spread : Early Movement (archival article)

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The point spread for Super Bowl XLIX moved 3.5 points at MGM Resorts on Sunday night, as the Patriots pulled away from the Colts to secure the AFC title.

The Las Vegas sports book operator, along with many others in town, opened the Seahawks as 2.5-point favorites during the third quarter of New England’s 45-7 victory. By the late fourth quarter, the Pats were the 1-point favorite.

“We opened (Seattle) -2.5, but I knew it was the wrong side, and I just kept dropping it down little by little even though we didn’t get much action on it,” Jay Rood, MGM Resorts VP of race and sports, told The Linemakers’ Micah Roberts. “The more I was thinking about it, the more I thought New England should be favored, and the bulk of the action we took on it — about $10,000 — has been on the Patriots -1.”

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened Seattle -2.5, but the shop was dealing the game at a pick ‘em less than a half-hour later, according to assistant manager Jeff Sherman’s Twitter feed.

William Hill U.S. moved to a pick ‘em on Sunday night as well, director of trading Nick Bogdanovich told The Linemakers on Sporting News in a text message. The shop was offering an advanced line of Seattle -3 vs. New England last week.

Super Bowl XLIX is set for Sunday, Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.

That the spread moved immediately in New England’s direction is not a surprise. Early line moves are typically prompted by money from professional bettors. But with Vegas books packed with public bettors for Championship Sunday, the cumulative smaller wagers have a greater impact. Public bettors, of course, tend to base their wagers on what they most-recently witnessed — and that was the Pats blowing out the Colts and the Seahawks coming away with a very fortunate win over the Packers.

“The books want to get to the right number as quickly as they can,” said The Linemakers’ Roberts. “This will be the biggest bet game of the year, where the public has more influence on the number than the wise guys. In most cases with the public, they go by what they saw last, and in this case, it was Seattle struggling at home and committing five turnovers and the Patriots rolling to a blowout win. I think the public will side with the Patriots early on.”

Early wagering on last year’s Super Bowl was similar, as Seattle opened as a short favorite but Denver was bet to a favorite within a few hours on Championship Sunday.

Said Tony Miller at the Golden Nugget, “We haven’t taken any big action on the game yet, just a bunch of guys putting some small parlays on it before they head out of town.”

Miller said he believes Seattle -3 is the proper number, but he adjusted to what he saw in the market.

“With -2s being out there and -1.5 at the Mirage, I opened -2.5 just to be at the highest number, but the (odds) screen is jumping right now,” Miller said. “I’m looking at a few books down to -1 right now, so I’m moving to -2 and I’ll still be high.”

Five minutes later, Miller took a bet large enough (not a limit wager) to drop even further, to -1, to put him in line with most of the other books around town. But the number would continue to drop, and pick ‘em was the consensus line by the time the AFC game ended.

The total opened between 48.5 and 49.5.

On sale: The Wynn is enticing bettors in Vegas with a special offer of -105 vigorish on side bets, exec VP for Race & Sports John Avello told The Linemakers on Sporting News in a text on Sunday night. Gamblers usually have to lay -110.

High bar: Nevada sports books handled a record $119.4 million in wagers on last year’s Super Bowl, which shattered the previous mark of $98.9 set the previous year. They also won $19.6 million, another record.


Why Russell Wilson Could be the Key to your Fantasy Football Championship (archival article)

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Russell Wilson

1. Average draft position

According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Russell Wilson is coming off the board late in the ninth round and as the No. 15 quarterback. That’s very ridiculous value for a quarterback who finished No. 8 at the position in basic scoring Yahoo leagues for the 2013 season.

Quarterbacks being prepared ahead of Wilson in 2014: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Nick Foles, Jay Cutler, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Philip Rivers

Quarterbacks who completed ahead of Wilson in 2013: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers and Matthew Stafford

There is an evident perception that Wilson is simply a video game manager, but he still finished No. 8 in quarterback scoring and averaged 1.4 points less per video game than Andrew Luck, who is presently being prepared at the beginning of the 5th round in fantasy drafts. Provided his leading 5 capacity, Wilson provides exceptional value. Load up on receivers and running backs in the early and middle rounds and draft Wilson late.
2. Seahawks’ tendencies

Individuals prefer to explain how often the Seahawks run the sphere as a factor for Wilson being simply a typical fantasy football quarterback. There is some credibility to that. In 2013, the Seahawks were No. 2 in the league with 509 rushing attempts. They were also No. 31 in the NFL with 420 passing efforts. Regardless of those numbers, Wilson was a leading 10 fantasy quarterback in 2013. Now Wilson is in his third season, Marshawn Lynch is getting a bit older and the Seahawks have even more weapons. They also controlled groups in 2013, which trigger them to run the ball more.

It’s not likely the Seahawks will be challenging the Broncos for the majority of passes tried in 2014, however a boost over the 420 pass attempts is likely for Wilson. An increase in pass attempts can be all Wilson requires to go from the No. 8 fantasy quarterback to a top five alternative in 2014.
3. How well he’s played

Seattle’s offense has actually looked dominant since the Super Bowl. Wilson tossed for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns versus the Broncos. Throughout the preseason, he finished almost 80 percent of his passes, including a dominant display in the 3rd preseason video game where he went 15-for-20 for 202 yards and two goals while scrambling for 23 yards and a goal all in simply over one half of play. If the Seahawks are willing to open the offense, Wilson can control in 2014.
4. Rushing ability

Quarterbacks who can run supply a benefit for fantasy owners. Wilson ran for more than 500 yards and one touchdown a year earlier. A boost in pass efforts would likewise cause a boost in rushing chances for Wilson, who hurried for 3 touchdowns throughout the preseason. Don’t forget about Wilson’s hurrying capability when he begins to slide in your fantasy draft.
5. Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin hardly dipped into all in 2013 till the Super Bowl, in which his effect was obvious. If Harvin is able to stay healthy in 2014, he will certainly have a favorable result on Wilson’s fantasy value. He’s able to make something from nothing in the brief passing game, and Wilson is wise enough to make the most of that.