NFL Conference Finals Picks

The Super Bowl is almost upon us and the Jets are still alive!  What a great playoff run.  We keep JMP’s picks going.  As you’ll see, fantasy football wrap ups continue next week.

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NYJ @ IND (-7.5): The Colts were well on their way to covering a spread like this when they pulled most/all their starters and blew any chance at a perfect season.  I don’t think the Jets can keep this close.  It’s been a great ride, but it’s over.  Colts to cover.

MIN @ NO (-3.5): interesting line; I would’ve expected 3.  I really think the Vikes have a chance to win this.  NO hasn’t been able to stop the run well since Sedrick Ellis returned from injury and if their secondary isn’t getting picks, their pass D isn’t great either.  This should be a high scoring game that comes down to a FG, either way.  So that extra half-point is key.  I like the Vikes.

Back next week with WR rankings and then in 2 weeks with RB rankings and I guess I’ll pick the last game of the season too!

Last week: 1-4

Playoffs: 2-6

NFL and Government Really Are OK With Gambling

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So, the NFL and government are really OK with using their facilities to promote gambling.  Sure lottery games are legal in most states, but how is the government-run lottery any different than casino gambling?  Even in states that have gambling lottery games are still the easiest way for most people to gamble.

This year the NFL sued Delaware for “trying” to keep sports betting illegal.  At the same time the NFL has approved the use of its logos and teams for more and more state lottery games.  New Jersey has become the latest state to allow NFL marketing as part of their lottery games.

In New Jersey, the lottery is running a promotion that will give scratch off losers the opportunity to win a New York Giants fan pack. It is directly using the Giants popularity to sell gambling to the masses in the state.

“This is one of the worst ideas that NFL owners have ever had,” said CGW Business analyst Steve Schwartz, “More children watch football than ever before, and now, the lottery is throwing these scratch off tickets in their face, hypothetically saying, ‘hey, if you really like your team, buy these tickets and try to win merchandise with your team’s logo.'”

The fact that the NFL is being hypocritical is not surprising to most fans who have come to accept that the league plays by its own rules. What is best for NFL owners is law, and right now, that means promoting gambling in these tough economic times.

I find the hypocrisy both annoying and bothersome.  If the NFL felt strongly about gambling they wouldn’t have their name and likeness anywhere near lotteries.  Lotteries are the cheapest and easiest way for people to become addicted to gambling.  Some would call it a gateway drug like marijuana.  I’m never surprised by corporate or government double talk, but I don’t have to like it.

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Sports Betting To The Rescue In Vegas!

The NFL season is under way and always brings dollars into the casinos in Las Vegas.  This year is no different.  As expected sportsbooks were packed on Sunday, but it seems as if people were betting a little more than in recent history.

“We might have found the only thing that is recession proof and that’s the NFL,” said Jay Kornegay. Hilton Sports Book Executive Director Jay Kornegay admits he was surprised to see a packed house.

“I was very surprised this morning when I got in here at 9 o’ clock there was a line 10-15 deep at the minimum $1000 bets,” said Frank Nein.  Nein, a diehard football fan just like the others who showed up Sunday morning, say they wouldn’t miss the start of the season for anything. And betting makes it all that more interesting to watch.

“Las Vegas benefits from the football season including taxi cab drivers, bartenders, restaurants everyone benefits from the NFL,” said Kornegay.  This is the second busiest weekend for sports book following Super bowl Sunday.

No surprises here.  Every guy I know is pumped up with the beginning for the NFL season.  Follow me on twitter to keep up on my NFL and college football picks.

Betting on the NFL Draft!

I was watching ESPN over the weekend and there was wall to wall coverage, as usual, in preparation of the 2009 NFL Draft.  After repeated stories of the NY Jets looking for a way to draft USC QB Mark Sanchez my mind wandered.  The NFL always has a reason to gamble and, of course, sportsbook.com has prop bets ready.  

Odds taken from sportsbook.com 4/22/09

Number of Quarter Backs taken in Round One (Position Per NFL.com) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 2.5 (-350)
  • Under 2.5 (+225) 

Number of Running Backs taken in Round One (Position Per NFL.com) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 2.5 (+120)
  • Under 2.5 (-160)

2009 NFL Draft – Number of Wide Receivers+Tight Ends taken in Round One (Position Per NFL.com) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 6 (-170)
  • Under 6 (+130)

Number of Offensive Linemen taken in Round One (Position Per NFL.com) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 6.5 (-105)
  • Under 6.5 (-135)

Michael Crabtree – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 7.5 (+200)
  • Under 7.5 (-300)

Andre Smith – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 6.5
  • Under 6.5 (-130)

Mark Sanchez – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 10.5 (+160)
  • Under 10.5 (-220)

Jeremy Maclin – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 7.5 (-140)
  • Under 7.5 (even)

Knowshon Moreno – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 21.5 (+110)
  • Under 21.5 (-150)

Chris Beanie Wells – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 15.5 (-170)
  • Under 15.5 (+130)

Rey Maualuga – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 16.5 (-250)
  • Under 16.5 (+175)

Hakeem Nicks – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 29.5 (-200)
  • Under 29.5 (+150)

Brandon Pettigrew – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 23.5 (-130)
  • Under 23.5

BJ Raji – What Will his Draft Pick Position Be – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 8.5 (+150)
  • Under 8.5 (-200)

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Knowshon Moreno (Georgia) +150 
  • Chris Wells (Ohio State) -200

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech) -250
  • Jeremy Maclin (Missouri) +175

 Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Percy Harvin (Florida) -250
  • Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina) +175 

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Brian Orakpo (Texas) -200
  • BJ Raji (Boston College) +150

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • James Laurinaitis (Ohio State) +175 
  • Clay Matthews (USC) -250

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Brian Cushing (USC) -160 
  • Rey Maualuga (USC) +120

Which Player Will Get Drafted 1st – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Javon Ringer (Michigan State) -160
  • Glen Coffee (Alabama) +120

Total SEC Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 7.5 (+160)
  • Under 7.5 (-200) 

Total ACC Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 5 (-150)
  • Under 5 (+110)

Total Big 12 Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 5.5 (-135)
  • Under 5.5 (-105)

Total Big 10 Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 4.5 (-120)
  • Under 4.5 (-120)

Total PAC 10 Players Drafted in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Over 5.5 (-135)
  • Under 5.5 (-105)

James Laurinaitis (Ohio State) – Will he be Selected in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes -120
  • No -120

Brian Robiskie (Ohio State) – Will he be Selected in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes +175 
  • No -250

Clay Matthews (USC) – Will he be Selected in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes -400
  • No +250

Josh Freeman (Kansas State) – Will he be Selected in the 1st Round – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes -700
  • No +400

 Patrick White (West Virginia) – Will he be Drafted on Day 1 of the Draft (Rounds 1 and 2) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes -200 
  • No +150

 John Parker Wilson (Alabama) – Will he be Drafted on Day 1 of the Draft (Rounds 1 and 2) – Go to sportsbook.com

  • Yes +225 
  • No -350 

Super Bowl Prop bets..pray for the best!

I’ve been sitting on these Super Bowl prop bets all week and have pushed the button today.  I only bet what I can research with sports betting.

Picks and thoughts on the picks are below.    All lines are from sportsbook.com.

Jeff Reed – Total Points – Must Play
(All lines are from sportsbook.com)
Total Points Under 8.5 (-145)

Jeff Reed has only gone over 8.5 points once in the last week.  If the game comes in under as I predict this will be a winner.

Karlos Dansby – Total Solo+Assisted Tackles – Must Play (All lines are from sportsbook.com)
Solo+Assisted Tackles (Sacks Do Not Count) Over 7.5 (-115)

Karlos had 8 tackles in the first 2 playoff games and only 5 against the Eagles.  The Eagles don’t run, so the LB made less tackles.  Since the Steelers will run, I’m expecting an easy cover here.

Antrel Rolle – Total Solo+Assisted Tackles – Must Play (All lines are from sportsbook.com)
Solo+Assisted Tackles (Sacks Do Not Count) Over 4.5 (-140)

Antrel has made more than 5 tackles in 6 of the last 8 games.  He’s also made many tackles against running teams so I’m going with the over here.

Will a Ben Graham Punt Result in a Touchback (No Punt No Wins) – Must Play (All lines are from sportsbook.com)
No -260

Ben Graham is a toss up to play, but I love this pick.  He’s only had one touch back all year.  If he’s hurt and plays I don’t see him out kicking his coverage.

Those are my picks…good luck on yours!

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