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The NFL Week 11 Key Games

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE NFL WEEK 11 MENU –HERE’S WHAT LAS VEGAS“WANTS” YOU TO BETPLUS, A COUPLE OF QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWSAS WE CHECK OUT TEXANS-‘SKINSAND EAGLES AT SAINTS Okay, so by now everyone’s heard plenty about that three-week “run” where the books were the ones getting whacked by Joe Public – notice you didn’t hear any whining from the desert last week, right?But the fact of the matter is that based on many of the prices, there are sides (we’re convinced) that Vegas “wants” you to bet … here’s a couple of examples as we zoom into Sunday’s NFL Week 11 games: DALLAS at ATLANTA (-…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 11

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM

An intense start to the new NFL week with Seattle surviving the Green Bay Packers Thursday night 27-24. A lot of complaining in Las Vegas about officiating and Green Bay’s time management. At the end of the evening, it was sports books complaining the loudest. Everyone betting Seattle -2.5 won. Anybody betting the game day line on the key number of three was refunded for a push. Sportsbooks hate it when nobody loses!Now we move to the rest of the pro schedule to see how sharps have been betting. A whopping SIX bye teams this week! Those are: Buffalo, Cleveland,…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NFL Litmus Tests

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Because so many bad teams have byes this week (New England is the only contender to get Sunday off, with the Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Jets and 49ers all staying home to watch great TV games with the rest of us), handicappers will have a prime opportunity to evaluate top playoff threats vs. quality opposition.It’s not quite the same as the playoffs, because a lot of non-playoff caliber teams will be exposed. But, the following games in particular will be true litmus tests for teams hoping to close strong.SundayDallas (4-5) at Atlanta (4-5)Tennessee (5-4) at Indianapolis (4-5)Houston (6-3) at Washington (6-3)Philadelphia…

The College Football Weekend Menu -- It’s Hot!

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  HERE’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL’SKEY WEEKEND PREVIEWS –HOW TO APPROACH AND ‘CAPTHESE MARQUEE MATCHUPS The College Football world is zooming full-speed ahead towards next month’s playoffs – see Saturday, Dec. 29th – but there’s plenty of “meat on the bone” when it comes to this 2018 regular-season sked … we’ll offer up some handicapping tips as we examine a batch of games on the Saturday docket. But first … Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers banged out plenty of winners last week/weekend and now we’re ready to roar with lots more gridiron goodies as NFL Week 11 rolls on … and…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Back for a new week of college and pro football. Today we’ll look at how sharps have been betting Thursday and Friday action, as well as marquee matchups in Saturday’s relatively soft schedule. I’ll be back with you Friday afternoon to study the rest of this weekend’s NFL.Games are presented in the order they appear in the Nevada Rotation so you can make notes in your personal schedules. THURSDAY NFLGREEN BAY AT SEATTLE: We had been painted Seattle -2.5 all week, but that moved to a solid three across the board this morning. You could take that two ways. Either sharps…

Packers at Seahawks Jump-Star NFL Week 11 Tonite

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK #11 IS HERE - A PACKERS-SEAHAWKS QUICKIE PREVIEW ...CHECKIN' OUT THE "SLEEPER GAMES" ON NFL WEEK 11 & COLLEGE FOOTBALL ... PLUS, THIS WEEK'S HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST WITH OUR ODDS TO WIN THE SHINY TROPHYEveryone knows the deal: NFL fans from sea-to-shining-sea are itching to get at Monday Night's showdown between the 9-and-1 Kansas City Chiefs at the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams (and thank goodness they won't be playing on that shabby field in Mexico City!) and the fact of the matter that prime-time tilt is one of only three NFL Week 11 games that will pit…

Network Notebook: Don’t Bet Hot/Cold Trends

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Many handicappers will be tempted to bet on the “red hot” Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints this weekend. Both teams are enjoying long runs of success straight up and against the spread. Both proved last week that they’re playing at PEAK levels…each scoring more than 50 points!*Pittsburgh beat Carolina 52-21, gaining 457 yards on 7.9 yards-per-play. The Steelers scored touchdowns on all four journeys into the red zone…and had five touchdowns and a field goal coming on drives of 60 yards or more.*New Orleans won at Cincinnati 51-14, gaining 509 yards on 6.9 yards-per-play. The Saints scored touchdowns on…

NFL’s Pointspread Standings Plus College Coaching Vacancies

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE NFL REPORT:WE UPDATE THE POINTSPREAD STANDINGSAND LET YOU KNOW WHICH DIVISION’SBEEN THE BEST …COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS / NOTES:POWER CONFERENCE COACHING VACANIES AHEAD Okay, so the NFL Week 11 sked is – seemingly – all about the Monday Night Football battle in Mexico:The Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams are already the talk of the town even though there’s a whole Thursday/Sunday card to navigate thru first but you should know both 9-and-1 SU (straight-up) teams are the only ones in the league where they play for pay in which both sides have a plus 100 (or more) points…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Anatomy of a 200-unit Winner

Monday, November 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM

This past Saturday I won a monster 200-unit release on Utah State (-) over San Jose State 62-24. The analytical process for that winning call featured all the main keys we always talk about here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. I’ve decided to make an outline of that process today’s tutorial so you can apply the reasoning to search for other virtual locks the rest of this season. PLAYMAKERS AND GAMEBREAKERSIt goes without saying that any favorite that enters a game with an 8-1 record and a national ranking of #14 in the AP poll is going…

NFL Week 10: Is it Time to Bag This Eagles’ Season?

Monday, November 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 10 UPDATE: THE EAGLES LOSE (AGAIN!) AS NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE TAKES SHAPES WITHOUT 'EM ...MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW: WHO'S THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS IN GIANTS VS. 49ERS? ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND RECAP: IT'S CALLED THE STATUS QUO, FOLKSGeez, that Super Bowl parade last February through the streets of Philadelphia is now an ancient memory, isn't it?The here-and-now Eagles - just 4-5 SU (straight-up) and 3-6 ATS (against the spread) following last night's sorry 27-20 loss to the 7.5-point underdog Dallas Cowboys - would have eight NFC teams ahead of 'em in the playoff pecking order if this 2018…

Checkin’ Out NFL Week 10 and Hot Sides

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 10 UPDATE: WILL THE "HOT SIDES" KEEP ROLLIN' SUNDAY?Nobody needs to remind us that this has been a rather wacky year spreadwise in the National Football League:Hey, the Los Angeles Rams last weekend just suffered their first SU (straight-up) loss of the year following a glitzy 8-0 start but did you realize this NFC West squad is a rotten 1-4-1 ATS (against the spread) since late September?On the flip side of things, teams such as Arizona and Denver - two teams that won't sniff the playoffs this season - have winning spread marks the past month of…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 10

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked like a Super Bowl team Thursday night in a 52-21 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers. Sharps (professional wagerers) misread that one, loading up on the dog at +4 or better through the week. Is better news ahead for the Wide Guys? Let’s run through their action in other pro football matchups.Note that there are byes this week for four teams: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, and Minnesota. Games are presented in Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedule. SUNDAYBUFFALO AT THE NY JETS: An opener in the range of 8-9 fell right away. That was…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: November’s “Motivation Factors”

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

You longtime students here in my College of Advances Sports Betting and Handicapping know how much weight I put on THE MOTIVATION FACTOR when handicapping. Las Vegas point spreads can be off by two or three touchdowns when oddsmakers don’t properly account for the highs and lows of various scenarios.You read that right. I didn’t say two or three points. I said two or three touchdowns. Motivated teams can post huge victory margins. Perhaps more importantly, teams completely lacking in motivation can get run off the field. And, there’s nothing oddsmakers can do about that. If a game “should” be…

The College Football Weekend Update: All the Key Previews Plus Spread Notes

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S KEY SATURDAY SHOWDOWNS - #2 CLEMSON, #3 NOTRE DAME BOTH IN BIG PRIME-TIME TILTS ...PLUS, NFL WEEK 10 IS HERE AS STEELERS SPANK PANTHERS 52-21As they like to say in the business, the Pittsburgh Steelers last night scored "half-a-hundy" on the Carolina Panthers with the 52-21 win at Heinz Field. Okay, so the 3.5-point favored Steelers laid a major beating on Cam Newton and Company but here's the real story on this NFL Week 10 tilt: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 22-of-25 passes for 328 yards and he threw five touchdown passes and absorbed a cheap-shot hit to…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Great game set for Thursday night in the NFL, with two hot teams squaring off. Plus, some late-breaking news about a major college quarterback to talk about today. A lot to discuss in my look at how sharps are betting late-week football and Saturday’s marquee college matchups. I’ll be back at the usual time Friday to finish out pro football.Let’s get to it. Games are presented in the order they appear in the Nevada Rotation. THURSDAY NFLCAROLINA AT PITTSBURGH: Carolina has won and covered three in a row, while Pittsburgh has won and covered four in a row. Sharps liked the…

Packers-Seahawks Get NFL Week 11 Jump-Started Tonight

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 NFL WEEK #11 IS HERE –A PACKERS-SEAHAWKS QUICKIE PREVIEW …CHECKIN’ OUT THE “SLEEPER GAMES”ON NFL WEEK 11 & COLLEGE FOOTBALL …PLUS, THIS WEEK’S HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LISTWITH OUR ODDS TO WIN THE SHINY TROPHY Everyone knows the deal:NFL fans from sea-to-shining-sea are itching to get at Monday Night’s showdown between the 9-and-1 Kansas City Chiefs at the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams (and thank goodness they won’t be playing on that shabby field in Mexico City!) and the fact of the matter that prime-time tilt is one of only three NFL Week 11 games that will pit teams with winning records against…

Panthers, Steelers Slug it Out to Begin NFL Week 10

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT'S ALREADY WEEK 10 IN THE NFL AND PANTHERS-STEELERS KICKS OFF THE NEW WEEK TONIGHT ...OUR LATEST HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST: 'BAMA STAR IS RUNAWAY LEADERRight, we're now beyond the halfway point of this 2018 NFL season and - among other pointspread-related items - we've learned that Betting Favorites are slightly below the break-even mark at 61-68-2 ATS (against the spread) for a .473 winning rate (there's been a pair of "pushes" and 3 Pick 'Em games too).We've also learned that anyone that's backed the Kansas City Chiefs on a weekly basis finds themselves way ahead…

Network Notebook: Media Focused on Wrong Betting News

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM

While it’s great that sports betting is finally gaining acceptance across the country, the mainstream media has still fallen back into the bad habit of treating everything like a horse race. This isn’t politics! And, politics shouldn’t be treated that way to begin with. But, JIM HURLEY wants you to know that understanding how sports betting markets work is a lot more complicated, and INTERESTING than finding out if the public won today, or the house won yesterday, or whatever.Yes, the general public had a huge Sunday this past week in the NFL. Many of their most popular betting teams…

NFL Totals Prices: Shouldn’t Over Players Be Way Up?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 THE NFL REPORT:WE CHECK OUT THE LEAGUE’SOVER/UNDER NUMBERSPLUS ARE THE COWBOYSALREADY DEAD-AND-BURIED? …COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON IS HERE –WE OFFER UP OUR FINAL FOUR(AND A SURPRISE NATIONAL CHAMP, TOO!) Here’s a stat fact that just might floor you:As we head into NFL Week 9 action this Thursday Night (see Carolina at Pittsburgh), NFL “Over” plays are now 66-67-1 ATS (against the spread) for a .496 winning rate.But wait just a second …Isn’t scoring “way up” in the NFL these days? It sure is as teams – on a whole – are averaging 24 points a game (naturally, that’s 48 points per game)…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping College Basketball

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM

As promised, our Monday coursework this week will focus on handicapping college basketball. The new season begins Tuesday, and is highlighted by a huge TV doubleheader featuring #10 Michigan State vs. #1 Kansas, and #2 Kentucky vs. #4 Duke. That twinbill is being played on a neutral court in Indianapolis.Other matchups featuring ranked teams are also on Tuesday’s ticket, and the rest of this week’s schedule. It’s going to be a fun week!Are you ready? If you’re like most bettors, you’ve been way too busy with football to even think about college hoops. Or, if you like basketball, you already…

NFL Week 9: Saints KO Rams

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 9 UPDATE - RAMS FINALLY FALL AS SAINTS GO MARCHIN' IN FOR 45-35 WIN/COVER ...MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW: TITANS-COWBOYS CLASH IN "BIG D" ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: 'BAMA IS THE BOSS WITH SHUTOUT WIN IN THE BAYOUAnd then there were none. The last of the NFL unbeatens bit the dust down in N'Orleans on Sunday - the now 8-and-1 Los Angeles Rams fought all the way back from a 21-point deficit to tie things at 35 apiece in the fourth quarter but it was the Saints that dialed up all the right plays late in that thrilling 45-35…

The NFL Week 9 Report: Rams-Saints the Headliner

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 9 - CHECKIN' OUT ALL THE KEY GAMES FROM COAST-TO-COASTThe NFL hype machine has been hard at work this week while leading up to Sunday's biggest marquee matchups - that's the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams (8-0 ... or halfway to perfection) at the New Orleans Saints plus the prime-time clash between QB Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots but here at Jim Sez we're an equal opportunity previewer, so enjoy our batch of NFL Week 9 games below ... but first this reminder:Jim Hurley and his Network of…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 9

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Fascinating start to the week with an unheralded third-string quarterback for San Francisco dominating the listless Oakland Raiders. A late-day announcement moved lines in the wrong direction, though some of that was a reaction to the “news” rather than money hitting the board.I can tell you that, locally, there’s less excitement right now about the Raiders eventually moving to Las Vegas!That will change when the arrival date gets closer. Las Vegas wants to be in the NFL. All of you reading this want to BET the NFL. Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been playing so far this seek.…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Re-Double Your Study of Defense

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM

I’m now more convinced than ever that DEFENSE is going to be the decisive factor in determining success down the stretch and through the postseason in both college and pro football. That doesn’t mean I believe games are about to become low scoring. But, the ability to get stops or force turnovers will be the DIFFERENCE-MAKER that separates the great from the very good.Imagine everyone in pro tennis having a big serve. It’s the guys who can also break serve who are going to win championships.We’ve reached a point in the evolution of the sport where most offenses who know…

’Bama vs. LSU Headlines a Great Saturday Menu

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Network Goes 3-0 Thursday With Raiders/49'ers UNDER, UCF and the OVERSATURDAY'S KEY COLLEGE PREVIEWS STARRING #1 ALABAMA (WHO ELSE!) ...NFL WEEK 9 OFF-AND-RUNNIN' WITH 49ERS DRUBBING RAIDERS 34-3Okay, let's just say there's a very, very good chance that the Alabama Crimson Tide stays right there at #1 in the College Football Playoff rankings right throughout this here-and-now 2018 season ... but better believe there's a whole lot of football folks keeping fingers crossed that 15-point home underdog LSU pulls the Saturday night shocker against 'Bama in Death Valley as that would create major chaos on the playoff scene.Hmm, make that…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Finally, some real marquee matchups to discuss (and bet) this weekend in college football. Today we’ll take a look at how sharps have been betting Alabama/LSU and a few others. But, first, we start with Thursday and Friday action. Games are presented in the order they appear on the official Nevada Rotation. The rest of the NFL weekend will be covered in our Friday afternoon report. THURSDAY NFLOAKLAND AT SAN FRANCISCO: The line sat on Niners -3 most of the week. But, we’re seeing enough Oakland money hit the board that -2.5 is in play at most shops as I write…

Monster Matchups on Tap; ’Bama-LSU, Rams-Saints

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE JIM SEZ MIDWEEK UPDATE:WE SNEAK A PEEK AT THE MARQUEE MATCHUPSTHIS SATURDAY / SUNDAY FROM A PURE POINTSPREAD PERSPECTIVE …THURSDAY NITE FOOTBALL:RAIDERS-49ERS IN BAY AREA BATTLE …OUR FIRST HEISMAN TROPHY SEGMENTIS HERE (AND GUESS WHO’S THE RUNAWAY LEADER?) Hey, we’re not gonna “kid a kidder” … the fact of the matter is we’re more than halfway thru this 2018 College Football Season and right there at the midway point in this here-and-now NFL season and yet there have not been many weekends when you could point to a game here or there and get juiced up by a matchup’s star…

Network Notebook: Super Bowl Chase Wide Open

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Don’t believe all the media hype you’ve been reading about this season’s Super Bowl being a virtual sure-thing to match the Los Angeles Rams against either the New England Patriots or Kansas City Chiefs. Recent results, long term coaching histories, and respected betting by sharp investors are showing things are much more evenly matched in the upper third of the NFL.Take last Sunday’s Green Bay/LA Rams battle for example. The Wise Guys POUNDED Green Bay at early lines of +9.5 or +9…and kept right on pounding the dog all the way down to +7. Green Bay led much of the…

College Football Playoff Poll Goes Front-and-Center

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  HOW THE FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFPOLL SHOULD LOOK TONIGHT …NFL NEWS & NOTES:THE PATRIOTS PROVE (AGAIN) THEY’RETHE MOST CONSISTENT BEST BET OUT THERE The first edition of this year’s College Football Playoff poll arrives tonight and there surely won’t be any shockers when it comes to the team sitting high atop the perch:The Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0 overall, 5-0 in the SEC) are a slam-dunk to be numero uno now – and, if you want to know the truth – a basic slam-dunk to be sitting there at regular season’s end too.There’s really been no debate some nine weeks into this…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Motivation Factor Will Explode

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Tuesday night, the powers that be in college football will announce their first championship playoff rankings to a national audience. That will allow fans and gamblers to chart the progress of the selection process for selecting the eventual Final Four. Smart bettors like you must be ready to make proper adjustments to your normal process.It’s going to be tricky. You see, there because a dramatic increase in THE MOTIVATION FACTOR in games involving teams on the list. Maybe Alabama feels safe because they’ve been so dominant that they could still lose a game and qualify. For everyone else, they know…

Pats-Bills in MNF Battle Plus Look Ahead to Rams-Saints

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 8 UPDATE: RAMS, SAINTS WIN AGAIN AS THEY HEAD TOWARDS SUNDAY'S SHOWDOWN IN THE DOME ...OUR MNF PREVIEW: PATS ARE 2-TD ROAD FAVS TONIGHT ...THE WORLD SERIES REPORT: ALL HAIL THE BOSOXJust wait! Truth is we have not yet exited NFL Week 8 - there's the matter of the New England Patriots at the 14-point underdog Buffalo Bills tonight and we'll get to that one shortly - but NFL Week 9 has a couple of real doozies on the docket and we're already champing at the bit to get to Sunday's Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans…

NFL Week 8 Sunday Showdowns

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  NFL WEEK 8 –HERE’S THE KEY SUNDAY PREVIEWS How’s this for a roundup of NFL Week 8 action on this final Sunday in October?The fun-and-games get started overseas – again – with another one of those morning tilts from jolly old England and it doesn’t end till the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings put a wrap on things from the Twin Cities with what could well be the “game of the day”.All we know is there lots of winners on the NFL Week 8 docket:Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have all the NFL Week 8 games…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 8

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Houston dominated Miami Thursday night in a win that flew Over the total. Squares (the public) love that combination of Favorite and Over. Let’s see how smart money is dealing with that reality throughout the rest of Week 8.  Note that there are byes this week for: Atlanta, Dallas, the Los Angeles Chargers, and Tennessee. Games are presented in Nevada Rotation order… SUNDAYPHILADELPHIA VS. JACKSONVILLE (In London, England): An opener of Philadelphia -2 was bet up quickly to -3. Jacksonville is in a bad slump AND dealing with multiple injuries. (Remember that this is a neutral field game overseas, which helps keep…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Don’t Fall in Love with Overs

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

After all the high scoring football games Thursday night…and the subsequent reaction on social media…I felt I had to step in today to advise caution. Far too many casual bettors are saying things like “I’m just going to bet all the Overs now, this is too easy!” Or, “only an idiot would bet Unders the way nobody plays defense any more.”Look, that was a high scoring night. And, both football and the NBA are definitely trending toward much higher scoring games because of rules changes. But, it’s important to keep in mind many of the following facts.*Weather was great across…

Three Cheers for College Football’s Top Chalk Plays; Check Out the Saturday Previews Too

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK –THE TOP CHALK PLAYS (SO FAR) IN 2018PLUS, THREE KEY SATURDAY PREVIEWS …NFL WEEK 8 OFF-AND-ROLLIN’ WITHTHE RED-HOT TEXANS SNAGGING 42-23 WIN/COVERAGAINST THE FISH Quick …Who’s been the best bets in College Football this year when placed in the role of Favorites?Ahh, you might blurt out the name Alabama but truth is the nation’s unquestioned #1 team is only a modestly-successful 5-3 ATS (against the spread) thus far while laying anywhere from 23-to-48.5 points;Maybe you think it’s Clemson … and you’d be wrong ‘cause the Tigers are just 3-4 versus the vig as chalk sides this ’18…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM

The late-week college schedule has really expanded this Thursday and Friday. So, 11 games to talk about before we even get to a couple of marquee Saturday matchups. As always, we start this report with the Thursday night NFL game. We’ll discuss the rest of the pro football slate Friday afternoon at the usual time. THURSDAY NFLMIAMI AT HOUSTON: An opener of Houston -7 was bet up to -7.5 very early. Looks like a tug-of-war now between Miami +7.5 and Houston -7. Sharps (professional wagerers) are generally betting the dog with the hook. Though, some of that early-week money on the…

Red Sox in Total Command in WS; Football on Tap Tonight

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE WORLD SERIES - RED SOX ROLL AGAIN; TAKE 2-0 SERIES LEAD OVER THE FLOUNDERING DODGERS ...THE NFL WEEK 8 REPORT: DOLPHINS-TEXANS IN PRIME-TIME TILT TONIGHT... PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL QUICK HITTERSThe Boston Red Sox are halfway home to winning a fourth World Series crown in the past 15 years - last night's 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers really has the Bosox in the proverbial drivers' seat and, hey, the formula has worked wonders so far in the first two games of this year's Fall Classic:There's been key two-out hits, stellar defense and terrific bullpen work - remember the…

Network Notebook: Look for This Potent Handicapping Combo

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Many casual bettors are having horrible college football seasons through the first two months. So many “traditional powers” have been disappointments. Media darlings are going through a divorce. Supposed up-and-comers are still trying to find the ladder. If you try to pick winners based on what you see on ESPN…your bankroll has been decimated.But, it’s still possible to save your season by finding great blowout scenarios for easy point spread covers if you focus on these two key factors.*Teams with offensive stars who can put points on the board who have already received their “wake up call” with an upset…

World Series Preview Plus College Top 10 Too

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM

OUR JIM SEZ WORLD SERIES PREVIEW ...NFL NEWS & NOTES: TRADE DEADLINE IS A WEEK AWAY AND WE'RE EYEBALLING "NAME" PLAYERS LIKELY ON THE MOVE ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10 Here's the dollar-and-cents facts when it comes to this here-and-now 2018 World Series: The American League champion Boston Red Sox sport the highest payroll in all of baseball; the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers have the third-highest payroll in the sport ... so, should anyone really be that surprised that this is the matchup in this year's Fall Classic that starts tonight at iconic Fenway Park?The real surprise is…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the World Series

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Las Vegas could see its most heavily bet World Series ever! It’s already shaping up that way because big money hit sports books over the weekend as soon as the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NLCS Saturday night in Milwaukee. Game One in Boston isn’t until Tuesday night. That gives deep-pocked entertainment moguls time to get here and get down.Of course, Boston has a big following too. Many sports fans and avid sports bettors from the northeast (Boston and New York) and midwest (Chicago) make their way out here in their later years. What better way to spend “retirement” than…

Rams, Chiefs Don’t Miss a Beat in NFL Week 7

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 7 UPDATE: RAMS, CHIEFS STAY ON "SUPER" FAST-TRACK, PLUS TONIGHT'S GIANTS-FALCONS PREVIEW ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK: BUCKEYES GET STUNNED - A MONSTER JIM HURLEY NETWORK WINNER WITH PURDUE!!! - BUT WE SORT THROUGH THINGS TO FIND A POSSIBLE PLAYOFF INTERLOPER ...THE 2018 WORLD SERIES: RED SOX (-160) TAKING ALL THE CASH VERSUS THE DODGERSThere were a dozen games on the NFL Week 7 Sunday menu this past weekend:Six of 'em were decided by double digits; six of 'em went right down to the final play and - as you all saw for yourselves - three of those six…

NFL Week 7 Previews Are Here

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 7 SUNDAY SHOWDOWNSRise and shine! The NFL Week 7 menu gets started bright and early as "London's calling" with a 9:30 a.m. Eastern time kickoff between the Tennessee Titans against the suddenly-surging Los Angeles Chargers - enjoy your cereal and coffee with that clash and then check out what else is on the Sunday docket:CAROLINA (3-2) at PHILADELPHIA (3-3) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox The defending Super Bowl champs have burnt their backers thus far with a sub-par 2-4 ATS (against the spread) log but maybe last Thursday's easy 34-13 win/cover at the 2-point underdog New York Giants…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 7

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Not much drama in that ugly Denver-Arizona game Thursday night that kickoff the new week of NFL action. Certainly some better games on tap the rest of the way. Time to look at how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting this week’s pro football action. Note that there are byes this week for: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. (At least the Vegas-bound Raiders won’t lose this week!)Games are presented in Nevada Rotation order. Please note that the first game will be played overseas, meaning no home field advantage is factored into the line.SUNDAYTENNESSEE VS. THE LA CHARGERS (In London,…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Quarterback Conundrums

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

We’ve reached the point in the season where many college and pro football teams start to give up the fight because their quarterbacks are so bad. We saw that to a degree with the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night. Josh Rosen threw an early touchdown pass to the wrong team…and then ANOTHER one…and his teammates went into the tank.Buffalo has done that a few times with Nathan Peterman, who can’t stop throwing interceptions. He’s back in the picture after Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury in Houston last week. You could argue that the Jacksonville defense threw in the towel in…

College Football’s 6-Pack: ’Bama-Tennessee Heads Up the Show

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 12:00 AM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S MARQUEE MATCHUPS - IT'S A SATURDAY SIX-PACK FEATURING #1 ALABAMA, #2 OHIO STATE AND #3 CLEMSON'Round and 'round we go - the College Football Playoffs are still two-plus months down the line and everyone - and we mean everyone - is reserving a spot for #1 Alabama but there's still CFP berths to be won and this weekend's edition of the Saturday Six-Pack will go a long way in determining who's got the inside tracks. Here's the best of the best on this Saturday sked and do remember that ...Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Not exactly a bunch of dream matchups in football the next few days. But, sharps (professional wagerers) aren’t betting for entertainment. They’re betting to make money! Let’s see how the Wise Guys have been betting Thursday and Friday night football, along with marquee matchups Saturday in the colleges. I’ll be back at the usual time Friday afternoon to look at the rest of the NFL. THURSDAY NFLDENVER AT ARIZONA: Some spots opened Arizona a slight favorite. Money hit the Broncos instantly at those stores, causing stragglers to open more toward pick-em or Denver -1. The line did get as high as…

NFL Week 7: Can Broncos Reel In This Fast-Fade Season?

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 7 IS HERE - BRONCOS AT CARDINALS IN TRUE S.O.S. AFFAIR FOR THE ROADSTERS ...THE BEST AWAY BETS IN THE NFL (SO FAR) IN 2018 ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S STREAKERSMaybe you've checked it out already but "if the season was to end today" than the #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC would be the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, respectively; in the AFC they'd be the Kansas City Chiefs and then the tie-break winner between New England/Miami/Cincinnati/Baltimore.Note that nowhere up above is there any mention of the Denver Broncos - the Super Bowl winner just three…

Network Notebook: Comparing ATS Extremes in the NFL

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Six games into the 2018 pro football season, only one team is undefeated against the point spread. That’s the surprising Kansas City Chiefs, who have taken the NFL by storm with a slew of great performances against a tough schedule. Their most recent cover was this past Sunday night as an underdog of 3.5 points in a 43-40 loss at New England. That brought KC to 6-0 ATS.There are no teams at 0-6 ATS out of the gate this season. And, only one team has failed to cover five times. That’s the Houston Texans, who are 1-5 ATS. Their only…

Checkin’ Out the Undefeated College Teams Spreadwise

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:ARE THE UNBEATENS OUT THEREALSO CASHING YOUR BETS? …OUR JIM SEZ COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10 …THE NBA IS BACK – AND HERE’S THE WIN-IT-ALL ODDS …NFL NEWS /NOTES:RODGERS AND THE PACK In case you’re wondering, there are still eight (8) remaining undefeated teams out there in College Football-land – that’s Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCF and USF – and there’s still a shot that four of ‘em will stay perfect right into the next edition of the College Football Playoffs.But that’s not our numero uno concern right here and right now:No, we want…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Market Overrating Most Top College Teams

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM

It was a sight to behold. I still can’t quite believe it myself and I’ve been following college football for a very, very long time. This past Saturday, Alabama…the #1 team in the nation…was barely able to cover its point spread as a big favorite against Missouri. The rest of the top 10? Nobody could cover a spread!Well, #4 Clemson had a bye week. So, everybody who PLAYED was overrated by betting markets. Most by quite a bit. First let’s look at the carnage. Then, the Dean of Sports Handicapping will discuss why it happened. #2 Georgia (-7.5) lost at LSU…

Our NFL Week 6 Recaps Plus It’s 49ers at the Pack Tonight

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 6 RECAPS PLUS IT'S 49ERS AT PACKERS IN MNF ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: FOUR MORE TOP 10 TEAMS GET DUNKEDLet's just say that sudden live moves in NFL Week 6 didn't exactly pan out for the teams that were takin' the cash and it all began last Thursday Night when the Philadelphia Eagles dropped from a solid 3-point road favorite at the New York Giants down to 1.5 or 2 points (depending on your locale) before the Birds absolutely smashed the Jints 34-13 ... then it's onto Sunday:The Cleveland Browns were everyone's darlings - we watched a…

The NFL Week 6 Report -- Chiefs-Pats Headlines Monster Day/Nite

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  HERE ARE SUNDAY’S KEYNFL WEEK 6 PREVIEWS Hey, if we’ve learned anything at all about the National Football League all these years it’s that your opinion can change in a heartbeat regarding any single squad in the 32-team league … the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) are perfect proof ‘cause they’re alive and well in the NFC East following their Thursday Night Football blowout win at the 2-point underdog New York Giants … a big-time Jim Hurley Network winner … now as we head into Week 6 it’s time to find out more about the unbeaten KC Chiefs and LA Rams. Now hear this…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 6

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Another loss for Eli Manning and the New York Giants kicked off a new weekend of NFL action. Philadelphia finally started looking like the defending Super Bowl champs on offense. A few sharps lost big with the G-men. Many others are much more invested in what’s coming up Sunday and Monday. Let’s take a look. SUNDAYARIZONA AT MINNESOTA: Not much happening in a game where it’s hard to love either side. An opener of Minnesota -10.5 has been bet down to -10 at most spots. Maybe we’ll see a tug-of-war between those lines through the weekend. The public wants to bet…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the MLB Championship Series

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The schedule has been laid out nicely for us to spend some more time talking about the Major League Baseball postseason. The NLCS featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers begins Friday night. The ALCS with the defending World Champion Houston Astros facing the Boston Red Sox begins Saturday night.Today’s coursework will focus on handicapping those two matchups. Then, I’ll try to squeeze in one more baseball discussion before the World Series begins in about a week-and-a-half.To me, the single biggest key to handicapping BOTH of these LCS matchups will involve how much exposure the offenses get to key…

NFL Week 6 -- Eagles Cruise in Jersey

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 6 IS HERE - EAGLES SPANK HEARTLESS GIANTS, 34-13 ...OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY 6-PACK: WHY #2 GEORGIA, # 5 NOTRE DAME AND #10 UCF (AMONG OTHERS) BETTER BE REALLY CAREFUL THIS WEEKEND The doom-and-gloom crowd was out following last night's never-in-doubt 34-13 win/cover by the Philadelphia Eagles over the 2-point underdog New York Giants.We were reminded that since 1990 - when the current NFL playoff format went into place - only one team (see the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs) started off a season at 1-5 SU (straight-up) and wound up making it to the post-season. The NY Giants…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

A great historical divisional rivalry featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants kicks off a new weekend of football. I’ll start our look at Thursday, Friday, and marquee Saturday action right there. Then, I’ll be back with you Friday afternoon to look at sharp betting in the rest of this week’s NFL. THURSDAY NFLPHILADELPHIA AT THE NY GIANTS: I held back a little on the release of today’s report because it looks like it’s going to be rainy Thursday night in the Meadowlands. Wanted to see if the Wise Guys hit the Under. Hasn’t happened yet. And, it may not…

Eagles-Giants Kick Off NFL Week 6 Action Plus College Kids Too

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 6 REPORT -EAGLES-GIANTS DUKE IT OUT TONIGHT IN KEY NFC EAST CLASH ...OUR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS /NOTES: WEEKNIGHT ACTION AHEADFolks, we're starting to wonder if a .500 mark will be good enough to win the woe-be-gone NFC East this year ... go ahead and check out the standings and you'll see that the Washington Redskins at 2-and-2 are sitting atop the division but don't you dare bury Dallas (2-3), Philadelphia (2-3) or even the New York Football Giants (1-4). And tonight from MetLife Stadium it's time to see if the defending champs can…

Network Notebook: Is Notre Dame For Real?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM

After benching struggling quarterback Brandon Wimbush in favor of Ian Book, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have looked very much like a legitimate threat to reach the Final Four college football playoffs.If they run the table, there’s no way the committee would keep them out! One of Alabama or Georgia has to lose because they’d play each other in the SEC Championship game if keep winning. And, there’s certainly a chance for either of those two, or Ohio State or Clemson to drop a game along the way.Of course, there’s also a chance for Notre Dame to get upset too.…

College Football’s Best Values

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:WHAT TEAMS HAVE OFFERED UP GREAT VALUE THE FIRST HALF OF '18? ...OUR JIM SEZ COLLEGE TOP 10 ...NFL NEWS & NOTES: BREES GETS THE ALL-TIME PASSING RECORD BUT HOW ABOUT THREE CHEERS FOR THE SURGING SAINTS?Believe it or not, we're pretty much at the midway point of this here-and-now 2018 College Football season and - in case you've missed it - there's been a slew of teams that have offered up great value along the way whether they be undersold as underdog sides or maybe the good folks in Las Vegas simply have not "believed" in…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Don’t Fall for Short-Term Trends

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Normally our focus here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting and Handicapping is on things you can do to make yourself a smarter investor. Today, we’re going to talk about something NOT to do.If you’ve been paying attention to sports betting media, or even mainstream media the past few days, you’ve heard a lot of raving about short term trends. Home underdogs had a great day in the NFL Sunday, including outright wins by Cleveland and Buffalo. Favorites are on an amazing run in the Major League Baseball Playoffs so far. Baseball underdogs didn’t cash until Milwaukee and Atlanta…

KC Chiefs Back at 5-and-Oh -- Again

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 5 REPORT - PLAY IT AGAIN AS KC STAYS PERFECT WHILE DEFENDING CHAMP EAGLES LOOK AWFUL ...MNF QUICKIE PREVIEW: SKINS-SAINTS SQUARE OFF IN N'ORLEANSTalk about how history repeats itself!Last year on this very day - October 8, 2017 - we here at Jim Sez wrote all about how the Kansas City Chiefs were "perfect" with a 5-0 SU (straight-up) and 5-0 ATS (against the spread) record following a 42-34 win at Houston. Remember?Well, here we are writing a very similar script after the KC Chiefs bombed Jacksonville 30-14 on Sunday afternoon at rainy / noisy Arrowhead Stadium…

Our NFL Week 5 Key Tilts

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE JIM SEZ REPORT: HERE ARE SUNDAY'S NFL WEEK 5 KEY GAMESIt hasn't taken long - just one-fourth of this here-and-now NFL season, in fact - to discover that unpredictability still rules the roost when it comes to the league where they play for pay:Who amongst you out there thought that 25 percent into this season the combo of Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Philadelphia would have combined for only five total SU (straight-up) wins ... out of 16 total games! And don't forget this quartet heads into NFL Week 5 play at 4-11-1 ATS (against the spread). Funny thing, of…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 5

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM

New England beat Indianapolis 38-24 Thursday night to put the first NFL game of Week Five in the books. Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting the rest of the card. I’ll go through the games in official Nevada Rotation order so you can makes notes in your schedules. We have two “bye” teams once again this week. Chicago and Tampa Bay are off after playing each other last Sunday. (Tampa Bay played that game like it had a bye last week!) SUNDAYBALTIMORE AT CLEVELAND: We’ve been sitting on Baltimore -3 all week. More people are betting the Ravens at…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Evaluating Defense in the Current NFL

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM

It’s very clear that offseason rules changes have helped offenses become much more efficient and productive in the NFL. Scoring is up. Interestingly, points off defensive and special teams touchdowns are going down because there are fewer high impact interceptions, or sacks where the QB fumbles and the ball is run in for a score. Even with THAT, scoring is up.You regulars know that I spend a lot of time emphasizing offensive PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS in my process. I’m not going to change. But, I do believe that what will separate you from the market the rest of the season…

College Football’s Under-The-Radar Squads

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND - WE'RE CHECKIN' OUT THE UNDER-THE-RADAR TEAMS PLAYING BIG GAMES ON THIS FIRST SATURDAY IN OCTOBER ...OUR NFL WEEK 5 NOTEBOOK: ANOTHER THURSDAY NITE ROAD TEAM BITES THE DUSTLike it or not, this 2018 College Football season ain't just about Alabama and Georgia and Clemson and Ohio State ... there's a batch of what we'll call "under-the-radar" teams out there really making their own marks on the gridiron and so let's spend a few moments detailing what's straight ahead for a few of them on this Saturday:TULANE (2-3) at CINCINNATI (5-0) - 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM

A new week of football is ready to kick off. Time for our look at late-week football betting (Thursday/Friday), and the handful of Saturday’s college marquee matchups. THURSDAY NFLINDIANAPOLIS AT NEW ENGLAND: New England opened on the key number of -10. It’s been bet up to -10.5 at many spots, and might go as high as -11 before kickoff if the public believes Tom Brady and the Pats are back in form. Old school sharps like taking double digit dogs. Some are already in on the Colts at +10.5. They’d buy some more if +11 comes into play. Big drop on…

Are the Patriots a Forgotten Team in This Year’s NFL?

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 LET’S GET NFL WEEK 5 KICKED OFF –IT’S COLTS VS. PATS IN PRIME-TIMER …COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:EXAMINING A HANDFUL OF FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACHES(AND TELLING YOU WHAT’S GONE WRONG!) …THE MLB DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SERIES Just think about it:We are now one-quarter through this here-and-now 2018 NFL season and all the buzz surrounds the undefeated Los Angeles Rams (yes, now the favorites to win it all, according to the good people in Las Vegas), Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes and the new/improved Chicago Bears’ defense that may well deserve a new “Monster of the Midway” type moniker.The New England Patriots?Hmm, they’ve pretty much been…

Stay Tuned to See if KC Chiefs are For Real

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL REPORT - KC'S MAHOMES ALL THE RAGE, BUT DO WE KNOW IF THESE CHIEFS ARE FOR REAL? ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUNDOWN: RIVALRY GAMES DOT THE SATURDAY SKED WITH LSU-FLORIDA, OKLAHOMA-TEXAS AND FLORIDA STATE-MIAMI HOGGING THE HEADLINESGeez, less than 24 hours removed from the Kansas City Chiefs' come-from-behind 27-23 win at the 3.5-point underdog Denver Broncos, we had eyeballed at least three different TV stories/features on second-year KC slinger Patrick Mahomes. Shoot, the guy may or may not wind up being this generation's Brett Favre - with a bit of Russell Wilson mixed in - but gotta be wondering if…

Network Notebook: Stat Handicapping for MLB Playoffs

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM

We’ve moved our report up a day this week because JIM HURLEY wanted to provide some guidance for handicapping this month’s Major League Baseball playoffs. Those officially start Tuesday night with the National League Wildcard game matching the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. The AL “play-in” game will be Wednesday night when the Oakland A’s visit the New York Yankees.Waiting in the wings…NL: Atlanta at the LA Dodgers, Milwaukee vs. Tuesday night’s winnerAL: Cleveland at Houston, Boston vs. Wednesday night’s winnerYou longtime readers know that JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK covers sports from a variety of different angles. We have scouts…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the MLB Postseason

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM

As promised, I’m back today to talk about handicapping the Major League Baseball playoffs. Things are a bit complicated this year…with a pair of rare “Game 163” spots for tie-breakers in both the NL Central and NL West divisions scheduled for Monday afternoon. Oddly, neither of the tie-breakers is an elimination game. Teams have to bust their butts just for seeding purposes!I’ll have to see what happens with pitcher performance in those games to determine if those will be a monkey wrench for our normal handicapping. For now, I’m going to focus on my traditional handicapping strategies.You regular students here…

Steelers Slump to 1-2-1 Start

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 4 - STEELERS SPANKED SUNDAY NITE BY RAVENS, 26-14, PLUS IT'S A KC-DENVER MONDAY NIGHT PREVIEW & MORE ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORTFolks, you have to go all the way back to the 2003 season to find the last time the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered through a losing (see 6-10) campaign ... and it sure seems as if 2018 is gonna be a bumpy road for the guys in black-and-gold.Start with the fact their superstar RB Le'Veon Bell is still MIA - and losing out on $850 K per game check - through these first four weeks of the here-and-now…

The NFL Week 4 Menu -- Can Fish Stay Perfect?

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE NFL WEEK 4 REPORT –SUNDAY’S SIZZLING SHOWDOWNSPLUS, THERE’S LOTS MORE It’s always fun to see who the “last man standing” will be in terms of the final unbeaten NFL squad left – right now by virtue of Thursday’s 38-31 win/push the Los Angeles Rams are the league’s only 4-0 SU (straight-up) team – as both the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs will enter Week 4 play at 3-and-oh.Hey, it doesn’t necessarily mean that perfection through several NFL weeks will equate into a Super Bowl appearance but it surely helps the cause and so with all this said let’s check…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 4

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Back for my weekly look at how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting Sunday and Monday NFL. As always, I’ll take the matchups in Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules. Already byes this week…Carolina and Washington are off. SUNDAYMIAMI AT NEW ENGLAND: This one surprised some people. New England has looked so bad the past two weeks that the Patriots only opened at -7. This line would have been double digits before the season started. Maybe as high as -12 to -13 if the Dolphins had struggled. Instead, Miami is the sharp side at seven! Not much…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Conference Games

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM

We’ve reached the point in the college football season where most games involve teams in the same conference going head-to-head. Of course, the major independents aren’t in conferences. So, there are still interesting non-conference games like Stanford/Notre Dame and BYU/Washington to handicap this week. But, for the most part, the dynamics of conference action will loom very large.What separates “conference” games from “non-conference” games in terms of my personal handicapping philosophy? There’s no difference when it comes to PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS. You’re still going to stay on top of those key players first and foremost. But, THE MOTIVATION FACTOR can…

Rams 38, Vikings 31 in Week 4 Lidlifter

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 NFL WEEK 4 –RAMS GO TO 4-AND-OHBUT IT’S “PUSH CITY” SPREADWISE …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUNDOWN:SATURDAY QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS Okay, so we asked you the question in the last Jim Sez … would the Los Angeles Rams stay “absolutely perfect” with last night’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings?The answer was both yes … and no.The Rams’ high-octane offense was purring big-time behind smooth-as-silk third-year QB Jared Goff (see 465 yards passing with 5 TDs) in the highly-entertaining 38-31 win but the NFC West squad “pushed” as 7-point betting favs and so that leaves the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins as the…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Time for our look at late-week (Thursday/Friday) football betting, and Saturday’s college marquee matchups. Here’s what sharps (professional wagerers) have been doing so far in the games you’ll be watching on TV. THURSDAY NFLMINNESOTA AT THE LA RAMS: An opener of Rams -7 is sitting on that number today. But, it’s not true that the line has stayed frozen all week. Early sharp money on Minnesota did bring the game down to -6.5. The public loves the Rams. And, some sharp influences do as well…they came in when they saw that 6.5. I’m not sure if this will stick all day,…

Vikings-Rams Clash Tonight on Left Coast

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 4 UPDATE -RAMS LOOK TO STAY ABSOLUTELY PERFECT WITH PRIME-TIME TILT AGAINST THE VIKINGS ...OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOKGo ahead and check it out: There are only three teams in the National Football League that are still "perfect" as we head towards Week 4 action.The Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins are each 3-0 SU (straight-up) and 3-0 ATS (against the spread) after three full weeks of play and this evening we're gonna find out whether or not the Rams can be the first squad to 4-0 SU / ATS ... but now hear this:Last…

Network Notebook: Rookie Quarterbacks All Over NFL

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM

It was one thing when you only had to deal with Sam Darnold of the New York Jets. Rookie quarterbacks can be very volatile (or just horrible!). You can pick your spots here and there…taking or fading one rookie in a 32-team league.Then Josh Allen of Buffalo was promoted to starter after Nathan Peterman lived down to his past non-expectations. Two rookies, but both in the same division.Now, Baker Mayfield has won the starting job in Cleveland with a great second half in relief of Tyrod Taylor against Darnold’s Jets last Thursday. And, Josh Rosen became the new starter in…

NFL Week 3 Wraps up With Steelers Win/Cover (and an Over Winner for Jim Hurley)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE NFL WEEK 3 REPORT –STEELERS RING THE BELL WITH A 30-27 WIN OVER THE BUCS …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:OUR UP-TO-MINUTE JIM SEZ TOP 10 PLUSSNEAK PEEK AT THIS WEEKEND’S MARQUEE MATCHUPS Breaking news …The Pittsburgh Steelers no longer have a big, fat zero in their “W” column thanks to Monday Night’s entertaining (if penalty-filled) 30-27 win at the 1-point favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneers.So, bust out your “terrible towels” – yes, there were plenty of them inside Raymond James Stadium for the Week 3 road win just as there were thousands of ‘em way back in Super Bowl 43 when QB…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Watch for QB Extremes in NFL

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM

New rules changes that have helped NFL offenses are about to create some mismatches on the field of play. We started to see the early signs of that this past weekend. It’s about to become more dramatic. Be sure you’re ready!What am I talking about? You surely know it’s easier to move the ball through the air this season in pro football. Anything resembling a late hit is getting called. If a pass rusher looks at the quarterback funny, he gets a 15-yard penalty. Scoring has trended up (though the market has adjusted a bit). Luckily for sports bettors, this…

Steelers Look to Get on Right Track Tonite in Tampa Bay

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Jim Hurley Scores Another Winning NFL Sunday!Blue Ribbon 2-0 With the Ravens and Colts!Hotline 2-1 with outright wins with Redskins and Saints, losing with 49'ers.Late Info play scores with Seahawks (-1) over Cowboys 24-13!THE NFL WEEK 3 REPORT: TROUBLE IN PARADISE? AFC POWERS NEW ENGLAND AND J'VILLE LOSE SUNDAY, IS PITTSBURGH NEXT TONIGHT? ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK FEATURES POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN (AND OREGON'S BREAKDOWN TOO!)Just months ago, the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers were considered the cream of the AFC crop - remember they played each other in a form of round-robin in last year's playoffs: Jacksonville bested Pittsburgh…

Tracking the NFL’s Winless Teams in Week 3

Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 NFL WEEK 3 –HOT PREVIEWS AHEADAS WE FOCUS ON THE “DESPERATE” 0-AND-2 TEAMS There are seven of ‘em … seven NFL teams that enter Sunday’s NFL Week 3 card with 0-2 SU (straight-up) records. Go to 0-3 and you can just about forget any/all post-season aspirations.Folks, we’ve long held the belief that means desperation time has sunk in for these clubs – especially for those 0-2 teams that considered themselves possible/probable playoff teams prior to the start of the season.Among them are the New York Giants, the Houston Texans, the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions – they all entered 2018…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 3

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Back for my weekly look at how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting Sunday and Monday NFL. As always, I’ll take the matchups in Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules. SUNDAYINDIANAPOLIS AT PHILADELPHIA: Already a tug-of-war between Philadelphia -6.5 and Indianapolis +7. Carson Wentz will be the starter for the Eagles after a long injury layoff. Nobody knows for sure how sharp he’s going to be. Colts impressed many with a solid road win at Washington last week. It’s mostly sharps on the Colts +7, and they’ll keep taking the full seven if squares (the public) bet…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Big Edges in Smaller Conferences

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM

This weekend’s college football schedule is lousy. You’ve probably noticed that already. Instead of being excited about betting TV games, the general public is deciding whether or not to even turn the TV on Saturday. How can something like Stanford/Oregon be the showcase in prime time? Wisconsin at Iowa? That should be the third option in the earliest TV window.I’m confident that YOU aren’t thinking like that. If you’re a student here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping, you don’t bet for entertainment. You bet to make money. That said, even many of you may have fallen…

Browns Roar Back for First Win in 635 Days!

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND UPDATE - BROWNS KICK OFF NFL WEEK 3 WITH A COME-FROM-BEHIND PRIME-TIME WIN (YES, A BROWNS WIN, WE SAID!) ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S OUTSIDE-THE-TOP-25 KEY MATCHUPSScore one for the Cleveland Browns ... and those Las Vegas numbers-crunchers that listed the Brownies as 3-point betting favorites prior to last night's come-from-behind 21-17 victory over the stumbling/bumbling New York Jets.If we told y'all during the week just how many folks told us the "wrong team was favored" then we'd be living in the French Alps but the fact is the Jets - playing a third game in 11 days -…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM

The late-week (Thursday/Friday) college football schedule is starting to pick up. So, my Thursday reports will now feature all Thursday and Friday board games (including the NFL). Then, I’ll come back at the usual time on Fridays to run through how sharps are betting Sunday and Monday action in pro football. THURSDAY NFLNY JETS AT CLEVELAND: Clear tug-of-war here between Cleveland -3 and the NY Jets +3.5. Most stores are settling at Cleveland -3 with -120 vigorish (you have to lay 12 to win 10 instead of the standard 11/10). The Jets +3 is even money at that price. A lot…

Jets at Browns Kick Starts NFL Week 4 Plus Our College Goodies

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  IT’S JETS VS. BROWNS TO OPEN NFL WEEK 3 ACTION …THE COLLEGE GRIDIRON REPORT:OUR JIM SEZ TOP 10 PLUS MUCH MORE! Weeks before this here-and-now 2018 NFL season ever started, folks were wondering about just how the New York Jets would handle the start of their campaign:Three games in a span of 11 days would test any NFL team but this is a squad starting a 21-year-old quarterback – the youngest player ever to start at that position in league history – and that would be a major challenge but then the J-E-T-S pummeled TD-favored Detroit 48-17 in a Week 1…

Network Notebook: Public Falling Prey to Media Hype

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

JIM HURLEY has a quick question for you. Would the #8 team in the country in college football only beat Ball State 24-16 and Vanderbilt 22-17 at home? Seems pretty insane, right? But, you know that happened. Notre Dame is the #8 team in the nation, despite not impressing in its last two home games.Michigan State? Carried a respectful ranking down to Tempe to face Arizona State. Went back to East Lansing with a loss. Most of the Big Ten has a result it’s embarrassed about. That’s the conference with the huge TV contracts with ESPN, ABC, and FOX. Notre…

College Football’s Perfect Spread Sides

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT - ALL HAIL THE 3-AND-OH SPREAD TEAMS …NFL NEWS & NOTES: GOING AGAINST LEAGUE'S FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACHES AIN'T GETTING YOU RICH!Okay, so we're quite sure it comes as no big surprise that everyone's #1 team in College Football - the Alabama Crimson Tide - is a perfect 3-0 ATS (against the spread) to start off this here-and-now 2018 campaign … but you might be a bit stunned to find some of the other teams that have roared their way out of the starting gate with 3-oh spread marks. Here's the rundown with some quick-hitter comments on…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Look for Rust after Hurricane Postponements

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Several college football teams endured an unscheduled week off when hurricane Florence stormed ashore in the Carolinas last week. Smart handicappers will anticipate rustiness from all programs involved in those postponements or cancellations.Why? Because an early-season break is the WORST possible time in the schedule in terms of developing rhythm, consistency, and confidence. Coaches learned this a few years ago. You long time bettors might recall that some coaches would delay the starts of their season thinking an extra week or practice would help. Others would take a break in Week Two or Week Three. What those coaches learned is…

Seahawks vs. Bears Wrap Up NFL Week 2 Play

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Network Hotline Sweeps 5-0 This Weekend! Blue Ribbon Adds 3 More WinnersTHE NFL WEEK 2 REPORT - COWBOYS CRUSH G-MEN ON SUNDAY NITE ... PLUS, OUR MNF PREVIEW: SEAHAWKS-BEARS WILL CLASH IN CHITOWN ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND WRAPUP: MORE DOUBLE-DIGIT DOGS STEALING THE SHOWNo matter how you slice it, NFL Week 2 has been really rough on former Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks ... check it out:Five-time Super Bowl winner QB Tom Brady of the New England Patriots took more than a few hits in his team's 30-21 loss in Jacksonville;Two-time Super Bowl winner QB Ben Roethlisberger and his Steelers were beaten 42-37…

Key NFL Week 2 Tilts -- All Divisional Duels

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND UPDATE: NFL WEEK 2 / KEY PREVIEWS AHEADJim Hurley Early Sunday NFL Line BusterThe Wise Guys are pounding this game NOW! So should you! Bet this early Sunday NFL play early and often, and take advantage of the line before it moves.Click Here, the pick is available right now for just $10.Let's stay on our little topic of divisional matchups and examine some of Sunday's biggest rivalry games:NFL WEEK 2 CAROLINA (1-0) at ATLANTA (0-1) - 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Falcons have been chomping at the bit following that sloppy 18-12 loss in Philly back on…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 2

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Time to look at how the Wise Guys have been betting this weekend’s NFL. I’ll run through all the matchups in official Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules. SUNDAYINDIANAPOLIS AT WASHINGTON: An opener of Washington -4.5 has been bet up to -5.5. Stores testing six (a key number, though not as important as three or seven) do see Colts money come in. That could mean a tug-of-war between Washington -5.5 and Indy +6 through the weekend. Sharps who liked the Redskins got in early at -4.5 and -5. Dog lovers will take the full six whenever…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NFL Rules Changes Have Helped Scoring

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

In recent weeks we’ve been discussing how the evolution of pro football might help or hurt scoring totals in the 2018 season. I’ve given homework that would help you handicap in either direction. Now 17 games into the new season, it looks like scoring is going to be helped…at least until more quarterbacks get injured!Here were the two competing points of view:*Scoring would be HELPED because rules changes involving illegal hits were doing to discourage defenses from playing too aggressively. That would open up the field for more pass completions. And, it would also increase the number of penalties that…

Bengals Snag NFL Week 2 Win /Cover; Key College Games Ahead

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Jim Hurley Piles Up the Prime Time Profits!Won Monday Night with Rams (-4) over Raiders 33-13 and Thursday Night with Bengals (+1) over Ravens 34-23 NFL WEEK 2 IS HERE - AND THE BENGALS KICK IT OFF WITH A 34-23 WIN/COVER AGAINST THE RAVENS ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S SATURDAY SIX-PACK: #4 OHIO STATE VS. #15 TCU HEADLINES MONSTER WEEKEND THAT ALSO FEATURES #12 LSU AT #7 AUBURNAs we informed you in an earlier-week Jim Sez column, NFL Week 1 divisional dogs went a sweet 4-0 against the prices and, well, they're at it again!In last night's NFL Week 2 lid-lifter, the 1-point home…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday/Saturday Football

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Back for the first of two reports this week on how sharps are betting. Today we’ll study Thursday night action and marquee matchups in Saturday’s colleges. Then, I’ll return at the usual time Friday afternoon to study the rest of the pro football slate.THURSDAY NFLBALTIMORE AT CINCINNATI: As I write this, the market can’t make up its mind on who should be the 1-point favorite! Baltimore opened there…but Cincinnati money comes in at that price. Stores that go all the way to Bengals -1 get Ravens money. Many stores are at pick-em. I honestly have no idea where this is…

Ravens-Bengals Kick Off NFL Week 2 Action

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

READY OR NOT, NFL WEEK 2 SWINGS INTO ACTION WITH A THURSDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN THIS EVENING: IT'S RAVENS AT BENGALS IN AFC NORTH TOSS-UP BASH ... THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATEHere's an NFL pointspread ditty that might have slipped through the cracks in Week One - and that's same divisional underdogs swept the board with a perfect 4-and-oh pointspread mark as Cleveland (+ 3.5) over Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay (+10) over New Orleans, Kansas City (+ 3.5) over the Los Angeles Chargers and Chicago (+ 7) over Green Bay all cashed with - of course - the Bucs and Chiefs winning easily…

NFL Changes on the Horizon by Jim Feist

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

There is a changing of the guard in the NFL.  Not only are the seven new head coaches to start this season, there are also new quarterbacks ready to take over.  In addition, there are a few aging QB’s ready to step down within a few years, if not sooner.Football NFL style is a very physical game. Careers can end with one hit.  How long can we expect to see Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers hang around? Yes, Tom Brady just said he would like to play another five years. I know the money is good but, they…

Network Notebook: New NFL Coaches Struggled in Week One

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Here’s a complete list of all the first-year head coaches that won their regular season debuts last week in the NFL. Ha! That was it. There’s no list! All seven new head coaches (counting Jon Gruden in his first year back after a very long layoff) lost straight up. Only one was able to cover the point spread.In schedule order…Indianapolis (Frank Reich) lost to Cincinnati 34-23NY Giants (Pat Shurmur) lost to Jacksonville 20-15Tennessee (Mike Vrabel) lost to Miami 27-20Arizona (Steve Wilks) lost to Washington 24-6Chicago (Matt Nagy) lost to Green Bay 24-23 (only cover!)Detroit (Matt Patricia) lost to the NY…

NFL Week 2 Favorites -- Are You Paying Too Much With Atlanta, Pittsburgh and N’Orleans?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  NFL WEEK 2 IS STRAIGHT AHEAD –NOW WILL YOU BE LAYING “TOO MANY POINTS”WITH DESPERATE FALCONS, STEELERS & SAINTS? …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:OUR JIM SEZ TOP 10 PLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE Don’t dare tell us that folks – including the ones in Las Vegas – don’t “overreact” after NFL Week 1 games have been played!Heck, you would think the world is coming to an end if you listened to fans of the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints – none of whom won (or cashed) in their respective season-opening tilts and do keep in mind that Pittsburgh’s 21-all…

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