Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM
By Kelso Sturgeon
The Las Vegas sports books were humming with activity heading into a weekend loaded with opportunities in football and basketball to cash any number of big tickets. Even though the college bowl season begins Saturday, in the world of football the NFL remained front center as bettors and a host of Philadelphia lawyers attempted to figure out who’s on first in the playoffs.
The most immediate NFL news is that on the basis of new information and developments I have raised the rating on Sunday’s NFL Blowout Game of the Year from 100 units to 200 units.
This focus on football is not to sell short interest in college and NBA basketball, both of which are getting major attention from those who believe they offer one’s best chances to cash a ticket.
This is a major weekend for me with all my football and basketball services.
As noted, on Sunday I am releasing my NFL Blowout Game of the Year at the 200-unit level, instead of the previously advertised 100 units. The team I am releasing grades out at an almost unheard in the NFL better than a 95% chance to win and cover.
On Saturday, I will be releasing three of the four bowl games—one of them at the 100-unit level—and my second 100-unit College Game of the Week. I must point out I took my first 100-unit college basketball stand last Saturday and cashed the ticket as Wichita State (-7) got past Tennessee, 70-61.
I have said repeatedly the biggest bargain of the entire football season is my College Bowl-NFL Playoffs Package and this weekend illustrates that fact. If you purchase Saturday’s 100-unit bowl game, it will cost you $75, as will Sunday’s 200-unit NFL play. That is $150 for the two games and it must be noted for just $229--$70 more—you can get the bowl games and the entire playoffs package.
The package includes both of this weekend’s games, plus at least eight more 100-unit, or 200-unit plays.
Get on board now for the entire package and save yourself a fortune. Sign up on this website or toll free at 1-800-755-2255. All major credit cards accepted.
Here Is Saturday’s Bowl Menu
New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State (7-6) vs. Washington State (6-6)
Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State (11-1) vs. Southern California (9-4)
Idaho Potato Bowl
San Diego State (7-5) vs. Buffalo (8-4)
New Orleans Bowl
Tulane (7-5) vs. LA-Lafayette (8-4)
2013 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR SUNDAY
As noted earlier, the NFL playoffs are still wide-open and it still takes the insight of a Philadelphia lawyer to figure out who is in, and where they fit. Without trying to explain it all, here are the NFL playoff scenarios for Sunday. You may want to use them as an element in your handicapping, if you can wrap your mind around them.
CLINCHED: Denver - playoff spot; Indianapolis - AFC South; Kansas City - playoff spot
Denver clinches AFC West division and a first-round bye with:
1) DEN win + KC loss
Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) DEN win + KC loss + NE loss or tie
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
New England clinches AFC East division with:
1) NE win or tie OR
2) MIA loss or tie
New England clinches a first-round bye with:
1) NE win + CIN loss or tie + IND loss or tie OR
2) NE tie + CIN loss + IND loss
New England clinches a playoff spot with:
1) CIN loss or tie
Cincinnati clinches AFC North division with:
1) CIN win + BAL loss or tie OR
2) CIN tie + BAL loss
Cincinnati clinches a playoff spot with:
1) CIN win + MIA loss or tie OR
2) CIN tie + MIA loss
Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:
1) BAL win + MIA loss + SD loss or tie
Miami clinches a playoff spot with:
1) MIA win + BAL loss + CIN loss
CLINCHED: Seattle - playoff spot
Seattle clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) SEA win or tie OR
2) SF loss or tie
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:
1) NO win
New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with:
1) ARI loss OR
2) NO tie + SF loss or tie OR
3) NO tie + ARI tie OR
4) SF loss + ARI tie
Carolina clinches a playoff spot with:
1) CAR win OR
2) CAR tie + ARI loss OR
3) CAR tie + SF loss OR
4) ARI loss + SF loss
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:
1) SF win OR
2) ARI loss OR
3) SF tie + ARI tie
Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:
1) PHI win + DAL loss or tie OR
2) PHI tie + DAL loss
Chicago clinches NFC North division with:
1) CHI win + DET loss or tie + GB loss
Sunday’s NFL Injury List
Buffalo - QB E.J. Manuel (Knee) expected to miss Sunday vs. Miami.
Washington- QB Kirk Cousins (None) expected to start Sunday vs. Dallas.
Minnesota - RB Adrian Peterson (Foot) is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Cincinnati.
Denver - WR Wes Welker (Concussion) is downgraded to doubtful Sunday vs. Houston
Houston - QB Matt Schaub (None) expected to start Sunday vs. Denver
Houston - QB Case Keenum (Thumb) expected to miss Sunday vs. Denver.
Jacksonville - RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Hamstring) is downgraded to doubtful Sunday vs. Tennessee.
Arizona - QB Carson Palmer (Ankle) is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Seattle.
Arizona - WR Larry Fitzgerald (Concussion) is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Seattle
NY Giants - WR Victor Cruz (Head) is downgraded to expected to miss Sunday vs. Detroit.
Green Bay - QB Aaron Rodgers (Collarbone) is downgraded to doubtful Sunday vs. Pittsburgh