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Breaking News

Panthers' Christian McCaffrey becomes highest-paid running back in NFL history

by Mike Spector | Panthers Correspondent |
Mon, Apr 13th 5:37pm EDT

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey signed a four-year extension averaging $16M per year. That contract makes him the highest-paid running back in NFL history. McCaffrey was rewarded for his stellar play over the last three years. In 2019, McCaffrey led the league with 403 touches, 2,392 yards from scrimmage and 19 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns. Since 2017, McCaffrey ranks first in the league in scrimmage yards and second in both scrimmage touchdowns and total touches... View More

Jets are favored in just one game entering 2020 season

by Mike Spector | Jets Correspondent |
Mon, Apr 13th 8:33am EDT

According to lookahead lines released by FOX Bet for all regular season games for the upcoming 2020 NFL season, the Jets are favored in just one of their 16 games. Currently, the only game the Jets are favored in is their home tilt with the Dolphins where they are four point favorites... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Team Futures, Line Movements |
Team:
Jets

Lookahead lines have Giants favored in just two games

by Mike Spector | Giants Correspondent |
Mon, Apr 13th 8:25am EDT

The oddsmakers at FOX Bet have released lines for all 16 regular season games for every team in the NFL. At this point, the Giants are favorites in just two of their 16 games. The Giants are currently 4.5 point favorites at home against the Redskins and are -2 at home against the Cardinals... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Team Futures, Line Movements |
Team:
Giants

Transactions

Texans trade for wide receiver Cooks

by Mike Spector | Texans Correspondent |
Thu, Apr 9th 11:01pm EDT

The Houston Texans have acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks via trade with the Los Angeles Rams. The Texans sent this year's second-round draft pick (No. 57 overall) to the Rams in exchange for Cooks and a fourth-round pick in 2022. Cooks has amassed 1,787 yards receiving on 122 receptions and seven touchdowns over the last two seasons. Houston's receiving corps now features Cooks along with Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and newly acquired Randall Cobb... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Transactions, Breaking News, Team Futures |
Team:
Texans

Breaking News

Buccaneers favored in 14 of 16 games for 2020

by Mike Spector | Buccaneers Correspondent |
Thu, Apr 9th 10:48pm EDT

We all knew Tom Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this off-season was big news. What we did not know was just how much of an impact his signing was going to have on betting lines. FOX Bet released their look-ahead lines for every week of the regular season. In Tampa Bay's 16 regular season games, FOX Bet made them the favorite in 14 of them... View More

Game Recaps

49ers dominate the Packers, but are Super Bowl underdogs

by Mike Spector | 49ers Correspondent |
Sun, Jan 19th 10:05pm EST

The 49ers pounded the Packers 37-20 in the NFC Championship game. After leading 27-0 at halftime, the second half was merely a formality. San Francisco was content to let the Packers consume game clock on long scoring drives, while relying on the legs of Raheem Mostert to secure the victory... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Game Recaps |
Team:
49ers

Public Betting

Money is nearly 2/1 in favor of the over in 49ers-Packers matchup

by Mike Spector | Packers Correspondent |
Fri, Jan 17th 4:47pm EST

70% of bets and 66% of the money thus far has been wagered on the over in the 49ers=Packers game... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Packers

Public Betting

Money is narrowly in favor of the 49ers against the Packers

by Mike Spector | Packers Correspondent |
Fri, Jan 17th 4:45pm EST

56% of bets and 56% of the money to this point has been bet on the 49ers against the Packers... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Packers

Line Movements

49ers-Packers over/under skyrockets from 45 to 46.5

by Mike Spector | 49ers Correspondent |
Thu, Jan 16th 9:37pm EST

In an instant, the 49ers-Packers over/under made a big leap, jumping from an opening line of 45 to 46.5... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
49ers

Injuries

Packers receiver Geronimo Allison misses practice Wednesday with illness

by Mike Spector | Packers Correspondent |
Wed, Jan 15th 9:13pm EST

Rod Demovsky of ESPN reports that Packers receiver Geronimo Allison missed Wednesday's practice with an illness. The Packers have had a bug that has run through their locker room recently, as right tackle Bryan Baluga was dealing with similar issues last week. In all, as many as ten players including three of five offensive line starters have had some sort of illness since the end of the regular season... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Injuries |
Team:
Packers

Trends

NFC Championship games have been close affairs of late

by Mike Spector | Packers Correspondent |
Tue, Jan 14th 9:23pm EST

In the last 10 NFC Championship games there were seven one-possession games. Among them, four have gone to overtime. The home team in these games are just 4-6 ATS... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Packers

Trends

The NFC Championship is the ninth title game rematch of a reg. season game in the last five years

by Mike Spector | Packers Correspondent |
Tue, Jan 14th 9:13pm EST

In the past five years, there have been seven conference championship games that have been a rematch of a regular season game. When the 49ers and Packers kick off, they will be the ninth such instance, as the AFC Championship game between the Titans and Chiefs is also a rematch. The team that won the regular season matchup is 6-1 SU in the playoff rematch... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Packers

Trends

Defining trend favors the 49ers over the Packers in the NFC Championship

by Mike Spector | Packers Correspondent |
Tue, Jan 14th 9:07pm EST

For the 37th time in the Super Bowl era, two teams will meet in the playoffs after one team beat the other by at least 25 points in the regular season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the team that won the first meeting is 22-14 SU in the rematch, including 7-2 in conference championships... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Packers

Trends

Aaron Rodgers winless in his career as a big underdog

by Mike Spector | Packers Correspondent |
Tue, Jan 14th 9:01pm EST

Just three times in 191 career starts has Aaron Rodgers been at least a seven point underdog. In those games (2018 at Rams, 2015 at Arizona, 2014 at Seattle), his SU record is 0-3. The Packers are currently 7.5 point underdogs against the 49ers on Sunday... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Packers

Line Movements

Consensus over/under for the 49ers-Packers matchup is set at 45

by Mike Spector | Packers Correspondent |
Mon, Jan 13th 8:55pm EST

The 49ers and Packers consensus opening line has been set at 45. Compared to the AFC championship which is set at 52, this seems like a defensive struggle... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Packers

Line Movements

49ers are consensus 7.5 point favorites over the Packers

by Mike Spector | Packers Correspondent |
Mon, Jan 13th 8:52pm EST

As soon as the Packers-Seahawks game ended, the initial line was set at 49ers -7 over the Packers. However, the consensus spread is currently 49ers -7.5... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Packers

Trends

Concerning trend about first-time starting quarterbacks as home favorites surfaces

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Fri, Jan 10th 7:13pm EST

In the last 17 years, quarterbacks making their first career playoff starts as home favorites are 7-14 SU and 4-17 ATS. This applies to 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is making his first ever playoff start and whose team is a seven point home favorite... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends, Public Betting |
Team:
Vikings

Public Betting

BettingPros experts are 2/1 in favor of the Vikings over the 49ers

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Fri, Jan 10th 7:06pm EST

While the general public seems split 50/50 on the Vikings-49ers game, BettingPros experts have formed a consensus, with 67% of experts siding with the Vikings +7 points... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Vikings

Public Betting

Sharp money appears on the under in the Vikings-49ers matchup

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Fri, Jan 10th 7:04pm EST

58% of bets but just 43% of the money has been wagered on the over in the Vikings-49ers game... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Vikings

Public Betting

Dead even two-way action coming in on the Vikings-49ers matchup

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Fri, Jan 10th 6:58pm EST

50% of bets and 51% of the money has been wagered on the Vikings in their matchup against the 49ers... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Vikings

Injuries

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen questionable for Saturday with an ankle injury

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Thu, Jan 9th 8:35pm EST

Courtney Cronin on ESPN reports that Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is questionable for Saturday's game against the 49ers with an ankle injury. Thielen cut his ankle in Wednesday's practice and received stitches. Good news for the Vikings is that their leading receiver Stefon Diggs was taken off the injury report after he missed multiple practices with an illness. Diggs is expected to play Saturday... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Injuries |
Team:
Vikings

Trends

Under is 6-1 in last 7 games between Vikings and 49ers

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Wed, Jan 8th 8:33pm EST

No matter who has been under center for these two franchises, the under has routinely been the play in the last seven meetings between the Vikings and 49ers... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Vikings

Trends

Quarterbacks making their first playoff start are 6-17 since 2013

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Wed, Jan 8th 8:26pm EST

Perhaps a troubling trend for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterbacks making their first playoff start are 6-17 SU since 2013. In addition, quarterbacks who fit this category are just 1-2 this year, with Ryan Tannehill the lone winner thus far... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Vikings

Line Movements

Vikings-49ers over/under down from 45 to 44

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Wed, Jan 8th 8:21pm EST

This change in the total makes the over/under the lowest it has been all week. In addition, at 44 points it is also the lowest total on the board in the Divisional round... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Vikings

Line Movements

Vikings-49ers over/under ticks up from 44.5 to 45

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Tue, Jan 7th 7:53pm EST

Though the over/under in the Vikings vs. 49ers game has ticked up a half point to 45, it still remains the lowest total on the board for the Divisional round... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Vikings

Injuries

49ers appear to be getting healthy on defense

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Mon, Jan 6th 8:26pm EST

The 49ers have been without some key starters on defense for quite some time. However, according to Adam Schefter on ESPN, San Francisco expects to have the services of linebacker Kwon Alexander who has been out since Halloween with a pectoral tear. In addition, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports coach Kyle Shanahan is optimistic that defensive end Dee Ford and safety Jaquiski Tartt will also be available for the 49ers on Saturday... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Injuries |
Team:
Vikings

Line Movements

49ers get an odds boost with the Saints eliminated from the playoffs

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Mon, Jan 6th 8:18pm EST

Many books had the Saints as the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, despite being the #3 seed. Now that the Saints have been eliminated, the 49ers are the clear favorites to win the conference at odds of -112... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Vikings

Trends

#6 seeds have not fared well against #1 seeds in the NFL playoffs of late

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Mon, Jan 6th 8:11pm EST

Top seeds have won eight consecutive games against #6 seeds in the Divisional round of the playoffs. In addition, #1 seeds are 5-19 SU since 1990 in this round... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Vikings

Line Movements

Consensus over/under for Vikings-49ers opens at 44.5

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Mon, Jan 6th 8:07pm EST

At 44.5, the Vikings-49ers over/under is the lowest on the board in the Divisional round... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Vikings

Line Movements

49ers open as touchdown favorites over the Vikings

by Mike Spector | Vikings Correspondent |
Mon, Jan 6th 8:04pm EST

The #1 seed San Francisco 49ers open as consensus seven point favorites over the #6 seed Vikings... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Vikings

Trends

Patriots undefeated ATS at home against Ryan Tannehill

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Sat, Jan 4th 9:22am EST

Under Bill Belichick as coach and with Tom Brady under center, the Patriots are 6-0 SU and ATS at home against Ryan Tannehill. In addition, they have won each of those games by at least seven points... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Patriots

Public Betting

BettingPros experts like the underdog Titans against the Patriots

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Sat, Jan 4th 9:16am EST

60% of BettingPros experts are taking the Titans with the points. This spread has fluctuated between +4.5 and +5 all week... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Patriots

Public Betting

Bets are nearly split on Titans-Patriots game

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Sat, Jan 4th 9:02am EST

52% of bets and 59% of the money has been wagered on the Patriots. This line has fluctuated between -4.5 and -5 all week... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Patriots

Public Betting

Money is nearly 3/1 in favor of the over in the Patriots-Titans game

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Sat, Jan 4th 8:57am EST

56% of bets and 70% of the money has been wagered on the over in the Patriots-Titans game. The over/under opened at 43.5 and has since been bet up to 44.5... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Patriots

Breaking News

Rain in the forecast for Saturday night's Patriots-Titans game

by Mike Spector | Titans Correspondent |
Thu, Jan 2nd 6:39pm EST

The forecast for Saturday night in Foxborough is a low of 33 degrees and a 90% chance of rain/snow mix. The Patriots are currently five point favorites with an over/under of 44.5... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Breaking News |
Team:
Titans

Line Movements

Patriots-Titans over/under up from 44 to 44.5

by Mike Spector | Titans Correspondent |
Thu, Jan 2nd 6:33pm EST

The Patriots-Titans over/under is on the move again. Since opening at 43.5, the over has been bet up to 44 and now 44.5 where it currently stands... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Titans

Injuries

Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson will play against the Patriots

by Mike Spector | Titans Correspondent |
Thu, Jan 2nd 6:29pm EST

The Titans will receive a big boost to their secondary when they get Adoree Jackson back from injury. Jackson missed the last four games after suffering a foot injury on December 1st... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Injuries |
Team:
Titans

Line Movements

Patriots-Titans over/under up from 43.5 to 44

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Wed, Jan 1st 4:01pm EST

The over/under in the Patriots-Titans game is on the move, up from 43.5 to 44... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Patriots

Line Movements

Patriots spread against Titans moves from -4.5 to -5

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Wed, Jan 1st 3:54pm EST

The Patriots have been bet up a half point, moving from 4.5 to 5 point favorites against the Titans... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Patriots

Trends

Tom Brady has never made a Super Bowl when the Patriots have not earned a first round bye

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Tue, Dec 31st 12:02pm EST

In his playoff career, Tom Brady has a 3-3 SU record with zero Super Bowl appearances when not receiving a first round bye. When the Patriots have earned a first round bye, his record is 27-7 SU with nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl titles... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Patriots

Trends

Quarterbacks making their first playoff starts are winless against the Patriots under Belichick

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Tue, Dec 31st 11:54am EST

The Patriots are 11-0 under head coach Bill Belichick when facing a quarterback making their first postseason start. Ryan Tannehill takes aim at the top-ranked Patriots defense in his first ever playoff game... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Patriots

Line Movements

New England's projected chances to win the Super Bowl plummet

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Mon, Dec 30th 4:22pm EST

Before the Patriots Week 17 game against the Dolphins, they were projected by FiveThirtyEight.com to have a 10% chance to win the Super Bowl. After losing to the Dolphins, they are projected to have just a 3% chance... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements, Breaking News |
Team:
Patriots

Line Movements

Consensus over/under for Patriots-Titans matchup is set at 43.5

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Mon, Dec 30th 4:13pm EST

The 43.5 point over/under is the second-lowest total for Wild Card weekend, with only the Bills-Texans matchup (41.5) set lower... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Patriots

Line Movements

Patriots open as consensus 4.5 point favorites over the Titans

by Mike Spector | Patriots Correspondent |
Mon, Dec 30th 4:09pm EST

The Patriots opened as 4.5 point favorites over the Titans in their Wild Card playoff matchup. New England did not expect to be playing in this game, as their loss to the Dolphins ruined their chances of a top-two seed and a first-round bye. Meanwhile, the Titans took care of business in a win-an-in situation, beating the Texans who rested a majority of their starters... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Line Movements |
Team:
Patriots

Injuries

Chris Godwin will not play for Buccaneers on Sunday

by Mike Spector | Buccaneers Correspondent |
Sun, Dec 29th 10:18am EST

Jenna Laine on ESPN.com reports that Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin has been ruled out of this week's game against the Falcons with a hamstring injury... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Injuries |
Team:
Buccaneers

Injuries

Kyler Murray is a game-time decision for Cardinals against the Rams

by Mike Spector | Cardinals Correspondent |
Sun, Dec 29th 10:11am EST

Ian Rapoport on the NFL Network reports that Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is a true game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Rams. Murray suffered a hamstring injury last week against the Seahawks and had to be replaced by backup Brett Hundley... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Injuries |
Team:
Cardinals

Public Betting

Nearly all the money has been wagered on the under in the Cardinals vs. Rams matchup

by Mike Spector | Cardinals Correspondent |
Sun, Dec 29th 10:07am EST

66% of bets but 95% of the money has been wagered on the under in the Cardinals vs. Rams game. The consensus over/under currently stands at 45... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Cardinals

Public Betting

Sharp money appears on the under in the Falcons vs Buccaneers game

by Mike Spector | Falcons Correspondent |
Sun, Dec 29th 10:04am EST

70% of bets, but just 38% of the money has been wagered on the over in the Falcons vs. Buccaneers game. The consensus over/under currently stands at 47.5... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Falcons

Public Betting

Money is almost 3/1 in favor of the Falcons over the Buccaneers

by Mike Spector | Falcons Correspondent |
Sun, Dec 29th 10:02am EST

68% of bets and 74% of the money has been wagered on the Falcons over the Buccaneers. The Falcons are consensus one-point road underdogs... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Falcons

Public Betting

Sharp money appears on the under in the Saints-Panthers matchup

by Mike Spector | Saints Correspondent |
Sun, Dec 29th 9:58am EST

56% of bets but 83% of the money has been wagered on the under in the Saints vs. Panthers matchup. The consensus over/under currently stands at 44... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Saints

Public Betting

Money is over 4/1 in favor of the Saints over the Panthers

by Mike Spector | Saints Correspondent |
Sun, Dec 29th 9:56am EST

78% of bets and 84% of the money has been wagered on the Saints over the Panthers. The Saints are currently consensus 13.5 point favorites over the Panthers... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Saints

Public Betting

Public betting slightly favors the under in the Browns vs. Bengals game

by Mike Spector | Browns Correspondent |
Sun, Dec 29th 9:50am EST

53% of bets and 63% of the money has been bet on the under in the Browns vs. Bengals game. The consensus over/under is currently 43... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Browns

Public Betting

Sharp money appears on Bengals in matchup vs. Browns

by Mike Spector | Browns Correspondent |
Sun, Dec 29th 9:48am EST

72% of the bets, yet just 44% of the money has been wagered on the Browns vs. the Bengals. The Browns are currently consensus 2.5 point favorites... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Public Betting |
Team:
Browns

Trends

Rams have dominated of late ATS in their rivalry with the Cardinals

by Mike Spector | Cardinals Correspondent |
Thu, Dec 26th 6:29pm EST

The Cardinals are 0-5 ATS in their last five meetings with the Rams... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Cardinals

Trends

Rams have been ATS favorites of late

by Mike Spector | Cardinals Correspondent |
Thu, Dec 26th 6:27pm EST

The Rams are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games as a favorite... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Cardinals

Trends

Cardinals on a hot ATS road streak

by Mike Spector | Cardinals Correspondent |
Thu, Dec 26th 6:24pm EST

The Cardinals are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight road games, and are also 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight road games as underdogs... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Cardinals

Trends

Over has been the way to bet Falcons-Buccaneers recently

by Mike Spector | Falcons Correspondent |
Thu, Dec 26th 6:21pm EST

The over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings between the Falcons and Buccaneers... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Falcons

Trends

Buccaneers have not been protecting their homefield from an ATS perspective

by Mike Spector | Falcons Correspondent |
Thu, Dec 26th 6:17pm EST

The Buccaneers are 0-5-2 ATS in their last seven home games. They are 1.5 point favorites against the Falcons this week... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Falcons

Trends

Falcons have been great ATS in December dating back to last year

by Mike Spector | Falcons Correspondent |
Thu, Dec 26th 6:12pm EST

The Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last six games in December. They are currently 1.5 point underdogs at Tampa Bay in Week 17... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Falcons

Trends

Underdogs have been the way to bet the Saints-Panthers rivalry recently

by Mike Spector | Saints Correspondent |
Thu, Dec 26th 6:09pm EST

When the Saints and Panthers meet, the underdog has covered ten of their last 11 meetings. The Panthers are currently 13 point underdogs to the Saints this week... View More

Game: Futures |
Categories:
Trends |
Team:
Saints

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