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NFL Pro Football 2019 Baltimore Ravens Regular Season Win Odds Preview

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

The Baltimore Ravens concluded their regular season with a 10-6 overall record and were champions of the AFC North division. They drew the LA Chargers at home in an AFC Wildcard game and lost 23-17. It was the first time in three seasons for the Ravens to earn a playoff spot which saved head coach John Harbaugh’s job.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Baltimore Ravens lined at 8 ½ wins with the over returning +110 odds and the under set at -140 odds.

Ravens parted ways with their recent Super Bowl winning quarterback and Joe Flacco was sent to Denver. They are all in with second year quarterback Lamar Jackson. In his rookie season Jackson completed 58.2% of his throws with six touchdowns and three interceptions. He rushed for 695 yards with 4.7 yards per rush. Jackson needed better targets in his passing game if he is to tone his skills in the pocket. With their first pick in the draft the Ravens selected Marquise Brown a wide receiver from Oklahoma then with their third pick the team took Miles Boykin a receiver out of Notre Dame. Under Jackson the Ravens won six of their final seven regular season games to thrust the team to division champs.

To help a run game that netted 4.4 yards a carry last year the team singed running back Mark Ingram in free agency from New Orleans. Justice Hill a running back from Oklahoma came with their fourth pick in the draft. Ravens defense was strong as the team held opponents to 18 points and 290 yards per game. They did a good job run defending limiting opponents to 3.7 yards per carry. With their second pick they selected edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson from Louisiana Tech.

Baltimore will face every team from the NFC West and AFC East. As the first place team in their division last year they must play first place Kansas City from the AFC West and Houston from the AFC North. Ravens schedule has a unique setup rotating home with road games for every game on their schedule.

NFL Pro Football 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers Regular Season Win Odds Preview

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished off the regular season in the 2018 season at 9-6-1 and failed to make the playoffs. The team struggled down the stretch losing four of their final six games with a critical road loss at a bad Oakland team that proved costly to the teams postseason chances.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Pittsburgh Steelers lined at 9 wins with the over set at -130 odds and the under returning +100 odds.

Pittsburgh saw some key losses offensively in the offseason. Wide receiver Antonio Brown and tight end Jesse James were lost in free agency. Running back Le’Veon Bell signed in the offseason with the New York Jets. Steelers were a good offensive team that posted 403 yards and 27 points per game. Ben Roethlisberger had a productive season completing 67% of his throws for 5129 yards with 34 touchdowns and 16 picks. With the holdout of Le’Veon Bell the Steelers found production from young running back James Connor. They also found available in the fourth round of the 2019 draft Benny Snell out of Kentucky. Snell was a work horse in the Wildcats backfield facing SEC competition who averaged at least five yards per carry in all his seasons in college.

To help in the passing game the Steelers selected Diontae Johnson in the second round out of Toledo. Also coming over in free agency is Donte Moncrief formally of the Jaguars. JuJu Smith Schuster is a young talented receiver who has been productive since being drafted by the Steelers out of USC. James Washington is also a talented target.

Pittsburgh defense held opponents to 22 points and 327 yards per game. They did add depth in the draft selecting two defensive players with the first three picks in the draft. Steelers selected talented linebacker Devin Bush with their first pick out of Michigan then in the third round took Justin Layne a cornerback from Michigan St.

Steelers lost their final three road games last season. Team has been good against the Division with a 15-2-1 record the past three seasons. Pittsburgh will face the AFC East and NFC West this season. They do have two sets of back to back road games in mid-November and in their final two games of the regular season.

MLB Baseball Sports Betting Match ups Thursday July 17, 2019

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

The Major League Baseball action for Thursday July 18th features twelve games on the schedule to the delight of MLB bettors worldwide.

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The action gets underway at 12:30PM Eastern Time on You Tube streaming free as the Philadelphia Phillies have a home date with the LA Dodgers. Getting the start for LA will be righthander Ross Stripling to oppose Phillies righty Aaron Nola. The teams have split the first two games of this series as the Phillies overcame a two run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning for the 9-8 win. Ross Stipling with an injury to Rich Hill has been elevated to the rotation. He had struggled in that role as he was called up to the big leagues early in his career and has started the year in the bullpen. Stripling is 4-3 in ten starts with an ERA of 3.64 and WHIP of 1.23. He faced the Red Sox in his last start allowing one run and four hits over five innings of an 11-2 road win. Aaron Nola checks in at 8-2 in 20 starts with an ERA of 3.63 and WHIP of 1.31. Nola faced the Nationals in his last start allowing one run and five hits over six innings of a 4-3 home defeat.

On MLB Network at 7PM Eastern Time the New York Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays. On the hill for Tampa Bay will be righty Charlie Morton to battle Yankees lefty J.A. Happ. The teams have split the first two games of this series as New York remains eight games in the loss column ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East race. Charlie Morton has a mark of 11-2 in twenty starts with an ERA of 2.35 and WHIP of 1.04. His last stare the veteran faced the Orioles on the road allowing two runs and six hits over six innings of a 12-4 road win. Morton has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his past ten starts. J.A. Happ enters play at 7-5 in eighteen starts with an ERA of 4.93 and WHIP of 1.26. Happ faced the Blue Jays this past Saturday allowing two runs and five hits over 5 1/3rd innings of a 2-1 home loss.

MLB Baseball Sports Betting Match ups Wednesday July 17, 2019

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The Major League Baseball action for Wednesday July 17th features all teams in action fifteen games on the schedule to the delight of MLB bettors worldwide.

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There will be Day Baseball and it gets underway at 2PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Milwaukee Brewers are home to the Atlanta Braves. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Milwaukee Brewers favored by -107 odds with the return on Atlanta Braves at -103 odds. Run total is set at ten runs. Starting for the Braves will be lefty Dallas Keuchel to oppose Brewers righthander Chase Anderson. Atlanta has been a hot team. After winning the opener of this series the team has won four straight since the break and eight of nine overall getting good work from their pitching staff. Brewers have lost eight of ten after falling 4-2 on Monday night. Dallas Keuchel is 3-2 in five starts with an ERA of 3.09 and WHIP of 1.31. He held the Padres to one run over seven innings in a 5-3 win at San Diego following the break. Chase Anderson sits at 4-2 in thirteen starts with an ERA of 4.27 and WHIP of 1.26. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in his past four starts but could not complete six innings.

ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball has a start time of 7PM Eastern Time as the New York Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays. New York is favored by -149 odds with the return on Tampa Bay at +139 odds. Over under line is set at 9 ½ runs. On the mound for New York will be Domingo German to oppose Rays righty Yonny Chirinos. Rays have won six of seven after beating the Yankees in their series opener. Still Tampa Bay sits seven games in the loss column back of New York in the AL East. Yankees still have won six of nine as they win two of three at home to Toronto over the weekend. Chirinos is 8-4 in thirteen starts with an ERA of 3.11 and WHIP of 0.96. In his last start the righthander held the Orioles to two runs over seven innings of a 16-4 victory at Baltimore. Domingo German has a mark of 11-2 in fourteen starts with an ERA of 3.40 and WHIP of 1.05. His last start was at home to Toronto where he allowed no runs and three hits over six innings of a 3-0 win.

NCAA College Football Sports Betting Odds ACC Conference Preview

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

A new college football season is underway in just over two weeks. Now is a good time to take a look at notable teams from the ACC and their chances at winning the national championship.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Clemson Tigers lined as +240 odds to repeat as winners of the College Football National Championship Game. Clemson the defending National Champion coming off the 44-16 victory to Alabama in the championship game after their beatdown of Notre Dame in the semifinal round. A huge strength for the Tigers was on defense but lose all starters on the defensive line to the draft. Four starters return on defense. Team went 15-0 in 2018. Trevor Lawrence returns at quarterback for his sophomore season. He will be eligible for the NFL draft after his junior year so no NFL distraction this upcoming season. Eight starters return on offense, so Lawrence has many weapons back including starting running back Travis Etienne.

Schedule: Open at home Georgia Tech at home then face Texas A&M at home the following week. Toughest road games are their final two at NC State and South Carolina. They do travel to Syracuse on September 14th, but the Orange loses quarterback Eric Dungy to the NFL.

There is a big drop to Miami at +8000 odds. Hurricanes a strong defense last season but had struggles with accuracy from their quarterback play. Miami was 7-6 last year and will turn to Ohio St sophomore transfer Tate Martell to start at quarterback. Six starters back on offense and defense with the inexperience in the secondary. Manny Diaz can recruit so the Hurricanes could be a year away.

Schedule: They open the season against Florida in Orlando. Back to back road games at Pittsburgh October 26th then their rival Florida St the next week. Other out of conference opponents include FIU, Central Michigan and Bethune Cookman. Challenging back to back home meetings in early October with Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Florida St has +9000 odds to win the Nationals Championship. Pressure is boiling for second year head coach Willie Taggart coming off a disappointing 5-7 record. Seminoles had struggles on both sides scoring only 21.9 points and allowing 31.5 points and 416 yards per game. Ugly losses late were tough to stomach for Seminoles supporters losing 59-10 to Clemson, 47-28 at NC State, 42-13 defeat at Notre Dame and 41-14 loss to Florida. Their inexperience comes on the defensive line. Cam Akers is a good running back and James Blackman returns at quarterback. Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook is also available. All Florida St receivers and tight end are back.

Schedule: They do open with Boise St who loses a four year starter at quarterback and breaks in a new starter. One set of back to back road games at Clemson then Wake Forest. Other non-conference opponents include Alabama St, UL Monroe then at Florida to close the season.

The Hokies of Virginia Tech have an experienced defense and return +10000 odds. You think of Virginia Tech you think of a team with a good pass rush and physical hard-hitting defense. Two seasons ago the Hokies held opponents to 14.8 points per game. They were an inexperience defense last year then lost starters to injuries and the team gave up 439 yards and 31 points per game. They allowed 38 points or greater in four games during the regular season including a road 49-35 defeat at Old Dominion. Run defense was atrocious as the Hokies allowed 210 yards and 5.5 yards per carry on the ground last year. This year the Hokies have ten starters back on defense. On offense returning are 6 starters. Junior Ryan Willis returns as the starter at quarterback. Accuracy an issue as he completed 60% or greater of his passes in only 4 of 12 regular season games. Overall finished 2018 completing 55% of his throws. They do lose three starters on the offensive line. Team finished 6-7 after their bowl lost 35-31 to Cincinnati. But they needed late wins at home to Virginia and Marshall to move to 6-6 and bowl eligible.

Schedule: Right off the bat the team opens on the road with an ACC conference game at Boston College. Then the following week is a home revenge game against Old Dominion. No back to back road games. They have home games to Furman and Rhode Island and play at Notre Dame. Three weak home non-conference opponents will hurt their national rankings and brand. Negative talk of weak schedules is not good.

Syracuse a dark horse in the ACC Atlantic Division returns +20,000 odds. Syracuse has played Clemson tough the past two seasons with a three point home win in 2017 and a loss by four on the road last season. Orange lose on a two yard touchdown run with 41 seconds remaining. Gone is the Syracuse starting quarterback who also was a threat on the ground. Plus, exiting is their top receiver and three starters from the offensive line. Tommy DeVito a sophomore starts at quarterback. In limited time last season DeVito completed 50.6% of his throws. DeVito will have many weapons in the passing game back. Orange put up 40.2 points per game last year which was a 13 point improvement from the previous season. Defensively they have seven back and everyone back in the secondary. Syracuse beat West Virginia in their bowl game, and it was their first bowl appearance since 2013. Orange has given up a lot of points and yardage under head coach Dino Babers but the offense was able to carry them to high scoring victories.

Schedule: Open at Liberty then following week at Maryland. They get Clemson at home the next week. Then weak non-conference opponents in Western Michigan and Holy Cross. Late in November back to back road games at Duke and Louisville.

MLB Baseball Sports Betting Match ups Tuesday July 16, 2019

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The Major League Baseball action for Tuesday July 16th features fifteen games on the schedule to the delight of MLB bettors worldwide.

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It all begins at 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Philadelphia Phillies are home to the LA Dodgers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team LA Dodgers favored by -190 odds with the return on the Philadelphia Phillies at +175 odds. Run total checked in at 9 ½ runs. Starting for LA will be righthander Walker Buehler as he will oppose Phillies righty Vince Velasquez. Dodgers took the first game of this series following their 16-2 victory on Monday. LA has now won three straight as they took two of three at Boston following the All Star Break. Phillies have dropped three of four since the break. Buehler enters play with an 8-1 record in seventeen starts with an ERA of 3.46 and WHIP of 0.99. In his last start the righthander allowed three earned runs over seven innings of a 5-4 home win to Arizona. Velasquez checks in at 2-6 in ten starts with ERA of 4.63. He faced the Mets in his last start surrendering two earned runs over five innings of a 7-2 road win.

The late night game begins at 10PM Eastern Time on MLB Extra Innings Channel with the Oakland Athletics hosting the Seattle Mariners. Oakland is favored by -170 odds with Seattle bringing back +155 odds. Run total is set at 9 ½ runs. Marco Gonzalez gets the start for Seattle to battle Oakland righty Daniel Mengden. Oakland has worked themselves into the AL Wildcard hunt as they swept a three game series at home to the Chicago White Sox over the weekend to move to 53-41. Mariners sit at 39-58 as they get swept in a three game series at the Angels over the weekend. Marco Gonzalez has a record of 10-7 in twenty starts with ERA of 4.24 and WHIP of 1.35. The lefty faced Oakland at home on July 6th allowing two runs and five hits over eight innings of a 6-3 home win. Daniel Mengden checks in at 4-1 in six starts with an ERA of 4.72 and WHIP of 1.42. He worked at Seattle on July 7th allowing three earned runs over 5 1/3rd innings of a 7-4 road victory.

NFL Pro Football 2019 Kansas City Chiefs Regular Season Win Odds Preview

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Kansas City Chiefs finished play in the 2018 regular season at 12-4 champions of the AFC West. They beat Indianapolis in an AFC Divisional playoff 31-13 but were beaten the following week at home to New England 37-31 in overtime of the AFC Championship Game. Kansas City has made the playoffs in four straight and five of the six seasons under head coach Andy Reid. Over their past four seasons under Reid, KC is 21-3 straight up against the AFC West.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Kansas City Chiefs lined at 10 wins with over and under bringing back -115 odds.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes in his first year as the starting quarterback help improved the Kansas City Chiefs offense greatly. Team posted 35 points and 418 yards per game with 303 yards coming in the passing game. Defense did surrender 26 points and 404 yards per contest. Mahomes completed 66% of his passes for 5097 yards with 50 touchdowns and 12 picks. He averaged 8.8 yards per yards attempt a big play passing attack.

In the backfield the team had to part ways with running back Kareem Hunt. Their run game generated 4.8 yards per rush and his production was missed as the team lost three of their final seven games including playoffs. Damien Williams remains as the starter in the backfield. Former Ohio St product Carlos Hyde will vie for carries. Williams played well after Spencer Ware went down with strong production in the playoffs. He did average 5.1 yards per carry in his 50 carries last year. Williams has not been used much in his single season and four seasons with Miami as 50 carries has been the most in any one season. Hyde in his past two seasons with three teams rushed for 3.9 yards per run in 2017 with San Francisco and 3.3 yards per run combined with Jacksonville and Cleveland.

Tyreek Hill is an elite receiver for KC. He had 87 catches for 1479 yards with 12 touchdowns and 17 yards per reception. Bad news for the Chiefs is that Hill could be facing a suspension to start the season. With no first round picks they helped their receiving corps taking Georgia wide out Mecole Hardman out of Georgia and is expected to start when the Chiefs go three wide. Sammy Watkins did have 40 catches for 513 yards with three touchdowns and 13 yards per catch. DeMarcus Robinson enters his fourth year and had 22 catches with four touchdowns and 13.1 yards per reception. Team just signed veteran Michael Crabtree for depth and have young inexperienced speed in reserve. Tight end Travis Kelce had 103 catches with 10 touchdowns with an average of 13 yards per reception.

Chiefs return all five starters to their offensive line but with depth they are not a lock to keep their starting jobs. Notable linemannacquired was Nick Allegretti late in the draft from Illinois. They also have several undrafted rookies entering camp.

KC will go as far their defense takes them. They are loaded offensively with weapons and experienced at the offensive line. They could not make late stops in the most critical time of their season in their loss to New England in the AFC Championship being unable to get off the field in several key third down plays. A bad defense can demoralize a team’s psyche pressuring the offense to be perfect in every position.

KC is transitioning to a younger defense after ranking 31st in the NFL last season. They did draft Juan Thornhill a safety out of Virginia in the second round. Three of their first four picks in the draft were selected on defense. Team did sign Tyrann Matheiu a safety from the Texans. Frank Clark from Seattle is a 25 year old defensive end coming over. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo changes to a 4-3 scheme and there will be several new starters. He was signed in January. A complete overhaul. Mark Fields a defensive back from Clemson was what many experts touted as the best undrafted corner was signed by KC. Spags has spent seven seasons with Andy Reid in Philadelphia. He worked under former Eagles defensive coordinator the late Jim Johnson who emphasized heavy blitzing from the safety and corner position.

The AFC West faces the AFC South and NFC North this season. With a first place schedule the Chiefs will meet New England from the AFC East and Baltimore from the AFC North. They have two sets of back to back road trips. They are at Jacksonville and Oakland to start the season. Then in mid-November at Tennessee then face LA Chargers in Mexico City. That is a Chargers home date. Though KC did have their fans travel in big numbers to Carson to watch their Chiefs take on the Chargers. Tough road games come late in the Season with December visits to New England on the 8th and Chicago on the 22nd. They get Green Bay and Minnesota at home.

Chiefs are a good home team that could finish at last 6-2 or 7-1. They have enough winnable road games to get to at least ten wins. Like the team of Reid and Spagnuolo working together with a young defense to provide confidence. They won 12 regular season games with a bad defense.

NFL Pro Football 2019 Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Win Odds Preview

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Dallas Cowboys saw improvement in 2018 from a disappointing 2017 season by finishing at 10-6 and champions of the NFC East. They won a playoff game at home to Seattle then lost in the Divisional Round at LA Rams 30-22.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Dallas Cowboys lined at 9 wins with the over +105 odds and under returning -135 odds.

Jason Garett is now in his ninth season with the Cowboys and it could be his last. Garrett entering the final year of his contract got no extension. His critics speak of his conservative coaching style. In all respect the Cowboys have handled their division rivals the past two seasons posting back to back 5-1 records and covers. 10-2 ATS against the NFC East the past two seasons.

Since their 13-3 season in 2016 the Cowboys offensive production has dipped averaging 22 points in 2017 and 21 last year. Defense has played at a high level, but the playoff defeat was disappointing as the Rams ran wild exposing poor play by the Cowboys linebackers against the run.

In the offseason the team did sign wide receiver Randall Cobb formally of the Packers and tight end Jason Witten returns from retirement.

Quarterback Dak Prescott did complete 67.7% of his throws last year for 22 touchdowns and 8 picks. Dallas started 3-5 then finished up their regular season going 7-1. He completed over 70% his passes in five of those games down the stretch.

Cowboys must hope that Ezekiel Elliot can go through the offseason without his name coming up. He played in all 15 meaningful games last year for Dallas and sat out a meaningless Week 17 game against the Giants. Elliot compiled 1434 yards last year averaging 4.7 yards per run. With those strong numbers there should be more big plays from Dallas in the passing game.

One of the Cowboys big pickups was wide receiver Amari Cooper in mid-season. Cowboys won seven of nine regular season games since picking up Amari in a trade with the Raiders. Michael Gallup saw action as a rookie with 33 catches for 507 yards for 15.4 yards per reception. They could use some depth behind those three. Will Tavon Austin be more than just a punt returner?

Offensive line remains strong with the Cowboys as they have used three first round picks in their starting five. Left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and left tackle Zack Martin. For depth with their second pick in the draft the team selected offensive lineman Connor McGovern out of Penn St.

Linebacker position features Sean Lee, Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith in the middle. They picked UCF defensive lineman Trystin Hill with their first draft pick.

The Cowboys play a first place schedule. They will play every team from the NFC North and AFC East. The first place teams they meet from the NFC West are the Rams at home then the Saints on the road from the NFC South. They have one set of back to back road games in November playing at Detroit followed by a game at New England. Then four days later at home to Buffalo on Thanksgiving. A tough close to the regular season for Dallas as they have the Bears and Eagles on the road and the Rams and Redskins at home. It is possible for the Cowboys to make it to ten wins this season to match their number in 2017. They face three weak opponents from the AFC East and have had good success in the division.

MLB Baseball Sports Betting Match ups Monday July 15, 2019

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Major League Baseball card for Monday July 15th features eleven games on the schedule to the delight of MLB bettors worldwide.

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There will be Day Baseball and it gets started at 2PM Eastern Time with Game 1 of the doubleheader as the Colorado Rockies host the San Francisco Giants on MLB Extra Innings Channel. Starting for Colorado will be German Marquez to oppose Giants righty Jeff Samardzija. San Francisco has been a hot team as they moved to 44-49 on the season after beating Milwaukee two of three games on the road over the weekend following the All Star Break. San Francisco has seen a surge in run production as the team has won eight of their past ten games. Rockies held on to beat Cincinnati 10-9 on Sunday to win two of three over the weekend. They had lost seven of nine prior to their series finale victory. Jeff Samardzija sits at 6-7 on the year in 18 starts with an ERA of 4.01 and WHIP of 1.21. He last worked on July 7th allowing no runs and four hits over seven innings of a 1-0 win. German Marquez sits at 8-4 in 20 starts this year with an ERA of 4.45 and WHIP of 1.23. The righthander has given up ten runs eight earned in his past two starts tossing 16 innings in team losses in both games.

ESPN Monday Night Baseball begins at 7PM Eastern Time with the Philadelphia Phillies at home to the LA Dodgers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team LA Dodgers favored by -160 odds with the return on the home underdog Philadelphia Phillies at +150 odds. Run total came in at 9 ½ runs. On the hill for LA will be veteran Clayton Kershaw to oppose Phillies righty Zach Eflin. Phillies had dropped two straight coming back from the break then win in walk off fashion against Washington Sunday. LA will have short rest having to travel after playing Sunday Night Baseball in Boston. Clayton Kershaw sits at 7-2 in fifteen starts this season with an ERA of 3.09 and WHIP of 1.05. He last pitched on July 5th allowing one earned run over seven innings at home to San Diego. Zach Eflin has a mark of 7-8 in seventeen starts with an ERA of 3.78 and WHIP of 1.30. He was pounded at Atlanta on July 4th surrendering seven runs six earned over three innings of a 12-6 defeat. He has allowed six homers in his past 14 innings of work.

Odds to Win Super Bowl 54 NFL Pro Football Betting Odds Preview

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

With training camps a few weeks away, it is a good time to check out the Super Bowl 54 odds for notable NFL teams this season.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots +600 odds favorite to repeat. New England had their issues on the road in the regular season last year going 3-5. Their offense showed no slow down as the team averaged 28 points and 406 yards per game last year. Team loses key passing target Rob Gronkowski to retirement.

Second in the betting are the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and LA Rams each returning +1000 odds. LA Rams must overcome their Super Bowl loss scoring only 3 points to New England. Todd Gurley has arthritis in his knees and may have to see his carries lowered. Draft pick Darrell Henderson a running back out of Memphis put up strong numbers in college. KC did not look like the same team after they released running back Kareem Hunt. They dropped three of their final five games including a six point loss at home to New England in the AFC Championship. New Orleans past two playoff exits have been brutal. They do add good pieces in free agency in tight end Jared Cook and running back Latavius Murray.

Followed at +1200 odds are the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns. Indianapolis finished at 10-6 last year and won a playoff game prior to their elimination at Kansas City. Andrew Luck was healthy, and the team scored ten points per game greater than in 2017. They look to improve on defense drafting seven defensive players with their first eight in the draft. Cleveland is getting a lot of buzz behind second year quarterback Baker Mayfield. They traded for former New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and helped their linebacking and secondary in the draft. Browns allowed 393 yards per game last season.

Notable longshots include the Dallas Cowboys +2200 odds, Houston Texans +3000 odds and Seattle Seahawks at +3300 odds. Dallas won the NFC East last season, but head coach Jason Garrett did not get a contract extension and will coach the final year of his contract. Cowboys defense struggled stopping the Rams run game in their playoff loss. Their offense put up only 21 points per game last season. Jason Witten does return to the team after a one year retirement. Houston responded well after an 0-3 start to the season putting up a nine game win streak winning the AFC South. They are a strong defense holding opponents to 20 points per game last season. To help reduce hits on quarterback Deshaun Watson the Texans selected two offensive linemen with their first three picks in the draft. In a rebuilding year head coach Pete Carroll did lead the Seahawks to the playoffs with a 10-6 mark losing by two points at Dallas in an NFC Wildcard. Team found their run game with 4.7 yards per run average. They do lose a weapon in the passing game to free agency as Doug Baldwin retired.