<![CDATA[NFL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders- 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/12/04/buffalo-bills-at-oakland-raiders-12/4/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oakland Raiders look to move to 10-2 on the season as they welcome the Buffalo Bills to the Black Hole on Sunday.

The Bills look to make a late season push at an AFC wild card spot as they battle the Oakland Raiders on the road in what should be a hostile environment for a Buffalo team that has the league’s best running attack. Buffalo will need another big outing from Lesean McCoy as their passing attack has been the worst in the league this season and in a game that figures to be a shootout if the passing games go to work the Bills know they need to keep Derek Carr and the Raiders…

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The Oakland Raiders look to move to 10-2 on the season as they welcome the Buffalo Bills to the Black Hole on Sunday.

The Bills look to make a late season push at an AFC wild card spot as they battle the Oakland Raiders on the road in what should be a hostile environment for a Buffalo team that has the league’s best running attack. Buffalo will need another big outing from Lesean McCoy as their passing attack has been the worst in the league this season and in a game that figures to be a shootout if the passing games go to work the Bills know they need to keep Derek Carr and the Raiders offense off the field for as long as possible. Buffalo’s defense will be ready to go here but with so many weapons on the Oakland offense they know they have to have all levels working or else they will get burned by the receiving trio of Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Seth Roberts.

The Raiders meanwhile continue to win football games and last week they locked up their first winning season since 2002 and look like a lock to make the playoffs in the AFC. Oakland hasn’t made it easy on themselves as it seems like every week is a nail biter but they have come out on the winning end of a lot of those games and that is the sign of a maturing team that is led by an MVP favourite in Carr. Oakland has had issues on the defensive side of the ball as they have been susceptible to giving up big plays and with Sammy Watkins seemingly in full health they will need to keep him check. However, Khalil Mack has been remarkable over the last six weeks and he should be in for another big afternoon against a Buffalo quarterback in Tyrod Taylor who hasn’t had a very strong season.

The Bills are 1-5 in their last six games on grass and 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the AFC while the Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last four against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall. This looks like another close affair and if the Bills can get McCoy going they have a chance to win outright. However, I am siding with the Raiders who are in for a statement game at home and I think they move to 10-2 with a cover to boot.

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:06:11 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66089
<![CDATA[San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears- 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/09/18/san-francisco-49ers-at-chicago-bears-12/4/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Two of the league’s worst teams meet up at Soldier Field on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Chicago Bears.

The Niners look for just their second win of the season on Sunday and snap their ugly 10 game losing streak as they head into Chicago to face off against a Bears team that sits with a 2-9 mark and has endured a slew of season changing injuries. San Francisco has been competitive over the last few weeks though as Colin Kaepernick is playing like his former self of late and the Niners perhaps deserve a better fate than what they have at the moment and with the Bears…

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Two of the league’s worst teams meet up at Soldier Field on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Chicago Bears.

The Niners look for just their second win of the season on Sunday and snap their ugly 10 game losing streak as they head into Chicago to face off against a Bears team that sits with a 2-9 mark and has endured a slew of season changing injuries. San Francisco has been competitive over the last few weeks though as Colin Kaepernick is playing like his former self of late and the Niners perhaps deserve a better fate than what they have at the moment and with the Bears starting Matt Barkley here and having a depleted unit on both sides of the ball this looks like a great spot for the Niners to get a rare road victory. San Fran will need a big game from Kaepernick and running back Carlos Hyde who is arguably the best player of any unit in this football game and that can often dictate the outcome of a close football game.

The Bears meanwhile have been a nightmare to watch this season as every week it seems like they lose another key piece of their team to injury and it is unsure who will and will not be suiting up on a weekly basis. Danny Trevathan will be out for this one and that is a huge blow for Chicago’s defense and with Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, and Alshon Jeffery out for the offense this could be another long afternoon for the Bears. Chicago will need to get Barkley into a rhythm early and while the Niners defense hasn’t been great since they lost Navarro Bowman they should be able to bring pressure on Barkley and send him to the turf on a frequent basis.

The Niners are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five against a team with a losing record while the Bears are 1-5 ATS in their last six following a win and 0-9 ATS in their last nine games in week 13. San Fran is in a bit better shape right now and the money is pouring in on them here and while neither team is a safe bet I think the Niners get the nod thanks to Kaepernick’s resurgence.

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:38:43 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66086
<![CDATA[Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals- 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/12/04/washington-redskins-at-arizona-cardinals-12/4/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Redskins continue their pursuit of an NFC playoff spot as they head into Arizona to do battle with the Cardinals on Sunday.

The Redskins took one on the chin in a very competitive Thanksgiving show down with the Cowboys last week but are right back at it this weekend in a winnable game against the disappointing Cardinals in Arizona. Washington has ridden the strength of their offense all season long as Kirk Cousins is having a very strong campaign and will look to play his way into a big contract extension and with the likes of Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, and Desean…

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The Washington Redskins continue their pursuit of an NFC playoff spot as they head into Arizona to do battle with the Cardinals on Sunday.

The Redskins took one on the chin in a very competitive Thanksgiving show down with the Cowboys last week but are right back at it this weekend in a winnable game against the disappointing Cardinals in Arizona. Washington has ridden the strength of their offense all season long as Kirk Cousins is having a very strong campaign and will look to play his way into a big contract extension and with the likes of Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, and Desean Jackson at his disposal they make up one of the best passing games in the NFL. Washington also has Rob Kelley running the ball well and if they can establish the ground game early it should allow the passing game to open up and set up a big afternoon once again for Cousins and company.

The Cards meanwhile have been one of the biggest disappointments in the league this season as they have gone from consensus Super Bowl favourites to a sub .500 team and are on the outside looking in when it comes to the NFL West divisional race. Arizona looks as though they are ready to move on from Carson Palmer as he has had a very rough season and if not for the ridiculous year from David Johnson than this Cards team could be in much worse shape than they are already and this looks to be another tough outing for them. Patrick Peterson will have his hands full as the Skins have a ton of speed through the air and while Jordan Reed will not play the Cards need to keep the Washington deep threats in check.

The Redskins are 7-1 ATS against a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last six against the NFC while the Cards are 4-1 in their last five games during week 13 and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in December. Arizona has been woeful this season and while they will eat up the Skins run defense with Johnson I think the Washington aerial attack is the difference as they get the win on the road. 

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:19:29 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66083
<![CDATA[Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Diego Chargers- 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/12/04/tampa-bay-buccaneers-at-san-diego-chargers-12/4/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Tampa Bay Bucs and San Diego Chargers meet up in California on Sunday as both teams look to make a late season push at the playoffs.

The Bucs are rolling right now and will look to make a push towards the NFC South crown as they take on the high octane offense of the San Diego Chargers in one of the more anticipated show downs in a busy week 13. Tampa Bay will live and die with the play of Mike Evans and Jameis Winston as the duo have been excellent together this season and with the Chargers secondary having issues and being susceptible to big games from opposing wide outs this looks…

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The Tampa Bay Bucs and San Diego Chargers meet up in California on Sunday as both teams look to make a late season push at the playoffs.

The Bucs are rolling right now and will look to make a push towards the NFC South crown as they take on the high octane offense of the San Diego Chargers in one of the more anticipated show downs in a busy week 13. Tampa Bay will live and die with the play of Mike Evans and Jameis Winston as the duo have been excellent together this season and with the Chargers secondary having issues and being susceptible to big games from opposing wide outs this looks like another great spot for Evans to have a great day. Tampa also has an underrated pass defense and can get pressure off the end and if they can get Rivers on his back this should be a very close game that should come down to the wire.

The Chargers meanwhile are sitting in last place in the AFC West but have some very stiff competition as the Raiders are atop the division and the Chiefs and Broncos aren’t far behind so while a fourth place finish on paper doesn’t look great it isn’t something to hang your head about this season in football’s best division. San Diego has had some very tough losses this season and perhaps deserve a better fate but in the end they need to find ways to close out games and that is what separates teams from the playoffs and a mid round draft pick and the Chargers know with Tampa’s season hanging in the balance that they will get the very best from the red, black, and pewter.

The Bucs are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall while the Chargers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven against a team with a winning record and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games. This has all the makings of a classic and while San Diego has the more experienced quarterback I think this will come down to the wire in a game the Bucs have a chance to win outright. 

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:05:50 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66080
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Rams at New England Patriots- 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/12/04/los-angeles-rams-at-new-england-patriots-12/4/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New England Patriots look to create some separation in the AFC East as they welcome the Los Angeles Rams to town on Sunday.

The Rams look to spoil the party at Gillette Stadium on Sunday and send the Patriots to their third defeat of the season, but they will be in tough as the Pats are inching closer to another division title and have top spot in the AFC on their mind. Los Angeles got off to a rocky start this season but followed it up with a string of victories and looked like a team that could make some noise in the NFC West, but lately they have reverted back to early season…

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The New England Patriots look to create some separation in the AFC East as they welcome the Los Angeles Rams to town on Sunday.

The Rams look to spoil the party at Gillette Stadium on Sunday and send the Patriots to their third defeat of the season, but they will be in tough as the Pats are inching closer to another division title and have top spot in the AFC on their mind. Los Angeles got off to a rocky start this season but followed it up with a string of victories and looked like a team that could make some noise in the NFC West, but lately they have reverted back to early season for and look destined for a top end draft pick with a tough schedule to finish out. The Rams will need Jared Goff to have a strong outing but against Bill Belichick and the Patriots he will have a very tough outing as they eat rookie quarterbacks alive and this one doesn’t appear to be any different.

The Patriots meanwhile are in cruise control despite having to deal with a slew of injuries this season and it was learned this week that they will be without Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the season following back surgery. While the loss of Gronk is a huge blow, the Pats can rely on Martellus Bennett to fill the void as he is one of the most physical tight ends in the league, and with a handful of options at Tom Brady’s disposal that includes Julian Edelman, running back LeGarrette Blount, and rookie standout Malcolm Mitchell this New England side should be able to move the ball against the Rams secondary.

The Rams are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven against a team with a winning record while New England is 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game and 0-5 ATS in their last five games in week 13. This seems like a ton of points as getting two touchdowns in any circumstance seems like an oversight and while the Pats should have success here I think the Rams should be able to keep it close enough as I see this one finishing at a ten point fina

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:56:21 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66077
<![CDATA[Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens - 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/12/04/miami-dolphins-at-baltimore-ravens-12/4/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens clash Sunday afternoon in a crucial AFC NFL matchup at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Miami Dolphins look to keep the ball rolling and build on their incredible six-game winning streak. The Miami Dolphins also would stay in a AFC playoff spot with a victory. Ryan Tannehill is completing 66 percent of his passes for 2,574 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Tannehill has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker have combined for 1,282 receiving yards and four touchdowns…

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The Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens clash Sunday afternoon in a crucial AFC NFL matchup at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Miami Dolphins look to keep the ball rolling and build on their incredible six-game winning streak. The Miami Dolphins also would stay in a AFC playoff spot with a victory. Ryan Tannehill is completing 66 percent of his passes for 2,574 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Tannehill has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker have combined for 1,282 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Kenny Stills has 26 receptions. The Miami Dolphins ground game is averaging 116 yards per contest, and Jay Ajayi leads the way with 847 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Miami is allowing 21.8 points and 361.9 yards per game. Kiko Alonso leads the Miami Dolphins with 90 tackles, Ndamukong Suh has five sacks and Isa Abdul-Quddus has two interceptions.

The Baltimore Ravens look for their seventh victory to keep their current lead in the AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens have won three straight home games. Joe Flacco is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 2,877 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Flacco has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. Mike Wallace and Steve Smith Sr. have combined for 1,328 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Dennis Pitta has 52 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 87.8 yards per contest, and Terrance West leads the way with 600 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 18.3 points and 297.8 yards per game. Zachary Orr leads the Baltimore Ravens with 99 tackles, Terrell Suggs has eight sacks and C.J. Mosley has three interceptions.

TheDolphins are 0-11 ATS in their last 11 games in December and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Ravens are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games in December and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Dolphins are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Baltimore Ravens haven't impressed me much this season and four of their six wins have come against teams with a losing record. Meanwhile, the Dolphins remain one of the hottest teams in the league and are oozing with confidence. Miami is also expected to get back two of its three injured offensive linemen. The Dolphins have yet to lose a game this season when their starting offensive line is intact. This line is just too much respect to a subpar Ravens team.

Give me the free field goal with the hook, but we may not need it. 

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:40:59 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66068
<![CDATA[Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets - 12/5/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/12/05/indianapolis-colts-at-new-york-jets-12/5/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Indianapolis Colts head to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Jets as we close out week 13 with some Monday Night Football.

The Indianapolis Colts fell to 5-6 after a 28-7 home defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night. With Andrew Luck out with a concussion, the reins were handed over to Scott Tolzien for the night, who completed 22 of his 36 pass attempts for a touchdown and a pair of interceptions while being sacked 3 times on the night. Jordan Todman racked up a team-high 37 yards on 3 carries, while it was Frank Gore who saw the bulk of the workload…

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The Indianapolis Colts head to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Jets as we close out week 13 with some Monday Night Football.

The Indianapolis Colts fell to 5-6 after a 28-7 home defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night. With Andrew Luck out with a concussion, the reins were handed over to Scott Tolzien for the night, who completed 22 of his 36 pass attempts for a touchdown and a pair of interceptions while being sacked 3 times on the night. Jordan Todman racked up a team-high 37 yards on 3 carries, while it was Frank Gore who saw the bulk of the workload with his 15 carries amounting to just 28 yards. T.Y. Hilton led the Colts with 54 yards receiving on 3 catches while Donte Moncrief pulled in a team-leading 6 balls for 45 yards and the Colts’ lone touchdown on the night. Defensively, there wasn’t a whole lot to write home about, as the Colts failed to record a sack or interception of Steelers pivot Ben Roethlisberger while letting Pittsburgh tally up 369 yards of total offense.

The New York Jets came so very close to vanquishing the rival New England Patriots, but gave up a late touchdown before falling 22-17 to slide to 3-8 on the year. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 32 passes for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns while being sacked just once on the day. Bilal Powell led the Jets on the ground with 36 yards on 8 carries while Matt Forte had a team-high 13 carries, which he turned into just 27 yards. Quincy Enunwa racked up his first 100-yard game of the season,  collecting 109 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches while Brnadon Marshall pulled in a team-high 6 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown of his own. Defensively, the Jets held the Pats in check for the majority of the game on the scoreboard, but New York still allowed 377 yards of total offense to the Pats while failing to sack or pick off Tom Brady a single time in the loss.

Indianapolis is 23-7 ATS in their last 30 games against a team with a losing record and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Monday nighters while the over is 21-8 in their last 29 road games. New York is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games against a team with a losing road record and 10-1-2 ATS in their last 13 games in the month of December while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Monday nighters. Indianapolis is 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in New York.

New York always plays New England well despite their record so I’m not reading too much into them keeping it close after last week. I’m also not sold on the Colts if Andrew Luck is out for whatever reason, so instead, I’ll side with the under, which is a common trend for both of these teams in December.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:38:07 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65768
<![CDATA[Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks - 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/12/04/carolina-panthers-at-seattle-seahawks-12/4/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Carolina Panthers look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a date against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in week 13’s edition of Sunday Night Football.

The Carolina Panthers had a massive blow dealt to their playoff hopes after a heartbreaking 35-32 loss to the Oakland Raiders sent Carolina to 4-7 on the year. What’s even more sad for the Panthers is that they rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit to actually take a 32-24 lead in the 4th before Oakland scored 11 straight to steal the win. Cam Newton connected on just 14 of his 29 pass attempts for 246 yards, a pair…

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The Carolina Panthers look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a date against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in week 13’s edition of Sunday Night Football.

The Carolina Panthers had a massive blow dealt to their playoff hopes after a heartbreaking 35-32 loss to the Oakland Raiders sent Carolina to 4-7 on the year. What’s even more sad for the Panthers is that they rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit to actually take a 32-24 lead in the 4th before Oakland scored 11 straight to steal the win. Cam Newton connected on just 14 of his 29 pass attempts for 246 yards, a pair of touchdowns and an interception while being sacked twice on the afternoon. Jonathan Stewart racked up 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Panthers ground attack while Ted Ginn Jr. put up team-highs with 4 catches for 115 yards and an 88-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Greg Olsen also caught 4 passes for 45 yards while Kelvin Benjamin hauled in a pair of passes for 53 yards and Newton’s other passing touchdown on the day. Defensively, the Panthers “slowed down” the Oakland offense by allowing one of the Raiders’ lowest totals this season of 366 yards in total offense while picking off Derek Carr courtesy of a Thomas Davis interception.

The Seattle Seahawks had arguably the most disappointing week 12 performance after falling to Tampa Bay by a final score of 14-5. Russell Wilson completed 17 of 33 passes for just 151 yards and a pair of interceptions while being sacked a whopping total of 6 times on the day. However Wilson did lead the team with 80 yards on 8 carries while Thomas Rawls came up somewhat ineffective after putting up just 38 yards on 12 carries. Jimmy Graham led the Seahawks with 67 yards receiving although Graham did put the ball on the ground by way of a fumble forced by Lavonte David that the Bucs returned 53 yards the other way. Doug Baldwin pulled down a team-high 7 catches for 34 yards in the loss. After Graham and Baldwin, no other Seahawk caught more than a single pass in the game. Defensively it was a hard game for Seattle as their offense couldn’t get anything going, resulting in long stretches of their defense being on the field. And even when Seattle’s defense was on the field, they offered little resistance as Jameis Winston completed all but 7 of his 28 pass attempts and were unable to bring Winston down by way of a sack in the loss.

Carolina is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the NFC while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Seattle is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 week 13 matchups and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 vs. the NFC. The game has gone over the total in each of the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Seattle.

Carolina is slowly starting to see their playoff hopes fading, and going to Seattle to face an angry Seahawks team after last week’s brutal performance is not a recipe for success. However, I thought Seattle would come out firing against the Bucs last week and put up a stinker so until they show me they’re back on track, I’ll back the over which has hit in each of the last 5 meetings in Seattle.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:36:22 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65765
<![CDATA[New York Giants at Pittsburgh Steelers - 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/12/04/new-york-giants-at-pittsburgh-steelers-12/4/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Giants head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in a pivotal inter-conference matchup in week 13 NFL action.

The New York Giants won their 6th straight by defeating the winless Browns by a final score of 27-13. Eli Manning completed just 15 of his 27 pass attempts on the day for 194 yards and 3 touchdowns while being sacked just once in the entire game. Rashad Jennings led the G-men with 55 ground yards on 15 carries while Paul  Perkins racked up 29 yards on his 9 carries. Odell Beckham Jr. found himself as the only Giants receiver with more than 2 catches as OBJ pulled…

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The New York Giants head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in a pivotal inter-conference matchup in week 13 NFL action.

The New York Giants won their 6th straight by defeating the winless Browns by a final score of 27-13. Eli Manning completed just 15 of his 27 pass attempts on the day for 194 yards and 3 touchdowns while being sacked just once in the entire game. Rashad Jennings led the G-men with 55 ground yards on 15 carries while Paul  Perkins racked up 29 yards on his 9 carries. Odell Beckham Jr. found himself as the only Giants receiver with more than 2 catches as OBJ pulled down 6 balls for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensively, the Giants were all over the Browns, sacking Cleveland QB Josh McCown a total of 7 times on the day, including a pair from Olivier Vernon and 3 sacks from Jason Pierre-Paul, who also forced a fumble off of Browns RB Isaiah Crowell and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won their 2nd straight by defeating a Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts squad by a score of 28-7 to improve to 6-5 on the year. Ben Roethlisberger completed 14 of his 20 pass attempts for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns on the night, all of which went to Antonio Brown who led the Steelers with 5 catches for 91 yards to go along with the hat trick of touchdown grabs. LeVeon Bell rounded out the scoring for the Steelers by racking up 120 yards on 23 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown that opened the scoring for Pittsburgh early in the first quarter. The Steelers defense got after Indy and backup QB Scott Tolzien, sacking him a total of 3 times and turning Tolzien over twice thanks to a pair of interceptions from Mike Mitchell and William Gay.

New York is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Pittsburgh is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in the month of December while the under is 23-9-1 in their last 33 games overall.

The word is that it is going to be extremely cold in Pittsburgh for the game, which normally lends itself to a tight, grind it out, ground and pound style of game, which is why instead of picking a side, I’ll take the under in what I think will be a low scoring game.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:34:09 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65762
<![CDATA[Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons - 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2016/12/04/kansas-city-chiefs-at-atlanta-falcons-12/4/16-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Kansas City Chiefs head to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons in week 13 NFL action. 

The Kansas City Chiefs used a Cairo Santos field goal at the end of the extra period to improve to 8-3 with a 30-27 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos, thus leapfrogging the Chiefs ahead of Denver into 2nd place in the highly competitive AFC West. Alex Smith completed 26 of his 44 pass attempts for 220 yards and a touchdown. Spencer Ware led the Chiefs ground attack with 64 yards on 17 carries, however it was Tyreek Hill who made the biggest impact accounting for both of the Chiefs…

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The Kansas City Chiefs head to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons in week 13 NFL action. 

The Kansas City Chiefs used a Cairo Santos field goal at the end of the extra period to improve to 8-3 with a 30-27 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos, thus leapfrogging the Chiefs ahead of Denver into 2nd place in the highly competitive AFC West. Alex Smith completed 26 of his 44 pass attempts for 220 yards and a touchdown. Spencer Ware led the Chiefs ground attack with 64 yards on 17 carries, however it was Tyreek Hill who made the biggest impact accounting for both of the Chiefs offensive touchdowns. Travis Kelce led KC with 101 yards on 8 receptions, while the aforementioned Hill caught a team-high 9 passes for 52 yards including the 3-yard receiving score. The game ball for the Chiefs should go to the defense and special teams, which accounted for Kansas City's first 9 points by way of a safety and a kick return touchdown that ensued on the following kickoff. Denver did rack up 464 yards of total offense, however the Chiefs did get to Broncos QB Trevor Siemian 5 times including 3 from Justin Houston who also forced a fumble off of Siemian that the Chiefs were unable to fall on top of. 

The Atlanta Falcons hit the ground running and never looked back as they throttled the Arizona Cardinals 38-19 to improve to 7-4 on the year. Matt Ryan connected on 26 of his 34 pass attempts for 269 yards, a pair of touchdowns and an interception. Devonta Freeman led the Falcons rushing attack with 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries. Taylor Gabriel racked up a team-high 75 yards and 2 touchdowns on 4 receptions while Mohamed Sanu hauled in 8 receptions to lead the team in that category for 65 yards. Defensively, Atlanta did all they could but even in victory, their defensive shortcomings were exposed. The Falcons did a pretty good job at stopping Cardinals running back David Johnson on the ground, holding him to just 58 rushing yards on 13 carries, his 3rd-lowest total since week 2. However, Johnson ended up catching 8 balls out of the backfield for 103 yards and a touchdown. On the plus side, Atlanta did get to Arizona QB Carson Palmer 3 times while picking him off thanks to a De’Vondre Campbell interception.

Kansas City is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 against a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The game has gone over the total in each of the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

Atlanta is a hard place to go on the road and win, but Atlanta’s defense is far worse than the Denver defense that just allowed 30 points to the Chiefs. Atlanta’s offense has been on point lately as well, which is why I’ll back the over, as it has hit in each of the last 4 meetings.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:32:10 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65759