Could Marshawn Lynch score the opening Super Bowl touchdown again?

Everyone remembers the first touchdown scorer at the Super Bowl, and this is reflected in one of Intertops Sportsbook‘s most popular prop markets. For all the bluster and build-up ahead of the game it’s often that moment when one of the stars of the biggest sporting event of the year truly announces himself.

Last year Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch took the honors, forcing his way into the endzone early in the second quarter. ‘Beast Mode’ is the pregame favourite to do it again, but only just.


Super Bowl XLIX – First Touchdown Scorer Odds

Marshawn Lynch +550
Rob Gronkowski +650
Julian Edelman +1000
LaGarrette Blount +1000

(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate
as of today and subject to change)


Lynch found the endzone an incredible 17 times in the regular season, ahead of Gronk’s 12, and while the Patriots might be one-point favorites to bring Tom Brady his fourth ring, they will face a tough task against a Seattle Seahawks side looking for back-to-back Super Bowl victories.

In addition to the first touchdown market, you can back Lynch (-167) or Gronkowski (-143) in the anytime touchdown stakes, with Blount (+120) and Edelman (+140) not far behind. Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin both contributed touchdowns in Seattle’s victory last year, and the pair are +175 to repeat the feat in 2015.


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An Idiot’s Guide to Betting On Super Bowl XLIX

As well as being the biggest sporting event in the world, Super Bowl XLIX is the biggest gambling event in the world. You can bet on the game, the coin flip, the national anthem, the half time show, the colour of the Gatorade shower. If it happens on Sunday night, you can bet on it. But where to start with such an array of options? Here’s a newbie’s guide to avoid losing all your money on Super Bowl XLIX.

DON’T BET ON THE COIN TOSS

Betting on the pregame coin flip is the most tempting, yet most futile of all Super Bowl gambles. The odds of winning are 50/50, yet the returns are lower. There’s no skill, no advantage. It’s utterly pointless. A sneakier bet, is for the Seahawks to get the first possession and/or score first. The odds on this shouldn’t be overly weighted, but New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick (yes, him of the deflated balls) will always defer the kickoff and give the opposition the ball. (And if you really want to bet on the coin toss, remember, tails never fails.)

GO ALL IN ON SAFETIES

The odds on a safety appearing in a Super Bowl are always monstrously high (+500 with Intertops.eu) and yet in two of the last three Super Bowls, there’s been a safety. With pressure as high as it gets, mistakes are possible, and with late tactical tweaks from two of the smartest coaches around in the offing, we may even see a repeat of Baltimore’s deliberate safety from two years ago.

CLOSE GAME HEROICS

A couple of minor prop bets here: firstly, have a look at their being a score in the final two minutes of the first half (-300 with AllYouBet.ag). In Tom Brady and Russell Wilson we’ll see two of the smartest QBs in football match up, and both possess fine clock management skills which could see you cashing in on this. The other one is this: we’ve never seen a Super Bowl go to overtime, but this looks like being one of the closest games in years, and may well end up being a pick’um. With that in mind, overtime is a definite possibility.

MVP

There are two ways to approach MVP betting – the smart, QB focused approach, or the fun, ‘who’s going to become a hero’ approach. The QB approach is to back the quarterback of whichever team you think will win – as the QBs, more often than not, come away with the individual prize. Alternatively, you could look for other possibilities. Marshawn Lynch, in possible his last game as a Seahawk, is a strong shout for Seattle, but why not look further down the list. Last year’s MVP Malcolm Smith has barely been heard from since, but saw two turnovers land in his lap. Kam Chancellors’ big play ability may give him an outside shot at the award, and he possibly should have won it last year. For the Patriots, have a look at the Gronk, Rob Gronkowski. The big tight end is Tom Brady’s favourite weapon, and covering tight ends is one of the few weaknesses of the fearsome Seattle defense.

Betting Instinct tip Rob Gronkowski to be named Super Bowl MVP is +1000 with Intertops.eu

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Patriots and Seahawks to lock horns in closely contested Super Bowl

The Seahawks and Patriots have met only a handful of times this century

The Seahawks and Patriots have met only a handful of times this century

It’s that time of year again; the Super Bowl is upon us, and this year’s promises to be one of the best in recent memory.

The Seattle Seahawks – last year’s Super Bowl winners – take on the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona a week on Sunday for the right to win the Lombardi Trophy.

 

Super Bowl XLIX Betting Odds:

New England Patriots -120

Seattle Seahawks +100

(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

The Seahawks’ road to the Super Bowl was far more dramatic that it was a year ago; a comfortable win over the Carolina Panthers was followed up with a staggering comeback against the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw four interceptions before eventually throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to win the game in overtime, with the Packers blowing a 16 point lead.

The Patriots had it in reverse – a tense, close win over the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round, before swatting aside the Indianapolis Colts in a 45-7 thumping to reach the Super Bowl for a sixth time under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

 

Whilst the Seahawks hammered the Denver Broncos 43-8 in New York a year ago, this year’s game should be far closer affair.

The game will hinge on how New England’s superb offense, spearheaded by Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, will manage to move the ball against a vaunted Seahawks defense, with Richard Sherman leading ‘the Legion of Boom’ – the nickname for the Seahawks secondary.

The two teams have played each other just three times since 2000, but the last game saw Seattle win 24-23 in 2012, with Brady and Sherman clashing as they walked off the field in a rivalry that will finally be renewed on the biggest stage of all.

On the other side of the ball, Seattle are methodical, relying mostly on running back Marshawn Lynch and the improvisation of quarterback Russell Wilson, whilst New England will be hoping for a shutdown game from star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is playing in his first Super Bowl.

 

There were more than 50 points in last season’s game, but it would be something of a surprise to see that happen again. It should be a much, much tighter encounter than when Seattle dominated Denver last season, with head coach Pete Carroll no doubt desperate to stop his former employers winning a fourth Super Bowl since he left New England.

With a win, Seattle can become the first team to win successive Super Bowls since the Patriots in 2004 and 2005, but the Patriots are slight favourites with most bookmakers in an incredibly close market so far.

Betting Instinct tip – Back less than 48 points at -110 with AllYouBet.ag

 

Olly avatarOLLY DAWES is a Sports Management graduate and sports journalist for Here Is The City, whilst he also writes about NFL for Colts Authority.

Three Things to Look Out For at Super Bowl XLIX

Russell Wilson helped the Seahawks overcome an improbable deficit against Green Bay - can he do it again?

Russell Wilson helped the Seahawks overcome an improbable deficit against Green Bay – can he do it again?

As we count down to February 1st, most people are arguing over whether the Seattle can go back-to-back, or whether favourites New England can stop the Seahaws in their tracks. However there are a few more things to look out for at Super Bowl XLIX. 

So, as all eyes turn towards the University of Phoenix Stadium, what can we expect?

Tom Brady’s Quest for Ring #4

When a 24-year-old Brady led the Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI the idea of him repeating the feat was not beyond the realms of possibility, but few could have imagined that he would be still here some 13 years later.

However here he is, one of the biggest names in NFL and one of the most famous sportsmen in the world. And a fourth title this year would cap a phenomenal career at the highest level.

Seattle Back From the Dead

With three minutes left in the NFC Championship Game, the Seahawks were looking at a 19-7 deficit against Green Bay. Many said that was unassailable, but Russell Wilson wasn’t listening, dragging the side into overtime and ultimately into the Super Bowl.

Countless different sports have brought up comeback stories before, and it is often the case that a team considering itself blessed to even be taking to the field will play without the pressure of expectation and emerge victorious.


Super Bowl Betting Odds:

New England Patriots -1.5 -110

Seattle Seahawks +1.5 -110

(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate
as of today but subject to change)



Another Chance for a Surprise MVP

Over the years, the Super Bowl MVP honours have unsurprisingly gone the way of the winning quarterback, with 26 of the 48 to receive the award being QBs. However last year the Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith became only the third linebacker named Super Bowl MVP.

Could a surprise name like Smith come through again this year? Or will it be business as usual?

 


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NFL set for its elite eight!

NFL Divisional Playoffs this weekend!

Tom Brady is looking to lead the Patriots a step closer to Super Bowl glory!

The race to Super Bowl XLIX continues to pick up momentum as we head into the Divisional Playoff round of games this weekend. The top four teams from the regular season are back after their weekend off and are the bookies’ picks to continue their quest towards the biggest single game in US sport on February 1st.

Wild Card weekend saw the Carolina Panthers take down the ailing Arizona Cardinals to be “rewarded” with a trip to face defending Super Bowl champions Seattle. The Seahawks, who started the season looking anything other than potential “repeaters”, are now the team of the moment in the league. They are almost unbeatable in front of their own boisterous crowd at CenturyLink Field and even the most loyal of Carolina fans will admit to them having little chance of causing an upset.

The same cannot be said of the other three weekend matchups. Whilst the Packers, Patriots and Broncos all start their home games as warm favourites, the Cowboys, Ravens and Colts have the qualities to get the job done on the road. Baltimore, especially, looked good when defeating AFC North rivals Pittsburgh in their Wild Card encounter last week and Men In Purple have won two of three postseason encounters at Foxboro since 2000.

Many neutral fans would love to see yet another instalment of the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning rivalry in the AFC Championship Game, but there is still plenty of work to be done by both the Pats and the Broncos before this showdown can become reality.

NFL Divisional Playoffs Odds

Baltimore Ravens 3.45 New England Patriots 1.34

Carolina Panthers 4.90 Seattle Seahawks 1.19

Dallas Cowboys 3.20 Green Bay Packers 1.38

Indianapolis Colts 3.45 Denver Broncos 1.34

All odds provided by allyoubet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change

CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI

Brady Bunch need to bounce back!

Can the Pats bounce back against the Vikings?

Tom Brady and the Patriots are feeling the heat after their Week 1 loss!

Superstar NFL quarterback Tom Brady has experienced many things in his amazing career so far, but being alone in last place in the AFC East division is something completely new to him. The Patriots 33-20 loss to division rivals Miami on Sunday, coupled with the Buffalo’s upset win at Chicago and the NY Jets victory against Oakland means New England is propping up the standings on its own for the first time since Brady became the franchise’s starter in 2001.

Ok, ok, it’s only Week 1 of a 17-week season and there is still little doubt that the Pats will bounce back in style, but it will be interesting to see how a team that is used to dominating a division with such ease will react to what was a poor performance indeed.

New England’s defense found no answer to marauding Dolphins’ running back Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 134 yards and a crucial fourth-quarter TD that sealed the deal for the home team. Miami outscored coach Bill Belichik’s team 23-0 in the second half to rack up their highest score against their nemesis since 1994.

Brady just couldn’t get his offense into gear in the blistering heat in Florida and finished with stats of just 29 completions from 56 passes for 249 yards.

Next up for the Patriots is a trip Minnesota where they face a Vikings team that was a positive surprise in Week 1. Led by WR Cordarrelle Patterson, who ran for 102 yards on just three carries, with a 67-yard scoring run, the Vikes swamped the St. Louis Rams on the road to run away to a 34-6 victory. Buoyed by this great start to the season, they will certainly provide the Brady Bunch with the sternest of tests in front of their own fans on Sunday – could the visitors slip up again?

New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings, Betting Odds:

New England Patriots     1.63
Minnesota Vikings          2.40

To Win The Super Bowl, Betting Odds (Selection):

Seattle Seahawks            4.5
Denver Broncos              5.0
New England Patriots   12.0
Cincinnati Bengals         21.0
Indianapolis Colts          31.0
Minnesota Vikings         67.0

Odds provided by http://www.allyoubet.ag are current as of today, but subject to change.

CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI

Patriots-Dolphins to set the tone for the NFL season

The 2014 Miami Dolphins look like being a different proposition for Tom Brady and the Patriots

The 2014 Miami Dolphins look like being a different proposition for Tom Brady and the Patriots

There’s a rolling inevitability about the Patriots’ annual dominance of their division. Despite the best efforts of the Jets, Bills and Sunday’s opposing Dolphins, the gap is as wide as ever. They’ve won the division 10 of the last 11 years. The one they didn’t in 2008? Quarterback Tom Brady went down in the opener with a season-ending injury. So what’s to stop them rolling everyone over again in 2014?

A few people in Miami might have an idea.

New England Patriots v Miami Dolphins Betting Odds:

New England -222

Miami +180

(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Sunday’s game between the two AFC East teams is going to set down a marker for what we can expect all year. Both have something to prove. New England don’t want to skip a beat, they have to start as they intend to carry on; by pummelling their divisional rivals. For them, it’s all about staying on top. In Miami, there’s a different motivator. They want to usurp a giant.

So how close are they? Well, they’re better than 12 months ago. In Ryan Tannehill they have a solid young quarterback who’s shown flashes of next-level ability, while not having a huge amount to work with. They’ve gone out and strengthened at the skill positions, spending a lot of money at wide receiver and bringing in Knowshon Moreno at running back to compete with Lamar Miller, hoping to generate a formidable ground game.

But most crucially, they have completely redesigned the offensive line.

Last year the Dolphins suffered through a number of weeks of embarrassing media coverage as the line crumbled, with stories emerging of locker room bullying and a poisonous atmosphere. There’s been player and staff turnover as they look to consign the whole episode to history, and they come out the other side with the best free agent pickup of the year: Branden Albert.

Premier left tackles are hard to come by, and the former Chief is given the responsibility of doing what the whole offensive line couldn’t do last year – keep Ryan Tannehill upright. The upgrade on Tannehill’s blind side suddenly means he has the time to let plays develop, especially to downfield threat Mike Wallace. It’s a key piece of the offensive jigsaw and signals their intent to challenge the Patriots in the division for the first time since 2008.

At Foxborough the intention is to stay on top of the pile, and they too spent the offseason adding to the local landscape as Revis Island makes its way back to the North East of America. After an injury decimated 2013 which still saw them reach the AFC Championship game, the Patriots have undergone a bit of reconstructive surgery on their defense, adding free agent cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to go with already highly rated youngsters Logan Ryan and Alfonzo Dennard. The result is one of the best pass coverage units in the league, relieving the pressure on the ageing Vince Wilfork, and realigning the defense to cope with the receiver friendly, pass heavy offenses they’re going to be dealing with.

And some might say it’s about time. For all the Patriots’ successes in recent years, it’s all been done on the arm of Tom Brady, while the defense has often gone neglected, filled with random bodies off the streets, rugby players, undrafted free agents and scrubs. Now there’s balance. Now there’s expectation not just on Brady and Gronkowski to put up numbers, but on the young, fast and talented D to stop the other team putting them up too. It’s the most balanced offering the Patriots have produced since the All-World beating 2007 side that came just one minute away from a perfect season.

And that’s what makes Sunday’s game so enticing. The Patriots, refreshed from injury and in the sunset years of their superstar quarterback, know they have to win now and have crafted a side fine tuned to do it. The Dolphins, upstarts with little to lose and a lot of talented youth, have rebuilt their offense to compete for the first time in years.

They’re the only two teams with a shot in the AFC East. The only game in town. And come Sunday night the pieces will have fallen into place. Will the all-stars have lived up to the expectation? Or will the underdogs have proved they can hang? The fruits of months of rebuilding will be on show this weekend – and they’ll let us know exactly what these two teams are made of.

Betting Instinct tip – Last year the Patriots won this fixture 27-17 at Gillette Stadium, but Miami have strengthened. New England to win by 1-6 points is +350 with Intertops.eu.

matt w avatar MATT WALLACE is a UK-based sports writer, focusing on NFL and soccer, who has written for a variety of  betting sites including Unibet. You can follow Matt on Twitter.

The best four teams are just what the doctor ordered for NFL Conference Championships

On Sunday two of NFL football's greatest-ever quarterbacks renew their age-old rivalry

On Sunday two of NFL football’s greatest-ever quarterbacks renew their age-old rivalry.

The very nature of the NFL playoff system, where one off-day means the end of your season, means it is not always taken for granted that the best four teams in the league make it to the Conference Championship Games. This season, however, this is the case! Sports fans across North America will be glued to their screens on Sunday when two of the game’s greatest-ever quarterbacks renew their age-old rivalry, whilst a couple of young guys who look destined to emulate their stardom, continue to build the story of theirs.

The AFC title game sees Tom Brady and his Patriots travel to Mile High Stadium in Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The two star quarterbacks duelled for supremacy in the AFC many times during Manning’s time at Indianapolis, but it’s Brady who enjoys an overall 10-4 record against his foe. The last time Brady played an AFC Championship Game on the road, however, was in 2007 when he lost 38-34 to Manning’s Colts and most experts expect a similar scoreline this time around. Denver has enjoyed a formidable season and home advantage could well see them through.

Home advantage is something very much on people’s minds when talking about the NFC Conference Game. Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is renowned throughout football as being the loudest and most inhospitable stadium for road teams to visit. San Francisco has been undoubtedly one of the best teams in the country over the last two seasons but even they have lost on both their visits to Seattle – and that by a combined score of 71-16! Most eyes will be on the duel between rising quarterback stars Kaepernick and Wilson, but both teams have defensive lineups that can make the difference on any given day. Points could indeed be at a premium in this one, but that crowd could just make the difference.

New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos Odds
Patriots 2.90
Broncos 1.43

San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks Odds
49ers 2.65
Seahawks 1.53

(All odds supplied by www.allyoubet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

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chrisives-50CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.

Battle of the Quarterbacks Dominates Playoff Schedule

Will Andrew Luck (#12) come out on top against Tom Brady?

Will Andrew Luck (#12) come out on top against Tom Brady?

Betting Instinct blogger Zito Madu previews all four of the NFL divisional matchups

Indianapolis @ New England

The match-up between two marquee Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, the all-American Golden Boy (Man) of New England, 3-time Superbowl champion and Uggs model. Against Andrew Luck, a legend in the making, accurate and undeterred in the face of the seemingly impossible with a forest-like neck beard. Both of these quarterbacks have made miracles an everyday thing this season, Brady with numerous last minute wins in the regular season, and Luck, more recently, showing that the Colts are never truly out of a game with him at the QB position against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend.

Both teams offenses come down to these two players, with New England’s situation at receiver making national headlines during the course of the regular season: Aaron Hernandez arrested for murder, Rob Gronkowski’s surgery, return and then subsequent knee injury taking him out for the rest of the season and a very long time, the injury prone-ness of Danny Amendola and the inexperience of the rookies. There’s also questions at running back for The Patriots with Steven Ridley willing to give the ball to the opposing team by the way of fumbles and Shane Vereen’s inability to stay healthy leaving only Blount (and Bolden) as the most dependable of the group.
On the Indianapolis side of things, you have the fact that they traded a first round pick for Trent Richardson (who wants to make a statement in this game), master of the 2 yard run, who lost his starting place to Donald Brown who seems to be a star on the rise. The Colts best weapon besides for Andrew Luck’s brain, T.Y Hilton, has been on a tear lately. Matched against an ailing New England defense he looks poised for a big game unless Aqib Talib rediscovers his early season form (which was, to be fair cut short by injury. Having a bye week is sure to be a big boost for him). For the rest of the receiving corps, it’s nothing to write home about with Coby Fleener being the standout of the group as Darrius Heyward-Bey seems to be suffering from injury as well.

New England comes in suffering injuries to many key defensive players: Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes recently, Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Adrian Wilson, so on and so forth. The Colts on the other hand, while not suffering from the same injury bug as New England are abysmal in defending the run (as the Patriots have been after losing Wilfork and Mayo), ranking 26th and generally ranking 20th in pass yards allowed with 357.1 yards a game.
With all of the injuries and plain ineffectiveness of the offense and defense of both teams, this game looks set to come down to which Quarterback plays better or which one decides to lead another miraculous comeback in the final few minutes of the game.

Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots Betting Odds

Indianapolis win – 3.55

New England win – 1.36

(All odds supplied by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Saints @ Seahawks

The last time these two met, the Seahawks didn’t just win against the Saints, they beat them down 34-7 and limited Drew Brees to 147 yards passing. Of course, this was in the regular season and before the Saints became the Road Warriors (They finally won a road playoff game after a 0-9 start) they are today. Sean Payton has been doing the best that he can, short of kidnapping the Seahawks starters, to replicate the environment that the Saints will encounter, though it’s not yet quite clear if painting the Seahawks logo on their practice field will prepare them well enough for the real thing.

The Saints will be hoping Drew Brees plays like his usual self in the matchup and not his road version, who is prone to turnovers and wobbly passes. The Seahawks of course, have the best young Quarterback in the league and arguably one of the best as of right now in Russell Wilson, who can make plays with his arm and his feet but is not as run happy as many other mobile quarterbacks of his age. And now with the returning Percy Harvin, he welcomes in another weapon to an offense that was desperately needing of passing weapons.

The Seahawks also have a defense that was ranked first in points given up, yards conceded, and pass yards conceded, falling short to 7th on rush yards (which the Saints should look to exploit with their rejuvenated running game and a motivated Mark Ingram), and lets not forget the 12th man who also add a different dimension to their defense.

The key to this game will come down to how the Saints deal with the multi-faceted offense of Seattle and if they will be able to crack a defense that is seemingly impregnable.

New Orleans @ Seattle Betting odds

New Orleans Saints – 3.85

Seattle Seahawks – 1.26

(Odds supplied by Bulldog777.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

San Diego @ Denver

This game looks as if it should be a blowout in Denver’s favor. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the exploits of Peyton Manning this season, who shattered Tom Brady’s record for most passing touchdowns in a single season and then also Drew Brees’ record for most passing yards in a single season.

He leads an offense that’s ranked first in everything but rushing yards and even that seems to be coming along well, an offense that broke the record for most points in a season and one that seems poised to lay waste to any team in its path. Except for apparently San Diego. The Chargers who barely made the playoffs (thanks to the Chiefs reserves and Succop), are one of the few teams that have beaten the Broncos this season.

More than that, the Chargers seem to always find a way to be near perfect in order to beat Peyton Manning, whether in a Colts uniform or a Broncos and Philip Rivers will once more need to play perfectly in order to keep up with Manning as there’s almost no way that;s ranked 29th in pass yards will be able to cop with the unlimited weapons on offense that the Broncos have.
Philip Rivers can take heed that the Broncos defense has steadily fallen off since the injury to Von Miller and the rise of Keenan Allen as a potential rookie of the year will be a boost against a team that doesn’t deal too well with the pass. After handling Cincy, the Chargers have shown that they belong in the playoffs and will be looking to conjure old whatever magic they have to once again stop Peyton Manning.

Betting Instinct Tip – Denver -9 is 1.91 with AllYouBet.ag

San Francisco @ Carolina

One and two of the NFC West face off in a battle between two dynamic QBs with incredible arm strength and game winning speed with each team boasting a top ranked defense. Carolina in 2nd in points given up, 2nd in yards total given up, 6th in pass yards and 2nd in rush yards while the Niners are 3rd in points, 5th in yards 7th in pass yards and 4th against rush yards. San Francisco has the edge on offense ranking 11th in points to Carolina’s 18th and with the return of the “Greatest catcher of all time” Michael Crabtree, their offense has finally hit its stride.

Now Carolina has to deal with the receivers, the ageless Frank Gore and the unpredictable Colin Kaepernick. That’s not to say that San Francisco will not have their hands full with Cam Newton seemingly becoming the unstoppable quarterback that many envisioned he would be. An accurate passer, Newton has learned to pick his spots with his runs, trust his receivers and trust that Ron Rivera will not hinder him anymore with conservative playcalling.

He will also be welcoming back the evergreen Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart back in this game so this game seems as if it’s going to come down to which team will grind it out more. The front seven of the Panthers have stopped Kaepernick before and will be looking for a repeat performance but the first year starter will be out for revenge for their embarrassing early season loss.

Betting Instinct Tip Carolina +2 is 1.73 with GR88.com

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e8erHZO3ZITO MADU (zitov2) is a writer for SBnation, and has written for Surreal Football, LiveBreatheFutbol, and numerous other sports sites

Fired-up Patriots Could Edge Out Denver in NFL Game of the Week

Tom Brady

Can Tom Brady lead the Patriots to victory?

Broncos @ Patriots

The marquee matchup of week 12 of the NFL season is the 7-3 New England Patriots (2.04 with GEObet.com) taking on the 9-1 Denver Broncos (1.73). Or more pertinently, it’s the 14th instalment of Tom Brady v Peyton Manning.

They are two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, happen to have played against each other for almost all of their careers and in the same way people will debate Messi v Ronaldo, The Beatles v The Stones, De Niro v Pacino, Hypno Disc v Chaos 2 (Not sure our American readers will get that one – ed.), who is better out of Brady and Manning will be argued for decades to come. Brady has the more Super Bowls, the super model girlfriend and an appearance on Entourage, while Manning has the better stats, the sibling rivalry (brother Eli has won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants) and the scowl of a Supervillain.

This year Manning is winning their particular duel, the Broncos scaling new heights when it comes to their offense, with him on pace to break records for touchdowns, passing yards and quarterback rating. To break those records, aged 37 and just two years after neck surgery which stopped him playing for the whole of 2011 and nearly ended his career would even by his lofty standards be the zenith of his career to date.

But as awesome as the Broncos are on offense, their defense is fallible. They rank 21st out of 32 in points against and are 28th against the pass. The secondary in particular is weak and prone to collapse when pressured. While they may have the most potent offense in league history, there are obvious weaknesses. And if there’s a team good at targeting a weakness, it’s the Patriots.

The Patriots are not the team they were a few years back, but in Brady and Coach Bill Belichick have the smartest, brawniest, most cunning player-coach combination in perhaps all of sports. If you wanted a coach to concoct a plan so cunning you could brush your teeth with it, Belichick’s your man.

The Broncos with their awesome offense will be favoured to win. But the Patriots are as tough and cunning an opponent as you can get, and will be fired up after a controversial loss to Carolina last week. Don’t be surprised if they win this one.

Betting Instinct tip: Patriots to win by 1-6 is 5.00 with AllYouBet.ag

49ers @ Redskins

These are troubled times for the nation’s capital NFL team. For a start, a story that has been rumbling in the background this season has been the realisation amongst certain people (it’s only taken a couple of centuries) that naming a team ‘Redskins’ might just be a teensy bit offensive towards Native Americans. The team was named the Redskins in 1933 by owner George Preston Marshall – the “Leading racist in the NFL.” Quite something to win this award decades before the Civil Rights Movement. Nonetheless, current owner Daniel Snyder is refusing to change the team name, despise protests by demonstrators and calls ranging from writers to ex-players for the name to change.

On the field, Washington (3.05 with Bulldog777.com)  is having a miserable season, 2-8 with one of the league’s worst defenses. They are also squabbling in the media, with a botched play in last week’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles the catalyst for this game of claim and counter-claim. Star quarterback Robert Griffin III said after the game the Eagles defense ‘kind of knew what was coming’, a supposed barb at the almost certainly soon to be fired head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan a day later refuted this. Then veteran wide receiver Santana Moss stuck his oar in, saying Griffin III should take more accountabilitybut that he has ‘no issues’ with the young QB. Issues, schmissues – Washington are currently a band where none of the members are happy talking to one another.

All the dirty washing Washington are hanging out in public for all to see is taking attention away from the 49ers (1.36) who themselves are in the middle of a slump in form. Amongst the Super Bowl favourites before the season, they are currently only 6-4, coming off two consecutive losses and have an offense looking more and more anaemic by the week. The defense frankly looks more likely to score points a lot of the time than the offense.

But that defense of theirs is still amongst the NFL’s finest units, and should comfortably be enough against Washington. Even without Aldon Smith they possess a boatload of talent on that side of the ball and last week, with little help from the offense, kept New Orleans down to only 23 points and almost won them a game they had no business winning.

Expect a 49ers victory.

Betting Instinct Tip: 49ers -6 is 1.91 with Intertops Sportsbook

Rest of the league

8-2 New Orleans should thump a 2-8 Atlanta team torn apart by injuries…the New York Jets record so far is WLWLWLWL so by that token should see them win against 4-6 Baltimore…4-6 Cleveland have lost four of their last five while the also 4-6 Pittsburgh have won four of their last six and will surely make that five wins in seven…6-4 Detroit are inconsistent but even they surely can’t lose at home to 2-8 Tampa Bay…6-4 Green Bay may have a quarterback’s no one heard of in Scott Tolzein but have you heard of 2-8 Minnesota being good enough to win at Lambeau Field? Me neither…2-8 Houston were so bad last week they booed their own coach in his first game back after suffering a mini-stroke in the middle of a game, so it’s good they take on human punching bags 1-9Jacksonville…9-1 Kansas City have a monstrous defense which should ease them to victory at home to 4-6 San Diego…6-4 Chicago should have too much for 4-6 St Louis…6-4 Indianapolis with their laughable power running game are up against one of the NFL’s best defences as they take on 6-4 Arizona in a genuine pick ‘em matchup…McGloinmania may heat the NFL if undrafted rookie Matt McGloin leads 4-6 Oakland to victory against collapsing 4-6 Tennessee…5-5Dallas’ quest to be the most entertaining ever .500 team in NFL history sees them take on division rivals, the 4-6 New York Giants.

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avatar-jackhowes-50JACK HOWES (debaser92) is an avid sports fan who writes about football and Asperger’s Syndrome. The only things he loves more than Mars Bars are his family and Tottenham Hotspur FC.