Bookies Speculate on New England Patriots’ Chances without Star Quarterback Tom Brady

NFL free betThe NFL season begins next week and one of the most interesting NFL bets is on how the Patriots will fare in their first four games without Tom Brady.

Brady was given a four game suspension last spring for the so-called Deflategate controversy.

“Since the Patriots’ star quarterback got suspended for the first four games of the regular season it’ll be interesting to see how they will perform without him,” noted an Intertops Sportsbook  oddsmaker, “The pressure’s really on their backup QB, Jimmy Garoppolo.”

“We ran a Madden NFL 17 simulation of the Patriots’ first four games without suspended quarterback Tom Brady,” wrote Will Brinson, a senior writer at CBS Sports.  “New England didn’t do very well with Brady suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo starting. Garoppolo himself wasn’t terrible, but the Patriots finished 1-3 during their first four games of the season.”

New England Patriots vs Arizona Cardinals is one of 13 games being played Sunday, September 11.  Odds on the Patriots first game of the season are currently Patriots +5.5@-110.

The Broncos are also a big question this season now that Peyton Manning has retired.  The 2016 NFL season opens September 8th when the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers.  Current odds have the Broncos at +3@-110.

It’s early days yet but oddsmakers favor the Seattle Seahawks (+750) to win the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston next February.  The New England Patriots (+800) and Carolina Panthers (+950) are also looking good.


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Can Manning Live up to His Hype, or Will Sunday be His Final Game?

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He hasn’t been at his best all season, but Peyton Manning can still come through, in what could be his last Super Bowl, by grabbing his second ring in Santa Clara this Sunday.

The Denver QB hasn’t quite lived up to his hype since the road to San Francisco opened up in September. He has been plagued by injury this season and many speculate that he will be retiring at the end of the game on Sunday. Manning himself has refused to deny these speculations.

However, the post-season is when the true greats shine, and the Panthers could be the subject of one final demolition by Manning.

Manning and his Broncos have the experience to give Newton and the Panthers a run for their money. With the league’s No.1 defense battling the No.6, I don’t see it as a high scoring game, but it will certainly be and exciting one.

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Thane Colcy sports bloggerTHANE COLCY is a Canadian sports fan currently living in Melbourne, Australia but still following American football and basketball from down-under.

Cam Newton Confident in Carolina Victory

Does Cam Newton have the team behind him that can make his Super Bowl dream come true this Sunday?

With the big game in Santa Clara less than a week away, it’s all or nothing for the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday. But Cam Newton doesn’t seem too worried claiming that even if both teams play their best, it will still be a victory for Carolina in Super Bowl 50.

The question is, is Newton speaking with too much assurance of himself and his team? Or is there truth to his confidence? Looking at the past season, you can see why the Carolina QB feels so assured, they are just the fourth team on record in the NFL to start a season with 14 successive wins. They led the NFL in total points, point differential and takeaways. So it’s not like Newton doesn’t have a leg to stand on with his claims.

Of course, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos aren’t going to hand anything over to Newton and the Panthers. Super Bowl 50 will be a tight game no question. But you have to admire Newton’s confidence and passion to win. Newton says that he has “been dreaming of this moment since I was 7 years old.”

Could Newton just be a bit over-confident? Or is does he have the team behind him that can make his dream come true? Based on the past season combined with his passion, I’m not one to argue with him.

 

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Thane Colcy sports bloggerTHANE COLCY is a Canadian sports fan currently living in Melbourne, Australia but still following American football and basketball from down-under.

Cam Newton expected to come out on top in a Panthers Super Bowl Win

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Can Cam Newton lead the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl Victory?

Tom Brady has fallen out of the spotlight, but the quarterbacks are still ruling the headlines preceding Super Bowl 50.  As an exciting season draws to a close, predictors say that Cam Newton will lead Carolina to victory over Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday.

But nothing is written in stone yet! Peyton Manning’s experience is still a major factor and, come game time, that experience will put Newton and the Panthers to the test. However, the fact remains that with Newton leading the way, the Panthers have had success in 22 out of their last 24 games going all the way back to the end of the 2014 regular season.

Could Newton be the key to Panther victory? Newton is the leading candidate for the NFL MVP award after being a league leader with 45 touchdowns during the regular season.

MVP is seeing a lot of betting action and so are ‘First Touchdown Scorer’, ‘Winning Margin’ and ‘Double Result’ wagers.

There is no way to tell for sure. But in my opinion, Panthers fans should feel a fair amount of confidence come kickoff this February  7th.

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Thane Colcy sports bloggerTHANE COLCY is a Canadian sports fan currently living in Melbourne, Australia but still following American football and basketball from down-under.

Don’t Be Fooled by Hype: A Brit’s Picks for NFL Conference Championships this Weekend

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Manning will start, he will lose a record 14th playoff game, and Brady will be sizing up his Super Bowl ring finger.

After the breathtaking playoff drama, the results thus far appear to have gone by the books. The 1st seeded Broncos host the 2nd seeded Patriots for the AFC Championship, and the 1st seeded Panthers host the 2nd seeded Cardinals.

AFC Championship Game

The game at Mile-High feels like the worthy culmination of the AFC championship this year. The best two teams on paper from the start of the year, and possibly the last time we will ever see the epic Manning v Brady match-up under center. The only evidence we have to go by is an OT win for the Broncos in November that ended the Patriots perfect season, and considering how tight that contest was, this should be a tough game to pick a winner from.

In terms of playoff form, there is nothing much to reveal either. Both New England and Denver cruised into the Championship game in the end, though the Broncos might have been a bit jittery coming into the fourth quarter. Nothing unexpected happened either, except maybe the Broncos decision to go back to old faithful, Peyton Manning, instead of sticking with his very impressive replacement Brock Osweiler.

This decision may well hold the key predicting the outcome of this game. Manning was unimpressive in Denver’s victory over Pittsburgh, and with the body clock ticking and a questionable playoff record, it’s hard to see anything other than Brady taking centre stage. However, the Patriots are far from invincible, and their over-reliant passing game has shown signs of coming unstuck. Their defence against the run also came unstuck against C.J Anderson last time out, meaning the Broncos won’t be reliant on Manning’s arm.

This is the playoffs though, and there have been far too many good examples of big time players carrying teams. Brady, Gronkowski, Edelman and company are big time players, and there is too much uncertainty over a talented Broncos team under pressure. If the Broncos pick Osweiler and mix things up a bit with some creative plays, they may come out on top… but they won’t. Manning will start, he will lose a record 14th playoff game, and Brady will be sizing up his Superbowl ring finger.

NFC Championship Game

Like the AFC game, this feels like the perfect culmination to the NFC. With the Packers and the Seahawks proving that they don’t quite have enough this season in the playoffs, the big boys rightly stepped aside for the long-time second fiddles. This is also the first time these teams have seen each other this season, so it will be a fascinating match-up.

In terms of playoff paths, the Panthers showed they have no problem with post-season inexperience when they took an experienced Seattle team to the cleaners with a scintillating first half display. The Carolina defence made Russell Wilson look like he’d never seen the Seahawk’s playbook with two key picks in the first half to virtually put the game to bed before it had even started. The Cardinals were also cruising against the Packers until Aaron Rodgers’ epic two Hail Marys showed up a worrying weakness in the Cardinals secondary. Crucially, however, Carson Palmer threw another 300-yard game. He has looked ruthlessly efficient with this season’s playbook, and there is no evidence to suggest he won’t be ruthlessly efficient against this Carolina defence. Whilst Carolina have all-pro players in each part of the defensive field, there are still weaknesses to exploit, and it could be argued very effectively they have not come up against an offence as solid in the air the Cardinals. Furthermore, the Cardinals have talent on the ground to back their scintillating passing game up.

It may be foolish to rule out a 15-1 team with an MVP potential quarterback, but I genuinely think the Panthers have only gone 15-1 because the NFC has not been particularly competitive. Don’t be fooled by the odds, don’t be fooled by the hype. Carolina have not faced a team as good as the Cardinals all season and they will come unstuck against this well balanced offence in Charlotte at the final hurdle.


Scott AvatarSCOTT SIMPKIN is a UK sports journalist with a growing interest in sports in the US, particularly American football and baseball. He has previously contributed to publications including Palatinate Online and FourFourTwo.


Cardinals dreaming of Super Bowl at home!

Cardinals dreaming of the Super Bowl!

The Cardinals could be playing in the Super Bowl in front of their home fans.

After picking up three wins in their first three games this season, the Arizona Cardinals have without a doubt been one of the major surprises in the young NFL season and with February’s Super Bowl showdown taking place in their own University of Phoenix Stadium motivation is extra high to keep the run going.

Week 3 saw coach Bruce Arian’s team underline their intent by beating one of the nation’s top teams, NFC West rival San Francisco – and that with their second-string quarterback at the helm. Arizona’s original starter Carson Palmer has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, but stand-in Drew Stanton has looked the part, playing conservative yet mistake-free football to pick up two wins.

The Cardinals enjoyed a week off in Week 4 and return this Sunday to face a true test of their Super Bowl credentials – a trip to last season’s AFC champion Denver. The Broncos with superstar Peyton Manning leading the way suffered an OT defeat in their Super Bowl rematch with the Seattle Seahawks last time out, but started the season with wins over both the Colts and the Chiefs and are a test for anyone in their own Mile High Stadium.

Arizona started the 2012 season at 4-0 before going on to amazingly lose their next nine(!) games, but this year’s vintage looks as though it has the quality to avoid another such disastrous collapse. Everyone at the franchise is insisting on taking the season one game at a time, but there can be little doubt that the thought of a Super Bowl appearance at home is lingering in their minds!

NFL Week 5: Arizona Cardinals @ Denver Broncos Betting Odds

Arizona Cardinals 3.9
Denver Broncos 1.28

To win the Super Bowl Betting Odds:

Seattle Seahawks    4.5
Denver Broncos      5.5
Cincinnati Bengals  11.0
Arizona Cardinals   21.0

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

MVP is Popular Pre-season NFL Bet with Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers Seeing Most Action

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‘MVP’ and ‘Playoff Contender’s popular pre-season NFL bets

The NFL regular season may not start until next week but online sportsbooks are already seeing lots of NFL betting action. One of the hottest bets so far is on MVP. Favorites Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are seeing the most action.

“Naturally we are seeing lots of action in the ‘To Win Super Bowl’ market, with the Seahawks (+550) favored to go back-to-back,” said AllYouBet’s oddsmaker. “We have also seen huge volume in the MVP market, with Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers getting a lot of the action.”

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NFL Bet — MVP Odds

Peyton Manning +225
Aaron Rodgers +600
Drew Brees +650
Tom Brady +1000
Andrew Luck +1800
Russel Wilson +2200
Jay Cutler +2500

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Another NFL bet that’s getting lots of action so far is Who Will Make the NFL Playoffs? American-style sportsbook AllYouBet.ag favors the Denver Broncos (-714) and New England Patriots (-500) Last season’s Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, can be backed at -400.

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The regular season begins next Thursday, September 4th when the Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field, and both will hope to still be in the mix in February when Super Bowl XLIX comes to Arizona.

 

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The Gamblogger gambling blogLARRY COLCY (TheGamblogger) is one of the editors of BettingInstinct. He talks mainly about poker and casino games in his gambling blog and on his YouTube channel but can’t help but get caught up in sports betting during World Cup, Super Bowl and March Madness.

Welcome to gambling Christmas: the Super Bowl

You can bet on almost anything at the Super Bowl, even the toss of a coin

You can bet on almost anything at the Super Bowl, even the toss of a coin

Merry Christmas! Kind of, because you see, while the Super Bowl is many things to many people, to gamblers, specifically NFL gamblers – it’s our Christmas. This season will be no different, with a heap of different stuff to bet on, as well as one of the tastiest looking matchups in years – Denver Broncos taking on the Seattle Seahawks. Here’s the plan – we’ll take a quick look at the game, and then get on to the fun bits – the bets.

 

Seattle Seahawks v Denver Broncos Betting Odds

Seattle win – 1.98

Denver win – 1.78

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

It’s hardly possible to express too much excitement about this matchup. What Peyton Manning has done this season is something else. The Broncos’ offensive unit which he has led has set a record for points, while he has set single-season yardage and touchdown records. His set of receivers offers countless weapons. Well, not countless, that would be ridiculous, but the receiving quartet of the Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker would be pretty terrifying with an average QB at the helm, with Peyton Manning in control, it’s downright obscene, and their running game, spearheaded by Knowshon Moreno is a more than useful accompaniment.

However, Peyton and co will face one of the best defences in the history of the league. A pass rush that can get to the QB in any number of ways, and a secondary led by ‘that guy’ Richard Sherman and backed up by the best safety in football, Earl Thomas. It couldn’t be a tougher test for Peyton, nor could this secondary face a tougher one.

 

It feels like those two will cancel each other out, so the game may come down to how well Seattle can score. Russell Wilson has yet to catch fire in the playoffs, but with x-factor Percy Harvin back and BEAST MODE Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, they’ve got weapons. The Denver D is missing a big piece in Von Miller, but have performed brilliantly against the Patriots and Chargers in the playoffs thus far – two of the best offensive units in the league.

To be honest, we could talk for hours about the game. Here’s the deal – Seattle opened up as favourites, the line quickly moved to make Denver favourites, it’s going to be tight between easily the two best teams in the league, I say grab the points.

 

Betting Instinct Tip  – Seattle +2.5 is 1.91 at allyoubet.ag, get all over that.

 

Now for the fun bit, the Super Bowl has all kind of rubbish you can bet on. Here are a few of my favourites. (All of these are found at Intertops.eu)

 

Heads or tails: 1.98

You can bet on stuff that happens before kickoff! C’mon, who doesn’t want some of that! I’m not going to tell you which way to go, but this is always a fun way to get the gambling night going.

Total penalty yards 126 or over: 2.50

This is an odd little bet, but Denver and Seatle are two of the most penalised teams in the league, averaging over 130 yards a game combined, add in a some Super Bowl nerves (offside and false start penalties) and chippiness (RICHARD SHERMAN) and this one should go over.

More goals in West Brom-Liverpool than Peyton Manning TD passes: 1.87

Cross-sport bets are brilliant and I love this one. Peyton will score points, but Liverpool scored four midweek, and West Brom lost by the odd goal in seven.

There will be a defensive/special team TD: 2.35

There has never been an NFL post-season with a defensive or special teams touchdown. There hasn’t been one so far during the playoffs, bet on the streak to keep going, especially with Percy Harvin involved.

The MVP to thank his coach(es) first: 9.00

I’m all over this one – a lovely bet to finish the night. The MVP will (probably) be a quarterback, Russell Wilson has had Pete Carroll onside from the start, while John Fox’s belief in Peyton brought him to Denver. (Though you may want to cover a Russell Wilson win by taking God at 4.50.)

 

And if you’re still looking for somewhere to watch the game, head down to Bloomsbury Lanes for the mother of all Super Bowl parties. Fun and games, beer pong, pool, bowling, food, we’ve got it covered. Details and tickets at www.bloomsburylive.com/superbowl

 

Jamie avatarJAMIE CUTTERIDGE (jamiecutteridge) is a journalist for a real magazine, but spends an inordinate amount of time writing about NFL. He’s the editor-in-chief of anygivensundaynight.co.uk and its associated twitter feed @UKNFL

Potential classic on the cards at Super Bowl XLVIII

The eyes of the world will be focused on the MetLife Stadium this weekend

The eyes of the world will be focused on the MetLife Stadium this weekend

As we count down the days until Super Bowl XLVIII, Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium is getting harder and harder to call.

Both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are making a strong case for punters to back them, and the number one seeds from the NFC and AFC could make for an all-time classic.

Super Bowl XLVIII Betting Odds

Denver Broncos to win – 1.78

Seattle Seahawks to win – 1.98

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

The Broncos go into the game with a formidable offense, outscoring their nearest competitors by more than 100 points over the course of the regular season and seeing off San Diego and New England in the playoffs.

However if one team can deal with the Denver threat it’s the Seahawks, whose young side will hope to be a match for a Broncos line-up headlined by seasoned veteran and former Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning.

So get the beers in, place your bets, put your feet up and prepare for what looks like being an encounter for the ages.

Betting Instinct Tip – Seattle to lead at half-time but Denver to win the game is 3.98 with GR88.com

tvTOM VICTOR (editor)  is the editor and co-founder of Betting Instinct. He has written for a variety of sports sites in the past, including JustFootball, Footy Matters and BeNeFoot.

Super Bowl Winner Too Tough to Call — MVP Bets Getting a Lot of Action

Too hard to predict who'll win the Super Bowl? No worries -- there are loads of other Super Bowl odds and props to choose from!

Too hard to predict who’ll win the Super Bowl? No worries — there are loads of other Super Bowl odds and props to choose from!

The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks both entered the playoffs as number one seeds and had exactly the same wins/losses record, so predicting a Super Bowl winner might require a crystal ball. However, since, Seattle is better at home and Peyton Manning’s already won a Super Bowl, Intertops Sportsbook oddsmakers are giving the Broncs a  slight advantage.

If you’re like me and don’t have psychic powers have a look at some of the other Super Bowl odds and props listed at the world’s first online sportsbook.

Intertops says they’re getting a lot of action on their MVP bets. They’re even taking bets on who the MVP will thank first! Peyton Manning (+100) leads the MVP odds list, followed by Russell Wilson (+350) and Marshawn Lynch (+500). Oddsmakers expect him to thank one or all of his teammates first (+275), if not then either God (+350) or nobody at all (+350).

Intertops Sportsbook has rolled out some generous special offers for Super Bowl XLVIII: a $100 Free Bet and a $100 Bonus. A 20% up to $100 Super Bowl Deposit Bonus will be added to all deposits made between now and kick-off February 2nd. And everyone wagering $1,000 on Super Bowl bet offers before January 29th can claim a $100 Postseason Free Bet on January 30th.

“It should be a fascinating contest between the best offense and the best defense in the league” said Intertops’ sportsbetting blogger ‘tipsterchris’ “This game is between superstar quarterback Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, a young man who has the potential to emulate him in the future.”

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The Gamblogger gambling blogGAMBLOGGER (gamblogger) is one of the editors of BettingInstinct. He talks mainly about poker and casino games in his gambling blog and on his YouTube channel but can’t help but get caught up in sports betting during Super Bowl and March Madness.