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By Razor Sharp Sports

So the Major League season has already officially begun “Down Under” with the 2 games played by the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. But really opening day is a few days away with the full schedule of games next Monday. Once again I have asked our Freeplays.com handicappers to make their predictions for the upcoming season. Last year we had plenty of swings and misses. Not one of our handicappers predicted the Boston Red Sox would win the World Series. As a matter of fact not one of them even picked them to win their division, even though all 4 of the other teams in the AL East were picked to win the Division Crown. Last year we had 3 teams that were picked to win their division by all of the handicappers that made their predictions. They were the Angels, Tigers and Reds. The Tigers were the only one of the three to do it. So this year we have 7 handicappers make their predictions. They are Razor Sharp Sports (RS), Mike Wynn Sports (MW), Jim Feist Sports (JF), #1 Sports (#1), Vegas Steam Line (VS), Huddle-Up Sports (HU) & Teya’s Sports (TS). So how did the picks go this year?

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By Razor Sharp Sports

Back in Mid-March when everyone was thinking about March Madness, some of the Freeplays.com handicappers were thinking about baseball and making their 2013 predictions. As we expected there were plenty of suprises and misses. We had 7 of our top Freeplays.com handicappers make their picks – Razor Sharp (RS), Mike Wynn (MW), Kenny Towers (KT), Vegas Steam Line (VS), Hawkeye Sports (HS), Teyas Sports (TS) & Easy Money (EM). So what were the biggest surprises, misses, and who was right? Let’s take a look.

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By Razor Sharp Sports

The countdown is down to 2 weeks until the NFL kicks off for real. Our handicappers at Freeplays.com have had a chance to take a look at each team a couple times in the pre-season, know what they did last year and know who they lost or gained in the offseason. Now it is time for them to put their money where there mouth is. Ten of our Freeplays.com handicappers were asked their picks for each of the NFL divisions, their wildcard picks, along with their Super Bowl and BCS Championship picks. They were Razor Sharp Sports, Mike Wynn, Jim Feist, Kenny Towers, Vegas Steam Line, Totals 4 U, Arthur Ralph, Teya’s Sports, Dr. Vegas & Huddle Up Sporrts. So what did we find out and who do you agree with the most?

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By Razor Sharp Sports

The NFL Preseason is winding down and now it is time for our experts to make their predictions. Let’s see who everyone likes and feel free to send your predictions in to compare to our handicappers. We had eleven of our handicappers give us their picks. Of the 11, four of them have the Atlanta Falcons taking home the Lombardi Trophy, while 3 others took the Falcons division rivals, the New Orleans Saints. Interestingly, no one picked the Vegas favorite and defending champion Green Bay Packers to repeat. We did have 2 teams with a complete sweep of the division picks. Both the Chargers (AFC West) and the Green Bay Packers (NFC North) were selected by all 11 handicappers to win their division.

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Nov
19
Filed Under (Vegas Steamline) on 19-11-2010

By The Vegas Steamline

Man, this is the most incredible NFL season I can remember. Each and every week there are at least 2 or 3 games that completely catch me off guard when it comes to the result. Last week was no difference. We did sweep the NFL board last week going 3-0 in the regular service with Miami, Seattle and New England & getting a Supersteam Play/Day winner on the NY Jets. Still we saw a double digit favorite in the Giants lose by 13 to Dallas. The down and out Broncos came out and drilled the division leading Chiefs and then on Monday Night saw Philadelphia break a NFL record by scoring 45 points on the road in the first half. The one thing that remained constant was the ability to play the OVER in the NFL. Things were even more OVER the top with 11 of the 14 games getting over the total. That now makes the OVER 61-34 over the last 7 weeks, thats 64% winners.

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Nov
10
Filed Under (Vegas Steamline) on 10-11-2010

By The Vegas Steamline

Wow, we are on our final week of NFL Byes already!  Week 10 is here.  By the end of the week every team in the league will have played 9 games. We have Thursday night NFL action starting and the most wins by any team in the league is 6, thanks to the Cleveland Browns shocking blowout of the New England Patriots.  The Bills once again came up short, and remain the leagues only no win team, but they get another good shot this week at home against the Lions.  We are two weeks into the new NFL policy on hitting with the helmet and we have yet to see our first suspension, though Nick Collins and a few others wallets got a little lighter this week.  As we reach week 10, the good teams will start to rise to the top and the  posers will come back to the pack.  This is when teams have kicked things into high gear and the best teams also show there depth, even with injuries, they don’t miss a step.  Two weeks ago, we mentioned how Vegas was missing on their totals.  After the OVERS went 35-20 in a 4 week span, the OVER went just 5-8 in week 8, but things were back to the season norm last weekend with the OVERs going 10-3.  That now makes it 50-31 for the OVERs in the last 6 weeks. 

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Nov
04

By The Vegas Steamline

OK, so there isnt a week 8½ so this is the closest we can come to the Middle point of the season even though some teams have only played 7 games so far. So what have we seen? Who has been hot? Who has been disappointing? Lets take a look back and then a quick look ahead. First of all, the season so far has been full of surprises and for a lack of a better word, parity. Here we are 8 weeks in and not only do we not have a undefeated team remaining, but New England is the only team in the league with only one loss. On the other side of the spectrum, the Buffalo Bills are the only team in the league without a victory and they have lost their last two games to 2 very good teams in overtime. So lets take a look at the top teams & individuals, along with the bottom teams and individuals so far.

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Oct
27
Filed Under (Vegas Steamline) on 27-10-2010

By The Vegas Steamline

As I took a look at this last weeks action in the NFL and tried to figure out what to write about this week, two things jumped up at me! #1 is how Vegas has not adjusted their totals. The OVERs have dominated over the past 4 weeks including this week where 10 of the 14 games went over. Last week the 14 games in the NFL had a average closing total of 41.6 points per game and the average points in those games ended up being 52.6. Yes I understand that those averages get pushed up by a couple of games that score way over the total. It is easier to go way over than way under. Still a difference of 11 points per game tells me that something is off. Now over the last 4 weeks if you would have played every NFL game over the total you would have a record of 35-20 (63.6%) and 19-9 (67.9%) over the last 2 weeks. This week, we may have seen a slight adjustment, with the average total being 43.0. The second thing that jumps out is PARITY. Last wee we almost saw two 13 point underdogs win outright when Cleveland beat New Orleans and Buffalo went to OT with Baltimore before losing by a fieldgoal. Right now we have only 1 team in the NFL (Buffalo) without a victory and in the NFC every team has at least 2 losses. Because of the parity, playing underdogs, have also been the easy way to make money. Last week, the underdogs went 9-5 and for the season are now 61-38-5 (61.6%). So will these trends continue, we will keep an eye on them for you and I expect them to adjust a bit, but not drastically.

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Oct
21
Filed Under (Vegas Steamline) on 21-10-2010

By The Vegas Steamline

Well it is pretty obvious what the big talk is after last weeks games. the NFL has decided to put the hammer down on players taking cheap shots and making helmet to helmet hits. So how do I see it? Well first lets just clarify something that alot of people don’t really look at. The NFL is not changing the rules that they already had, all they are doing is upping the penalty for breaking these rules. I have no problem with that. Yes, the NFL is a contact sport and we love to see contact, but the idea of hitting someone is to knock them down to end the play, to prevent the player from catching a pass or to knock a ball out of the hands of a ball carrier. It isn’t to injure someone, in some cases very seriously. Players these days are bigger, faster and stronger and the collisions are already more violent. There is no need for someone to be out there trying to hurt someone on purpose, we have enough injuries without that. Now with that being said, the only hit last week that I truly believe should have warranted such a suspension was that of Brandon Merriweather on Todd Heap. You could see that the hit was being made to cause injury and no other reason. As for the case of Dunta Robinson or James Harrison, I think that those were part of football. Robinson was just colliding with DeSean Jackson and did not lead with his head. He actually had a text book hit with his shoulder pad, but because the collision was big and Jackson sustained a concussion, the NFL felt that they had to do something. Harrison’s hit was caused by Massaquoi moving. Because of this, Harrison’s hit ended up around the helmet, where if Massaquoi would have remained standing, the hit would have been just fine.

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Oct
13
Filed Under (Vegas Steamline) on 13-10-2010

By The Vegas Steamline

So for the early time since the 1972 Miami Dolphins ran the table to complete the perfect season, we no longer have a undefeated team remaining in the NFL .  When the Colts knocked off the Chiefs last week, every team now has a mark in the loss column. We only have 3 teams that have yet to get in the win column (Bills, Panthers & 49ers).  The statement of “Any Given Sunday” couldn’t be more true.  Last week we saw 4 teams that were at least a 6½ point underdog win outright.  We also have 3 divisions that have leaders with a record of just 3-2, including the AFC South, where all 4 teams are tied at 3-2.  Some people say that parity is not a good thing, but I believe those are fans of teams that are perenial winners and mini-dynasties. Parity is a great thing in the NFL.  The feeling that your team, whether it is the Patriots or Saints or Rams or Lions, has a chance to win each week and can make a run to the playoffs is what makes the NFL the best league in professional sports. Besides parity, I have also noticed that the injury lists continue to grow and grow.  Take a look at the key players this week.  When the lines came out on Sunday Night for this weeks action, there were 9 games that either did not have lines posted or had the game circled do to some situation.  Last week we saw an injury to Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion), who may miss his first start since taking over fro Brett Favre.  Lions WR Calvin Johnson will be out for this weeks game against the Giants.  It looks like Colt McCoy will get his first career start in Cleveland after injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. Also the Colts RB Joseph Addai is questionable this week, as if Indy needed more problems trying to run the ball.  Others that remain hurt include Philly QB Michael Vick, Saints RB Reggie Bush, and Oakland RB Darren McFadden and QB Bruce Gradkowski are both listed as questionable.

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