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For the gambler in you (Week 1)

Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:02 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 4:16 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Each Saturday, we’ll take the best -- and most clever -- odds collected by for the upcoming week and give our take. This is important stuff, perhaps the most important post you’ll read all week. Because if you can’t lose money while watching a game in which you have absolutely no effect, what’s the point of watching sports at all?

Top-five Super Bowl picks

New England Patriots 11/2 
Green Bay Packers 7/1

Philadelphia Eagles 15/2  
San Diego Chargers 11/1

New Orleans Saints 12/1

Bottom-five Super Bowl picks

Cleveland Browns 100/1

Washington Redskins 100/1 
Carolina Panthers 125/1

Cincinnati Bengals 150/1

Buffalo Bills 150/1

The big change in the Super Bowl odds has to do with Peyton Manning and the Colts. Bodog’s head oddsmaker Adam Young explains: "When someone as important to a team as Peyton Manning is questionable for one or more games to start a season we are almost forced to pull down their season win total and divisional odds and in turn those of the Texans.  We have left up the Super Bowl odds with the Colts moving up from 16-1 to 20-1 and the Texans down from 28-1 to 20-1."

So, my advice: don’t put your money on the Colts. Instead, I’d put your money on New Orleans to win the whole thing.

Will Tiki Barber play in a game in the 2011 regular season? 
Yes 3/1   

Nope. Only the Dolphins have thought enough of Barber to give him a workout, and we’re not flabbergasted enough to think that somebody else will be that desperate to give him another chance.

Who will be the first coach fired in the 2011 regular season? 

Jack Del Rio 3/1

Tony Sparano 7/2

Gary Kubiak 11/2

Marvin Lewis 15/2

Tom Coughlin 15/2

Mike Shanahan 10/1

Norv Turner 10/1

Lovie Smith 12/1

Andy Reid 15/1

Field 2/1

You have to think the decision to release David Garrard and start Luke McCown until Blaine Gabbert is ready to play will seal Del Rio’s fate. At least with Garrard as the starter and with Manning out for the time being, you’d think the Jaguars would have a chance at the postseason and the chance to save Del Rio’s chance. There’s no chance now.

Terrelle Pryor -- total starts at quarterback in the 2011 regular season  
Over ½ (+110)

Under ½  (-140)

It’s the Raiders. Of course you go with the over.

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Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 11:24 am

For the gambler in you (Week 1)

So are you saying Pitt will win another then.  Or maybe Dalls?  Didn't really leave us much to go off of.  All you did is tell us why not and with poor justification to boot. 

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:15 pm

For the gambler in you (Week 1)

Based on guys really lost a lot of money last year stating not only the Ravens would be in the Super Bowl, but win the division. Neither happened.........

Chargers have a quarterback who isn't good in the clutch. that knocks them out of the discussion. Saints? I don't know about that defense....

Patriots? Hint: Brady begging Moss for to come back should give you a reason not to be picking them.

Packers? I don't see a repeat happening.

Eagles? New defensive coach, new offensive line coach, new players trying to learn a new system. I mean I could go on as to why the Eagles won't win the Super Bowl.

Broncos have a better chance to get to the Super Bowl than the Browns? I guess I can see why with being in a terrible division, but come on.

Who will be the first coach fired? Sparano of the Dolphins! At least they are good on the run. Dolphins suck both run and pass.

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