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  1. Which team is going to be crowned NFC North champions in 2019?

    Should you bet the Bears, the Vikings, the Packers or the Lions to win their division this year?

    Below are the best odds on each team among Pinnacle, Sports Interaction, Bookmaker, BetOnline, Bet365 and William Hill (as of August 26th, 2019):

    Bears    +200 (BetOnline)
    Vikings    +225 (William Hill)
    Packers    +240 (Bookmaker)
    Lions    +1556 (Bookmaker)

    a) Chicago Bears outlook
     

    Based on the linesmakers, the Bears are favored to repeat as NFC North champions for the second year in a row. I am not drinking the Chicago Kool-aid.
    I see some similarities between the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars and the 2018 Chicago Bears. Both had stout defenses that really dominated their opponents. The 2017 Jags allowed just 16.8 points per game, while the 2018 Bears gave up an average of 17.7 points/game.
    Also, both teams had an “okay” quarterback. Bortles had a 21-to-13 TD-to-INT ratio in 2017 compared to 24-to-12 for Trubisky last year.
    So what happened to Jacksonville following that superb and surprising 2017 season? They finished with a 5-11 record.
    Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying the Bears will end 2019 with the same disappointing record. However, I do expect them to regress quite a bit.
    Their defense played awesome last season; I just don’t see how they can be as good this year. They may not perform the same, or they could suffer injuries. Also, former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio left for Denver; the transition to a new coordinator may not be smooth. In other words, it’s much more likely they will regress than get even better.
    As for Mitch Trubisky, he has not convinced me yet that he is a good quarterback. And their offense lost running back Jordan Howard who rushed for more than 900 yards in each of the past three seasons with the Bears. Tarik Cohen is a great change-of-pace runner, but I don’t believe he can play full-time, especially with his small frame. They will need either Mike Davis or rookie David Montgomery to step up.
    The Bears also have issues at the kicker position. Eddy Pineiro is the lone kicker left, but he hasn’t locked the job yet.
    Therefore, overall I feel like the Bears are being overrated by the betting public, and I would stay away from them as favorites to win the NFC North in 2019.


    b) Minnesota Vikings outlook
     

    Prior to the 2018 season, many experts picked them to go to the Super Bowl. Their defense was expected to dominate and the arrival of quarterback Kirk Cousins was good news.
    Their defense did fairly well by finishing 9th in terms of points allowed and 4th in yards allowed. But to be honest, more was expected from them. They under delivered and, unlike the Bears defense, I believe there is room for improved play.
    I also like their very balanced attack. Despite criticism, QB Kirk Cousins still finished 2018 with 30 touchdown passes versus 10 interceptions. He has possibly the best WR duo in the league with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Tight end Kyle Rudolph is also back; he has been a steady guy by catching at least 49 passes in each of his past four seasons, while not missing a single game during that 4-year period! They have also added rookie TE Irv Smith out of Alabama as their second-round pick in the draft.
    The guy that most people are overlooking is running back Dalvin Cook. I believe this will be his breakout season. He has shown great flashes in his first two seasons, but injuries have plagued him. He has carried the ball just two times in the first three preseason games. One of these two rushes ended up as an 85-yard touchdown run. He is explosive and can also catch the ball well out of the backfield.
    I also like how Minnesota solidified its offensive line by drafting Garrett Bradbury in the first round. Still, the OL play is one of the few question marks regarding this team.
    Overall, I do like their chances of winning this division.

    c) Green Bay Packers outlook
     

    The relationship between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy was not good at all. I read reports about how they basically never spoke to each other. Rodgers will probably be very motivated to show McCarthy was responsible for the disappointing 6-9-1 record last season.
    However, I’m a bit wary of teams working with new coaches, new schemes, new game plans. Continuity is an important key to success in the NFL. Matt LaFleur may or may not turn out to be a good head coach, but it takes time to adapt to changes.
    Also, Rodgers is not surrounded by as much talent as he used to be. Randall Cobb is gone, so Green Bay will need Valdes-Scantling to step up his game as the number two guy behind Davante Adams.
    Tight end Jimmy Graham was a big disappointment last year with just two TD receptions. Now at age 32, can he really step up his game?
    At least they have some continuity on the offensive line, with four returning starters. That’s good news for Aaron Rodgers.
    I also like what I saw from running back Aaron Jones. He is a good back, but has missed time in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. He must stay healthy because the Packers are far from being loaded at this position…
    The defense was average at best in 2018. They need to rush the passer more efficiently. They lost Clay Matthews, whose play was declining anyway, but signed linebackers Preston Smith from Washington and Za’Darius Smith from Baltimore.
    I like the signing of safety Adrian Amos, who has been a consistent contributor with the Bears. 
    Also remember that the Packers released Mike Daniels, who was a solid defensive lineman.
    I did not like the Packers’ two first round selections, Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage, as I thought there were better alternatives available. Time will tell whether the Packers made good picks or not.
    Overall, the talent level around Aaron Rodgers is below average, and there are question marks surrounding Green Bay’s defense. I would have considered betting them to win the division if their odds had been higher, but since they are close to Chicago’s and Minnesota’s, I am staying away from them. 

    d) Detroit Lions outlook
     

    Matthew Stafford is entering his 11th season with the Lions. He consistently gets decent stats, but he is not a game-changer and is not viewed as a winner.
    The talent around him is okay, albeit not great. It will be interesting to see how stud rookie TE T.J. Hockenson does in his first season in the NFL; he has looked great in camp thus far. He and Jesse James should be a solid tight end duo.
    The Lions signed defensive linemen Mike Daniels from Green Bay and Trey Flowers from New England. Detroit did a good job against the run last year, and it should continue to be the case in 2019. However, the pass defense is likely to be a liability. In today’s NFL where passing gets more importance, it will end up costing Detroit many wins.
    In conclusion, the Lions don’t stand much of a chance to win this very tough division, where the other three teams are playoff contenders.

    Final pick – 2019 NFC North champion
     

    I am writing off the Lions right off the bat. They are an average team with not that much potential upside. Matthew Stafford won’t suddenly transform himself into Tom Brady. We know what to expect from him, which is decent but not spectacular play.
    The remaining three teams have odds that are fairly similar, so it goes down to determining which team is the best in the group.
    My pick goes to the Vikings at +225 odds (i.e. 3.25 in decimal format). They have a well-balanced attack and a defense that finished in the top 10 in terms of points allowed in each of the past four years.
    Meanwhile, I expect the Bears to come back to reality and the Packers to go through some bumps after hiring a new coach and fielding a team with average talent on both sides of the ball.

    Enjoy the season and good luck with your plays!
    Professor MJ

  2. The good streak continued last night with another winner!

    RECORD:

    Bets won = 5
    Bets lost = 5
    Profit = +$0.88 (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Rays (at +209 or 3.09) at Astros

    PAY ATTENTION!! Today's play meets the criteria of a record-setting FOUR betting systems at a time (out of my 19 different betting strategies). That's the highest number I've ever seen.

    Let me tell you about just one of those four betting angles:

    "The Cold Team versus Hot Team Matchup": Bet a road team coming off a loss when facing a home team coming off 4+ straight wins.

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +66.51 units from 993 bets (ROI = 6.7%)
    In 2019: +7.07 units from 103 bets (ROI = 6.9%)

    Since Tampa Bay is coming off 4 straight losses while Houston is riding a 6-game winning streak, we are betting the Rays tonight.

    Cheers!

    Professor MJ

  3. KABOOM!!!!!!!!

    The Orioles pulled off a huge upset win in Washington last night.

    After starting this series of daily picks 0-4, we have gone 4-1 since then. The best part: we are now in profit territory, thanks to yesterday's juicy return.

    RECORD:

    • Bets won = 4
    • Bets lost = 5
    • Profit = +$0.30 (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Indians (at -172 or 1.581) at Tigers

    This pick is based on "The Blowout Effect" betting angle #1:

    "Suppose Team A beats Team B by 8+ runs, and they meet again the next day. Bet Team A."

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +49.17 units from 930 bets (ROI = 5.3%)
    In 2019: +11.82 units from 99 bets (ROI = 11.9%)

    Since Cleveland beat those same Tigers 10-1 last night, we are betting the Indians today.

    WARNING: you might believe that you should bet the Astros tonight, since they CRUSHED the Rays 15-1 yesterday. However, I've got a record-high 4 betting systems recommending to bet Tampa Bay. Since we have conflicting information I am going to stay away from that game. But if I was forced to bet it, I'd go with the Rays as fairly big underdogs.

    Best of luck!

    Professor MJ

  4. Great! We have now won our past 2 bets, and today we are going to swing for the fences with a big underdog!

    RECORD:

    Bets won = 3
    Bets lost = 5
    Profit = -$2.58 (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Orioles (at +288 or 3.88) at Nationals

    We have 3 betting systems indicating to bet Baltimore (one of them being the most lucrative in 2019 BY FAR)!

    Let's review quickly two of them.

    "The Hot Teams Matchup" betting angle #1:

    "Bet a road team coming off a win when facing a home team coming off 4+ straight wins."

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +10.57 units from 163 bets (ROI = 6.5%)
    In 2019: +0.67 units from 17 bets

    "The Hot Bats" betting angle #1:

    "Suppose a team wins 2 straight games, while scoring 6+ runs in each meeting. Fade them if they are playing at home."

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +47.56 units from 1140 bets (ROI = 4.2%)
    In 2019: +32.72 units from 132 bets

    Since Baltimore is riding a 2-game winning streak while the Nationals are on a 5-game winning streak, we are betting the Orioles.

    Also, the Nationals have indeed won their past two games by scoring 6+ runs in each (7-5 and 7-2) so we must fade them.

    Have a great day savvy sports investors!

    Professor MJ

  5. Who will win the NFC East division during the 2019 NFL regular season?

    This sports betting article explores whether you should bet the Eagles, the Cowboys, the Redskins or the Giants to win their division this year.

    Which team has odds to win the division that offers value to savvy sports investors like you?

    Below are the best odds on each team among Pinnacle, Sports Interaction, Bookmaker, BetOnline, Bet365 and William Hill (as of August 26th, 2019):

    EAGLES +100 (Sports Interaction and Bet365)
    COWBOYS +210 (BetOnline)
    REDSKINS +1830 (Bookmaker)
    GIANTS +1850 (Bookmaker)

    First of all, let me point out an interesting fact:

    If you bet the best possible odds for each of the four teams, you can make a guaranteed profit here!

    This is what’s called “Arbitrage Betting” (I wrote a full article about this topic – click here for details).

    Here is how you might want to structure your bets in order to net a surefire profit:

                         Best odds   Risking       Potential return
    EAGLES      +100           $1,000.00     $2,000
    COWBOYS  +210           $645.16        $2,000
    REDSKINS   +1830        $103.63        $2,000
    GIANTS        +1850        $102.56        $2,000

    One of those teams is going to win the AFC East, right? That means you are guaranteed to cash one of those four $2,000 tickets.

    How much did you risk overall? The answer: $1,000.00 + $645.16 + $103.63 + $102.56 = $1,851.35.

    Conclusion: your 100% guaranteed profit reaches $2,000 - $1,851.35 = $148.65 !!!

    This also means at least one of those teams represents a good bet. Which one(s)? Let me answer this vital question.

    a) New York Giants outlook

    I believe the Giants are as likely to win the division as I am to win the lottery. And I don’t buy lottery tickets. Ever.

    This is basically a one-player show with Saquon Barkley. He is awesome and very exciting to watch!

    However, Eli Manning is getting old and he looked like he couldn’t throw more than 10 yards down the field last season. He kept dumping short passes, which made the job easier for opposing defensive coordinators.

    Add the fact that Odell Beckham was traded and Golden Tate is suspended for the first four games, and you can smell trouble in the Big Apple.

    Their defense, which ranked 24th in total yards allowed last season, will field many new starters, which might take time to jell.

    Overall, there is not much hope to win the division and I would certainly stay away from the Giants.

    b) Washington Redskins outlook

    WOW, did you see the difference between Bookmaker’s odds and the other sportsbooks? You can bet Washington to win the division at +1830 with Bookmaker, while the next-best odds are +900.

    In other words, that’s as if Bookmaker claims the Skins have one chance out of 19 to win the NFC East, while the others believe it’s more like one chance out of 10. That’s a huge difference.

    While I don’t necessarily believe the Redskins will win this division, I believe it could be a smart move to drop a bit of money on them at odds +1830 or higher.

    To me, there is no reason to have the Giants and Redskins on the same level. Washington has a much better defense.

    The quarterback battle involves three guys: Case Keenum, rookie Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy. The latter is hurt for a few weeks, and he just plain sucks.

    Keenum is more conservative and has more experience. He should be the week 1 starter. He did pretty well with the Vikings a couple of years ago, but he was mediocre in his other seasons, including last year in Denver where he threw 18 TDs versus 15 interceptions. Haskins will probably get the nod at some point in the season.

    One more potential problem: left tackle Trent Williams is still holding out and is telling people he’s prepared to sit out the entire season.

    c) Dallas Cowboys outlook

    I’m not completely sold on Dak Prescott, nor Amari Cooper. In my opinion, Cooper overachieved after he joined the Cowboys last year. He was spectacular and I don’t think he will replicate that success in 2019. He also has a mysterious foot injury that might impact his play.

    And then there’s also the Ezekiel Elliott holdout situation that adds more uncertainty. He wasn’t pleased with some recent comments made by owner Jerry Jones. Even if he signs a deal tomorrow, missing all of training camp and all preseason games isn’t ideal. Timing is important in football and you get that from playing with your teammates.

    I like the addition of Randall Cobb though (if he can stay healthy!).

    Dallas’ defense finished 7th in terms of yards allowed last season, and it should be solid again.

    The Cowboys won 9 games by one possession or less (i.e. 7 points or less). They might not win as many close games this year so I expect a dropoff, especially considering the Elliott issue and Cooper over delivering last year.

    d) Philadelphia Eagles outlook

    The Eagles posted a 9-7 record last season, but they finished very strong by winning 5 of their past 6 meetings to sneak into the playoffs as a wildcard team. They even won a playoff game at Chicago before being eliminated in New Orleans after grabbing a 14-0 lead. They were really hard to beat down the wire.

    Also remember that Philadelphia posted a great 13-3 record the year before. Quarterback Carson Wentz was spectacular that year with a 33 TDs to 7 interceptions ratio. He had a bit of a down year in 2018, but I think there is a non-negligible chance that he goes back to his 2017 form. If he does, watch out! Keep in mind that he was coming back from a reconstructed knee; that probably caused his down year in 2018.

    If Wentz stays healthy, this is definitely a top-5 unit. They have a lot of firepower. Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz are all back, and the Eagles added wide receiver DeSean Jackson to fill the big-play role and running back Jordan Howard who had three good seasons in Chicago. Jackson is the perfect complement to Jeffery, who is more of an underneath receiver.

    Don’t sleep on rookie running back Miles Sanders. If you haven’t heard from him yet, you will this season. He has looked great in camp and could even grab the number one role.

    The defense is very good, too. Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson are two beasts on the interior of the line.

    Final Pick – 2019 NFC East champion

    My favorite play here is Philadelphia at +100 odds (2.0 in decimal format). They have a solid and experienced team all-around. I also like their head coach’s aggressiveness. In today’s NFL, if you don’t take chances, you are doomed.

    Just stay away from the Giants and the Cowboys. I don’t believe their lines provide any value.

    However, taking a gamble on the Redskins at +1830 odds or higher could be a smart decision that might pay off big-time. One more interesting aspect of this bet is that it offers you some protection in case Carson Wentz gets injured and the Eagles come crashing down. If the Eagles don’t win this division, I would be thrilled to have taken a gamble on the Redskins at such astronomic odds!

    Best of luck!

    Professor MJ

  6. Good job Pirates for pulling off the upset win yesterday!

    RECORD:

    Bets won = 2
    Bets lost = 5
    Profit = -$3.22 (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Reds (at -156 or 1.641) at Marlins

    This pick is based on "The Pummeled Pitchers" betting angle:

    "Bet the road team if it has lost... a) its past 2 games by allowing 9+ runs in each meeting; b) its past 3 games by allowing 7+ runs in each meeting (unless their money line is greater than 3.0); c) its past 4 games by allowing 6+ runs in each meeting."

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +37.58 units from 253 bets (ROI = 14.9%)
    In 2019: -5.83 units from 40 bets

    Since the Reds have allowed 9+ runs in each of their past two meetings (9-8 and 14-0 losses), we are betting them tonight.

    Best of luck!

    Professor MJ

  7. RECORD:
    Bets won = 1
    Bets lost = 5
    Profit = -$4.44 (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Pirates (at +122 or 2.22) vs Reds

    This pick is based on "The Blowout Effect" betting angle #1:

    "Suppose Team A beats Team B by 8+ runs, and they meet again the next day. Bet Team A."

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +49.17 units from 930 bets (ROI = 5.3%)
    In 2019: +11.82 units from 99 bets (ROI = 11.9%)

    Since Pittsburgh beat Cincy 14-0 last night, we are betting the Pirates today.

    Best of luck!

    Professor MJ

  8. Finally the first bet won on this forum. Let's keep it up!

    RECORD:

    Bets won = 1
    Bets lost = 4
    Profit = -$3.44 (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Yankees (at +129 or 2.29) at Dodgers

    This pick is based on "The Blowout Effect" betting angle #1:

    "Suppose Team A beats Team B by 8+ runs, and they meet again the next day. Bet Team A."

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +49.17 units from 930 bets (ROI = 5.3%)
    In 2019: +10.56 units from 103 bets (ROI = 10.3%)

    Since the Yankees beat those same Dodgers 10-2 last night, we are betting New York.

    Have a good weekend!

    Professor MJ

  9. I'm officially on tilt.

    From using my 19 betting strategies, we have experienced winnings in April, May, June and July.

    Now that I decided to run this series of "Free Pick of the Day" in August, that's when the losing got started.

    We are down roughly 10 units in August. Since the start of 2019, we are still up by 30 units, but this losing skid is pissing me off.

    RECORD:

    Bets won = 0
    Bets lost = 4
    Profit = -$4.00 (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Indians (at -180 or 1.556) vs Royals

    This pick is based on "The Scoring Drought" betting angle:

    "Suppose a team loses 2 straight games, while scoring 0-1-2 run(s) in each meeting. Fade them if they are playing on the road and their money line is greater than 2.50 (so you bet a home favorite)."

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +26.99 units from 332 bets (ROI = 8.1%)
    In 2019: +2.88 units from 30 bets (ROI = 9.6%)

    Since the Royals have lost their past two games by scoring just one run in each meeting (8-1 and 4-1) and they are indeed on the road with a money line above 2.50, we are betting the Indians.

    Have a good weekend!

    Professor MJ

  10. Astonishing facts I read on ESPN.com:

    Over the past 15 years, there have been 19 teams whose closing lines were +345 or more. Guess what their record was?

    Theoretically, you would expect them to win about 20% of those games, so perhaps a 4-15 record.

    These huge underdogs went on to go 10-9!! They have been huge moneymakers, including the Tigers at +435 last night.

    By the way, Detroit's money line tonight is at +428 with Pinnacle. I'm not suggesting you should bet them, but if you were considering betting your house on the Astros, perhaps you should hold off...

    RECORD:

    Bets won = 0
    Bets lost = 3
    Profit = -$3.00 (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Indians (at +125 or 2.25) at Mets (yes, I'm picking them for the second consecutive day!)

    This pick is based on "The Cold Team versus Hot Team Matchup" betting angle:

    "Bet a road team coming off a loss when facing a home team coming off 4+ straight wins."

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +66.51 units from 993 bets (ROI = 6.7%)
    In 2019: +6.20 units from 99 bets (ROI = 6.3%)

    Since the Indians have lost their past two games while the Mets are riding a 4-game winning streak, we are betting Cleveland!

    Best of luck!

    Professor MJ

  11. After scoring 13 runs the day before, the Nationals were held to just one last night! So unfortunately, we lost our bet.

    RECORD:

    Bets won = 0
    Bets lost = 2
    Profit = -$2.00 (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Indians (at +133 or 2.33) at Mets

    This pick is based on "The Hot Bats" betting angle #1 (which has been the most lucrative in 2019 BY FAR!!!)

    "Suppose a team wins 2 straight games, while scoring 6+ runs in each meeting. Fade them if they are playing at home."

    PERFORMANCE:

    Over 7 years: +47.56 units from 1140 bets (ROI = 4.2%)
    In 2019: +32.87 units from 129 bets (ROI = 25.5%)

    Since the Mets have won their past two games 9-2 and 11-5, we are going to bet against them.

    Best of luck!

    Professor MJ

  12. Baltimore almost staged a 9th inning comeback last night, but fell just short. That's okay, let's rebound today!

    Bets won = 0
    Bets lost = 1
    Profit = -1.00$ (from placing 1$ bets, i.e. RISKING 1$ on every play)

    Today's pick of the day:

    Nationals (at -146 or 1.685) at Pirates

    This pick is based on "The Blowout Effect" betting angle:

    "Suppose Team A beats Team B by 8+ runs, and they meet again the next day. Bet Team A."

    This strategy yielded +49.17 units from 930 games over a 7-year span (ROI = 5.3%).

    Thus far in 2019: +11.82 units from 99 bets (ROI = 11.9%).

    Since Washigton beat Pittsburgh by 13 runs yesterday, we are taking Washington.

    Best of luck!

    Professor MJ

  13. Hello folks!

    I have developed 19 MLB betting systems that have proven to work well over a 7-year span.

    Thus far in 2019: +34.23 units from 599 bets (ROI = 5.7%).

    I'm going to present one of them every day and keep track of the record.

    Today's pick of the day:

    Orioles (at -129 or 1.775) vs Royals

    This pick is based on "The Cold Teams Matchup" betting angle:

    "Bet a home team coming off at least 4 straight losses when facing a road team coming off 1-2-3 losses in a row."

    This strategy yielded +24.04 units from 162 games over 7 years (ROI = 14.8%).

    Thus far in 2019: +5.16 units from 18 bets (ROI = 28.6%).

    Since Baltimore has lost its past 7 games, while KC is undergoing a 2-game losing streak, we are backing the Orioles.

    Good luck!

    Professor MJ

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