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Eagles vs. Colts NFL Preseason Spread Pick from Teddy Covers: August 27th 2016

EAGLES VS. COLTS PRESEASON PICKPhiladelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts
NFL Preseason Pick: Philadelphia +3 -110 odds (August 27th 2016)

The Indianapolis Colts have one goal in Saturday’s preseason tilt against the Eagles – avoid more injuries! That’s not a recipe for preseason success, especially from a favorite. But all the notes and quotes coming out of Indianapolis this week are focused on Indy’s barrage of injuries; most notably in their secondary.

Indy doesn’t have many healthy bodies in their secondary. Cornerbacks Jalil Brown, D’Joun Smith, Tevin Mitchel, Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson, and Antonio Cromartie all won’t play. Head coach Chuck Pagano said that his staff would have to get ‘creative’ to fill the holes at defensive back on Saturday, talking about using safeties as cornerbacks. In fact, Indy will be without 13 injured players (including six defensive STARTERS) and potentially 14 – starting offensive tackle Joe Reitz is a big question mark here. And if Reitz doesn’t play, don’t expect Andrew Luck to stay in the game into the third quarter – Chuck Pagano is not going to leave him in there to take vicious hits.

Let Chuck Pagano tell you what you need to know. “It makes it tough, but we’ve got to go. That’s why we challenge every one of these guys that comes through here to prepare like starters because it’s next-man-up. You guys get tired of hearing me say it, but it’s reality. If some of those guys thought I was kidding, thought we were kidding, we were lying about next-man-up, they’re going to get a big dose of reality if they haven’t already because they’re going to trot out there. Somebody’s going to have to play.”

More Pagano, basically telling us that he doesn’t care if Indy wins or loses: “You’ve got to look through it with the right lens. I’m not worried about numbers, stats, those kinds of things….“Just continue to evaluate these guys and it’s a great opportunity for the young players. We’re going to get to look at a lot of young guys that normally wouldn’t get the amount of reps that they get in the third preseason game.”

Philly is 2-0 SU and ATS here in the preseason, and Doug Pederson is exactly the kind of coach who wants to win these meaningless exhibitions in August. The Eagles have one of the best backup QB’s in the league in Chase Daniel, expected to play the rest of the way after Sam Bradford sits. That gives Philly a legitimate QB edge in the second half of this preseason tilt. Even if the Eagles don’t dominate this game early (and they could, given Indy’s woes), I expect them to be in control late! Take Philadelphia.

Brandon Lee betting the Cubs -116 odds over the Dodgers on August 26th 2016

CUBS VS. DODGERS BETTINGChicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB Betting Line Pick: Cubs -116 odds (August 26th 2016)

Chicago is worth a look here as a small road favorite against the Dodgers. The Cubs are on an absolute tear at the moment. They are coming off a 3-game sweep of the Padres and are 22-5 over their last 27. We are getting great value here on the best team in baseball, due to the Cubs sending out Mike Montgomery for a spot start. However, Montgomery just made a spot start last week at Colorado and gave up just 1 run in 4 1/3 innings of work. He gets the Dodgers after they almost were no hit by Matt Moore last night, so good chance he throws well again. I’ll take my chances the Cubs offense provides enough run support in this one. LA will send out Bud Norris, who is coming off a miserable start at Cincinnati, where he allowed 6 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in just 3 2/3 innings of work. Give me Chicago -116!

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Tulane vs. Wake Forest Point Spread & Over-Under Betting Pick: September 1st 2016

TULANE VS. WAKE FOREST OVER UNDER BETTINGTulane Green Wave vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons – 7:00pm ET September 1st 2016

Point Spread: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are a 17 point favorite over the Tulane Green Wave. The over/under for this game is set at 43 total points.

The Tulane Green Wave were 3-9 SU and 6-6 ATS last season with an over/under record of 7-5. They came in next to last place in the AAC west conference with SMU (2-10) and UCF (0-12) being the only two teams with worse record in the entire AAC. Tulane ranked 121st offensively in total yards (317) and 90th in passing yards, averaging only 201 points per game through the air last year. They were a dismal 113th in points scored, only putting up 19 points on average per game. Defensively, they did not fare much better, ranking in the 70’s for total yards allowed, passing yards allowed and rushing yards allowed. They ranked 111th defensively last year, allowing on average 36 points per game.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons were 3-9 SU and 6-6 ATS last season with an over/under record of 5-6-1. WF was 1-7 SU last season against ACC Atlantic opponents, next to last only to BC who was winless against teams within their conference. A quick look at team statistics for Wake Forest last year shows that they were ranked 114th in total yards (333/game), 59th in passing yards (228/game), 123rd in rushing yards (105/game) and 120th in points scored, putting up on average 17 points per game. On the other side of the ball, Wake Forest fared better during the 2015 season. They were ranked 38th in total yards, giving up 363/yards per game on avg and were 43rd in points allowed, keeping their opponents to an average of 24 points per game.

Public Perception: As of August 25th 2016, 59% of the wagering public is betting that the Green Wave will cover the point spread over the Demon Deacons. 54% of the public think that this game will go over the posted over/under of 43 points (Source: Covers)

Betting Trends: Tulane is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games vs. ACC conference opponents. The over is 5-1 in Tulane’s last 6 vs. ACC foes. The over is 6-2 in Tulane’s last 8 non-conference games. The under is 12-5-1 in Wake Forest’s last 18 home games and 3-1-1 in their last 5 non-conference matchups.

Betting Pick: Tulane Green Wave +17
Over-Under Pick: Over 43 points

Charlotte 49ers vs. Louisville Cardinals Over-Under & Point Spread Pick: September 1st 2016

CHARLOTTE VS. LOUISVILLE BETTING OVER UNDERCharlotte 49ers vs. Louisville Cardinals – 7:00pm ET September 1st 2016

Point Spread: Louisville is a 39.5 point favorite over Charlotte and the games over/under is set at 60.5 points.

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Public Perception: As of August 25th 2016, 70% of the wagering public is betting that the Louisville Cardinals will cover the point spread agains the Charlotte 49ers. 52% of the public thinks this game will stay under the posted total. (Source: Covers)

The Charlotte 49ers posted a dismal 2-10 record SU last year and went 2-7-2 ATS. They did not win a home game all season and posted an over/under record of 5-6 on the season. Offensively, the 49ers ranked 109th in total yards offensively (338/game) in the 2015 season, 110th in passing and 119th in pionts scored. Defensively, Charlotte ranked 88th in total yards last year, allowing on average 419 yards per game. The 49ers ranked 71st in passing and 89th in rushing on the other side of the ball.

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The Louisville Cardinals were 8-5 SU and 7-6 ATS last season with an over/under record 6-6-1. They ended up in 3rd place in ACC Atlantic behind Clemson and Florida State. Offensively, the Cardinals ranked 53rd in total yards, putting up on avg. 416 yards per game, 46th in passing and 64th in rushing. Defensively, Louisville ranked a respectable 18th in total yards allowed per game of 333. They struggled agains the pass, ranked 52nd, allowing 212 yards per game but were solid agains the run, ranking 13th, allowing on average 120 yards per game.

Betting Trends: Charlotte is 0-4-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-2-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. Louisville is 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games vs. CUSA opponents and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The over has cashed in 4 out of the last 5 games that the 49ers have played. The over is 4-1 in Louisivlle’s last 5 games overall.

Betting Pick: Charlotte 49ers +39.5
Over-Under Pick: Over 60.5 points

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