New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Prediction: Under 6.5 runs -110 betting line (September 17th 2014)
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After scoring a total of just seven runs while losing five of their last six games, the Yankees have no business referring to themselves as the “Bronx Bombers”. In fact if they don’t turn things around soon, New Yorkers will likely start calling them the “Bronx Bums”.
Brandon McCarthy will toe the slab for New York tonight, as the Yankees play the final game of a three game set in Tampa. McCarthy (9-14, 3.98 ERA) tossed seven scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits and striking out six in a no decision at Baltimore his last time out. He was very solid in August, and he’s picked up right were he left off in September so far, with a record of 1-0, 1.32 ERA in two appearances.
The Rays will hand the ball to Alex Cobb, who has been on fire of late. Cobb (9-7, 2.75 ERA) surrendered one run on a single hit over 7 1/3 innings in a no decision in the Bronx his last time out. He defeated the Yankees in Tampa a few weeks prior, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight.
Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley and Martin Prado are a combined 1-for-17 with seven strikeouts versus Cobb.
Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 3 NFL Pick: New Orleans -9 (September 21st 2013)
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From a situational stand-point, there’s no question that this game has all the makings of an epic one-sided rout, I think the home side is worth a second look in this spot. Things could not have gone worse for New Orleans to open the year, it’s 0-2 out of the gates after losing 37-34 in Atlanta in Week 1 and then 26-24 in Cleveland last Sunday. But now the Saints return to New Orleans for their first game at home and with a massive chip on their collective shoulders, there’s no question the team will have something to prove this weekend. The Vikes on the other hand are coming off listless 30-7 loss at home to the Patriots and they’ve been rocked by scandal over the last week, star RB Adrian Peterson has been charged with child negligence. Peterson has been activated and de-activated a few times this week, the RB will not play on Sunday. Obviously this is a huge distraction for the team and is a major factor that New Orleans can take advantage of. Without their workhorse to lean on, I think the Vikes offense sputters this weekend. Note that Minnesota is just 8-10 ATS in its last 18 on the road, while the Saints are 11-5 ATS their last 16 in front of the home town crowd. All signs point to a comfortable NEW ORLEANS cover.
Dallas Cowboys vs. St. Louis Rams
Week 3 NFL Pick: Dallas -1 point spread (September 21st 2014)
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The Cowboys (1-1) looked rusty in their season opener while committing 4 Turnovers when losing at San Francisco, 28-17. They put it all together last Sunday, beating a 1-1 Tennessee crew, 26-10, while rushing for 202 yards. That will be the Boy’s game plan again this Sunday in St. Louis against a Rams’ defense that can’t stop the run, already allowing 157 and 186 rushing yards in it’s first 2 games! Just look towards last year’s 31-7 Cowboys win over the Rams when they dominated the line of scrimmage and rushed the ball 34 times for 197 yards during their 24 point home victory. While we’re not usually big backers of the mistake prone Cowboys, they face a St. Louis team playing with back-up QBs, and that won’t be enough to keep pace with the Cowboy’s RB Demarco Murry. Willing to lay the point in a game Dallas needs to win.
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Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech
College Football Pick: Virginia Tech -8 (September 20th 2014)
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The Yellow Jackets enter conference play on Saturday at 3-0 on the season, but all is not well in Atlanta. A case can be made that Georgia Tech has yet to play a quality game. GT faced two teams with similar offensive styles to their own, Wofford and Georgia Southern. In each of those games the Jackets were beaten at what they do best, running the football. Wofford had a 5.8 to 5.3 ypr edge, while Georgia Southern was even more alarming at 7.4 to 4.7. That means that even though Georgia Tech faces that type of offense everyday at practice they couldn’t stop it. Against Tulane the Yellow Jackets trailed by a touchdown with three minutes to go until halftime before pulling away.
Virginia Tech had a letdown last week after knocking off Ohio State on the road. East Carolina is a very well coached team that took it to the Hokies. You can bet it will be all business at practice this week in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech is very familiar with the option offense of Paul Johnson. The last five years VT has held GT to final point totals of 10, 17, 26, 21, and 28 points. Keep in mind that in those years Georgia Tech averaged 35, 34, 34, 26 and 34 points per game. So in the last five meetings Frank Beamer’s crew held them to an average of 12 points less than their season average. With the Hokies now possessing a quarterback who can open the field we see Virginia Tech winning this one by a margin.
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