NFL Week 17 Predictions

Here we are, Week 17, the final week of the regular season.  About half of the teams in the National Football League have a chance to make the playoffs, the other half are playing for pride and their teammates.  That means this week will, more than likely, have some head scratching results.  This week The Elldee Sports Best Bets will include four games anyways!

Dallas @ NY Giants (-6)

Jacksonville @ Houston (-6.5)

Chicago @ Minnesota (-4.5)

Philadelphia (-6.5) @ Washington

Dallas is a better team than the New York Giants this season but they have absolutely nothing to play for.  The Cowboys are one of the few teams with a guaranteed playoff spot but no chance of moving up or down from the 4-seed.  The Giants on the other hand can at least claim a moral victory and feel good heading into the offseason.

Houston is locked in to the playoffs as well but are in danger of droppong from the 4th spot to the 6th with a loss.  That means this matchup is the difference between a first round home game or an away game.  The Texans even have an outside shot at a first round bye!  Expect them to come out and control the game against the offensively challenged Jaguars.

Chicago is a good team but so are the Vikings.  A big Week 17 game in Minneapolis is exactly what the Vikes need to make the playoffs.  Top that with the fact that the likelihood of Chicago jumping the Rams for the 2-seed is small, so they won’t come out with much energy.

Philadelphia needs a win and a Vikings loss to make the playoffs.  I would count on Philadelphia to throw the kitchen sink at the banged up Redskins to at least give themselves a chance.

There you have it.  The final full week of predictions for this regular season.  I hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I have enjoyed writing it.  Good luck!

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NFL Week 16 Predictions

The season is winding down as teams jockey for playoff position.  There are still a few games with value this week as you will see below with The Elldee Sports Best Bets.

Cincinatti @  Cleveland (-9)

Cincinatti @ Cleveland (Over 44.5)

Tampa Bay @ Dallas (-7)

Houston (+2.5) @ Philadelphia

The Cincinatti Bengals and the Cleveland Browns is a story of two teams headed in different directions.  This is no fault of the Bengals as the injury bug has hit them hard on both sides of the ball.  On the flip side, the Browns are a talented, young team that has improved each week as they acquire more and more experience.  These two teams met 3 weeks ago with Cleveland winning in Cincinatti by 15, 35-20.  Expect a similar result, including this game sailing over the posted total.  The Browns offense has become fairly explosive and the Bengals QB Jeff Driskel has improved each week as well in his first real experience as a starter.

Dallas is in a spot that the rest of the NFC East teams must envy.  They are at the top of the division and play a reeling Tampa Bay team this week at home.  Expect them to continue to play stingy defense vs a Buccaneer offense without any real identity.  Look for a comfortable win for the Cowboys at home.

The Houston Texans must travel to the City of Brotherly Love to play the Philadelphia Eagles.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the Texans aren’t going to find much love in Philadelphia this week, despite the city’s namesake.  The defending Superbowl champs are clawing and fighting to steal the division and rejoin the playoffs this year.  Nick Foles is good and the Eagles looked impressive last week by defeating the Rams on the road but this is the week their magic runs out and they lose any chance of winning the division.

There you have it.  Four games and four winners.  Come back to Elldee Sports for all your prediction needs.  Good luck!

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NFL Week 15 Predictions

Well, well, well.  Week 15, here we come!  We’ve got four more games on tap for your prediction entertainment.  Read on for some guaranteed wins with this week’s lineup of Elldee Sports Best Bets!

Houston (-6) @ NY Jets

Detroit @ Buffalo (-2.5)

Seattle (-5.5) @ San Francisco

New Orleans (-6) @ Carolina

The Houston Texans may have had their 9-game win streak snapped last week but don’t take that as a reason for them to have any trouble with the hapless Jets.  Houston has everything to lose as they can lock up a playoff spot this week with a win.  On the flip side, New York has little to gain becuase any wins in the final three games will reduce their draft status.  Take the Texans.

Never trust the Lions outside, particularly late in the season when weather can play a major factor.  The Bills have been playing much better and rookie quarterback Josh Allen has been pulling off wins with his feet in low scoring affairs.  Expect this matchup to follow the script with the Bills scraping out a win at home in Frigid Buffalo.

Both of these teams are on fire right now.  Seattle is on fire and San Francisco is a dumpster fire.  That may be an exaggeration as San Fran isn’t THAT bad but Seattle should make short work of the 49ers.  The Seahawks have settled in and look to enter the playoff on a hot streak.

It sure sounds too good to be true but for some reason the New Orleans Saints are favored by less than a touchdown in Carolina.  The Panthers have been on a serious slide, losing their last five games and going 0-5 against the spread.  Maybe I am missing something but it doesn’t make sense to me and it doesn’t make sense according to the numbers as the formula is calling for an 11-point New Orleans win.

We get to watch pro ball in Saturday and Sunday this week as college football prepares for their Bowl Games.  That means you can be informed all weekend by coming to Elldee Sports and reviewing the formula’s winning picks!  Good luck, everyone!!

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NFL Week 14 Prediction

The horses are rounding the final turn and heading down the home stretch.  Each team is jockeying for position, whether it’s homefield advantage or simply inclusion in the 12-team playoff field.  Here are four games that you can put in the bank as sure-fire winners.

Indianapolis @ Houston (-4.5)

New Orleans (-8) @ Tampa Bay

Cincinatti @ LA Chargers (-14)

Minnesota @ Seattle (-3)

Houston is firing on all cylinders and get an Indianapolis team, at home, that couldn’t even muster a point vs the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.  Did the Jags expose this Colts offense?  I don’t think that is necessarily the case but Houston and Deshaun Watson will roll in H-Town!

New Orleans is in unfamiliar territory this week.  They are following a loss for only the second time this season after falling to the Cowboys last week.  The last Saints loss was to these very same Tampa Bay Buccaneers but their fortunes have gone in different directions since their last meeting.  In fact, after New Orleans dropped their Week 1 matchup to the Bucs, they reeled off 10 straight.  They may not repeat that streak but expect the Saints to cruise to victory.

Not only are the Cincinatti Bengals forced to travel across country to play on the West Coast but they are tasked with playing the LA Chargers, one of the NFL’s hottest teams.  Compound that with the fact that the Bengals are injured beyond recognition and you have a recipe for disaster.  Count on the Chargers to win this one easily and cover.

Minnesota lost last week’s matchup in Foxboro against the New England Patriots by two touchdowns.  The NFL was so kind that they followed up the Viking’s East Coast trip with a trip to the West coast this week as they visit the Seattle Seahawks.  The 12th man will be there supporting their hometown ‘Hawks and that always makes the Seahawks formidable in Seattle.  The Vikings are a solid team but will be exhausted and outmatched in a low scoring game.

Write them down, visit the site, make a record somehow because these four matchup outcomes might as well be set in stone.  Count on four wins this week, I know I will.  Good luck!

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NFL Week 13 Predictions

Well, well, well.  We got a solid lineup this week and can really enjoy some quality matchups.  With the late post this week, I can already share that the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New Orleans Saints to put a stranglehold on the NFC East.  Can any other teams take control of their division?  Well Elldee Sports is here to give you three sure things.

Cleveland @ Houston (-6)

Chicago (-4.5) @ NY Giants

Kansas City (-15) @ Oakland

Cleveland is on a two game winning streak which is impressive for a team that is as woeful as the Browns have been the past few years.  Although they have beaten Atlanta at home and a downward trending Bengals team on the road, I do not believe they can defeat a Houston Texans team on an eight game win streak.  Additionally, the Texans have covered the spread in 4 of the last 5 games.  Take Houston to cover.

Chicago is playing with Chase Daniel at quarterback again but that hasn’t slowed them in previous weeks as they are riding a five-game winning streak and covering in all five matches.  The NY Giants have only won three games all season, including two of the last three but since week two have alternated between covering and not.  Surprise, surprise but this is the week they will fail to cover if history holds true and Chicago’s defense will ensure that happens.

Kansas City has a lot of distractions this week after releasing Kareem Hunt this week.  That won’t matter vs the shaky Oakland Raiders.  KC is coming off of a bye week and are already handling business this year on the arm of Mahomes.  Oakland on the other hand have appeared to have already hung the cleats up this year in hopes of a huge draft class and the future.  Take the shorthanded Chiefs and the cover.

There you have it.  Three solid picks for the week.  Don’t forget to look at all of the scores predicted by the formula this week under the NFL tab on Elldeesports.com.  Good luck, readers!

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NCAAF Championship Week Predictions

Here we are in the final week of the regular season for college football.  All of the Power 5 Conferences are playing their championship games.  Will there be one more week of curveballs to shake up the playoff picture?

The Elldee Sports formula is predicting all favorites to win the championship games.  This is the first week, with a minimal number of games, that I do not see any Best Bets to lean on.  In each game I can see the favorite rolling but in each game there is hope for the underdog to steal a win, particularly with the points.

The way that Alabama has been rolling, there is no doubt that they have the firepower to cover the large two touchdown line.  On the other hand, the Georgia Bulldogs are probably the one team that is built to compete with the Crimson Tide.  That coupled with the emotional boost of playing in Atlanta and the painful memory of last years National Championship game might give them just the boost that the Bulldogs need to challenge for the SEC crown.

Ohio State has looked amazing for half of the year, including last week’s explosion over a top Michigan defense.  The other half of the year they have struggled to win and looked lost.  Northwestern has won 15 of their last 16 Big 10 games and are a gritty, blue collar team.  Will they be able to grind it out and shock the world?

As far as the numbers indicate, the favorites should roll but we all know that anything can happen.  Best of luck and you will hear from Elldee Sports again after the playoffs brackets have been decided.

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NFL Week 12 Predictions

It’s time for traditional Turkey Week games.  The usual three game slate on Thanksgiving should whet your appetite for the Sunday games.  We have four games this week for Elldee Sports Best Bets.

Chicago (-4) @ Detroit

Jacksonville (-3) @ Buffalo

Seattle @ Carolina (-3.5)

Miami @ Indianapolis (-10)

Would it be Thanksgiving Day without spending quality family time watching the Lions lose?  I have nothing against Detroit but they do not have a good track record over the past two decades on this holiday.  Even worse, they are coming up against the buzzsaw that has been the Chicago Bears.  I’ll take my chances with the hot team in the Bears.

Jacksonville appears to have found the component they were missing earlier this year.  His name is Leonard Fournette and he is an animal.  The weather may force this to be more of a running game which plays into Jacksonville’s hands.  Expect the Jaguars to win with a stout running attack and defense.

Seattle is a powerful team with good balance on both sides of the ball.  Carolina is coming off of a heartbreaker to Detroit.  Both of these teams have one thing in common, they are great at home and shaky on the road.  This is especially true when you have to travel from the West Coast to the East Coast for a 1 pm kickoff.  Take the home team.

Can the Dolphins hang with the Colts on offense?  I highly doubt it and with Andrew Luck rounding into form, Indianapolis will be able to hang over 30.  Miami is decent but not great.  They will not be able to travel to Indy and keep it close after halftime.

Get ready to watch as all four of these teams are golden.  Enjoy the turkey, family, and football.  Also, enjoy the quality picks from Elldee Sports!

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