Cowboys underdogs, Giants favorites on NFL Week 10 betting lines

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Ben Roethlisberger is suiting up, but whether the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is healthy enough to have a full game plan against the Dallas Cowboys in a Week 10 matchup remains to be seen.

The Steelers are the slim 2.5-point favorite against the Cowboys, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. While Roethlisberger’s play against Baltimore on Sunday showed he is not 100 percent, the Steelers are 7-2 SU in their last nine games after losing as a favorite. The NFC-leading Cowboys are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games against the AFC.

The New England Patriots are the seven-point favorite against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. New England, which is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five games as a favorite of 7.0 or less, has had a bye week to develop a run-pass balance to throw at Seattle’s defense. Seattle QB Russell Wilson delivered a win in Week 9 with no running game, but that’s unlikely on the road in New England.

The Atlanta Falcons are in a pick’em betting matchup on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones have seldom been slowed down in the passing phase, where the Eagles have been prone to allowing big plays lately. Eagles QB Carson Wentz’s propensity for slow starts might hamper his team’s capacity to trade touchdowns with a league-leading opposing offense.

The New York Giants are the 2.5-point favorite against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. The Giants’ much improved defense, particularly CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins, will have to limit big plays by Bengals WR A.J. Green. The Bengals’ 25th-ranked defense will have new personnel and looks to throw at QB Eli Manning, who will not have LG Justin Pugh (knee) blocking for him.

The Washington Redskins are favored by three against the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota, which has lost three in a row, will try to ease the load on QB Sam Bradford by taking advantage of Washington’s leaky rush defense. Washington QB Kirk Cousins will be facing one of his toughest tests of the season against Minnesota’s third-ranked defense. The favored team is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games in this matchup.

And the Houston Texans are the 1.5-point road favorite against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans, who are coming off their bye week, will try extending their trend of being 7-0 SU and 6-0-1 in their last seven games against the AFC South. Jacksonville is weak against the run which should help RB Lamar Miller, but Texans QB Brock Osweiler will have to curb his mistakes against CB Jalen Ramsey and an underrated Jaguars secondary.

Pederson remembers coaching start before Super Bowl

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson hasn’t forgotten where his journey began: High school.

Following his playing career with the Dolphins, Packers, Browns and Eagles, Pederson bypassed professional coaching jobs. Instead, he joined Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, L.A., and quickly added an NFL-caliber playbook to the second-year program.

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This is where he learned that he loved to coach the game. He embraced his role at the school, where he would help in the cafeteria and line the field before games. “I just enjoyed that part of it,” he says. Ten seasons later, he will coach on the biggest stage in the world.

Super Bowl LII Prop Bets

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Oddsmakers have Super Bowl LII covered from every angle, and that includes the halftime show. There is all manner of betting speculation around Justin Timberlake being the featured halftime show performer, 14 years after the infamous “Nipplegate” incident with Janet Jackson at Super Bowl XVIII.

With the game in Minneapolis, hometown of Prince, it seems obvious that JT will cover a song by the Twin Cities’ favorite son, which pays out at -140 on the Super Bowl LII props at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The total on Janet Jackson references is 1.5, with the over at even money; it’s hard to think Al Michaels could resist one mention.

The Philadelphia Eagles, with Nick Foles, are the first team in 27 years to reach the Super Bowl after losing their starting quarterback in December. It’s -150 on injured Carson Wentz being mentioned more than 3.5 times.

But oddsmakers also clearly expect the announcers to build a storyline around the New England Patriots, as it’s -130 for separate props on whether owner Robert Kraft or coach Bill Belichick will be mentioned or shown on-screen before their Eagles counterparts, Jeff Lurie and Doug Pederson respectively. Belichick is -125 to wear a blue shirt at kickoff time, since he wore that color during New England’s past two Super Bowl shows.

More than half of Super Bowl MVPs have been quarterbacks and Tom Brady is a -110 favorite while Nick Foles comes back at +350. It would probably take something on order of a three-touchdown day to wrest the honor from the winning QB, so both the Patriots’ Dion Lewis (+1800) and Eagles’ Jay Ajayi (+1800) are worthy darkhorse picks.

History is not on the side of Rob Gronkowski (+900) since a tight end has never been the game MVP, but Gronk does offer immense value at +400 to score the first Patriots touchdown.

It is +300 on any quarterback passing for 400 or more yards. The strength of the Eagles defense and the run-pass balance of Philadelphia’s offense makes that result look far-fetched.

There was no Gatorade bath for Belichick after Super Bowl LI, which the Patriots won in overtime, but he was doused with orange Gatorade after Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. It is +225 that the liquid poured on the winning coach will be either green, lime or yellow, with +250 for orange, +275 for red and +275 for clear/water.

Clear and orange have been the result four times apiece in the last 15 occurrences and red has not come up. Purple (+1000) has also been used four of the last 15 times and it would be ironic if it happens again, since that is the color of the host Vikings.

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