Baltimore Ravens are now 8/1 with bet365 to go all the way and win Super Bowl XLVII after improving their record to 5-1 but Sunday’s narrow win over Dallas Cowboys came at a huge cost.
The Ravens are sitting pretty at the top of the AFC North – for which they are now 2/7 to win with bet365 – but coach John Harbaugh is sweating over injuries sustained by two key defenders.
There are fears that defensive heartbeat Ray Lewis has sustained a torn triceps muscle, while cornerback Lardarius Webb has suffered a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Although the Ravens are still waiting for confirmation from MRI scans, Harbaugh has already admitted that Webb is likely to be out for the rest of the season.
The Ravens conceded 200 yards on the ground for the second successive game – the first time in franchise history that this has happened – with their record papering over the cracks of their struggling D.
With Terrell Suggs also ruled out these latest injuries have come as a massive blow – although the side is still at least finding ways to win.
Houston Texans are priced as 6/1 joint favourites for Superbowl glory with bet365, although they lost their unbeaten record to the Green Bay Packers (15/2), while the New England Patriots (6/1) fell to a third defeat of the season at Seattle Seahawks.
San Francisco 49ers are available at 7/1 despite being taken to school by defending champions New York Giants (9/1), while Atlanta Falcons are the only undefeated side still standing and are priced at 13/2 to lift the Lombardi Trophy.
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NFL (USA) | American Football Betting News | October 15, 2012 14:07 |
It has been announced that the San Francisco 49ers (5/1 – Super Bowl outright with bet365) will once again play in front of a bumper crowd at Wembley Stadium, when they take on Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2013 NFL season.
The 49ers last played in London in 2010 as they entertained a crowd of just under 84,000 to beat the Denver Broncos, and now the Californian outfit have confirmed they will be back in the UK next year.
The Jaguars have committed to a four-year deal (starting next year) to play one of their home games at Wembley and first up for the Florida- based side will be San Francisco (12/5 – NFC Championship outright with bet365).
49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York has revealed his delight at the fixture next year and believes playing in London will continue the good work to expand the popularity of the NFL outside the United States.
He said: “The 49ers are excited and privileged to once again serve as ambassadors for the NFL and the game of football internationally.
“Our 2010 experience in London was tremendous. The atmosphere at Wembley Stadium on game day was electric. The ability for us to share 49ers football with our faithful fans internationally is a treat for everyone in our organisation.”
Despite losing 26-24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers (20/1 Super Bowl outright with bet365) on Sunday, Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck showed plenty of potential ahead of the new NFL season.
The 22-year-old is one of the most highly-rated players to come out of the college game for a number of years and the playmaker was snapped up by the Colts (150/1 Super Bowl outright with bet365) who had the first choice in the draft picks.
Luck was tested in his second appearance in pre-season, with the former Stanford college quarterback throwing an interception bound pass to Steelers corner Ike Taylor.
However Luck produced three scoring drives after his error to give the Colts fans plenty to be optimistic about ahead of their opening game against the Chicago Bears on September 9.
The rookie star is still finding his feet in pre-season but is confident he will have plenty to offer come the start of the regular season.
Luck said: “I knew after last week everything wasn’t going to be smooth-sailing.
“But I think you can learn a lot from mistakes and hopefully not repeating mistakes.
“You never want to throw any interceptions, even if they are tipped, bobbled, whatever. I’ve got to cut down on those, but I think showing we can bounce back from those mistakes and kind of climb out of that hole was a good sign.”
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NFL (USA) | American Football Betting News | August 20, 2012 12:38 |
Former NFL and Super Bowl MVP, Peyton Manning, is set to join Denver Broncos (20/1 in Super Bowl XLVII – Outright with bet365) after his 13-year career as an Indianapolis Colt came to an end when they released him earlier this month.
Manning is understood to have told his agent Tom Condon to wrap up negotiations with the Broncos on what is believed to be a five-year, 95 million dollar contract offer (100/1 Colts).
According to multiple reports, the Broncos will now try to trade their starting quarterback Tim Tebow – who led the team to the playoffs last season but divided fans because of his one-dimensional power-running game.
Manning is also understood to have called the San Francisco 49ers (14/1) and Tennessee Titans (50/1), the other two teams in the running for Manning’s services, to inform them that he will be going elsewhere.
Denver won the AFC South Division with a three-match winning streak that took them to 8-8 in 2011, but they lost in the divisional round to New England after Tebow inspired them to a remarkable win over the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card match.
Manning threw passes for Broncos VP of Operations John Elway and a large group of Broncos and executives and coaches on Friday in North Carolina, and Elway was impressed.
“We enjoyed visiting with Peyton today in N.C.,” Elway tweeted on Friday. “He threw the ball great and looked very comfortable out there. Watching him throw today was the next step in this important process for our team and Peyton. It was a productive visit and went well.”
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is winning his battle to be fit for this Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown with New York Giants (Super Bowl XLVI Game Line – Patriots 5/7, Giants 6/5 with bet365).
The 22-year-old suffered an ankle injury in the Pats’ AFC Championship victory over the Baltimore Ravens and was considered a doubt for the Indianapolis NFL showpiece.
But Gronkowski (4/9 Touchdown Anytime with bet365) practised for the first time on Friday and hopes are high that he will be able to take his place in the New England offence.
Head coach Bill Belichick insists it was too early to say following Friday’s practice, whether he would be fit to face the Giants.
Belichick revealed: “He did some things. He didn’t do everything. We’ll see how he is. I think that will be the big key – how he responds to this session.”
Gronkowski is a key player for the Patriots, setting the National Football League records for a tight end, with 1,327 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns this season.
Meanwhile, the Giants are waiting for news on the fitness of running back Ahmad Bradshaw, after he sat out Friday’s practice session.
Bradshaw (10/11 Rush Attempts – Over 14.5 with bet365) has an injured right foot, which Giants coach Tom Coughlin revealing that is was ‘a little sore’ but is confident ‘he will be ready’.
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin says he has confidence in his side’s ability to secure a trip to the Super Bowl after upsetting Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional play-off game (Giants 7/2 to win Super Bowl with bet365).
The Giants stunned the reigning Super Bowl champions at Lambeau Field with a 37-20 victory, spearheaded by a scintillating display from quarterback Eli Manning.
He threw three touchdown passes and a total of 330 yards in the game to help the Giants book a date with the San Francisco 49ers, who overcame the New Orleans Saints, in the NFC Championship game next Sunday (49ers 16/5 Super Bowl outright with bet365).
Coughlin, who was unhappy with the officiating against the Packers, reckons he is happy with how the Giants are now looking as they look to secure a first Super Bowl victory since 2008.
“I think we’re a dangerous team,” Coughlin said. “I like where we are.”
In the AFC, Baltimore Ravens proceeded to the AFC Championship game after beating Houston Texans, where they will face the New England Patriots after they overcame the challenge of the Denver Broncos (Patriots 11/10, Ravens 7/1 Super League outright).
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NFL (USA) | American Football Betting News | January 16, 2012 15:52 |
Green Bay Packers are 8/5 favourites with bet365 to win Super Bowl XLVI after sealing the number one seeding berth in the NFC.
The Packers (5/7 to win NFC Conference title) improved their impressive regular season record to 14-1 after a 35-21 success over rivals Chicago Bears – a result which ended the Bears’ play-off hopes.
Aaron Rodgers threw five touchdown passes for the first time in his career, with the quarterback throwing two TD passes each to Jordy Nelson and James Jones, as well as one to tight-end Jermichael Finley.
The victory means the Packers will now have home-field advantage in the NFC (4/6 – Winning Conference) and they will head into the play-offs as the team to beat.
Green Bay, who are going in search of their third Super Bowl crown, will end their regular-season fixtures with a home clash against Detroit Lions on New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, the Packers’ win over the Bears has enabled the Atlanta Falcons to qualify for the play-offs as at least a wild card.
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NFL (USA) | American Football Betting News | December 26, 2011 13:57 |
Indianapolis Colts, who go in search of just their second win of the season on Friday (bet365 Money Line – Houston Texans 10/31, Colts 5/2), have confirmed quarterback Peyton Manning will not play this season.
The 35-year-old recently started throwing again in practice, as he steps up his rehabilitation from a neck operation.
But despite talk that the four-time NFL MVP could return before the end of the year, the Colts are determined not to rush back their star man, despite their nightmare 1-13 record.
Colts vice chairman Bill Polian stated: “His rehabilitation has not come far enough to make it prudent for him to step on the field in game action. He will not play, either in the upcoming game on Thursday night or in the last game at Jacksonville.”
Meanwhile, Chicago Bears’ (200/1 to win NFC Championship) slim hopes of reaching the play-offs have been dealt a blow, with wide receiver Johnny Knox undergoing back surgery.
Knox needed an operation to stabilise a vertebra an injury he suffered in the Bears’ 38-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month.
St Louis Rams (20/23 +9.5 pts in Spread) could be lambs to the slaughter in tonight’s NFL Week 14 clash with resurgent Seattle Seahawks (20/21 -9.5 pts) – who need to win to keep alive their slim play-off hopes.
The Rams (15/4 Money Line, Seattle 1/5) are set to turn to third-string quarterback Tom Brandstater if neither starter Sam Bradford or back-up AJ Feeley are fit to play after both trigger men suffered injuries.
St Louis managed a season-low 157 net yards on offense in last week’s 26-0 loss at San Francisco during which Feeley, who threw two interceptions, sustained a small fracture of his right thumb.
Bradford remains uncertain after he aggravated a high left ankle sprain during a 23-20 loss to Arizona on November 27.
Seattle beat St Louis 24-7 three weeks ago to record their 12th win in the last 13 meetings with the Rams. The Seahawks are 16-10 versus the Rams all-time in the regular season.
Running back Marshawn Lynch has sparked a Seattle side that won only two of its first eight matches but comes into tonight’s game on the back of a dominant Week 13 win over Philadelphia in which he rushed for a season-best 148 yards – 75 after contact – and two scores.
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed the veteran quarterback Kyle Orton from Denver Broncos. The 29-year-old will provide competition for the Chiefs’ current first-choice quarterback Tyler Palko.
Orton began the season as a regular starter in Denver’s starting line-up but recently lost his place to Tim Tebow and was released by the Broncos on Tuesday.
It had been thought that Palko would start Denver’s remaining games of the season after Matt Cassel was ruled out for the rest of the campaign because of a hand injury.
Palko completed 24 of 37 passes for 230 yards in his debut on Monday night against the New England Patriots but he also threw three interceptions as the Chiefs were thrashed 34-3. Fans of in-play American Football betting will have been stunned.
However, Palko expects to keep his place for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh at Arrowhead Stadium because Orton only has two days to prepare for the game, saying: “We’re going full speed ahead for Pittsburgh. I was in the huddle today calling plays, and we have a really good plan. I’m fired up about it.
“You can’t be sensitive. You can’t worry about things you can’t control. This is a bottom-line business. It’s about wins.”
The Chiefs released veteran wide receiver Keary Colbert from their roster to make room for Orton, who is not expected to make his debut for his new team until 4th December against one of his former teams – the Chicago Bears.
He started 33 games for the Bears before moving to Denver in 2009 where he also featured in 33 matches.