Cricket News Mickey Arthur recommends sacking of Sarfraz Ahmed as captain, seeks two-year extension as coach: Reports

first_imgPakistan finished in the fifth position in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.Pakistan became the No.1 ranked side in T20Is. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s Cricket Committee has begun the process of reviewing the team’s performance following the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Committee, headed by PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan, reviewed team’s performances in the last three years, including the World Cup, where Pakistan could not qualify for the semifinals. According to a source, Arthur suggested to the members that Shahdab Khan should replace Sarfaraz as captain in the limited-over formats while Babar Azam should be given the reins of the Test side. The source added, “Arthur did have some negative things to say about Sarfaraz’s captaincy skills to the members. I need two more years with the Pakistan team and then I can deliver remarkable results.”Arthur has been working as head coach with the Pakistan team since mid-2016. He has also applied for the position of head coach with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board. Under him, Pakistan’s biggest gain was winning the ICC Champions Trophy two years back. The team became number one in ICC’s T20 rankings but performance in Test cricket dipped drastically while it remained inconsistent in One-day format. The contracts of Arthur and other support staff member will expire on August 15.Sources said Arthur, who made a presentation to the Committee on the team performances and selection decisions, is said to have left the members unimpressed with his arguments and explanations. “The members were not satisfied with his argument that after the 2017 Champions Trophy the fielding standards of the Pakistan team went down after the forced exit of fielding coach, Australian Steve Rixon. Arthur made a big deal out of Rixon’s sudden departure in August 2018 as he had issues with the PCB management over delayed payments,” according to reliable sources with the Pakistan Cricket Board.After Arthur’s presentation, the committee members discussed other options and one of the members suggested trying Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene but was informed that since he was working with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, the PCB would find it difficult to lure him with a better pay package.last_img read more

NTTF Organises Trials to Prune Team

first_img“I am impressed with the response of the players because every one of them wants to make the team to South Africa. For now we will still be watching them because the trial will afford us to pick the best among them for the World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa by end of the year,” he said.However, the duo of Abayomi Animashaun and Azeez Solanke believe they would make the team having been part of the squad to Algiers where the team picked a spot to the global tournament.The invited players were part of the team that featured at the ITTF African Junior Championship in Algiers where they qualified for the World Juniors, while outstanding players from the National U-16 tournament also made it to the camp.President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi, the camp becomes necessary as some of the players would learn some of the latest rudiment of the sport.“The selected players will later go into close camping before the championship in November and they will continue to train in readiness for the competition.“Segun Toriola will surely depart to his base after the camping and we hope the coaches around can continue to sharpen the skills of the players before the tournament which has Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria and Tunisia representing Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The National Training Centre of the Lagos National Stadium will come alive today as the 20 players in camp ahead of the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship in South Africa will be trim in one-day trials.According to Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), the players will be pruned to 12 made up of six male and six female that will make the final camping for the championship holding in November 2016.According to the Coordinator of the camping exercise, Segun Toriola, the players have been given their best in order to be part of the team, adding that the 12-man team that would make the final phase of camping will be known this weekend.last_img read more

Iwobi Shines as Arsenal Gives Wenger Emotional Farewell

first_imgThe Gunners’ victory was a perfect send-forth for Frenchman Arsene Wenger who ended his nearly 22 years reign at the North London club with his last home game yesterday.Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the 14th and 45th minutes gave the Gunners a two-goal lead into the break.Sead Kolasinac made it 3-0 in the 54th minute, firing in a shot from a tight corner after good work from Jack Wilshere. Iwobi made it 4-0 in the 64th minute when he rifled in a shot into roof of the net before Aubameyang scored his second goal of the emotional afternoon at Emirates to make it 5-0 for the Gunners who moved six points ahead of the Clarets.Elsewhere, another Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses provided the assist that earned Chelsea maximum points against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.The 1-0 victory now moves Chelsea with 69 points to within three points of third-placed Liverpool and two behind Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool has only one game left while Chelsea and Spurs each have two.Oliver Giroud heading into goal Victor Moses’ perfect cross from the right flank in the 32nd minute. It was Moses’ third assist goal this season.Moses was however cautioned by Centre Referee Mike Taylor in the 81st minute and seven minutes later the Nigerian international was subbed off for Davide Zappacosta.Chelsea remains in fifth but move within three points of third-placed Liverpool.With two games remaining to Liverpool’s one, Chelsea can move level on points with the Champions League finalists when they face Huddersfield on Wednesday.But given Liverpool’s superior goal difference, the Reds would almost certainly ensure a top-four finish with victory at home to Brighton on the final day. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Victor Moses provides assist as Chelsea Edges LiverpoolBy Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi, got on scorers’ sheet for the first time in nine matches yesterday to end his goal drought in the English Premier League as he scored Arsenal’s fourth goal in the 5-0 defeat of Burnley.last_img read more

WG’s Bartolotta, Marcellus girls win at Marathon Invitational

first_imgEach of the West Genesee cross country teams kept up a busy race schedule in the wake of appearing in the Oct. 16 Salt City Athletic Conference championships.Three days after the league meet, the Wildcats took part in the Marathon Invitational, where in the boys race Matt Bartolotta proved the fastest runner in the 74-man field.In a time of 16 minutes, 45.8 seconds, Bartolotta beat out Watkins Glen’s Gabe Planty, who was second in 16:55.7. A few days later, Bartolotta made the announcement that he would run cross country at Le Moyne College next fall. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: cross countryJ-EMarcellusWest Genesee WG ultimately took fifth place out of 11 seeded teams at Marathon with 119 points, Elmira (73 points) claiming the top spot.Behind Bartolotta, Peter McMahon made his way to sixth place in 17:27.8. Ewan Moran got 22nd place in 18:45.6, while Joe Parisi was 44th in 19:23.7, just ahead of Ryan McMahon, who posted 19:40.8.Of the seven seeded girls teams at Marathon, WG finished fourth, with Natalie Buckhout 11th among individuals in a time of 21:05.6. Lauren Puchta got 15th place in 21:34.2, while Abby Kuppinger, in 22:21.2, was 20th among teams runners and 23rd overall, one spot ahead of Liz Morey, who posted 22:27.9. Rachel Reynolds finished in 25:25.3.Marcellus also took part in the Marathon Invitational and the girls Mustangs won the Unseeded team competition with 97 points, edging out Jordan-Elbridge, who was second with 102 points.Among individuals, the Eagles had Vassianna Klock take third place in 21:003, with Coral Uhle eighth in 21:59.6 before the Mustangs’ Alana Bolster made her way to ninth place in 22:09 flat. No other J-E runner was better than Kendall Shaw’s 31stplace finish.Marcellus pulled ahead by having Meaghan Strempel finish 11th among team runners (14th overall) in 22:24.5, with Sophia Maum in 18th place (23:53.0), Alyssa McShane in 21st place (24:01.6) and Virginia Lucchetti, who in 24:49.8 beat out the 24:52.1 from Amy Francesconi.The Marcellus boys finished eighth in the seeded boys race as Kevin Huss led the Mustangs by finishing 31st in 19:05.3. Caeden Cox was 41st in 19:21.1, with Aiden Shea 51st in 20:01 flat.In the unseeded portion of the Manhattan meet, J-E  was second with 105 points to Owego’s winning total of 82 points, Sean Dristle pacing the Eagles as he got fourth place in 18:02.Kenny Williams, in a clocking of 18:40, made his way to 16th place, with Derek Quigley 22nd in 19:02. Colin Jewsbury earned 33rd place in 19:31 as Lee Jewell got to 40th place in 19:39.After all this, the Marcellus girls had a close meet Monday against Cazenovia, but lost, 27-31, to the Lakers, who claimed the outright OHSL Liberty division regular-season championship.The Mustangs still had the top two individual efforts as Bolster won in 22:34 and Strempel was second in 22:51.But Cazenovia claimed six of the next seven spots, led by Isla Stover (23:03) in third place, while McShane was sixth in 23:31 and Maum (24:05) was 10th.last_img read more

Madness delivers unrivaled storylines

first_imgDid you watch that Kansas State-Xavier game?I sure hope you did.Because what a game it was, complete with just about every attribute and storyline you’d want out of a sporting event as a neutral observer.First, you’ve got a great pre-game scenario — a small underdog in Xavier, a big opportunity to reach the Sweet 16 and a tense history between the two teams with a K-State win earlier this year but a Xavier upset victory two years prior.Next, you’ve got probably the best announcing duo in all of college sports, the incredibly timely Gus Johnson and the solidly humorous Len Elmore — a factor that truly cannot be underestimated.Then there’s the whole K-State “Fear the Beard” thing, guard Jacob Pullen’s cult phenomenon that exaggerates his weak beard to no end, and a Xavier team that was supposed to be in a rebuilding stage after losing head coach Sean Miller to Arizona.And finally you had the actual game.Thursday night in Salt Lake City, Kansas State opened on a 19-4 run only to see Xavier outscore the Wildcats 28-12 to take a 32-31 lead at halftime. K-State then took a small lead in the second half, maintaining it until the final minute, when the madness really started.Pullen hit a big 3-pointer, Xavier’s Jason Love responded with a layup and Pullen made two more free throws to give the Wildcats a three-point lead, 72-69, with 10 seconds left.The Musketeers’ guard Terrell Holloway was then fouled while attempting a three. He proceeded to make all three shots from the charity stripe to send the game into overtime.Keep in mind that Pullen told The Associated Press afterward that he had clinched the game with his free throws: “I’m thinking, ‘That’s game. That’s the nail in the coffin,’”No way. K-State opened up another three-point lead in the final minute of the first overtime, 87-84, only for Xavier’s guard Jordan Crawford to knock down perhaps the most ridiculous shot of the tournament — a 35-foot 3 — with seven seconds left to extend the game another five minutes.Double overtime was equally close. Xavier actually led, 93-91, with a little more than a minute to go. But Pullen took over from there, hitting consecutive threes and adding two more free throws to power his team to the victory, 101-96.“That’s March basketball at its finest right there,” Kansas State coach Frank Martin told The Associated Press after the four-hour, wildly entertaining contest. “That’s two teams refusing to give in and refusing for their seasons to end. I expected it to be a hard-fought game. “I didn’t expect it to be like this.”USC fans might remember Martin, Pullen and Kansas State as the team that upset the sixth-seeded Trojans in the 2008 tourney — remember the power forward Michael Beasley versus forward Keith Wilkinson matchup?Ha. Well, while the Wildcats went on to lose to upstart Butler in the first game of the Elite Eight on Saturday, nothing can detract from that fated contest with Xavier.Nothing. It’ll be part of March Madness for the next 10 or 20 years, without a doubt, just like guard Tyus Edney’s famed full-court drive and power forward Christian Laettner’s infamous catch-and-shoot.And isn’t that why we watch sports to begin with?The vast majority of sporting events we watch are in no way remarkable. In fact, I’d argue that many of them are remarkably boring.But you keep watching — you trudge on — just because you know that one time or another you’re going to have the opportunity to witness pure athletic history in its rarest form.Kansas State-Xavier was certainly of that form, and I’m glad to have had the chance to witness it.Nevermind all the other not-so-good games we had to watch to get to that one — it’s all worth it.Oh, it’s definitely worth it.“Looking Past the X’s and O’s” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Pedro at pmoura@usc.edu.last_img read more

Women of Troy swept by Bruins at home

first_imgAfter losing three of its last four matches, including two on its home court, the USC women’s volleyball team sought its first home victory of the season when crosstown rival UCLA made the trip to the Galen Center on Tuesday night.Sam I am · Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio tallied a team-high 12 kills along with five digs in Tuesday night’s match against the Bruins. The Guadalajara, Mexico native hit .233 on the match and had no service aces. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanUSC (7-3) came into the match ranked No. 9 in the nation while UCLA (9-2) was ranked No. 20. Though the Women of Troy held the upper hand in the rankings, the Bruins ran away with the win, sweeping USC, 25-23, 25-13, 27-25.The match started off very close, with 16 ties in the first set. In fact, neither team led the first set by more than two points until the Bruins took a 23-20 advantage late in the set. The Bruins would go on to win the first set by a slim 25-23 margin.The Bruins seemed to ride some momentum into the second set, jumping out to an 11-6 lead. After a timeout, the Bruins expanded their lead and never looked back, winning the set 25-13. UCLA controlled almost every aspect of the set. One major category where the Women of Troy continued to falter was service errors — they had six service errors in the second set alone.In the third set, the Women of Troy didn’t let the Bruins go on a big run, but the Bruins worked their way to a 20-13 lead. Senior outside hitter Emily Young was brought into the game and USC began a remarkable comeback, tying the set 23-23 a few minutes later. But the comeback would be for nothing as USC would eventually drop the third and final set 27-25.After the game, Young talked about her opportunity to make a difference during the third set.“I was fortunate to be put into a position where I was able to give all that I could to my teammates,” Young said. “I was put in a role where I knew I had nothing to lose. I knew when I looked at every girl in the eye out on the court, I knew they wanted to win and I knew that we could do it. I just kind of laid it all out for my team. ”Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio also had some comments regarding the play of the Women of Troy and what they need to do to start winning games again.“We need to create energy because our attitude is always like a flatline and we don’t get excited,” said Bricio. “We need like, as a team, to bring more energy.”UCLA’s Karsta Lowe was unstoppable throughout the match, tallying 22 kills and six digs. For USC, Bricio led the way with 12 kills, and she also collected five digs. Freshman outside hitter Lauryn Gillis had six kills and five digs in the match, while sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu added six kills and two digs.As a team, the Bruins outperformed the Women of Troy in nearly every category. The Bruins had 11 more kills, 16 more assists, 11 more digs and nearly a 10 percent better hitting percentage than the Women of Troy. The Women of Troy had two more team blocks than the Bruins, but they also had seven more service errors. With the loss, the Women of Troy fall to 7-4, with all four losses coming in the last five matches. The Women of Troy are still winless on their home floor with an 0-3 record, but look to rebound Friday against Arizona State at the Galen Center.Head coach Mick Haley admits his team has a lot of work to do to improve.“The first six [games], we played decent teams, but they’re not the quality of Florida and UCLA and Wisconsin,” Haley said. “They are all top 10 teams. If we’re going to be a top 10 team, we have to beat some of these teams. We’re not a top 10 team right now.”last_img read more

Svenska Spel’s Fredrik Wastenson reviews Swedish market re-regulation

first_img Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Fredrik WastensonSweden’s online gambling industry has endured a turbulent period since legislation to re-regulate the market came into force at the beginning of 2019. We spoke to Fredrik Wastenson, CEO Svenska Spel Sport & Casino, for his take on events.Ahead of his appearance on the Nordics – Navigating Risky Waters in Uncertain Times panel at Betting on Sports 2019, the head of the state-owned operator shared his thoughts on the impact of the new regulatory regime, the role of Spelinspektionen and how Svenska Spel can compete against international operators now targeting the Swedish market. SBC: Can you detail your impressions of Sweden’s first six months as a re-regulated online gambling marketplace?Fredrik Wastenson: There were two key objectives with the re-regulation of the Swedish gambling market. First of all, the government wanted to regain control over consumer protection issues as there were too many non-regulated companies in the market with insufficient focus on responsible gaming issues. Secondly, the government wanted to force online operators to obtain a Swedish licence so that more than 90% of gambling is with a regulated business.Reviewing the first six months of the re-regulated market, we can clearly see that these objectives have been fulfilled, supported by strong actions from the gambling authorities to secure compliance with consumer protection. The downside of this has, unfortunately, been a negative discussion in the press with a lot of focus on the negative side of gambling, which has led to a great loss of reputation for the industry. Adding to this, some operators have accused competitors of misconduct or non-compliance, which has only given more fuel to the fire of the portrayal of a non-trustworthy industry. The financial consequences of this are clear with a total market loss somewhere in the area of 15% in revenues compared to last year. SBC: Do you agree with the industry’s perception that regulator Spelinspektionen has become somewhat ‘trigger-happy’ in disciplining operators?FW: I would not call it ‘trigger happy’. I don’t think that the gambling authority really has an option other than to be quite active in their review of the regulations and how well companies are compliant with the law. If there is not a perception from the operators that the law is clear and equal for all, that will most certainly lead to a degeneration of the percentage of legal companies in the market. It has to be clear to everyone that there is no advantage in being overly creative in the interpretation of the law.  SBC: Over 120 licences have been approved to operate by Spelinspektionen; does this figure point towards an over saturation of a new marketplace?FW: It does indeed, although you could argue that the number of licences demonstrates success in driving the market into regulation. However, I anticipate a high degree of consolidation in the near future, combined with a lot of companies that will either disappear or leave the market, because it will be too difficult to compete and earn money. SBC: How does Svenska Spel plan to compete against the major international operators who have entered the Swedish market?FW: Svenska Spel has a strong position in the market and a history of being a trustworthy party, with a lot of focus on responsible gaming and giving back money to sports, in particular, and to society in general. We also have a strong position in the sports market with our unique pool offerings. Stryktipset (Goal 13) has a history that goes back more than 80 years and we still see an increase in customers and revenues. Our liquidity from the pool games attracts a lot of customers with a spill-over effect for betting.SBC: Why did you want to speak at Betting on Sports? FW: We operate in a global world that is constantly changing, with a lot of new innovations and a continuous need for digital transformation, so we need to stay up to date with global trends and ongoing discussions in the industry. It is therefore greatly important for us to actively participate in an event like Betting on Sports, which attracts the key players in the industry.  Betting on Sports 2019 takes place at Olympia London this week and features 300 expert speakers across 13 content tracks, along with 120 exhibitors and a range of unique networking events at high-profile London venues. Fredrik Wastenson will be a panel member for the Nordics – Navigating Risky Waters in Uncertain Times session, which is part of the European Markets track on 18 September. Book your tickets to Betting on Sports 2019. Share StumbleUpon Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

African Games: Deborah Acquah wins silver medal in Women’s Long Jump

first_imgDeborah Acquah secured a silver medal for Ghana at the 2019 African Games with a jump of 6.37m in the second round of the Women’s Long Jump, at the Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex, Rabat, Morocco.Acquah, becomes the second Ghanaian to win silver at the competition, which has Ghana gathered 11 medals so far.The 23-year-old multiple talent who doubles as a member of the female relay team fell behind, Nigeria’s Brume Ese who had a jump of 6.69m, to win the gold medal, whilst Lynique Beneke of South Africa won the third position with 6.30m.Acquah, was part of the female relay team that missed an opportunity to win a medal after making it to the finals 400*100 relay on Wednesday.The win comes just two days after Ghana won gold in the men’s 4×100 meters relay at the 2019 African Games in Morocco on Wednesday.Team Ghana, with the quartet consisting of Joseph Paul Amoah, Benjamin Azamati, Martin Owusu-Antwi, and Sean Safo-Antwi, tallied 38.30 seconds to bag the gold medal. Nigeria finished second with a time of 38.59 seconds while the bronze medal was taken by South Africa, whose team finished the race in 38.80 seconds.last_img read more

Wellington City Council votes 3-2 to move forward with Quiet Zone intersections

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Thank you for your input. -13 Vote up Vote down Just curious · 327 weeks ago Why not move the tracks north of town around the out skirts and make a road over it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 327 weeks ago 150k…now how many other things could the city use that money for??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Worked for the SF · 327 weeks ago I know it and Vince knows it, when engineers get called to work at 3 am, and they are tired, they will blow the horn anytime there is a whistle board, for as long as they want. Their thought is, if I’m up’ everyone should be up. They don’t care about anyone who lives here, especially since they are from Texas. I think the farther away you live(like Vince and Mrs. Korte) you don’t hear this horn. It’s all BS. I worked for the ATSF for 10 years and it was a good company. I think we need this because of the jerks who are causing this. Report Reply 2 replies · active 326 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Pokesalad · 326 weeks ago For the cost $150,000.00 to do this I say get over it, learn to sleep with a fan, take handfuls of sleeping aids, whatever it takes…we cant afford this BS period the end. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Katie · 326 weeks ago I was at the meeting and it was my understanding that the FRA has already gave Wellington the go ahead on this. Also, the cost isn’t $150,000. It was $150,000 the first time it was proposed and the cost now is $100,000. Unless I misunderstood something, I think the quiet zones are a sure thing now. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Sam · 326 weeks ago I use to live a block from the tracks. Ever time one goes threw my dog would howl as long as the horn blew, it hurt ears. It also was nerve racking for the length of it blowing. Night time your in bed is even worse. So uncalled for. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 326 weeks ago Why does it cost money for someone to stop blowing a horn? Helloooo? 100-150 thousand for what, exactly… a guy to stand on top of the train and yell “lookout !” ??? Seriously, here. And… CLOSING all intersections? What kind of draconian idea is THAT??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Big Red · 326 weeks ago If you sound proof your home and get good windows you honestly do not notice the noise. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Credence · 326 weeks ago Was any consideration given to the safety issue concerning the people living south of the railroad tracks? I understand there are times when crossing the tracks is not possible due to the trains, but to totally eliminate access by emergency vehicles through the blockage of the tracks at key intersections seems a little excessive. I realize there are three access points remaining located on Ash, Fair and U.S. 81 but why eliminate alternative routes that could be crucial in the event of an emergency south of the tracks? I have lived in Wellington my entire life and have experienced the noise from the trains and learned to live with the inconvenience. The train tracks have been located in the same area for decades, so why is this an issue now? It reminds of those folks who build hoses next to an airport or slaughter house and then complain about the noise and the smell. Report Reply 0 replies · active 326 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down lifetime resident · 326 weeks ago Having grown up in Wellington, I have fond memories of the old steam engines and their whistles which enveloped those within earshot in a serene aura. Those weren’t as loud and offensive as the current blasts. In today’s world of advanced technology, why can’t that sound be emulated on modern engines? 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 3-2 vote, the Wellington City Council approved the implementation of quiet zones at the railroad crossings from G Street to the Santa Fe-Burlington Northern railroad office that would keep trains from blowing horns within the city limits. It also voted to not recommend the closing of any traffic intersections in doing so.Council members John Tracy, Jim Valentine and John Brand voted for the proposal. Jan Korte and Vince Wetta voted against it. Council member Kelly Green was not in attendance.Keep in mind, this is a motion to move forward with the quiet zone process. It is in no way final approval. Wellington City will submit a recommendation to the Federal Railroad Administration which will then need to approve it.The proposal would designate the five intersections at C, Washington, Jefferson, G and H Streets as “Quiet Zone” intersections. The city would need to construct a system in place in which it would make it impossible for traffic – whether it be vehicles or pedestrians – to cross the train tracks while a train is passing through. In turn, the BNSF would not blow the whistle in these zones, unless the engineer finds its absolutely necessary to do so. Train horns are required by federal law to be sounded at all public crossings 24 hours a day to warn motorists and pedestrians that a train is approaching. Train crews may also sound their horns when there is a vehicle, person or animal on the tracks within 25 feet.The quiet zones could cost the city around $100,000, Wellington City Manager Gus Collin said. Concrete medians would be built on the north and south sides of the intersection which will go up to the crossing arms currently in place. These medians will be 100 feet long and look like those placed on the Kansas Turnpike separating the north and south-bound traffic.The council chambers were packed at Tuesday’s meeting with people testifying both for or against the proposal. Debate lasted for over an hour.Wellington resident Paul Weber said 20 to 25 percent of the Wellington residents are affected by the whistles. He said he has worked on a quiet zone proposal for several years and has only heard one resident who was against having a quiet zone.Larry Shimer, another Wellington resident and former city council member, said he guesses there are over 70 trains now going through Wellington instead of the 20 or 25 trains that went through when he first bought his house around 20 years ago.“When the trains go through you can’t hear one another, you can’t watch TV, you have a hard time sleeping,” Shimer said. “I love the trains, but if you have property in the area, you aren’t selling your home because of those horns. Property values have plummeted.”Wellington City Judge Frank Korte said he is against the proposal because of liability concerns.  If the city establishes quiet zones and there is an accident, the city, not the railroad, would become liable. The city of Wellington could find itself in a lawsuit that could cost city taxpayers in the millions of dollars.“I suggest you take this off the docket because there are so many unanswered questions,” Korte said.Korte said the huge liability could make taxes skyrocket, and have a detrimental effect on economic development because newcomers would not want to take on that burden of increased liability.Wellington resident Sherry Wiley said she walks eight miles a day and closing the tracks would no longer make the town accessible for her.Wellington resident Fred Hinman, who brought the proposal up at the March 5 meeting, said he has been on the FRA website and that quiet zone intersections are considered safer than the non-quiet zone intersections.“There are 590 quiet zones in this country,” Hinman said. “It is not like we are the pioneers… With the modest amount of money it will take to build these quiet zones, the prospect of property values going up, and no safety issues; it is an easy thing to do to create a better quality of life in Wellington.”Collins said when talking to a few communities for which quiet zones were implemented, liability insurance did not go up.The Wellington City Council members then took their turn to speak.Brand made a motion to close the G Street intersection, because in doing so, the BNSF would pay the city $50,000. That motion died due to a lack of second. Both Tracy and Valentine expressed their desire not to close any intersections in town. Tracy said in his first tenure on the council, the quiet zone proposal died because there was a disagreement over whether or not to close intersection(s).Jan Korte, earlier in the meeting, said it would be best to close all intersections and have one elevated crosswalk over a crossing for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.Wetta said he has two sons working at BNSF and the railroad loves quiet zones because they no longer have to pay for liability. He said he would not vote for a proposal unless he had more information about the liability the city would take on if quiet zones were implemented.Valentine said he is voting for quiet zones because that is what his constituents want. He also worried about the number of horns in the future hearing Wellington could get as many as 100 trains a day.Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this story it was incorrectly stated that the total cost of the Quiet Zone is $150,000. It is actually $100,000.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

NFL Week 12 betting guide: Odds, key matchups, stats & trends, injury report for every game

first_imgLAR – WR Robert Woods (Personal) is questionable against Ravens.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Ravens vs. RamsBye Week: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals Houston Texans kick off the week with a Thursday Night showdown against the Indianapolis Colts, all the while looking to bounce back from a let-down performance against the Ravens. Sunday serves up several intriguing matchups, none more so than the blockbuster showdown between the Packers and Niners at Levi’s Stadium; and rounding out the NFL betting action is a Monday Night showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Rams. In this column, we analyze each and every game in the context of the NFL odds, all the while sifting through various NFL betting stats and trends, and much, much more.Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston TexansThursday, Nov. 21, 2019, 8:20 p.m. ETNRG Stadium, HoustonTV Broadcast: FOX/ NFLOpening NFL Line: Texans -3.5 / 46.5Season Record: Colts (6-4-0) vs Texans (6-4-0)The Texans will look to bounce back in week 12 against the Colts at the NRG Stadium after getting a right spanking in Baltimore by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Deshaun Watson and the Texans et al simply failed to show up and went on to lose 41-7. The Colts, meanwhile, put in a solid 33-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. When the main talking point ahead of the game was the return of Nick Foles to the Jaguars’ lineup, Jacoby Brissett made absolutely sure he was the main talking point in the postscript. Subtly reminding all and sundry – especially those in the AFC South field – who the new boss in the hood really is. Both the Colts and Texans are on a level at 6-4 in the AFC South standings, but the Colts have the head-to-head edge having won the first meeting 30-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium. (The Colts with Andy Luck as their signal-caller also beat the Texans in the playoffs last season). Deshaun Watson and the Texans are better than their week 11 result in Baltimore would suggest. Bookmakers opened with the Texans giving up 3.5 points to the Colts on the NFL odds board, and early public betting appears to be pushing the needle in Houston’s favor (several sportsbooks are already hanging Texans on a 4-point spread).If you’re giving the Colts a nod on your NFL picks, grab the points now while you can. By all accounts, this should be a close affair, and with increasing betting volume this NFL line is likely to swing back down again by kick-off. By that same token, for those that are down with the Texans then wait it out. Closer to kick-off you may be able to get a lower number, potentially even the key field goal number. NFL Betting Trends:Colts are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 gamesColts are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against TexansTexans are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games at homeThe total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 8 games at homeKey Injuries:IND –  WR T.Y. Hilton (Calf), T Anthony Castonzo (Toe), TE Eric Ebron (Ankle), S George Odum (Shoulder), CB Shakial Taylor (Ankle), TE Mo Alie-Cox (Thumb),  CB Kenny Moore II (Shin), CB Rock Ya-Sin (Ankle) are all listed as questionable for TNF; RB Marlon Mack (Hand) is out indefinitely; S Khari Willis (Concussion) is out for TNF.HOU – QB Deshaun Watson (Ankle) is listed as probable for TNF; LB Dylan Cole (Knee), Tashaun Gipson Sr. (Back),  G Tytus Howard (Knee), CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. (Foot), S Justin Reid (Concussion) and S Mike Adams (Concussion) are all listed as questionable for TNF.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Colts vs. TexansTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta FalconsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETMercedes Benz Stadium, AtlantaTV Broadcast FOXOpening NFL Line: Falcons -4 / 54Season Record: Buccaneers (3-7-0) vs Falcons (3-7-0)The Atlanta Falcons must have undergone some sort of revolutionary identity transplant because they’re unrecognizable since coming out of their week 9 bye. Indeed, the last two weeks are exactly what many thought they’d see from the Falcons and why Atlanta was tipped in preseason NFL betting markets by many experts as a sleeper NFL pick to spot. At 3-7 SU it might be a little bit too late for the Dirty Birds as far as the postseason goes, but if the Falcons keep this up they just might salvage some respect by season end. What about that defense? In the last two games, they’ve held opponents to 12 points combined. Divisional opponents, mind you. If this trend continues, the 3-7 SU Bucs are in for an excruciating trip to Atlanta. Well, the Bucs can be counted on making things excruciatingly difficult for themselves. They don’t need much help on that score, particularly Jameis Winston who continues to turnover the ball at a frantic rate. There was plenty of evidence of why he’s just not the solution for Tampa in last week’s loss 34-17 loss to the Saints.Before the bye week, betting on the Falcons as the favorites was a wasteful exercise. Heck, betting on the Falcons as faves or underdogs was akin to throwing money at a problem (Falcons were 2-6 ATS in their first 8 games). Since week 9, they’re 2-0 SU and ATS with a +30.25 differential versus the spread on average. Talk about turning the tables.If you’re buying what the Falcons are selling, grabbing the Falcons at -4 now is an exploitable bet. Early signs show the needle is moving up (60% or early ticket count is on the Falcons according to SBR Consensus betting reports) and several sportsbooks are already hanging the Falcons on -4.5 as a result. NFL Betting Trends:Bucs are 2-3 ATS in their last 5 games on the roadBucs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 gamesFalcons are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games at homeFalcons are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against BucsKey Injuries:TB – DB M.J. Stewart (Knee) is out until mid-December, QB Jameis Winston (Ankle) and G Ali Marpet (Ankle) are both listed as probable for Sunday; DL William Gholston (Ankle) is questionable for Sunday.ATL – DE Takkarist McKinley (Shoulder) and DE Adrian Clayborn (Groin) are both questionable against Bucs.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Buccaneers vs. FalconsDenver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETNew Era Field, BuffaloTV Broadcast: CBSOpening NFL Line: Bills -5 / 36.5Season Record: Broncos (3-7-0) vs Bills (7-3-0)The Denver Broncos very nearly pulled off what would have been a seismic upset in week 11 to send shockwaves up the Richter scale through NFL betting markets. Broncos led the Vikings 20-0 going into the second half at U.S. Bank Stadium, before fritting the lead away and succumbing to the 27-23 loss.All was not lost. Spread bettors that backed the Broncos as the whopping +10.5 closing underdogs were rewarded, and by that token the public appears to be high on the Broncos at the expense of Buffalo Bills in week 12 hoping to cash in again on a suddenly attractive NFL underdog.As it is, the Broncos are taking in almost 60% of early tickets. A consequence that has the NFL line moving in Denver’s direction, taking the point spread down from Broncos +5 to +4 at most sports betting outlets. The total is also on the move on the NFL odds board, going up from an initial serving of 36.5 to 37.5. Brandon Allen is still an unknown but he seems to have sparked life in the Broncos’ camp, namely the offense as the Broncos are getting points on the board with more frequency than before. However, a two-game sample is still a small cross-section to build on. With the NFL line in motion, bettors might want to play it cool to see how the market progresses before pulling the trigger either way. That said, the low total is exploitable for OVER bettors now.NFL Betting Trends:Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 gamesBroncos are 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games on the roadBills are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against BroncosBills are 4-4 ATS in their last 8 gamesKey Injuries:DEN – FB Andy Janovich (Elbow) is out for the season; DL Mike Purcell (Ribs) is listed as day-to-day.BUF – S Siran Neal (Concussion) and T Ty Nsekhe (Ankle) are both listed as questionable against Broncos.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Broncos vs. BillsNew York Giants vs. Chicago BearsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETSoldier Field, ChicagoTV Broadcast: FOXOpening NFL Line: Bears -7.5 / 41.5Season Record: Giants (2-8-0) vs Bears (4-6-0)Danny Dimes mania must seem a lifetime ago now. Since winning his first two starts, Daniel Jones and the Giants have been on a downward trajectory – six straight losses that include just a 1-5 ATS mark when they covered as the +6.5 road underdogs in a 31-26 loss to the Lions.Chicago’s divisional-winning campaign of 2018 must seem like a dream now, a fantastical sojourn down the NFC North rabbit hole. Last week’s loss to the Rams in Sunday Night Football only highlighted everything that is (and maybe always was) wrong with the Bears on national television:. Mitch Trubisky. Indeed, the quarterback was yanked out of the game in the final minutes (with an alleged hip injury) to give way to Chase Daniels. For all the good it did Chicago. It’s hard to feel confident about either of these teams for week 12 NFL picks. Given the Giants’ woes and significant injury list, it’s hard to trust them against the spread even when they’re getting a bucketload of points. On the flip side, the Bears laying a touchdown or thereabouts seems unreasonable when they’re 1-5 ATS in their last six games. The only cover they pulled off was in a win over the Lions, who were without Matthew Stafford.As it is, Trubisky remains a question mark ahead of week 12. As does the status of Saquon Barkley and Even Engram for the Giants. Perhaps it’s best to wait to see where this spread is later in the week before pulling the trigger either way. NFL Betting Trends:NY Giants are 0-6 SU in their last 6 gamesNY Giants are 3-5 ATS in their last 8 gamesThe total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Giants’ last 5 games on the roadThe total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 gamesKey Injuries:NYG – TE Rhett Ellison (Concussion), RB Saquon Barkley (Shoulder), CB Janoris Jenkins (Concussion), T Nate Solder (Concussion), C Jon Halapio (Hamstring), T Mike Remmers (Back) and TE Evan Engram (Foot) are all listed as questionable against Bears.CHI – QB Mitch Trubisky (Hip), OL Bobby Massie (Back) and TE Adam Shaheen (Foot) are all listed as questionable against the NY Giants.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Giants vs. BearsPittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati BengalsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETPaul Brown Stadium, CincinnatiTV Broadcast: CBSOpening NFL Line: Steelers -7.5 / 39.5Season Record: Steelers (5-5-0) vs Bengals (0-10-0)The Steelers are faced with a must-win game after succumbing to a loss to Cleveland last Thursday, a game that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. In any event, Pittsburgh is faced with a second straight divisional foe in as many weeks and by all accounts this is a straight-up win in the bag. The Bengals remain winless on 2019 despite the quarterback change from Andy Dalton to rookie Ryan Finley. Although the Bengals succumbed to their second-straight loss with the rookie signal caller, the 17-10 defeat in Oakland had a better ring to it than the previous beatdown against the Ravens at Paul Brown.Lookahead lines had the Steelers laying -7.5 at early doors, but early betting has seen this line trimmed down to -6.5 and, even, -6 in some cases. It’s not often the Steelers are favored this season, given all the adversity they’ve faced, but the -6 point spread currently on offer does seem reasonable for week 12 NFL picks. Keep in mind, the Steelers hammered the Bengals earlier this season 27-3 at Heinz Field.NFL Betting Trends:Steelers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against BengalsSteelers are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 gamesBengals are 4-6 ATS in their last 10 gamesThe total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games at homeKey Injuries:PIT –  C Maurice Pouncey (Suspension) is eligible week 15; LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (Concussion), CB Artie Burns (Knee), RB James Conner (Shoulder) WR Dionte Johnson (Concussion) and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Concussion) are all listed as questionable against Bengals.CIN – CB William Jackson III (Arm) and WR Auden Tate (Concussion) are both listed as questionable.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Steelers vs. BengalsMiami Dolphins vs. Cleveland BrownsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETFirstEnergy Stadium, ClevelandTV Broadcast: FOXOpening NFL Line: Browns -12.5 / 45Season Record: Dolphins (2-8-0) vs Browns (4-6-0)The Cleveland Browns appear to be enjoying a little bit of late season momentum winning two in a row, including masterminding their first win over Pittsburgh in five years –albeit without Big Ben under center. It’s no surprise, oddsmakers tip the Browns as the massive home chalk to the visiting Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but the double-digit spread does seem a bit overly generous.Early public betting appears to be clamoring on Miami’s bandwagon, betting down the Dolphins from an opening +12.5 to +10.5 at various sports betting outlets. The Dolphins are coming off a 37-20 loss to Buffalo, but they’ve covered in five of their last six games – three of which included double-digit spreads and one of which they won outright. Is this a trap game for Cleveland? Consider the Dolphins beat the Colts 16-12 on the road to cover as the +11 underdogs a few weeks ago. In their last six games, they’ve also shown a lack of quit that has earned them some fans. On the flip side, the Browns have underestimated several opponents, including the Broncos and Titans this season.NFL Betting Trends:Dolphins are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 gamesDolphins are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against BrownsBrowns are 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 gamesBrowns are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games at homeKey Injuries:MIA – S Bobby McCain (Shoulder) and WR Gary Jennings Jr. (Shoulder) are questionable against Browns.CLE – DE Myles Garrett (Suspension) is out for the season and DT Larry Ogunjobi (Suspension) is eligible week 13; S Morgan Burnett (Achilles) is out for the season.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Dolphins vs. BrownsCarolina Panthers vs. New Orleans SaintsSunday, November 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETMercedes-Benz Superdome, New OrleansTV Broadcast: CBSOpening NFL Line: Saints -11.5 /48Season Record Panthers (5-5-0) vs Saints (8-2-0)The Saints bounced back with a comprehensive win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 11, a win that saw the NFC hopefuls improve to an 8-2 SU record and maintain the pressure on the Packers and Niners in the race for top seed. For a second straight week the Saints take on an NFC South opponent, the Carolina Panthers who are coming off a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers have now lost two in a row and slip to .500 on the season. It’s no coincidence this run of form coincides with two suspect games for Kyle Allen. One wonders whether opposing coaches have figured out Kyle Allen or whether the announcement he was the starter for the foreseeable put untold pressure on the undrafted quarterback’s shoulders. It’s one thing when a quarterback is playing freely (with house money so to speak) all the while looking to capitalize on an opportune chance. Another when the burden of expectation is firmly at your feet. When it’s suddenly your job to lose and not gain. Whatever it is it’s tough to tell. What is looking likely however is Allen’s woes aren’t going to end. IF Brees is anywhere nearly as hot as he was last week and the Saints defense goes after Allen as they did Winston, it could be another tough day in the office.Having said that the Saints opened as the whopping -11.5 home chalk, which does seem a touch generous. That NFL line didn’t hold water for long as the public has bet down the Saints to as low as -8.5. Some sportsbooks have come down to Saints laying -10. Depending on which side of the coin NFL bettors are looking to bet, shopping around for the best line that meets the wager is recommended.  There’s a big difference between backing the Saints at -8.4 and -10, obvs.NFL Betting Trends:Panthers are 2-2 ATS in their last 4 games on the roadThe total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games against New OrleansSaints are 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games at homeSaints are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 gamesKey Injuries:CAR – CB Ross Cockrell (Quadricep) and T Dennis Daley (Groin) are both questionable against Saints.NO – TE Josh Hill (Concussion) is questionable against Panthers.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Panthers vs. SaintsOakland Raiders vs. New York JetsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETMetLife Stadium, East RutherfordTV Broadcast: CBSOpening NFL Line: Raiders -4.5 / 47.5Season Record: Raiders (6-4-0) vs Jets (3-7-0)The Jets overcome some adversity – from mono to seeing ghosts to a slew of injuries – to finally put together their first winning streak of the season. A whopping two-game winning streak that includes wins over the Giants and Redskins. Are they ready to take it up a notch though and beat an above .500 side at home?Well, the Jets did upset the Cowboys at MetLife earlier this season so it’s not without the realm of possibility. The Oakland Raiders are enjoying their own surge of three-straight wins ahead of week 12, but it’s worth noting the Raiders haven’t blown the competition out of the water this season. In fact, they’ve been winning by the skin of their teeth for the most part.Raiders are 6-4 ATS with a -2.5 losing margin on average and just a +0.1 differential versus the spread. On the road, the Raiders are 2-2 ATS with a -8.5 losing margin on average and a -2.4 differential versus the spread. Lookahead lines had the Raiders as the -4.5 road faves, but since open doors the public has bet up the hosts prompting the line to move down to Raiders -3. While the key field goal number feels reasonable, bettors might want to play the wait and see game to see how this line unfolds closer to kick-off before pulling the trigger.NFL Betting Trends:Raiders are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 gamesRaiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against NY JetsNY Jets are 4-6 ATS in their last 10 gamesThe total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Jets’ last 6 gamesKey Injuries:OAK – no new injuries listedNY Jets – T Kelvin Beachum (Ankle), T Chuma Edoga (Ankle) and LB Paul Worrilow (Quadricep) are listed as questionable against Raiders.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Raiders vs. JetsSeattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia EaglesSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETLincoln Financial Field, PhiladelphiaTV Broadcast: FOXOpening NFL Line: Eagles -3 / 49.5Season Record: Seahawks (8-2-0) vs Eagles (5-5-0)How the Philadelphia Eagles could even be considered home favorites in this matchup in Vegas lookahead lines is unimaginable. Yet, that is the case as early servings tipped the Eagles with the customary field goal edge at home. Evidently, that hasn’t gone down with the public at all. Early money is pouring in on the Seahawks (almost 70% of early wagering tickets according to SBR Consensus Betting reports), forcing the NFL line to move dramatically. As it is, the Eagles are merely -2 favorites. It won’t be surprising if the script completely flips on this game and the Seahawks close as the road chalk. The Eagles fell flat against the Patriots in week 11 and lost 17-10 with Carson Wentz not playing up to snuff.For those that are buying what the Seahawks are selling, grabbing the points now is worthwhile. The Seahawks are coming off a bye week after upsetting the Niners on the road in week 10. Few would be shocked if the Seahawks kept the ball rolling with yet another road upset.NFL Betting Trends:Seahawks are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 gamesSeahawks are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the roadEagles are 4-6 ATS in their last 10 gamesThe total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games against SeattleKey Injuries:SEA – WR Tyler Lockett (Leg) is listed as probable against Eagles; TE Luke Willson (Hamstring) is listed as doubtful against Eagles. PHI – T Lane Johnson (Concussion) and RB Jordan Howard (Stinger) are listed as questionable against Seahawks; RB Darren Sproles (Hip Flexor) is on I-R.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Seahawks vs. EaglesDetroit Lions vs. Washington RedskinsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 p.m. ETFedEx Field, LandoverTV Broadcast: FOXOpening NFL Line: Lions -1 / 41.5Season Record: Lions (3-6-1) vs Redskins (1-9-0)The Lions played the Cowboys rather well despite succumbing to the 35-27 loss. Indeed, they gave America’s favorite team a right run for its money all the while backup Jeff Driskel led the charge.Going into week 12, Matthew Stafford’s status is still up in the air. It’s more likely than not, Driskel will start against the Redskins on Sunday. Why risk Stafford in a game that isn’t going to salvage their season. The Redskins, meanwhile, are 1-9-0 SU on the season and winless with Haskins in his last two starts. The rookie had a subpar showing against the Jets in the nation’s capital and it looks like he’ll be enduring growing pains for some time to come.Overall, there’s not much to like about the Redskins right now. So, it’s no surprise, Washington opened as the nominal home puppies on the NFL odds board. Early betting has pushed the line however to above a field goal in favor of the Lions. These two teams are certainly going nowhere fast this season but on balance the Lions are the better team in this matchup. This should be a long overdue win for the maligned Lions. Betting the Lions to win and cover isn’t a bad idea for week 12 picks.NFL Betting Trends:Lions are 4-6 ATS in their last 10 gamesLions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against RedskinsRedskins are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games at homeThe total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 gamesKey Injuries:DET – QB Matthew Stafford (Back) is out indefinitely; CB Jamal Agnew (Ankle), FB Nick Bawden (Knee), DE Trey Flowers (Concussion), OL Frank Ragnow (Concussion) and DB Tracy Walker (Knee) are all listed as questionable against Redskins.WAS – P Tress Way (Leg) and DL Daron Payne (Ankle) are both listed as questionable against Lions.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Lions vs. RedskinsJacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee TitansSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4:05 p.m. ETNissan Stadium, NashvilleTV Broadcast: CBSOpening NFL Line: Titans -3 / 41.5Season Record: Jaguars (4-6-0) vs Titans (5-5-0)The Tennessee Titans recorded an eyebrow raising upset over the Kansas City Chiefs a couple of weeks ago before going into a bye week. It was a statement-making win for both Mike Vrabel and Ryan Tannehill and saw the Titans improve to 5-5 SU in the AFC South. Next up for the Titans is a divisional foe in Jacksonville Jaguars. Nick Foles’ belated return didn’t go to plan as the Jaguars lost to the Colts 33-13 last Sunday and slipped to 4-6 SU on the season. For both sides, this is a must-win game if they hope to keep their playoff bid alive. More so for the Jags, who are quickly losing faith in public betting circles. Earlier in the season, the Jags beat the Titans 20-7; however, both teams had different quarterbacks. Vegas opened this game on a field goal advantage for the Titans, a customary edge awarded to home teams in a tossup game. This is a total tossup for week 12 NFL picks. Could Foles get his groove back with a second game under his belt?  NFL Betting Trends:Jaguars are 4-7-1 ATS in their last 12 games on the roadJaguars are 2-4 SU in their last 6 gamesTitans are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against JaguarsTitans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against JaguarsKey Injuries:JAX –  DE Lerentree McCray (Hamstring) and TE Josh Oliver (Back) are both listed on I-R.TEN – CB Malcolm Butler (Wrist) is listed on I-R.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Jaguars vs. TitansDallas Cowboys vs. New England PatriotsSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4:25 p.m. ETGillette Stadium, FoxboroTV Broadcast: FOXOpening NFL Line: Patriots 7 /46Season Record: Cowboys (6-4-0) vs Patriots (9-1-0)Dallas Cowboys are faced with their toughest ask this season when they take on the New England Patriots at the Foxboro. Appropriately, oddsmakers opened the Cowboys as the massive road underdogs. Thus far, the Cowboys have enjoyed immense success against questionable opposition wins against the Giants, Redskins, Eagles, Dolphins and Lions are hardly anything to write home about. They’ve yet to beat a legitimate contender home or away. Cowboys are 0-3 SU against winning teams.Should the Cowboys pull off the unthinkable against the Patriots, it would put paid on all the criticism they’ve endured thus far. How realistic are their chances though? Not very, by all accounts.Terrific Tom may not be so terrific this season but the Patriots defense is nothing to scoff at. Moreover, beating the Patriots at the Foxboro is a tough ask for any team, never mind the Cowboys.Opening markets tipped the Patriots as the -7 home chalk but the NFL line has come down to -6 already with several sports betting outlets. Given the Patriots are typically currency at the NFL betting exchange, attacking the point spread now for week 12 NFL picks is worthwhile. That said, playing the waiting game to see if the NFL line drops further in order to grab a better number for the Patriots is also an option. There might be late money coming down the wire on the Boys that could push the line down further.  NFL Betting Trends:Cowboys are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 gamesCowboys are 3-2 SU in their last 5 games on the roadPatriots are 9-1 SU in their last 10 gamesPatriots are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 gamesKey Injuries:DAL – CB Anthony Brown (Tricep) and C Adam Redmond (Back) are both listed on I-R; WR Amari Cooper (Knee) is listed as probable against Patriots;  S Xavier Woods (Finger) and T La’el Collins (Knee) are both listed as questionable against Patriots.NE – WR Phillip Dorsett II (Head) and RB Damien Harris (Hamstring) are both listed as questionable against Cowboys.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Cowboys vs. PatriotsGreen Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ersSunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 8:20 p.m. ETLevi’s Stadium, Santa ClaraTV Broadcast: NBCOpening NFL Line: Niners -3 / 46Season Record: Packers (8-2-0) vs Niners (9-1-0)Two of the stalwarts in the NFC collide in this blockbuster Sunday Night Football showdown; arguably, one of the most intriguing matchups of the 2019 NFL season with the pair in the running for the No.1 seed in the playoffs. Indeed, it’s a big deal and the reason why it was rescheduled to feature in this primetime slot. As it is, the Niners have homefield advantage and enter this game as the nominal field goal faves. However, early money appears to be leaning towards the Packers ever so slightly. The 8-2 SU Packers come into week 12 following a bye week. They’ll be well rested and raring to go at Levi’s Stadium. On the road, the Packers are 3-1 SU with their only blemish a surprising loss to the Los Angeles Chargers a few weeks back. The Niners bounced back with a win over the Arizona Cardinals last week, beating Kyler Murray and company 36-26 to improve to a 9-1 SU record. However, taking the shine off of the Niners somewhat is the growing injury list on the offensive side of the ball. George Kittle is a day-to-day decision and Emanuel Sanders is still not 100%. To be fair, both sides have a legitimate stake in the win making a bet either way a reasonable one. The Packers to keep it close or go for the upset wouldn’t surprise anybody, Similarly, the Niners underscoring their homefield advantage with a hard fought win over the Niners would be par for the course. They’ve been putting paid on their critics from game-to-game and finding ways to win even when the chips are down.  NFL Betting Trends:Packers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 gamesPackers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 gamesNiners are 9-1 SU in their last 10 gamesNiners are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 gamesKey Injuries:GB – LB Ty Summers (Concussion) and CB Tremon Smith (Concussion) are both listed as questionable against 49ers.SF –  TE George Kittle (Knee) is listed as day-to-day; DL Dee Ford (Hamstring), WR Deebo Samuel (Shoulder) and CB K’Waun Williams (Stinger) are listed as questionable against Packers.MORE: Follow the latest betting trends for Packers vs. 49ersBaltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles RamsMonday, Nov. 25, 2019, 8:15 p.m. ETLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los AngelesTV Broadcast: ESPNOpening NFL Line: Ravens -2.5 / 49Season Record: Ravens (8-2-0) vs Rams (6-4-0)How can the Ravens be favored by a field goal or less in this matchup? Haven’t the oddsmakers been watching what the Baltimore is doing to opponents. Last week, they practically rendered Deshaun Watson and the Texans a non-factor in a most lopsided outcome. Indeed, in the last few games, Lamar Jackson has done enough to earn a little bit of a respite in the fourth quarter. A chance to put his feet up while the backup gets a few twirls up and down the field. Jared Goff and the Rams, by contrast, have looked anything but like the Super Bowl runners-up. They’ve enjoyed a mixed season and have struggled against some of the better teams. In Sunday Night Football, the Rams got back in the win column but how much stock can NFL bettors put in a win over the Bears? Let alone a narrow 17-7 win that saw the Rams pull ahead late in the game with a brief inspired series from Jared Goff. The Ravens are 4-1 SU on the road and 3-2 ATS with a 19.4 winning margin on average and a +16.7 differential versus the spread. The Rams are 2-2 ATS at home with no winning margin edge and a -4.8 differential versus the spread. The last time the Rams faced a legitimate contender at home they were blown away 20-7 by the Niners.NFL Betting Trends:Ravens are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 gamesRavens are 6-0 SU in their last 6 gamesLA Rams are 3-5 SU in their last 8 gamesThe total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Rams’ last 5 gamesKey Injuries:BAL – no new injuries currently listed Now that week 11 is in the books, we look straight ahead towards the upcoming week’s NFL odds board, a veritable 14-game buffet of pivotal matchups for NFL bettors to sink their teeth into. MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook Reviewlast_img read more