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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Betting Pick: August 18th 2012

| August 18, 2012

MLB Picks: August 18th 2012
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -158
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Saturday there are 3 Big NFL 90+% Power System plays up Including a Double Perfect Game of the Month. Congrats to those who Jumped on last nights 7* MLB Goy Winner on the Yankees, part of another 3-0 sweep as MLB is on an 11-0 run and NFL Cashed out with Detroit. MLB has 2 plays, a Dog with Bite system Winner, where dogs are winning by nearly 3 runs and another Big totals Winner. Free plays on a 15-2 run. MLB Free system winner below.

On Saturday the free play is on the St. Louis Cardinals. Game 966 at 4:05 Eastern. Free Picks are now on a nice 15-2 run after last night with with the Vikings, all posted right here every day. St. Louis qualifies in a nice system that has cashed 20 of 25 times, but the line is too high for unit rate status. We want to play on certain home favorites off a home favored loss at -140 or more if they scored 2 or less runs on 4 or less hits with 5 or more men left on base, vs an opponent off a road dog win and scored 4 or less runs on 5 or more hits. The Pirates took a close 2-1 game from the Cardinals last night. However St. Louis has a nice pitching advantage with Lynn who is 6-3 at home with a 3.15 home era. The Pirates go with Bedard and have lost 8 of his 11 road starts and he has a 6.98 road era. In 2 starts here this season Bedard has gone 9+ innings and allowed 7 earned runs. The Cardinals have won 10 of the last 13 at home vs leftys and are scoring 6 run per game on the year vs left handers. Add in this little nugget. St. Louis is 22-3 as a home favorite of -140 or higher if they lost their starters last start in walk off fashion. Look for the Cardinals to get this one. On Saturday the lead play is the NFL Double Perfect Game of the Month. There are also 2 other NFLX Sides up both from solid systems cashing over 90% and a Solid MLB Dog with Bite system where dogs are winning by nearly 3 runs. There is also a solid MLB Totals Winner going. Last night we Nailed our 7* MLB Goy for a 5th consecutive season as well as the Top NFL Play on Detroit as we went 3-0 and MLB has won 11 straight. Jump on and cash out. For the free play take the Cardinals. RV

Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams Week 2 NFL Preseason Pick: August 18th 2012

| August 16, 2012

Week 2 NFL Preseason Pick: August 18th 2012
Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams
Current line: Kansas City (-1/36.5)

Kansas City visits the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. for a Saturday night matchup at 8pmET. These two local rivals played in the preseason last year and the Rams won 14-10 laying 2 in Kansas City. The Chiefs are coming off a 27-17 win over Arizona at home last Friday, giving 1.5. St. Louis was routed on Sunday afternoon, 38-3 by the Colts from Indianapolis.

Weather: Dome

The Rams are coming off a 2-14 SU season, they were 3-12-1 ATS and 5-9-2 Under. Last year, they went 3-1 ATS in the preseason. First-year coach Jeff Fisher (Tenn.) is 32-30 SU, 32-29-3 ATS and 33-29-2 Over in preseason. The Chiefs are coming off a disappointing 7-9 SU season, they were 9-7 ATS and 4-12 Under. Last year, they went 0-3-1 ATS in the preseason. Romeo Crennel is in his first year as head coach and previously coached with Cleveland where he was 8-8 SU, 9-7 ATS and 6-10 Under in preseason.

Outlook:

The Rams are coming off a terrible season but the future is bright under new head coach Jeff Fisher. They traded their second pick of the draft to move down and take LSU DT Michael Brockers. They also acquired multiple first and second rounders from Washington. QB Sam Bradford, who was hampered by an ankle injury last year, needs some help as the Rams drafted WR Brian Quick from Appalachian State and WR Chris Givens from Wake Forest. But that’s still a question mark and might not be enough to improve the 30th-ranked passing offense. On defense, Brockers will help their awful run defense (151ypg, 31st). They also added free agent DT Kendall Langford and CB Cortland Finnegan, who played for Fisher in Tennessee

Jeff Fisher knew he had a difficult task at hand when he agreed to join the St. Louis Rams. Judging by the club’s first effort under its new head coach, there seems to be a lot more work that needs to be done.

The Rams have nowhere to go but up when they take the field at the Edward Jones Dome for their initial preseason home game under Fisher, an in-state clash with the Kansas City Chiefs, after being lambasted by the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday in a battle of two-win teams from the 2011 season. Led by a stellar debut by No. 1 overall draft choice Andrew Luck, the new-look Colts piled up 430 total yards en route to a 38-3 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Luck was razor-sharp against a revamped St. Louis defense that was starting two rookies, first-round defensive tackle Michael Brockers and second-round cornerback Janoris Jenkins, with the young quarterback completing 10-of-16 attempts for 188 yards and two scores while directing Indianapolis to touchdowns on three of its first four possessions. On the Colts’ opening play from scrimmage, the Rams allowed running back Donald Brown to turn a short pass into a 63-yard score.

Indianapolis quarterbacks combined for 314 net yards and three touchdowns through the air on the afternoon, with the Colts recording 23 first downs as a group.

St. Louis at least was able to get a healthy Sam Bradford some needed work in the opener. The 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of Year, coming off a rough sophomore season in which he missed six games due to a high ankle sprain, was under center for the Rams’ first two series and went a solid 7-for-9 for 57 yards.

Running back Isaiah Pead, another rookie who’ll be counted on to play an important role in the Rams’ rebuilding process, finished with a team-high 33 yards on 10 carries and added three receptions out of the backfield.

Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith caught two Bradford passes totaling 14 yards in the loss. The free-agent addition is one of a host of candidates vying for a starting job alongside Danny Amendola, with 2012 second-round pick Brian Quick, fellow rookie Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Brandon Gibson also in the mix. Gibson may have fallen behind the race, however, due to a hamstring injury that should sideline him for a second straight week.

The Chiefs have a new coach in Crennel, taking over for Todd Haley. What they need is a better season and healthy one from QB Matt Cassel and RB Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL last season in Game 2.The additions of CB Stanford Routt and OT Eric Winston were solid additions. KC has to improve their rush defense, which allowed 132ypg last year (26th). They drafted NT Dontari Poe (6-4, 346) who is raw and still trying to learn Crennel’s defense.

The Chiefs came away from their opener in much better spirits, as the team delivered a solid overall performance and welcomed the return of four key players in last week’s 27-17 home triumph over Arizona.

Running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki each missed the majority of last year’s trying 7-9 campaign with ACL tears suffered within the season’s first two weeks, while quarterback Matt Cassel started just nine times before breaking his right hand in November. All saw action against the Cardinals, with Cassel hitting on 5-of-6 throws for 67 yards and capping Kansas City’s opening drive with an 11-yard touchdown strike to running back Peyton Hillis.

Charles, the runner-up for the NFL’s 2010 rushing title with 1,467 yards, had three carries for 12 yards along with an 11-yard catch in his comeback. Hillis, a former 1,000-yard rusher in Cleveland signed as insurance during the offseason, came through with 41 yards on only four attempts in addition to his touchdown catch.

The Chiefs put up 166 yards on the ground for the game, with the defense contributing seven sacks to the victory.

Kansas City still remains without another of its top offensive weapons, however, with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe yet to sign his franchise tender and report to camp. The Chiefs do enter Saturday’s contest with few major injury concerns, though standout cornerback Brandon Flowers may be held out a second straight week as he recovers from a foot bruise.

College Football Weekly Update for August 16th 2012

| August 16, 2012

College Football Weekly Update
By SBRForum.com

Who’s ready for some football? Both the college football and NFL are set to start within the next few weeks.

Before that though there’s been a ton of movement and shakeups over the offseason, especially in college football. Coaching changes are normally the talk of the town, but they were extremely low on the totem pole this year due to the Penn State scandal and other stories.

We start with the Nittany Lions though, who are still dealing with the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Silas Redd, the number one running back last season for Penn State, has already transferred to USC, and now others have followed suit. Backup quarterback Rob Bolden is gone to LSU, while defensive tackle Jamil Pollard has moved on to Rutgers.

There’s also Justin Brown who’s transferred and he was a reliable option for the Nittany Lions in the passing game last season.

Big news also came out of the TCU camp, with the school deciding not to suspend starting QB Casey Pachall for his failed drug test. Pachall owned up to his mistake and completed a counseling program and it appears that was enough to fend off a legitimate punishment.

Pachall is integral to the Horned Frogs’ chances of competing at the top in the Big 12 so TCU fans will be praying he manages to stay out of any further trouble.

The final news we saw was the release of the USA Today Coaches Poll. Lane Kiffin may have given up his vote, but that’s not stopping the Trojans from being an early favorite in the eyes of many.

It’s no surprise which three teams are at the top in both the polls and the college football odds: Alabama, LSU and USC. Those are the three front-runners in pretty much everyone’s book. To wrap up the top five, Oklahoma and Oregon are there looking to spoil the party.