Happy New Years Eve everyone! Wow, the last day of 2021. Lucky for me, I’m starting my 2022 resolution early to watch more football. It will be a challenge, but I think I’ll be up to it. And I hope you will be up to the task of subscribing to this newsletter and having it delivered to your inbox every day.
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Hello everyone, but especially to …
UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL FANS EVERYWHERE !!!
It is College football playoff semi-final day, everyone!
In yesterday’s bulletin, we explored how each of the four teams could win it all. Today we have even more good things including choice of experts for both matches and Betting tips from betting expert Tom Fornelli:
- Fornelli: “Both attacks rely on passing the ball behind a great offensive line that can wear down an opposing defense and break it down in the second half. Both have passing attacks that are overlooked due to a pair of quarterbacks. which are not more traditional types of “game manager.” Then there are the defenses. Georgia has an elite front seven that has proven to be impenetrable to almost everyone it has faced this past. Michigan has an elite pass-rush led by Heisman finalist Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo. Picks: Michigan +7.5“
Fornelli’s picks were also available in yesterday afternoon’s newsletter, in case you missed it.
To want keys to the two clashes? Reporters Dennis Dodd and Barrett Sallee have them as Georgia-Michigan and Cincinnati-Alabama, respectively.
- Room: “Historically, the Alabama defense has had issues slowing down moving quarterbacks, which exactly describes Cincinnati’s signal caller. Desmond Ridder. … His style and ability to stand out on the ground make him one of the biggest threats under center this Alabama defense has faced. “
Meanwhile, Michigan’s All-Big Ten defensive back, Daxton Hill, is questionable, and reason is shrouded in mystery.
Today’s games tick many boxes. Power of the stars. Force against force. Blue blood against new blood. The outsiders. Dynasties. Mystery. The suspense. I can not wait.
And not so good morning for …
THE RAVENS OF BALTIMORE
From Marcus Peters and JK Dobbins the end of their season before they even started the recent absences of Lamar jackson and Tyler huntley – and so many other injuries in between – the fact that the Ravens are still in the hunt for the playoffs is impressive.
Yesterday dealt another blow: After limping during Wednesday’s practice, Jackson did not train on Thursday, leaving his status for Sunday’s showdown with the Rams in doubt. It couldn’t come at a worse time, writes Tyler Sullivan:
- Sullivan: “This lingering injury for Jackson is untimely for the Baltimore playoff prospects. Thanks to a four-game losing streak the team is currently in, the Ravens are now 8-7 this year and are ranked as that seeded No.8. just look out of the AFC playoff picture. They should win to give themselves the best chance of qualifying for the playoffs and have Jackson in the fold during this critical time. would certainly be the key to saving their season. “
While Jackson has had its ups and downs, there is no doubt that he is the team’s best option to cause upheaval. This season, Baltimore has averaged nearly one more yard per set when Jackson is on the court than when Huntley is on the court. They are better in almost every aspect when the 2019 MVP is playing.
Las Vegas agrees: Baltimore was a 3.5-point underdog on Caesars Sportsbook when betting opened on Monday, and the line slipped to 4.5 points this morning.
As NFL scribe Cody Benjamin writes in his “One thing we learned about every NFL team in week 16” column, “(The Ravens are) in real trouble.” At their best (and healthiest, by this year’s standards), the Ravens were a Super Bowl contender with wins over the Chiefs, Colts and Chargers. Sadly, we haven’t seen this version for a while, and we might not see it until next season.
Not so honorable mention
Prisco’s Choices: Chefs or Bengals? ??
There are two weeks left in the regular season, and there are crucial clashes all day Sunday. But there is nothing greater than the Chefs visit the Bengals (1 p.m. on CBS and Paramount +).
Pete Prisco made his choices, and he thinks this game won’t disappoint, with the Bengals covering the 5-point gap.
- Prisco: “This is the game of the week. The Bengals are on a roll after beating the Ravens last week, while the Chiefs are the AFC seed. It has all the makings of an offensive shootout. , with Joe terrier try to match Patrick muhammad. It will be a treat to watch. It will be very close too. Picks: Chefs 33, Bengals 31“
In the NFC, one of the biggest games is that of the Cowboys (-6) hosting the Cardinals.
- Prisco: “The Cardinals have lost three games in a row, but they’re still in the playoffs. They need to play better. Dallas looked to be right last week against Washington, especially on offense. The Cowboys will use their running game to get around the Cardinals in this one. Take: Cowboys 27, Cardinals 20“
If you want to know more about this match, here is a statistical overview of yours truly.
We also have expert picks from the NFL John Panties, Tyler sullivan, Jordan Dajani and of course, the proven SportsLine model.
Will Monday be Ben Heinz’s final? ??
“I never speak definitively or guaranteed. It’s just not what I’ve done or who I am. But looking at the big picture, I’d say all signs point to that. that could be it.“
It was Ben roethlisberger yesterday when asked if Monday night’s game against the brown could be his last home game as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While it may be surprising that Roethlisberger acknowledges this, the impending retirement comes as no surprise, writes Tyler Sullivan:
- Sullivan: “Rumors that this could be Roethlisberger’s last season have been around for some time. The last offseason, it restructured his contract to stay with the Steelers for one more season, but is not contractually bound to the organization beyond 2021. “
Steelers only have a 17.1% chance of qualifying for the playoffs, say the latest projections, the end of an era can therefore be very near. Drafted in 2004, Roethlisberger won two Super Bowls and climbed to fifth on the NFL’s all-time passing yards list. The Steelers are the only team he’s played for.
In his last fictitious draftNFL draft expert Josh Edwards has the Steelers taking on quarterback Ole Miss Matt Corral.
What we’re watching this weekend
(Alternate title: Will I turn my TV off at all this weekend?) All Eastern Time, odds via Caesars Sportsbook
🏈 Cotton Bowl Classic: N ° 4 Cincinnati vs N ° 1 Alabama (-13.5), 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 Orange Bowl: Georgia # 3 (-7.5) vs # 2 Michigan, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
?? Trail Blazers to the Lakers (-5.5), 10:30 p.m. on NBA TV
🏈 Fiesta Bowl: N ° 9 Oklahoma State vs N ° 5 Notre Dame (-2), 1 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 N ° 22 Villanova at n ° 15 Seton Hall, 2 p.m. on CBS
🏀 No. 1 Baylor to No. 8 Iowa State, 2 p.m. on ESPNU
🏈 Rose Bowl: # 11 Utah vs # 6 Ohio State (-4), 5 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 Sugar Bowl: n ° 7 Baylor vs n ° 8 Ole Miss (-1.5), 8:45 p.m. on ESPN
Jazz Warriors, 9 p.m. on NBA TV
🏈 Chiefs (-5) to Bengals, 1 p.m. on CBS and Paramount +
🏈 Dolphins among the Titans (-3.5), 1 p.m. on CBS and Paramount +
🏈 Cardinals at Cowboys (-6), 4:25 p.m. on FOX
🏈 Vikings in Packers (-7), 8:20 a.m. on NBC