It might not be now-or-never desperation for the Houston Texans just yet when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a key AFC South clash to open the regular season. But the Texans know they will likely need to beat the Colts at least once in order to gain enough confidence to be a playoff team for the first time in their existence this year. Indy is a small road favorite at -2 depending where you shop thanks to past dominance in the series. This line is hovering from -1 to -2 so be sure to get the best number depending on the side you like. You can compare the current odds on our NFL point spreads page of the website for free.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers begin the 2010 regular season at home on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger due to a four-game suspension for breaking the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Second-year player Dennis Dixon will start in Roethlisberger’s place for the Steelers, who have not been home underdogs in the regular season since 2004.
The Carolina Panthers and New York Giants open the regular season and New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday, each looking for fresh starts off disappointing years. The Panthers and Giants both missed the playoffs after identical 8-8 campaigns that were simply not good enough to get them to the postseason in competitive divisions.
The Chicago Bears (0-3) have been anything but impressive in going winless this preseason and will be hard-pressed to turn things around in the finale considering starting quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to sit out and rest for the regular-season opener against Detroit. Regardless, the Bears enter Thursday’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns (1-2) as 2-point road favorites on the NFL football betting lines despite the fact that veteran Todd Collins will be calling a majority of the offensive signals.
The major sports leagues in the U.S. are not just going to sit back and let Delaware legalize sports betting. They obviously fear that it would establish a dangerous precedent. If you haven’t followed it, here’s a quick summary – the state of Delaware has decided to legalize sports betting as a way to raise more revenue for the state. There will be a lottery as well, but the controversial idea s that they will have Vegas-style sports books located in the existing race tracks in the state. Other states, especially New Jersey, are watching very closely because they would be interested in doing the same – in Atlantic City in New Jersey’s case. The state pushed through the legislation quickly and intends to have it up and running in time for the wildly lucrative football season. The leagues aren’t happy about it at all. They are outwardly opposed to gambling in any form, and their position is that they fear that widespread gambling will lead to corruption within the sport, or at least it will allow questions to be raised each time there is a close finish or a controversial call. In an attempt to stop progress in Delaware the four major sports and the NCAA have banded together and have sued the state.
For a change, I’m going to take a brief foray into the legislative arena today. I think that it is absolutely ridiculous that there are casinos all over the continent, and more every day, and yet you can only place a sports bet in a very small fraction of them. I’m reasonably confident that pretty much everyone who reads this will agree with me. We can bet on cards, dice, a steel ball, or a million different permutations of the whim of a microchip, yet the higher powers don’t trust us to legally bet on a football game without logging on and sending our cash into cyberspace. Silly.
We are still several months away from the start of the NFL season, and there is a whole lot of quality sporting action between now and then. For a huge number of sports bettors, though, the NFL is the only thing that really matters. If the players aren’t currently dancing with other stars then they are in the weight room and on the practice field getting ready for next season. There’s no reason that you shouldn’t be doing the same. Don’t worry – you don’t have to break a sweat to get ready. Here are five things you can do to get ready to be at your best and most profitable when the season starts for real, though: