Week 5 DraftKings Picks: Best lineup stacks for NFL DFS tournaments, cash games

first_imgThe Bucs-Saints matchup is intriguing in that I could see this game both being a shootout or a grind-it-out defensive game. Both teams have defenses that can get after opposing quarterbacks and create turnovers; however, both of them also have weaknesses in their defensive secondaries that have been exposed at points so far this season. For tournaments, I want to target this game with some full game stacks in the scenario that the passing games get rolling and my favorite combination is a Bucs’ stack of Winston and Godwin, and then running it back with Thomas. MORE WEEK 5 DFS: Values | Lineup builderThe Winston-Godwin stack was a GPP winner last week, and they should be in line for another nice week as long as Winston can maintain his red-hot form and avoid the turnovers that have plagued his career (a huge if). Godwin should have another excellent game in this spot playing indoors in the Superdome. Saints’ top CB Marshon Lattimore will be shadowing Mike Evans on the outside, and we have seen WR2s shred the Saints on plenty of occasions over the last few years. It makes a lot of sense to play a Saints’ player with any Bucs’ stack in this game. Alvin Kamara is undoubtedly an option, but I’m taking the great value that we are getting with Thomas. Sure, the switch from Drew Brees to Teddy Bridgewater is a massive downgrade, but that is factored in with Thomas’ price drop. The targets have still been there for Thomas, who has 29 targets in the three games in which Bridgewater has played this season. The Bucs’ defense is much improved this season, but their corners remain their big weakness. There’s plenty of strategy that goes into putting together a winning DFS lineup, and the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools. RotoQL’s Lineup Optimizer is a massive advantage when you’re building lineups, regardless of contest size or site. WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPFor more great gambling and NFL, NBA, PGA, and MLB DFS content, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj), where I’m always answering daily fantasy questions and providing more DFS analysis.Week 5 NFL DFS Picks: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games     QB Andy Dalton and WR Auden Tate, Bengals vs. CardinalsEveryone saw the Bengals offense look like absolute garbage on Monday night, but don’t let that recency bias sway you into fading them this week in a matchup with the Cardinals. I’m always a sucker for cheap QB/WR stacks in cash games if the situation is right, and this is certainly a spot where we can target Dalton and Tate at great value price points. Tate has seen his role in the Bengals offense rise over the first few weeks of the season, and he will slot into the number 2 receiver role in the Bengals offense in a perfect matchup against the Cardinals at home with John Ross set to miss a few weeks after suffering a shoulder injury on Monday night. Tate is a red-zone monster with his 6-5 frame, and he has great speed for a big wide receiver. Tate has 16 targets over the last two weeks, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the 8-10 target range should Ross be ruled out. The matchup could not be any better for Tate and the rest of the Bengals offense against a Cardinals team that inflates opposing offenses given their pace of play. I don’t see the Bengals having the same pass protection issues that they had on Monday night against the Steelers against a bad Cardinals pass rush, which should lead to Dalton having a week that more resembles this production from Weeks 1-3 rather than his dud in Week 4. The combined price of only $9,200 on DraftKings allows you to do a lot with the rest of your lineup and most importantly helps save you enough salary to jam in at least two of Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dalvin Cook in your lineup – something that I’m making the number one priority in cash games this week. WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerQB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones, Falcons @ TexansThe Falcons-Texans matchup has the highest projected point total on the slate, and I want exposure to that game in as many lineups as possible this week. Ryan is my top cash game QB at his price of $5,900 on DraftKings, and I have no problem pairing him with either Jones or Calvin Ridley. What’s drawing me to Ryan is the Falcons have shown zero ability to run the ball this season, which has led to Ryan averaging 44 passing attempts per game. Ryan has parlayed that passing volume to more than 300 yards passing in all four games this season, which gives him one of the most secure floors on the slate. I fully expect his touchdown numbers to positively regress after he was shutout last week at home against a stingy Titans defense. While the Houston defense is by no means a pushover, they are solidly in the middle of the pack and aren’t a team that I’m going to avoid, especially with the high total of this game. While both Jones and Ridley are excellent options here, I’m giving the edge to Jones despite his high price tag around the industry. There is more than enough value on this slate to be able to pay up for a high-end wide receiver if you choose to do so, and Jones has the best floor/ceiling combination among any wide receiver in the game over the last year. Calvin Ridley is a great value at $4,900 on DraftKings, but I can’t go that route in cash games given his inconsistent week-to-week targets. WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 5 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournamentsQB Deshaun Watson, WR DeAndre Hopkins and WR Will Fuller V, Texans vs. FalconsFor GPPs I’m staying in the Falcons-Texans matchup, but going to the other side of the ball with a 3-man Texans’ stack of Watson, Hopkins and Fuller. Watson is a little too pricey for cash games, but he makes a lot of sense as a spend up option in tournaments. We know that he has slate-winning upside given his rushing ability, and I expect him to have a nice bounce-back week against a Falcons defense that has been shredded by Marcus Mariota and Jacoby Brissett the past two weeks. Hopkins is the highest priced wide receiver on the slate this week, and I think that he will go relatively low owned in all formats with everyone wanting to spend up on the high-end running backs. Hopkins also performs well in high total games. He has posted a plus-minus of +5.1 over his last 9 games going back to last season that had a closing total of 45 points or higher. While anyone casually looking at the box scores will likely overlook Fuller, a deeper dive suggests that he should have some positive regression coming his way. Watson has missed Fuller on two would-be touchdowns in the past two weeks. The matchup couldn’t be much better against the Falcons, who were just lit up at home by A.J. Brown and Corey Davis. Atlanta will be without their best player in the secondary in Keanu Neal, and we saw how badly they struggled without him when he was out of the lineup in 2018.WEEK 5:Top waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsQB Jameis Winston and WR Chris Godwin, Buccaneers, @ WR Michael Thomas, Saints Week 5 DFS presents some value pricing at wide receiver that allows us to put together some solid stacks for cash games and GPP tournaments on DraftKings. Everyone is on Auden Tate this week, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be. There’s also an obvious opportunity in Falcons vs. Texans, where Matt Ryan/Julio Jones makes a solid cash-game pairing while Deshaun Watson and his wideouts could be useful in a GPP.Last week was a rough week, as none of the Daniel Jones/Sterling Shepard, Russell Wilson/Tyler Lockett/Will Dissly or Case Keenum/Terry McLaurin stacks paid off. We saved our butt with the Jared Goff/Brandin Cooks stack – apparently we needed to add even another Rams’ WR in that one.last_img read more

Colonel George M. Boyd, Tuskegee Airman to speak Oct. 28 in Wellington

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Bird fan · 354 weeks ago I hope I can come and see him. Is this open to the public? Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Cherie Graham · 354 weeks ago I hope to see, and listen to such an honorable man, amazing what he has seen, and survived !!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Colonel George Boyd Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On Monday, October 28, 87-year-old former Tuskegee Airman, George M. Boyd, Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and former Wing Commander of the CAP and Retired Major in the United States Air Force, Wichita, will present the program “Keeping Our Dreams Alive”, a program about patriotism and being American, to the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society at the Wellington Senior Center, 308 South Washington, Wellington at 6:30 p.m. Contact Jane Moore at 620-447-3266 in case of inclement weather.Boyd said that he was 18 when he went into the service on the 20th of January of 1944, and when asked if he was afraid, Boyd replied, “Yes, we knew that you could get killed in training or on the battle field. Everyone knew you were in harm’s way when you put that uniform on. Everyone was scared.”Boyd said that he learned to fly at Tuskegee during World War II. It was a time when African Americans were not allowed to serve in the military alongside whites, nor allowed to take pilot training at the same facility as whites.  It was a time when German prisoners brought stateside were treated better than African American soldiers.“I look at what the Nazi’s did,” Boyd said, “they were so wicked that the world was outraged. In World War II we knew we had to win the war. We would have been in bad trouble if we hadn’t won that war.”“The enemy was just as concerned about winning and they were as dedicated to winning as we were,” Boyd said, “that is why the war was so vicious and cruel.”Boyd also served during the Korean and the Vietnam Wars, became a radar intercept officer, and helped protect the fuel tanks for the bombers in Tule, Greenland.Boyd said that he welcomes questions about his Tuskegee experience, as well as his subsequent service, and will also share his experiences when he and three other original Tuskegee Airman went to Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar in 2009 where they spoke to, visited, and signed autographs for approximately 6,000 to 7,000 US Service personnel that included Army, Navy, Air Force and civilians.“The job of the military is to maintain the framework of the Constitution. Our job is to protect the Nation,” Boyd said, “We really have a great country and we need to take care of it.”“I think it was an opportunity and an honor to serve the country,” Boyd said, “If I wasn’t overage and grayed I would be on active duty if they would let me.”last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff Weekly Bookings: Jan. 27 – Feb. 3, 2014

first_imgHollis, Larry D.54Wichita, Ks.500 N Washington, Wellington KSSUCOServing Sentence1/31/14 Mahurin, Bryson L30Oxford, KSCowley County JailSUCOFailure to Appear X21/29/15 Hernandez, Michael35Caldwell, Ks.18th and N. Boyd, Caldwell, KS.CAPDD.U.I., Criminal Threat, and Aggravated Arson2/2/14 Yarbrough, Shay W30Wichita, Ks.610 E Hillside Wellington, KSSUCOFailure to Appear1/30/14 Whiteneir, Jayvon33Wellington, Ks.1100 N A St Wellington KsSUCOInterference with LEO, Possession of opiates, 2 Warrants out of SGCO2/1/14 Wiley, Jacob L.68Wichita, Ks.Ford County JailSUCOBurglary of a Dwelling, Misdemeanor Theft, and Felony Theft1/28/14 Parker, Chad A30Winfield, KSCowley County JailSUCOProbation Violation1/29/15 Bookings Squires ,Amy38Wellington, Ks.1001 E 16th Wellington KsWPDInterference with LEO, Driving under the influence2/2/14 Sumner Co13 Caldwell PD1 Bail Bondsman0 Belle Plaine1 Edwards, Mark54Belle Plaine, Ks970 E 120 Ave N Belle PlaineSUCODriving while suspended, Driving under the influence2/2/14 Daniels, Curtis D53Neosho, MO1500 E Lincoln Wellington, KSWPDPossession of Stolen Property1/31/14 Collins, Durrell M28Tulsa, OKI 35 MP 4 Sumner County, KansasKHPRefuse to pay toll, Driving While Suspended1/30/14 Welch, Kindra P33Wichita, Ks.777 Kansas Star Dr. Mulvane, KSMPDUnlawful Use of a DL,Possession of Drug Paraphernalia1/30/14 Gould, Caleb J30Winfield, KS500 N Washington, Wellington KSSUCOF.T.A.1/31/14 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600 West, Jeremy L.22Wellington, Ks.100 S. Washington, Wellington KS.WPDNo Insurance, warrant out of City of Mulvane for F.T.A. and City of Newton for F.T.A.2/1/14center_img Bennett, Patrick T.D.25Wellington, Ks.Sedgwick County JailSUCOProbation Violation1/27/14 KHP3 Oxford PD1 Gibson, Timothy A37Rancho Viesto, TXI-35 MP 17 Sumner County, KSKHPRiley County, KS Warrant1/30/14 WEEKLY   BOOKINGS1/27/2014 thru 2/3/2014 Byers, Joseph A37Wellington, Ks.500 N Washington, Wellington KSSUCOProbation Violation1/30/14 Mulvane1 Reynolds, Candice A54Wichita, Ks.I-35 MP33 Mulvane, KSKHPDriving Under Influence1/29/15 Goodnight, Arthur Lee31Oxford, KS319 N Water Oxford, KSOXPDDV Battery1/29/15 Sedgwick Co34 Stecklein, Landon26Wellington, Ks.Walmart parking lotSUCODriving under the influence, Failure to take blood draw2/1/14 Trimbath, Cassi27Winfield, KS5th and Logan Belle PlaineBPPDCowley County Warrant for FTA2/1/14 Wellington PD4 Gittner, Chantell L.23Wellington, Ks.15th and Washington, Wellington, Ks.WPDNo Insurance1/28/14 Roberts, Travis E37Wellington, Ks.724 N Anson Rd, Wellington KSSUCODV Battery1/30/14 Dietrich, Taylor S.20Mulvane, Ks.500 N Washington, Wellington KSSUCOServing Sentence1/31/14 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

David Stern hospitalized; former NBA commissioner suffered brain hemorrhage

first_img“Our thoughts and prayers are with David and his family,” Silver said in a statement.New York television station WABC reported that Stern was stricken at about 2 p.m. at Brasserie 8 1/2 in Midtown Manhattan.Stern was the NBA’s commissioner from 1984 to 2014, succeeding Larry O’Brien. The league prospered greatly under Stern’s leadership as it became a global brand. PHOTOS: David Stern through the years Stern’s condition has not been released. Former NBA commissioner David Stern was hospitalized Thursday after a medical emergency at a New York restaurant.The league announced that Stern, 77, suffered a brain hemorrhage and later underwent emergency surgery.last_img read more

Medallion Hunt Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27 Glad you’re with usWe’re 30 this year and excited to have you join us.Diana Page was a sponsor and co-conspirator of the Medallion Hunt for 15 years;this year’s event is dedicated to her.          GO!Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

first_imgWellington Police note: Wednesday, August 3, 2016•12:42 a.m. James N. Miller, 32, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery and criminal damage to property.•1:01 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery and criminal damage to property in the 700 block E. Mill, Wellington by known suspect.•1:32 a.m. Ezekiel J. Voshell, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery and criminal damage to property.•6:14 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools in the 100 block W. Hillside, Wellington.•11:43 a.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 400 block W. 8th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Byron H. Bryant, 75, Owasso, Okla. and a fixed object/street sign owned by the city of Wellington.•12:30 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•1 p.m. William R. McMullin, 78, Argonia, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 46 mph in a 3 0mph zone.•2:04 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to pad lock in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•3:49 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•6:40 p.m. Officers took a report of a child custody dispute in the 1200 block E. Harvey, Wellington by known subject(s).•8:22 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and violation of protection order in the 700 block E. Mill, Wellington by known suspect.•8:30 p.m. Officers investigated fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement officers and reckless driving in the 700 block E. Mill, Wellington by known suspect.last_img read more

NFL playoff picks, predictions: Packers bounce Seahawks; Ravens punish Titans in divisional games

first_imgWe feel confident our NFL picks and predictions for the divisional round of the 2020 playoffs will be better than our picks and predictions for last week’s games for two reasons.First, we got only one straight-up prediction correct in the first round of the postseason. (Thanks a lot, upset-minded Titans and Vikings. And touché, Texans.) Second, based on the spreads attached to this weekend’s divisional playoff games, in theory, they are easier to pick. The Packers, who allowed 120.1 rushing yards per game in the regular season, probably aren’t thrilled to draw the Seahawks’ No. 4-ranked ground attack. That makes the divisional round an ideal time for Green Bay to focus on stopping the run, because even if it advances, it’ll face another strong running team against San Francisco or Minnesota.As much as we want to make this game about the superstar quarterbacks — and Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers certainly will be fun to watch — the biggest factor is the injury bug, which is biting the Seahawks much harder than the Packers. While the Marshawn Lynch story is amusing, it’s also a reminder that Seattle is attempting to deploy its power rushing attack without its best power rushers in Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise. On the other side of the ball, Rodgers will take advantage of the two mismatch creators he has in Aaron Jones and Davante Adams, and Green Bay will reach the NFC title game in coach Matt LaFleur’s first season.Pick: Packers 23, Seahawks 17 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5c/7f/lamar-jackson-121719-getty-ftrjpg_hrwvoiccy8re1gi71ce7ursw2.jpg?t=353625207&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9e/b4/aaron-rodgers-121819-getty-ftr_1vvq1456q34641o89psy6ounrd.jpg?t=434028095&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e3/c7/patrick-mahomes-100919-getty-ftrjpg_132954zj606mu1ffmx1t8uuiap.jpg?t=-1318140099&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6b/74/jimmy-garoppolo-120519-getty-ftrjpg_qdgf8j82080g1591s4iqg7kav.jpg?t=-691118922&w=500&quality=80 Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (-9 1/2)Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, CBSThe Chiefs are the biggest favorites in the divisional round for good reason. Not only are they completely healthy and fresh off their first-round bye, but they’re riding a hot streak fueled by Patrick Mahomes’ ridiculous arm and the mismatches his targets create. Even with J.J. Watt back in the mix to make things uncomfortable for the reigning league MVP, Houston will struggle to keep Kansas City below its average of 28.2 points per game.The Texans will have to approach this game the same way they handled their regular-season win over the Chiefs. That ball-control strategy led to a season-high 192 rushing yards as a team and a 31-24 victory, and Mahomes was on the field for only a third of the game. While the Chiefs’ defense has improved dramatically since that Week 6 meeting, it remains vulnerable, especially against a QB like Deshaun Watson. That’ll keep the game closer than expected, but it won’t lead to an upset.Pick: Chiefs 28, Texans 24 Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers (-6 1/2)Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, NBCThe Vikings ran over the Saints on their way to the divisional round, both literally and figuratively. The zone rushing attack spearheaded by a healthy Dalvin Cook was too much for a banged-up New Orleans defense, and San Francisco, though supposedly at full health, will have similar issues. The problem for the Vikings is that the 49ers’ own zone rushing attack is even better.In New Orleans, Minnesota’s stingy defense was able to focus on Michael Thomas containment and take advantage of the Saints’ critical mistakes. In San Francisco, though, Mike Zimmer’s crew will have their hands full against a more diverse, complete attack. With a trio of talented running backs, the NFL’s best tight end in George Kittle, a deep receiving corps led by breakout star Deebo Samuel and a smooth, savvy distributor in quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers are slightly more loaded than an impressive (and notably healthy) Vikings team.Pick: 49ers 27, Vikings 20 Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers (-4)Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, Fox Of the four favorites in the divisional round, only the Packers are losing fewer than a touchdown in the spread; they’re four-point home favorites over the Seahawks. The next closes line comes from the other NFC divisional game, in which the 49ers are 6 1/2-point home favorites over the Vikings.The AFC divisional game lines are massive, with the Ravens and Chiefs giving up at least nine points in most sportsbooks to the Titans and Texans, respectively.Considering all of the above, here are our NFL playoff picks, predictions for this weekend’s divisional games. All odds are courtesy of SportsInsider.com.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice from Sports InsiderNFL playoff picks, predictions for divisional games Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens (-9)Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, CBSThis is an unstoppable rushing force against the most unstoppable rushing force the NFL has ever seen. Yes, the Titans are benefiting from the fact that Derrick Henry finally is being supported by a legitimate passing attack, which is why Tennessee finished the regular season with the league’s third-best rushing offense and used it to upset New England in the wild-card round. But the Ravens, who scored at least 40 points in five different games this season, led the league with 3,296 rushing yards and surpassed the 1978 Patriots (3,165) for the most rushing yards by a team in a single season in NFL history.With all due respect to Ryan Tannehill, who led the NFL in passer rating this season, the key to this game is related to the other quarterback. Keep in mind Lamar Jackson, who easily broke Michael Vick’s single-season QB rushing record, also led the league with 36 touchdown passes. The soon-to-be MVP and the dangerous weapons around him form a nightmare matchup for any team, and while Tennessee’s defense is respectable, it won’t be up to the task in Baltimore.Pick: Ravens 30, Titans 17last_img read more

Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin honors Kobe Bryant, wears No. 24

first_imgOn Wednesday, No. 8 once again became No. 24.During warmups, Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin honored the late Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant by wearing 24 on his jersey prior to the team’s contest against the Nashville Predators. The jersey will be signed and put up for auction benefitting the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. Prior to the game, the Capitals also held an eight-second moment of silence in honor of Bryant. 8 —> 24For Kobe. pic.twitter.com/EZvtTj0hjJ— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 29, 2020💜💛 pic.twitter.com/03svZ9vAap— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 30, 2020Just days prior, a shaken and solemn Ovechkin stood before members of the media discussing the passing of Bryant who he had met a few times.”I was hoping that it was not true,” Ovechkin said. “He always treated me well when he saw me. It was hard, he was a legend in the basketball world, in the whole world. It’s tough, still can’t believe it.”Bryant, 41, was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday outside Los Angeles that also took the life of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Seven other passengers died including John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College, his wife and daughter.last_img read more

Nick Bosa and Donald Trump: Revisiting the 49er’s social media controversy ahead of 2019 NFL Draft

first_imgMore problematic was the fact Bosa followed an Instagram account titled “too_savage_for_democrats,” which featured racist and homophobic language in several of its posts. Bosa also liked several tweets that included use of the N-word, homophobic slurs and the term “rape and pillage.” (One Twitter account compiled an extensive list of controversial posts liked by Bosa’s account).When asked why his social media accounts had been scrubbed, Bosa said his agents did so to eliminate anything that might adversely affect his draft status, adding that he didn’t know why people cared so much.”I had to,” Bosa said. “There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco.”San Francisco ultimately used its No. 2 overall pick to select Bosa. Trump, on the final day of the draft, congratulated Bosa on Twitter for his selection, telling him to “always stay true to yourself.”Congratulations to Nick Bosa on being picked number two in the NFL Draft. You will be a great player for years to come, maybe one of the best. Big Talent! San Francisco will embrace you but most importantly, always stay true to yourself. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019MORE: Teams, odds and spread for Super Bowl 54That same day, in his first media appearance with the 49ers, Bosa backtracked from his prior comments and apologized for what he’d said via social media.”I definitely made some insensitive decisions throughout my life and I’m just excited to be here with a clean slate,” Bosa said at his introductory news conference. “I’m sorry if I hurt anybody. I definitely didn’t intend for that to be the case. I think me being here is even better for me as a person, because I don’t think there’s anywhere, any city, that you could really be in that would help you grow as much as this one will.”When asked about what he meant in calling Kaepernick a clown, Bosa had this to say: As Super Bowl 54 nears, 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa can’t avoid questions he brought on himself about his social media usage before his time in the NFL.That includes a timeline of tweets that praised President Donald Trump and criticized then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick alongside Beyonce, Jay-Z and the movie “Black Panther.” Bosa also liked several posts from an Instagram that featured racist and homophobic language. (via Sports Illustrated) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d5/3c/nick-bosa-tweet-012720-si-ftr_tbydl8hhjmws1alxm8gfezhfm.png?t=-387974753&w=500&quality=80 Bosa, asked this week what the biggest lesson he learned from that time was, had this to say (via The Palm Beach Post):“Definitely to get off Twitter and just think before I say certain things because they could rub people the wrong way and that’s not what I want to try and do.”MORE: Picks, predictions for Super Bowl 54In the days leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft, many noticed that Bosa‚ an Ohio State prospect who many thought could go No. 1 overall, had scrubbed his Twitter account over draft season. His timeline espoused generally pro-Trump and conservative viewpoints and was more than happy to engage with dissenters. It also included a tweet that called Kaepernick a clown shortly after he began protesting police brutality in America by kneeling during the national anthem. “It wasn’t directed toward that. It’s not like I’m saying his stance and what he was doing — that’s not what I was talking about at all,” Bosa said. “It was just a specific thing that happened, and me, as a young kid, a thought popping into my head and, boom, decided to tweet it out. Bad decision. I respect what he’s done. If it empowers anybody, then he’s doing a good thing. I apologize for that.”Bosa added that he had learned a lot from the experience, and that he would “think a lot more before I send something out.”Since then, he hasn’t been in the news for anything other than his play on the field. Indeed, teammate Richard Sherman, an outspoken player, said Bosa’s comments would be forgotten if he could play. That seems to have been the case: The rookie earned a Pro Bowl selection while compiling 47 tackles, nine sacks and an interception returned for 46 yards in the regular season en route to Sunday’s Super Bowl.last_img read more

Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau freaks out hockey Twitter, but the man just ‘had to pee’

first_imgAccording to Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson, it was pretty simple:#Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau: “I had to pee.”— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) February 24, 2020“I didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal,” Gaudreau told reporters with a smile, noting practice was almost done and head coach Geoff Ward said he could go, resulting in his phone blowing up. “Next time I will hold it in as long as I can, until practice is over.” Congrats, Johnny Gaudreau! You freaked out the entire hockey world.Within a matter of minutes, social media went from — oh my God! the Flames traded Gaudreau! To oh, um, yea, no, never mind. Here’s a quick timeline of what exactly happened on Monday in what is now being called: #peegate.1:21 p.m. ETTweets start flying from the Flames media in attendance at practice in Boston when Gaudreau leaves practice early — roughly 99 minutes (yep, 99 minutes) from the trade deadline.Johnny Gaudreau just left the ice at #Flames practice. Not sure why.— Derek Wills (@Fan960Wills) February 24, 20201:28 p.m. ETWhile everyone held their collective breath to see where the Flames winger was going — Colorado? New York Islanders? Toronto? — the rumors were quelled within a few minutes.#Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau exited at tail-end of practice. Don’t overthink it. He has not been traded.— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) February 24, 20201:50 p.m. ETSo what exactly happened? Why did the long-time Flames star leave practice early?last_img read more