‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 4 Breakdown: Patriots, Mayfield Starting, Steelers-Ravens Clash And More

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On The NFL Handle, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

After a bonkers Week 3, NFL Week 4 is upon us. Totals are high in reaction to last week’s penalties. Can the struggling Patriots -7 redeem themselves against at home against the undefeated Dolphins?

Spotify fans go here to listen.  Time codes for the episode follow below. Your comments are welcome at @sports_handle.

0:45: The guys recap their weird betting weekend with the Oregon Ducks’ collapse and Buffalo Bills domination at Minnesota.

3:38: Minnesota Vikings -7 at L.A. Rams (Thursday Night) — Perrault has faith the Vikings will cover and even have a chance to win outright. But Minnesota doesn’t do well with hype and the Rams are the real deal.

8:50: Miami Dolphins +7 at New England Patriots –The Dolphins may be 3-0, but bettors aren’t sold. Even at 1-2, the Patriots are a touchdown favorite. The guy suggest passing on this game — the Fins are better than we think and the Pats are a mess.

13:59: Houston Texans +1.5 at Indianapolis Colts —  Neither team is very good. If you have to take this game, take the points.

16:56: N.Y. Jets +7.5 at Jacksonville Jaguars — Running back Leonard Fournette is back and the Jags are a good team but there’s that hook.

19:28: Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 at Tennessee Titans — Bet the Eagles or walk away. This matchup screams teaser as there are not a lot of points expected.

24:50: Alabama Crimson Tide — Tease it up. If you can get the points, take the dog.

25:37: Cleveland Browns +3 at Oakland Raiders —  Both teams are evenly matched and there’s a strong case for both sides. Rookie QB Baker Mayfield is the wildcard. Will he fall flat in his first start or light up the Raiders defense?

30:09: San Francisco 49ers +10.5 at L.A. Chargers —   The Chargers shouldn’t be a 10.5-point anywhere. It’s an overreaction to QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injury. The 49ers may not win, but the spread’s another story. 

32:43: New Orleans Saints -3  at N.Y. Giants — The Giants are a bad football team and the Saints are electrified. Is this a trap?

34:56: Baltimore Ravens +3 at Pittsburgh Steelers — The Steelers are a popular public team and is perceived as better team, but the Ravens are a good team. This rivalry game will be highly entertaining.

36:27: Kansas City Chief -4.5 at Denver Broncos — QB Patrick Mahomes and the KC offense is the most staggering attack since the 18-0 Patriots. People are running to bet the Chief and books will need Broncos money.

40:00: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3 at Chicago Bears — Will the Bucs start Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB? Don’t bet Tampa until we know who is starting. And if they start Winston, bet against ’em.

43:08: Detroit Lions +3 at Dallas Cowboys — The Cowboys offense is a disaster, but what kind of team is Detroit?

45:39: Which dog has better chance of covering, Cincinnati Bengals or Buffalo Bills?

46:57: Big totals this week because of penalties. Rules committee will meet next week to further discuss.

Have a profitable Week 4, folks. Follow Perrault on Twitter @sportstalkmatt and Walker @robertusfsports.


Elite 8 College Football Sports Betting And Gambling Podcasts

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The NCAA college football season is underway and you’re looking for more good sources of information and analysis to inform your bets. You’ve come to the right place as we’ve listened to hours of podcasting and prognosticating to bring you our picks for the best sports betting podcasts covering college football.

The pods run the gamut from quick listens to deep dives, from analytics to more holistic-minded approaches. Some with more jokes, others with fewer. To make some suggestions for additions, hit us up at @sports_handle. (And check out here for our list of top sports betting podcasts unspecific to a particular sport.) In no particular order or ranking:

Best College Football Sports Betting Podcasts — Analytics, Matchups And More of Various Run Times

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Tune in to improve your handicapping and bankroll.

‘The Sharp 600’

Listen on iTunes here and on Stitcher here

If you’re pressed for time, look no further than The Sharp 600. The show motto is, “Give us 10 minutes and we’ll give you the arsenal necessary to successfully navigate the sports betting market.” Sometimes they’ll run heavy to 15-18 minutes but you get the idea — it’s concise.

Brought to you by San Francisco sports radio host Covers.com analyst Joe Fortenbaugh, during football season you’ll find a pod once a week about the college football slate. Fortenbaugh provides a variety of statistics, trends and perspectives on the betting market, and will give out best bets for that week with close with quick justifications. Fortenbaugh brings in high-quality guests, which have included respected oddsmaker Chris Andrews, the sportsbook director of the South Point Hotel & Casino; also VSiN guys Joe Ostrowski and Gill Alexander, data analyst Ed Fang, pro handicappers and many more.

‘Bet the Board’

Listen on iTunes here and or at Soundcloud here.

A stark contrast from Sharp 600 timewise, Bet the Board is for folks who want to dive for serious depth and an understanding of college football matchups, personnel, coaching styles and tendencies, advanced stats, player mentalities, the betting market and beyond.  In their college football previews that ran between 90 minute and two hours, the tandem of host Todd Fuhrman and pro bettor/handicapper PayneInsider covered all the power conferences for examinations of key metrics, information and schedule analysis to inform totals and future bets. 

You can find Fuhrman on SI.com, CBS and now FOX Sports 1 on the new show “Lock It In.” During the season, they put out their college football podcasts on Wednesdays, covering exciting Top 25 clashes clashes and others games presenting value. They won’t cover every game, but select contests in greater detail. The pod is more of a college football full anal cavity with a typical run time about and hour or 1:15. Keep in mind they aren’t going to spoon feed you picks — rather, information and guidance, with picks here and there.

ESPN Chalk’s ‘Behind the Bets’

Listen on iTunes here and get the podcast archive at ESPN right here

Hosted by ESPN Chalk editor Ben Fawkes alongside fellow ESPN-ers Doug Kezirian, Chris “The Bear” Fallica, and “Stanford” Steve Coughlin, this foursome (not all at the same time) takes on the sports betting world — with a heavy focus on college football by Coughlin and Fallica. (BTB also covers an array of events and sports wagering topics.)

Stanford Steve appears on Scott Van Pelt’s “Bad Beats” segment and writes a weekly picks column during the college football season for Chalk. And you’ve seen The Bear on College Gameday on TV or perhaps in person. Put simply, these college football gurus are plugged into everything happening in the college game — from X’s and O’s, depth charts, coaching changes, team tendencies and more. They’re well-versed and have good chemistry, typically breaking down games involving teams in the power conferences — the SEC, PAC 12, ACC, Big 12 and Big 10. And from an information standpoint, they also have ESPN’s lineup of dedicated power conference reporters at their disposal.

Get the complete Elite 8 College Football Sports Betting And Gambling Podcasts on SportsHandle.