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Embrace The Sports Betting This Thanksgiving Weekend

With a day full of turkey and football, why choose between the two? With online betting live in PA, embrace sports betting this Thanksgiving.

In 2018, Pennsylvania sports bettors celebrated both the launch of retail sports betting and Thanksgiving in the same week.

This year, bettors can enjoy their first Thanksgiving feast where they can bet on their phones.

Whether you’re visiting relatives or hosting a hearty feast in at home, there is bound to be a football on at least one TV this coming Thanksgiving. Here’s the Turkey Day lineup of NFL games:

  • 12:30 p.m.  ET: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
  • 4:30 p.m. ET: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • 8:30 p.m. ET: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

With football in action and betting an option, let’s take a look at how to embrace the sports betting when it comes to Thanksgiving this year.

How to have a sports betting-friendly Thanksgiving

After the “how was your drive in, how are the kids, how can I help” small talk, there is the uh-oh emptiness. How can conversation steer clear of topics like politics, religion, and medical ailments?

Since neither the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Philadelphia Eagles are playing this Thanksgiving, it can be a time to share your frustrations with fellow fans of the state’s home teams. The expectations for both the Steelers and Eagles have fallen way short. Uncle Rob isn’t wearing his Roethlisberger jersey this Thanksgiving? Did he place a futures bet on the Steelers?

Family drama getting tense in the adults-only fan cave? Share a bad beat story one of your NFL sports bets this season to ease the tension. With neither of the PA teams in action, make some friendly bets and $5 wagers on your betting apps about Thursday’s games.

A new Thanksgiving tradition

There’s been a shift from “gifts” to “experiences.” Instead of starting the holiday season poring over ads or clicking “add to cart,” share the excitement of watching a game together.

Here’s one way to make sports betting with 21+ family members a part of your Thanksgiving traditions:

Have the bettors start with a bank. Say $50 to place bets during the Thanksgiving games. You have to make a minimum of three bets. It could be player props, over/unders, a spread bet, etc. Whoever ends the day with the most in the bank wins.

Then there are a buffet of possible family-friendly prop bets:

  • Whoever picks the most winners gets to pick first at holiday gift swap/auction.
  • Bottle of wine to the winner.
  • Winner gets first pick in the family fantasy draft the following year.
  • Losers do the dishes.
  • Losers take the kids to see Frozen II

Start Black Friday early with some sports betting app offers

Most every PA sportsbook is serving up multiple promotions around the slate of games. Black Friday may be the day after Thanksgiving, but for bettors, there are plenty of holiday deals to use to their advantage.

DraftKings

Sports bettors in PA and NJ have the chance to gobble up DraftKings’ risk-free Thanksgiving parlay in addition to new customer bonuses, which include five free $5 bets and a 20% deposit match bonus up to $500.

Here are the details:

  1. To participate, a new user must bet on each of the three football games on Thanksgiving Day and combine them into a single parlay.
  2. If the parlay hits, the user is paid out as normal. But if the parlay busts, the user gets a free bet matching their initial stake (up to $100.)
  3. Each user should be credited by 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the latest.

In addition, DraftKings has a whole range of freebies for new and existing sports betting customers. They have even arranged them in Menu-esque order.

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Only NFL games on Nov. 28 are eligible, which includes all three Thanksgiving Day games.

Main Course: Extra leg parlay
DraftKings is giving everyone an extra serving on their NFL parlay. Place a parlay on three NFL games and DraftKings will pay out as if you hit an additional fourth leg.

This promotion is available on all Week 13 NFL games, however, bets must be placed on Nov. 28.

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Bet at least $25 on the total points for one of the NFL Thanksgiving games and get $5 for every turnover and $1 for every sack in that game.

FanDuel

If you’d rather wait to bet on college football or a different sport besides the NFL, FanDuel is giving a special Thanksgiving bonus to new users with more flexibility than the other promos.

  1. Sign up and get $20 in free bet credits. No deposit required.
  2. Enter the promo code: TURKEY
  3. Promotion runs from Nov. 25 – Dec. 2
  4. The offer can be used in addition to the $500 risk-free bet.
  5. FanDuel will issue the bonus within 72 hours. Customer credit expires seven days after receipt.

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Starting Nov. 26, Unibet is giving bettors in PA and NJ the chance for a 50%  profit boost when they parlay all three of the Thanksgiving NFL games against the spread.

Here are the details:

  1. Pick three teams against the spread for only the Thanksgiving Day games.
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Did Colin Cowherd Win? The Cowboys Helped Snap A Four-Week Losing Streak

Colin Cowherd is in quite the slump, but is hoping rivalry games between Penn St and Ohio St and USC and UCLA can right the ship.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 got the winning fires burning again. He snapped a four-week losing streak thanks to a Dallas Cowboys (+6.5) cover. However, they failed to deliver the straight-up win he predicted.

The picks he “loved” were a mixed bag. Cowherd hit with the Giants (+6) but badly whiffed with the Raiders (-3).

Cowherd’s college football Marquee 3 is running out of time to make it to the win column. He came one pick short of giving sports bettors in PA the chance to cash at +800 instead of +600 when they use FOX Bet. But it’s worth noting over the past two weeks Cowherd is having the his best run (4-2) of college picks.

Every week we track Cowherd’s picks so you know how he is faring before you follow his bets at FOX Bet or on your PA sports betting apps.

Cowherd’s college football Week 13 picks

#8 Penn State (+19) vs. #2 Ohio State

Colin’s pick: Penn State 

Colin’s final score: Ohio State 33, Penn State 23

Cowherd said: “The last three games of this series have been decided by one point, one point, and three points. Penn State can move the football. They rank top 15 in scoring offense and scoring defense. So does Ohio State and Ohio State is better. But I’m getting nineteen points. Penn State is 2-1 against ranked teams this year. Ohio State goes to Michigan next week. They struggle every year before the Michigan game. Penn State’s got a good coach, weapons on the outside. Nineteen is huge number. ”

Actual final score: Ohio State 28, Penn State 17

Did Colin win?: Yes

#13 Michigan vs. Indiana (+9.5)

Colin’s pick: Indiana

Colin’s final score: Michigan 27, Indiana 23

Cowherd said: “I wouldn’t be shocked if Indiana won the game. I’m betting a number. Michigan, before they play Ohio State the last twelve years, has been 4-8 against the spread. Indiana’s got a real offense. Points per game, total yards and yards per play, Indiana is better in all three. They’ve scored 27 or more in six straight games. If you just look at numbers, Indiana can go toe-to-toe offensively and score. This to them is their bowl game. I think Michigan wins it but has to come from behind to do it.”

Actual final score: Michigan 39, Indiana 14

Did Colin win?: No

UCLA vs #23 USC (-14)

Colin’s pick: USC

Colin’s final score: USC 36, UCLA 16

Cowherd said: “The Trojans have dominated this series at the Coliseum winning nine of ten and eight by double digits. UCLA is 3-17 in their last twenty road games. 0-3 against teams currently ranked. UCLA is a one-dimensional offense who can’t throw the ball. USC can still win the PAC-12 South. It’s their last game potentially under Clay Helton. Will they play to fight for his job? When they don’t lose the turnover battle at home, USC wins their games and they win them big.”

Actual final score: USC 52, UCLA 35 

Did Colin win?: Yes

Week 13 college football record: 2-1

Season college football overall record: 13-26

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 0-13

Colin Cowherd’s Week 12 NFL picks

Before his Week 12 Blazin 5 selections he did said, “Love my picks. Feel good about it. Over fifty percent for the year. 2-2-1 last week.”

Three of his picks need to cover for sports bettors in Pennsylvania using the FOX Bet Sportsbook to take advantage of FOX Bet’s odds boost on the wagers.

Denver Broncos (+3.5) vs. Buffalo Bills

Colin’s pick: Broncos

Colin’s final score:  Broncos 23, Bills 21

Cowherd said: “This is going be a low scoring game and +3.5 is a lot of points. Denver got off to a bad start and we all sold our stock. Denver is a pretty good football team. Nineteen sacks is tied for third in the NFL since Week 6. Look at the overall defensive numbers, top seven in the stuff that matters. Vic Fangio knows what he is doing. Since they went 0-4, they are 3-3 and have the number two red-zone defense meaning they are going to force you into field goals. It’s one of my favorite picks.”

*Last week, Cowherd picked the Broncos (+10.5) to cover against Minnesota. It was one of his two wins.

Actual final score: Bills 20, Broncos 3

Did Colin win?:  No

New York Giants (+6) vs. Chicago Bears

Colin’s pick: Giants

Colin’s final score: Giants 27, Bears 24

Cowherd said: “Like the Giants, I love the Giants. If you noticed Daniel Jones in the last month since Week 8, 9 TDs, 1 INT, 107 QB rating. We are not paying attention because they are a bad team. Daniel Jones is playing pretty good football right now. Giants are coming off a bye. Meanwhile, the Bears looked like a broken football team, certainly a broken offense. Anyone notice Khalil Mack? I think he said he’s out for the year, ‘I’m not giving you my best.’ I think it’s a broken locker room. The Giants off a bye facing the worst offense in the league. Upset.”

Actual final score: Bills 19, Giants 14

Did Colin win?: Yes

Oakland Raiders (-3) vs. New York jets

Colin’s pick: Raiders

Colin’s final score: Raiders 28, Jets 23

Cowherd said: “Love the Raiders in this game. Big offensive line advantage for the Raiders. Jets have one of the worst, Sam Darnold is always running for his life. The Raiders have had the toughest road schedule in the NFL and they’ve won five of seven on the road. They are averaging more yards per play than any offense on the road. Yards per play is huge Vegas stat. The sharks and the wise guys love it. Raiders are also tied second in the NFL for sacks allowed. They don’t let you get to Derek Carr. That’s why his efficiency numbers are so high. They have three capable running backs. I think this is a time of possession game and the Jets tend to have more turnovers.”

Actual final score: Jets 34, Raiders 3

Did Colin win?: No

*Be careful when Cowherd uses the “l” word (love or lock). Since Week 7, his “like it, love it/lock pick” record is 1-5-1.

Seattle Seahawks (+1.5) vs. Philadelphia eagles

Colin’s pick: Seahawks

Colin’s final score: Seahawks 26, Eagles 23

Cowherd said: “Seattle is off a bye. The last six times they have been off a bye, 5-1. That’s the best record in the NFL. Hall of Fame coach gets extra days to prepare. Philadelphia lost DeSean Jackson. They have no perimeter speed. Seattle went and  got Josh Gordon and Jadeveon Clowney, they are a different team than the team that lost to Baltimore. They’ve got a deep threat and an elite guy in space on the outside. Russell Wilson MVP. Number one in everything that matters. Seattle’s also rushed for 100+ yards in all but one of their games. When you go on the road you want to take the crowd out of it.”

Actual final score: Seahawks 17, Eagles 9

Did Colin win?: Yes

Dallas Cowboys (+6.5) vs. New England patriots

Colin’s pick: Cowboys

Colin’s final score: Cowboys 32, Patriots 23

Cowherd said: “Mohamed Sanu is out. It’s Julian Edelman, 42-year-old Tom Brady and cross your fingers. Even if New England wins this isn’t going to be a shootout game. It’s going to be low scoring. The Patriots defense has come back to earth since Week 8 because they are playing quarterbacks who can actually play. They are 31st in rushing yards allowed, 11th in total yards allowed and 12th in points-per-game. The Cowboys are averaging 32 points since Week 9, top 3 in the NFL. Quarterbacks that can move around give Belichick a little trouble.”

Actual final score: Patriots 13, Cowboys 9

Did Colin win?: Yes

Blazin’ 5 Week 12 record: 3-2

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 31-27-2

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 7-5

Favorites Help PA Bettors Have Big Week At Rivers Sportsbook, Including A $25K Parlay

One Pennsylvania bettor took home $26,000 from a nine-team parlay, plus more interesting notes from NFL betting at Rivers Casino Philadelphia Sportsbook.

One lucky Pennsylvania sports bettor hit on a nine-team college football parlay over the weekend.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia confirmed it paid out a nine-team college football parlay of $26,151.71 on a $75 bet.

A closer look at the parlay

It wasn’t smooth sailing for this bettor whose slate featured two close calls that covered by a half-point. Here were the nailbiters:

  • Oklahoma State -17.5 (31-13 win over Kansas)
  • Oregon -27.5 (34-6 win over Arizona)

The rest of the winning ticket:

  • Alabama -18.5
  • Florida -7
  • Clemson -34.5
  • Michigan -13.5
  • Boise State -27.5
  • Wisconsin -14
  • Notre Dame -7.5

(Please note that betting parlays is a risky play and are very difficult to cash with this many legs.)

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Bettors cash in on NFC picks

Sunday turned out to be one of the biggest weekends of the year for PA sports bettors at Rivers Casino Philadelphia. Three of the top NFC teams drew heavy support and won.

  • Cowboys: 90% of bets
  • Saints: 70% of bets
  • 49ers: 60% of bets

Also of note:

  • Big deficits in the Vikings and 49ers games provided tense moments for bettors. Over 80% of the tickets were on the pair of teams to win outright.
  • The Vikings trailed the Broncos 23-7 heading into the fourth quarter when they put up 20 unanswered points to win 27-23.
  • The Cardinals vs. 49ers spread fluctuated around 10 points for most of the weekend before closing at -9.5 for San Francisco. However, most PA sportsbooks had the Niners at -10. For Rivers bettors, the 49ers’ defensive touchdown as time expired covered the spread.
  • The Super Bowl rematch of the Patriots vs. Eagles was the game most bet on during the weekend at Rivers Casino Philadelphia. Seventy percent of the tickets were on the Patriots to win and cover, which they did in a 17-10 victory.

Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, commented:

“Sunday was another big day for bettors where they beat us heavily. When combined with Saturday’s college football games where the bettors also won, it was a very big weekend for sports bettors.”

Did Colin Cowherd Win? His Blazin’ 5 Losing Streak Continues Heading Into NFL Week 12

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ Five has had a climate change that PA sports bettors can relate to. Find out his picks for NFL Week 11 and college football.

“Did Colin Cowherd win?”

Apparently he doesn’t even know.

Cowherd touted the Cards at +10. They lost 36-26 to the 49ers. In the betting world that’s known as a push.

It proved costly for Cowherd who needed the Chargers (+4) to activate FOX Bet’s odds boost for sports bettors. The Chargers lost 24-17 to the Chiefs. sending Cowherd’s Blazin’ Five losing streak to four weeks.

College football continues to confound Cowherd. He is 0-12. For sports bettors in PA to cash at +800 instead of +600 as part of the Marquee 3 Super Boost, Cowherd has to hit on all three choices.  He did make progress Week 12 picking two of three correct, his best effort since Week 5.

Every week we track Cowherd’s picks (and it’s a good thing we do because even he gets confused), so you know how he is faring before you follow his bets at Fox Bet or on your PA sports betting apps.

Cowherd’s college football Week 12 picks

On Thursday on The Herd before doling out his college football Week 12 picks Cowherd said:

“I have not had the best college football betting season. I’m on a bit of a cold streak. This kind of stuff happens. It’s not linear. I would like to reverse this Bitcoin-esque run I’m on of plummeting. I’ve got three games I love.”

Michigan State (+13.5) vs. #15 Michigan

Colin’s pick: Michigan State

Colin’s final score: Michigan 28, Michigan State 17

Cowherd said: “I think Michigan is better. I don’t think they are that much better. Everybody is like, ‘this Michigan team runs the ball.’ They are not top 15 in the country in rushing. ‘Well this quarterback Shea Patterson…’ They are not top 50 in passing efficiency. Mark Dantonio, by the way, 8-4 against Michigan. Harbaugh has gotten tight in these big games. He’s only 3-7 against Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State. Michigan State runs the football. Dantonio’s four losses to Michigan were by 4, 2, 9, and 14.”

Actual final score: Michigan 44, Michigan State 10

Did Colin win? No

#4 Georgia (-2.5) vs. #12 Auburn

Colin’s pick: Georgia

Colin’s final score: Georgia 28, Auburn 23

Cowherd said: “Georgia has dominated this series. Georgia is significantly better at quarterback. We talk about Auburn’s defense, but Georgia’s is better. They are number one in the SEC in virtually everything. They haven’t had a turnover in the last three games. This will not be a high-scoring affair. Bet the under if you have to bet anything. Bo Nix has struggled against every good defense they play. Against top 40 defenses, he completes 45% of his throws. Gus Malzahn has never proven to me that he can beat Georgia or win big games. I’ll swallow the points and take the Bulldogs.”

Actual final score: Georgia 21, Auburn 14 

Did Colin win? Yes

#8 Minnesota vs #20 IOWA (-3)

Colin’s pick: Iowa

Colin’s final score: Iowa 27, Minnesota 20

Cowherd said: “Minnesota just beat Penn State, but Vegas knows Iowa is the favorite here, and Iowa is going to win. Iowa has dominated this series. They’ve got better players. Look at the last 10 NFL Drafts. Minnesota is coming off its biggest win in years. The Golden Gophers haven’t beaten ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks in 51 years. They’ve only played three road games, and two of them beat crappy Fresno State in double-overtime and struggled to beat Purdue. Yes, they were great at home at the game of the century for Minnesota. Off that now, you take those 19- and 20-year-olds and go to Iowa, who is pretty good and has got better personnel. Iowa’s got a great defense. Number two in basically every key category in the Big Ten.”

Actual final score: Iowa 23, Minnesota 19

Did Colin win? Yes

Week 11 college football record: 2-1

Season college football overall record: 11-25

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 0-12

Colin Cowherd’s Week 11 NFL picks

“NFL teams get to this time of the year and are like ‘football matters.’ It’s time for us now, football matters. Let’s get all these right,” Cowherd said before rolling out his Blazin’ 5 picks for Week 11.

Houston Texans (+4) vs. Baltimore ravens

Colin’s pick: Texans

Colin’s final score: Texans 28, Ravens 26

Cowherd said: “Deshaun Watson in his career in November, it’s his best month. He is 4-0, completion percentage in the mid-seventies. You know how good Russell Wilson is this year? Only Wilson has accounted for more touchdowns than Watson. The Texans’ offense since they’ve elevated their running game…they’ve got a real offensive line, a Pro Bowl level left tackle and they can run the ball. Houston is top five in total yards, rushing yards and red zone percentage.”

Actual final score: Ravens 41, Texans 7

Did Colin win? No

Denver Broncos (+10.5) vs. Minnesota Vikings

Colin’s pick: Broncos

Colin’s final score: Vikings 26, Broncos 20

Cowherd said: “I’m betting a number. Minnesota off a big Sunday night win. They don’t win those things ever. They are going to pull back. This is going to be a low scoring game. Vic Fangio is one of the better defensive guys in the league. He knows Mike Zimmer well. The Broncos defense ranks top four in yards, passing yards, and red zone touchdown percentage which is amazing when you consider how bad their offense has been. They are 4-1 against the spread. Denver is not a terrible team. Denver is a real team. They lost three games expiring clock. The Chicago game was horrible officiating. I think it’s going to be ugly and choppy and I’ll take the points.”

Actual final score: Vikings 27, Broncos 23

Did Colin win? Yes

New York Jets (+2) vs. Washington Redskins

Colin’s pick: Jets

Colin’s final score: Jets 27, Redskins 23

Cowherd said: “Redskins have the worst offense…ever. They haven’t scored a touchdown in a month. Their offense is the worst in the NFL. They scored nine points or fewer in five games. Now they are on a rookie quarterback who probably shouldn’t be playing. Jay Gruden, one of their smart coaches, they fired. He was keeping it afloat. They are 0-4 at home. The Jets announced this week that Adam Gase is the coach. Jet players want to put good stuff on tape for Coach Adam Gase. He isn’t going anywhere. Watch the players play hard.”

Actual final score: Jets 34, Redskins 17

Did Colin win? Yes

Arizona Cardinals (+10) vs. San Francisco 49ers

Colin’s pick: Cardinals

Colin’s final score: 49ers 27, Cardinals 20

Cowherd said: “Like it? I love it. Anybody else watch these games besides people who live in Phoenix? Arizona is a real football team. You think the Raiders are the big shock in the league, Arizona’s pretty good. 49ers are still banged up with some of their receivers on the perimeter. I’ve been betting the Cardinals for weeks. They are 5-1 against the spread the last six games. Jimmy Garoppolo is coming off a bad game and doesn’t have all his weapons. Don’t kid yourself on Arizona, they aren’t going away. Kyler Murray is really tough to defend. Wait until he gets an o-line and a defense.”

*Be careful when Cowherd uses the “l” word (love or lock). Since Week 7, his “like it, love it/lock pick” record is 0-4.

Actual final score: 49ers 36, Cardinals 26

Did Colin win? Push

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers (+4)

Colin’s pick: Chargers

Colin’s final score: Chargers 28, Chiefs 27

Cowherd said: “Love the Chargers. This game is in Mexico, altitude 7,200 feet. The Chargers went to Colorado to train. Kansas City didn’t. They aren’t happy with the league and stayed in Kansas City. They are going to be sucking air by the second quarter. Philip Rivers will drive me crazy in two-minute drills and makes rookie mistakes but he leads the NFL in passing yards, they have excellent weapons, a good tight end and can run the football. Kansas City can’t get people off the field. If you look at the most rushing yards allowed in the NFL this year, you think Cincinnati is bad, they are the only team worse. Kansas City can’t stop the run and the Chargers can run.”

Actual final score: Chiefs 24, Chargers 17 

Did Colin win? No

Blazin’ 5 Week 11 record: 2-2-1

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 28-25-2

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 6-5

Did Colin Cowherd Win? Not Lately, But This Could Be The Week Things Turn Around

FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd has had a rough go of it lately when it comes to his NFL Blazin’ 5 picks, going 1-4 for the past two weeks.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ Five morphed into the Freezin’ Five.

He’s had back-to-back 1-4 weekends. To pile on the pain, Cowherd’s “lock/favorite” picks failed to deliver three weeks in a row.

Three of his Blazin’ 5 picks need to cover for Pennsylvania sports bettors using FOX Bet Sportsbook to double their money with FOX Bet’s odds boost. Cowherd and bettors who choose to follow his picks have been burned recently.

Still, he chooses to play with fire.

For Cowherd college football picks, he has yet to graduate to the win column. He is 0-10. All three of his Marquee 3 Super Boost choices have to be correct for sports bettors in PA to cash at +800 instead of +600.

Coming off his worst week of the season where he only picked one winner, Cowherd is looking for a spark to get the fires blazing again.

Each week we track all of Cowherd’s picks so you can know how he is faring before you follow his bets on your PA sports betting apps.

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Cowherd’s college football Week 11 picks

Here are Cowherd’s Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks for college football’s Week 11.

“I feel great about my picks. I’m going with the favorites,” he says about this week’s selections which feature, to his credit, marquee matchups.

#4 Penn State (-7) vs. #17 Minnesota

Colin’s pick: Penn State

Colin’s final score: Penn State 28, Minnesota 20 

Cowherd said: “I do realize it’s probably the biggest game for the Golden Gophers in about a decade. But Penn State’s defense is one of the top two or three defenses in the country. Penn State is 2-0 against ranked opponents this year. They’ve won eight of their last nine road games. Minnesota has played one of the easiest schedules in the country. Not only that, they’ve been very lucky. They’ve faced nothing but backup quarterbacks since Week 2. They haven’t faced a top fifty team this year and historically, this is a big step up in class for them.”

Actual final score: Minnesota 31, Penn State 26 

Did Colin win? No

#16 Kansas State vs. TExas (-7)

Colin’s pick: Texas

Colin’s final score: Texas 34, Kansas State  24

Cowherd said: “The Longhorns are coming off a bye. Tom Herman coming off a bye is is 10-2 for his career. Sam Ehlinger is a very good quarterback for Texas. He stunk against TCU. Worst game of his career. But at home he is fantastic, 70% completions, 340 yards a game. He’s back home, he’s comfortable. Texas is third in third-down offense. They are going to control the clock. They are also getting back their best running back. Two guys in the secondary back. Nothing against Kansas State. Nice upset win over Oklahoma. Texas off a bye at home against the Kansas Stat offense that stinks, Texas wins and covers.

Actual final score: Texas 27, Kansas State 24

Did Colin win? No

#2 LSU vs. #3 ALABAMA (-6.5)

Colin’s pick: Alabama

Colin’s final score: Alabama 32, LSU 20

Cowherd said: “Bama has won eight straight meetings. This series is really about Nick Saban. When he was at LSU, he won four out of five. At Alabama, he’s won ten out of thirteen against LSU. Off a bye, he’ll beat Ed Orgeron. The last three times these guys have played, LSU averages three points a game. Joe Burrow has been really, really good but it’s not like these are wild crazy passing concepts. They just moved out of the Stone Age throwing the ball for the first time in two decades. LSU’s defense I do not trust. On the road they are allowing almost thirty points a game. Whose defense do you trust and what coach do you trust? Tua is going to get drafted ahead of Joe Burrow. If he is healthy, I trust him too. Alabama, more than LSU, takes the ball away. They’ve got 18 takeaways this year.”

Actual final score: LSU 46, Alabama 41

Did Colin win? No

Week 11 college football record: 0-3

Season college football overall record: 9-24

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 0-11

Colin Cowherd’s Week 10 NFL picks

Here are Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 picks for  Week 10.

New York Giants vs. New York Jets (+3)

Colin’s pick: Jets

Colin’s final score: Jets 30, Giants 24

Cowherd said: “Two bad teams playing in the same stadium. The Giants are on a five-game losing streak. Daniel Jones has lost all confidence. Don’t go crazy on Sam Darnold. He was 27-39 last week, had one ugly pick but he moved the ball. He played pretty well last week except for a terrible pick. The Giants since Week 5 are a mess. They are last in everything, points allowed, yards-per-play. They’ve allowed thirty points in five games this year. Only Tampa has allowed more. The turnovers are brutal. Twenty-two, most in the NFL. I get a field goal and the better quarterback. Finally, it looks like Darnold has a full array of offensive pieces.”

Actual final score: Jets 34, Giants 27

Did Colin win? Yes

Arizona Cardinals (+5) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Colin’s pick: Cardinals

Colin’s final score: Cardinals 28, Buccaneers 26  

Cowherd said: “Like it? I love it. I think Arizona is the better team. I think they’ve played a really tough schedule. All five of their losses are all to teams .500 or better. Despite having a rookie quarterback, rookie coach, and bad offensive line they have the fewest turnovers in the NFL with four. Kyler doesn’t have a pick in his last 172 attempts. It’s the longest active streak in the NFL. Tampa has the worst pass defense in the league. They’ve had a brutal schedule. Arizona has ten days rest.”

Actual final score: Buccaneers 30, Cardinals 27 

Did Colin win? Yes

Carolina Panthers (+4.5) vs. Green Bay packers

Colin’s pick: Panthers

Colin’s final score: “Green Bay in a close win.”

Cowherd said: “I think Green Bay is good but flawed. I think Carolina is good but average at quarterback but I get 4.5 points. Carolina leads the NFL with 34 sacks. You saw what the Chargers defensive front did to Green Bay’s offensive line. Carolina’s going to get pressure. The Packers have the youngest defense in the NFL. It has dropped off from its impressive start. Kyle Allen has been exceptionally in the Red Zone because he’s got Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen is an above-average tight end and I like their two receivers.”

Actual final score: Packers 24, Panthers 16

Did Colin win? No

Los Angeles Rams (-4) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Colin’s pick: Rams

Colin’s final score: Rams 28, Steelers 20

Cowherd said: “Like it? I love it. Sean McVay has had his way with the weaker AFC. Outside of the Super Bowl he’s 10-0. He’s off a bye. Their defense, since the acquisition of Jalen Ramsey, has been playing top-five defense. Jared Goff, his November numbers in the last couple years, are all-time stuff. The Rams are on a two-game winning streak and held both of their opponents to ten points each. The Steelers struggle. Mason Rudolph, pop-gun arm.”

Actual final score: Steelers 17, Rams 12

Did Colin win? No

*Be careful when Cowherd uses the “l” word (love or lock).

Week 9: Cowherd went with the Browns (-3.5) as one of his bets of the year and predicted a blowout. The Broncos won 24-19.

For Week 8, Cowherd’s “favorite pick of the week” Carolina (+6) turned into a laugher for those who choose to fade Cowherd and for the 49ers, who cruised to a 51-13 win.

For Week 7, his “lock pick of the year,” the Giants (-3) turned out to be a loser.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers (-6.5)

Colin’s pick: 49ers

Colin’s final score: 49ers 31, Seahawks 23

Cowherd said: “I might be from Seattle but I like the 49ers minus 6.5. I think Seattle’s defense…Pete Carroll is doing it with Bobby Wagner and Bondo. They are near the bottom in total defense, pass defense. They’ve become incredibly Russell Wilson-dependent. That’s why I make him my MVP. They 49ers are number one in total pass and red zone defense. They are also getting both their offensive tackles back and their fullback that they use like New England.”

Actual Final Score: Seahawks 27, 49ers 24

Did Colin win? No

Blazin’ 5 Week 10 record: 2-3

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 26-23-1

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 6-4

Grading Colin Cowherd’s Football Picks Midway Through The Season

Colin Cowherd continues to suck at picking college games, but midway through the NFL season is doing quite well in betting picks.

There are five online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania. It’s soon to be six with DraftKings set to get its start to during the week of Nov. 4. However, only FOX Bet uses personalities like Colin Cowherd to make picks.

Each week on The Herd, Cowherd makes his selections followed by a bit of commentary. And, each week we follow all of Cowherd’s picks.

Cowherd likes some games more than others. His favorite jargon includes “like it, I love it” or “this is an easy one.”

So, at the midway point of the season, how is Cowherd doing?

Blazin’5 record for 2019

Cowherd doesn’t have to be perfect on his Blazin’ 5. He only needs three NFL picks to cover for sports bettors to double their money with FOX Bet’s odds boost.

Through eight weeks of the NFL season, Cowherd’s picks are 23-16-1.  Cowherd’s started off the year hot but has since cooled off. During the past three weeks, his record is 5-10. Still, his Blazin’ 5 season is off to a 7-2 start.

Teams Cowherd takes to cover the spread the most:

  • Rams (3-0 ATS)
  • Giants (2-1 ATS)
  • Colts (2-1 ATS)
  • Falcons (1-2 ATS)

Blazin’ 5 games Cowherd loved, locked, and lost

These are games during the first half of the season that Cowherd was especially enamored with. For Cowherd, love hurts. His record in the games he drops the “love” or “lock” word he is 4-5.

Week 1: Houston Texans +7 at New Orleans Saints

Colin’s pick: Texans

Colin says: “I love it. I think Houston’s got better players and were good on the road last year. They won 11 of their last 13 to close out the season.”

Actual final score: Saints 30 Texans 28

Did Colin win? Yes

Week 4: Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals (+5.5)

Colin’s pick: Arizona

Cowherd said: “Like it, I love it. This game is always close. I think Kyler Murray comes back and gets a backdoor cover.”

Actual final score: Seahawks 27, Cardinals 10

Did Colin win? No

Week 4: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (+2.5)

Colin’s pick: Saints

Cowherd said: “This is a gift. I’m taking the Saints to win it outright.”

Actual final score: Saints 12, Cowboys 10

Did Colin win?  Yes

Week 6: New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (-2)

Colin’s pick: Jaguars

Cowherd said: “Love the Jaguars -2. Leonard Fournette has arrived, baby!'”

Actual final score: Saints 13, Jaguars 6

Did Colin win? No

Week 7: Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts (-1)

Colin’s pick: Colts

Cowherd said: “Like it, I absolutely love the Colts at -1. All byes are not created equal. I like well-run teams, smarty-coached teams off a bye.”

Actual final score: Colts 30, Texans 23

Did Colin win? Yes

Week 7: Arizona Cardinals vs. Giants (-3)

Colin’s pick: Giants

Cowherd said: “One of my picks of the year. I think it’s one of the blowouts of the weekend. ”

Actual final score: Cardinals 27, Giants 21

Did Colin win? No

Week 8: New York Giants (+6.5) vs. Detroit Lions

Colin’s pick: Giants

Cowherd said: “This is an easy one. Daniel Jones won’t face pressure because Detroit doesn’t get to the quarterback.”

Actual final score: Lions 31, Giants 26

Did Colin win? Yes

Week 8: Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts (-4.5)

Colin’s pick: Colts

Cowherd said: “Like it, I love it. Indianapolis is healthier. Not just physically but emotionally.”

Actual final score: Colts 15, Broncos 13

Did Colin win? No

Week 8: Carolina Panthers (+6) vs. San Francisco 49ers

Colin’s pick: Panthers

Cowherd said: “Favorite bet of the week. Like it? I love it.”

Actual final score: 49ers 51, Panthers 13

Did Colin win? No

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Marquee Three Super Boost

This year, Cowherd introduced Marquee Three Super Boost College Football Picks.

“I love college football. It was the first sport I fell in love with,” he says. “I will try to get games that are somewhere on TV. I want to pick the SEC game.”

Through nine weeks of college football action, his overall record is 9-18.

Cowherd has yet to hit on all three games to activate the Super Boost. As a result, his Marquee 3 Super Boost record is 0-9.

Teams Cowherd takes to cover the spread the most:

  • Washington (2-1 ATS)
  • Michigan (2-0 ATS)
  • Florida (1-1 ATS)
  • Northwestern (1-1 ATS)
  • Auburn (1-1 ATS)
  • LSU (0-2 ATS)

No such thing as an easy ‘A’

How did Cowherd fare on what he thought were easy pickings? He’s 2-3 on games he figured were going to be a breeze.

Week 4: #22 Washington (-6.5) vs. BYU

Colin’s pick: Washington

Cowherd said: “Like it, I love it. My play of the weekend.”

Actual final score: Washington 45, BYU 19 

Did Colin win?  Yes

Week 7: #Florida vs. #5 LSU (-13)

Colin’s pick: LSU

Colin’s final score: LSU 40, Florida 21

Cowherd said: “This may be my favorite college pick of the year. I’ll take LSU to blowout Florida. This is easy stuff..”

Actual final score: LSU 42, Florida 28 

Did Colin win?  No

Week 7: USC vs. Notre Dame (-10.5)

Colin’s pick: Notre Dame

Colin’s final score: Notre Dame 36, USC 23

Cowherd said: “Very easy. I’ll take Notre Dame in a blowout win. They will easily cover.”

Actual final score: Notre Dame 30, USC 27

Did Colin win? No

Week 8: #9 Florida (-5) vs. South Carolina

Colin’s pick: Florida

Colin’s final score: Florida 30, South Carolina 20

Cowherd said: “I’ll take Florida to win big. South Carolina upset Georgia but if you look at the numbers they were totally dominated in that game.  They’ll win comfortably.”

Actual final score: Florida 38, South Carolina 27

Did Colin win? Yes

Week 9: #9 Auburn vs. #2 LSU (-10.5)

Colin’s pick: LSU

Colin’s final score: LSU 36, Auburn 20

Cowherd said: “Blowout, baby! Auburn is going to get overwhelmed. Auburn never wins this game in Death Valley. LSU wins it comfortably.

Actual final score: LSU 23, Auburn 20

Did Colin win? No

Did Colin Cowherd Win? The Underdogs Rained On His Parade

Colin Cowherd is backing the Browns, among others, as his five top FOX Bet NFL picks for Week 9 of NFL football betting action.

Colin Cowherd had an awful 1-7 weekend of picks.

He got bit by “dogs.”

His college football underdog selections proved to be toothless. For the season, Cowherd’s college picks stink more than a wet pup. He is 0-10. All three picks of his Marquee 3 Super Boost selections need to be correct for sports bettors to cash at +800 instead of +600. He was wrong on all three this past week.

Cowherd mostly stuck with the favorites for his Blazin 5′ picks. But on Sunday, the dogs had their day and Cowherd posted another 1-4 week. It’s his third one-win performance in the past four weeks. It meant no odds boost on FOX Bet wagers for PA sports bettors.

For the third week in a row, Cowherd’s lock/favorite pick of the week failed to deliver. He picked the Browns (-3.5) and said:

“It’s going to be an utter blowout and you’ll see it early.”

The Browns lost to the Broncos 24-19.

Each week we track all of Cowherd’s picks so you can know how he is faring before you follow his bets on your PA sports betting apps.

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Cowherd’s college football Week 10 picks

Here are Cowherd’s Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks for college football’s Week 10.

#8 Georgia vs. #6 Flordia (+6.5)

Colin’s pick: Florida

Colin’s final score: Georgia 24, Florida 23

Cowherd said: “We don’t know what Georgia is. Now the Notre Dame win doesn’t look like anything because Notre Dame got their ears boxed by Michigan. I love their athletes and I like their coach. They have more good players in this game. But Jake Fromm has dropped off the past two weeks. He’s given you 160 yards a game, one touchdown, and three picks in the last two games. Florida is really well-coached. They’ve won 11 of 12. They have the best defense in the SEC and two starters come back off injury. I think Florida is still a year away. I think Georgia’s got better players, but I’m betting a number here.”

Actual final score: Georgia 24, Floria 17

Did Colin win? No

#9 Utah vs. WAshington (+3)

Colin’s pick: Washington

Colin’s final score: Washington 24, Utah 23

Cowherd said: “This is an easy one. Washington has dominated this series. They are at home, off a bye, and off a loss. Utah is a very good team but they only throw on 36% of their plays. They can be predictable. Chris Peterson is a great coach. Off his last eighteen byes, he is 18-0 straight up. After his last nine losses at Washington, he is 9-0. This is a team that is a year away. They upset Utah who can be pretty predictable on offense.”

Actual final score: Utah 33, Washington 28

Did Colin win? No 

#7 oregon vs. USC (+4.5)

Colin’s pick: USC

Colin’s final score: USC 33, Oregon 30

Cowherd said: “This is another easy one. USC is going to replace their coach at the end of the year. It’s not like Clay Helton’s been man-overboard. They don’t beat great teams but Oregon is not a great team. USC is at home, where they are very good. Oregon hasn’t beat a ranked team this year. Oregon’s been lucky. They survived the last two weeks against Washington and Washington State. The Ducks defense has dropped off dramatically. USC is just a different team at the Coliseum. They are 23-3 in their last 26 home games. In their last nine home games against ranked teams, they are actually pretty good, 8-1. The one thing USC does, they can throw it down the field and Oregon is susceptible to that. And USC gets after the quarterback. When they go on the road Oregon makes mistakes. USC gets the upset. This will be a wild, high scoring game.”

Actual final score: Oregon 56, USC 24

Did Colin win? No

Week 10 college football record: 0-3

Season college football overall record: 9-21

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 0-10

Colin Cowherd’s Week 9 NFL picks

Here are Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 picks for  Week 9.

Indianapolis Colts (-1.5) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Colin’s pick: Colts

Colin’s final score: Colts 26, Steelers 23

Cowherd said: “I think the Colts are playing for a division. Houston and the Colts are playing for that division. Jacksonville and Tennessee aren’t far behind, so there is a real sense of urgency for the Colts. James Connor, the running back, not practicing for the Steelers, so they won’t be able to run the ball and have an incredibly limited passing offense. The Colts used to be an Andrew Luck story, now they are a defensive story. Their defense in October is fifth in points allowed, eighth in sacks, tied for fifth in third-down percentage. I think they are very well-coached. They are on a three-game winning streak. Their defense is playing excellent football.”

Actual final score: Steelers 26, Colts 24

Did Colin win? No

Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders (-2.5)

Colin’s pick: Raiders

Colin’s final score: Raiders 31, Lions 24

Cowherd said: “This is a game that is interesting. Oakland has not played at home for a long time. That fanbase is going to be crazy. Matt Stafford is sick. Has a cold. Not going at full-strength. Detroit’s beat-up physically. Meanwhile the Raiders, think about how tough their schedule has been, and here they are, a pretty darn good football team. And all I gotta give up is less than a field goal. The Detroit Lions are great in the first quarter. They are dreadful everywhere else. Derek Carr in the last month has been on fire. He’s in a groove with Jon Gruden, completing 71% of his throws .”

Actual final score: Raiders 31, Lions 24

Did Colin win? Yes

Cleveland Browns (-3.5) vs. Denver Broncos

Colin’s pick: Browns

Colin’s final score: Browns 33 Broncos 10

Cowherd said: “One of my bets of the year. I’ll take Cleveland to blow out the Broncos. Denver has nothing to play for. They are starting a quarterback, Brandon Allen, who has never taken an NFL snap. It’s one of the worst offensive lines and maybe the worst left tackles in the NFL. Cleveland’s defense is as healthy as it’s been all year. The Broncos have 27 sacks. Bottom six in the league. The Browns are top six in sacks. This is a pop-gun offense now with a backup quarterback. Nick Chubb witll take the pressure off Baker. It’s going to be an utter blowout and you’ll see it early.”

For Week 8, Cowherd’s “favorite pick of the week” Carolina (+6) turned into a laugher for those who choose to fade Cowherd and for the 49ers, who cruised to a 51-13 win.

For Week 7, his “lock pick of the year,” the Giants (-3) turned out to be a loser.

Actual final score: Broncos 24, Browns 19

Did Colin win? No

Green Bay Packers (-3.5) vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Colin’s pick: Packers

Colin’s final score: Packers 27 Chargers 23

Cowherd said: “It’s actually a home game for the Packers. They are suggesting it will be the most lopsided road crowd in the Chargers brief history at their stadium. Eighty percent Packer fans. The Chargers offensive line is weak. They can’t run the ball. Phillip Rivers is now an older unathletic quarterback. They just struggle to get consistent yards. Green Bay, best defense in years, best running game in years. Now, they get Davante Adams back. Aaron Rodgers the last two weeks without him has been absolutely on fire. He leads the league in TD/INT ratio and passer rating. Phillip Rivers last week threw for 200 yards.”

Actual final score: Chargers 26, Packers 11

Did Colin win? No

new England Patriots (-3) vs. Baltimore Ravens

Colin’s pick: New England

Colin’s final score: Patriots 30, Ravens 23

Cowherd said: “I’m going to take the Patriots. Don’t overthink the room on this. Baltimore’s big win is Seattle. I’m not sure how good Seattle is. They are like a football away from battling for fourth in their division. Baltimore is a good team. They aren’t a special team. Lamar Jackson is fun and can run like crazy. But New England controls the football. Mohamed Sanu, Edelman, Jakobi Myers, middle of the field. New England’s defense is first in everything. Patriots have won 21 straight games against first or second-year quarterbacks. New England’s going to control the ball, middle of the field, take a lead. Young quarterback against a great defense. Now with Sanu, there is more of an identity with New England’s offense. This is an easy three to swallow. This is not Baltimore of old. Their offense is far more productive than their defense.”

Actual final score: Ravens 37, Patriots 20

Did Colin win? No

Blazin’ 5 Week 9 record: 1-4

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 24-20-1

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 7-3

Did Colin Cowherd Win? Week 8 Was A Brutal 2-6 Affair

Colin Cowherd’s college football and NFL picks for Week 8 of football action. If Cowherd wins, bettors on FOX Bet Sportsbook can win as well.

Colin Cowherd went a woeful 1-4 on his Blazin’ 5 picks for Week 8. It’s the second time in the last three weeks he delivered a one-win stinker.

When three of Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 NFL betting picks cover, sports bettors in Pennsylvania using the FOX Bet Sportsbook can double their money with FOX Bet’s odds boost on the wagers.

His “favorite pick of the week” Carolina (+6) turned into a laugher for those who choose to fade Cowherd and for the 49ers, who cruised to a 51-13 win.

Cowherd did talk up two winners on Friday during The Herd but failed to include them in his Blazin’ 5. After comparing the Eagles to a girlfriend who “ruined your credit” and “poured bleach in your eyes” he said he was “all in on them” against the Bills.  He also spoke at length about how much better the Patriots are than the Browns. Cowherd loves the Patriots. However, they have only been included in his Blazin’ 5 once this season during Week 1 when he picked the Steelers (+6)  to cover. (Patriots won 33-3).

 

His college football picks GPA is a Blutarsky. Cowherd is 0-9. If all three of his Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks are correct, sports bettors cash at +800 instead of +600.

Each week we track all of Cowherd’s picks so you can know how he is faring before you follow his bets on your PA sports betting apps.

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Cowherd’s college football Week 9 picks

Here are Cowherd’s Marquee 3 Super Boost college football picks for college football’s Week 9.

#13 Wisconsin (+14) vs. #3 Ohio State

Colin’s pick: Wisconsin

Colin’s final score: Ohio State 30, Wisconsin 20

Cowherd said: “The Badgers are 8-0 following a loss the last three years. Paul Chryst is a great coach, especially after losses. They were looking ahead to Ohio State and got caught off guard. They lead the nation in time of possession and will keep it away for stretches away from Ohio State. Wisconsin’s defense is ridiculous. They are number one in the country in a bunch of different stats, points, yards, yards per play, and third-down percentage. Their quarterback, Jack Coan, leads the nation in completion percentage. They got a great running game. Two or three pros on the o-line. They are going to lose this game, I believe. Ohio State has special playmakers and will go over the top to win it. But Wisconsin will be in this football game. Don’t overreact to Wisconsin being upset looking ahead.”

Actual final score: Ohio State 38, Wisconsin 7

Did Colin win? No

#9 Auburbn vs. #2 LSU (-10.5)

Colin’s pick: LSU

Colin’s final score: LSU 36, Auburn 20

Cowherd said: “Blowout, baby! Joe Burrow may win the Heisman and be a top-five pick. LSU has been great in big games. 6-1 in their last seven games against top ten teams. Bo Nix is a mess. Against top 30 defenses this year he’s been terrible. This is going to be a complete mismatch. Florida played almost perfect against LSU and lost by two touchdowns. Auburn is going to get overwhelmed. Auburn never wins this game in Death Valley. LSU wins it comfortably.

Actual final score: LSU 23, Auburn 20

Did Colin win? No

# Notre Dame vs. #19 Michigan (+1)

Colin’s pick: Michigan

Colin’s final score: Michigan 27, Notre Dame 26

Cowherd said: “Hear me out, Michigan’s going to upset Notre Dame. They lost to Penn State, but they played a great second half. Michigan has 18 sacks in the last four games. Notre Dame has a good offense but they played one defense all year, Georgia, and did you see what happened? Notre Dame does not have the perimeter weapons or the running back to make plays against a top defense. And Michigan’s defense is humming. If you take out the rival Buckeyes and Spartans, Michigan wins games at home. They are 25-0 with Harbaugh at home besides the Buckeyes and the Spartans. Michigan’s offense has 400+ yards in back-to-back games and is getting their act together. I’m calling for an upset. I know you think I’m nuts.”

*Last week, when Cowherd picked Penn State (-9) to cover versus Michigan he said “he’s done with Harbaugh’s crappy offense. They’re terrible at everything.”

Actual final score: Michigan 45, Notre Dame 14

Did Colin win? Yes

Week 9 college football record: 1-2

Season college football overall record: 9-18

Marquee 3 Super Boost record (requires winning all three games): 0-8

Colin Cowherd’s Week 8 NFL picks

Here are Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 picks for  Week 8.

New York Giants (+6.5) vs. Detroit Lions

Colin’s pick: Giants

Colin’s final score: Giants 27, Lions 26

Cowherd said: “This is an easy one. The Lions were really tasty early but in the last three weeks, the players stopped listening. Their defense the last three weeks is last in the league. They traded a popular safety to Seattle this week and it did not sit well in the locker room. Kerryon Johnson was put on the IR this week. This is going to be a Stafford-led offense, a defense that is regressing, and I get 6.5 points against a Giants team. Daniel Jones won’t face pressure because Detroit doesn’t get to the quarterback.”

Actual final score: Lions 31, Giants 26

Did Colin win? Yes

Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts (-4.5)

Colin’s pick: Colts

Colin’s final score: Colts 27, Broncos 20

Cowherd said: “Like it, I love it. Indianapolis is healthier. Not just physically but emotionally. Denver, Flacco sacked eight times. There is arguing in the locker room. The first round left tackle is a bust. John Elway is under pressure. They just traded away Emmanuel Sanders. Jacoby Brissett is good. He’s big, strong, and doesn’t make mistakes. They are healthier and they are at home. Indy is in a dogfight playing every week with absolute urgency.”

Actual final score: Colts 15, Broncos 13

Did Colin win? No

New york Jets (+6.5) vs. jacksonville jaguars

Colin’s pick: Jets

Colin’s final score: Jets 28, Jaguars 24

Cowherd said: “Don’t overreact. You know my rule. A team with talent that gets humiliated on Thursday Night Football or a late game always bounces back. They don’t always win. Gardner Minshew is fun, but in the last two weeks, he’s been exposed. He completes under 50%, one TD, one pick, and a passer rating under 69. He’s a small guy with an average arm and he’s been exposed. Adam Gase is coaching for his job. The Jets played like crap and were humiliated. They don’t want you to think that’s who they are.”

Actual final score: Jaguars 29, Jets 15

Did Colin win? No

Carolina Panthers (+6) vs. San Francisco 49ers

Colin’s pick: Panthers

Colin’s final score: 49ers 27, Panthers 26

Cowherd said: “Favorite bet of the week. Like it? I love it. There’s a reason they went out and got Emmanuel Sanders. They are all beat up and young at wide receiver. Sanders has only been there a week. You have a Carolina defense that blitzes fewer than any defense in the NFL yet, they lead the NFL in sacks. What does that tell you? This is a great defense with an excellent defensive head coach that gets to the quarterback without bringing extra pressure. Kyle Allen is not great but he doesn’t make any mistakes. He’s up there with Tom Brady for most passes without a pick to start a career. I think Jimmy Garopollo is the quarterback who is under equal duress and is a little more mistake-prone. Kyle Shanahan went back to beat the team that fired his dad and gave his dad the game ball. Emotionally, San Francisco comes back just a smidge.”

Actual final score: 49ers 51, Panthers 13

Did Colin win? No

Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans (-7)

Colin’s pick: Houston

Colin’s final score: Houston 31, Raiders 21

Cowherd said: “Oakland’s three losses, they have been blown out. I don’t know if Josh Jacobs is going to play and I like him a lot. This is real simple to me. Oakland doesn’t pressure the quarterback. Deshaun Watson is 7-0 when he is sacked one or fewer times. So I get an incredibly comfortable Watson. Houston is a very solid running team. This is not all Watson now. He has star receivers, a pass-catching running back, Carlos Hyde, and an upgraded the o-line. ”

Actual final score: Texans 27, Raiders 24

Did Colin win? No

Blazin’ 5 Week 8 record: 1-4

Blazin’ 5 overall record: 23-16-1

Blazin’ 5 record (requires winning three out of five games): 7-2

GeoComply Data Shows iPhone Usage In PA Betting Not Bad At All

According to GeoComply CEO David Briggs, PA iPhone users are finding ways to bet despite limited app options, thanks to GeoGuard app.

GeoComply uses its geolocation compliance technology to tracks every player’s session on sportsbook apps. As a result, GeoComply possesses perhaps the most data about sports betting traffic in Pennsylvania.

The Vancouver-based company is able to offer unique insights. Here are some key discoveries from GeoComply about the early stages of online wagering in Pennsylvania:

  • 67% of mobile bets occur on an iPhone.
  • Pennsylvania hit almost half of New Jersey’s volume for mobile sports betting during Week 1 of the NFL season.
  • While GeoGuard was able to provide a solution for operators, GeoComply is still striving to improve user experience.

GeoComply provides a solution for updated app store policy

Over the summer, GeoComply provided a lifeline to Pennsylvania online casinos and sports betting apps.

Many sites were unable to launch on an iOS platform because of Apple’s updated app store policy, which included new rules for real-money gambling games. Online casinos and sports betting apps were in dire need of solution ASAP to be able to enter the burgeoning PA market.

GeoComply came to the rescue with the GeoGuard Location Validator. The app allows casino sites to obtain location data from customers’ iOS devices.

It performs a geolocation check, then sends data back to integrated websites. It is a hugely important step in the verification process to play online, as it confirms customers are within state lines when trying to play.

The solution sitting on the shelf

GeoComply VP of Regulatory Affairs Lindsay Slader admitted that GeoGuard was “not ideal.”
The GeoGuard Location Validator isn’t new. GeoComply started developing it as a peripheral concept about five years ago in response to Android apps not being accepted into the Google Play Store.
The concept that was “sitting on the shelf” proved to the solution for stumped and stalled operators in PA. However, GeoComply admits that there are still improvements to be made to appease user frustrations.
Commented Slader:

“For our operators that we work with, this is better than nothing. They’re still happy to have their iOS traffic but for the user it is still not an ideal experience where you have to actually go from a mobile website to the App Store to download something, then come back. We know that any additional step you put in the player funnel makes it that much more challenging to bet.”

GeoComply says PA market quickly growing

In a recent interview with Legal Sports Report, David Briggs, founder and CEO of GeoComply, offered some insight into sports betting across the country and in Pennsylvania.

Briggs said:

“Pennsylvania is quickly ramping up after launch this summer. On a recent Sunday with NFL games (Oct. 6), Pennsylvania hit almost half of New Jersey’s volume for mobile sports betting. It will be interesting to see how the numbers stack up in the next few weeks.”

GeoComply charted a Comparison for Player Volume for Oct. 6. The split between the four states was:

  • New Jersey: 58.9%
  • Pennsylvania: 31.4%
  • Indiana: 7%
  • West Virginia: 2.8%
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iPhone user gain access to sports betting

Pennsylvania operators were understandably concerned about getting their products in the hands of PA’s iOS users.

In new sports betting states Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Indiana, about 70% of wagering takes place on iPhones.

Briggs weighed in on how the lack of iPhone apps for sports betting in PA isn’t making too much of an impact on total iPhone users in the state.

“To be honest, there has been an impact, but not too much. Most states have around 70% of users on iPhones. However, in Pennsylvania, it is trending a couple of percent below that, which is not too bad.”

Know Your Customer a key part of iGaming

On Oct. 10, GeoComply announced the launch of IDComply. IDComply is fully integrated with the company’s existing geolocation compliance solution and offers age and identity verification.

GeoComply developed IDComply in response to customers’ requests for an integrated solution that covers more of their compliance requirements beyond geolocation. By integrating age and ID verification along with GeoComply’s geolocation compliance solution, iGaming companies are able to streamline their operations and manage both their geolocation and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance from the same back-office and Application Programming Interface (API).

Briggs commented that KYC is an extremely part of iGaming. He added:

“We’re really excited to expand our product offerings with a way for our customers to handle more of their compliance needs. IDComply enables iGaming operators to streamline customer acquisition, deter fraud, and quickly enter new markets, using an integrated solution from a compliance vendor they already know and trust.”