New LeGarrette Blount Conspiracy surrounds Patriots

legarrette-blount-conspiracyAlthough Deflate-gate is far from a dead matter, it appears that the fallout from this scandal won’t affect the New England Patriots’ spot in Super Bowl XLIX. Regardless, it seems that the Patriots just can’t avoid the conspiracy theories as they head towards their matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. And the latest potential scandal surrounding the team involves their running back, LeGarrette Blount.

For the first 11 games of the season, Blount played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and backed up Le’Veon Bell. He got 65 carries and totaled 266 yards and two rushing TD’s, before heading to the bus early during a game and later getting cut. At the time, it seemed like a career-destroying move and nobody would want to touch the 250-pound power runner this year. However, New England scooped Blount up and had him carrying the ball the following weekend.

Was it just coincidence that the Patriots needed a reliable first-string back at the same time that Blount wanted out of an unfavorable situation? Or is there more to the quick timing of New England’s late-season signing?

These were the type of questions that Blount was dodging during Tuesday’s media day in Arizona. In particular, here’s what he was asked and his responses (or lack thereof):

“Did you know you had a job with New England before you left Pittsburgh?”

Blount: Smiles without answering

“Why would you leave if you didn’t know in the back of your mind that they were waiting to call you?”

Blount: Smiles, laughs and says, “I don’t know nothing.”

legarrette-blount-patriots-2014If the Patriots organization, or someone around it, had contact with Blount prior to the signing, he’s obviously not telling anybody. But it’s clear that he’s happy going from Bell’s backup on a solid playoff team to one of the stars on New England’s Super Bowl squad.

There’s little doubt that Blount at least stayed in contact with his former Patriots teammates, including one-time starter Stevan Ridley, whose mid-October injury put him out of commission.

“I stayed close with a lot of guys,” Blount explained. “I stayed close with Ridley. I stayed close with Shane [Vereen]. I stayed close with all of my running backs. I stayed close with Devin [McCourty]. I stayed close with a lot of guys. Like I said, it’s a close-knit team. It’s really like a brotherhood. They supported me through everything that I’ve been through.”

However, Blount ultimately landed back in New England and it’s pretty clear that he’ll be a huge part of the gameplan next Monday night. And if you’re going to do some Super Bowl 49 betting, then you’ll definitely want to consider Blount’s involvement and how he balances out an attack that includes Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski in the passing game. Will this, combined with Bill Belichick’s gameplan, be enough to topple the defending champion Seattle Seahawks? We’ll have to see when Super Bowl XLIX plays out in less than a week.

Will “Deflate-Gate” get Patriots Banned from 2015 Super Bowl?

patriots-super-bowl-bannedDue to Spy-gate in 2007, both the media and NFL fans have little patience for any hint of cheating from the New England Patriots. And the Pats paid dearly for this scandal, with head coach Bill Belichick being fined $500,000 and the team losing a first-round draft choice the following year. But what people are calling for after New England’s latest scandal, “Deflate-gate,” would be a far more significant punishment.

Deflate-gate is the term for findings that 11 of the 12 footballs that Tom Brady used during the AFC Championship were two pounds under standard pressure. There are members of the media and fans who believe that the Patriots should actually be banned from Super Bowl XLIX for Deflate-gate. Sorry to say that if you’ve already engaged in 2015 Super Bowl betting and done your research, you’d be starting over in this scenario. But would the NFL actually go as far as to kick New England out of the Super Bowl?

Not Likely, and Everybody does It

Ever since word came out that Brady used deflated footballs, talk around the media is that virtually every quarterback does this to some degree, or at least has the balls broken in to their liking. And while Brady and the Patriots may have overdone it, taking such a harsh line as to ban New England from the Super Bowl would be too much.

Furthermore, it’s obvious that the deflated footballs didn’t win the AFC Championship for the Patriots. They drubbed the Colts by a score of 45-7 and ran all over them, with running back LeGarrette Blount providing three touchdowns. So it’s not like deflated footballs were the sole cause of a 38-point victory.

But there will be Punishment

tom-brady-deflate-gateWhile the NFL isn’t going to remove New England from the Super Bowl, league officials aren’t going to let this team get away with what they’ve done either. The minimum fine for tampering with the football is $25,000, as per the NFL’s game operations manual. But these are the masterminds of the Spy-gate fiasco, and it’s the same quarterback and head coach running the team.

Now, are we talking Brady-suspension big? Probably not, and NFL analyst and former QB Trent Green said as much recently. While Green diminished the intense coverage that this mini-scandal is getting, he also thinks that a ball boy or equipment manager will be fired, a large fine will be levied, and the team will lose a draft pick.

“I think it’s going to be huge,” Green said. “When you look at what happened with the Spygate deal and the fact that they made a significant fine at that time ($500,000), I think that they’re going to try to make a statement with it.”

Justified Punishment?

While Brady contends that he didn’t have the balls “altered” or have anything out of the ordinary done, the point is that league rules were violated. And while a Super Bowl ban would be ridiculously harsh, another big fine and the loss of a draft pick (not sure if it should be first-round this time) would be enough to send a message to other QB’s/teams around the league.

2015 Super Bowl Betting

seattle-new-england-super-bowl-bettingThe 2015 Super Bowl is now set, with the Seattle Seahawks taking on the New England Patriots. There are very interesting stories behind both teams’ rise to Super Bowl XLIX, but for entirely different reasons.

In the case of the Patriots, they booked their ticket to Glendale, Arizona via a dominating 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. However, their win has since been marred by what’s been dubbed “Deflate-gate.” Folliowing the game, an investigation revealed that 11 of the 12 footballs that the Patriots used during the AFC Championship game were deflated. It’s since been said that Tom Brady had the balls deflated so that he could get a better grip in the rainy weather. Some are so outraged by the incident that they’re calling for New England to be banned from playing in the big game.

That’s unlikely to happen, meaning they’ll still face the defending champion Seahawks, who edged Green Bay in a 28-22 overtime contest. This game seemed to be Green Bay’s as they led 19-7 and intercepted Russell Wilson midway through the fourth quarter. But somehow, Seattle dug deep and staged an impressive comeback that pushed the game to overtime and gave them a chance to defend their title.

Both teams come into this contest highly decorated, as you can see from our very close line at GTBets.eu:

New England Patriots -1 (-110)
Seattle Seahawks (-110)

Just based on the 2015 Super Bowl betting line alone, you can see that this is expected to be a tight contest. New England is playing in their sixth Super Bowl with Tom Brady at QB and Bill Belichick as head coach. Meanwhile, Seattle hopes to become the first team in a decade to win consecutive Super Bowl titles.

A week ago, Seattle seemed like an unstoppable force, anchored by their stout defense. However, they struggled mightily with Green Bay and, overall, looked like the inferior team in the NFC Championship. Will this scare motivate Seattle to get back to their dominate ways?

russell-wilsonIt mostly depends upon Russell Wilson, who, prior to the NFC Championship, held the best postseason passer rating of all time. But he had a disastrous game, throwing four interceptions before rallying his team for 15 points in the final 2:09 of regulation. Regardless of how Wilson plays, though, Seattle knows for sure that they can count on their “Legion of Boom” defense to deliver once again. Furthermore, running back Marshawn Lynch should have some exciting plays left in him too.

Assuming the Patriots hadn’t crushed the Colts so badly, maybe they wouldn’t be favored at online sportsbooks. However, they did, and the Pats displayed a truly all-around offensive attack while doing so. From Brady to LeGarrette Blount to Rob Gronkowski, this offense is impossible to stop at times.

But it’s worth mentioning that New England has something to offer on the other side of the ball too. They held star QB Andrew Luck to 12-of-33 passing, 126 yards, two interceptions and a 23.0 passer rating – his lowest of the year.

Taking everything into account, both the Patriots and Colts appear to be worthy title contenders. So it’ll definitely be interesting to see how things play out from a betting perspective.

Final Score Prediction: New England 24-20

2015 AFC Championship Betting

2015-afc-championship-bettingWhen the 2015 NFL Playoffs began, the Colts certainly weren’t an odds-on favorite to reach the Super Bowl. But following their surprise 24-13 victory against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, Indianapolis is within one game of doing the improbable. Of course, they have a big roadblock standing in their way named the New England Patriots.

Playoff success is certainly nothing new to the Patriots, who’ve won three NFL titles since 2002. However, their divisional matchup against the Baltimore Ravens was anything but easy since they needed some third-quarter trickery and a big comeback to win.

But here we are now with a clean slate, and the Patriots and Colts both looking for the one win that will get them to the 2015 Super Bowl. As for the favorite, it’s definitely New England since they have homefield advantage and a long history of postseason success. We at GTBets.eu also have them favored on the line, which you can see below:

Indianapolis (-110)
New England -6.5 (-110)

2015-afc-championship-betting-1A near-touchdown favorite on our AFC Champion betting line, New England has some ground to cover here. And this is a tall task when you consider that they’re facing an Andrew Luck-led offense that has no trouble scoring.

By all accounts, this should be a shootout because these are the No. 2 and 3 offenses from the AFC. But with Daniel Herron having taken over running duties for Indianapolis, they’ve been featuring a slowed-down version of their offense. Furthermore, the defense is picking up, as can be seen by how they held Denver to just 13 points last game. So beating the Colts by a touchdown won’t be a picnic for the Patriots.

Then again, New England does have both Tom Brady and history on their side. Regarding the latter, from 1999-2012, 11 of 14 AFC champs have won this game by at least a touchdown. Seeing as how New England is already favored here and they’re playing in Foxborough, we like their chances to cover the spread.

Final Score Prediction: New England wins 38-24

Updated 2015 Super Bowl Odds to Win

2015-super-bowl-oddsAfter yet another exciting week in the 2015 NFL Playoffs, both the AFC and NFC Championships are set. On the AFC side, the underdog Indianapolis Colts will travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. And the NFC Championship will see the Green Bay Packers facing the Seattle Seahawks.

Can the latter win their second consecutive Super Bowl? Can the Indianapolis Colts pull off an improbable upset? Find out as we take a look at our updated 2015 Super Bowl odds to win.

Indianapolis (13 to 2 odds of winning)

Few gave the Colts a realistic chance of knocking off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. And if they were to have a chance, it seemed like Indy needed to score at least 40 points to outlast the high-powered Denver offense. Well, as it turns out, defense ruled the day for Indy as they won 24-13, allowing just one Broncos touchdown. Now the Colts face just as big of a test, if not bigger, in Foxborough. There’s no doubt that Indy will continue to be underdogs even if they win the AFC Championship. That said, it’s hard to see much value in the 13:2 odds here.

Green Bay (6 to 1)

2015-super-bowl-odds-1Green Bay punched their Super Bowl ticket via a 26-21 nailbiter versus the Dallas Cowboys. And they needed two second-half TD’s to make the comeback here, improving their record at Lambeau Field to 9-0 this season. The only problem is that they’ll be visiting Seattle for the next game.  But given all of the weapons that the Packers boast on offense, they might be the one team that can beat Seattle at CenturyLink Field. Furthermore, taking this team at 6:1 odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl isn’t a bad bet at all.

New England (7 to 4)

2015-super-bowl-odds-2The league is still talking about the crazy substitutions that New England made during a third-quarter touchdown drive against the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh went as far as to call the substitutions illegal when his team had trouble identifying the eligible receivers. However, NFL officials say that everything was done by the book (though outside the bounds of normalcy) in the Patriots’ 35-31 victory. They will once again be favored to win at home against an overmatched Colts team. And if they can take care of business, then it’s a tough NFC opponent no matter who wins between Seattle and Green Bay.

Seattle (23 to 20)

2015-super-bowl-odds-3Without question, Seattle had the easiest path to the NFC title game since they played the 8-8-1 Carolina Panthers. Sure, Carolina was on a hot streak, but Seattle is the defending Super Bowl champion. And they looked every bit the part in cruising to a 31-17 win over the Panthers. Now they get a real postseason test in the high-scoring Green Bay Packers. Assuming they can get through this matchup, they could face the battle-tested Patriots. All in all, it’s hard to see taking Seattle at 23:20 odds right now, even if they are the best team on paper.

2015 Super Bowl Bets Available

Tom BradyWe’re exactly one month away from the 2015 Super Bowl, which takes place on February 1st. But if you’d like to get your Super Bowl betting started a little early, then it’s worth mentioning that GTBets.eu is already running lines on who’ll be in Arizona next month. We have three different categories for you to bet on – some of them only for a limited time – so let’s get right to what’s available.

2015 Super Bowl – To Win Bets

At the time of this writing, there are 12 teams still alive for the Lombardi Trophy. So GTBets is currently featuring odds on all 12 teams to win the coveted trophy. Keep in mind that the number of available odds will dwindle as the 2015 NFL Playoffs advance, but here are a few of the top teams available from the group:

New Engalnd – 12/5 odds to win
Seattle – 12/5 odds to win
Denver – 6/1 odds to win
Green Bay – 23/4 odds to win
Dallas – 17/2 odds to win

There’s little surprise here, with the NFC and AFC’s top seeds also having the best odds to win on the betting lines. But if you’re looking for some value, and don’t mind taking a road underdog, then you might consider the Detroit Lions, who currently sit at 40/1 odds.

2015 Super Bowl – Exact Matchup

2015-super-bowl-betting-1Let’s take this a step further and try to predict exactly who’ll be playing in Super Bowl XLIX. Here’s a look at the matchups with the best odds:

Seahawks vs Patriots – 2/1 odds
Field (Other) – 9/2 odds
Packers vs Patriots – 5/1 odds
Seahawks vs Broncos – 11/2 odds
Cowboys vs Patriots – 7/1 odds

Anything can happen in the NFL Playoffs, meaning the Cowboys could be playing the Colts (60/1 odds) in Glendale for all we know. However, the best value-matchup regarding the odds might be the Packers vs. Steelers (30/1 odds).

2015 Super Bowl – Team Props

Prop bets are what the Super Bowl is all about! And when you visit GTBets.eu in the two weeks leading up the the big game, you’ll find a wide range of prop bets. But for now, with the potential matchup so uncertain, all we have are some team props for you to enjoy:

Denver Broncos to win – Yes (600) / No (-900)
Green Bay to win – Yes (575) / No (-775)
New England to win – Yes (240) / No (-280)
Seattle to win – Yes (240) / No (-280)

Once again, you can expect plenty more 2015 Super Bowl prop bets and live wagering opportunities as the game approaches. So make sure to place your wagers before or on Feb. 1st so that you don’t miss out on the exciting action.