2014 NFL Futures and Chad Johnson blazing on a Treadmill

peyton-manningWe’ve still got a couple of months until the 2013-14 NFL Season kicks off. However, that hasn’t stopped GTBets.eu from releasing lines on NFL futures and prop bets.

Among the most intriguing bets are odds on which team will win the 2014 Super Bowl. All 32 teams have been given odds on winning next year’s Super Bowl, and there’s quite a wide range from top to bottom. You can see this by looking at the best 5 and worst 5 clubs in terms of odds below. Also, be sure to read about free agent wide receiver Chad Johnson’s insane treadmill run.

Top 5 Teams (2014 Super Bowl Champion Odds)
1. Denver Broncos – 9-to-2
2. San Francisco 49ers – 13-to-2
3. New England Patriots – 15-to-2
4. Seattle Seahawks – 8-to-1
5. Houston Texans – 10-to-1

Bottom 5 Teams
T1. Arizona Cardinals – 150-to-1
T1. Jacksonville Jaguars – 150-to-1
3. Oakland Raiders – 125-to-1
T4. Buffalo Bills – 100-to-1
T4. Cleveland Browns – 100-to-1
T4. Tennessee Titans – 100-to-1

Interestingly enough, the defending champion Baltimore Ravens don’t rank in the top five among teams with the best odds to win the title. But their 25-to-1 odds of winning the 2014 Super Bowl do rank within the top half at least.

colin-kaepernickAnother noteworthy point is how the Denver Broncos are currently being given the top chance to win next year by GTBets. Of course this makes sense because they had the NFL’s best regular season record at 13-3. But they lost a narrow double-overtime game (38-35) to the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Ending the year in such a disappointing fashion will no doubt have the Broncos fired up for the upcoming season.

Aside from the 2014 Super Bowl futures, GTBets has a number of other interesting options. People can bet on the over/under wins for each team, who’ll win the AFC Championship, who’ll take the NFC Championship, and which teams will win each division.

If you’re excited about the NFL and can’t wait until the preseason to start betting, make sure to check out the futures and prop wagers at GTBets.eu.

Chad Johnson runs Blazing 24 MPH on Treadmill

chad-johnson-dolphinsChad Johnson hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011, when he managed a disappointing 15 catches for 276 yards and one TD. Plus he recently spent 30 days in jail for head-butting his ex-wife, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada. That said, you might think he’s ready to quit this football thing and start exploring other possibilities.

However, retirement is the furthest thing from Johnson’s mind since he’s been working hard in hopes of making an NFL roster. And he showed this hard work off by running at a pace of 24 MPH on a treadmill. Have a look at the video:

Johnson is a little ways off the world record of 27.49 MPH, which was set by Usain Bolt when he broke the 100 meters record with a time of 9.58 seconds. Plus, as you can see from the video, he only ran at 24 MPH for a few seconds.

But in his defense, the treadmill was at a 2.5% elevation, and this is after all, a treadmill. Not too many people are willing to risk running their fastest on a rubberized belt going at a dangerously high speed.

Crazy treadmill stunts aside, Johnson will be hoping to land on an NFL team again this season. He got cut by the Miami Dolphins in the 2012 preseason following his arrest for the aforementioned head-butting incident. This was televised on HBO’s Hard Knocks, and you can see the footage below:

Tim Tebow hated by Belichick, Rest of NFL

tim-tebowIn theory, Tim Tebow embodies what the stereotypical pro athlete/role model is supposed to be: hard-working, selfless, team-oriented and a proven winner. Nevertheless, this rare combination has earned Tebow nothing but disrespect and contempt from the majority of the NFL.

Terrell Suggs called him “terrible.” Kordell Stewart said Tebow playing QB is a “slap in the face” to other great quarterbacks. Most recently, Bill Belicheck said he “hates” Tebow as a player. Even his own teammates turned on him as anonymous Jets players completely ripped number 15.

tim-tebow-1The borderline hatred that this collection of high-profile NFL names have spewed generally reflects what the entire league thinks of Tebow. Players, coaches and the media despise the constant attention he receives and feel as if his mere presence on an NFL roster cheapens the profession. Furthermore, they can’t stand the media circus that accompanies Tebow wherever he goes.

So is all of the hate and disrespect warranted? The truth is that Tebow has never really done anything wrong from a moral standpoint. But his peers have tired of the clean-shaven, straight-laced, Captain America persona he emits. Furthermore, they can’t stand his cult-like following or how he practically rubs religion in the world’s face. But above all, it’s Tebow’s awkward, unconventional style and awful throwing mechanics that has the talking heads bashing his every move.

tim-tebow-2In the eyes of media members and coaches, there’s nothing more wrong than Tim Tebow throwing a football. His accuracy is bad, the delivery is off, and he can’t find anybody downfield. But through it all, Tebow has found success…when he’s actually seen the field.

After the Denver Broncos defied logic by taking Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the devout Christian responded by throwing for 654 yards, 5 TD’s, 3 INT’s, and rushing for 227 yards and another 6 TD’s in three starts.

The following season was even better as he took over a 1-4 team and led them to the playoffs. During this dream run, Tebow passed for 1,729 yards, 12 TD’s, 6 INT’s, and ran for 660 yards and 6 TD’s. Perhaps more important than all of this is that he actually led Denver to a playoff victory – something which even Peyton Manning didn’t do.

tim-tebow-3The only time that Tebow didn’t manufacture wins was in New York, where he warmed the bench for Mark Sanchez. For all of the hype surrounding Tebow entering 2012, he produced a measly 75 passing yards, 102 rushing yards and zero touchdowns.

Many fans called for Tebow to see the field after Sanchez struggled mightily in a season that saw him produce 13 TD’s, 18 INT’s, 14 fumbles and a 54.3% completion rate. But when it came time to replace the inconsistent Sanchez, it was seventh round draft pick Greg McElroy calling the signals – not Tebow.

After the failed experiment in New York, Tim Tebow is a free agent looking for his next home. However, the question is, who will give him another shot?

Much of the league seems to be anti-Tebow, so his available choices are quite limited. With Belichick not a fan of his play, perhaps the San Francisco 49ers or Jacksonville Jaguars could be potential stops for Tebow. The Niners are a good option because they already have an unquestioned starter in Colin Kaepernick – unlike the Jets with Sanchez – and Tebow wouldn’t come in with any expectations.

In Jacksonville, Tebow could even see significant playing time because the Jags have no clear starting QB. Plus this is right in his backyard, near where he starred with the Florida Gators.

Whatever the case may be, it’ll be interesting to see what NFL team, if any, decides to take on the Tim Tebow experiment.

Last Chance to bet on the 2013 Super Bowl

As many of you may now, Super Bowl XLVII is set to kick off in just a few hours at 6:30 PM (EST). This being said, there’s not a whole lot of time left to place bets if you’re interested in doing so. But GTbets.eu is still offering lines on the game, which means you still have some time to get action on the 2013 Super Bowl.

For those just looking to place a wager on whether the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers will win, we thoroughly discussed the matter right here. Our general consensus was that the 49ers will come out on top and a money line wager should be directed towards them.

However, the point spread, which currently has San Francisco favored at -4, is a different story. The Ravens have won two straight games where they were an underdog and should keep this contest close as well. So we think that they have a strong shot to cover the +4 spread bet they’re carrying. In regard to some of the 2013 Super Bowl prop bets, we’ve listed a few of these below along with advice on each one.

First Sack of the Game
Ravens (+110)
49ers (-140)
Advice: The Ravens D-line and linebacking core haven’t been the fearsome pass rushers that they were in past years (37 total sacks in 2013). But San Francisco only tallied one more sack than this in the regular season and they’ve been comparatively quiet during the postseason (2 sacks). However, we like the -140 money line here and think the Niners are the best pick.

First Turnover of the Game will be
Interception (-130)
Fumble
(even)
Both of these teams have made their way to Super Bowl XLVII by not making mistakes. But when it comes to this prop bet, we think that the first turnover will probably be a fumble. Niners QB Colin Kaepernick has thrown just one INT in his two playoff games and has excellent protection upfront. And Ravens signal caller Joe Flacco has yet to throw an interception in his three postseason contests. So based on the 0.20 interceptions per game average between these two, expect a fumble before a pick.

First Rushing TD
BAL RB Bernard Pierce (8:1 odds)
SF QB Colin Kaepernick (5:1 odds)
SF RB Frank Gore (2:1 odds)
SF RB LaMichael James (7:1 odds)
BAL RB Ray Rice (3:1 odds)
Field – a.k.a. All Others (10:1 odds)
No Rushing Touchdowns (15:2 odds)

San Francisco has put up seven rushing touchdowns in two games this postseason, and they’re the Super Bowl favorites. This being said, we definitely like them to hit pay dirt on the ground first against a softer-than-usual Baltimore defense. The only question we have here is if Gore or Kaepernick will be running into the end zone first. Seeing as how the latter has two rushing TD’s in the playoffs and offers a 5:1 payout, we like the Kaepernick bet over Gore, who’s scored three rushing TD’s, but only offers a 2:1 payout.

There are lots of other Super Bowl prop bets at GTbets.eu, so make sure to visit their site and make a wager before the game kicks off at 6:30 PM.

Baltimore has been an Extremely Popular Super Bowl Bet

Pretty much everybody doubted the Baltimore Ravens’ ability to make Super Bowl XLVII – let alone get past the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. However, things have completely changed since people are not only believing in Baltimore now, but also betting on them at sportsbooks.

According to the Los Angeles Times, two-thirds of sports bettors have wagered on the Ravens to beat the point spread. Because of this, the original line of +5 has now fallen to +3 1/2. In a year where NFL playoff favorites have went 8-2 in covering the spread, Baltimore represents the two favorites’ losses.

That said, it’s no wonder why the Ravens are drawing such heavy action. R.J. Bell of Pregame.com discussed this with the LA Times by saying, This is kind of a surprise – 65% of the bets so far have been on the underdog Ravens. That’s very unusual in the NFL.”

While people may be wagering on the underdog, San Francisco is still expected to take home the Lombardi Trophy on February 3rd. But this game certainly won’t be a blowout…at least in our opinion. That said, you can check out our take on the 2013 Super Bowl as well as a final score prediction below.

San Francisco Team Strengths – We’ll start with the first and most obvious factor here: Colin Kaepernick. The second year QB has ignited the 49ers since taking over the starting job. Despite being just a second year player, he’s been especially good in the playoffs after throwing for 496 yards and three TD’s, while adding another 202 yards and two TD’s on the ground. He’s also been sacked just once in the last five games, which should prove difficult for a Ravens pass rush that’s fallen off from greatness.

Another big plus for 49ers is their rushing attack, which features Kaepernick and Frank Gore, who’s rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns in two playoff games. Considering how Baltimore is giving up 128.3 RYPG during the postseason, we can expect to see San Francisco rush for plenty of first downs.

San Francisco also sports a pretty solid pass rush, led by Aldon Smith and his 19.5 sacks. Expect Ahmad Brooks (6.5 sacks) to apply some pressure in this contest too. One more big strength that the Niners have is their offensive line, which should give Kaepernick plenty of time to throw in his first Super Bowl.

Baltimore Team Strengths – Much of the offensive focus right now is on quarterback Joe Flacco, and deservedly so. Following a solid campaign in which he threw for 3,817 yards, 22 TD’s and 10 INT’s, Flacco has stepped it up a notch in the playoffs. In three postseason outings, the Delaware product has accumulated 853 passing yards, 8 TD’s and no interceptions.

Running back Ray Rice figures to play a huge role in Super Bowl XLVII. He’s a true dual threat as evidenced by the 1,143 rushing yards and 61 catches he had in the regular season. Rice will by far be the toughest dual threat RB that San Francisco has faced this year. When he checks out of the game, the 49ers won’t get much of a break because the backup, Bernard Pierce, is averaging 56.3 RYPG and 6.3 yards per carry in the playoffs.

Kicker Justin Tucker has been pretty clutch throughout the season; he’s made both field goals in the playoffs, and was 30-for-33 in the regular season.

Keep an eye on WR Torrey Smith (855RYDS, 8TD) during the Super Bowl since he figures to be this game’s only true deep threat. Also don’t forget about the emotional boost that franchise linebacker Ray Lewis will provide to his teammates in his final game.

Super Bowl XLVII Prediction: San Francisco 31 – Baltimore 27

The strengths seem to be split pretty evenly among these teams. The Flacco-Kaepernick duel should be quite fun to watch, Frank Gore vs. Ray Rice will be close, and both defenses are pretty solid all-around. However, we think that the offensive line of the 49ers will hold up pretty well against the Ravens’ D-line. Also, look for San Francisco to put more pressure on Flacco than he’s seen in the first three rounds of the playoffs. Protecting Flacco against Indianapolis, New England and Denver was nothing compared to what the Niners will bring.

NFL Power Rankings for December 20th, 2012

Just last week, the New England Patriots ascended to the top of our power rankings following a domination of the Houston Texans. However, they didn’t hold the spot for too long after a shootout with the San Francisco 49ers. Speaking of which, who would’ve thought that the Niners would be relying on a high-powered offense to beat teams? With only two weeks left in the NFL’s regular season, let’s look at which teams are still in contention for the number one ranking.

1. Denver Broncos (11-3) – There were a number of questions surrounding the Broncos to start the season – namely Peyton Manning coming off of neck surgery. He’s certainly cleared up any questions while Knowshon Moreno continues to provide Denver with fresh legs at the end of the season (22CAR, 118RYDS, 1TD against Baltimore).

Last Game: 34-17 win over Baltimore
Next Game: vs. Cleveland Browns

2. San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) – Over the past two seasons, most people have talked about San Francisco’s hard-nosed, defensive approach. But last game against the Patriots was more about the offense as they relied on young Colin Kaepernick. The Nevada product certainly lived up the challenge by throwing for 215 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception. The celebration will be cut short though because a tough road game against Seattle looms ahead.

Last Game: 41-34 win over New England
Next Game: at Seattle Seahawks

3. New England Patriots (10-4) – Despite throwing for 443 yards, Tom Brady had his struggles against San Francisco after tossing just one TD against two picks. Plus the team had major fumbling issues while playing the Niners and fell behind 31-3 early. But we still tab New England as one of our top two bets to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

Last Game: 41-34 loss to San Francisco
Next Game: at Jacksonville Jaguars

4. Houston Texans (12-2) – Due to defensive injuries, we’re not quite sure if these are the same Texans as in the first half of the season. But they looked good against the Colts with Adrian Foster running for 165 yards and Andre Johnson adding 151 receiving yards and a touchdown. For the second straight year, Houston is the AFC South champion.

Last Game: 29-17 win over Indianapolis
Next Game: vs. Minnesota Vikings

5. Atlanta Falcons (12-2) – Atlanta looked the most impressive that they have in weeks after stomping the New York Giants 34-0. The only problem is that a few teams above them also played well enough to keep their top spots. Even still, the Falcons are poised to grab the NFC’s number one seed with a single win.

Last Game: 34-0 win over New York Giants
Next Game: at Detroit Lions

6. Seattle Seahawks (9-5) – This was a close call over the Packers, but who can deny the Seahawks with how they’ve been playing? QB Russell Wilson and RB Marshawn Lynch are proving to be quite an offensive duo. The two combined for 205 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 19 carries against the Bills.

Last Game: 50-17 win over Buffalo
Next Game: vs. San Francisco 49ers

7. Green Bay Packers (10-4) – Green Bay has done an admirable job of being successful through a number of big injuries. Linebackers Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk are back on the field, while Jordy Nelson and Charles Woodson figure to be back soon. Will this be enough to propel the Pack to the Super Bowl?

Last Game: 21-13 win over Chicago
Next Game: vs. Tennessee Titans

8. Indianapolis Colts (9-5) – We like the Colts’ chances to win their final two games against Kansas City and Houston. First off, the Chiefs have put up little fight against most good teams this year. And the Texans may not have anything to play for in their final game if they lock up the AFC’s top seed.

Last Game: 29-17 loss to Houston
Next Game: at Kansas City Chiefs

9. Dallas Cowboys (8-6) – It’s no coincidence that Dallas’ run game returned after DeMarco Murray came back from injury. Now the Cowboys have a multi-faceted offense with the way Murray and QB Tony Romo have been playing over the past few weeks. Will it result in a playoff berth? A Week 17 contest against the Redskins may answer this question.

Last Game: 27-24 win over Pittsburgh
Next Game: vs. New Orleans Saints

10. Washington Redskins (8-6) – It was no easy challenge winning in Cleveland with rookie backup Kirk Cousins starting for the injured Robert Griffin III. However, Washington grabbed a huge win and are currently battling with the Cowboys and Giants for the NFC East title.

Last Game: 38-21 win over Cleveland
Next Game: at Philadelphia Eagles