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Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon
Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He’s worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama’s Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He’s been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.
Prepare for a Wild NFL Season
Just 20 games into the 2018 exhibition season, it's become very clear that this is going to be a wild NFL campaign. Many teams are going to become even more pass-heavy than they already were on offense. Defenses have to back off because they don't want to get penalties for illegal hits. Things are about to get messy!
That doesn't mean EVERY game is going to see 90 or more combined passes (Eagles/Pats made it to 91 total passes Thursday night), or that EVERY game is going to fly Over its total (Green Bay beat Pittsburgh 51-34 Thursday night, going over before halftime and almost doubling the market price by the end of the night). But, it does mean that handicappers will need to make some adjustments.
I hope the homework assignment today will help prepare you for what's ahead this season. Students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping need to get ahead of the sport's obvious evolution, and profit from it.
NFL Saturday Previews and MAC
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2
On Saturday, it's ...
JACKSONVILLE (0-1) at MINNESOTA (1-0) - 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
After all the off-the-field noise involving Jaguars' CB Jalen Ramsey, we remind you he won't be playing here and didn't even make the trip to the Twin Cities after getting whacked with a one-game suspension for violating team rules - too bad 'cause we would have liked to see Minny WR Stefon Diggs challenge the so-called "best cornerback in the NFL". Instead, Vikings' CB Terence Newman (he'll be 40 next month) will get some burn and he looked sharp in intra-squad practices this past week while picking off QB Blake Bortles on a red-zone opportunity.
Current Line: Vikings - 4.5 and 40 points
OAKLAND (1-0) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (0-1) - 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network
No sense in talking about the guy that's not here - see Rams' DL Aaron Donald - as that contract holdout could well last right into the regular season and the old/new faces on this Los Angeles defense bear watching as CBs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib get into the action for a bit here against Oakland's vertical passing game guys. We would expect new/old Raiders head coach Jon Gruden to let RB Marshawn Lynch stretch his legs (see 60-yard scoring run called back by a penalty last week against Detroit) while QB Derek Carr likely plays a quarter .. yes, we have noticed how the totals price for this game has come way back from 42.5 to 38.5 points.
Current Line: Pick 'Em and 38.5 points
CINCINNATI (1-0) at DALLAS (0-1) - 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network
It's safe to say the Cowboys' offense is in a state of flux: Sure, that superior O-line figures to plow open huge holes this season for third-year RB Ezekiel Elliott but right here/right now this NFC East crew is severely short-handed with Elliott sitting it out here, C Travis Frederick suffering from stingers (won't play till regular season) and slot WR Cole Beasley (groin) out for this clash ... and you already know about the exodus of WR Dez Bryant and the retirement of TE Jason Witten. Hey, let's see how QB Dak Prescott's backups play here as Cooper Rush and Mike White figure to share the majority of snaps and all NFL coaches are weary about keeping in their starting QBs after both Nick Foles (Philadelphia) and AJ McCarron (Buffalo) have been injured the past couple of nights.
Current Line: Cowboys - 3 and 41.5 points
Seahawks' Kam Chancellor: 'Time for the next chapter'
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was ''time for the next chapter.''
Longtime Iowa sportscaster killed as rain swamps Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A longtime Iowa sportscaster has died in flash flooding in Des Moines amid heavy rain that forced the evacuation of some homes and businesses in one suburb.