The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are finally upon us and actually started on Wednesday when the women’s soccer tournament got underway. The Team USA women’s soccer team is the 7/4 favorite to win the gold medal and rallied back for a 4-2 win over France in their opener after trailing 2-0. Alex Morgan led the comeback victory with a pair of goals, and she will be one of the key players as the Americans go for their fourth gold medal and third in a row. Read more…

 

49ers Big Favorites to Defend NFC West Title in 2012

On July 26, 2012, in News, by Vegas Matty

The San Francisco 49ers could not have played much better during the regular season in 2011 at 13-3 and were a few bad special teams plays away from making it to the Super Bowl for the first time since they won it in 1995. The good news is San Francisco is still stacked in terms of talent and has probably gotten even better on paper offensively with the addition of wide receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. 49ers quarterback Alex Smith showed vast improvement last year, completing a career-best 61 percent of his passes for a career-high 3,144 yards with 17 touchdowns. However, perhaps the most impressive stat working in Smith’s favor was his NFL-low five interceptions for QBs playing in more than nine games. With an improved offense and one of the league’s best defenses, San Francisco is an overwhelming favorite to repeats as NFC West champions at -250 in addition to being 11/2 to win the NFC Championship and 10/1 to win Super Bowl XLVII. Read more…

 

Steelers, Ravens Expected to Contend for AFC North Title

On July 25, 2012, in News, by Vegas Matty

The Baltimore Ravens went 6-2 in their first and last eight games of the season en route to posting a 12-4 record, winning the AFC North division and earning the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs. Ravens running back Ray Rice was their workhorse and focal point of the offense as he rushed for 1,364 yards and racked up 2,068 yards of total offense to go along with 15 touchdowns. They also had a top-notch defense that was ranked in the Top 5 in all the major defensive categories. Baltimore managed to win its first playoff game at home against the Houston Texans 20-13 but then proceeded to lose a heartbreaker to the New England Patriots 23-20 on the road in the AFC Championship Game, preventing the team from reaching the Super Bowl. Read more…

 

Eagles Favored to Win NFC East, Giants Second Choice

On July 24, 2012, in News, by Vegas Matty

Last year, the regular season for the New York Giants was full of ups and downs, but it did not matter as they got hot in the playoffs and ended the year with the Vince Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl XLVI champions. They started out hot, going 6-2 in their first eight games but went on to lose five of their next six. With their backs against the wall, they were then forced to win both of their final two regular-season games to win the NFC East and qualify for the postseason at 9-7. Read more…