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HERE COME NINER BETTORS

HERE COME NINER BETTORS

After heavy betting on the Baltimore Ravens, sports betting professionals and last-minute casual bettors in Las Vegas and around the world are heavily swinging toward San Francisco.

The 49ers were favored by 5 points when betting action started two weeks ago, meaning San Francisco bettors need them to win by at least two field goals to collect. But the spread encouraged lots of bettors to take Baltimore, pushing the line down to 3 1/2. Now, San Francisco supporters have moved the line back up to 4 points in most sports books and 4 1/2 in others, according to gambling expert R.J. Bell of Pregame.com.

Bell says that a few days ago, nearly two-thirds of the bets taken in Las Vegas and online sports books offshore were on the Ravens. It's close to 50-50 now and the 49ers are closing the gap quickly in the hours before the game.

Adjustments to the line are encouraging bettors on the fence to pick sides.

``The moves are taking a lot of money right now,'' Bell said.

An estimated $10 billion is expected to be wagered on the Super Bowl, with less than 1 percent of that coming from legal sports books in Nevada, Bell says.

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The Redskins did exactly what DeAngelo Hall said they should on opening drive vs. Packers

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The Redskins did exactly what DeAngelo Hall said they should on opening drive vs. Packers

These days, DeAngelo Hall is an analyst on NBC Sports Washington's Redskins pre- and postgame shows. Before Sunday's Redskins-Packers matchup, though, Hall showed he wouldn't be too shabby of an offensive coordinator. 

The former corner wasn't pleased with what he saw from Washington in their Week 2 loss vs. Indy (the entire region is right there with him, of course) but was specifically upset with the offense. And on "Redskins Kickoff Live," he explained the change in approach he wanted to see in Week 3.

"Alex has to be comfortable enough with his targets and with those guys and know how they like the balls downfield," Hall said. "This Green Bay team is struggling on defense."

"Our offense can exploit those guys," he continued. "We have to take those shots downfield and give them opportunities."

Well, uh, it only took four plays for the 'Skins to be more aggressive through the air. On their opening drive, Smith found Paul Richardson deep down the seam for a 46-yard scoring strike to give the home team an early lead.

Overall, Smith looked more willing to push the ball past the sticks and beyond throughout the entire first half. It's almost as if a 14-year NFL veteran and ex-defensive back knows how to attack a secondary!

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Le'Veon Bell might be available in a trade, but don't expect the Redskins to call

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Le'Veon Bell might be available in a trade, but don't expect the Redskins to call

Want to make a deal? Evidently the Steelers do, and it involves star running back Le'Veon Bell. 

ESPN reported Sunday morning that Pittsburgh will listen to trade offers for Bell. An All-Pro back last season, Bell is holding out for a lucrative, multi-year contract instead of the one year, $14 million franchise tag the Steelers used for this season. 

The biggest question becomes what team will trade for Bell, and what will that trade look like. 

Don't expect the Redskins to be that team.

On the most basic level, Washington could not afford Bell. The 'Skins have about $10 million of salary cap space, and that wouldn't even cover Bell's franchise tag. No team will make the move for Bell without a long-term deal in place, and Washington certainly does not have space for that.

Beyond just the money, the Redskins selected Derrius Guice in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the intention of making the former LSU star the running back of the future. 

Guice got injured in preseason, and the team signed future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to replace him. In two games, Peterson has shown he has plenty of gas left.

And, oh yeah, the Redskins also have Chris Thompson. He's one of the best third down backs in the NFL, and he's under contract through the 2019 season. 

Bell might get moved, but don't believe he will be wearing Burgundy and Gold. 

The price tag for Bell will be high. Expect first round draft picks to be a part of any package. For a team to do that, they need to feel like one elite player could push them to a Super Bowl.

What are some teams like that? Bell paired up with Aaron Rodgers would be lethal. Just saying. 

 

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