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My sneaky first touchdown bet - rookie Lamichael James

My sneaky first touchdown bet – rookie Lamichael James

I’m not normally a betting man. In fact I only venture into the bookies twice a year, once for the Grand National and once for the Super Bowl.

I have had a few big Super Bowl winning payouts, but really any gambling undertake is simply for fun and I expect to win nothing.

I’ve put on five bets this year with only four that’s can possibly reap rewards.

Most Valuable Player

Michael Crabtree (20-1) 49ers wide receiver. Crabtree is very clearly Colin Kaepernick’s number omen target and Ravens cornerbacks are good but not All Pro standard. Wide receivers have won MVP awards in recent memory, and whilst it’s all about the quarterback, Crabtree has been a true crutch for three months. I have to laugh as I got 20-1 on Friday, just checked online Saturday night and Crabtree is now 16-1 with the same firm.

Ed Reed (66-1) Ravens safety. This is my outside bet for sure. Ray Lewis already has an MVP award, so if the Ravens D pull it out the bag it could be Reed who does the biggest damage. Reed is a turnover monster, and say he gets two interceptions, one being a pick=six then this could be a reality. Unlikely, but hey if you don’t speculate you certainly won’t accumulate.

First Touchdown Scorer

Frank Gore (7-1) 49ers running back or Lamichael James (25-1) 49ers running back. Now sods law says that because I have bet on either the number one or number two San Francisco running back to score first that either the Ravens take the opening kickoff and return it for a touchdown or Colin Kaepernick scores on the ground first himself. The first td scorer really has no true science to it, as there are far too many things that could happen. I have gone 49ers ground game because I rate the 49ers offensive line as one of the top units in the NFL. If the Niners try to establish the run early they will give the rock to Gore, who is capable of 8 carries in a single drive. Rookie James, the former Oregon Duck, has chosen the right time to be injury free and has some major grease in his wheels. Fantasy football fans hate touchdown vultures, those players who come in for the score after the rest of the team has left body parts on the field in an energy sapping drive, arise sir Lamichael James flying through the air like a vulture*/duck* (*=delete as applicable).

Winning margin

Now this may offend any Ravens fans, so apologies in advance, but I have gone for the 49ers to win by 13-18 (7-1). My actual score prediction is 31-17 to the 49ers. My rationale for this score is as follows. I see the first half being cagey with both teams trying to establish the run and get the tight-ends involved to get outside linebackers a bit spooked into contemplating the virtues of prolific blitzing. I have it 17-10 to the 49ers at half-time on the back of a Gore run and something like a Delanie Walker or Bruce Miller catch.

I then have the 49ers defense coming out of the locker room having learnt how to contain the Ravens deep passing, getting an early third quarter Flacco interception. From there 24-10 behind a second Gore run. Flacco to then make it interesting with a big drive of his own ending in an Anquan Boldin score. I then see Kaepernick and the ball control offense putting the nail in the coffin mid-way through the final period with an Anthony Dixon plunge. Flacco to mount a late comeback but turn the ball over again.

OK this is all in my head and about as likely to happen as Alex Smith throwing the winning score in double overtime, but betting is no science, its a bit of fun, and win or lose it always makes my Super Bowl viewing that bit tastier, alongside my big ol’ bowl of toffee popcorn and peanut M and M’s.

Anyone else got any predictions?

 

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Every NFL trip starts with a hearty breakfast

If memory serves me right the last time the 49ers came and played in London, England was in a rather awful pre-season game in 1992 against the Washington Redskins.

Lets say I was hoping for more this time around, with starters like Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree playing on the first as well as the last series of the game.

The Halloween journey to Wembley was pretty eventful, with a pheasant trying to commit suicide by hitting my wife’s car on the M40.

After overcoming that fright-fest we arrived at Hillingdon tube station and I had the pleasure of meeting former First Down editor and current NFLUK writer Keithe Webster.

Keith was very gracious, talking to me for a good five minutes. We had a good chat about the survival of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Keith told me he read a comment I added to an article he wrote about the future of the NFL in England.

The tube journey after that was quick, and soon we were at the Wembley Park station. Cue the obligatory shot…..

Yes it is a cliche but it has to be done !

Gore will be looking to slash the Broncos defensive line at Wembley

With two combined wins in their last 10 games, and only 3 wins in 14 contests between them, this is on paper the worst two teams to come and play in the NFL International Game, in the four year history of the contest.

Still, one mustn’t grumble we are under 5 little days away from the 4th consecutive regular season NFL game to be played at Wembley Stadium, and although it may rain, and whilst my wife will not exactly be beaming I can’t wait.

Whatever anyone says the real key to this game is how many touches that the talented 49ers running back Frank Gore (pictured above).

If Gore gets 30 touches then the 49ers win, if he gets under 20 this means they are passing and it spells doom and gloom.

I will take a small reporters notepad with me to Wembley on Sunday (along with a plastic bag to put my programme into) and I will be tooting up the Gore touches.

The 49ers opponents in England, the Denver Broncos, had their back sides handed to them in a hemp sack by the Oakland Raiders two days ago. 59 points conceded in three quarters by a team quarterbacked by Jason Campbell is simply to painful for words to describe.

Gore must be licking his lips more than a group of donut eaters at the world donut eating championships.

As much as I respect the heritage of the Denver Broncos I am a fully paid up member of the ‘Josh McDaniels is a prize loon fan club’ and I will be rooting for the Red and Gold on Sunday.

Only problem is I have just had a t-shirt delivered from the Next catalogue – and bizarrely its a Denver Broncos retro shirt with the white hose riding up through the big letter D.

I wonder what everyone else is wearing and if you actually are a fan of the other 30 teams who you will be supporting on Sunday?

Because you're 'Gore'geous - the tickets arrived today !

Phew! They have arrived in our house, two pieces of thin card that bring a huge smile to my chubby face.

Yes my two tickets for the San Francisco 49ers v Denver Broncos are here and on my coffee table.

Despite both teams travelling to a different continent to play their week 8 game, it is billed as a 49ers home game.

With that in mind I was delighted to see 49ers workhorse running-back Frank Gore as the ticket star.

I had a bad feeling that 49ers quarterback, and the man that will cost Mike Singletary his job, Alex Smith would be on the tickets.

Gore is one of the hardest working running backs in the NFL, a player who plays with passion, guts and a nose for the endzone.

The former Miami Hurricane has only managed one season without injury since he was drafted in 2005, but despite that he has amassed 6,032 rushing yards (at an impressive 4.7 yards per run) and 2,115 receiving yards, resulting in 42 touchdowns.

In six games so far this season Gore has only managed three total touchdowns. This is not Frank’s fault, it is Alex ‘millstone’ Smith who has crippled the 49ers offensive production.

With under two weeks until I get to see Gore in the flesh, I only hope the man handing him the ball is not a former #1 pick in the NFL draft (and yes that includes you David Carr!).

 

The NFL Tailgate party at Wembley yesterday included some incredible prize draws to win a plethora of 2009 NFL gear, from signed shirts and signed helmets to signed balls.

Here is a selection of some of the signed helmets that you could have won. You just wrote your name, email address and phone number on a scrap of paper and put it in a post box below each piece of merchandise. Most NFL teams donated a signed object, and I have to admit I did enter about 10 different draws. Fingers crossed I get one of these…

Former #1 overall pick Carson Palmer the Bengals QB signed this helmet

Former #1 overall pick Carson Palmer the Bengals QB signed this helmet

 

The entire Tampa Bay Buccaneers team signed this helmet

The entire Tampa Bay Buccaneers team signed this helmet

 

5,000 yard passer Drew Brees from the New Orleans Saints signed this one

5,000 yard passer Drew Brees from the New Orleans Saints signed this one

 

This signed Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers helmet looked particularly impressive

This signed Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers helmet looked particularly impressive

 

Not sure who signed this Carolina Panthers helmet

Not sure who signed this Carolina Panthers helmet

 

The lone bright spot on the St Louis Rams roster RB Steven Jackson signed this mini-helmet

The lone bright spot on the St Louis Rams roster RB Steven Jackson signed this mini-helmet

Bruiser Jacobs to bash the Browns black and blue

Bruiser Jacobs to bash the Browns black and blue

Week 6 in the NFL and 41-32 is not exactly awesome – but its more correct than wrong ! – Here we go again – now for

NFLFANINENGLAND’s Week 6 NFL predictions and a few notes to go alongside the predictions. My big player of the week – Brandon Jacobs the Giants bruising RB – 120 yards rushing and at least 1 td.

Jacobs is not treated as a megastud but he is a double hard bastard (reference to a UK comedy called Game On – USA fans enjoy).

CIN @ NYJ – Jets to win 23-9 – Ryan Fitzpatrick is about all I need to say here. Favre will look to have a field day and Ocho Stupido will probably get himself an NFL sulking record.

MIA @ HOU – Dolphins to win 27-21 – Ronnie and Ricky (almost sounds like Ronnie and Reggie as in the Kray Twins again look these people up – hardcore) will dominate and the Fins start gaining confidence.

CHI @ ATL – Bears to win 24-20 – Michael Turner will have a giant bulls-eye on his shirt and Kyle Orton is doing very well despite average wrs. Watch Devin Hester as a WR – he can make magic happen.

DET @ MIN – Vikes to win 34-14 – Everyone knows AP can kill the Lions by himself, but watch out as Gus Frerotte is having a renaissance and could chip in with 250 yards and 2 tds in the win.

CAR @ TB – Panthers to win 28-21 – Jake the Snake to use the passing game when needed, and the Panthers D to remain silent but deadly. Garcia or Griese it matters not the Buccs are not gonna match the Panthers.

BAL @ IND – Colts to win 31-21 – The Colts have not been that good in 08, but the Wayne TD (my pick of the week last week – check previous post) will help Indy get back on form. Addai to get 2 tds.

OAK @ NO – Saints to win 38-24 – Brees is on FIRE – he can’t stop passing and could do something silly like getting 5000 yards – Raiders are a club that are once again suffering from the wrath of Old Man Al.

STL @ WAS – Redskins to win 27-17 – Campbell has not committed a turnover this season so i full expect him to do so against the weakest team in the NFL. Not the whipping everyone expects but Rams to falter.

JAC @ DEN – Broncos to win 31-30 – I expect a nail-biter, which sees some bizarre Cutler td pass winning the game in a wild comeback. Jags running game is spluttering a bit and that will cost them here.

GB @ SEA – Pack to win 33-20 – Aaron Rodgers is to quote Dennis Green ‘exactly who the Packers scouts though he was’. Lets all take a few Lambeau Leaps and enjoy the ride – Seahawks are not very good.

DAL @ ARI – Cowboys to win 41-31 – Tony Romo will win but Kurt Warner will pass for More yards in the game. Marion Barber will want to get back in the endzone and I am confident he will (maybe twice).

PHI @ SF – 49ers to win 24-20 – UPSET of the week – with Westbrook out and San Francisco at home this could be the game that shows Frank Gore should be talked about as an elite running back.

NE @ SD – Chargers to win 19-17 – Chargers will be fired up and will show that they are for real, by winning ugly. Pats are still a good team but the Chargers will have more desire and better rushing yards.

NYG @ CLE – Giants to win 31-16 – The Giants are looking pretty ruthless at the moment and the Browns look like – well Ruth! Giants give the ball to Jacobs and he drives a stake through the Dawg Pound.

Byes: Bills, Chiefs, Steelers, Titans