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  • Fantasy Football and the UIGEA

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    The Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) made online betting illegal in the United States, and while there is much grumbling against its effectiveness and purpose — as well as plenty of loopholes, like betting at offshore online sites — a golden era of online gambling continues to be many gamblers’ unrealized dream. While betting online occurs anyway, the UIGEA does officially continue to hold sway on U.S. soil, which has led to the increasing volume of what used to be a small complaint against one of the most popular pastimes the American public has ever known. Why is betting on fantasy football online legal?

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  • What Will The Vikings Do Without Adrian Peterson?

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    In early September 2014, star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested for beating his four-year-old son with a switch. Originally, the Vikings pulled him from the roster for a single game against the Patriots. After more consideration, they placed Peterson on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission List, which means that Peterson won’t be playing until his legal troubles are concluded.

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  • NFC West: The Toughest Division in Football?

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    By now it’s been hashed to death that the Seattle Seahawks defense is what was responsible for a trouncing of their AFC competition in the Super Bowl this past season but the cutthroat division that produced that defense is rarely examined. It’s the intensity of the competition that exists in a culture of bigger and better defenses that produced a team with arguably the best defense in the history of the game. Below is an assessment of the recent champions and each of the teams that regularly challenges them at their own game.

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  • Super Bowl Contenders and Surprises of the 2014-15 NFL Season as of Week 6

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    The 2014-15 NFL season is almost a third of the way over as Week 6 is set to roll along. The first five weeks have gone as expected for some of the best teams in the league, most notably the ones in Seattle and Denver, where the Seahawks and Broncos are looking good at 3-1. Meanwhile, perennial contenders in the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots are all 3-2 after working out some early season issues.

    The Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints were picked by many to join that group of possible Super Bowl contenders in the NFC, but both have started the season just 2-3. QB Jay Cutler and the Bears offense have been erratic all season, and the Saints defense continues to be a major Achilles heel. In contrast, the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals have carried on where they left off from last year, where they won their respective divisions. The Eagles, despite a shaky running game, are 4-1 and the Bengals are 3-1 after coming down to earth with a big loss to the Patriots in Week 5.

    The biggest surprises among the current crop of contenders are the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys, who are both 4-1. The Chargers offense has been a well-oiled machine with QB Philip Rivers at the helm, while RB DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys’ running game have been bulldozing opposing teams. The Chargers already have a win over the Seahawks this season, showing they are indeed for real. The Cowboys will look to do the same when they go to Seattle in Week 6.

    As of today, the NFL odds remain tight for the Seahawks and Broncos who are front runners respectively listed as +400 and +450 on the TopBet site. But there are still 11 more weeks in the season, enough time for other contenders to rise and for more twists and turns to come out of nowhere and catch everyone by surprise.

     
  • Bye Weeks Start In NFL Week Four; 13 Games Thursday to Monday

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    Six teams are going to be able to sit at home and watch their NFL brothers play in 13 games on Sunday, as the Cardinals, Rams, Bengals, Browns, Broncos and Seahawks all get the first bye week of the NFL season this weekend.

    The Cardinals are the only NFC unbeaten of the bunch at 3-0, and they will likely have a keen eye on their NFC West counterparts, the 49ers, as they will be at home this weekend to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

    The two AFC North teams on bye, the unbeaten Bengals and the 1-2 Browns will watch their other two AFC North foes take on a pair of the teams from the NFC South, as the Steelers will play host to the Tampa Bay Bucs, and the Ravens will be at home against the Panthers.

    The Seahawks are 2-1, and like the Cardinals and Rams will get a chance to rest up and watch their rivals the 49ers. Seattle is coming off a win over the also on bye Broncos.

    Denver is 2-1, and coming off that tough loss in overtime against the Seahawks. They have the option to watch the Raiders take on the Dolphins in London, the Chargers against the Jags, or the Chiefs on Monday night against the Patriots.

    Out of the 13 games, there looks to be plenty of odds in favor of the home team, as out of those games, the home team is favorite in 9 of the games.

    The two biggest lines of the weekend involve the Chargers taking on the Jaguars, and it would seem to make sense given how the Jags are ready to go though growing pains with a new QB in first-round pick Blake Bortles. The Jags are a 12 to 13 point underdog in most books.

    The other heavy underdog is Tampa, who gave up a ton of points last week vs the Falcons, as they get set for a showdown with the 2-1 Steelers, who got a huge road win over the Panthers.

    The Bucs have issues scoring points, but could get a lift this week with the return of RB Doug Martin, who sat out the last game with an injury.

    Tampa is a touchdown underdog in most books.

    So get ready for a big week, check those fantasy lineups to make sure not to have players on bye in your lineup, and remember to click here to bet at William Hill.

     
  • Report Says Rice Video Addressed To NFL Security Chief

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    The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, the Associated Press reports.

    The NFL has repeatedly said no one with the league saw the violent images until TMZ Sports released the video earlier this month. Miller said Thursday through an NFL spokesman that he never received the video.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release details of the case, said he doesn’t know if Miller ever saw the DVD or opened the package. His only communication with the NFL was a 12-second voicemail on April 9 from league offices confirming receipt of the package, in which a woman says, “You’re right. It’s terrible.”

    The official told the AP two weeks ago that he sent the video to the NFL, but asked the AP not to report that he had addressed the package to Miller. He eliminated that restriction Thursday.

    “Since the NFLPA and NFL have launched separate investigations into the league and the Ravens’ handling of Ray Rice’s case, I want to make a few things clear. No one from the NFL ever asked me for the inside-elevator video,” the official said Thursday. “I mailed it anonymously to Jeff Miller because he’s their head of security. I attached a note saying: ‘Ray Rice elevator video. You have to see it. It’s terrible.’ I provided a number for a disposable cellphone and asked for confirmation that it was received. I knew there was a possibility Mr. Miller may not get the video, but I hoped it would land in the right hands.”

    Miller, in London preparing for the Raiders-Dolphins game Sunday, issued a statement to the AP Thursday night through an NFL spokesman.

    “I unequivocally deny that I received at any time a copy of the video, and I had not watched it until it was made public on September 8,” he said.

     
 
 
 
 
 

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