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Bookie Busters: Divisional weekend = addition to the bankroll

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A Wild card weekend that was exactly that; WILD.

The theme of the weekend, the lonesome kicker.

We had some big swings in our betting go down to the bickers. But again, I stress the importance of being able to sustain variance. You cant do anything about bad breaks, part of being a good gambler is not getting too high or too low, no matter the situation.

Last weeks plays

Clippers/Suns SMALL play

First half over 119.5 1U -1

Zeke Over 5.5 receptions 1U -1.7
Dallas 5U MAX 2nd half -5.5

Teaser 7point kidney play -10.2

Colts +8
Over 41.5

T.Cohen pass receptions over 3½ 2U -2.4

Teaser 6 point 3U -3.6
Chargers +8.5
Bears -.5

Chargers/Ravens

Over 3 field goals 2U +2

Bears -5.5 for game 5U MAX -5.5

Bama/Clemson

Under 28 first half 2U -2.2

Bama first Q ML1U -1.7

Bama first half -3 1U -1.1

First Half Over 45.5 live 5U +5

Bama+22 -3.3

Over 73 -3.3



H Town Trifecta

Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets Over 215.5 1U +1

Nuggets Over 107 1U +1

Rockets over 108.5 1U +1

Clemson TT over 13 8U Kidney Push
3rd Q over 13,5 -9.6

France
Nantes/Mont Over 2 2U PUSH
Nantes PK draw no bet 1U +1

UPDATE

Tottenham Pk DNB 8U +8

UPDATE 124 CST

Tott/Che

First half over 1 2U PUSH

Tottenham TT over 1.5 2U -2

Over 2.5 5U -6

BTTS and Over 2.5 2U -2.2

Dele anytime goal 1U -1

SACRAMENTO KINGS @ PHOENIX SUNS
First Q Over 58.5 2U +2
Sixers 3rd Q TT over +1
Wolves Over 27.5 TT first Q 1U +1
Sixers first Q over 59.5 +1
Thunder/Wolves -3.3
Suns 3rd -5.5

-47.2 Last article read +64U 64- 47.2= +16.8U

+16.8

New Plays
Celtics -2.5 first Q 2U

UPDATE 556 CST

Celtics -7 3U MAX


UPDATE 659 CST

Rockets/Bucks first half over 111.5 3U MAX


UPGRADE

Nebraska TT over 33.5 first half 2U

UPDATE 910 CST

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS @ DENVER NUGGETS

3rd Q Over 55.5 2U

Nuggets TT over 120.5 2U


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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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