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Jerry Bo: 2018 Russia World Cup Knockouts -- 16 teams with 16 Dreams

We are down to 16 for the World Cup. @FIFAWorldCup verified Twitter account

After a wild two weeks to kick off the FIFA 2018 World Cup, we made it out of the group stages alive. The start of the tournament killed of many bankrolls and had touts going back to the drawing boards to save their customers. Let’s keep building!

The Final numbers after the group stage:
Favorites      28-11-9 straight up
Over/Under    23-22-3


The number that sticks out here is how even the totals ended. This comes as a surprise after the terrible start for over bettors.

Updated   Odds To Win

Brazil    +350
Spain    +450
Belgium    +600
England    +750
France    +850
Croatia    +1000
Argentina    +1200
Portugal    +2200
Uruguay    +2200
Colombia    +2200
Switzerland    +3300
Mexico    +5000
Russia    +6000
Sweden    +7000
Denmark    +8000
Japan    +15000

Something we have to keep in mind here when betting futures is the path of the team one is backing. If the team you're thinking about is on the "Death" side of the bracket, you might be better off rolling over money line bets all the way until the final.

The action starts back up Saturday with two beautiful matches, no more ties, make sure when you make your wagers you are aware if its in 90 minutes or to advance.

Saturday, June 30

France vs.  Argentina - 10 a.m. ET
France +157        -.5 +147
Argentina +254
Draw +201
Over 2
Under 2 (-110)

Advance Odds:
France -145
Argentina +125

Uruguay vs.  Portugal - 1 p.m. ET
Uruguay +187        PK -112
Portugal +201      PK -103
Draw +196
Over 2
Under 2 (-128)

Advance Odds:
Uruguay -120
Portugal +100

Sunday, July 1

Spain vs.  Russia -9 a.m. ET
Spain -168     -1 +115
Russia +630
Draw +291
Over 2.5
Under 2.5 (-132)

Team to Advance Odds:
Spain -340
Russia +280

Croatia vs. Denmark - 1 p.m. ET
Croatia -115
Denmark +444
Draw +221
Over 2
Under 2 (-120)

Team to Advance Odds:
Croatia -236
Denmark +190

Monday, July 2

Brazil vs.  Mexico -9 a.m. ET
Brazil -189          -1 -116
Mexico +687
Draw +321
Over 2.5
Under 2.5 (-120)

Advance odds:
Brazil -400
Mexico +320

Belgium vs.  Japan -1 p.m. ET
Belgium -243       -1 -149
Japan +906
Draw +371
Over 2.5
Under 2.5 (-110)

Advance Odds:
Belgium  -570
Japan     +435

Tuesday, July 3

Sweden vs. Switzerland -10 a.m. ET
Sweden +220         PK -125
Switzerland +171      PK +110
Draw +197
Over 2
Under 2 (-121)

Advance odds:
Sweden +105
Switzerland -125

Colombia vs.  England -1 p.m. ET
Colombia +317      +.5 -125
England +113
Draw +223
Over 2
Under 2 (-111)

Advance odds:
Colombia   +155
England    -175

Plays

France vs.  Argentina

Over 2 MAX
France Advance  MAX

France Team Total Over 1   MAX

I love all 3 as MAX plays, pick and choose which you like.

Uruguay vs.  Portugal
Under 2    2U

Spain vs.  Russia
Spain ML  MAX
Spain Team Total Over 1.5      MAX


Denmark vs Croatia
Under 2   1U

Mexico vs Brazil
Brazil Team Total Over 1.5      3U
Mexico Team Total Over .5    3U


Japan vs Belgium
Belgium -1  MAX

People Parlays, we hit our last couple  3 and 4 ways

To advance  
Parlay 3U    -110
Spain
Belgium
Brazil


To advance   
Parlay 1U   +630
Spain
Belgium
France
Uruguay
France
Croatia


Parlay   1U
Uruguay Under 2
Spain TT over 1.5
France Team total Over 1
Belgium -1

 

Good Luck everyone!

I have a few MAX on the same games, pick your spots.

For any questions or comments reach me @JerryBoKnowz on Twitter.

 

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RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16

5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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