2 Things Bettors Need to Know Today (Fri.)

If you are looking for a brief summary of what you need to know today to make informed betting choices, you’ve come to the right place!
We’ll make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date map before you embark on your sports betting voyage.

1. More Madness today

The first full day of games lacked much drama, as favorites went 14-2 straight up, with only the tiny underdogs of Xavier and Northwestern (both +2) pulling off “upsets.” There’s an expectation that things should get wilder today, but even if those plucky 15 seeds can’t knock off the top teams, they are still performing well against the spread: dogs went 9-7 ATS on the first day.

2. The Beast awakens?

Football wasn’t the same last year without Marshawn Lynch. It appears the Oakland Raiders are trying to fix that. The team is trying to lure the 30-year-old out of retirement, and according to PFT, there’s a good chance Lynch will return to the NFL. Of course, Oakland still needs to acquire his rights from Seattle, which would likely come via trade. Then there’s the issue of his contract: Oakland has been weary of spending a ton of money this offseason, knowing that they need to give Derek Carr and Khalil Mack new deals soon.

Personally I hope they can reach a deal with Seattle and Lynch to make this happen. Until Tony Romo finds a new team, Oakland is poised to be the only true challenger to New England in the AFC, and if Lynch can still run like it’s 2014, this move gives them a real shot. Not only that, but it would unequivocally make Oakland the most fun team in the league.

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