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Being so close is still so very far when you put your
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May 15 2019, 7:05 am - By zhangzk

WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections San Diego Chargers Daily LinksSan Diego Chargers NewsSan Diego Chargers OffseasonSan Diego Chargers HistorySan Diego Chargers HumorGamblingNFL Picks:The Degenerate Gambler knows there’s nothing to lose nowNew Michael Badgley Jerseys Stitched ,3commentsBeing so close is still so very far when you put your lunch money on the linePSTShareTweetShareShareNFL Picks:The Degenerate Gambler knows there’s nothing to lose nowWell, the regular season has come and gone, and now the playoffs are well underway. Interesting factoid about the word underway: it originated as a nautical term. The original phrase was, in fact, under weigh—meaning under the weigh of the anchor. When the ship was holding the entire weight of the anchor, it was time to set sail without any of the baggage that a 3-ton iron dead-weight could hold back.At this point in the year, our dear friend (who we really ought to have an intervention for when we can find some free time), the Degenerate Gambler, would be dodging collectors and wearing fake moustaches to avoid paying back his dues. After the Broncos failed to score more than 9 points last week, the Gambler again missed on his ‘over’ bet. It marked the first time all season that the Chargers failed to hit the ‘over’ bet in two consecutive weeks. What’s worse, the Degenerate Gambler had his entire regular season winnings on the line, giving him a total of -$112.76 for the season.Essentially Youth Thomas Davis Jerseys , if he had actually had the initial $100 deposit in the bank when he started, he lost about thirteen bucks for all of his efforts through the season (oh, and that cool hundred he otherwise would have had). That’s not good news, but it’s not the worst news a Gambler of his type has run into. Now he is officially under weigh, free of the constraints of the regular season and back to a clean slate for the playoffs! Let’s see what he picks this week, shall we?Wild Card: Chargers @ Ravens Wager 1 Chargers moneyline $30 [+115]Wager 2 Total Points - Ravens (15.5) $15 [-130] Total possible win: +$140.75Total possible loss: It’d be tough, but everything is on the line.Well, we are firmly in prop-bet city, here!There are some delicious bets that just didn’t see the light of day during the regular season, so there’s plenty for other degenerates to choose from. It looks like the Gambler is still high on the Chargers making a positive move today, which makes sense. I definitely get the impression that he is expecting a lower-scoring affair, but it was interesting that he didn’t take the UNDER bet.He has never been punished when the Chargers got positive value for a straight-up win Thomas Davis Jerseys Stitched , so he’s happy to take them moneyline for a little extra return on the bet. The Ravens are not a high scoring team, so his total for that team of less than 23 sounds.. pretty good!Then we jump firmly into “who knows” territory with the highest scoring half bet. But, always a fan of positive value, the Degenerate Gambler took quite a gamble with his fourth bet— that the Chargers score every quarter. That really wouldn’t be a surprise, even if it is just a kick here and there. But for a return of more than THREE TIMES the initial bet, he loves it. Then, with the game plan probably drawn up with some Tight End specials, Antonio Gates should do well. You know that he has been hungry for playoff football for several years now, so expect him to leave it all on the field.If there was another bet that he just didn’t have room for, it was the relatively safe bet of Total TDs for Philip Rivers:>1.5 [-150].With only $100 to play with, he wasn’t interested in low-return affairs like that, but it’s a pretty solid bet either way.Here’s hoping that the Degenerate Gambler is pretty locked in on today’s action!-Jason “Positive value... mmmmm” Michaels Coach Sean McDermott believes the Buffalo Bills gained something from enduring their second-most lopsided loss in franchise history.And he's not yet ready to make a change at quarterback.After making the playoffs for the first time in 17 seasons last year Youth Tyrod Taylor Jerseys , the Bills have serious issues after Sunday's 47-3 loss at Baltimore.On Monday, McDermott praised his team's effort and intensity in the opener, while acknowledging the Bills need to perform better in all areas."We'll learn from that tape," McDermott said. "I'm convinced of that."McDermott declined to indicate whether he will make a switch at quarterback from opening day starter Nathan Peterman to rookie Josh Allen for Sunday's home game against the Los Angeles Chargers."We're going to continue to evaluate where we are, dotting the I's and crossing the T's, and taking it one step at a time," McDermott said.Peterman barely made it out of the third quarter in his third career start. He was 5 of 18 passing for 24 yards with two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 0.0 before getting pulled with the Bills trailing 40-0. The Bills did not gain a first down in the first half with Peterman at quarterback."This is a quarterback-driven league and I thought there were times where we did some things that were on target, and some times where we weren't on target," McDermott said. "We have to get better in every area at what we are doing, not just the quarterback position."Peterman won the preseason competition with Allen, the quarterback Buffalo traded up to draft seventh overall out of Wyoming, and veteran AJ McCarron Tyrod Taylor Jerseys Stitched , who has since been traded to the Raiders.If Peterman hangs on to the starting job, he'll have to face the Chargers defense that intercepted him five times in the first half of his first career start last November.McDermott's decision to bench starter Tyrod Taylor in favor of Peterman last year nearly derailed the Bills' season after a promising start. But Taylor rallied the Bills to a 9-7 finish and they beat out the Ravens for the final AFC playoff spot."You saw what we did with some of those moments last year," McDermott said. "We learned from those and I'm convinced and confident that our team will continue to learn from this experience."Taylor was traded to Cleveland in the offseason to clear the way for the Bills' young quarterbacks.Allen was marginally better than Peterman against the Ravens. He completed 6 of 15 passes for 74 yards, ran for 26 yards and guided the Bills on their only scoring drive.McDermott has repeated throughout the preseason that the Bills wish to take a patient approach in developing Allen."There's a lot of things that go into that decision," McDermott said. "It's not just as simple as some might think. There's a lot of hands in that jar."Buffalo's rebuilt offensive line struggled to protect either quarterback, allowing six sacks.The Bills' 153 yards were the fewest they've had in a game since gaining 145 in a 40-7 loss at Chicago on Oct. 8, 2006.The Bills gave up touchdowns on all six of the Ravens' drives into the red zone. They allowed 26 first-half points, more than they allowed in the first half of all but one game last season, trailing only the 37 points allowed in the loss to the Chargers."That's part of the journey on the way to success," McDermott said. "It's never a straight line. It's never as clean as people think it is, and it's something that we have to continue to work through."
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