Entering week six of the NFL, teams are starting to develop 2018 tendencies. Let’s look at what I believe are the most meaningful #’s so far from each team, Division by Division. Buffalo: So far, so good for Josh Allen (by my low standards), but he has just two TD passes and the team has allowed 22 sacks. In addition, they have scored 46 points in five games, with no TD’s in three of those games. Miami: Two things stand out. 1st, Miami has just 8 defensive sacks. 2nd, Ryan Tannehill is on pace to throw for under 200 yards per game. In today’s NFL, that won’t cut it. New England: The biggest surprise is their 7 defensive sacks thus far. NYJ: While running does not translate to win success, the Jets are taking pressure off their rookie QB and substandard OL by rushing for nearly 5.0 yards per carry. Baltimore: This is the NFL’s best pass D at 55%. Cincinnati: Two defensive TD’s gave Cincy an “undeserved” win last week, clouding the fact that they have allowed 130 points and are below par vs. the run and vs. the pass. Cleveland: Two stats. 1st +8 in turnover margin. That may be unsustainable. 2nd, the OL has allowed 21 sacks, 31st in the NFL. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh had 56 defensive sacks a year ago. The pressure continues, with 19 sacks through games 1-5. Houston: The pass D% is near the bottom of the NFL. QB Watson has been sacked 18 times. Indy: Two stats show that the Colts still have some ground to make up. 1st, Andrew Luck has completed 163 passes for just 1,471 yards. I think this will improve with the mini-break and later, with the full bye week, but check this out just in case. 2nd, the pass D% is over 70%. That gets you beat every time in the NFL. Jacksonville: Blake Bortles has thrown 7 interceptions, leading to a -7 turnover ratio. The Jags were +10 in ’17. Tennessee: Marcus Mariota is 65-103 for just 676 yards with a 2-4 TD to interception ratio. Denver: The stat sheet is acceptable, but Case Keenum has a 5-7 TD to interception ratio. Kansas City: Andy Reid has adjusted the pass game to fit the new rules protecting QB’s. KC averages 35 points per game. Los Angeles Chargers: Anything related to special team play. Their kicker is 9-12 on field goals, and 8-12 on extra points. They’ve allowed a blocked punt TD and a punt return TD. Philip Rivers is the unsung hero of NFL QB’s in ’18 but he needs help. Oakland: Oakland is last in the NFL with 6 defensive sacks. The run D is near the bottom as well. Dallas: Dallas allowed no more than 33 sacks from ’15-’17 (91 in total). They have allowed 16 thus far in ’18. RB Elliott is again a stud, averaging nearly 5.2 per carry. Once again, running by itself does not correlate well with win success. NYG: 6 defensive sacks. The past three seasons they have just 23, 26 and 34 sacks. This area remains substandard. Philly: 17 sacks allowed. They allowed 35 a year ago and the OL saw few offseason changes. Something is not right. Washington: Their leading WR has but 13 catches. No #1 target has stepped up to the plate. Chicago: The Bears have allowed just 65 points through four games. That’s #1 in the NFL. Detroit: Matt Stafford is NOT the problem. The Lions have improved the pass rush (17 defensive sacks). The run D is poor. Green Bay: The GB OL was supposed to be better in ’17. So far they’ve allowed 18 sacks. Minnesota: Pass D%. After excelling in ’17 the # is over 66% in ’18. Watch this area closely. Atlanta: Matt Ryan is excelling, but the defensive #’s are poor, with 70% allowed and an overall sack ratio of 8-16. Carolina: RB McCaffrey is on pace for over 2,000 rushing and receiving yards. Cam Newton has been sacked just 7 times. New Orleans: WR Michael Thomas has been targeted 49 times. He’s caught 46 passes. Drew Brees is 148-190 with an 11-0 ratio. The pass D% is way too high at 71%. Tampa: Playing cover zero as I call it, the usually awful Tampa pass D is even worse thus far at 77.1% allowed! Arizona: Josh Rosen’s overall performance. He’s under 50%, but while Sam Bradford did not stretch the field at 8.2 yards per completion, Rosen’s figure is 14 yards per completion! He’s also taken just two sacks in his two starts. LA Rams: LA has scored 33 or more points in all five games. The run D is poor, but many playoff teams can’t stop the run. San Fran: Replacement QB Beathard throws too many interceptions. Despite allowing 29 points per game the run D is at 3.7 allowed per carry and the pass D is allowing just 59.2%. Keeping turnovers down is critical moving forward. Seattle: The Legion of Doom is no longer, with Richard Sherman, Cam Chancellor and now Earl Thomas missing. The pass D% is in unchartered territory while the OL is on pace to allow 57 or 58 sacks.
So the gauntlet was thrown down and now the challenge is underway between Frank Perez and Oklahoma Brian. Coming in to this weekend the race is close - Frank is 8-7 and Oklahoma Brian is 8-5-2! Each Friday they give their picks for the weekend. The rules are simple - the button passes between the two of them each week as to who goes first and the can't chose teams that the other chooses. Frank Perez
- #309 Washington State +4.5
- 3314 Marshall +5.5
- #330 North Carolina +3.5
- #332 Florida State -10
- #485 Cowboys +1.5
- #341 East Carolina +21
- #348 Virginia -5.5
- #390 Memphis -31
- #402 Liberty +12.5
- #472 Texans -6
Here's our latest show at 5th Street Sports -- a discussion of betting on elections and political events. Betting on elections requires an apolitical approach. Personal opinions about candidates and various outcomes are not only irrelevant but delusory. Just as wagering for or against sports teams because of our allegiances would be a long-term losing strategy, betting on political elections because we prefer one candidate versus the other is misguided. Hence, whatever we happen to think of President Trump, Republicans, Democrats, or any other political issue, the only thing that should matter in elections betting is value. Last week, we discussed political betting on our weekly show at 5th Street Sports. Broadcast live on 40 radio stations and seen on Facebook Live, we spent about 20 minutes talking about the odds of Trump’s impeachment, the chances of Kim Jong Un being overthrown in North Korea, and the potential value of betting on this November’s 2018 midterm elections. Will Democrats re-take the House and/or the Senate? Nolan Dalla hosted this segment and was joined by 5th Street Sports founder Nick Geber and resident insider-handicapper Frank Perez. Most of the analysis was provided by Oklahoma Brian. Although betting on elections isn’t legal in the United States (including Nevada) at the moment, many offshore sportsbooks and overseas betting outlets offer political wagering. We also briefly discuss the ethics of wagering on current events. One thing we all agreed on is that global betting markets often provide a much more reliable method of prediction than conventional analysis and opinion. Want to know what is most likely to happen? Follow the money.
Here's our two-hour rundown of NFL season win totals, odds to win the Super Bowl, favorites to fade and underdogs to bet, along with player propositions. Hosted by Nolan Dalla with Frank Perez, Oklahoma Brian -- and special guest Stephen Nover. Hour 1 -- Pre-season NFL betting, NFC, Best bets Hour 2 -- Betting angles, AFC, Best bets Join us weekly on Facebook Live every Saturday from 2-4 pm PST.
Poker legend Doyle Brunson ranked his Top 60 movie westerns of all time. Here's the much-anticipated final segment, Doyle's "Top Ten" list. This 30-minute video also includes a discussion of movies which didn't make Doyle's list. Hosted by Nolan Dalla. Produced by Andrew Geber. Special thanks to Roma Deli in Las Vegas for providing a filming venue and some great food. Here's Doyle's final list of "Top 60" greatest westerns:
- Hell or High Water (2016) 2. Shane (1953) 3. Red River (1948) 4. Appaloosa (2008) 5. Hombre (1967) 6. Jeremiah Johnson (1972) 7. The Big Country (1958) 8. Unforgiven (1992) 9. The Searchers (1956) 10. The Professionals (1966) 11. The Wild Bunch (1969) 12. Tombstone (1993) 13. Lawman (1971) 14. The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972) 15. The Cowboys (1972) 16. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) 17. Shenandoah (1965) 18. Streets of Laredo (1995) 19. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 20. Will Penny (1967) 21. True Grit (1969) 22. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) 23. One-Eyed Jacks (1961) 24. The Magnificent 7 (1960) 25. Open Range (2003) 26. The Shootist (1976) 27. The Outlaw Josie Wales (1976) 28. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1968) 29. Ulzana’s Raid (1972) 30. Bite the Bullet (1975) 31. Big Jake (1971) 32. A Man Called Horse (1970) 33. Broken Trail (2006) 34. Stagecoach (1939) 35. Major Dundee (1965) 36. High Noon (1952) 37. Wyatt Earp (1994) 38. Hour of the Gun 39. Lonely are the Brave (1962) 40. Sons of Katie Elder (1965) 41. The Gunfighter (1950) 42. Winchester ‘73 (1950) 43. Chato's Land (1972) 44. Rio Bravo (1959) 45. The Unforgiven (1960) 46. Hondo (1953) 47. Silverado (1985) 48 Once Upon The Time In The West (1969) 49. Tom Horn (1980) 50. The Alamo (1960) 51. Young Guns (1988) 52. The Undefeated (1969) 53 Joe Kidd (1972) 54. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) 55. The Hunting Party (1971) 56. El Dorado (1966) 57. Monte Walsh (1970) 58. Fistful of Dollars (1964) 59. Fort Apache (1948) 60. Vera Cruz (1954)
Nolan Dalla recently went to dinner with poker legend Doyle Brunson. Prior to this interview, which took place at Roma Deli in Las Vegas in May 2018, Nolan asked Doyle to come up with a list of his “20 favorite westerns.” Doyle couldn’t restrain himself. He not only came up with 20 great westerns. He tripled the request and listed more than 60 favorites. Doyle probably could have listed at least 100 movies and talked about every single one of them. Most incredible, without any notes or references, even at age 84, Doyle was able to remember and recite intricate details about each movie and shared with us why each film on his list meant something special to him. Here is PART 2 of the series, which ranks Doyle’s favorite movie westerns — numbers #11 through #30. Here's a link to PART 1 -- numbers #31 through #60. These video clips last about 25 minutes each. You can also see the complete list of Doyle’s favorite westerns ranked here at the 5th Street Sports website once Part 3 has been posted. The final segment will be posted shortly, which contains Doyle's "Top Ten" list.
The home stadium of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets just became the first sporting facility in the United States to approve legalized sports gambling at a game site. Well, sorta. ESPN reported today that FanDuel (formally a fantasy sports site now morphing into full-fledged sports gambling) will open up a live sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack, which is adjacent to the 82,000 seat NFL stadium serving the nation's largest urban area. According to the report, ten betting tellers will take action on major sporting events, including all NFL games. Hence, gamblers will be able to place wagers at the racetrack, walk across the street, and watch their action play out in a football stadium for the first time ever inside the United States. Meanwhile -- England, Ireland, and other countries already permit this, without any incident or major disruption. Still, this begs a serious question: Is sports gambling having direct proximity to stadiums full of passionate fans a good idea? We'll post a poll question on Twitter at 5thStreetSport's account and gauge the public reaction. READ FULL STORY HERE: FANDUEL TO OPEN SPORTSBOOK AT MEADOWLANDS IN NEW JERSEY (ESPN)
The Duke of Fremont Street is a cathedral to class. If you've been around Las Vegas for any length of time, it's likely you've seen the dapper gentleman dressed to the limit. If not, then perhaps the 1938 Cadillac caught your attention. From his earliest origins spent gambling along the Mississippi River all the way to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip, the Duke has been there and always seems to be closing a deal. In this 25-minute interview, Nolan Dalla sits down with the Duke where they talk about his colorful life, what he thinks of Las Vegas and casinos today, and where he thinks we're all headed. No surprise, the Duke delivers. He holds nothing back. He sounds just as cool as he looks. This was one of the first (of several) interviews we've recorded as part of a new series called "The Basement Tapes," brought to you by 5th Street Sports. We shot the video in a basement, where the studio is located -- hence, the show's name. Thanks to our special guest for coming on to the show and setting a shining example of elegance, perhaps matched though never surpassed. We hope you enjoy.