The KING OF UPSETS is always on the lookout for SHOCK THE SYSTEM possibilities. Many here in Las Vegas saw the Arizona Cardinals as a potential darkhorse in the NFC West race this season. We’re almost halfway through the 2014 campaign...and that Cinderella story seems to be coming true.

NFC WEST STANDINGS
Arizona 5-1
San Francisco 4-3
Seattle 3-3
St. Louis 2-4

Many voices I respect here in town thought Seattle was likely to suffer some sort of Super Bowl letdown. Maybe they weren’t going to fall all the way out of the playoff picture (one major online publication now says the Seahawks are an underdog to make the playoffs!). But, they were likely to lose enough fire to fall down to Wildcard level. San Francisco had so many off-the-field problems this past summer, followed by horrible offensive play in the Preseason, that many pundits forecast a fall for them as well.

That left Arizona, furious about missing the playoffs last year with a 10-6 record, positioned perfectly to surge into the void and win the division. So far, so good!

On the plus side for the Cards:
*Arizona beat San Diego...and San Diego looks like a playoff team
*Arizona beat San Francisco, giving them a leg up on tie-breakers
*Arizona learned they can win with their first and second string quarterbacks
*Arizona’s only loss was at Denver, a likely Super Bowl team

On the down side:
*They didn’t get Seattle during the Seahawks early slump
*They still have to play “angry about their slow start” Seahawks twice
*Beating Washington and Oakland doesn’t mean anything
*Catching the NYG early was a lucky break
*Winning with Carson Palmer or Drew Stanton isn’t the same as being a true Super Bowl threat with either quarterback

I have to say I have mixed feelings about the Cardinals postseason hopes heading into this Sunday’s huge home game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The fact that the midweek line was only Arizona -2.5 tells you that the market is skeptical as well. Arizona usually gets at least three points for home field advantage. And, their 2-1 ATS record at home thus far wouldn’t change that. If the line is less than the value of home field, then oddsmakers and smart bettors currently see Philadelphia as the slightly better neutral field team.

And, it’s not like Philadelphia is a consistent juggernaut!

Maybe nobody in the NFC this year is going to come close to what Seattle was last year in terms of Power Ratings and true championship pedigree. Within a watered down field where Dallas, Philadelphia, and Arizona are going to fight with Green Bay and whatever Seattle’s destined to become once they get their heads on straight...the Cardinals certainly have a chance to be the team standing at the end.

If they impress in Sunday’s late kick vs. the Eagles, I’ll think about jumping on that bandwagon (maybe I’ll be driving it!). But, a home loss to Philly, and it will be very hard to take Arizona seriously as a Cinderella with sharp heels. Still ahead:

Road: at Dallas, at Seattle, at San Francisco
Home: vs. Detroit, vs. Kansas City, vs. Seattle

You know...if 5-1 turns to 5-2 with a loss to Philadelphia, then we may be looking at a 9-7 finish that fails to reach the postseason. I think the 2014 pathway will be firmly defined by what happens Sunday vs. Philadelphia, and then the following Sunday at Dallas.

I may or may not be releasing Eagles/Cardinals on Sunday. As I write this late in the week, my final card has yet to be determined. You can always purchase my top plays, including my standout PINNACLE headline-makers right here at the website with your credit card. If you have any questions about which of my programs best suits your individual needs, please talk to one of my representatives in the office at 1-877-ROOT-WINS. Be sure to ask about early-bird consideration for my NBA. The regular season starts this coming Tuesday!

I’m the only man in the sports betting industry with a star on the “Walk of Fame” here in Las Vegas. That’s because I’m always planning my moves several steps ahead. You don’t become the biggest name in sports handicapping by taking flyers on hunches and hoping things work out. You study every game. You try to anticipate every possibility. And, you repeatedly hit the oddsmakers where they’re the weakest. And, they’re the weakest when they’re not recognizing and reacting to SURPRISE teams!

I have some surprises in store for everyone this weekend. That means it’s time for YOU to go to W.A.R. alongside WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!

...

 251 LIONS
 252 FALCONS
10/26/2014 9:30 AM(et)
-4
+4
46.5 
-3.5
+3.5
46.5 
 
-3.5
+3.5
47 
-3.5
+3.5
46.5 
 
 253 VIKINGS
 254 BUCCANEERS
10/26/2014 1:00 PM(et)
+2
-2
42.5 
+2.5
-2.5
42.5 
+3
-3
43 
+3
-3
42 
+2.5
-2.5
42.5 
 
 255 BEARS
 256 PATRIOTS
10/26/2014 1:00 PM(et)
+7
-7
49 
+5.5
-5.5
50.5 
+7
-7
51 
+6
-6
50 
+6
-6
50.5 
 
 257 RAMS
 258 CHIEFS
10/26/2014 1:00 PM(et)
+6
-6
43.5 
+8
-8
44 
+7
-7
44 
+6.5
-6.5
44 
+7
-7
44 
 
 259 SEAHAWKS
 260 PANTHERS
10/26/2014 1:00 PM(et)
-3
+3
44.5 
-5.5
+5.5
44.5 
-6
+6
45 
-4.5
+4.5
44.5 
-5
+5
45 
 
 261 BILLS
 262 JETS
10/26/2014 1:00 PM(et)
+2
-2
40.5 
+3
-3
40.5 
+3
-3
40.5 
+3
-3
40.5 
+3
-3
40.5 
 
 263 DOLPHINS
 264 JAGUARS
10/26/2014 1:00 PM(et)
-4
+4
43.5 
-7
+7
42.5 
-6
+6
42.5 
-6
+6
42.5 
-6
+6
42.5 
 
 265 TEXANS
 266 TITANS
10/26/2014 1:00 PM(et)
-1.5
+1.5
43.5 
-3
+3
42 
-3
+3
42 
-3
+3
42 
-3
+3
42 
 
 267 RAVENS
 268 BENGALS
10/26/2014 1:00 PM(et)
+3
-3
46.5 
pick
45.5 
-1
+1
46 
-1
+1
45.5 
-1
+1
45.5 
 
 269 EAGLES
 270 CARDINALS
10/26/2014 4:05 PM(et)
+2.5
-2.5
48 
+1
-1
48 
+3
-3
48 
+2
-2
48 
+1.5
-1.5
48 
 
 271 COLTS
 272 STEELERS
10/26/2014 4:25 PM(et)
-1.5
+1.5
47.5 
-3
+3
49.5 
-3.5
+3.5
49 
-3
+3
49 
-3.5
+3.5
49 
 
 273 RAIDERS
 274 BROWNS
10/26/2014 4:25 PM(et)
+7
-7
43.5 
+7.5
-7.5
43.5 
+7
-7
43.5 
+7
-7
44 
+7
-7
43.5 
 
 275 PACKERS
 276 SAINTS
10/26/2014 8:30 PM(et)
pick
54.5 
+1
-1
55.5 
+1
-1
56 
+2
-2
55.5 
+2.5
-2.5
55 
 
 277 REDSKINS
 278 COWBOYS
10/27/2014 8:30 PM(et)
+7.5
-7.5
49.5 
+10
-10
49 
+10
-10
50 
+9.5
-9.5
49.5 
+10
-10
49.5 
 
 109 TROY
 110 SALABAMA
10/24/2014 7:30 PM(et)
+13
-13
55 
+15
-15
54.5 
+15
-15
55 
+15
-15
54.5 
+14.5
-14.5
54.5 
 
 111 SFLORIDA
 112 CINCINNATI
10/24/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+11
-11
59 
+10
-10
60 
+10
-10
60 
+10
-10
59.5 
+10
-10
60 
 
 113 BYU
 114 BOISEST
10/24/2014 9:00 PM(et)
+6
-6
59.5 
+7.5
-7.5
56 
+7
-7
57 
+6.5
-6.5
57 
+6.5
-6.5
56 
 
 115 OREGON
 116 CALIFORNIA
10/24/2014 10:00 PM(et)
-18
+18
78.5 
-17.5
+17.5
78.5 
-18
+18
78 
-17.5
+17.5
79 
-17.5
+17.5
78.5 
 
 117 SCAROLINA
 118 AUBURN
10/25/2014 7:30 PM(et)
+17
-17
65 
+19.5
-19.5
65 
+19
-19
65 
+18
-18
65.5 
+19.5
-19.5
65 
 
 119 NILLINOIS
 120 EMICHIGAN
10/25/2014 1:00 PM(et)
-20
+20
61 
-20.5
+20.5
61.5 
-20.5
+20.5
62 
-20
+20
62 
-20.5
+20.5
61.5 
 
 121 MISSST
 122 KENTUCKY
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
-14
+14
58.5 
-14.5
+14.5
59 
-15
+15
59 
-14.5
+14.5
59 
-14.5
+14.5
59 
 
 123 SYRACUSE
 124 CLEMSON
10/25/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+15
-15
 
+14.5
-14.5
48.5 
+14.5
-14.5
48 
+14.5
-14.5
49 
+14.5
-14.5
48.5 
 
 125 MINNESOTA
 126 ILLINOIS
10/25/2014 12:00 PM(et)
-6
+6
57.5 
-5.5
+5.5
55.5 
-6
+6
56 
-6
+6
56 
-5.5
+5.5
55.5 
 
 127 AKRON
 128 BALLST
10/25/2014 2:00 PM(et)
-2.5
+2.5
50.5 
-2.5
+2.5
47.5 
-2.5
+2.5
47 
-2
+2
48 
-2.5
+2.5
48 
 
 129 CMICHIGAN
 130 BUFFALO
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
-3
+3
59.5 
-5.5
+5.5
58 
-6
+6
58 
-6
+6
57 
-5.5
+5.5
58 
 
 131 OHIOU
 132 WMICHIGAN
10/25/2014 2:00 PM(et)
+9
-9
51.5 
+10
-10
51 
+10
-10
51 
+10
-10
51 
+10
-10
50.5 
 
 133 BOSTONCOLL
 134 WAKEFOREST
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
-11
+11
40.5 
-14
+14
40.5 
-14
+14
40 
-13.5
+13.5
40 
-14
+14
40.5 
 
 135 TEMPLE
 136 UCF
10/25/2014 5:00 PM(et)
+10
-10
47.5 
+7.5
-7.5
45 
+7
-7
46 
+7
-7
46 
+7
-7
45 
 
 137 NCAROLINA
 138 VIRGINIA
10/25/2014 12:30 PM(et)
+6
-6
66.5 
+7
-7
64.5 
+7
-7
65 
+6.5
-6.5
65 
+7
-7
64.5 
 
 139 GATECH
 140 PITT
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
+3.5
-3.5
56.5 
+2.5
-2.5
54.5 
+3
-3
55 
+3.5
-3.5
55 
+3
-3
54.5 
 
 141 MARYLAND
 142 WISCONSIN
10/25/2014 12:00 PM(et)
+10.5
-10.5
57.5 
+11
-11
57.5 
+10.5
-10.5
57 
+10.5
-10.5
57.5 
+10.5
-10.5
57.5 
 
 143 VANDERBILT
 144 MISSOURI
10/25/2014 4:00 PM(et)
+20
-20
47 
+24
-24
42.5 
+24
-24
43 
+23
-23
42 
+24
-24
42.5 
 
 145 SANJOSEST
 146 NAVY
10/25/2014 1:00 PM(et)
+8
-8
53.5 
+9
-9
53.5 
+9
-9
53 
+9.5
-9.5
53.5 
+9
-9
53.5 
 
 147 UNLV
 148 UTAHST
10/25/2014 4:00 PM(et)
+17
-17
51 
+17
-17
51.5 
+17
-17
51 
+17
-17
51 
+17
-17
51 
 
 149 UMASS
 150 TOLEDO
10/25/2014 2:00 PM(et)
+14
-14
70 
+17.5
-17.5
71 
+17
-17
71 
+17.5
-17.5
70.5 
+17
-17
71 
 
 151 UCLA
 152 COLORADO
10/25/2014 2:00 PM(et)
-14
+14
68 
-14
+14
67.5 
-14
+14
68 
-13.5
+13.5
67.5 
-14
+14
68 
 
 153 RUTGERS
 154 NEBRASKA
10/25/2014 12:00 PM(et)
+17
-17
58.5 
+21
-21
60.5 
+21
-21
61 
+20.5
-20.5
60 
+21
-21
60.5 
 
 155 KENTST
 156 MIAOHIO
10/25/2014 2:30 PM(et)
+5
-5
52.5 
+7
-7
53 
+7
-7
53 
+6.5
-6.5
53 
+6.5
-6.5
53 
 
 157 UAB
 158 ARKANSAS
10/25/2014 12:00 PM(et)
+22.5
-22.5
63.5 
+27.5
-27.5
66 
+27
-27
66 
+26
-26
66 
+27
-27
66 
 
 159 TEXASTECH
 160 TCU
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
+21
-21
70.5 
+23
-23
72 
+23
-23
72 
+23
-23
72 
+23
-23
72 
 
 161 MEMPHIS
 162 SMU
10/25/2014 12:00 PM(et)
-22
+22
49 
-23
+23
49.5 
-23.5
+23.5
49 
-23.5
+23.5
49.5 
-23
+23
49 
 
 163 OREGONST
 164 STANFORD
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
+13
-13
44.5 
+13
-13
43.5 
+13
-13
43 
+13.5
-13.5
43.5 
+13
-13
43.5 
 
 165 ALABAMA
 166 TENNESSEE
10/25/2014 7:30 PM(et)
-16
+16
47 
-17.5
+17.5
46 
-18
+18
46 
-17
+17
46.5 
-17.5
+17.5
46.5 
 
 167 MICHIGAN
 168 MICHIGANST
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
+16
-16
49 
+17
-17
50.5 
+17.5
-17.5
51 
+17
-17
50 
+17
-17
50.5 
 
 169 WYOMING
 170 COLORADOST
10/25/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+18
-18
55 
+18.5
-18.5
53.5 
+18.5
-18.5
54 
+19.5
-19.5
53 
+18.5
-18.5
53.5 
 
 171 MISS
 172 LSU
10/25/2014 7:15 PM(et)
-3
+3
43.5 
-3.5
+3.5
45 
-4
+4
45 
-3.5
+3.5
45.5 
-3.5
+3.5
45 
 
 173 ARIZONA
 174 WASHSTATE
10/25/2014 6:00 PM(et)
-3
+3
72 
-2.5
+2.5
73 
-3
+3
74 
-2.5
+2.5
73 
-2.5
+2.5
73.5 
 
 175 USC
 176 UTAH
10/25/2014 10:00 PM(et)
-1
+1
55.5 
+1
-1
51.5 
-1
+1
52 
+1
-1
52.5 
pick
51.5 
 
 177 GASOUTHERN
 178 GASTATE
10/25/2014 2:00 PM(et)
-15
+15
66.5 
-17.5
+17.5
68.5 
-18
+18
68 
-18
+18
67.5 
-17.5
+17.5
68 
 
 179 NTEXAS
 180 RICE
10/25/2014 12:00 PM(et)
+14
-14
57.5 
+14.5
-14.5
57.5 
+14
-14
57 
+14
-14
57.5 
+14
-14
57.5 
 
 181 LOUISTECH
 182 SOTHRNMISS
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
-9
+9
55 
-9.5
+9.5
55.5 
-9
+9
56 
-9.5
+9.5
55.5 
-9.5
+9.5
55.5 
 
 183 UTEP
 184 
10/25/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+10
-10
51 
+13
-13
48 
+13
-13
48 
+12.5
-12.5
48 
+13
-13
48 
 
 185 FAU
 186 MARSHALL
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
+26
-26
67 
+28
-28
67 
+28
-28
67 
+28
-28
67.5 
+28
-28
67.5 
 
 187 TEXASST
 188 ULMONROE
10/25/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+3
-3
52.5 
+2
-2
51.5 
+2
-2
52 
+3
-3
51 
+2
-2
51.5 
 
 189 ODU
 190 WKENTUCKY
10/25/2014 4:00 PM(et)
+10
-10
77 
+14
-14
77 
+14
-14
77 
+13
-13
77.5 
+13.5
-13.5
77 
 
 191 WVIRGINIA
 192 OKLAHOMAST
10/25/2014 3:30 PM(et)
+3
-3
63 
+1
-1
65.5 
 
+1
-1
65.5 
+1
-1
65.5 
 
 193 TEXAS
 194 KANSASST
10/25/2014 12:00 PM(et)
+10
-10
48.5 
+10
-10
48 
+10
-10
48 
+10
-10
48 
+10
-10
48 
 
 195 OHIOST
 196 PENNST
10/25/2014 8:00 PM(et)
-13
+13
51 
-14
+14
52.5 
-14.5
+14.5
52 
-14
+14
53 
-14
+14
52.5 
 
 197 ARIZONAST
 198 WASHINGTON
10/25/2014 10:45 PM(et)
-2
+2
61 
-3
+3
60.5 
 
-3
+3
60.5 
-3
+3
60.5 
 
 199 NEVADA
 200 HAWAII
10/25/2014 11:59 PM(et)
-4
+4
54 
-3
+3
50.5 
-3
+3
51 
-3
+3
50.5 
-3
+3
50.5 
 

No College Basketball games scheduled.

No NBA games scheduled.

 905 ROYALS
 906 GIANTS
10/24/2014 8:07 PM(et)
+125
-125
7p 
+114
-124
7u 
+120
-130
7o 
+115
-135
7u 
+114
-124
7u 
 

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