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BET with Dicey15 – Week 8 NFL Picks

An astute reader noticed that I was 100% on the 1 PM games last week. $$$$. Also an editorial note, the return percentages posted last week should have been 275% and 1830% as I forgot to multiply by 100. Last weeks returns: 500% on the week, 2200% YTD.

BET in bold:

Broncos +1.5/Jaguars -1.5 – Ye Olde, Russ Wilson.

Steelers +10.5/Eagles -10.5 – Pittsburg takes Philly phans down a peg by covering.

Patriots -2.5/Jets +2.5 – Pats recover from their Monday Night trap game fiasco. Whoever QBs owns.

Raiders -1.5/Saints +1.5 – Have the haters apologize to Taysom Hill yet?

Cardinals +3.5/Vikings -3.5 – Say “Nuke Hopkins” more.

Dolphins -3.5/Lions +3.5 – Lions pull off the straight upset against Hardo Campell’s old team. BET.

Bears +10/Cowboys -10 – Justin (I call him that as 5th generation Big10) keeps the cover train rolling, bro.

Panthers +4/Falcons -4 – The Panthers continue to prove that YOUR super weapon RB is irrelevant.

Titans +1/Texans -1 – Titans play like shit and commit a bunch of dumb penalties but Coach Vrabes pulls it out (no offense, Josh Primo).

49ers -1/Rams +1 – Which coach here is the current golden boy?

Comanders +3/Colts -3 – I doubt Snyder and Irsay will be sharing a post game hooker after this one.

Giants +3.5/Seahawks -3.5 – Geno revenge game.

Packers +10.5/Bills – 10.5 – They should play this game in December. #ColdAsFuck

MONDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

Bengals -3.5/Browns +3.5 – Burrows is back, baby!

PROP OF THE WEEK

I am on DeVonta Smith OVER 55.5 receiving yards against the porous Steelers secondary. Especially after a different DeVonta (sic) killed the over for me last week.

BET with Dicey15 – Week 7 NFL BET(s)

Last weeks picks went 9-3-1. This is pretty easy when you understand that referees use very specific techniques to get teams in trouble early… pass interference, phantom holding, etc. Up 27.5% on the week, +183% YTD. Tom Brady did let me down, but he’s getting divorced and looks like a Jack Skellington cosplayer so I’ll let it slide this time.

BET in Bold:

Falcons +6.5/Bengals -6.5 – I have no idea who the Falcons coach is.

Lions +6.5/Cowboys -6.5 – Jerry Jones and RKK exchanged words, RKK exchanged vows with a women who totally loves him.

Colts +2.5/Titans – 2.5 – Irsay wants to oust Synder for gross ethical malpractice. What a world.

Packers -4.5/Commandeers +4.5 – Wentz is out, Rodgers is still not out.

Buccaneers -13/Panthers +13 – Bonus bet, which is greater: The number of practices Brady skipped this week or Offensive teammates he yells at on Sunday?

Giants -3/Jagwires +3 – I’ll say it. Trevor Lawrence looks like a girl.

Browns +6.5/Ravens -6.5 – No love lost between these rivals who are kind of the same franchise but not really.

Texans +6.5/Raiders -6.5 – This would have been the battle of former New England anonymous source yappers if Easterby hadn’t be unceremoniously let go to pursue a career in stand-up comedy/selling Jesus themed inspirational desk calendars.

Seahawks +4.5/Chargers -4.5 – Is Carroll ever going to let someone cook?

Chiefs -1/49ers +1 – Hey did you know Christian McAfree’s dad played for Kyle Shanahan’s dad? Interesting.

Steelers +7.5/Dolphins -7.5 – Swaggy genius head coach has his team well below sea level in Miami when it comes to point differential. I’m taking Swaggy non-genius head coach to win outright. BET.

MONDAY NIGHT SPECIAL –

Bears +8/Patriots -8 – Bears cover but Patriots win. We learn nothing.

PROP BET OF THE WEEK

I love OVER 81.5 receiving yards for Davante Adams. Raiders have to get all they can out of him before he’s thrown in prison for lightly shoving a misplaced camera person.

BET with Dicey15 – Week 6 NFL BET(s)

Welcome to the world of quasi-legal sports betting!** We here at the15 noticed a dearth of gambling content on the internet and saw an opportunity to expand the #brand to include completely well thought out NFL betting advice*. Apologies for missing the first 5 weeks but there were extensive negotiations including emails and multiple phone interviews required to bring this to you.

BET in bold:

49ers -5.5/Falcons +5.5 – Falcons stink right?

Pats -1.5/Browns +1.5 – This one will be over faster than a Deshaun Watson massage and far less messy

Jets +7.5/Packers -7.5 – Jets cover in the battle of QBs with family issues

Jags +7/Colts -7 PUSH – Who the hell even cares

Vikings +3/Dolphins – 3 – Have more concussed QBs, Miami. You can’t!

Bengals -1/Saints +1 – This is my BET bet of the week. No way this one misses.

Ravens -3.5/NY Football Giants +3.5 – You see they call him “Wink” Martindale like the game show host. Timely reference.

Buccaneers -3.5/Steelers +3.5 – Sure, bet against Brady versus the Steelers and big brain Mike Tomlin. I dare you.

Panthers +9/Rams -9 – Panthers fans are ready for basketball season.

Cardinals -2.5/Seahawks +2.5 – Take the fictional birds of prey to cover versus the real birds of baseball.

Bills -1.5/Chiefs +1.5 – Lesser of two evils I suppose.

Cowboys PK/Eagles PK – Phillies in the playoffs and Eagles remaining unbeaten? BET. City of of Brotherly Love (S/O Vern)

MONDAY NIGHT SPECIAL –

Broncos +3/Chargers -3 – Chargers win the battle of extemporaneous 4th down attempts and cover.

PROP BET OF THE WEEK

I love all the prop overs but especially Robert Tonyan O 23.5 yards receiving.

*This is neither advice nor well thought out

** If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, get help fuckface.

Intern-al Polling

Beantown! Yay!!

Howdy! We are the Summer Interns of the15net dot com! Some of us are new, some are holdovers from the 2021-22 academic year. Mr. Scartelli and a plurality of the 15 insisted we “stop being testaments to uselessness” so we will be running occasional polls this summer. So without further ado:

Breer. Yates. Rap. Water carriers. But who is the most useless?

Sourcez: Greg Bedard Jumping From Sinking Ship To Sinking Ship

Our very own @ironheadbjbsj is hearing that he’ll soon be full time at WEEI.

More to come, as this story develops. But might the rats already be scattering? Fair to ask the question.

UPDATE:

Pushing readers to the Providence Journal? 🤔

UPDATE:

Why hasn’t BSJ writer McAdam tweeted since the end of last week? 🤔🤔

Patriots versus Buccaneers Preview Part 3: The Game

Sunday Night Football this week brings a bittersweet feeling to the area.  Much like Robert Parish’s Chicago Bulls ring, many in the area wish that Tom Brady just called it quits and retired as a member of the New England Patriots.  Many will speculate as to why he left.  Disrespected, sick of the coach, wanted to keep playing, money, all of the above, none of the above.  Just like someone with an iPhone thinks that they are Ansel Adams, and someone selling GAP insurance on auto loans thinks that they are an epidemiologist, the local media failed its followers, yet again.  Stories blaming the coach, the owner, the player…they’ve all surfaced this week.  Much like declining a call from TEC, some conversations are better kept to themselves.

Ghosted.

              Someday, Bill, or Tom, or maybe even both, will write the book.  Until then, all of the stories and speculation are simply heresay.  This is the last we will speak of this matter for a few paragraphs.

              This is a large game for the Patriots, and mainly because it can get them to 2-2 early in the season.  Unlike the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots understand that there are no banners hung for regular season records, or anything that goes on in the regular season (except that blasphemous 16-0 banner that was hung after the 2007 season).  A large part of this game is going to hinge on the health of Trent Brown.  I firmly believe that he would have been out there last week, but they wanted to give him one more week to get healthy; as this is going to be more of a pass protect line this week. 

You got Stafforded!

Tampa Bay comes to Foxboro off a 10 point road loss in Los Angeles.  Matthew Stafford threw for 343 yards and 4 TDs in a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated.  Look for New England to play fast on offense.  Losing an offensive weapon as versatile as James White is not going to be easy as well, but as the Patriots mantra has always been, next man (sic) up.

From a defensive standpoint, look for the Patriots front line to be a key factor in the game.  As reported by the fake/real/not sure Spike King, it appears that former Arizona Wildcat star TE Robert Gronkowski is going to be doubtful out for this game.  That said, the weapons that the Bucs bring in on offense are quite impressive.  Former domestic abuser and sexual harasser turned non-Patriot and now great guy Antonio Brown is likely to play this week, after missing last week due to COVID concerns.  I have a call in to my doctor friend, Jim in Peabody to see if he will be okay or if he will need to be masked during the game.  Mike Evans and Orenthal James Howard also bring spark to the Tampa Bay offense.  Can expect numerous defensive backs shuttling in and out for the Patriots, in an effort to stay fresh.

That’s gotta hurt.

Abbott and Costello.  Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Coffee and Cigarettes.  Benzos and MAGA talk.  None of these the same without the other.  The same has been said for Brady and Belichick.  Yet, the first chapter has already been written.  We’ll see what the next chapter has in store.

Baseball, Danny.

The Buccaneers come in as a 7 point road choice.  It’s all the same; only the names have changed.  Except for the man coaching the Patriots.  The Owl.  Since the year 2000, the Patriots are 9-2 ATS in games they are grabbing 7 or more.  I’ll take the points.  Think this ends up a FG game at the end.  Time will tell who comes out on top.   

The dependable Nicholas Alexander Folk.

Sunday brings us the showdown that we’ve all been waiting for.  So, friends, get your apple picking out of the way sooner than later.  Enjoy the Saco IV show.  Get all those pesky chores done a little early.  While we all know Saturdays are For the Boys, we might have to extend that into Sunday this week.

You can get with this, or you can get with that.

S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.

Who is Jake in Boston?

A few days ago, a billboard disparaging the wise owl (???) coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick, appeared on RTE 1 to much promotion from 98.5 The Sports Hub.

If the moniker “Jake in Boston” wasn’t enough of a tell that this is a deranged sports radio fan who has had their thinking so twisted up that they’d spend thousands of dollars to shit on his alleged favorite team to get attention from his Hub heroes, then his updated version of the billboard sure made it clear. Citing coaching tree record, a trivial concept that Belichick has zero control over and doesn’t exist anywhere but in the world of call-in sports talks.

Seems like somebody wants attention. But he’s sending mixed messages. Having his face blurred out for a television interview, as if he thinks he delivered a literal killshot to the eight time Super Bowl winning coach and has entered witness protection.

Sawft

Well, it doesn’t work like that, cupcake.

Sorrey!

From an interview a while back:

Jake likes billboards, apparently.
Jake from State Hospital? IJATQC.

Who is Jake from Boston?

Exactly who you thought he was.

Pats vs Bucs Part 2: A Very Brady Retrospectacle

Tom Brady.  The greatest quarterback of all time.  As clutch as they come.  Ice water in his veins.  The baddesst MFer in the building.  GOAT. 

See what we did there?

              There is absolutely no denying the greatness of Tom Brady, or the joy he has brought to so many Patriots fans for the past two decades.  In a team sport where the Xs and Os can go toe to toe with the Jimmys and Joes, Brady excelled in both situations.  Brady’s 2001 campaign started earlier than expected, due to an incumbent quarterback meeting Mo Lewis early in the season. 

Not the same as Jimmys and Joes. At all.

              The ’01 season was something out of a Hollywood movie.  Although built mainly around its defense, there was something about young Tom.  He was cool under pressure, he had the “it” factor.  Weeks went by, and the team became an even more cohesive unit.  Former University of Kansas head coach Charlie Weis brought Brady up in a system developed by non member of the Patriots HOF, Duane Charles Parcells.  Dink and dunk was born.  Brady’s favorite receiver: the open one.  Although not filled with the heardahim weaponz on offense, the team was productive offensively, and more importantly, ended up on top when time was expired.  Former 98.5 fill in, and current WEEI morning show shock jock played TE.  Everyone rooted for the kid from Eastie.  Now, they want him off their radios.  A sad fall from grace.  Yet I digress.  After a brief scare, Walt Coleman grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat for the Patriots, and they were on to Pittsburgh.  I imagine Irons Mike is triggered already thinking about Drew Bledsoe having to complete the game which sent the Steelers home, and caused numerous hotel and flight cancellations that day.  Introduced as a team prior to the Super Bowl, I imagine Brady is still concussed after smashing his helmet against Drew Bledsoe in the tunnel for what seemed like 20 minutes.  Hopefully that water works out on past concussions, Tom.

Spoiler Alert: it does.

              2002 proved to be a let down.  CMGI Field came and went.  A banner year, but soon forgotten.  Much like a white trash employee working at Dunkin’ on #NationalCoffeeDay, the Patriots still made it through.  There was speculation that it was less a Super Bowl hangover year, and more of an adjustment as to going deep into the playoffs, leaving the team less prepared for off season business. 

              2003-2005:  Regular Season 28-4.  Absolute domination.  In the nostalgia bias vs. recency bias debate heard on a local podcast, many point to these teams as the gold standard.  The ’03 team was anchored at LB coach by Rob Ryan, a little known fun fact.  2 more rings, and we can still see Willie asking the national media if they thought it was a dynasty.  Like Q himself said, the best was yet to come.

              2006 was a throwaway year in most people’s eyes.  But if we look at what Coach Belichick said about 2020, we might see some comparisons here.  Reset so to speak in regard to the salary cap.  Reload the following year.  Enter 2007.  Huge offensive adds in Kelley Washington and Kyle Brady.  The Patriots steamrolled their way to a 19-0 season, and I have the tshirt to prove it.  Thank you, Salem Sportswear.

Patriots Legends

              Much like the Star Wars series, the middle part (the non Super Bowl years) brought some excitement, some disappointment, but will be judged unfavorably when the book is written.  Enter the 3rd installment of the Patriots dynasty.  3-1 in Super Bowls, including the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.  Brady simply elevated the majority of his offensive players to the next level.  The championship level. 

              With all the chips and trips to the yoffs, we are left here today.  Brady added a 7th Super Bowl last year.  Even the biggest fans were at a crossroads.  Some members of the 15 found themselves drowning in their own urine last year.  Just like McDaniel may deal with in the future, you never want to be the guy after the guy.  You want to be the guy after, after the guy. 

The guy, then the guy after the guy after the guy after the other guy.

              Brady the player, as it were, never disappointed.  Off the field, people had issues.  Some justified, some not.  Brady’s ties to almost-a-doctor Alex Guerrero bring up questions, but hard to put down the idea of pliability in regards to his aging.  Brady with the MAGA hat got some buzz, but as soon as it did, it seemed to go missing faster than a former Patriots Post Game caller from Route 1’s very same hat at a bachelor party.  Was he weepy in 2019?  Probably.  Human nature.  The relationship, like most, with his teacher ebbed and flowed. 

Much mopey. So sadness.

              But it brought a lot of great football.  Something we will never see again.

A Seals here and a Crofts here, and try to run this play in the alley.

S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.

Patriots vs Buccaneers Preview: Part 1

The following takes place in the present.  2021, days before Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit New England for a Sunday night matchup which is sure to bring buzz to the area, and the nation.

These are their stories (cue Law and Order dun dun)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Bill with Bill.

              From humble roots, William Stephen Belichick grew up with coaching in his DNA.  The son of a collegiate head coach, Bill admittedly never had the makings of a varsity athlete.  Still, he was able to make a name for himself under then Giants head coach and non-member of the Patriots HOF Duane Charles Parcells.  Known for being the architect of the vaunted Giants defense in the mid 80s, Belichick was destined for larger things, especially stepping out of the tuna sized shadow he would be associated with. 

              When Belichick landed in Cleveland as head coach, you could be assured that all the little chicks with the crimson lips were as excited as Mimi Bobeck was about setting her makeup to the “BSP” setting.  Still, he built his system.  Brought in veterans who understood what he was trying to accomplish.  The team mantra had the building blocks of success.  He made controversial decisions, cutting regular KMS caller, Bernie Kosar. 

You rembember, from “The Drew Carey Show?”

              Coach Belichick’s career heads to the AFC East after being fired by Cleveland even though he was told he would be the Baltimore Ravens new coach.  Back riding sidecar under the aforementioned non member of the Patriots HOF, Belichick went to his 3rd Super Bowl as assistant coach.  Parcells coached the game in a New York Jets hat, and the Patriots just couldn’t get moving offensively.  Belichick followed, and at one point was named HC of the NYJ, but we’ve already heard this story ad nauseum.  He would eventually be released from his contract, and came to Foxboro in 2000.

              The rest is not history.  Well, part of it is.  6 Super Bowl wins, 3 more appearances.  Absolute domination of the league the last 20 years.  Until 2020.  Cam.  Covid.  Crying.  Fake season?  Sure; that was a factor.  Cut it off too early?  Hard to argue Belichick’s past judgement, letting players go “a year too early instead of a year too late.”  Also very difficult to commit long term to a QB in his early 40s.  even if the QB was a former 6th round pick, who could have been picked by any other team in the league.

Squidneck Island’s Own Easton Beach.

              Sunday will come and go, much like the red tide at Easton’s Beach.  The Patriots may win; Bill knows Tom almost as well as Tom knows himself.  They may also lose.  One important note is that margin of victory has no effect on the win loss number: still one.  After Sunday, there will be 13 games left, and the Patriots will be on to Houston.

to be continued..

S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.

Patriots Mid-Week Musings

Just like Coach Belichick, I try to find a silver lining in losses.  He uses it as ways to bring his team up, and instill confidence, beating them down when they win games.  15 point home losses are something that only a mother would love, or that “John Irons” would vouch for, but all is not lost in Norfolk County. 

Foxboro *is* the gem of Norfolk County.

              For anyone worried about Mac Jones and the Patriots being a run only team, we’ve clearly not paid attention to game plans as it pertains to the Owl.  Week in and week out, teams evolve, as does preparation for opponents.  What may be a run heavy playoff game vs. the Chargers might be followed by a track meet against the Chiefs.  How quickly we forget. 

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 20: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a hit in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

              The defense continues to make plays, relying on its disruptive front.  Matthew Judon has been outstanding, registering another 2.5 sacks on Sunday.  Christian Barmore was effective in situational football, which was surprising, considering there were some media outlets who did not think that he should have even been playing professional football.  Glad he wasn’t outed, or otherwise he’d be unemployable.  Maybe he’d join the #work force on 9/28 as well if he wasn’t playing professional football.

The Owl is watching. Remembering. Learning.

              Sunday’s loss wasn’t an issue of not enough skill.  I still think New Orleans is overrated.  It was more a situation where nothing went right.  Interceptions (not all the fault of Matt Jones), dropped passes (flashbacks of Wes Welker in the Super Bowl), kickoffs out of bounds; all parlayed into a loss worse than anything the Bankroll Boys have ever seen.

Will the New England offense fly by night with an 8:20 EDT kickoff?

              Fortunately, the fan base, as well as the local media already has the season declared over.  Tampa by at least 21, says a local finance manager.  RIP 2021 New England Patriots.

              This is just how the Owl likes it.

Now you’ve gone and done made The Owl mad.

S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.

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