Seahawks vs 49ers

Seahawks vs 49ers : The Seahawks ruled out running back Rashaad Penny, linebacker K.J. Wright and safety Maurice Alexander for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, while guard D.J. Fluker is doubtful.

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Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Penny suffered a sore knee and experienced swelling  from the Vikings’ game Monday. Penny didn’t practice this week. The first-round pick was questionable ahead of the Minnesota game with an ankle injury, but ultimately played. Carroll told reporters Friday that the ankle issue is no longer a concern.

“(The knee) didn’t respond quickly enough at practice this week,” Carroll said of Penny. “After about Tuesday or Wednesday we’ll know a little bit more, we’ll let you know next week.”

Wright will miss his 11th game of the season Sunday as he continues recovery from his surgically-repaired knee. The veteran linebacker returned to practice this week on a limited basis, a positive sign. Carroll said that Wright is aiming for a return in Week 16.

Alexander is out due to a concussion suffered in Monday’s game.

RELATED: Seahawks LB Kendricks headed to IR, out for season with knee injury

Fluker (hamstring) didn’t practice for a second consecutive week and appears to be a long shot to play. The offensive guard biked on the sidelines during Friday’s practice.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (hip), defensive tackle Jarran Reed (oblique), and safety Bradley McDougald are questionable on Friday’s injury report. Carroll, however, sounded optimistic that all three will be available against San Francisco.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin stretches for an out-of-reach pass as Rams safety Maurice Alexander defends during the second quarter of Seattle’s game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at CenturyLink Field.

Baldwin appeared visibly frustrated talking to Carroll during the portion of practice open to media Friday. Baldwin continued to talk animated with an assistant coach during a special teams session, a possible sign of growing irritation with injuries this year. Asked about the receiver, Carroll said he’s fine and “ready to go” for Sunday.

Defensive end Frank Clark, who was limited in practice Wednesday and didn’t play Thursday with an elbow injury, will be active on Sunday. The fourth-year pro went through pass-rushing drills Friday with extra padding on his left elbow.

The 49ers ruled out safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) for Sunday. Running back Matt Breida (ankle), defensive end Cassius Marsh (concussion), cornerback K’Waun Williams (knee), receivers Marquise Goodwin (calf) and Dante Pettis (foot), and linebacker Nzeocha (groin) are all questionable.

Patriots vs Steelers

Patriots vs Steelers : The sample size on the 2018 Patriots is now large enough to draw some conclusions. There’s no escaping the fact that this team, especially the defense, is much different on the road.

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The Pats allowed a career day to Blake Bortles in Week 2. Marcus Mariota torched New England in Week 10. Miami’s backfield trio of Kenyan Drake, Frank Gore and Brandon Bolden accounted for an unfathomable 255 yards from scrimmage a week ago. The final 55 were particularly devastating.

The Patriots went 15-1 on the road in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, which both ended with Super Bowl appearances. In that span, they never allowed more than 27 points in a single road game.

Today, they’re sitting at 3-4 away from Gillette. They’ve allowed 30+ points in four of those games, and their defensive implosions came against bottom-of-the-barrel offenses at Jacksonville, Tennessee and Miami (Chicago also hung 31 on the Patriots, but the Bears at least have a capable group).

To close out their regular-season road schedule, the Patriots visit the Steelers, a team that traditionally chokes at the sight of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, but a team with undeniable offensive talent.

How will the defense fare against such a high-powered attack on the road? That’s the biggest question heading into this Week 15 matchup.

Here are five things to watch when the Patriots square off with the Steelers…

WILL GRONK GO NUTS?

The best game of Rob Gronkowski’s career came last year in Pittsburgh, when the superstar tight end caught passes of 26, 26, and 17 yards on consecutive plays to set up the game-winning Dion Lewis touchdown run.

For good measure, Gronkowski added the two-point conversion, towering over safety Sean Davis and punctuating the play with a patented Gronk spike.

In six games against the Steelers, Gronkowski averages 110.7 receiving yards and has scored eight touchdowns.

“He’s a dangerous man,” said Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin.

This time around, Gronkowski enters as a secondary option for the Pats. He’s taken a back seat to Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman. In certain matchups, the Patriots have heavily favored their running backs over the passing attack.

Gronkowski is coming off his second 100-yard game of the season, and his first since the opener. Despite the ending, the Dolphins game should serve as a confidence-builder for Gronk. And the comfort of facing Keith Butler’s defense should only refuel the confidence tank.

A week ago, Pittsburgh was rocked by Oakland tight end Jared Cook for 116 yards on seven receptions. The Steelers mixed and matched coverages, using linebacker L.J. Fort, linebacker Jon Bostic, strong safety Terrell Edmunds and cornerback Mike Hilton on Cook. None of them were very effective.

The Steelers rank eighth-worst in the league in tight end defense, allowing 65.6 yards per game.

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Teams game-planning for the Steelers now face a dilemma. Antonio Brown remains one of the top receivers in the league, but he’s no longer the clear-cut No. 1 option in Pittsburgh.

Second-year pro JuJu Smith-Schuster has statistically out-performed Brown, catching more passes (92 to 85) for more yards (1,234 to 1,063) at a higher catch rate (69.5 percent to 60.6 percent).

So how will the Pats play them?

Stephon Gilmore generally covers the tallest of the starting receivers. Against the Chiefs, for example, Gilmore was assigned to Sammy Watkins rather than Tyreek Hill.

At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Smith-Schuster is the bigger of Pittsburgh’s two stud receivers. He’s not necessarily a downfield threat, but he’s a possession receiver who is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Smith-Schuster moves around the formation, sometimes playing out of the slot when the Steelers use three receivers.

That leaves either Jason McCourty or J.C. Jackson to cover Brown. McCourty is coming off perhaps his worst outing as a Patriot. He struggled to cover Kenny Stills and was eventually replaced by Jackson in the team’s base defense.

Brown scored a touchdown or topped 100 yards in four of his first five games against the Patriots. In last year’s Week 15 showdown, Brown exited in the first half with a calf injury.

RUN DEFENSE

Much of the focus will be on the Patriots’ matchups with the Steelers electric receiver duo. Rightfully so.

But the real weakness of the New England defense has been on the ground.

For the second straight season, the Patriots rank near the bottom of the league against the run. Last year’s mark of 4.7 yards allowed per carry was the worst in the Bill Belichick era. That figure has ballooned to 4.9 yards per carry this season.

The Dolphins game was rock bottom.

Without James Conner, the Steelers don’t have much of a rushing attack. They’re relying on rookie Jaylen Samuels, who’s an interesting hybrid back/receiver, and veteran Stevan Ridley. But as they try to exploit the deficiencies in the New England defense, they’ll undoubtedly try to find a rhythm on the ground.

CLOSE CALLS

Which team is better suited for a down-to-the-wire affair?

Last year, it was clearly the Patriots.

After Jesse James’ touchdown was overturned, Ben Roethlisberger tried the ol’ fake spike play. Didn’t fool the Patriots. Still, Roethlisberger fired the ball into traffic. It was deflected by Eric Rowe and intercepted by Duron Harmon. The sequence instantly shifted the entire AFC playoff landscape.

Generally, the Patriots find ways to win tight games. Since 2013, they’re 13-4 in games decided by three points or fewer. And since 2001, they’re 42-18 in such games.

The Steelers aren’t quite as clutch. That’s not surprising given Roethlisberger’s late-game volatility and their special teams struggles; Chris Boswell has made only 10-of-16 field goal attempts this year.

Since 2013, Pittsburgh is 12-10-1 in games decided by three points or fewer.

Yes, Ben Roethlisberger moves well for his size.

But that doesn’t mean he moves well.

Once the 36-year-old Roethlisberger gets going, he can pick up some yards on a scramble. He’s not particularly nimble, though, which makes him an easy target in the pocket.

As brutal as their defense was a week ago, the Patriots did a decent job of generating pressure on Miami’s Ryan Tannehill. They’ve brought the heat all season. Sometimes, it’s Trey Flowers winning one-on-one matchups. In other situations, the Pats have used well-designed stunts or blitzed defensive backs.

With Brian Flores calling the shots, the Pats haven’t been afraid to send extra rushers.

Don’t be surprised to see an aggressive approach against Roethlisberger.

Packers vs Bears

Packers vs Bears: Score updates, time, TV channel, how to watch live stream online.  The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have a historic rivalry that began in 1921. They two teams have played each other the most times in the NFL, and they’ll renew that rivalry on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on FOX, DirecTV or try FuboTV (free trial).

You can also watch the live stream of the game on foxsportsgo.com, verizonwireless. playstation vue, AppleTV, or SlingTV.

The Bears (9-4) posted their most impressive win of the season by defeating the high-scoring Los Angeles Rams 15-6. The Bears have won six of their last seven games and have been riding the strength of their defense. The unit is ranked third in the NFL overall, third in scoring defense and the Bears lead the league with 25 interceptions.

The Packers (5-7-1) won their first game under interim coach Joe Philbin. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers set a NFL record when he threw his 359th pass attempt without an interception, breaking the record set by New England quarterback Tom Brady during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Rodgers current streak now stands at 368 attempts, but that streak will be tested by the ball-hawking Bears defense.

You can get the latest score and stats from the game in the box score provided above and here’s everything you need to know in order to watch the Bears vs. Packers game:

What: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET

Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

TV: FOX, DirecTV

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Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State

New Orleans Bowl Odds: Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State Betting Preview .. Appalachian State is 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread in three bowl games since joining FBS ball three seasons ago.

Middle Tennessee, on the other hand, is just 2-5 both SU and ATS over its last seven bowls. The champions of the Sun Belt take on the runners-up from Conference USA when the Mountaineers meet the Blue Raiders in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night at the Superdome.

The Blue Raiders started 3-3 this season, with losses at SEC outfits Vanderbilt and East Division champion Georgia.

But they then won five of their last six contests to finish 7-1 in Conference USA play, clinching the East Division title—the only loss over that span came at SEC Kentucky.

Middle Tennessee then lost the C-USA championship game to UAB 27-25 but nonetheless is playing in a bowl for the fourth straight season.

The Raiders trailed the Blazers in that conference title tilt 24-13, rallied to take a 25-24 lead in the fourth quarter but gave up a field goal and could not answer.

Middle Tennessee outgained UAB 456-365. The Blue Raiders outgained each of their last five opponents and outrushed four of their last six foes, going 5-1 ATS along the way.

Middle Tennessee is also 4-1 ATS its last five times out as an underdog.

Appalachian State opened this season with an overtime loss at Penn State then won nine of its last 10 games, most in blowout fashion, to finish 7-1 in conference play and claim the SBC East crown.

The Mountaineers then held off UL-Lafayette 30-19 to win its third straight conference championship.

Appalachian State is playing in a bowl for the fourth straight season.

The Mountaineers actually got outgained by the Ragin’ Cajuns in that conference title tilt 301-300, but they’ve still outgained eight of their last 10 opponents and outrushed nine of those last 10 foes, going 6-4 ATS along the way.

Appalachian State was favored by double digits in every game this season except that loss to the Nittany Lions, going 7-4 ATS as a favorite, 3-2 ATS at minus-14 or less.

Appalachian State is playing this bowl without head coach Scott Satterfield, who bolted for the job at Louisville, but that’s not necessarily a detriment to success here.

Ultimately, the Mountaineers own the better running game and the better defense, and that should be enough. The smart money gives the points with Appalachian State.

The total has gone under in four of Middle Tennessee’s last five games at home.

Appalachian State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games on the road.

Appalachian State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games.

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Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan

Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan Camellia Bowl 2018: TV Schedule and Odds.. The 2018-19 college football bowl season begins on Saturday with a slate of six games featuring teams from the Football Championship Subdivision and smaller Football Bowl Subdivision conferences that are often crowded out of the spotlight throughout much of the regular season. On Saturday, they get it all to themselves.

The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl is the fifth game of the day, an Eagles vs. Eagles matchup between Georgia Southern (Sun Belt Conference) and Eastern Michigan (Mid-American Conference).

After going 2-10 last year, Georgia Southern is 9-3 this season under first-year head coach Chad Lunsford. The team is looking for its first 10-win season since joining the Sun Belt Conference and the FBS. They will be the Eagles in blue and white.

Eastern Michigan went 7-5 this year, but four of those losses came during an ugly string in the first half of the season. These Eagles, wearing green, white and silver, have won five of their last six games.

Here’s how to watch the game—one of the few games at a good hour for West Coast football fans who like to sleep in on the weekend (the first game of the day, North Carolina A&T against Alcorn State, kicks off at 9 a.m. PT).

If you love the intricacy and choreographed majesty that is the option offense, then Georgia Southern is the team for you.

Unlike the under-center option favored by former head coach Paul Johnson (1997-2001; now at Georgia Tech), first-year head coach Chad Lunsford and offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse have the team running the option mostly out of shotgun and pistol formations. It seems to work just as well.

Georgia Southern averages 261.5 rushing yards per game and 5.4 yards per carry. Wesley Fields paces the team with 959 yards, but it’s quarterback Shai Werts who is the one to watch. The sophomore is second on the team with 829 yards and leads the squad with 13 rushing touchdowns.

Georgia Southern mixes in the occasional pass, and this is where things get interesting: Werts hasn’t thrown an interception all year. Sure, he only has 109 attempts, but those 954 passing yards and 10 touchdowns haven’t come at the cost of a turnover (through the air).

Don’t think these guys are reckless when toting the rock: Georgia Southern has coughed up the ball just five times all season. It’s ball control all day for Georgia Southern, done beautifully.

Eastern Michigan boasts a tough, experienced defense, which is one of the better units in the nation. Unfortunately, their calling card is stopping the pass, where they allow just 160 yards per game.

Stopping the run is another matter. Eastern Michigan ranks 93rd in the country in rush defense—192.9 yards per game and 4.43 yards per carry, per NCAA.com. That doesn’t bode well. There are a couple of stalwarts worth watching if you want to get an idea of who might play at the next level.

According to CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso, edge-rusher Maxx Crosby and safety Vince Calhoun are both potential NFL prospects. With so much running from Georgia Southern, Crosby might not impact the game the way he likes to, but it could be a busy day for Calhoun as he comes up in run support and keeps an eye out for the intermittent passing play.

Per Trapasso, Calhoun is accustomed to doing whatever the defense needs from him:

“As another junior, we probably won’t see Calhoun in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he’s been a play-maker for Eastern Michigan this season with 77 tackles, four pass breakups, three interceptions, and two tackles for loss from the rover position in the middle of the field. He’s asked by his coaches to do a lot—lay the lumber in run support, cover the slot, sink deep in zone coverage—and he does it all very well. There could be some questions about his size, but he’s a rather compact 5-11 and 200 pounds.”

On offense, Eastern Michigan will try to counter with a passing attack featuring wide receiver Blake Banham (54 receptions, 714 yards, five touchdowns). Quarterback Tyler Wiegers has been the signal-caller most of the season and is pretty good at taking care of the football in his own right, with 11 touchdowns against three interceptions. The ground game isn’t spectacular, paced by running back Shaq Vann (590 yards, five touchdowns).

This game will be won when Eastern Michigan is on defense. If they can contain Georgia Southern’s dynamic option attack, there is no passing game to turn to. A low-scoring game favors Eastern Michigan. If Georgia Southern gets the offense rolling downhill, it could run away with this one.

Arizona State  vs Fresno State

Arizona State  vs Fresno State Las Vegas Bowl Odds: Betting Preview, Pick,, Arizona State is just 1-3 both straight up and against the spread over its last four bowl games, but Fresno State isn’t any better, going 1-4 both SU and ATS over its last five bowls.

In a matchup pitting the Pac-12 against the Mountain West, the Sun Devils battle the Bulldogs in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday afternoon in Sin City.

College football point spread: The Bulldogs opened as 4.5-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

College football betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 38.0-23.8 Bulldogs (College football picks on every game)

Why the Fresno State Bulldogs can cover the spread

Fresno State started 8-1 this season, with its only loss coming against Minnesota out of the Big Ten. The Bulldogs then suffered yet another tough loss to Boise State but won their last two games to finish 7-1 in Mountain West play.

Fresno State then got sweet revenge on the rival Broncos, outlasting them 19-16 in overtime in Boise in the MWC championship game.

The Bulldogs are also playing in a bowl for the second straight season.

Fresno State actually fell down to Boise State 16-13 in the top of OT in that championship game but drove 25 yards in five plays to a game-winning touchdown.

The Bulldogs outgained of nine of their 13 opponents, and out-rushed eight of 13 foes.

ASU started 2-0 this season, including a win over Michigan State, then lost four of its next five games, although each defeat came by exactly seven points.

But the Sun Devils then won four of their last five, including victories over Pac-12 South champion Utah and rival Arizona, to finish 5-4 in Pac-12 play and make a bowl for the second straight season.

Arizona State trailed the Wildcats in their season-ending Territorial Cup battle 40-21 through three quarters then scored the last 20 points of the game to steal the win.

The Sun Devils outgained four of last six opponents and outrushed three of their last five. Arizona State is also 5-2 ATS this season as an underdog on the betting line.

ASU will play this bowl without leading receiver N’Keal Harry, who’s opting out for the NFL draft. Also, in games against common opponents this season, Fresno State swept UCLA and San Diego State, while the Sun Devils beat the Bruins but lost to the Aztecs.

Finally, the Mountain West entrant would love nothing more than to knock off an outfit from the Pac-12. The smart money here bets the Bulldogs.

Arizona State is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games in December.

Arizona State is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games against the Mountain West.

Fresno State is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games.

Utah State vs. North Texas

Utah State vs. North Texas New Mexico Bowl 2018: TV Schedule, Time and Odds,, The first day of college football bowl season is finally here, and it will feature six games throughout the course of the day.

In the 2018 New Mexico Bowl, Utah State will take on North Texas in the second bowl game of the postseason. The last time the Aggies won a bowl game was the 2014 New Mexico Bowl, and they will hope to break their two-bowl-game losing streak this year with another win in Albuquerque.

North Texas only has two bowl wins in the program’s history, with one coming in 2002 and the other in 2013. The Mean Green are also on a two-bowl-game losing streak, which they will fight to break in one of their biggest bowl matchups yet.

Here’s a look at the important information surrounding the game tomorrow, odds, a preview and predictions for the game.

The Utah State Aggies and the North Texas Mean Green will duke it out in an evenly matched battle when they meet at the Dreamstyle Stadium.

Utah State played consistently throughout the season, going 10-2 with the only two losses coming at the beginning and end of the season.

The Aggies also fell to ranked opponents in both of those matchups. They opened the season against Michigan State, holding their own and only losing by seven points, 38-31. After climbing up through the rankings by putting up huge numbers on the scoreboard all season, then-No. 14 Utah State fell to then-No. 21 Boise State, ruining the former’s shot at a Mountain West Title.

Aggies quarterback Jordan Love ended the season with veteran numbers during Utah State’s 10-game winning streak. The sophomore threw for 3,208 yards and 28 touchdowns, boasting a completion percentage of 65.8.

However, the quarterback showed his age in his lack of consistency—in a string of games towards the end of the season, he alternated between averaging 100 or so yards and one touchdown to over 300 yards and three or more touchdowns.

Darwin Thompson leads the team on the ground with 951 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns, while senior Ron’quavion Tarver ranks first at wideout with 676 yards and seven touchdowns.

Similar to Utah State, North Texas was able to keep the majority of their opponents to low-scoring games. The first four games of the season saw the Mean Green scoring upwards of 40 points a game and opponents scoring from a low of seven points to a high of 23.

That being said, North Texas had three losses compared to the Aggies’ two and faced a less-loaded schedule—they didn’t take on any ranked teams throughout the regular season.

North Texas’ quarterback boasts similar numbers to those of Love. With 3,734 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns and a completion rate hovering just under 65 percent, junior Mason Fine only has one year on Love.

The Mean Green’s top running back—DeAndre Torrey—has rushed for 942 yards and 14 touchdowns, making it seem as though he’ll go head-to-head with Thompson. Receiver Rico Bussey Jr. has caught 12 touchdowns and 1,017 yards on 68 receptions, trumping Tarver’s wideout stats.

Both teams seem to be evenly matched on the surface. They have quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers with similar stats. Both teams also haven’t been totally consistent, with Love putting up inconsistent numbers towards the end of the season and North Texas not reliably putting points on the board.

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However, the difference lies in their schedule intensity, and that could play a role on the outcome of the game.

While Utah State took on teams like Michigan State and Boise State, North Texas played teams like Arkansas, Liberty, Rice and Florida Atlantic, to name a few. While these schools have the ability to play quality football, they are not Top 25 teams and are not comparable to the likes of Michigan State.

That being said, with a slightly more experienced team and a quality connection between Fine at quarterback and Bussey at wideout, the Mean Green may have the ability to keep the game tight, However, in the end, the Aggies will come out on top thanks to their strong offense and even stronger defense.

Tulane vs Louisiana

Tulane vs Louisiana Cure Bowl 2018: TV Schedule, Time and Odds.. Two familiar FBS programs from Louisiana face off in Orlando on Saturday to kick off the FBS bowl schedule. 

Tulane and Louisiana square off in the AutoNation Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium, with both teams looking to finish strong after poor starts.

The last time the Green Wave appeared in a bowl, they faced the Ragin’ Cajuns in the 2013 New Orleans Bowl, which Louisiana won.

The New Orleans Bowl has been the normal postseason landing spot for Louisiana, and Saturday marks the first time it’s playing a bowl game outside of its home state.

At the end of September, neither team was on track to play in a postseason game or even close to having a .500 record.

Both teams got off to 1-3 starts, and Louisiana was the first of the two programs to rally back in the win column.

The Ragin’ Cajuns won three of their four games in October and ended up in the Sun Belt Championship Game, where they fell to Appalachian State.

Billy Napier’s team achieved the majority of its offensive success on the ground by way of running backs Trey Ragas and Elijah Mitchell, who combined for 2,092 yards and 20 touchdowns.

If Mitchell racks up 49 yards in the Cure Bowl, he will join Ragas in the 1,000-yard rushing category, which is quite the accomplishment for a 7-6 team to have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.

Tulane likes to flex its muscle on the ground as well, as Darius Bradwell and Corey Dauphine combined for 1,738 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on 282 carries.

Although Willie Fritz’s Green Wave leaned on the ground game for the majority of the season, one of the most recognizable names to neutrals on their roster led them to a bowl berth through the air.

LSU transfer Justin McMillan threw for 291 yards and a game-winning touchdown with one minute, 27 seconds left in Tulane’s 29-28 win over Navy to make the Green Wave bowl-eligible at 6-6.

McMillan could be the X-factor Saturday, as he’s coming off a pair of solid performances at the end of the regular season.

If he is able to complete a few key passes to keep drives alive while Tulane gets its ground game going, the Green Wave should create some separation.

Andre Nunez is a decent quarterback in his own right for Louisiana, but he hasn’t reached the 200-yard mark since the October 27 victory over Arkansas State.

Expect plenty of points to be scored throughout the contest because Tulane enters 78th in the FBS in total defense, while the Ragin’ Cajuns are 114th in the nation.

The numbers don’t get any better when you look at the scoring defenses. Tulane is tied for 73rd at 23.8 points per game. Louisiana, meanwhile, is 105th at 33.7 points per game.

There should be at least one 100-yard rusher on each team given the far-from-impressive stats put up by each defense.

The Cure Bowl won’t be the best game of the bowl slate, but it will be an entertaining start to the postseason.

McMillan will make a few big throws to put the Green Wave ahead, and the team out of The American will cover while hitting the over.

Browns vs Broncos

Browns vs Broncos : AFC teams clinging to faint playoff hopes collide Saturday when the Denver Broncos host the Cleveland Browns. It’s an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff from Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Denver (6-7) saw its three-game win streak end Sunday in a devastating 20-14 loss at San Francisco,

while Cleveland (5-7-1) is 3-2 since coach Hue Jackson was fired and is coming off a 26-20 home victory over Carolina. Sportsbooks list Denver as a 2.5-point favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 45.5 in the latest Browns vs. Broncos odds. Before you make any Browns vs. Broncos picks and predictions for Saturday NFL games, see what Vegas legend Micah Roberts has to say.

The longtime former head of Station Casinos sportsbooks, Roberts can spot a bad point spread a mile away. And he’s uncanny when it comes to the Broncos. In his past 12 spread picks for or against Denver, Roberts has been right nine times.

In Week 13, with the Broncos visiting Cincinnati as five-point favorites, Roberts told readers Denver would run wild and cover. In their 24-10 win, the Broncos rushed for an astounding 218 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Anyone who followed him booked an easy winner. Now, Roberts is dialed in on Broncos vs. Browns (stream live on fuboTV) and locked in a strong point-spread pick. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.

Roberts knows the Broncos have beaten the Browns 11 straight times and are extremely tough at home. This season, Denver has knocked off Pittsburgh and Seattle at Mile High, while nearly upsetting the vaunted Rams and Chiefs.

The Broncos rank ninth in scoring defense (21.7 points per game) and grind down opponents with a running game led by Phillip Lindsay. The 24-year-old rookie has rushed for 967 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

But just because the Broncos have owned this series doesn’t mean they’ll cover almost a field goal against the up-and-coming Browns.

Since Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrived, completing 73.2 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 114.5 passer rating. He went 18 of 22 for 238 yards and a touchdown in the win over Carolina, marking Cleveland’s third cover in its past four games.

The Browns will face a depleted Broncos team missing several key players due to injury, including star corner Chris Harris (fibula) and No. 1 wideout Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles). Cleveland’s young, aggressive defense has forced 28 turnovers, second-most in the NFL.

We can tell you Roberts is leaning under, but his much stronger play is against the spread. He says there’s a huge personnel mismatch that will cause one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.

Who covers in Browns vs. Broncos? And what huge personnel mismatch makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to get Micah Roberts’ strong against-the-spread pick for Browns vs. Broncos, all from the former Vegas bookmaker who’s 9-3 on Broncos picks.

Fielding vs Alvarez

Fielding vs Alvarez: Saul Alvarez lighter than Rocky Fielding on super-middleweight debut,  Pair meet at New York’s Madison Square Garden, live on Sky Sports from 11pm on Saturday

Rocky Fielding and Canelo Alvarez looked in great shape on the scales ahead of their big fight at Madison Square Garden

Saul Alvarez came in lighter than Rocky Fielding as he weighed in for his super-middleweight debut in New York.

Fielding, who will be defending his WBA world title at Madison Square Garden, live on Sky Sports, came in at 167.6lbs, ‘Canelo’ slighly lighter at 167.4lbs.

The Mexican is already five inches shorter than the British champion but making his professional debut at 168lbs, was always expected to have no problem making the limit.

Fielding, the champion, was lighter than his last fight in July, which saw him crowned world champion, with a fifth-round knockout of Germany’s Tyron Zeuge.

Irish sensation Katie Taylor will be defending her IBF and WBA lightweight titles on the undercard and weighed in at 134.2lbs with her challenger, unbeaten Eva Wahlstrom, at 133.5lbs.

Katie Taylor says former amateur rival Eva Wahlstrom will be the best opponent she has faced so far in the pro ranks

Tevin Farmer was the latest fighter to strip off on stage to make weight, the IBF super-featherweight hitting the 130lbs limit behind a towel, ahead of his defence against Francisco Fonseca.

Tevin Farmer had to strip right down to make the 130lbs limit

Two of the proposed fights on the New York bill have been called off, with former world champion David Lemieux’s bout with Tureano Johnson and hard-hitting super-lightweight Vergil Ortiz’s clash with Omar Tienda, no longer taking place.

Watch Saul Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding, with an undercard including Katie Taylor vs Eva Wahlstrom, from Madison Square Garden, New York, on Saturday night, Sky Sports Main Event from 11pm.