Wednesday, November 11, 2009 by Online Sportsbook

The NFL Thursday night schedule kicks off this week with an NFC matchup featuring a pair of teams clinging to post-season hopes. This is “must-win” territory for both the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers.

The Bears, at 4-4 on the season, have not traveled well as of late. They sport a dismal mark of 2-7 straight up in their last nine road games and also are 2-7 against the spread in those games as well.

The Niners, sitting at 3-5 on the year, have been a profitable play for their backers, boasting an 8-3-2 mark against the spread in their last 13 starts.

Online sportsbook currently have this line pegged at -3 on the home side 49ers. The Over/Under is set at 43.5. is reporting betting action that slightly favors the home side, with San Fran receiving 57% of all the volume that has come in to this point.

The sports gambling community hasn’t made their mind up on the Total yet either, as the action is 53% tilted to the “Over”. The favorite and the “Over” isn’t an unusual betting pattern for the “public” when it comes to nationally televised games, but this one is more balanced than usual. Rather than really liking a side, it seems bettors feel they can’t fully trust either team.

Looking at the Total, worth noting is that Chicago has a mark of 9 Overs and 3 Unders the last 12 times they’ve played a team from the NFC West.

When these two meet head-to-head, San Fran has had a clear edge, but keep in mind many of these results were produced with teams that bear little resemblance to the current editions.

Dating back to 1985, Chicago is only 4-10 against the spread 14 contests.

Chicago is also on six-game (0-6) ATS and straight up slump in their last six games visiting San Francisco.

Look for the losing streak to continue on Thursday night, as the Niners running game, led by Frank Gore, and their defense lead them to a home win on this Thursday nighter.

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Sports Gambling - Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin says he has "moved on" after Sunday's critical comments directed at coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff.

Boldin said he has no regrets about those comments.

"I said what I had to say, and I'm done with it," Boldin said Wednesday. "For me, it's not even an issue. That was Sunday, and I've moved on."

The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was held out of Sunday's 41-21 victory at Chicago because of a sprained right ankle and complained afterward that "no one was man enough" to tell him he was inactive. Boldin said he felt good enough to play and only found out he wasn't when he returned to his locker after warmups and discovered his gear was gone.

Whisenhunt said after the game that he told Boldin he wouldn't play against the Bears shortly after the inactive list was submitted. The coach didn't want to revisit the incident Wednesday.

"I have no issues with Anquan," Whisenhunt said. "He's a good football player, and I'm just glad to see him back out there practicing today."

Boldin was a full participant in practice Wednesday, and Whisenhunt said he expected the receiver to play in Sunday's home game against the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks.

"My injury's fine. It's not even an injury," Boldin said. "I'm feeling great. I can make every cut without hesitation, so I'm good."

Gambling Online - Boldin injured his ankle during the Cardinals' 28-21 victory over the Houston Texans on Oct. 11. He still played in the subsequent games against the Seahawks and the New York Giants, but he took a direct hit on the ankle during a Nov. 1 home loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Boldin sat out practice last Wednesday and Thursday but was able to go on a limited basis Friday. Whisenhunt said he decided to sit Boldin because of the soft conditions of the turf in Chicago, which he believed could lead to aggravating the ankle injury.

Boldin's post-game criticism was just the latest in a series of issues for the receiver, who remains upset that Arizona hasn't signed him to a new contract, something he insists management promised to do. He has one more year left on his deal after this season.

Boldin has been plagued by injuries, including the nasty facial fracture that came at the end of last year's loss to the New York Jets. The injury required reconstructive surgery, but he only missed one game.

Boldin also injured a hamstring during a 71-yard touchdown pass play in the first-round playoff victory over the Atlanta Falcons and sat out the second-round win at Carolina.

Then came the NFC Championship Game, when Boldin had a nationally televised shouting match with then-offensive coordinator Todd Haley on the sidelines because the receiver wasn't in the game during what turned out to be the winning touchdown drive. He immediately left that game, not celebrating with his teammates.

Against the Panthers this season, Boldin broke Larry Centers' franchise record for career receptions. Afterward, he said the record doesn't mean anything to him.

Despite his off-the-field attitude, Boldin has played with his usual effort and intensity. No one has accused him of letting his feelings toward the organization affect his performance on the field.

"Anybody who plays football risks injury," Boldin said. "Every play, you're out there risking not only injury but your life. That's just football. You have to take the bumps and bruises and get back as quickly as possible, and that's what I try to do whenever I'm injured."

Boldin, who's in his seventh season with Arizona, disputes the notion that his hard-nosed style makes him more susceptible to injuries, a perception that could affect the Cardinals' or any other team's desire to sign him to the big-money, long-term deal he desires.

"People always have an opinion, no matter how you play the game," Boldin said. "People talked about Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce for sliding on the turf, not taking hits. Guys that do mix it up a little bit, people have a problem with that. You just have to be you. I'm comfortable with who I am. I'm comfortable with the way I play the game, and that won't change."
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Betting Guide - Franz Beckenbauer has led the tributes to Robert Enke, the Hannover and Germany goalkeeper, who was found dead yesterday after reportedly jumping from a railway bridge into the path of a train.

Tributes to Enke, whose agent last night indicated he had committed suicide, have also flooded in from his former clubs and team-mates. The goalkeeper began his career at Carl Zeiss Jena and went on to enjoy spells at Borussia Monchengladbach, Benfica, Barcelona, Fenerbahce and Tenerife before joining Hannover in 2004.
"I am infinitely sad. When you receive news like this all other problems pale into insignificance." Beckenbauer, the former Germany captain, said.

Fans have flocked to Hannover's stadium to lay flowers and light candles in memory of their captain, who had been with the club since 2004, while other high profile figures from Enke's career also paid tribute. "This is an absolute catastrophe, I can't come to terms with it," Martin Kind, the Hannover president, added.

A statement on the club's otherwise entirely black website read: "We are mourning Robert Enke, 24 August 1977-10 November 2009."

Germany's players and staff were informed after training in Bonn yesterday. The German FA confirmed today's training session had been cancelled while reports suggest Saturday's friendly against Chile may yet be cancelled. - Betting Lines

"I am stunned. Words fail me," Michael Ballack, the Chelsea and Germany midfielder, said.

Enke leaves behind a wife, Teresa, and an eight-month-old daughter they had adopted in May. His daughter, Lara died, in 2006 of a rare heart condition when she was two.

Enke had been diagnosed with a bacterial stomach infection which had forced him to miss Germany's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in September. However, he reappeared for Sunday's 2-2 draw with Hamburg although he was not selected for the international friendlies against Chile and Ivory Coast next Wednesday.

Germany's coach, Joachim Low, had said Enke – who won eight caps after making his debut in 2007, the last of them against Azerbaijan in August – remained the leading candidate to be his No1 in South Africa.

"This can and must not be true. Robert was such a great bloke," Kevin Kuranyi, the Schalke striker, said. "I don't know how I will tell my wife. She is very good friend's with Robert's wife. I feel for his family."

Hamburg captain David Jarolim added: "I can hardly breathe because I'm so upset. This is a real tragedy, I can hardly believe it. First his little daughter dies and then this."
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