UFC 253 comes packed with fireworks from both inside the octagon and the betting lines as middleweight king Israel Adesanya settles his grudge with the unbeaten destroyer, Paulo Costa. Both fighters are explosive strikers and with ill will all but guaranteeing heated exchanges. Co-headlining are red-hot fighters Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz facing off for the vacant light heavyweight title. Let's break down these fights and see which bets we can cash.
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Raiders vs Texans Preview and Prediction
The Texans and Raiders kick off the NFL playoffs in a matchup nobody expected when the season started. The Raiders are the surprise team of the year going 12-4, their best record since 2002 when they lost in the Superbowl. But the key piece behind this resurgence, quarterback Derek Carr, was sidelined by injury in Week 16 and even backup Matt McGloin took a hit. Rookie Connor Cook will make NFL history by being the first rookie to make his first NFL start in the playoffs. The Texans finished 9-7 for a third straight year backed by the league's best defense despite their big offseason signing, quarterback Brock Osweiler being a massive bust. The Raiders also boast a solid defense and given the questionable nature of both quarterbacks, this might be the best bad game of the playoffs and unpredictability is a given.
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Whether it's a low-scoring game or not, the Texans and Raiders appear destined to play a nailbiter like they did in their Week 11 game in Mexico City. About half of both teams' games were decided by seven points or fewer. The Raiders defeated the Texans in their regular season game but it was arguably because of the poor officiating that negated several big Texans' plays including two consecutive running plays short on a first-down marker that led to a turnover on downs and a go-ahead touchdown for the Raiders. Whoever wins, it'll be a close game with or without blown calls.
Raiders at Texans NFL Wild Card Prediction
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Neither team inspires much confidence but the Texans have most of their key pieces in place. Even without three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt they still managed to lead the league in yards allowed (301.3) and finished 11th in points allowed (20.5). The Raiders finished sixth in yards per game (373.3) and seventh in points per game (26) but that was with Derek Carr. Cook is a big question mark and historically, rookie quarterbacks aren't efficient especially against the Texans' menacing defense. Osweiler is a turnover machine himself but the Texans should eke out a close one here.
NFL Playoffs 2017 Fixtures and Odds
Winter is going to be brutal in 2017 but thankfully there's plenty of fantastic NFL Playoffs action to keep fans and bettors excited while indoors. NFL Wildcard action continues through the weekend as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Miami Dolphins in the AFC and the New York Giants battle the Green Bay Packers. Now is when all the fans tune in and all the gamblers throw down the gauntlet and the best online sportsbooks like SportsInteraction keep everyone updated complete with signup bonuses up to $200 in cash value.
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