Week 8 notes...Hey guys, I unearthed some interesting situational trends/angles for this week. First off, road teams coming off of a tie are 0-7 SU and ATS the following week, losing by an avg. of 19.3 points. This makes sense considering they played an entire extra quarter, and now have to travel. This puts Seattle and Arizona in very tough spots. Seattle has to go on at 10 AM local time against Drew Bress. The Saints are averaging 36 PPG at home this season. Seattle's defense was also on the field for 47 minutes on Sunday! That's like playing a game and a half in one night. The Cardinals have to face a Panthers team coming off of a bye. Teams off a bye are 34-15 SU against teams who just played an OT game...I like how Walter lists Carolina as an underrated team. They are only giving the standard 3 points this week, and the public isn't really betting on them that much as of right now. They final appear to be a in a decent betting position....On to the New England game. Under Belichick, the Patriots are 10-2 ATS and 11-1 SU in regular season revenge games. With Brady, they are 8-0 SUATS. Brady didn't play in the first game against the Bills, but he should be completely focused considering this is his first game vs. an AFC East foe since his return. And finally, the last four times New England was looking for revenge in the regular season, they won by a combined score of 166-51! Trends and angles don't mean everything, but I still wanted to pass along this info.
2009 NFL Draft Prospects: <br> Sen'Derrick Marks Profile
Strengths: Possesses compact strength and muscular thighs ... Extremely athletic ... Great short area quickness; displays a nice burst off the snap ... Nice technique; stays low ... Wide array of pass rush moves (rip, swim, bull, etc.) ... Grades out well on his long chase (run to sideline and make tackle); solid range ... Tough ... Shows upside in one-gap schemes ...High motor ... Instinctive ... Big time leader.
Weaknesses: Does not have a lot of mass and is going to struggle against bigger linemen ... Room to put on more bulk without losing quickness? ... Sometimes manhandled against the run; gets locked in and can't disengage ... Needs to improve hand placement ... Not versatile; only a 3-technique or situational pass rusher ... Disappears occasionally ... Comes with durability concerns.
Summary: Marks has your typical skill set of a highly athletic, smaller defensive tackle who is only going to play 3-technique in the pros, usually in the Tampa 2 defense. Auburn asked him to play defensive end in his first two seasons, but wasn't the monster statistically I thought he could have been. He is likely going to come off the board in the second or third rounds.
Player Comparison: Jonathan Babineaux. Babineaux was a highly productive player for the Falcons this year, excelling in the one-gap and breaking up plays in the backfield, but he is a huge liability against the run.