Marc Lawrence

Marc Lawrence has authored thousands of articles expounding on the three primary forms of sports handicapping: Fundamental, Statistical and Technical. To be a successful handicapper, blending all three forms of analysis into the handicapping equation. Marc relies heavily on a proprietary powerful database of scores, stats and results of games played since 1980, both College and Pro Football and College and Pro Basketball.

Marc has been handicapping sports professionally since 1975, having won more documented Top 10 Handicapping Achievement awards than any handicapper in the nation. He won the 2005 STARDUST FOOTBALL INVITATIONAL Contest and was a SEMI-FINALIST in the 2006 $100,000 LEROYS' MONEY TALKS Contest last season. He finished the 2006 season as the No. 1 handicapper in the NFL as documented by SPORTS WATCH in Las Vegas. Marc also finished No. 1 in the nation in College Football win percentage in 2005 as documented by both the SPORTS MONITOR in Oklahoma and SPORTS WATCH in Las Vegas. He was named HANDICAPPER OF THE YEAR in 2005 by FOOTBALL NEWS.

In 2008, he finished No. 1 in NFL win percentage according to SPORTS WATCH and also captured 1st place honors in the 2008 PLAYBOOK WISE GUYS CONTEST.

Marc has hosted a national radio show "MARC LAWRENCE AGAINST THE SPREAD" for each of the last 16 years on over 100 stations syndicated in the USA. He is a tireless handicapper who works a minimum 60-hour week during the football and basketball seasons. As a handicapper he firmly believes that three things can happen when you bet an underdog, and two of them are good. He enjoys helping others to become better informed.

Marc married his high school sweetheart 40 years ago and has one son, Marc Jr., who works with him in the industry. Aside from publishing the PLAYBOOK Football Yearbook magazine and Weekly Newsletters, Marc enjoys golf and horse racing.

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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Marc Lawrence NFL Wildcard Upsets

HOUSTON over KC by 4

This year’s playoffs mark the 19th consecutive year at least four new teams will be joining the festivities, with Houston and Kansas City representing two of the four new kids on the block. The Texans managed to hold six foes to season-low yards this year, including four of the last seven games. Bill Barnwell of ESPN notes that Houston turned the ball over 10 times in its first five games, but since going back to QB Brian Hoyer for good as the starter in Week 6, the Texans have just 10 giveaways in their concluding 11 games. And Hoyer is the key as he is 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in this NFL career in games versus opponents off back-to-back wins. The Chiefs enter riding a season-best 10-game win skein despite outyarding foes by only 11 YPG during the streak. Couple KC’s 2-8 SU and 0-10 ATS mark in its last ten Wild Card round games, along with head coach Andy Reid’s rotten 2-9 SU and 3-8 ATS effort in his playoff career versus an opponent off back-to-back wins – including 0-5 ATS
as a favorite – and suddenly the points become the play with this better offensive and defensive home dog.

CINCINNATI over Pittsburgh by 3

It appears the Bengals will be relying on AJ to A.J. in this division rivalry rematch with the condition of starting QB Andy Dalton’s injured thumb still up in the air (cast came off Monday – check status reports). That’s not good news considering Cincinnati has yet to eclipse 295 total yards in any of McCarron’s three starts. Rest assured there is no love lost between these two Ohio River rivals. Not only did Dalton suffered his thumb injury against Pittsburgh in their last meeting, a 33-20 win here by the Steelers, the game was so ugly that nearly $120K in fi nes were levied against the players. Good news for the Steel Curtain is its 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS record in the last 10 non-Super Bowl postseason games, and also a 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in playoff games versus division opponents
since 1989. Put alongside the Bengals’ recent postseason failures (0-6 SUATS last six playoff games), it practically looks like a closed case for the Pittsburghers. We’re not buying it, though. At least not until the redheaded rifle’s status is confirmed… and certainly not with playoff home dogs standing 9-3-1 ATS in games in which they own the better record.

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