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 18, 2018


Marc Lawrence Playoff Upset, Jan 20-21


Philadelphia over Minnesota by 4

Shock and Skol. Safe to say, Minnesota should not be here. Not when the Vikings were 25 seconds and 75 yards away from elimination. Not after blowing a 17-0 halftime lead. And definitely not after trailing with 10 seconds left from their own 39-yard line! QB Case Keenum made one last play-call: Seventh Heaven. Somehow, miraculously, it worked and as a result they find themselves as 3-point favorites in the NFC championship game in Philly, looking to become the first team in NFL history to host a Super Bowl game with a win today. It’s quite a story, but so too is the Philadelphia saga, one we feel most are overlooking. And our database concurs, noting the Vikings are just 2-11 SU and 3-10 ATS on the playoff road since 1988. On the other side of the coin, though, is the fact that teams coming off a SU home underdog playoff win are just 1-16 SU and 2-15 ATS in follow-up games. But we can’t dismiss the fact that Minnesota has NEVER beaten Philadelphia in the playoffs, going 0-3 SUATS all-time dating back to 1980. Toss in the fact that No. 1 seeds are 28-12 SU in championship games since 1980, including 7-0 the last four years, and we’re ready to soar with the Eagles. After all, they literally shine at home under Doug Pederson, going 14-3 SU – the best home record in the NFL. In addition, they rank No. 1 in the NFL with a 197 point scoring differential at home, as well as having allowed just 241 points at the LINC, marking the fewest such points allowed over the same span. Then there is the ugliness of indoor teams playing outdoors during the playoffs with game time temperatures of 35 or fewer degrees, a bitter stat that has seen these temperature-controlled teams go just 4-24 SU (see Atlanta here last week). And we didn’t even mention that NFL playoff home dogs with an equal or better record are 19-6-1 ATS since 1980. Forget the Skol chant. Around these parts, it’s Fly Eagles Fly.



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