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By Marc Lawrence — Noted Playbook Expert Matt Fargo knows the PGA like the back of his hand. Each year he covers the Majors and this week he analyzes the pinnacle of them all, The Masters. Matt contends there are three key metrics that come into play at Augusta National. The first is a huge one: Total. Considering players with the best all around game over the last 36 rounds. Next is Approach. Hitting the right spots is massive. The third important metric is Putting on fast bentgrass. Because of the date change, the bentgrass greens went through their hot summer and that type of strain heats up and comes under stress which makes for a slicker surface. Even with rain in the forecast, greens are projected to still run at a 13. To find out who qualifies in each of the three key metrics, and for his complete analysis on this year’s Masters, click here.

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Last season, Lamar Jackson was the NFL MVP, leading an offense that ranked No. 1 in points scored (31.4 per game) and No. 2 in total yards (407.6). At the halfway point this season, Baltimore ranks 15th in offensive points (24.8) and 23rd in yards (347). It’s his belief that, under OC Greg Roman, Baltimore’s mundane offensive playbook is too easy to recognize and teams know what the Ravens are going to run on offense when they line up. This is the same team that was 6-2 at the halfway mark of the season last year, the same record as this year. Rather than putting the blame on the OC, it’s time for Jackson to stand and deliver.

Grinding Out The Profits

From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: We’ll admit it. We thought we’d never see a Boise State home game where the Broncos were so completely man-handled on both sides of the ball until last week’s fright night versus BYU. The question now is whether or not head coach Bryan Harsin can get his boys up from the blue mat and into playing shape against a dangerous foe. One look at Boise’s 12-2 SU and 11-3 ATS record off a loss in which they allowed more than 36 points, and we’re willing to give Big Blue another shot tonight

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