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2-0 NFC Championship Sweep
- Packers & a Green Bay/Kansas City Teaser -
and here's what I told all my clients -

San Francisco crushed Green Bay 37-8 at home back on November 24.

Aaron Rodgers was 20-of-33 for 104 yards and sacked five times with no completion of more than 15 yards. His offense managed a total of 198 yards and went 1-for-15 on third downs with 11 of them third-and-eight or longer situations against the league's No. 1 pass defense.

Aaron Jones, who has rushed for 501 yards and seven touchdowns the past five games, was limited to 38 yards on 13 carries.

What has changed that would make anyone expect a different result this time around? 


The 49ers took advantage of that hard-earned bye and looked pretty damn fresh in a dominant defensive performance against Minnesota last Saturday as they held the Vikings to seven first downs and 147 total yards. They sacked Kirk Cousins six times, held Minnesota to 2-of-12 on third downs and limited Dalvin Cook to 18 yards on nine carries. 

Now they're home again, with an extra day's rest, and they got the services of Kwon Alexander, Dee Ford and Jaquiski Tartt back last week versus Minnesota.

That's scary for a defense that allowed only 19.4 ppg this season.

Minnesota can play a little defense, too, but the Niners just ran right through the Vikings, controlling the clock (38:27) with a ground game that garnered 186 yards on 47 carries. They're going to do the same against the Packers, keeping Rogers off the field just as they did in the first meeting when they ran for 112 to supplement Jimmy Garoppolo's 14-for-20, 253-yard, two-touchdown performance. 

The Packers have just three offensive weapons in Rodgers, Jones and Davante Adams. Rodgers and Jones are going to have their hands full with San Francisco's defensive line and Adams is going to be challenged by a Richard Sherman-led secondary that kept the Vikings' receivers in check last Saturday. Adams was targeted 12 times in the season's first go-round but managed just 43 yards on seven receptions. No surprise considering the 49ers allowed a league-low 55 yards per game to opponents' No. 1 receivers this season.

As for my teaser play, here's the simple breakdown: the 49ers and Chiefs are going to win these games at home. I've got them at near pick-em. Sure, two road teams (Patriots and Rams) won outright last year, but home teams were a perfect 10-0 in this round the previous five seasons and they're 66-32 overall since the NFL/AFL merger back in 1970. I like my odds at near pick'em.

I was the ONLY everyday analyst in this company
to give you LSU over Clemson in the
National Championship Game
- and here's what I told all my clients

You might have noticed I'm the ONLY everyday analyst (and one of three guys in all with Sean Michaels and Steve Budin's Cali-Cartel being the others) on LSU. To be honest, I'm shocked because the Clemson team playing tonight is NOT the Clemson team we saw a year ago.

Don't let a great comeback against Ohio State convince you Clemson is a great team. Damn good certainly. But the Buckeyes were a so-so athletic team from the plodding Big Ten who jumped on the Tigers early. Clemson never should have been put in the position of needing such a big comeback and a miracle endzone interception to stave off Ohio State.

And naysayers be damned, but the truth of the matter is Clemson played NO ONE this year other than Ohio State. Now it's true you can only beat who is on your schedule and that didn't penalize these Tigers last year, but again, Dabo's team was MUCH BETTER last season. 

Forget about all those stats you read at ESPN and other sites about how they enter with the No 1 defense in this and that category. First, those numbers were compiled against a weak ACC schedule. Second, this team lost so much talent to the NFL a year ago it was never going to be as good defensively this season. Good? Yes. Great? Nope. 

Nothing wrong with Trevor Lawrence's offense as we've seen all season, but LSU's is more explosive with Joe Burrow at the helm. And now that running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire says he's 100 percent and feeling the best he has all season, the Baton Rouge Bengals are going to test Clemson's defense like no one else has this year.

I hated the fact that this game was delayed a week, but LSU faithful loved it since it gave their running back an extra week to recover from a hamstring injury that limited him to two carries against Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl blowout. But Edwards-Helaire was playing his best ball of the season prior to getting hurt in the SEC Championship win against Georgia with 743 yards (6.9 ypc) and nine touchdowns in the previous six games and he enters this one with 1,304 yards (6.6 ypc) and 16 scores on the year.

Edwards-Helaire is also Burrow's safety valve out of the backfield with 50 catches. When Clemson drops 7 or 8 into coverage hoping to get consistent pressure without blitzing, Burrows has the ideal option to pick up easy yards. 

Defensively LSU isn't Clemson's equal, but I love how Coach O's team played their best defense down the stretch holding Texas A&M, Georgia and Oklahoma to a combined 46 points.

In terms of intangibles certainly you've got to give the edge to Clemson's experience. But let's not discount the fact that LSU went into Atlanta and beat Georgia in its own backyard and the Bulldogs are better than Clemson defensively. Now they're practically playing a home game tonight in New Orleans. And while Clemson has feasted on a nothing-ACC schedule of victims all season, LSU is battle-tested team that's survived or thrived against the likes of Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia in SEC play and Texas and Oklahoma out of it. 



12 of 18 Winning Football Seasons

(NFL & College Combined)


265-211-14 NFL Roll
past six years combined
(FYI - 99% of my plays are rated between 5 and 15 dimes)

147-114-9 Run
with NFL 15 Dimers past seven seasons


Biggest NBA Plays Since 2009


15 Dime Releases


161-131-3 Record


Payment Types

Raise the Bar 
20 Dime
College Winner # 10 of 13 This Season

Home Mismatch of the Month

Hasn't Started Yet

Matches yesterday's 20 Dime Winner
on West Virginia (-12') by 23 over Missouri

Matches 20 Dime Winners last weekend
on Gonzaga over BYU last Saturday and
Iowa over Michigan last Friday

9-1 Roll with Top-Rated 15 Dime Releases
Wright State (-4) by 32 over
Northern Kentucky on Friday
Mississippi State (-4) by 7 over
Arkansas on Wednesday
Villanova (-3') by 15 
over Butler on Tuesday
- and this play is bigger than all of them

8th Straight College Hoops Winner

162-131-3 with Top-Rated 15 Dimers
in the NBA since 2009, including Monday's
winner on Utah by 30 over Indiana
- this play is stronger

145-114-9 with Top-Rated 15 Dimers
in the NFL the past 8 seasons,
including the 49ers plus a 
Teaser on San Fran/KC last Sunday
- this play stronger

Bigger than two Monday's ago 15 Dimer 
on LSU over Clemson

Winning Day # 12 of 14
Going for Winning Day # 12 of 14 - and 9 in a Row - with Raise the Bar 20 Dime Winner # 10 of 13 (and 5th Straight) this season. It's my Home Mismatch of the Month and hasn't started Yet.

In terms of college hoops I've won 7 in a Row overall following yesterday's Raise the Bar 20 Dime Winner on West Virginia (-12') by 23 over Missouri that you got as the Half Price Play of the Day. And last weekend I also swept the board. hitting consecutive 20 Dimers on Iowa over Michigan last Friday and Gonzaga over BYU last Saturday.

This play is bigger than Friday's normal Top-Rated 15 Dime Winner # 9 of 10 on Wright State (-4) over Northern Kentucky by 32. It's also bigger than Wednesday's 15 Dimer on Mississippi State (-4) over Arkansas by 7 and Tuesday's on Villanova (-3') over Butler by 15, all of which you got as the Half Price Play of the Day.

It's also stronger than Monday's NBA winner on Utah (-7') by 30 over Indiana that you got for Half Price. I'm now 162-131-3 with Top-Rated 15 Dimers in the NBA since 2009 and tonight's play is bigger.

It's also bigger than last Sunday's 15 Dimers on the 49ers and my 2-Team Teaser on San Fran and KC.  That tidy 2-0 sweep improved my record to 147-114-9 with Top-Rated 15 Dimers in the NFL the past eight seasons, including last year's Super Bowl winner on the Patriots over the Rams and the previous Sunday's winner on the Packers over Seattle.

And it's bigger than two Monday's ago 15 Dimer on LSU over Clemson when I was the ONLY full-time analyst at this site with the Baton Rouge Bengals.

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How Do My New Packages Work?

In September of 2018, I decided to change my strategy for releasing plays. Since I created these sites some 15+ years ago, I've had a play every single day. But I changed the way I'm doing things because I feel it will only increase my winning percentage while boosting the value of your package over the short- and long-term.

Previously you purchased a 7, 30, 60 or 100-day package.

Now, however, you purchase 7 plays, 30 plays, 60 plays or 100 plays.

So let me rundown some quick bullet points for you:
  1. One thing that doesn't change: the only game you get is the game I'm playing.
  2. On those days where a card is weak and I just "like" a game, but don't really love it, I'm taking a pass and not issuing a release. In the past I would have released a lower-rated 5 dime play perhaps. Although I certainly won more than my share of them, I believe I can make even more money by avoiding games I like and instead focusing just on those that I love.
  3. So, what happens when I take a pass - which, fyi, will rarely, if ever, be on a Saturday or Sunday or any huge weeknight in hoops - if you have a package? Let me give you an example below:
  4. In the old style packages, you were buying a 30-day package, which meant you got 30 plays in 30 days. Now, however, you buy 30 plays which might be fulfilled over 35 days, or 38 days. You get ALL 30 plays, but it takes more than 30 days because I'm going to be even more selective while trying to boost my winning percentage.
  5. Bottom line: From this point forward when you buy a package from me you're buying 7 Plays, 30 Plays, 60 Plays or 100 Plays - not days - because I want to make every single play count and by being even more selective I believe I can win more with higher-rated selections along the way.
  6. One last thing: you don't have to do anything. The packages will be automatically adjusted whenever I take my first pass and the time will be reflected when you login.
  7. FYI - All the instant rebates still apply as listed below.



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Al DeMarco's Rating System

Over the 25 years I've been doing this, one of the biggest misconceptions I've encountered from customers is their belief that winningpercentageactually matters in this business. Bottom line is that a straight-up winning percentage means absolutely nothing when your handicapper - such as myself - releases rated selections. Read further and you'll understand why.


I use the "dime" rating system, going in 5 dime increments, generally keeping those plays between 5 and 50 dimes. Yes, that's a wide range, but truth be told, I usually max out around 30 dimes, rarely venturing into the rarefied air toward 50 dimes unless I've built a substantial bankroll. Doing anything different would be irresponsible bankroll management on my part and a total disservice toward you, my clients.


I like to keep it simple from a money-management system so my customers can always know exactly how they should beallocatingtheir bankroll in proportion to the rating I assign to a selection.


Obviously, a 50 Dime play is five times stronger than a 10 Dime release and twice as strong as a 25 Dime pick.


And each day when you see my compiling or mentioning my NET profit figures, keep in mind I've computing them based on the following formula:


Net Profit = Wins - Losses- Vig


Of course let's not forget my golden rule of gambling: Never bet more than you can afford to lose. No rating system - including mine - is effective unless you pay attention to that rule. By heeding my advice you can never fall into a financial abyss from which there is no escape.


A question gamblers always pose is "How much should I be playing?" Obviously, there is no set, firm answer, but my advice would be to follow my money management system and base the size of your wagers on a percentage of your total bankroll.


Let me explain further...


Take your total bankroll - the amount you can afford to lose in an absolute worst case scenario on a single day. Let's say it's $400 on a college football Saturday. And on that Saturday I release a 50 Dime play and two 20 Dime picks.


Let's do some quick math...I've got atotalof 90 dimes of action on the table (one 50 dime play and two 20 dimers).  You've got amaximum one-day bankrollof $400. Simply divide the $400 by the 90 dimes and you've got a per dime wager of $4.44.


Now it's time for some simple multiplication. If a dime is worth $4.44, my 50 Dime rated release equals approximately a $222 wager on your part. And my two 20 Dime rates picks equal approximately $88.88 wagers each. Add everything back up and you've got your initial $400 bankroll all over again.


This obviously all applies to a single wagering day. It's up to you to figure out how to allocate your bankroll over the course of a week or month.


Now, back to how inconsequential winning percentages can be: Let's say I have a 50 Dime play and three 10 Dime releases on an NFL Sunday. If I win the 50 Dime play and go 0-3 with the 10 Dime releases, my overall record is a dismal 1-3 but my net profit is a healthy 17 dimes. Conversely, let's say I lose the 50 Dime play and go 3-0 with the 10 Dime releases. My overall record is an impressive 3-1, but my net profit is a negative -25 dimes.


Which would you prefer, the losing record and winning day, or the winning record or losing day?


Believe what you want, but I'm telling you the truth: Winning percentage means nothing in this business as the above illustration will prove time and time again. Of course, crafty salesmen masquerading as handicappers can spin gold using the second scenario, but I feel it's my job to educate you about what is the TRUTH in this business - whether you become my customer or not.

Who is Al DeMarco?

Been there, done that, seen it all.     


That pretty much sums up my 25+ years in this business!     


25 years in a business that most guys are lucky to make it 25 months.     


The secret to my success? To be honest, there is no one "secret," no magic elixir, but rather a commitment to winning which means a commitment to working 365 days a year.     


Being a handicapper is not a part-time job. Now, those of you reading this, the gamblers of this world, I understand that you are not professional gamblers and obviously you do this on recreational basis and cannot devote your life to wagering. But that's what I'm here for; that's what you pay me for.     


There are two types of handicappers in this business: The first are great salesmen who excel at separating you from the money in your wallet and could care less about picking winners. The second are guys who know how to make clients money by winning consistently over the long haul through effective money-management techniques and an intuitive sense of knowing when to press and go for the jugular with big plays - especially when your playing with your bookmaker's money.     


Listen, in my 25 years in this business I've seen more scam artists and con men than you can believe. A few of these relics - the dinosaurs from the 800 phone room age - are still around trying to make a buck online. You know the type; they tell you something is "absolutely free" with the same conviction that makes you look twice when they claim the sky is blue.     


Rest assured, what you see here at my site is what you get. My plays are ONLY available online. And these are the ONLY plays I've got each day. There is no "better" package available at a higher cost like so many other guys offer at their sites or by phone. What you see is what you get; end of story.     


No one - and I mean NO ONE - wins every day in this business, and anyone who claims to is a LIAR. As I always tell my clients, I will go on streaks, both good and bad, just like the players and teams I analyze daily. But the key for me - and my customers - is that I expect to turn a net profit for them over the long term. And making money over the course of season or a year, etc., is what matters most.     


A little bit more about me....     


  • I'm currently the COO and General Manager for the industry's largest group of subscriber-based information websites
  • I hosted The Football Insiders NFL Pregame Show on from 2007-14
  • I was the featured NFL & College Football Analyst on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and SNY-New York in 2008-10 and on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia in 2010-11
  • I was a featured contributor at   
  • I created, hosted and syndicated the national sports talk show The Friday Night Quarterback in 1990-91    
  • I created, published and edited the weekly football newsletter The Players Preference Playbook from 1991-96
  • I was a Contributing Editor at the Sports and Gaming Newswire from 1991-96
  • I was Managing Editor and News Director for the Sports Network Wire Service from 1984-89 where I coordinated the coverage of two Olympic games

Nice resume - and there's a lot more - but the past doesn't count in this business and that's why I laugh when I hear or read about a handicapper bragging about some contest they won 13 years ago. Who cares?       


Enough about me because all that really matters is whether I can win more than I lose over the long haul. I'm not here to sell you anything; I'm here to make you money and no one is putting a gun to your head. The decision to let me help you is yours and yours alone.