Cowboys vs. Bears player prop bets, picks for ‘Thursday Night Football’

first_imgElliott only ran the ball 12 times against Buffalo on Thanksgiving, and Garrett has been criticized for that decision. However, it’s unlikely he changes tack against Chicago’s run defense. The Bears’ front seven has done a great job of stopping running backs in their tracks, so the under is a good bet for Elliott.David Montgomery over/under 58.5 rushing yardsChicago’s run game has been ineffective for most of the season. The Bears have tried to fix it with a revamped offensive line and new running backs, but this team continues to be one of the worst in the league when it comes to moving the chains on the ground. Chicago is averaging a scant 3.4 YPC, and Montgomery is the Bears’ leading rusher with 594 yards on the season.Montgomery has only carried the ball 20 times or more in a game twice this season, so workload shouldn’t be a big factor when considering this prop. His best games have all come against relative weak front sevens, and Dallas is much stronger up front than most of the teams he has succeeded against this season. That makes the under a relatively decent bet for Montgomery too. Here are some other bets to look at when these teams face off tonight.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports InsiderDak Prescott over/under 277.5 passing yardsPrescott has had a sensational season. He is leading the league in passing yards, proving that he was right to bet on himself in a contract year. Dallas’ signal caller is averaging 334.2 YPG, but he has only thrown for 278 yards or more in a game six times in 12 games.Prescott will be facing a Bears defense that is the fourth best in the league in passing yards per attempt, holding opponents to 6.1 YPA. However, the Bears are unlikely to have starting cornerback Prince Amukamara available due to a hamstring injury, thrusting Buster Skrine into a starting role. Chicago’s stolid run defense is allowing just 3.4 YPC, so it’s unlikely that Ezekiel Elliott goes off against the Bears. That will likely make Jason Garrett turn to Prescott once more, giving Prescott ample opportunity to go over his total. Mitchell Trubisky over/under 234.5 passing yardsOn paper, Trubisky hasn’t appeared to have a bad season. However, if you take out his performances against Detroit and Washington his numbers are atrocious. Without those three games to boost his stats, he has thrown four touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. Trubisky posted three straight games with less than 200 passing yards prior to the last two weeks, but he is facing a much tougher secondary than either the Giants or the Lions. Dallas is allowing 6.3 YPA, and the Cowboys have a very good cornerback in Byron Jones. Jones is likely to match up with Allen Robinson, taking away Trubisky’s favorite target in the passing game. With Taylor Gabriel out and Anthony Miller struggling in his second season, that makes the under a good bet on Thursday night.WEEK 14 NFL PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadEzekiel Elliott over/under 85.5 rushing yardsGarrett moving away from featuring Elliott in the running game has been a surprising development. Dallas’ head coach is not running Elliott as often as he has in previous seasons, and the star running back has not run for more than 100 yards since he eclipsed the century mark against the Giants a month ago.  The Cowboys are looking to strengthen their grip on the NFC East, and they will be heading to the Windy City to take on the Bears on “Thursday Night Football.”Dallas is a three-point favorite in this game and the total is 43.5, but there are more betting options than just the spread and total for this game.last_img read more

Man United must back Louis van Gaal even if they exit Champions League, ex-Red Devils goalkeeper tells talkSPORT

first_imgManchester United should reward Louis van Gaal by respecting the remainder of the Dutchman’s three-year contract.That’s the verdict of former Red Devils goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who feels the under-fire boss deserves the opportunity to see out the rest of his deal despite some uninspiring performances this season.United face a make-or-break showdown with Wolfsburg tonight in the Champions League knowing that if results go against them they could make a premature exit from the competition.But, while Bosnich understands the pressure will ramp up if they fail to qualify, the Australian hopes his former club stand by their man regardless of the outcome.“I don’t think if they go out tonight everyone will turn on him but it will increase the pressure to do well in the two remaining competitions,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But they are moving in the right direction and they should stick by him. He originally signed a three-year contract – they should give him that time and stick by it.“We saw the same kind of pressure on Sir Alex Ferguson in his early years and look how that eventually turned out.”Bosnich also regards United as genuine Premier League title contenders due to the unpredictability of the top flight so far this season.He added: “They are capable of winning the league looking at what’s going on with the other sides.”United may have scored just six goals in the month of November and drew another blank against West Ham at the weekend, but they sit just three points off surprise pace-setters Leicester ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.You can listen to Wolfsburg v Manchester United in the Champions League live on talkSPORT from 7.45pm BST tonight.last_img read more

Indians Top Among Millionaires Using UK Golden Visa

first_imgSince the introduction of Tier 1 Investors Visa in 2008, as many as 72 Indian millionaires have used the ‘Golden Visa’ scheme to migrate to the United Kingdom with their dependents, according to the latest figures by Britain’s Home Office.Changes in Investment Threshold People from countries such as China, Russia and the United States have also used the Tier 1 Investors visa, the Hindustan Times reported. The minimum investment required under the category was £1 million until November 2014. It was raised to £2 million in February 2015 after a Home Office committee realised that the threshold wasn’t benefitting the UK economy much.Visa holders and their dependents got permanent residence based on their investment thresholds, which were  £1, £5 million or £10 million, after five, three or two years of stay respectively, and eventual citizenship. The first threshold was raised to £2 million.Call for Stricter ChecksConcerns about money misused through the visa was raised by Campaign group Transparency International (TI). The group called for stricter checks on applicants and their investment plans in a recent report titled Paradise Lost.In the report it made recommendations to make sure than Britain doesn’t become “a prime destination for corrupt individuals looking to invest or launder the proceeds of their illicit wealth, enjoy a luxury lifestyle and cleanse their reputations”.Sir David Metcalf, head of the government’s independent migration advisory committee, had criticised the policy in January last year, saying  British taxpayers were at a loss while the government encouraged wealthy foreigners to move come to the UK. “There is very little in it for the UK, there is a huge amount in it for the investor,” he had said, according to an earlier Financial Times report.From the figures released by Home Office it can be seen that since the threshold was changed to £2 million, the number of people receiving the golden visas has been on a decline. The number of visas granted dropped from 471 in the final quarter of 2014 to 57 in the first quarter of 2015, the FT report said, adding that the first quarter of 2016 recorded a further fall of 26 per cent fall to 42, compared with the first quarter of 2015. Related ItemsBritish India Investor visaIndian Millionaires UKLittle IndiaUK Golden Visa IndiansUK India Tier 1 Investor visalast_img read more