2020 NFL Playoff Picture, postseason odds: Best Super Bowl picks, Week 13 futures bets from proven model

As we enter Week 13, the 2020 NFL Playoff picture is finally coming into focus. There are over 20 teams with realistic hopes of occupying one of the league’s 14 spots in the 2020 NFL playoff bracket this season. The addition of an extra wild card team in 2020 means that only one team gets a bye in the AFC and NFC, which has made the fight at the top in both conferences extremely competitive.

The Steelers (11-0) and Chiefs (10-1) are battling it out in the AFC while the Saints (9-2), Packers (8-3) and Seahawks (8-3) are fighting for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Before you evaluate the NFL playoff picture 2020 and make any postseason bets or 2021 Super Bowl predictions, you’ll want to check out the 2020 NFL Playoffs outlook from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times and is up over $7,900 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago.

It’s a sizzling 20-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, already returning almost $900. The model enters Week 13 on an incredible 116-75 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. Additionally, the model also ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has evaluated the latest postseason odds from William Hill Sportsbook, simulated every snap of the rest of the 2020 NFL season, and the results are in. Head to SportsLine now to see them.

Best values for 2020 NFL Playoff picks

One of the model’s best bets for the postseason: The New York Giants (+200) win the NFC East. New York is tied with the Washington Football Team at 4-7 on top of the division, with the Cowboys (3-8) and Eagles (3-7-1) also in the hunt. However, the Giants are playing the best football, which gives them the inside track.

New York has won three games in a row entering Week 13 and the defense is coming off a dominant performance in which it allowed just 155 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers against the Bengals. The Giants’ defense now ranks 10th in total defense and ninth in points allowed. Meanwhile, even though the offense still ranks 30th in scoring and 29th in total yards, it’s turned in four consecutive games with at least 350 yards from scrimmage.

SportsLine’s model has New York winning the division in 42.7 percent of simulations, a strong value since the +200 line implies that the Giants only win it 33.3 percent of the time. However, the value stops there as the model only has the Giants winning the NFC (+5000) in 0.66 percent of simulations and winning the Super Bowl (+10000) 0.11 percent of the time.

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Steelers vs. Ravens prop bets, picks: Projection model going Under 56.5 total rushing yards for Benny Snell

The Week 12 NFL schedule finally concludes when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at 3:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday in a game that had to be rescheduled from Thanksgiving. Pittsburgh is a 10-point favorite at William Hill Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is 42.5 (see the latest NFL lines on our NFL odds page).

There are plenty of NFL prop bets available for Wednesday’s game. For example, you can bet on how many touchdowns Robert Griffin III will throw (Over-Under 0.5) or how many receptions Chase Claypool will have (Over-Under 4.5). Before making any Steelers vs. Ravens prop bets, you NEED to see the top prop picks from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,900 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It’s off to a strong 20-10 roll on top-rated NFL picks this season. The model also enters the final game of Week 12 on an incredible 116-75 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is WAY UP.

Now, it has set its sights on Seahawks vs. Eagles props. We can tell you the model says Benny Snell rushes for 46 yards, failing to clear the Over-Under of 56.5! Another one of the NFL prop picks from the model: Marquise Brown goes over 39.5 receiving yards. In fact, the model says he’ll pick up 42.

The model has also identified three other NFL props it loves for Wednesday, including a yardage prop that is more than 30 yards off! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NFL prop picks of your own.

Which prop bets should you make in Steelers vs. Ravens? And which yardage line is WAY OFF? … Join SportsLine right now to find out which Ravens vs. Steelers props you should be all over, all from the model that’s up over $7,900 on NFL picks!

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2020-21 UEFA Champions League: European soccer model reveals best bets for Wednesday, Dec. 2

The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage continues on Wednesday with eight intriguing matchups, including Sevilla vs. Chelsea and Manchester United vs. PSG. All eight fixtures can be streamed on CBS All-Access. Before you lock in your UEFA Champions League picks for Wednesday, you NEED to see what our proprietary European soccer model has to say.

Created by two Norwegians — professional poker player and sports bettor Jonas Gjelstad, and economics and engineering expert Marius Norheim — the model analyzes worldwide betting data and exploits market inefficiencies, helping its followers cash in. Since coming to SportsLine last year, the algorithm is up almost $9,000!

The model also made some strong calls in the Champions League group stage last week, correctly predicting Lazio (-118) defeating Zenit, Chelsea (-130) knocking off Rennes and Barcelona (-250) topping Dynamo Kiev.

Now, the model has set its sights on Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures and revealed its picks for every match. We can tell you the model is leaning Over 2.5 goals in Krasnodar vs. Rennes.

The model also has money-line picks for Brugge vs. Zenit, Juventus vs. Dynamo Kiev and every other UEFA Champions League match. You ABSOLUTELY need to see them before you lock in your own picks!

So who is the model backing on Wednesday? And where does all the betting value lie? … Join SportsLine now to see the model’s UEFA Champions League picks, and see where all the betting value lies, all from the proprietary European soccer model that’s up almost $9,000!

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Sephora will open mini shops inside 850 Kohl’s stores by 2023, as retailer bets big on beauty

  • Kohl’s hopes its Sephora partnership will help triple its sales in beauty in coming years.
  • Retailers are looking toward the beauty category to build loyalty with customers.
  • Target recently partnered with Ulta to open makeup shops in the discount retailer’s stores.



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The Sephora shops will be about 2,500 square feet in size, offering the same services found at Sephora today, staffed by Sephora employees, and located at the front entrance of Kohl’s.

Sephora will open hundreds of beauty shops inside Kohl’s stores in coming years in a deal that rivals Target’s recent partnership with Ulta Beauty.

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Some 200 Sephora at Kohl’s locations will open by next fall, rising to at least 850 sites by 2023, the companies announced Tuesday. Sephora will also launch on Kohl’s website next year, offering more than 100 beauty brands, some of which are exclusive to Sephora.

The announcement of the 10-year partnership comes weeks after Target unveiled plans to open hundreds of Ulta makeup shops inside the discount retailer’s stores.

The beauty category has historically been dominated by America’s department store chains, but it is now increasingly moving out of malls, giving retailers that had been hardly invested in the category an opportunity to steal share.

“When we think about the beauty industry today, we’re very underrepresented,” Kohl’s CEO Michelle Gass said. “It’s a huge market [and] it’s expected to grow over the next few years.”

The Sephora shops on Kohl’s will be about 2,500 square feet, offering most of the same services found at other Sephora stores, including help with makeup application, and replacing Kohl’s current beauty assortment.

Sephora employees will staff the locations, which will be positioned near the front of the store and occasionally accessible by a separate entrance, Gass said. The Sephora logo will join Kohl’s outside the stores.

“We’re going to be very loud about this,” Gass said. “There’s no question that [shoppers] will see Sephora from the exterior of the building.”

While the beauty industry has been hurt by fewer women dressing up for the office and other special events during the Covid pandemic, some bright spots point to stronger days ahead.

U.S. sales of prestige beauty products — those sold mainly in department stores — dropped 17% year over year to $3.7 billion during the third quarter, according to The NPD Group. That marked a softer decline than during the second quarter, buoyed by nail products and body products like soaps and exfoliators. Sales of fragrances were also up, according to the NPD data.



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Ulta shares have gained nearly 9% this year, bringing its market value to $15.5 billion. Although sales in its stores declined, Ulta’s e-commerce revenue more than tripled in its fiscal second quarter ended Aug. 1, signaling strong demand for beauty products online.

LVMH, Sephora,’s parent does not breakout Sephora’s sales performance in its financial reports. At the end of fiscal 2019, though,

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Seahawks vs. Eagles prop bets, picks: Projection model going Over 285.5 passing yards for Russell Wilson

The Week 12 NFL schedule concludes when the Seattle Seahawks visit the Philadelphia Eagles at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday Night Football. Seattle is a 6.5-point favorite at William Hill Sportsbook while the Over-Under is 49 (see the latest NFL lines on our NFL odds page).

In addition to those ways to bet the game, William Hill is also offering plenty of NFL props. For example, you can bet on how many touchdowns Carson Went will throw (Over-Under 1.5) or how many receiving yards Tyler Lockett will have (Over-Under 70.5). Before making any Seahawks vs. Eagles prop bets, you NEED to see the top prop picks from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,800 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It’s off to a strong 19-10 roll on top-rated NFL picks this season. The model also enters Week 12 on an incredible 115-75 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is WAY UP.

Now, it has set its sights on Seahawks vs. Eagles props. We can tell you the model says Russell Wilson passes for 291 yards, clearing the Over-Under of 285.5. Another one of the NFL prop picks from the model: Miles Sanders goes over 65.5 rushing yards. In fact, the model says he’ll pick up 70.

The model has also identified three other NFL props it loves for Monday Night Football, including a yardage prop that is nearly 20 yards off! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NFL prop picks of your own.

Which prop bets should you make in Seahawks vs. Eagles? And which yardage line is WAY OFF? … Join SportsLine right now to find out which Seahawks vs. Eagles props you should be all over, all from the model that’s up over $7,800 on NFL picks!

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Stewart’s Shops to offer NYRA Bets gift cards

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association has brought back its NYRA Bets gift cards for a limited time during the holidays. The cards, available in $50 denominations, were popular when first introduced last summer. But racing officials said they were also perfect Christmas stocking stuffers for recipients who are racing fans.

Each card features a unique PIN that, once entered at the racing fan’s NYRA Bets accounts, is immediately available for betting. Recipients who don’t currently have a NYRA Bets account can register for one for free. The cards can be purchased for cash at Stewart’s; credit cards aren’t accepted. And the cards don’t expire.

NYRA Bets accounts can be used to place bets at hundreds of racetracks worldwide, as well as at Aqueduct Race Track, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. The accounts can also be used for betting on the 2021 Triple Crown series.

“It’s a perfect stocking stuffer for any horse racing fan and just one of the many ways that Stewart’s makes your life easier,” said Gary Dake, Stewart’s Shops president. The cards, available at Stewart’s Shops in Saratoga County beginning Friday, will be on sale for a limited time only.

“We were thrilled beyond all expectations with the success of the NYRA Bets Gift Cards which we first introduced this summer in partnership with Stewart’s Shops,” said NYRA Bets President Tony Allevato. “We are excited to make these gift cards available as a limited time holiday offer for horse racing fans who may use them to bet this winter or during next year’s Saratoga meet. We thank our fans for their continued support and wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.”

The NYRA Bets website made its debut in August 2016, replacing the NYRA Rewards platform that limited betting to New York state residents. Before that, out-of-state residents had to place online bets through third-party sites.

NYRA would prefer that fans use its platform, because each NYRA Bets wager is about three times as valuable to it as the ones made on other platforms.

The gift cards were popular last summer. When Stewart’s and NYRA teamed up, they expected to sell about 2,500 cards. By Labor Day, they had sold 12,000.

The pandemic, which kept horse racing fans from the historic Saratoga Race Course during last summer’s meet, may have helped boost online betting. With several Covid-19 vaccines and treatments showing promising results, NYRA officials no doubt hope Saratoga will once again be open to the public.

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Best bets from Amazon’s Electronics Gift Guide

The holiday season is fast approaching — and that means gift-giving (and hopefully receiving) is just around the corner. And like clockwork, Amazon has dropped a plethora of new gift guides with literally hundreds of top-rated and highly reviewed items.



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TCL 5-Series 50-Inch 4K UHD TV

For electronics, it’s everything from a My Passport SSD (our top-pick for an external drive) to Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch — with TVs, phones and speakers in between. It’s a lot, to say the least. So we had our experts dig and scour the list for the best deals.

We’ve come up with our 14 favorite items from Amazon’s 2020 Electronics Gift Guide. And we’re breaking them down for you right here.

4th-Gen Echo Dot ($49.99; amazon.com)

The fourth-gen Echo Dot might mix up a working formula with a spherical design, but we think it’s still the budget smart speaker to beat. It’s pretty compact at about the size of a grapefruit, gives you instant access to everything Alexa can offer and provides good sound for its size.

Western Digital My Passport SSD ($159.99, originally $199.99; amazon.com)

We just named the My Passport SSD the best external drive you can get. It delivers speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps for read and write, which translates into zippy backups along with quick transfers. Furthermore, it’s a very compact build that comes in some nice shades, including a rosy gold. The starting 512GB size can store nearly 100,000 photos and can easily back up laptops with a 256GB internal drive.



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Tile Mate ($24.99; amazon.com)

If you’re like us, there’s a chance you might misplace things every once in a while. And that’s where the Tile Mate comes in. It’s a small square piece of plastic with Bluetooth connectivity inside. You can attach it to your keys or a bag, or even hide it in pockets. Here’s the real kicker, though: Via the Tile app on your phone, you can ring the tracker to help you find the item.

TCL 5-Series 50-Inch 4K UHD TV ($399.99; amazon.com)

For 2020, TCL brought even more value to its more affordable 4K TVs. Take this 50-inch 5-Series from TCL — it’s a full 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) panel with support for HDR and Dolby Vision. This way, colors can pop, blacks will be dark and images will be sharp. The real icing on the cake, though, is that TCL is using a QLED, or quantum dot, panel for a better picture on the whole.

Amazon Smart Plug ($24.99; amazon.com)

If you’re just creating a smart home or are looking to expand your current setup, a smart plug is an excellent choice. Not only does it minimize any electrical work, but it adds function to outlets you have all over your house. Amazon’s Smart Plug is super easy to pair with an Echo and allows for control over that plug with your voice. You can

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New GnosisDao Bets on ‘Futarchy,’ a Prediction-Market Governance Model

Gnosis, one of Ethereum’s earliest ICOs, is spinning up a DAO that uses a novel mode of governance you’ve probably never heard of.

The newly launched GnosisDAO will allow Gnosis users to vote on platform governance and development.

Gnosis CEO Martin Köppelmann told CoinDesk the DAO’s voting proposals “can be really wide-reaching: product roadmap decisions, treasury management, starting new ventures, funding public goods. DAOs open up a large space for collaboration and experimentation.”

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One of GnosisDAO’s key marketing points is its integration with the Gnosis prediction markets. Because any protocol change will have an associated prediction market where traders are betting on its impact, Gnosis users can judge a proposal based on the market’s attitude (whether traders overall think it’s good or bad for Gnosis).

Read more: Ethereum Gas Fees Drive Gnosis-Powered Prediction Market to xDai’s Layer 2

Futarchy: Testing governance with prediction markets

This governance model, called futarchy, was formulated by George Mason University economist Robin Hanson. Futarchy proposes the efficacy of democratically elected officials or policies should be tested by prediction markets; in other words, prediction markets create a barometer for success or failure of policies, which voters can then consult to augment their decision-making.

“People can influence [a vote] with their trading decision. As a new proposal is on the table, people can already signal whether they would buy or sell the token (GNO) if the proposal was implemented. It is basically the most direct way to ask ‘the market’ for feedback on a proposal,” Köppelmann told CoinDesk.

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Gnosis will bootstrap these markets using funding from Gnosis’ treasury of 150K ETH and 8 million Gnosis tokens (GNO). At launch, the Gnosis treasury will allocate 1,000 ETH and 20,000 GNO into the GnosisDAO’s prediction markets.

The DAO will launch with three proposals: one that creates a template for Gnosis Improvement Proposals (GIPs), one that establishes a governance token for the DAO called SAFE and one that distributes a one-time reward to early DAO participants.

Köppelmann told CoinDesk the votes are indeed weighted by “how many [GNO] tokens you have.” But voters can also ignore the prediction markets and vote however they want on a proposal.

Given that voters can go against the direction of the markets, GnosisDAO will be launching with a softer futarchy bent that may harden as the DAO grows.

“We are not going all in on futarchy on day 1,” Köppelmann said.

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