New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers Monday Night Football Preview 

Two of the worst teams in the NFC collide when the 1-7 New York Giants visit the 2-7 San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.

New York Giants

The New York Giants are coming off a bye week after losing five straight games, including a 20-13 home setback against the Washington Redskins on October 28. Washington sacked Eli Manning seven times, forced two interceptions, limited Saquon Barkley to 38 rushing yards on 13 carries and made big play after big play. A major difference in the game was that the Redskins capitalized in the red zone, especially in the first half. Manning completed 30 of 47 passes for 316 yards and one touchdown but he had two costly turnovers and Odell Beckham Jr. caught eight passes for 136 receiving yards.

The Giants are averaging 275.4 passing yards (9th in the NFL) and 77.9 rushing yards (31st). New York ranks 27th with 18.8 points per game and 21st with 25.6 points against. Eli Manning has passed for 2,377 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions, Saquon Barkley has 519 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 111 carries and Odell Beckham Jr. has 61 receptions for 785 yards and two touchdowns. Landon Collins has 62 tackles and B.J. Hill has two sacks.

San Francisco 49ers

Nick Mullens had the most productive game by a quarterback in his NFL debut since the merger, completing 16 of 22 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns and a 151.9 passer rating (the highest for a quarterback with at least 15 attempts in an NFL debut since 1970) to lead the San Francisco 49ers to an impressive 34-3 home beatdown of the struggling Oakland Raiders on November 1.

Mullens threw touchdown passes to Pierre Garcon and Kendrick Bourne on the opening two drives, as well as a 71-yard one-handed catch-and-run play to George Kittle to set up a third touchdown pass to Kittle. Raheem Mostert added a 52-yard touchdown run and the San Francisco defense generated eight sacks for the first time since 2009. Mullens’ performance earned him another chance to start over C.J. Beathard, who’s just 1-9 in 10 career starts.

The 49ers are averaging 219.9 passing yards (24th in the NFL) and 134.7 rushing yards (4th). San Francisco ranks 18th with 22.8 points per game and 24th with 26.6 points against. Matt Breida has 531 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 96 carries and George Kittle has 41 receptions for 692 yards and three touchdowns. Fred Warner has 73 tackles and DeForest Buckner has 5.5 sacks.

NFL Trends:

The New York Giants are:

11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 games in November

4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against NFC opponents

3-11 ATS in their last 14 games in Week 10

1-4 ATS in their last five games after accumulating more than 250 passing yards in their previous game

1-4 ATS in their last five games following a bye week

The San Francisco 49ers are:

26-6 ATS in their last 32 Monday games

The 49ers will be aggressive at home once again and Mullens will have the chance to make plays but this is a tough call, this game can go in many directions because of the playmakers that the Giants have in Barkley and Beckham Jr. but I’ll ride the wave with the quarterback who has the hot hand and back the 49ers to cover.

NFL Pick: 49ers -3.5 (-105)

Odds via Jazz Sports

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Tennessee Titans vs. Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football Preview

Two 3-4 teams, coming off bye weeks after losing their most recent game by close scores clash when the Tennessee Titans visit the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans fell to 1-3 on the road after losing 20-19 against the Los Angeles Chargers in London on October 21. The Titans went for a potential game-winning two-point conversion with 31 seconds remaining but Adrian Phillips broke up a Marcus Mariota pass attempt and the Chargers held on. Mariota completed 24 of 32 passes for 237 yards, one touchdown and one interception and he added 38 rushing yards on seven carries, Dion Lewis ran for 91 yards on 13 carries and Tajae Sharpe made seven catches for 101 receiving yards. Tennessee needs more from Marcus Mariota, who has just one touchdown pass in the last three games and only three in six games this season.

The Titans are averaging 173.0 passing yards (30th in the NFL) and 107.9 rushing yards (19th). Tennessee ranks 30th with 15.1 points per game and 3rd with 18.1 points against. Marcus Mariota has passed for 1,030 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions, Dion Lewis has 277 rushing yards and one touchdown on 73 carries and Corey Davis has 30 receptions for 395 yards and one touchdown. Jayon Brown has 47 tackles and Jurrell Casey has 3.5 sacks.

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys dropped to 0-4 on the road, 3-4 overall with their 20-17 loss against the Washington Redskins on October 21. The game ended with a missed 52-yard field-goal attempt by kicker Brett Maher, which followed a controversial, 5-yard, illegal-snap penalty, but the Cowboys lost thanks to a staunch defense against Ezekiel Elliott, who finished with just 33 rushing yards on 15 carries, the second-lowest total of his career.

Dak Prescott completed 22 of 35 passes for 273 yards and one touchdown and he also added 33 rushing yards and one touchdown on six carries. Despite the loss, the Cowboys still believe they can win the NFC East and they traded a first-round draft pick to the Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper, who has just 22 receptions for 280 yards and one touchdown in six games this season. The Cowboys hope he can produce like in 2015 and 2016, when he was named to the Pro Bowl and maybe the change of scenery will do wonders for him.

The Cowboys are averaging 183.1 passing yards (29th in the NFL) and 136.9 rushing yards (4th). Dallas ranks 26th with 20.0 points per game and 2nd with 17.6 points against. Dak Prescott has passed for 1,417 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions, Ezekiel Elliott has 619 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 132 carries and Cole Beasley has 33 receptions for 350 yards and two touchdowns. Jaylon Smith has 57 tackles and DeMarcus Lawrence has 5.5 sacks.

NFL Trends:

The Tennessee Titans are:

6-0 ATS in their last six Monday games

4-1 ATS in their last five games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game

7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a straight up loss

5-2 ATS in their last seven games after allowing less than 90 rushing yards in their previous game

The Dallas Cowboys are:

4-9 ATS in their last 13 Monday games

2-6 ATS in their last eight games in Week 9

The Titans will present a challenge for the Cowboys because they rank third in the league, allowing just 18.1 points per game and ninth allowing 238.4 passing yards per game, despite having just 15 sacks. They’re also solid against the run, allowing just 4.1 yards per carry. The Cowboys will likely feed the ball to Ezekiel Elliott, who ranks third in the NFL 88.4 rushing yards per game while averaging 4.7 yards per attempt but I just can’t trust in them laying so many points.

NFL Pick: Titans +5 (-110)

Odds via Jazz Sports

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New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills Monday Night Football Preview

Tom Brady will try to improve his 28-3 career record against the Buffalo Bills when the New England Patriots travel to New Era Field on Monday Night Football.

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots made everyone forget their 1-2 start by winning their last four games, including a hard-fought 38-31 road victory against the Chicago Bears last Sunday. Tom Brady completed 25 of 36 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to help rally the Patriots from an early 10-point deficit and their special teams had two touchdowns via a blocked punt by Kyle Van Noy and a kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson.

The New England defense preserved the win in dramatic fashion, allowing a Hail Mary completion from Mitch Trubisky to Kevin White before tackling him one yard shy of the goal line. Rookie running back Sony Michel left the game in the first half after twisting his left knee but an MRI revealed no structural damage he’s listed as day-to-day. James White and Kenjon Barner stepped up on the running game, combining for 76 rushing yards on 21 carries and Josh Gordon caught four passes for 100 receiving yards.

The Patriots are averaging 260.3 passing yards (14th in the NFL) and 120.9 rushing yards (14th). New England ranks 4th with 30.6 points per game and 19th with 25.6 points against. Tom Brady has passed for 1,876 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions, Sony Michel has 422 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 95 carries and Rob Gronkowski has 26 receptions for 405 yards and one touchdown. Devin McCourty has 41 tackles and Deatrich Wise Jr. has 3.5 sacks.

Buffalo Bills

The quarterback situation for the Buffalo Bills has become a mess and they were completely manhandled on Sunday’s 37-5 road loss against the Indianapolis Colts. Derek Anderson became the team’s third different player to start at quarterback this season after a 12-day stretch in which he signed a contract and took over the starting job because head coach Sean McDermott doesn’t trust Nathan Peterman to replace injured rookie Josh Allen.

The results were as expected, Derek Anderson had just 12 days to learn the playbook and he lost star running back LeSean McCoy during the game. Anderson completed 20 of 31 passes for 175 yards, no touchdowns, four turnovers (three interceptions) and he was sacked twice. The Bills totaled 175 of their 303 total yards in the second half, when the outcome of the game was already decided and they failed to score a touchdown for the third time in seven games.

Derek Anderson will start under center once again while Josh Allen continues to recover from a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow and running back LeSean McCoy is in concussion protocol, so his status for this game is still up in the air.

The Bills are averaging 129.4 passing yards (32nd in the NFL) and 104.6 rushing yards (19th). Buffalo ranks 32nd with 11.3 points per game and 16th with 25.0 points against. Derek Anderson has passed for 175 yards and three interceptions, LeSean McCoy has 244 rushing yards on 63 carries and Zay Jones has 19 receptions for 226 yards and one touchdown. Tremaine Edmunds has 54 tackles and Jerry Hughes has 4.5 sacks.

NFL Trends:

The Under is:

8-3 in New England’s last 11 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game

5-2 in New England’s last seven road games

9-4 in New England’s last 13 games against a team with a losing record

5-0 in Buffalo’s last five games overall

4-0 in Buffalo’s last four games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game

6-1 in Buffalo’s last seven games following a straight up loss

5-1 in Buffalo’s last six games following an ATS loss

4-1 in Buffalo’s last five games a team with a winning record

New England has scored 38 or more points in four straight games but I just can’t trust this weak Buffalo offense to put up enough points to make this a high-scoring contest. This game could get out of control quickly, so the Patriots might be content with scoring just enough to secure the win and rest their starters.

NFL Pick: Under 44 (-110)Odds via Jazz Sports

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New York Giants VS. Atlanta Falcons Monday Night Football Preview

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have a must-win game when they host the struggling New York Giants in a clash of last place teams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday Night Football.

New York Giants

The Giants are on a three-game losing streak after suffering a 34-13 home setback against the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles on October 11. Running back Saquon Barkley was a bright spot the Giants, finishing one receiving yard shy of becoming the first rookie in franchise history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game. Barkley ran for 130 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and he caught nine passes for 99 receiving yards. Eli Manning completed 24 of 43 passes for 281 yards and one interception, failing to record a touchdown pass for the second time this season and Odell Beckham Jr. made just six receptions for 44 yards.

The Giants are averaging 260.8 passing yards (17th in the NFL) and 87.5 rushing yards (27th). New York ranks 27th with 19.5 points per game and 24th with 27.0 points against. Eli Manning has passed for 1662 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions, Saquon Barkley has 438 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 84 carries and Odell Beckham Jr. has 45 receptions for 506 yards and one touchdown. Landon Collins has 49 tackles and B.J. Hill has two sacks.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season after surviving a late rally to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-29 and snap a three-game losing streak. Matt Ryan completed 31 of 41 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns and he added 13 yards on the grounds, Ito Smith ran for 22 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries, Tevin Coleman finished with 35 rushing yards on 10 carries and Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 144 receiving yards.

The Falcons are averaging 311.3 passing yards (5th in the NFL) and 86.0 rushing yards (29th). Atlanta ranks 9th with 27.8 points per game and 31st with 32.0 points against. Matt Ryan has passed for 1956 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions, Tevin Coleman has 260 rushing yards on 71 carries and one touchdown and Julio Jones has 44 receptions for 708 yards. Duke Riley has 37 tackles and Takkarist McKinley has 4.5 sacks.

NFL Trends:

The Over is:

5-0 in Atlanta’s last five games overall

4-0 in Atlanta’s last four home games

16-5-1 in Atlanta’s last 22 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game

10-4 in Atlanta’s last 14 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game

The Falcons are a team with many holes on defense but they have several playmakers on offense. Tevin Coleman should run the ball efficiently against a poor Giants defense that allows 121.3 rushing yards per game and although Mohammed Sanu (hip) and Calvin Ridley (ankle) both left last week’s game with injuries and they’ve been limited in practice, Julio Jones and tight end Austin Hooper can carry the load if necessary and the Giants can up points despite Eli Manning’s struggles, so betting on this game to go Over the number has value.

NFL Pick: Over 54 (-110)

Odds via Jazz Sports

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Every NBA Team’s Odds To Make The 2018/19 Playoffs

Tonight marks the start of the 2018/19 season and excitement is in the air. Yet, some teams have more to be excited for when it comes to expecting a postseason appearance. Here are the odds for each NBA team to make the playoffs (via the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook):

Playoff Odds

Atlanta Hawks +2000 -10000
Boston Celtics -10000 +2000
Brooklyn Nets +300 -4000
Charlotte Hornets +130 -150
Chicago Bulls +500 -700
Cleveland Cavaliers +350 -450
Dallas Mavericks +600 -900
Denver Nuggets -400 +300
Detroit Pistons -180 +150
Golden State Warriors -20000 +5000
Houston Rockets -10000 +2000
Indiana Pacers -1100 +700
LA Clippers +425 -600
Los Angeles Lakers -450 +350
Memphis Grizzlies +500 -700
Miami Heat -550 +400
Milwaukee Bucks -1600 +900
Minnesota Timberwolves +115 -135
New Orleans Pelicans -220 +180
New York Knicks +800 -1400
Oklahoma City Thunder -1000 +650
Orlando Magic +500 -700
Philadelphia 76ers -4000 +1400
Phoenix Suns +1100 -2500
Portland Trail Blazers +105 -120
Sacramento Kings +2000 -10000
San Antonio Spurs -140 +120
Toronto Raptors -5000 +1500
Utah Jazz -1100 +700
Washington Wizards -1000 +650

San Francisco 49ers Vs. Green Bay Packers Monday Night Football Preview

Two disappointing teams collide on Monday Night Football when the San Francisco 49ers visit the Green Bay Packers. This was supposed to be a must-watch contest with Jimmy Garoppolo and a surging 49ers team going up against Aaron Rodgers and a talented Packers team but with Jimmy G sidelined for the rest of the season and the Packers playing inconsistent football, this game could determine where both teams go next.

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers almost beat the Los Angeles Chargers in C.J. Beathard‘s first start of the season and that 29-27 loss gave fans hope. Some even expected them to be competitive without Jimmy G but last week’s 28-18 home loss against the Arizona Cardinals was a wake-up call and this team seems to be going nowhere.

Beathard completed 34 of 54 passes for 349 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and he added seven yards and a touchdown on the ground, Alfred Morris ran for 61 yards on 18 carries and Trent Taylor made seven catches for 61 yards and one touchdown. San Francisco had 447 total yards against Arizona’s 220, they got 33 1st downs while Arizona had just 10 and they had possession of the ball for 40:12 while Arizona’s time of possession was 19:48 but it wasn’t enough because of their five turnovers.

The 49ers are averaging 241.8 passing yards (22nd in the NFL) and 136.2 rushing yards (4th). San Francisco ranks 15th with 23.6 points per game and 29th with 29.2 points against. C.J. Beathard has passed for 647 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions, Matt Breida has 369 rushing yards and one touchdown on 49 carries and George Kittle has 23 receptions for 399 yards and one touchdown. Fred Warner has 46 tackles and DeForest Buckner has 3.5 sacks.

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers could not overcome uncharacteristic mistakes by veteran kicker Mason Crosby and Aaron Rodgers, who lost two fumbles for just the third time in his 14-year career. Crosby missed a career-high four field goals in one game and an extra point to boot.

Rodgers, missing injured wide receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, was 32 of 52 for 442 yards with three touchdowns and Davante Adams caught nine passes for 140 receiving yards and one touchdown but Detroit prevailed 31-23 despite having 18 1st downs against Green Bay’s 30. The Packers had almost twice as many total yards as the Lions (521-264) but their three turnovers and Crosby’s bad day were the difference.

The Packers are averaging 299.8 passing yards (10th in the NFL) and 101.2 rushing yards (19th). Green Bay ranks 18th with 23.0 points per game and 14th with 22.8 points against. Aaron Rodgers has passed for 1572 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception, Jamaal Williams has 195 rushing yards on 53 carries and Davante Adams has 37 receptions for 425 yards and four touchdowns. Blake Martinez has 39 tackles and three sacks and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has three interceptions.

NFL Trends:

The San Francisco 49ers are:

3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against NFC opponents

2-6 ATS in their last eight games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game

1-4 ATS in their last five games overall

2-9 ATS in their last 11 games in October

4-11-2 ATS in their last 17 meetings with the Packers

1-4-1 ATS in their last six meetings in Green Bay

The Green Bay Packers are:

5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record

19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 games in October

This spread may seem difficult to cover but the Packers already covered a large spread in their 22-0 home win against the Bills in Week 4 and this game could head in that direction. Green Bay can’t afford another loss, Aaron Rodgers is trying to prove why many consider him the best quarterback in the NFL and San Francisco has not much to play for after losing Garoppolo for the rest of the season.

I just can’t see a turnover-prone quarterback like C.J. Beathard keeping up with Aaron Rodgers, who will be facing one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Beathard has had at least one turnover in all eight games he’s thrown a pass and he’s had two or more in half of them.

NFL Pick: Packers -9.5 (-110)

Odds via Jazz Sports

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NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

The NFL season continues to move along. Week 5 saw some surprising finishes, but there are still a pair of undefeated teams that remain. After those two powerhouses, the NFL power rankings are muddied a bit. We take a look at teams 1-10 again this week, trying to sort out who is for real and which teams still have a bit more to prove:

1) The Los Angeles Rams           2018 Record: 5-0          Previous Week: 1 ( – )

The Rams were able to hold off their division rival, the Seattle Seahawks, to move to 5-0. Jared Goff converted a crucial 4th-and-1 late in the 4th quarter on a QB sneak to end the game. The Rams offense has been amazingly efficient, as they lead the NFL in yards per offensive play (7.4) and rank T-4th in fewest turnovers lost (5). Goff ranks 2nd in the league in passer rating (119.7); behind only Drew Brees. The Rams defense also currently ranks 6th in points allowed (19.6 PPG) and has allowed the 3rd fewest attempts inside the red zone (12).

2) The Kansas City Chiefs          2018 Record: 5-0          Previous Week: 2 ( – )

The Chiefs rolled right through the Jags 30-14 and remain one of two unbeaten teams. Kansas City’s defense stepped up big, intercepting Blake Bortles four times. The Chiefs defense came into the game with only two interceptions in the team’s first four games. Patrick Mahomes  had his first game this year without a TD and threw his first two interceptions of the season, but was able to get enough offense going to down the Jags. The Chiefs offense ranks 2nd in points per game (35.0) and ranks T-1st in fewest turnovers (3). The Chiefs are also the 3rd most efficient team at scoring inside the red zone (76.2%).

3) The New Orleans Saints        2018 Record: 5-0         Previous Week: 9 ( +6 )

Drew Brees, this week, became the new all-time leader in passing yards in the NFL. He did so in a 43-19 drubbing of the Redskins in the Superdome. Brees leads this Saints offense that ranks 1st in points per game (36.0) and 2nd in first downs (128). The Saints also got RB Mark Ingram back this week from suspension, and he contributed immediately rushing for two TDs. Brees found rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith three times for 111 yards and two scores, the first of which a 62 yard TD that gave his QB the all-time passing yards record.

4) The Chicago Bears            2018 Record: 3-1            Previous Week: 3 ( -1 )

The Bears had a week four bye after their week three win over the Bucs. For a team that came into the season with modest expectations, the Bears find themselves ranking 2nd in scoring defense (16.3 PPG) and have allowed the fewest trips inside the red zone (7). The Bears’ next matchup is a Dolphins team that ranks 28th in scoring (19.8 PPG).

5) The Cincinnati Bengals           2018 Record: 4-1          Previous Week: 5 ( – )

The Bengals moved to 4-1 after overcoming a 17-0 2nd half deficit to beat the Dolphins. A Bengals defense, which has struggled this season, blanked the Fins for the final 24 plus minutes of game time. The Bengals’ only blemish thus far was a loss on the road in Carolina. The Bengals rank 4th in scoring offense (30.6 PPG) and continues to have a top five scoring offense in the red zone (70.6%).

6) The New England Patriots        2018 Record: 3-2           Previous Week: NR

The Patriots, after some early season offensive struggles, have rebounded with back-to-back wins. They dominated the Dolphins last Sunday, and then beat the Colts last Thursday on a short week to move to 3-2. In the process, the Pats have moved to 6th in red zone scoring (68.8%) and rank 9th in points per game (26.6). The Patriots defense also ranks 9th in scoring (21.6) and has forced 10 turnovers (6th).

7) The Los Angeles Chargers         2018 Record: 3-2         Previous Week: NR

The Chargers took down the Raiders this past week to move to 3-2. Philip Rivers currently ranks 3rd in the NFL at QB rating (116.4) and leads this Chargers offense that ranks 8th in scoring (27.4 PPG). The Chargers offense has also taken care of the football, ranking T-4th in turnovers lost (5). The 2018 Bolts’ defense are T-10th in turnovers (8), and their only two losses have come against the Chiefs and Rams.

8) The Carolina Panthers          2018 Record: 3-2          Previous Week: NR

This past Sunday, the Panthers held off a Giants team desperate for a win. Graham Gano kicked a game-winning 63 yard FG with 0:01 remaining. The Panthers offense ranks 12th in scoring offense (26.0 PPG), and have only committed four turnovers thus far, which is good for 3rd in the NFL. The Panthers defense is ranked 15th in scoring defense (22.8 PPG) and is T-5th best at stopping conversions on 3rd down (30.8%).

9) The Jacksonville Jaguars         2018 Record: 3-2         Previous Week: 4 ( -5 )

The Jaguars hit a lofty speed bump in their 2018 season last week, falling to the red hot Chiefs 30-14. The Jags have had trouble scoring this season; their 20.4 PPG ranks 26th in the league. That said, they still rank T-3rd in scoring defense (17.2 PPG) and are the 2nd stingiest team on defense inside the red zone (33.3%). That defense is also the 6th best in the NFL at getting off the field on 3rd down (30.8%).

10) The Baltimore Ravens           2018 Record: 3-2           Previous Week: 6 ( -4 )

The Ravens lost a tough, divisional game on the road in OT this past week to a reinvigorated Cleveland Browns team. The Ravens struggled mightily on 3rd down (4/16) against their division foe. The Ravens defense, however, still ranks 1st in scoring defense (15.4 PPG) and 1st at getting off the field on 3rd down (28.8%). Their defense is also T-3rd fewest red zone attempts allowed (12). The Ravens offense has come up big inside the red zone, ranking T-8th in converting red zone scores (65.0%).

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