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Monday, September 19, 2016

Bears, Eagles, A Rush On Me - NFL 2016 MNF 2

Brandon Marshall - Denver Broncos
"After losing CenturyLink and Air Academy Credit Union as paid endorsements, entertainment mogul Russell Simmons has reached out to Marshall to get him to endorse “RushCard,” which is a prepaid Visa card."  --Curtis Crabtree

"Yes, they offer some convenience for the 25% of Americans who are unbanked or underbanked. But in exchange, prepaid cards charge exorbitant fees. Why not just educate people on how to bank smart and avoid fees through the use of fee-free FDIC-insured banks and credit unions? They do exist."  --CBS News 2011

The irony ts that Air Academy Credit Union was one of the sponsors that dropped Brandon Marshall. 

The prepaid bank card issues are not unique to the Rush Card...

"It’s not the first time that a prepaid debit card backed by a celebrity and marketed directly at the financially most vulnerable segment of Americans has encountered flak. Last year, Suze Orman and Bancorp Bank shut down their Approved Card project, a two-year-old venture that differed from some of the prepaid rivals in that Orman had convinced TransUnion, one of the big credit rating agencies, to look at the data collected from cardholders. Part of the card’s marketing pitch was that this might be a way for Americans with poor credit to rebuild their all-important FICO scores. Not only did that not seem to happen, but the layers of fees left many observers shaking their heads in disbelief: the $3 initial monthly fee might seem lower than rivals, but by some calculations, the minimum annual cost to use Orman’s product for a typical “unbanked” American came closer to $81."  --Suzanne McGee

 ...and might be a banking industry issue.

Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million for Fraudulently Opening Accounts:
"For years, Wells Fargo employees secretly issued credit cards without a customer’s consent. They created fake email accounts to sign up customers for online banking services. They set up sham accounts that customers learned about only after they started accumulating fees."  --MICHAEL CORKERY

 ...writing checks your ass can't cash?

How good are the Philadelphia Eagles? In the NFL, it simply comes down to how many points your opponent scores. I know it sounds like a 'duh' comment, considering this past season the twelve teams that gave up the least amount of points made the playoffs. They all gave up less than 21 points. The St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams were the only team that gave up less than 21 points and missed the playoffs in the 2015 NFL season.

The Eagles' opponent for 2016 NFL Week 2 Monday Night Football are the Chicago Bears, a team that gave up 24.8 points last season. In last week's opener, the Bears gave up 23 points to the Houston Texans. Yesterday, the Texans scored 19 points in a win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Both those teams made the playoffs last season.

In fact of the twelve teams that made the playoffs last season, only the Washington Redskins are winless. Washington has given up 27+ points in each of the first two games.

Who you play also factors in how well your defense performs! The Eagles faced the Browns and the Bears faced the Texans. So, will tonight be a true test for the Eagles defense?

The Bears are favored -- Philadelphia At Chicago (-3; 42.5) in what is slated to be a low scoring affair. The Bears held opponents under 21 points six times last season, and scored over 21 points seven times. So, even if they win the game, I don't see them covering the spread.

I take Eagles - Over.

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