After 15 weeks on the NFL rollercoaster, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers are looking like strong contenders for the Super Bowl, however, as the NFL odds makers will tell you, lets not get carried away just yet!
How long is the NFL regular season?
Well, consider this – early on this season, the Dallas Cowboys were thought to be the best team in the league. However, an injury to QB Tony Romo, some in-house bickering, and four losses in six games relieved Dallas from that burden.
Then the Tennessee Titans found themselves at 10-0. But two losses in their next four games brought Jeff Fisher’s troops back down to earth.
And the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants rolled to 11-1, and appeared on their way to repeating as the champs. But now, sans RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) and WR Plaxico Burress (stupidity), the G-Men have dropped two straight, scoring 22 points total in losses to the Eagles and Cowboys.
So favorite status in the conferences has been transferred, at the moment, to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC, after consecutive late-game, come-from-behind victories over Dallas and Baltimore, and to the Carolina Panthers, winners of seven of their last eight, in the NFC.
The oddsmakers are once again this season proving themselves almost mystically adept at lining the totals on NFL games. Last week, NFL over/unders split right down the middle at 8-8 (although three games fell within a point, and depending upon the outlet, and timing, could have been called either way, or as pushes). So through the first 15 weeks of this season, NFL totals are now 108-109, excluding pushes.
NFL underdogs had one of their days last Sunday, especially early on. While the dogs won five of 14 games on Sunday outright, they went 9-4-1 against the spread. Among them, the still-winless Detroit Lions, getting 17 points at Indianapolis, rallied to tie the Colts at 21 early in the fourth quarter before relenting, and the Kansas City Chiefs (+5) and Buffalo Bills (+8) basically snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against San Diego and the New York Jets, respectively.
On the season, underdogs are now 69-153 straight up (31%) and 110-109 versus the spread.