Another exciting football Sunday in the book, complete with several compelling storylines for NFL betting fans. The Pats embarrassed the Titans while the Vikings, Saints and – depending on what happens tonight – Broncos all remained undefeated. A look, now, at some of the more notable plotlines:
Tennessee: The Worst Team in Football?
It was once said of highly-respected Titans coach Jeff Fisher that if he was fired from his post in the morning, he’d probably have another coaching job by the end of the night. Well, folks might be re-evaluating that stance in the wake of Tennessee’s 59-0 humiliation at the hands of New England on Sunday. While it might not be fair to pin Tennessee’s awful season on Fisher or speculate that his team has quit on him, it’s hard to argue the other way, too. Against the Pats, every facet of the Titans’ game was terrible – Kerry Collins and Vince Young combined to complete two passes for minus-7 yards for an offense that committed five turnovers; the defense gave up 619 yards and watched Tom Brady throw for six touchdowns — an NFL record five in the second quarter alone. The Titans look and sound like a deflated, defeated and devastated team.
New Orleans: The Best Team in Football?
You’d have to give the Saints the nod after a 48-27 pasting of the previously-undefeated Giants. The offense got back to its standard high-octane style after average performances against the Bills and Jets; Drew Brees went 23-of-30 passing for 369 yards and four touchdowns while the running game – led by Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell – outgained the Giants 133 to 84 on the ground. This was the biggest statement game of the year for the Saints, and they made their remarks loud and clear by throttling a Giants team that carried the label of “knowing how to play” in big, important matchups. Right now, New Orleans is clearly the No. 1 team in the league, although the Vikings do deserve some honorable mention.
Speaking of Those Vikings
There might not be a more exciting, flare-for-the-dramatic team in football today. Granted, they’re a lousy proposition for sports betting enthusiasts – the Vikings seem to play all their games close and even when they look to cover – as they did with a 17-point fourth-quarter lead against Baltimore on Sunday – Minnesota still finds a way to make it interesting. The Vikes have won last-second thrillers (vs. San Francisco in Week 3), fourth-quarter comebacks (Brett Favre vs. Baltimore this weekend) and big-game spectacles (the Favre vs. Packers game on Monday Night). It’s almost as if having the Vikings play in your city is like having the circus come to town. There’s bright lights (mostly the ESPN ones following Favre), big stories and always tons of excitement – should be a doozy at Heinz Field to play the Steelers next Sunday.
Houston continues to be a good play when it comes to over betting – the Texas are averaging 23.8 points per game and the defense has given up 24 or more four times this year…Philadelphia losing to Oakland was just a throw-away game, the Eagles were totally out of synch, so don’t try to read too much into it…Just when you thought it was safe to start betting on the Lions again, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson go down to injury. As testament to the 26-0 whipping Green Bay laid on ’em, don’t play the Lions until at least one of their young offensive stars comes back…