When you bet on the NFL, you should know all about the numbers. Numbers for stats, numbers for trends, numbers for betting lines, numbers for ‘totals’ – You should know it all. Here at Bang the Book, we are set to talk about the NFL betting lines for Week 10. Here are the most important numbers that you need to remember for the week!
0 – The number of interceptions that QB Nick Foles has thrown this season for the Philadelphia Eagles. We’ll be talking a lot more about Foles and what he did last week against the Oakland Raiders in just a second. However, it is clear to us that Head Coach Chip Kelly needs to formally announce a change at the starting quarterback spot. For as well as QB Michael Vick did to resurrect his career in the City of Brotherly Love, his time is finished. It’s time for Foles to get out there and show whether he can really lead this team or not, and from the looks of it, he is going to do just fine. Thirteen scores and no picks is easily the most impressive mark in the league.
0 – The number of times that RB Mike James had a 100+ yard rushing game for the Miami Hurricanes. Why is that notable? Because in just his second game as a featured back in the NFL, he rushed for over 100 yards on the road against the Seattle Seahawks, one of the toughest teams to run against in one of the toughest venues for anyone opponent to play in. Don’t blame James for the fact that the Bucs blew a 21-0 lead against Seattle on Sunday. He certainly did his part.
0 – The number of head coaches that the Pittsburgh Steelers have fired in their existence that are still alive today. The last time that the Rooney family fired a head coach was back in 1968 when Bill Austin was dumped after two seasons. Since then, all that has coached this team is Chuck Knoll, Bill Cowher, and now Mike Tomlin. Tomlin though, is clearly pushing his luck after dropping to 2-6 last week in resounding fashion against the Patriots, taking a 24-24 game at the end of the third quarter and turning it into an embarrassment of a loss.
1 – The number of plays that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have this season that have covered 40 yards or more. Easily, that’s the worst mark in the league, and it is the definition of a team that has yet to win a game this year. Here in the NFL in 2013, you can’t just run the ball and play good defense. You need to be explosive offensively. Tampa Bay is anything but, and this stat is clearly showing just that.
2 – The number of rushing touchdowns that the St. Louis Rams now have on the season. If you remember right, a few weeks ago, we talked about how St. Louis didn’t have any rushing TDs on the year. Now they have two after RB Zac Stacy rumbled for a pair of scores against the Tennessee Titans last week. It was easily the best game of the year for a Rams back, and the truth of the matter is that it is the best game that a St. Louis back has had not named Steven Jackson in over a decade.
4 – The number of consecutive games that have gone past the ‘total’ that the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks have played against one another. This includes the playoff game last year where Atlanta blew a 20-point fourth quarter lead, only to ultimately come back and kick the game-winning field goal in the dying seconds. The minimum number of points that were scored in any of those games was 54, and that definitely bodes well for another high scoring affair this week at the Georgia Dome.
7 – The number of touchdown passes that QB Nick Foles threw last week against the Oakland Raiders. That was good enough to tie the NFL record, and he had a shot to break the record as well. Foles was sparkling, and if he hasn’t won the starting job for Head Coach Chip Kelly after that performance with QB Michael Vick injured, we don’t know what in the heck Kelly is doing.
8 – The number of SU and ATS victories that the Pittsburgh Steelers have over the Buffalo Bills since 1993. In that stretch, Pittsburgh has an 8-1 SU and ATS record. One of those games was at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Week 17 when QB Brian St. Pierre, the team’s third quarterback, came into town and beat the Bills, who were still fighting for their playoff lives at the time. If the Steelers can’t figure out how to take this one at home, it’s going to be a long remainder of the season for sure.
13 – The number of points the Tennessee Titans are favored by over the Jacksonville Jaguars. That makes the Titans the biggest favorites of the weekend by a healthy margin. This is a week where there is only one double digit favorite, and though it is surprising that Tennessee is that team, it isn’t surprising that Jacksonville is the club getting all of those points. The Jaguars haven’t even come close in a game this year, and though they are coming off of their bye week, they are also going into the game without WR Justin Blackmon, who was suspended during the bye week for the rest of the season for a second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
41 – The number representing the lowest ‘total’ on the Week 10 odds. This week, there are three games that we get to discuss which all could be the lowest scoring game of the weekend. The Houston Texans travel to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals, the Miami Dolphins are paying a visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are going on the road to battle it out with the Tennessee Titans. None of this is all that shocking, knowing that a lot of these teams involved have pretty darn good defenses, and there are some awful offenses in the bunch to boot.
42 – The number of points that the Pittsburgh Steelers have been outscored by in the first quarter of games this year. That 61-19 mark is pretty damning, especially when you consider the fact that Pittsburgh was spotted two points from the Tennessee Titans on the opening kickoff of the season at Heinz Field. If you want more proof as to why Head Coach Mike Tomlin should be out the door, you’re looking right at it. The Steelers have proven that they can’t start games, and they can’t finish games, and that’s about the time that your head coach needs to be booted out the door.
42 – The minimum number of points that the winner of the games between the St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts have scored in the last three meetings. It makes a lot of sense that there have been plenty of points in this series, knowing that the Rams put up 42 with the Greatest Show on Turf, while QB Peyton Manning and the boys scored 42 and 45 in two meetings against the Rams in 2009 and 2005. This could be another high scoring affair though, and we aren’t counting out the possibility that QB Andrew Luck can keep that tradition of 42+ point games going.
57 – The number representing the highest ‘total’ of the weekend. The Denver Broncos are not surprisingly involved, and they are going against a San Diego Chargers outfit which is one of the four teams in the league averaging at least 300 passing yards per game. The Broncos are legit, and they are coming off of their bye week. Plus, they get a demoralized team which was just beaten in overtime on the East Coast and has to travel all the way back home for this one. There’s a good chance that Denver could threaten this total all by itself.
118 – The number representing the quarterback rating for QB Case Keenum of the Houston Texans in his first two NFL games. There isn’t another quarterback in NFL history that had a better quarterback rating or a higher yards per pass attempt (10.5) in his first two starts of his career than Keenum has. Of course, the Texans have lost both of those games, but it’s tough to pin any of this on Keenum. He has had his team in a position to win both games against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, and it just hasn’t happened at this point.
610 – The number of yards that the Pittsburgh Steelers gave up last week to the New England Patriots. If you want to put that in its proper perspective, the New York Jets held down New England to just 527 yards in not just one, but two games combined this year. The Steelers are a wreck, and this is even more proof yet of that. We know that the Pats were going to get their offense going at some point with TE Rob Gronkowski back in the fold, but to get over 600 yards in an NFL game along with 55 points is ridiculous, even by New England’s lofty standards.
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