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 9. Here are the most important numbers that you need to remember for the week!
0 – The number of touchdowns that the St. Louis Rams had in the red zone last week against the Seattle Seahawks. It had to be brutally disappointing to come away with nothing, but for a team that doesn’t have a single rushing touchdown this season, it probably isn’t all that shocking. It’s still surprising though, as that is an insane stat and is a testament to the Seahawks’ defense as well.
1 – The number of SU victories that the Dallas Cowboys have over the Minnesota Vikings since 1996. And they say that the RB Herschel Walker trade was the one that did in the Vikes! Minnesota is 7-1 SU and ATS in the eight games that these two have played since that point, and the chance is there to get the job done again this weekend. Of course, the situation isn’t so good for a Vikings outfit that is essentially dead in the water, though it would be hilarious to see Dallas drop below .500 by losing to a team that didn’t have a single win on American soil on the season coming into that week.
4 – The number of consecutive wins and covers that the San Diego Chargers have in Eastern Time Zone games that are played in the 1:00 p.m. ET hour. That’s a remarkable accomplishment, especially for a team that always gets a bad rap for the way that it plays in the biggest games of the season. Already this year, we have seen San Diego, on a short week no less, come up with a win on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, and now, it gets a chance to do it again this week against the Washington Redskins in what is going to turn out to be a tremendously important game for both of these teams.
5 – The number of consecutive covers that the Green Bay Packers have over the Chicago Bears. Most of those wins for Green Bay came with a healthy QB Jay Cutler in the lineup for Chicago. This time around? Not so much. Cutler has a groin injury that is going to keep him out of the fold for the next month or so, and this is the first game that he is ultimately going to miss in this stretch. The oddsmakers have no confidence whatsoever in QB Josh McCown to get the job done against some one of the best teams in the league, and this run of bad fortune against Green Bay is likely to continue.
6 – The number of consecutive games in which the Buffalo Bills have beaten and covered against the Kansas City Chiefs. This is one of those really tricky games on the board, as the Chiefs look like a slam dunk to get through this game with a 9-0 record intact. However, Buffalo, in spite of all of its quarterback worries, still has one of the best home field advantages in the league. Now, add in this little ATS doozy of a stat, and it is starting to become believable that the Bills might be able to pull off the shocker and become the first team in the NFL to beat KC this year.
6 – The number of wide receivers for the New Orleans Saints to be averaging at least 20 yards per game this year. It was WR Kenny Stills last week that had a pair of 40+ yard touchdowns, and if he’s creating big time plays, that’s only going to open things up more for TE Jimmy Graham in the middle of the field. By the way, one of these six receivers that we are talking about doesn’t even including WR Lance Moore, who has routinely become one of the best red zone targets on the outside that this team has to bring to the table.
9 – The number of quarters in a row that the San Diego Chargers have kept teams without scoring a touchdown. When you go back right to the start of the season, you saw the Bolts give up gobs of points to the Houston Texans. They just couldn’t stop QB Matt Schaub at all, and what has turned out to be a pretty below average Houston team got the job done in the end. Now, this defense looks to be the strength instead of the weakness of the Bolts, and that’s why this club has a shot to get into the playoffs in spite of the fact that it is the third best team definitively in its own division.
9.0 – The number of points per game that the New York Jets have averaged scoring over the course of the last six meetings in their series against the New Orleans Saints. Of course, these two teams only play against each other every four years now, so it isn’t like this is a huge sample set, but still, 9.0 points per game in every game played in a series since 1989 is awfully embarrassing. Not surprisingly, New Orleans is 5-1 SU and ATS in those six games.
17 – The number of points that the Seattle Seahawks are favored by over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. That makes Seattle the biggest favorites on the board by a country mile. Not shockingly, this is a game that is played at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks virtually never lose. The lengthy road trip eliminates virtually all of what amounted to be a good scheduling spot for the Bucs, who have this game after a Thursday Night Football game. They’re also playing against a Seattle outfit which had to play a really tough, physical game on Monday Night Football last week as well.
39 – The number of points in the ‘total’ between the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans. That makes this the lowest ‘total’ of the week and the only game with a number of less than 40 to beat. This is the Jeff Fisher Bowl, as Fisher’s last two teams which he has coached are going against one another. The Rams aren’t helped by their red zone woes, which we have already spoken about, and the fact that they have QB Kellen Clemens under center against a team that has played relatively solid defense over the course of the season isn’t a good recipe for a lot of points to hit the board.
51 – The number of points in the ‘total’ between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. That makes this the highest ‘total’ of the week and one of the two which features 50 points or more. It’s a bit surprising to think that the first start of the year for QB Josh McCown off of the bench in relief of QB Jay Cutler will be a game with a ‘total’ so high, but there are two other major factors in this as well. The Green Bay offense is still one of the best in the league, and the Chicago defense has allowed at least 21 points in each of its games this season.
93 – The number of yards which QB Terrelle Pryor ran last week on the opening play of the game for the Oakland Raiders against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The touchdown scamper not only was the longest touchdown of the season for Oakland from scrimmage, but it was the longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback in the history of the NFL. That broke the old record, which was held by QB Kordell Stewart, who only managed to go through 80 yards on the ground before finding the end zone.
129 – The number of minutes of game time it has been since the Philadelphia Eagles scored an offense touchdown. Remember that vaunted Head Coach Chip Kelly offense? Yeah… maybe not so much. Of course, it’s killing Kelly that he doesn’t have a reliable option at quarterback that can stay healthy. It really feels like QB Michael Vick and QB Nick Foles are going through a merry-go-round where every now and again, the ride stops on QB Matt Barkley as well. Until all of that fixes itself, the Eagles are going to be hard-pressed to score much of anything when push comes to shove.
329 – The number of receiving yards that WR Calvin Johnson had last week for the Detroit Lions. He’s one of the few that have reached 300 yards in a game, and he now owns the record for the most receiving yards in a non-overtime game in NFL history. WR Flipper Anderson owns the record for the most receiving yards in any game, but he had the help of overtime back when he was with the Los Angeles Rams.
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