The 2010 NFL preseason betting campaign wrapped up its third week of play on Sunday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from around the NFL and its third week of preseason betting action!
Home Heroes: Nine of the 16 home teams in NFL Preseason Week 3 both won outright and ATS. The biggest winners of the bunch posted the most impressive victory of the exhibitions, as the Green Bay Packers knocked off the Indianapolis Colts 59-24. It was the most points scored by a team in the preseason by a country mile and the 35 point margin of victory was also the biggest one of the 49 games played so far. The Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, and Denver Broncos were the other big winners of the bunch for home teams this past weekend.
‘Under’ Awakening: We knew this was bound to happen eventually. After two weeks of a slew of ‘over’ contests, it was finally a decent week for ‘under’ bettors in Week 3, as nine of the 16 games failed to reach the number. The oddsmakers really didn’t do a fantastic job of lining ‘totals’ this week, as only four games finished within seven points of the final number posted. Home teams absolutely dominated the proceedings, averaging a whopping 25.0 points per game, while guests were held to just 18.4 points per game. The average final score reached 43.4 points per game, which is in line with the general regular season average. The median score was only 37 once again, which has not really deviated much from prior weeks. The highest posted ‘total’ by the oddsmakers this week was 44.5 in a pair games, while 35.5 between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals was the lowest.
Big Trouble in Big D: When you’ve played four preseason games, you should really already have control over your offense. However, the Dallas Cowboys have only watched their first teamers produce one touchdown in the preseason, while the offense as a whole only has three scores. The team has yet to produce a rushing touchdown and ranks dead last in both total offense (248.2 yards per game) and rushing (54.5 yards per game). Simply put, this isn’t going to cut it for a team that is expected to contend for the Super Bowl this year, and HC Wade Phillips is responding by making his entire first team take at least two series in the preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins this week.
And Then There Were Two…: Only the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens can say that they still boast perfect 3-0 records in the preseason either SU or ATS. The Ravens have been frightening on defense, allowing just 25 total points in three games, while San Fran already has 80 points on the board and has looked fantastic. Keep a close eye on Anthony Dixon who has already carried the ball 62 times for 220 yards in the preseason, easily the best in the NFL.
Laughable Losers: No one should be surprised at the fact that the Indianapolis Colts are winless in the preseason this year, as they seem to go either 0-4 or 1-3 every single season in their exhibitions and then go on to win a dozen or more games in the regular season. However, the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears clearly have some concerns, particularly offensively. The two teams have only combined to score 78 points in the preseason, and that’s awful news for two offensive units that were expected to see dramatic improvements this year. Both teams are going to have one more chance to get into the win column before the regular season starts, but neither have to have confidence going into the regular season.
Primetime Players: In spite of the fact that his team was beaten on Thursday night, don’t blame Tom Brady. He did all he could, going 18-of-22 passing for 273 yards with three TDs and no picks, and he really did a fantastic job picking apart the St. Louis defense in spite of the fact that his offense only had the ball for 16 minutes the entire game. New Orleans’ Drew Brees threw for 240 yards, while David Garrard (211 yards), Joe Flacco (229 yards), and Bruce Gradkowski (202 yards) wrapped up the 200+ yard passers on the day. On the ground, the award for the top back clearly goes to Arian Foster for his 110 yards on 18 carries against the Cowboys on Saturday night. Foster has been running like a man possessed in the preseason, and he is clearly winning the right to be the opening day starting back for the Houston Texans now that Ben Tate is out for the year. We have to give an honorable mention to Pittsburgh’s Jonathan Dwyer, who might have secured himself a roster spot by rushing for 89 yards on Sunday Night Football. Good old LaDainian Tomlinson had 86 rushing yards for the Jets as well. The best receiving threat of the week was Indy’s Reggie Wayne who caught seven passes for 96 yards with a TD in QB Peyton Manning’s only legitimate action of the summer.