The 2010 NFL betting campaign wrapped up its first week of play on Monday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 1 NFL wagering action!
Crushing the Colts: The defending champions of the AFC and the final team to stay undefeated last year certainly didn’t get off to a good start this season. The Indianapolis Colts ended up getting run all over by Arian Foster, who rumbled for 231 yards and three scores. There is more coming on Foster later. The Houston Texans used an entirely new game plan that had never been used before to take down the behemoths of the AFC South in fine fashion, as they used a nearly 3:1 ratio of run to pass to pull the upset. Houston is now just 2-15 lifetime against the Colts.
Powerless Postseason Players: The Colts weren’t the only team that made the playoffs last year that struggled mightily in Week 1. The New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Cincinnati Bengals were all defeated both SU and ATS. Seven of the 12 teams that made the postseason last year are already 0-1 on the season, and a number of them might end up facing the dubious 0-2 start that could really put a nail in their coffin on the season.
Snooze Fests Highlight Week 1: When you’re talking about ‘totals’ from Week 1, you can tell that the oddsmakers kept a close eye on the preseason, which was significantly higher scoring than the average preseason. That being said, the average ‘total’ posted last week was at 41.7. The high ‘total’ was 48.5, the low was 37, and the median was a fairly average 40. However, there were some real snoozers that NFL betting fans had to sit through last week. Five games ended up in the 20s, including the highest ‘total’ on the board between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. The average score was just 36.6 on the week, and the median score was only 34. In a rare twist, the only game that found its way into the 60s this week was the 38-24 win for the New England Patriots over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Winners are Winners, Losers are Losers: There was only one team all week long that successfully stuck in front of the number. The Detroit Lions only lost by five points as 6.5 point underdogs to the Chicago Bears. The majority of the rest of the spreads might have ended up being relatively close. The teams that didn’t end up staying in front of NFL teaser numbers were the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers.
Home Dog Heroes: Normally speaking, home teams that are underdogs end up being fantastic plays in NFL gambling action. This week was no exception. Five of the eight hosts that were underdogs ended up winning outright. The losers were defeated in reasonable fashion, as the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Buffalo Bills all lost by less than a touchdown.
Top Passers: Only three men ended up throwing for 300+ yards in Week 1, but ironically, two of the three ended up being on the losing side of games. Peyton Manning posted one of the best passing performances that we are going to see all season long, as he went 40-for-57 for 433 yards and three TDs in the opening week. Other 300 yard passers include Jay Cutler (23/35, 372 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) and Carson Palmer (34/50, 345 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT). Honorable mention goes to Philip Rivers, who went 22-of-39 for 298 yards and two TDs.
Running All Over the Competition: There wasn’t a man in the NFL that put together as stellar of an effort on either side of the ball than Arian Foster did for the Houston Texans. It wasn’t just that Foster ran for 231 yards and three TDs that was so special, but the fact that he did it against the Indianapolis Colts was all the more impressive. Just like passers, finding 100+ yard rushers was incredibly difficult on the week. The 2000+ yard rusher from a year ago, Chris Johnson rumbled all over the Oakland Raiders, running for 142 yards and two TDs. Rashard Mendenhall ended the day by taking care of the only overtime game of the year in a hurry, rushing for a 50 yard TD for the Pittsburgh Steelers to upset the Atlanta Falcons. Mendenhall had 120 yards and that TD on 22 carries. Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick proved that he still has it and can flip the switch in a hurry. The former Atlanta Falcon came off the bench and played fantastic ball against the Green Bay Packers, rushing for 103 yards on just 11 carries.
Receiving the Top Prizes: Eleven different men topped the 100 yard barrier in Week 1, a number of which produced big victories for their respective teams. One man that wasn’t so lucky was Austin Collie and his Colts, but he did catch 11 passes for 163 yards and a TD. The only running back that made it to the 100 yard barrier was Matt Forte for the Chicago Bears, who had an 89 yard screen pass highlight his seven catches and 151 yards on the day in the win over the Lions. Other 100+ yard receivers included Chad Ochocinco (12 catches, 159 yards, 1 TD), Miles Austin (10 catches, 146 yards, 1 TD), Steve Breaston (7 catches, 132 yards), Mark Clayton (10 catches, 119 yards), Brandon Lloyd (5 catches, 117 yards), Roddy White (13 catches, 111 yards), Anquan Boldin (7 catches, 110 yards), Legedu Naanee (5 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD), and Hines Ward (6 catches, 108 yards).