The 2010 NFL betting campaign wrapped up Week 11 on Monday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 11 betting action!
Packers Blast Vikings Out of Playoff Race: The Minnesota Vikings are in a serious amount of trouble right now. They fell 31-3 to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon and dropped to 3-7 on the season. As a result, Brad Childress was fired and replaced by Leslie Frazier. There is a big question as to whether or not QB Brett Favre is going to be in some trouble or not. One thing is for certain, and that’s that Minnesota’s ship has clearly sunk. Meanwhile, Green Bay is staying right near the top of the NFC North.
Texans Invent New Way to Lose: The Houston Texans are in a ton of trouble as well. They are now just 4-6 on the season and have lost five times by six points or fewer. Last week’s loss to the New York Jets was probably the cruelest of them all. Houston was up a point with less than two minutes to play with the football inside the red zone. The Texans couldn’t score a TD on the drive to go up eight, but they did kick the field goal to spread the lead out to four. Unfortunately, the secondary, for the second straight week, proved to be the difference. Poor Glover Quin was the butt of this joke again, as he was torched twice on the final drive of the game. QB Mark Sanchez moved the ball straight down the field and scored the game winning touchdowns with just a few seconds remaining.
Bumbling Bengals Get Blown Away By Bills: Two weeks ago, the Buffalo Bills were winless and looked like a mess. Now, they have won two games in a row. Unfortunately for the Cincinnati Bengals, they were on the wrong end of this NFL betting affair. Cincy jumped out to a huge halftime lead, but it gave up five second half TDs without an answer, as the Bills took a 49-31 victory. Even though the Bengals made the playoffs last year as the AFC North winners, they are likely to finish dead last in the division and HC Marvin Lewis is likely to be canned at the end of the year.
Two More Shutout Stories: We only had one shutout coming into Week 12, but now we have three to speak of. On Thursday Night Football, the Chicago Bears shut out the Miami Dolphins, who were stuck with QB Tyler Thigpen at quarterback with both Chad Henne and Chad Pennington out of the lineup. There was just nothing that Miami could get going on offense against Chicago, and the end result was dropping to just 5-5 on the season. The other team that got shutout in Week 12 was the San Francisco 49ers. Once again, this was the third team at home that was blanked on the campaign. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came up with their biggest game of the year, beating up the Niners to move to 7-3 on the season. San Fran is only 3-7 now, and it needs to badly get on a roll to make it to the postseason to help save the job of HC Mike Singletary.
Is Young Done in Tennessee?: The Tennessee Titans are going to be heading into a new direction right now. QB Vince Young has been put on IR after leaving the game with a hand injury. There is still a question as to whether or not he was and is able to play or not. Young stormed out of the locker room after the game and chucked his pads into the crowd, which drew the ire of HC Jeff Fisher following a 19-16 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins at home. QB Rusty Smith took over with Kerry Collins banged up, and the rookie is going to be called on once again to start on Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Manning Fights Back, but Brady Busts Colts: The Indianapolis Colts would be out of the playoffs if they started today. Think about how unbelievable that really is for just a second. Now, we still think that QB Peyton Manning is going to find a way to will his team to the postseason, but he did everything that he could on Sunday, throwing for 396 yards and four TDs against the New England Patriots. His defense really let him down though, as he got destroyed by QB Tom Brady and company. Brady bested “The Sherriff,” throwing for 186 yards and accounting for 31 points in a three point victory. Manning was picked off three times, including on the final drive of the game with Indy in field goal range.
Top Passers: Eight different men threw for at least 300 yards last week. We have already talked about Peyton Manning, who threw for 396 yards and four scores. However, New Orleans’ Drew Brees was probably the hero of the day, as he went 29-of-43 for 382 yards and four scores against two picks. Other 300+ yard passers include Washington’s Donovan McNabb (376), Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck (366), Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick (316), New York’s Mark Sanchez (315), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (301), and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco (301).
Running All Over the Competition: For the second straight week, Carolina’s Mike Goodson reached the 100+ yard barrier, as he rumbled for 120 yards in a loss against the Ravens. Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew was the top rusher of the weekend, rumbling for 133 yards and a TD. Other 100+ yard rushers this week included Atlanta’s Michael Turner, Tennessee’s Chris Johnson (130), Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson, Buffalo’s Fred Jackson, Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, and San Diego’s Mike Tolbert (111).
Receiving the Top Prizes: It’s been awhile since we’ve had a tight end get to 100+ receiving yards in a week, but the hero for the Texans was Joel Dreessen, who caught four passes for 106 yards. The leading receiver on the week was Green Bay’s Greg Jennings, who torched the Minnesota secondary for 152 yards on seven receptions. There were a number of other 100 yard receivers this week, including Buffalo’s Steve Johnson (137), New York’s Santonio Holmes (126), Philadelphia’s Jeremy Maclin (120), Tennessee’s Nate Washington (117), Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace (116), New Orleans’ Marques Colston (113), Seattle’s Mike Williams (109), Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe (109), Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne (107), Washington’s Santana Moss (106), and San Diego’s Patrick Crayton (105).
Season Long Awards: Three men got to the 3,000 yard mark for the season in Week 12, as Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, and Kyle Orton all got there. On the ground, Houston’s Arian Foster became the NFL’s first 1,000 yard back. Both Brandon Lloyd and Roddy White joined the 1,000 yard receiving club.
3,000 Yard Passers
Philip Rivers (3,177)
Peyton Manning (3,059)
Kyle Orton (3,023)
1,000 Yard Rushers
Arian Foster (1,004)
1,000 Yard Receivers
Brandon Lloyd (1,046)
Roddy White (1,017)