The 2010 NFL betting campaign wrapped up Week 12 on Monday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 12 betting action!
Cowardly Lions Blasted Against on Turkey Day: The poor fans of the Detroit Lions have to really get tired of playing at home on Thanksgiving. There have been a number of seasons in which they really thought that they were going break through to score a huge win, but this was once again another disappointment. Detroit took a 17-10 lead into the locker room over the New England Patriots last week, only to end up giving up five TDs with only one answer in the second half to get dumped 45-24 in a game that was legitimately a blowout. The Lions have now been defeated seven straight times both SU and ATS on Thanksgiving Day.
More Turkey Day Tidbits: If you were looking for some firsts on Thanksgiving Day, this was the year for it. It was the first time that the New York Jets hosted a game on the NFL’s biggest holiday, and they took full advantage of it by beating up the Cincinnati Bengals 26-10. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints played for the very first time on Turkey Day against the team with the second most games every on Thanksgiving, the Dallas Cowboys. Though the Cowboys had won two in a row coming into this one and were a very trendy upset pick, the Saints persevered 30-27 thanks to a late turnover and a great TD drive generated by QB Drew Brees. The Saints became the only team in the history of the NFL to be perfect on Thanksgiving, as the Indianapolis Colts are the next best thing at 2-0-1 in three appearances. However, there are four teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Baltimore Ravens have never played on Thanksgiving.
Day for the Dogs: It isn’t all that often that you see a team win a game in the NFL that doesn’t cover the pro football odds, but that was something that came up quite a bit over the course of Week 12. The New Orleans Saints were the first to pull the feat off, but in total, there were five favorites that won outright but lost ATS. The other outright winners were the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and New York Giants.
How Glover Got His Groove Back: For the last two weeks, DB Glover Quin of the Houston Texans was the league’s biggest goat. He was the man that batted the ball out of the sky and into the hands of a Jacksonville Jaguars receiver for the game winning touchdown on a 50 yard Hail Mary pass with no time left in Week 10, and the very next week, he was the one that blew the coverage on the game winning TD pass for the New York Jets. However, the Tennessee Titans and QB Rusty Smith were just what the doctor ordered. Smith threw three picks on the day, all three of which were intercepted by Quin, including one in the end zone in the fourth quarter to preserve a shutout, the fourth of the season in the NFL and the third in the last two weeks.
Painful Week for Running Backs: It’s a good thing for Tennessee’s Chris Johnson that we’re not talking about statistics, or he would be at the top of the chart. Johnson only accounted for nine total yards against the Houston Texans, arguably the team with the worst defense in the NFL. Unfortunately for San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore and Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, we’re talking about injuries. The news isn’t all that bad for the man they call “Purple Jesus,” though he did miss the mass majority of the win against the Washington Redskins last week. He is expected to be back in the lineup after suffering an ankle injury in the first quarter. For Gore though, the season is over. He broke his hip and will miss the rest of the campaign, putting a huge damper on the comeback trail for the Niners this year.
Are the Dynasties for Manning and the Colts Over?: The Indianapolis Colts have a heck of a lot of problems right now. They were crippled by the San Diego Chargers at home on Sunday Night Football, and QB Peyton Manning threw four picks. Manning has now thrown seven INTs in his last two games, and this has arguably been his the worst stretch of his career. The Colts are still outside of the playoffs looking in right now, and things probably aren’t going to get all that much better as the season wears on. There are only four games to get past the Jacksonville Jaguars and to fend off the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, as there is virtually no chance to capture a Wild Card berth in the AFC.
Top Passers: We have to give a ton of credit to New Orleans’ Drew Brees. Brees ran a picturesque drive at the end of the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day to take a near certain defeat and turn it into a tremendous victory on the road. He threw for 352 yards, the highest total on the week for a passer. We have to give some props to Aaron Rodgers as well. Even though the Packers didn’t end up beating the Falcons, there is something to be said about throwing for 344 yards and nearly taking down Matt Ryan at the Georgia Dome, where he has only been beaten once in his career. There are six other men that threw for 300+ yards in Week 12, and they are Denver’s Kyle Orton (347), New England’s Tom Brady (341), Philadelphia’s Michael Vick (333), Dallas’ Jon Kitna (313), St. Louis’ Sam Bradford (308), and Miami’s Chad Henne (307).
Running All Over the Competition: Nine different men rushed for 100+ yards over the course of the weekend, but none were more unexpected than San Fran’s Brian Westbrook. Westbrook had to think that his career was over after getting released by the Eagles, but after Frank Gore was injured and was knocked out for the season, Westbrook got his chance. He rushed for 136 yards, one of the highest totals of the weekend. The other eight 100+ yard rushers on the weekend were Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles (173), Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall (151), Houston’s Arian Foster (143), Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis (131), Chicago’s Matt Forte (117), Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew (113), Atlanta’s Michael Turner (110), and San Diego’s Mike Tolbert (103).
Receiving the Top Prizes: Buffalo’s Fred Jackson became a rare running back to receiving for at least 100 yards in a single game, but he nearly single handedly beat the Steelers by himself on Sunday, catching five passes for 104 yards. However, easily the best receiver of the weekend was Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe. The NFL’s league leader in receiving TDs had 13 grabs for 170 yards and three scores on the day. Seven others made it to the century mark through the air in Week 12, including Seattle’s Ben Obomanu (159), Green Bay’s Greg Jennings (119), New England’s Deion Branch (113), Miami’s Davone Bess (111), Oakland’s Jacoby Ford (108), Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward (107), and New Orleans’ Marques Colston (105).
Season Long Awards: Though in one more week, we’re going to see a heck of a lot of quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs getting to their respective milestone numbers. This week, Drew Brees joined the crop of 3,000 yard passers. On the ground, Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson made it up the millennium mark on the ground.
3,000 Yard Passers
Kyle Orton (3,370)
Philip Rivers (3,362)
Peyton Manning (3,344)
Drew Brees (3,321)
1,000 Yard Rushers
Arian Foster (1,147)
Jamaal Charles (1,021)
Adrian Peterson (1,016)
1,000 Yard Receivers
Brandon Lloyd (1,122)
Roddy White (1,066)