The 2010 NFL betting campaign wrapped up Week 1 on Monday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 2 betting action!
New Faces in New Places: We’re two weeks into the year, and if the postseason were to start today, there would be six new division winners. The only division winners from last season that are tied for their respective divisional leads are the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West and the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. It is clear that there is a real shift in power in the NFL at this point, and the gap between the major plays has the so called “has beens” is shrinking by the week. Two of the prospective division winners, the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs haven’t been to the playoffs in a number of years (the Texans have never been), while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were figured to still be years away from being able to compete for a postseason berth.
Big Trouble in Big D and Minnesota: Things certainly aren’t looking good for the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams are 0-2 SU and ATS and have only combined for 46 points this year. Last year, these two offenses were amongst the best in the conference, and there is a reason that these were two of the last four teams standing in the NFC. The Vikes have a big problem turning the ball over right now, as QB Brett Favre has tossed four picks already a year after throwing just seven. In Dallas, the problem is running the football, as the team is only averaging 3.31 yards per carry this year. RBs Marion Barber and Felix Jones have combined for just 115 rushing yards in two games on 34 totes of the rock. Things could be getting worse for both teams in a hurry as well. The Vikes have a feisty Detroit team on deck, while Dallas has to visit Houston.
Slow Start But High Flying Finish Cap Week 2: After a week in which NFL betting fans had to endure an average score that featured just 36.6 points per game, business, as they say, picked up just a tad. Though six of the 1:00 ET games all ended up going ‘under’ the number, the end result for the weekend was nine ‘over’ games against just seven ‘unders’. The median ‘total’ posted by the oddsmakers for the weekend was 41, while the mean was 41.1. In actuality though, the games picked up the pace by almost a full TD per game. The average score for the weekend was 41.4, while the median final reached 43.5 points. The high scoring game was the 67 points between the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles, which happens to be the highest scoring game of the year in spite of the fact that both teams were playing with backup quarterbacks. The lowest scoring game was the 14-10 decision for the Miami Dolphins over the Minnesota Vikings.
A Year of Firsts For Texans: The Houston Texans might only be two weeks into the season, but this is clearly already going to a record breaking season. Arian Foster and his 231 yard performance in Week 1 on the ground broke the rushing record for the team, while Matt Schaub is clearly on his way to demolishing all of the passing records for the team that he already owns. Schaub threw for 497 yards last week, also a team record, while Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter became the first duo in team history to have at least ten catches and 125+ yards each in a game. Could there be more firsts on the way? The team has never reached the playoffs and has never won the AFC South, and this is the first time in team history that the squad can say that it enters a week in first place in the division all by itself. Schaub could be well on his way to the first MVP for the team as well, while Foster could threaten the league rushing title for the first time in team history. For good measure, in Week 2, the second kicker in team history, Neil Rackers became a hero, as he was responsible for winning the first overtime game in Texans history as well.
Close Calls Highlight Week 2: Nine of the 16 games over the weekend featured a final margin of victory of eight points or less. The bad news for favorites is that five of the nine lost outright, while only one of the nine (Houston) both won outright and covered the spread. Of the games that were decided by more than two TDs, favorites went 4-0 SU and ATS.
Perfectly Imperfect Lions: The Detroit Lions are one of the seven teams in the NFL that are 2-0 ATS, but they are the only ones that are 0-2 SU of the bunch. In fact, the other six 2-0 ATS teams are a combined 12-0 SU as well.
Top Passers: No quarterbacks in the NFL have thrown for 300+ yards in both of their games this year, but six newcomers entered the list of illustrious passers on the week. None were better than Matt Schaub, who went 38-of-52 for 497 yards and three scores in the ‘W’ against the Washington Redskins. However, we would be remiss not to mention that Donovan McNabb also threw for 426 yards and a TD on the day as well. Other 300+ yard passers include Dallas’ Tony Romo (374), Detroit’s Shaun Hill (335), San Diego’s Philip Rivers (334), and Chicago’s Kyle Orton (307).
Running All Over the Competition: Six running backs topped the century mark on the ground as well in Week 2, and just as was the case with the quarterbacks, none of the six pulled off the feat in Week 1 either. Adrian Peterson led the way with 28 carries, 145 yards, and a TD, but he was stuffed up at the goal line right at the end of the game that caused his Minnesota Vikings to lose to the Miami Dolphins. Oakland’s Darren McFadden (145), Atlanta’s Jason Snelling (129), Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy (120), Arizona’s Tim Hightower (115), and San Fran’s Frank Gore (112) all rushed for at least 100 yards as well.
Receiving the Top Prizes: Obviously with so many 300 yard passers, there were a number of 100 yard receivers as well. However, this week, it was the tight end position that really shined in the NFL, as Jets’ Dustin Keller (115), New England’s Aaron Hernandez (101), Green Bay’s Jermichael Finley (103), and Detroit’s Brandon Pettigrew (108) all had 100+ yards on the day. Pettigrew was noteworthy due to the fact that he and rookie RB Jahvid Best (154) had amazing days through the air for the Lions. No pair of teammates did it better than Andre Johnson (158) and Kevin Walter (144) though, as they helped guide the Texans to 2-0 with a win in our nation’s capitol. Other 100+ yard receivers include Jacksonville’s Mike Sims-Walker (105), Dallas’ Miles Austin (142), and Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson (135).