NFL Week 3 Recap, News, and Notes

The 2010 NFL betting campaign wrapped up Week 3 on Monday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 3 betting action!

Vick-tastic!: Michael Vick can clearly do it all. Granted, we aren’t all that excited about the fact that he has beaten the Lions and the Jaguars this year, but the Philadelphia Eagles have clearly made the right choice in their starting quarterback. Vick threw for 291 yards and three TDs and rushed for 30 more yards and a score on Sunday in Jacksonville. Now, the real test comes when Donovan McNabb makes his return to the City of Brotherly Love with his new team, the Washington Redskins in Week 4.

Disaster Averted: Last week, we mentioned what type of hot water the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys were in, as both were 0-2 SU and ATS. Neither looked anything like a Super Bowl contender either. The Vikes still look shoddy, as QB Brett Favre threw two more INTs to bring his total to six on the year, but at least they picked up a win against Detroit at home. That ‘W’ might not have been pretty, but it did move Favre to 19-0 SU all-time at home against the Lions. Dallas finally put together a phenomenal performance in Houston and totally shut down everything that the Texans were trying to put together. Both teams are on bye in Week 4.

More ‘Over’time in Week 3: The average ‘total’ this week across the NFL was only 41.6 this week, while the median was at 42.5. The lowest ‘total’ was the 33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the highest was the 49.5 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. There were nine ‘over’ contests in all in Week 3 against seven ‘unders’. The lowest final was the only game played in the 20s, a 20-7 win for the Cincinnati Bengals over the Carolina Panthers. The high scoring game was the escape by the New England Patriots over the Buffalo Bills, which featured 68 points. The mean score for the week was 43.4, while the median was ironically just 41.

Unwelcome Visitors: In spite of the fact that home underdogs ended up going 4-4 both SU and ATS on the weekend, road teams ended up dominating the scoring. The 38 points by the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Bucs proved to be the highest score for any team over the course of the weekend (tied with the hosting New England Patriots), while there were a total of 11 teams that scored at least 20 on the road. The pales in comparison to the ten at home, especially when you consider that the two lowest point totals for the week, those of the Carolina Panthers (7) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (3), both came by teams at home. The average road team scored 23.1 points in Week 3, while the average home team scored just 20.3 points per game.

Chiefly Upsets: The Kansas City Chiefs are one of two teams that are left in the NFL that are still undefeated SU. However, they are just more special than the Pittsburgh Steelers due to the fact that they have gone 3-0 SU and ATS, all as underdogs on the year. The Chiefs are dominating on both sides of the ball, as demonstrated with last week’s 31-10 victory against the 49ers, a win that was never really in doubt and was never as close as the final score suggests.

Crying in Carolina: On the other side of the spectrum, the Carolina Panthers are the only team in the NFL that have yet to find a way to cover the NFL odds even once. The Panthers have gone through two different quarterbacks, but it doesn’t seem to matter who is there. No matter whether you’re talking about Matt Moore or Jimmy Clausen, this team is averaging just over double digits of points per game, and that just won’t cut it in the NFL. The Panthers have a total of two TDs and nothing else to speak of over their last two games.

Top Passers: Seven QBs found their way to the 300+ yard mark last week, but ironically, the top five all ended up losing. In fact, the only winner of the bunch was Indy’s Peyton Manning, who threw for 325 yards and three TDs in the victory over the Broncos. Denver’s Kyle Orton threw for 476 yards in a losing effort on the day. Other 300+ yard passers include San Diego’s Philip Rivers (455, a new team record), the Giants’ Eli Manning (386), New Orleans’ Drew Brees (365), Miami’s Chad Henne (363), and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (316).

Running All Over the Competition: Seven different men toted the rock for at least 100 yards in Week 3. Give the Vikes’ Adrian Peterson some credit, as he said that this was a team that had nothing to worry about. Minnesota surely does have nothing to worry about when the man they call Purple Jesus is running for 160 yards to lead the NFL in rushing in a week. Other notables include Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis (144), Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall (143), Tennessee’s Chris Johnson (125), Atlanta’s Michael Turner (114), Houston’s Arian Foster (106), and Oakland’s Darren McFadden (105).

Receiving the Top Prizes: A whopping 16 men caught at least 100 yards worth of passes this week, and somehow, there was only one set of teammates on this list. Denver’s Brandon Lloyd had six grabs for 169 yards and a score, while Jabar Gaffney caught 12 passes for 140 yards. Gaffney’s 12 catches was tied with Indianapolis’ Austin Collie, who had 12 grabs for a league high 171 yards and two TDs on Sunday. Other 100+ yard receivers… Miami’s Brandon Marshall (166), Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson (153), New Orleans’ Lance Moore (149), Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin (142), Washington’s Santana Moss (124), Oakland’s Louis Murphy (119), Dallas’ Roy Williams (117), Green Bay’s Jermichael Finley (115), Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez (110), San Diego’s Antonio Gates (109), New York’s Steve Smith (103), San Fran’s Frank Gore (102), and Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace (100).