The 2010 NFL betting campaign wrapped up Week 4 on Monday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 4 betting action!
Underdog Uprising!: My, what a week it was to be an underdog! Seven pups ended up pulling outright upsets, but none were more important than that of the Denver Broncos. Thanks to a last minute TD pass by Kyle Orton, the Broncos pulled out a 26-20 come from behind upset of the Titans at LP Field. The St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, and Jacksonville Jaguars made home underdogs 3-2 SU and ATS in Week 4 betting action, while we can add the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, and Washington Redskins to the list of teams that pulled off of upsets on the road.
Sweet Revenge: Payback was absolutely a you know what for the Philadelphia Eagles. It seemed like it came right out of a storybook, as Michael Vick ended up getting knocked out of the game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon. Instead of having to face Vick, the ‘Skins watched as backup QB Kevin Kolb, the man that was responsible for booting Donovan McNabb out of town, came into the game. Kolb threw for 201 yards, but he had absolutely no sense of how to force the ball down the field. Now, Vick will be out until at least the end of the month, and Kolb is going to have no choice but to lead this team. As for McNabb? His Redskins are now sitting pretty at 2-2 and are 2-0 in divisional play this year. At least the fans of the Philadelphia Eagles stood up and cheer McNabb in his pre-game introduction.
Special Teams Meltdown in Miami: If you didn’t know the name John Bonamego before, you probably won’t ever hear of it again when this article is said and done. Bonamego was the special teams coordinator for the Miami Dolphins… with “was” being the word to really take note of… A blocked kick, a blocked punt, a kick return for a TD allowed… it all added up to the end for the Fins’ special teams coordinator, as the New England Patriots stamped a 41-14 beat down in South Beach to help put them back in control in the AFC East. Patrick Chung was the man of the hour, as he blocked both kicks and had an INT returned for a TD in the victory.
A ‘Total’ Calamity: There were eight ‘over’ games against six ‘under’ games in Week 4, marking the third straight week in which there were more ‘overs’ than ‘unders’ in NFL betting action. Thanks to some real offensive explosions, the ‘totals’ were a bit skewed. The New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers each put 41 points on the board in victories, but the highest scoring game of the day was between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts, while ended up at 59 combined points. The lowest scorer of the weekend was between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams, as they only combined for 23 points.
Costly Colts: Are the Indianapolis Colts really in some trouble? Melvin Bullitt is out for the season now, making him the second safety to be placed on IR, joining the perennially injured Bob Sanders. Thanks to a whopping 59 yard field goal at the gun by Josh Scobee, the Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off a very improbable upset that sent the Colts to 0-2 in the AFC South. QB Peyton Manning is consistently doing his job, but the rest of the team around him just seems to be lacking right now. Perhaps more home games will help ease the pain for Indy, which has played three of its first four on the road.
And Then There Was One…: That’s all that’s left. There is only one undefeated team left in the NFL, and they are the Kansas City Chiefs. The 1972 Miami Dolphins will be chilling the champagne this weekend, as the Chiefs are eight point underdogs to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Still, KC isn’t just the last unbeaten standing, but it is the last ATS unbeaten as well. Both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears suffered beatings that took them from the ranks of the unbeatens in Week 4 while the Chiefs were on bye.
Going Down a Mossy Path: On Tuesday night, the story broke that Randy Moss was set to return to the Minnesota Vikings. The future Hall of Famer will reportedly be traded from the New England Patriots as soon as Wednesday for a third round draft pick in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft. The Pats will now have six picks in the first three rounds of the draft if this deal were to go through. Last week marked the fifth time in Moss’ career in which he was held without a catch, though the Patriots posted a solid 41-14 win.
Top Passers: There were only four quarterbacks that reached the 300+ yard barrier this weekend, and a lot of these names are going to look awfully familiar. Only one though, Kyle Orton was able to lead his team to victory. Orton threw for 341 yards and two TDs on the day for the Broncos in a 26-20 ‘W’ over the Titans. Joining him in the list of top passers this week were Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer (371), Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning (352), Detroit’s Shaun Hill (331), and Miami’s Chad Henne (302). Ironically, only one QB threw for more than two scores in a game in Week 4, which is a rarity. However Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to three passing TDs on the day to top the league in that category.
Running All Over the Competition: LT is back. New York’s LaDainian Tomlinson showed some great moves over the weekend against the Bills, and he ended up being the top running back for the weekend. Tomlinson rushed for 133 yards on 19 carries to pace both the NFL and the Jets towards a win. The other six 100+ yard rushers all won on the day as well. They include Houston’s Arian Foster (131), the Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw (129), the Jets’ Shonn Greene (117), Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew (105), Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis (102), and San Diego’s Mike Tolbert (100).
Receiving the Top Prizes: The Bengals might have lost on Sunday to the Cleveland Browns, but my, did Terrell Owens have one heck of a day. It has been years since TO had a day like this one, but his ten catches, 222 yards, and one TD were fantastic for “Who Dey?” nation this weekend. Other 100+ yard receivers include Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne (196), San Diego’s Antonio Gates (144), Oakland’s Zach Miller (122), Denver’s Brandon Lloyd (115), Denver’s Brandon Lloyd (115), Denver’s Eddie Royal (113), Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy (110), the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks (110), and Atlanta’s Roddy White (104).