The 2010 NFL betting campaign wrapped up Week 6 on Monday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 6 betting action!
Backdoor Bailouts: The oddsmakers had one heck of a weekend in Week 6 in the NFL, as there were a total of nine NFL betting affairs of the 14 on the docket that ultimately ended up finishing within a touchdown of the cover line one way or the other, including two that landed out pushes. However, there were a number of teams that scored in the final five minutes of the game to change the outcome of covers that perhaps weren’t deserved. We’re looking at you, Washington Redskins, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, and Pittsburgh Steelers!
Big Ben’s Back: Ben Roethlisberger is back in the saddle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and everyone in the Steel City is thrilled about it. He threw for 257 yards and three TDs, giving the Steelers a real threat to throw the football for the first time all year. Now, we know that this was basically a warm up game against the Browns that had very little bearing on what Big Ben is going to be up against in upcoming games, but just knowing that the ability is there to sling the ball 40 times in a game if need be only makes the Steelers that much more dangerous of a team. By the way, they took back first place of the AFC North by themselves with that 28-10 victory over Cleveland.
Dynamic Detroit: Somehow, the Detroit Lions just keep finding ways to cover NFL spreads without winning games. That’s just death for analyzing lines on a weekly basis, because you just know that, at 1-5, the Lions aren’t anywhere near as good as teams like the New York Giants, which they faced this past weekend. However, when guys like Drew Stanton are marching down the field to nail the backdoor seemingly week after week, you have to take notice. Detroit already has five covers this year, which ties them for the most with the New York Jets in the NFL, and with just one outright win to its credit, we know that there are more covers on the way. Remember, QB Matt Stafford isn’t that far away from coming back to the fold.
‘Over’board Again!: This is the fourth straight week in which there were more ‘overs’ than ‘unders’. The highest scoring game of the weekend was between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs, who combined for 66 points. That was more than enough to crush the ‘total’ of 45.5. Ironically, that was the only game of the weekend in which there were more than 51 points scored. The lowest scorer was easily that of the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, which very predictably only had 26 points. Again though, that was the only game that featured fewer than 33 points. Every other game finished right there in that 18 point pocket, and all 12 games were able to be teased ten points one way or the other and leave NFL teaser fans as winners. Needless to say, it was a job well done by the oddsmakers once again from this standpoint.
Woe is We: There are going to be some busy, busy training rooms this weekend across the NFL, as there are a number of teams that are going to be nursing players back to full health. The Houston Texans got horrible news over the weekend when LB DeMeco Ryans was knocked out for potentially the rest of the season. A concussion rocked Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, while on Monday Night Football, both Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young and Jacksonville Jaguars QB David Garrard were injured and left the game relatively early. San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates was lost for the majority of the game after just two catches as well.
Popping the Cherry: Let’s hear a Mazel Tov for the San Francisco 49ers! Finally, HC Mike Singletary came up with the right words to motivate his team to a ‘W’ against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, as the 17-9 decision might finally be what jumpstarts this team in a push towards the postseason. Unlike the Tennessee Titans, who started off at 0-6 last season and plays in the rough and tumble AFC, the Niners are in the right conference and the right division to come back from an 0-5 start. None of the teams in the NFC West see poised to pull away from the pack, and save perhaps the loser of the Giants/Eagles duel in the NFC East and the loser of the Falcons/Saints duel in the NFC South, there doesn’t seem to be a legitimate Wild Card threat at this point either. Don’t be shocked to see San Fran get on a bit of a roll here. The Niners will certainly be favored in its next four games and potential its next five as well.
Top Passers: Only four men topped the 300+ yard passing mark this weekend, and it really shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see three of these four men on this list. However, is Kevin Kolb really the first name that comes to mind as the top thrower of the weekend? Kolb led the Eagles to a 31-17 win over Atlanta and virtually had a perfect game in spite of the fact that he lost D-Jax to an injury early on. Kolb went 23-of-29 for 326 yards with three scores and a pick in the ‘W’. The only man to throw for at least 300 yards and lose on the weekend was Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (313). A pair of AFC South quarterbacks finish up the list, as Indy’s Peyton Manning (307) and Houston’s Matt Schaub (305) both reached the coveted passing number.
Running All Over the Competition: What a weekend that the Saints’ Chris Ivory had! For a man that had never even sniffed 70 yards in a game in his career, he suddenly stepped up against the Bucs and rumbled for 158 yards on just 15 totes of the rock. It was the fewest number of rushes for any man that had even 70 yards on the weekend, but he paced all runners. Frank Gore had a bust out weekend for the 49ers, running for 149 yards, while Chris Johnson continued his streak for Tennessee of consecutive road games with at least 100 yards rushing with eight straight after rumbling for 111 yards on Monday Night Football. Other 100+ yard rushers include New York’s Ahmad Bradshaw (133), Indy’s Joseph Addai (128), St. Louis’ Steven Jackson (109), Kansas City’s Thomas Jones (100), and Washington’s Ryan Torain (100).
Receiving the Top Prizes: We had three receptions of at least 85 yards on the weekend, which was the most in the NFL of that length for any given week over the course of the year. The top receiver on the week had one of those snares, as Philly’s Jeremy Maclin stepped up in place of Jackson and caught seven balls for 159 yards with two TDs. Houston’s Andre Johnson not only caught the big pass that moved the ball into field goal range on the last drive of the game of any meaning, but he also hauled in the touchdown grab in the back of the end zone that sent Reliant Stadium into a frenzy. He had 138 yards and that score when the game was said and done. Other 100+ yard receivers include Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (147), Green Bay’s Greg Jennings (133), Miami’s Brandon Marshall (127), Seattle’s Mike Williams (123), Chicago’s Johnny Knox (120), San Diego’s Patrick Crayton (117), Kansas City’s Dwyane Bowe (108), Indy’s Pierre Garcon (103), and Baltimore’s Derrick Mason (100).