The 2010 NFL betting campaign wrapped up Week 9 on Monday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 9 betting action!
Wade Phillips Out with the Cowboys: It was less than one week ago that owner Jerry Jones ensured Wade Phillips that his job would be safe through the end of the regular season with the Dallas Cowboys. So much for that. After a nauseating loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football this week, Jones decided that the time was right to dismiss Phillips and give Jason Garrett a chance to run the club. Garrett has the interim tag right now, and many feel that he is coaching right now for his job, as he has eight games to prove to Jones that he is the right man for the Cowboys going forward.
Close ‘Total’ Calls Highlight Week 9: If you were a believer in teasing NFL betting ‘totals’ this week, you certainly made yourself a mint. For the first time all season, there wasn’t a single game played in which there were less than 36 points scored, and there wasn’t a single game in which there were more than 52 points scored. If you teased every single ‘under’ this week, you went a perfect 13-0. If you teased the ‘over’, you went 11-2. Interestingly enough, if you just straight up bet ‘overs’, you had your best week of the year as well, as ‘over’ bettors went 10-3 in Week 9.
Bills Create New Way to Lose… Again…: Three weeks ago, the Buffalo Bills had their chances at beating the Baltimore Ravens. Two weeks ago, it looked like they had locked up a victory against the Kansas City Chiefs if not for the fact that Todd Haley called a timeout and iced K Rian Lindell before he tried the game winning boot. Needless to say, Lindell missed, and the Bills kept their winless streak alive. But now, a missed extra point was what really cost Buffalo against the Chicago Bears in its annual trek to Rogers Centre in Toronto. Both teams scored exactly three touchdowns on the day, but a Lindell missed PAT forced Buffalo to go for two points on its next TD. It failed, and needless to say, when the Bears scored their final touchdown, they converted their two point conversion. One missed PAT cost the Bills three points… the final margin of defeat on the day.
More PAT Follies: Never before, do we recall two teams losing games on missed extra points. Now, we’ll never really know if the New York Jets would have come back and beat the Detroit Lions if not for a blown PAT, but we know that the situation would have been significantly different. After the touchdown that made the score 13-10 in favor of Detroit, the Lions needed to use DT Ndamukong Suh to try to kick an extra point with Jason Hanson ailing. Suh was a soccer player once upon a time, and everyone in Detroit thought that this was the greatest thing in the world. However, Suh clanged the PAT off the uprights, keeping the lead at three. Had it been stretched to four, Detroit would have been up by 11 points instead of ten, meaning the Jets would have had to convert a two point conversion and kick a field goal in the dying minutes to force overtime. Instead, a TD, a field goal, a good drive, and a field goal in OT gave New York a stunning come from behind ‘W’.
Pats Have Problems in Cleveland: In perhaps the most shocking revelation of the weekend, the New England Patriots were not just defeated by the Cleveland Browns, but they were absolutely crippled by them as well. New England was bounced 34-14 in just the second ever game for HC Bill Belichick on the road against his former team. The Browns have now beaten both the Pats and the defending Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints this year, and it doesn’t seem all that impossible for them to make the playoffs. However, New England once stood proud at 6-1 with the best record in the league, but now, it has a lot of question marks to work out and a very questionable position tied with three other teams in the AFC at 6-2.
Rivers On Pace to Shine: San Diego QB Philip Rivers has had himself one heck of a season. He threw for 295 yards last week against the Houston Texans, which now gives him 2,944 on the year. The Chargers have yet to have their bye week, as they are off this coming weekend, but he is on a pace to throw for 5,234 yards and could threaten the all time single season passing yards record held by QB Dan Marino.
Top Passers: Rivers didn’t quite make the cut this week for 300+ yard quarterbacks, but there were only two men that did get the job done. Minnesota’s Brett Favre might have had one of the best days of his career. Not only did he guide the Vikes back from down 14 points late in the fourth quarter to win in overtime, but he threw for 446 yards and two TDs in doing so. On top of that, Favre might have kept himself from getting benched for the first time in his career, and he very well could have saved HC Brad Childress‘ job. The other 300 yard passer was New York’s Mark Sanchez, who threw for 336 yards in the comeback win over the Lions.
Running All Over the Competition: Just as there was a shortage of 300+ yard passers, there was a lack of 100+ yard rushers as well. We have to make mention of Peyton Hillis though, as he almost single handedly destroyed the Pats on the day. Hillis had a career high 184 rushing yards against New England, and he rumbled for two scores. Houston’s Arian Foster had 127 yards on the ground and two scores, but he only rushed for -2 yards in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s devastating loss to San Diego. The other 100 yard back for the week was Michael Turner, who was the key cog for Atlanta in a 27-21 win over the Bucs to keep the division lead in the NFC South.
Receiving the Top Prizes: There wasn’t a wide receiver that had a better day on Sunday than Oakland’s Jacoby Ford. Ford had a kick return for a touchdown and he caught two major passes, one which set up the game tying field goal, and one that set up the game winner for the Raiders against the Chiefs to keep the AFC West very, very interesting. Ford ended the week with a week high 148 yards on six receptions Only one tight end graces this list this weekend, and it is Indy’s Jacob Tamme. You can bet that the fantasy football rush is on for the replacement of Dallas Clark, as Tamme is clearly a go to guy now for Peyton Manning. He led the NFL with 11 receptions and had 108 yards in the defeat against the Eagles on Sunday. Other 100+ yard receivers include Buffalo’s Steve Johnson (145), Cincinnati’s Terrell Owens (141), New York’s Hakeem Nicks (128), Minnesota’s Percy Harvin (126), Green Bay’s James Jones (123), New York’s Santonio Holmes (114), Detroit’s Nate Burleson (113), San Diego’s Seyi Ajirotutu (111), Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace (110), Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson (109), and Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (107).