Sunday A Bad Day For NFL Favorites
As the song goes, “Mama said there’d be days like this”!
Okay, so we know that you didn’t, but if you happened to wager on each/every NFL Week 6 Betting Favorite on Sunday then you really took your lumps.
When the dust settled following Sunday Night’s game – see 13.5-point underdog New York Giants 23, Denver Broncos 10, thanks in large part to DL Jason Pierre-Paul’s three sacks and the 117 rushing yards from RB Orleans Darkwa – the NFL’s chalk sides had registered a sorry 2-10 ATS (against the spread) record.
Here’s the Sunday breakdown with all home teams in CAPS below:
How about that? Only the Houston Texans and the New Orleans Saints won/covered as Betting Favs on the third Sunday in October and no doubt “three-team teaser” players all ‘round really took a bath as the likes of the aforementioned Broncos and the confounding Atlanta Falcons sandbagged any/all teaser players.
If you’re keeping track of such things, note that NFL Betting Favorites this year now stand at 35-53-1 ATS while heading into this evening’s MNF game between the Indianapolis Colts at the Tennessee Titans. Folks, that’s a shabby .398 winning rate for NFL Faves this year. Yuck!
Hey, Betting Favorites were not the only ones experiencing a really rotten day – the broken collarbone suffered by Green Bay Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers in the early going of that road loss in Minnesota merely wrecked the “Cheeseheads” season … let Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spout out “next man up” blather but gotta say that Rodgers and New England QB Tom Brady are the two most important players to their teams when it comes to this man’s league and what could be a year-ending injury to Rodgers now has Green Bay fans hoping 4-2 doesn’t turn into a .500 season-or-worse and no playoffs for a franchise that’s gone to the post-season the last eight consecutive years.
And life wasn’t much fun at all on Sunday for the Kansas City Chiefs – the last surviving undefeated team in the NFL – as the 19-13 home loss versus 3.5-point pup Pittsburgh never was as close as the score indicated. The Steelers’ RB Le’Veon Bell (32 carries for 179 yards and a score) was merely magical with some of his tackle-eluding moves but we have to ask what was KC head coach Andy Reid doing when he needed two scores and yet went for the TD at one point (strange!) and how about his misuse of second-half timeouts? Reid called two of ‘em with 2:10 and 2:06 remaining in the game. Why not let those 10 seconds run out and utilize both timeouts on the other side of the two-minute warning to save more time? Hmm, we like Reid but no wonder he’s “never won the big game”.
I Won Sunday’s Side/Total Parlay On Chargers-Raiders And Tonight Go My 3rd-Straight 40-Unit Parlay On Colts (2-3) at Titans (2-3)
Sunday’s winning 40-unit side/total parlay on the underdog Chargers (+3.5) and the Under (49) in the latter’s 17-16 win at Oakland was quite predictable and I believe that same bet on the Indianapolis Colts (2-3) at the Tennessee Titans (2-3) presents that same rich opportunity tonight.. Thus, I am coming right back with another parlay with a team that is simply in the right spot and is being offered to the public at very soft numbers—both side and total. It takes a combination of factors to bet with confidence a side/total parlay and all those factors are present.
In Monday Night Football, it’s …
INDIANAPOLIS (2-3) at TENNESSEE (2-3) – 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Can ‘ya believe it?
The Colts have won the last 11 consecutive games against the Titans dating back to the second meeting in 2011 but the fella that delivered most of those “W’s” – that’s QB Andrew Luck – will be wearing a T-shirt and holding a clipboard tonight as he continues to rehab his still-ailing shoulder. If the Colts are gonna spring the upset without Luck here – Tennessee’s an 8.5-point betting favorite, at last check – than backup-turned-starting QB Jacoby Brissett must stay in the upright position after having been sacked 14 times this year. Meanwhile, all signs point to Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) suiting up here but it’s the Titans’ comatose ground game that must get in gear here. Did you know Tennessee rushed for only 69 yards in last weekend’s 16-10 loss in Miami?
Spread Stats – Tennessee’s a rotten-to-the-core 1-9-1 vig-wise in its last 11 head-to-head meetings with Indianapolis. Take note the Colts enter this prime-timer at just 4-7-1 against the odds in their last dozen AFC South games.
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Talk about how the mighty will fall!
Geez, this past weekend was a major doozy when you considered #2 Clemson (a 23.5-point favorite at Syracuse) and #8 Washington State (a 16.5-point fav at Cal) both lost to kick off weekend action and then the major upsets continued Saturday as the likes of Top 10 teams Auburn and Washington also tumbled badly.
And this just in:
High-profile teams such as Michigan, Oklahoma, Miami, USC and even #1 Alabama all failed to cash (okay, Michigan earned a “push” in an OT win against Indiana) and so things have all-of-a-sudden gotten topsy-turvy.
So, what it means straight ahead is that the likes of #2 Penn State and #4 TCU “control their own destiny” – if both the Nittany Lions and Horned Frogs “run the table” then they will be part of the four-team playoff mix at year’s end but one other “winner” on Saturday because of those many upsets was none other than #13 Notre Dame (5-1). True, the Fighting Irish face a brutal sked including this Saturday’s home game against USC but we could see ND climbing into the top five or six teams in the land if it sweeps this upcoming three-game homestand (USC’s followed in by N.C. State and Wake Forest) … how about a Final Four pitting Alabama vs. Notre Dame and Penn State versus TCU? Juicy!