November 12, 2013 Travis Reason

NFL News

NFL Betting: Week 10 Recap and Wagering News

If you thought Week 10 had some less-than-stellar matchups and decided to pass, then you were reminded why not to miss a week of NFL action. Did you catch the Cincinnati Bengals game-tying Hail Mary catch by AJ Green? You didn’t miss St. Louis Rams receiver Tavon Austin becoming just the third player in history to score three touchdowns of 50+ yards or more in a game, did you? And you surely didn’t miss the Jacksonville Jaguars notching their first win of the season, right? What a wild Sunday.

Here’s our recap of Week 10:

Road Teams Ruled Sunday

When we’re examining the NFL point spread, we’re often wondering how big of a factor home-field advantage will be. Well, on the Sunday of Week 10, it wasn’t much of one. Road teams finished 7-4 on the day and three of the four teams who did triumph at home won by four or less. That means road teams were 9-2 against the spread entering Sunday Night Football.

There were a number of surprising results starting with the Jacksonville Jaguars winning outright as a 13-point road underdog. Not only did they earn their first win of the season, they led from wire-to-wire. The same was the case for the St. Louis Rams, who never trailed the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts, who are still the only team to beat the Denver Broncos, were throttled by the Kellen Clemens-led Rams by a count of 38-8. The Titans and Colts were the two biggest favorites of the week and not only did they fail to cover, they lost outright and washed away teasers and moneyline parlays with them. As for the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants, the two next biggest favorites, they also failed to cover. The Giants were lucky to escape with a straight-up win over the Oakland Raiders (despite turning it over four times) while the 49ers lost outright at home to the Carolina Panthers. However, teasers likely helped you quite a bit with San Francisco and New York.

Without question, it was a tough week handicapping the lines. There isn’t much that can be done when all of the biggest favorites of the week choke and the typically-reliable home-field advantage disappears.

Totals Betting: Unders Make a Comeback

After several weeks where the overs kept cashing on the NFL lines, the unders finally were profitable this week. They went 7-4 entering the Sunday nighter. People who give out NFL betting tips expect this trend to continue as the weather cools off and snow starts to factor.

Significant Injuries to Note

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

It looks like the Bears rushed Cutler back a little too soon. He came back on Sunday and played valiantly against the Detroit Lions but on the last drive of the game, NFL online betting handicappers saw Cutler sidelined with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Combined with his previous groin injury, there’s potential he’s out next week.

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

Not counting Sunday, the Titans were 4-2 with Jake Locker as their starter and 0-2 without him. Well, it looks like they’ll have to survive the season without him as he left Sunday’s game with what’s being called a serious foot injury. If he’s in fact done for the year, the Titans will face an uphill battle to make the playoffs.

Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers saw star tight end Vernon Davis suffer a concussion in the second quarter on Sunday and the loss was obvious. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was held to just 91 passing yard and those who bet on the NFL know that he’s an integral part of this passing game. Keep an eye on Davis’ status.

Stinging NFL Point Spread Loss of the Week…

Chicago Bears. The Bears closed at +1 on the NFL betting odds at Bovada and ended up losing 21-19. That hurts. What’s worse is that the Bears failed on two tries for a two-point conversion with less than a minute remaining, which would have allowed them to tie the game and push it to overtime. Instead, those who took the Bears with just one point on the NFL odds were burned.