The 2010 NFL betting campaign wrapped up Week 7 on Monday night. Here at Bang the Book, we've got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 7 betting action!
Bad, Bad Cleveland Browns, Baddest Dogs in the Whole Damn Town: The NFL betting season has its biggest upset to date. The Cleveland Browns, 12 point underdogs, took care of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday afternoon 30-17 in a game that was quite frankly never that close. The star of the show wasn't anyone on the offense though, as it was DE David Bowens that really made a name for himself. Bowens intercepted a pair of QB Drew Brees passes and returned them both for touchdowns on the day. Cleveland isn't going anywhere any time soon, but perhaps if it could play 16 games in the Bayou, it would be fine. The Browns won their first game in franchise history here at the Superdome, and since that point, they are 3-0 SU and ATS there, making them the only team of the other 30 in the NFL that have never lost a game there.
Silver and Black Blowout: We hope that Josh McDaniels has his resume in order. His Denver Broncos were absolutely demolished from start to finish on Sunday afternoon at home against the Oakland Raiders. The 59-14 final score easily marked the highest scoring game of the season by any team (59), the biggest margin of victory (45), and the biggest cover against the NFL odds (52) of the season. Odds have it, none of those numbers are going to be topped by season's end. It also set a record for the most points ever scored in Raiders history. Oakland moved into second place in the AFC West by itself in the victory.
Decking the Hall in October: Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is going to be having nightmares over this one for a long time. One week after completing less than 40 percent of his passes, Cutler came out and tossed four picks against the Washington Redskins, all four of which went to DB DeAngelo Hall. Hall became just the 19th man in NFL history to intercept four passes in a game, with the most recent being Deltha O'Neal in 2001 for the Denver Broncos. The Redskins went on to win the game 17-14 and helped push the Bears back into a tie for first place in the NFC North.
Scoring Explosion Continues in NFL's Highest Scoring Weekend: This now makes five straight weeks in NFL betting action in which there were more 'overs' than 'unders', but this week was particularly notable for a number of reasons. There were nine 'over' contests against just four 'unders' for the entire weekend, and the highest scoring game of the year was reset a few times over the course of the week. The first game to set the scoring record for one game in this season was the clash between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons, which featured 71 combined points. Just a matter of about a half hour later, the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills combined for the same score. In the 4:15 ET start times, the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos combined for 73 points to set the new high mark for the year, and the week wrapped up with the 76 combined points between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. If you teased every single 'over' this week, you went a perfect 13-0. The average score for the weekend reached a whopping 53.4 points per game, while the median score was 52. The oddsmakers have responded this week by lining all but two games in the 40s for Week 8. There is only one team in the AFC now, the Baltimore Ravens that has more 'under' games played than 'over' games.
Playoff Powers in Big Trouble: As if the Dallas Cowboys needed anything else to worry about... The men with stars on their helmets were not only knocked to just 1-5 on the season this week, but they lost QB Tony Romo for at least the next month and a half, if not for the rest of the season as well with a broken clavicle. Week 7 was also atrocious for the San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers, who were dropped to 2-5 and 1-6 respectively on the season, and both sit in dead last in their divisions. All three of these teams are in a boatload of trouble right now, and the NFL odds have it that none of the three will be taking part in the postseason this year.
And Then There Was One: Two weeks ago, it was the San Francisco 49ers that popped their cherry and got into the win column for the first time this year. Last week, those same Niners were the subject of a horrifying defeat to the Carolina Panthers that put them off to mark this year as well. Now, only the Buffalo Bills remain without a 'W' on the season, though they fought tooth and nail against one of the top teams in the league, the Baltimore Ravens on the road.
Top Passers: Seven men topped the 300+ yard passing mark over the weekend, and the top four were all losers. We have to tip our cap to Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick, though. The Bills clearly made the right choice by making Fitzpatrick the starter and getting rid of Trent Edwards, especially after a game like he had on Sunday! The Ivy Leaguer went 29-of-43 for 374 yards with four scores against two picks versus one of the most feared defenses in the NFL. Other 300+ yard passers on the weekend include Cincinnati's Carson Palmer (412), New Orleans' Drew Brees (356), San Diego's Philip Rivers (336), Carolina's Matt Moore (308), New York's Eli Manning (306), and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger (302).
Running All Over the Competition: It should come as no surprise that the man that had the most rushing yards on the weekend was Oakland's Darren McFadden. "Run DMC" didn't have to do much on Sunday, as his Raiders absolutely rolled, but he was able to blow through the Denver 'D' for 165 yards and three TDs on just 16 carries. Other 100+ yard rushers this week include Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (131), New York's Ahmad Bradshaw (126), Kansas City's Thomas Jones (125), Washington's Ryan Torain (125), Atlanta's Michael Turner (121), St. Louis' Steven Jackson (110), and San Francisco's Frank Gore (102).
Receiving the Top Prizes: It should come as no shock that there are a dozen receivers that had at least 100 yards on the day in receiving with all of the points hitting the board. Atlanta's Roddy White had the most receptions on the day with 11, and there was no shame in his 201 yards and two scores either. However, the afternoon on Sunday belonged to Kenny Britt. The man from Rutgers had a breakout day for the Titans, as he caught seven balls for a career high 225 yards and three TDs. The ten other men that had at least 100 receiving yards includes Buffalo's Steve Johnson (158), Pittsburgh's Hines Ward (131), Cincinnati's Jordan Shipley (131), Carolina's David Gettis (125), New Orleans' Marques Colston (112), Cincinnati's Chad Ochocinco (108), New York's Hakeem Nicks (108), Green Bay's James Jones (107), Buffalo's Lee Evans (105), and New York's Steve Smith (101).