The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints remained undefeated after victories this past Sunday.
The Colts were absolutely terrific when ending the Tennessee Titans’ 5 game winning streak. Tennessee had been almost perfect during the winning streak and many NFL betting fans believed that they were the team to hand the Colts their first loss of the season, but the Colts, led by Peyton Manning, of course, took an early lead and never looked back.
Indy held the terrific Chris Johnson to only 113 yards on the ground. They also kept him from getting into the end zone. Vince Young had an okay game with 241 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and only a single interception, but that wasn’t enough to counter Peyton’s 270 yards and 1 touchdown and 2 TD runs by Joseph Addai. The Colts easily covered the 6 point spread in the NFL sportsbook by beating the Titans 27 to 17.
The same can’t be said for the New Orleans Saints who needed Washington kicker Scott Suishman to miss a 23 yard field goal with only 1:52 to play that would have given the Redskins a 10 point lead, and a Drew Brees pass to Robert Meachem to tie the game with 1:19 left, just to put the game into overtime.
Once they got into overtime was there any doubt that the Saints would win? The Redskins’ Mike Seller’s fumbled the ball after a hit by Chris McAlister and the Saints got the ball at Washington’s 37. From then on, it was only a matter of time.
Saints’ kicker Garrett Hartley kicked the winning 18 yard field goal at 8:31 in the fourth quarter and the Saints had escaped a loss to the Washington Redskins in miraculous fashion. Of course, New Orleans didn’t come close to covering the 9 ½ point spread which makes them 1 and 4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Dallas Blows a Chance to End the Giants’ Season
How could the Dallas Cowboys lose to the Giants for the second time this season? By being the Cowboys, of course.
If it’s December, then the Cowboys will lose. Under Coach Wade Phillips, the ‘Boys have gone 3 and 6 in December in the past three seasons and haven’t won a playoff game. The loss to the Giants this past Sunday was particularly disturbing because now the Cowboys are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East Division and only a game ahead of the Giants.
Things are once again looking down for the ‘Boys who after a terrific 4 game winning streak have now gone 2 and 2 straight-up and 1 and 3 against the spread in their last 4 games.
Things could get worse for the ‘Boys too as they face San Diego, New Orleans, Washington, who lost 7 to 6 in Dallas in Week 11, and Philadelphia. That’s four very, very tough games for the ‘Boys.
For the Giants, the 31 to 24 victory was a long time coming. The G-Men easily eclipsed the 1 point betting spread with the win and, hopefully, will use the win as a stepping stone to the playoffs.
Time to Panic in Pittsburgh and New England
It’s time to panic in the pre-season’s two favorites in the AFC to win the 2010 Super Bowl.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, with Ben Roethlisberger coming off of a concussion, lost to the hapless Oakland Raiders 27 to 24 as 14 ½ point favorites. It was the 4th straight loss for the Steelers who have also given it up against the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. The losses to the Bengals and Ravens can be excused. Kansas City and Oakland? Not so much.
Now, the Steelers are in danger of missing the playoffs because they have yet to play the hot Green Bay Packers, Baltimore again, and the pesky Miami Dolphins.
For the New England Patriots, it might be time to return to the drawing board. The Patriots are 7 and 5 and only a game ahead of Miami and the New York Jets in the AFC East Division. Losing to Miami 22 to 21 as 4 ½ point road favorites is close to unforgivable and a sign that the Patriots just aren’t ready to take on the Colts, or the Bengals for that matter, in the race to the Super Bowl.
After all, the Pats haven’t won a single game on the road this season and have two road games left against the Buffalo Bills, who almost beat them in Week 1, and the struggling Houston Texans.
The Patriots could make the playoffs, no doubt, but the lack of a road victory has to worry Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady.