The 2010 NFL preseason betting campaign wrapped up its second week of play on Monday night.
The recap for several teams isn’t a pretty one, as is usually the case for the opening games of the year. But here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from around the NFL.
A total of 10 road teams cashed in winning tickets for NFL betting fans with outright "W"s in Week Two of the NFL preseason. All but one of them, the Pittsburgh Steelers, were underdogs as well. Road teams actually outscored home teams this week by a combined final score of 315-304, which is a rarity, especially in the preseason, where home teams usually rule the day.
The biggest outright upset came from the second biggest underdogs on the board, the St. Louis Rams, who beat the Cleveland Browns 19-17 in spite of the fact that they were four-point underdogs.
The largest margin of victory for the week also came from a road team, as the Baltimore Ravens won 23-3 at FedEx Field over the Washington Redskins and beat the NFL odds by a hefty 23 points, also the biggest margin of victory on the week.
All "Over" the "Over"
A week after the oddsmakers ended up posting 11 victories for "over" bettors, the "totals" adjusted quite a bit in the upward direction. The lowest posted "total" for the week jumped from 31.5 in Week One to 33.5 in Week Two, while the average "total" jumped up over 37 for the week.
That didn’t keep the games from lowering in average actual final scores, though. The average score reached 38.7 points per game in Week Two of the preseason, numbers which are on par for the regular season, while the median was 37.
The lowest-scoring game of the week came in the duel between the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers. Neither team successfully found the end zone in a rain-plagued duel, which resulted in the lowest-scoring game of the preseason.
The highest-scoring game of the week came when the New Orleans Saints beat the Houston Texans 38-20. That game also had the highest posted "total" by the oddsmakers at 41. It also marked one of the four games in which at least 50 points were scored, which is a huge anomaly generally speaking in the preseason.
Not Your Daddy’s Red River Shootout
Rain marred a number of games this weekend, including that duel between the Rams and Browns already discussed. Two of the top rookie quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft were on display. They were very familiar with each other as well, as Sam Bradford from Oklahoma and Colt McCoy from Texas met for the first time at the pro level.
Bradford struggled in a few possessions, going just 6-of-14 for 24 yards after having an immense amount of pressure in his face from the Browns’ front four the entire game. McCoy did significantly worse, going 0-for-2 on two three-and-out possessions late in the game.
Freeman’s Finger Fouls Up Preseason
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were expecting big things from second-year QB Josh Freeman in their second preseason game, but much to their chagrin, he was knocked out of the game with a fractured finger. The injury will keep Freeman out for the rest of the preseason for certain and might put the beginning of the season in jeopardy as well.
Now, it is up to just Rudy Carpenter and Josh Johnson to figure out who can guide the Bucs’ ship while Freeman is down. Johnson is expected to get the nod this week at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars, though both QBs will likely play a half of ball.
At this time last week, we weren’t so sure whether Brett Favre was coming back to the Minnesota Vikings or not. Now, not only has Favre announced that he is coming back, but he even played on Sunday night as well. Favre didn’t do a heck of a lot, throwing just one pass for 13 yards and getting sacked once on the day.
However, the battle is now heating up for the backup spots in Minnesota, and it seems as though the odd man out might be Sage Rosenfels, who went just 2-for-7 for 11 yards in limited action on Sunday night.
Prime Time Players
Unlike last week, when there were two phenomenal quarterbacking performances, there were no real heroes that emerged in that department in Week Two.
Donovan McNabb was the only 200-yard passer on the day, as he went 11-of-26 for 206 yards with a pick. His backup, Rex Grossman, had a better day, going 14-of-21 for 195 yards with an INT as well. The best quarterback for Week Two, though, might have been New Orleans’ Chase Daniel, who went 15-of-21 for 182 yards with three scores on the day.
Matt Forte might be getting pushed for the starting running back job with the Bears, but he certainly helped his case by ripping off an 89-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Raiders last week. He finished the day with 109 yards on the ground, making him the top rusher of the week. Honorable mentions go to both Buffalo’s Jacob Bell and Green Bay’s Brandon Jackson, both of whom rushed for 80 yards.
A number of receivers ended up with big days in limited action, but the big gainer for the day was Denver’s Jabar Gaffney, who caught six passes for 98 yards. Miami’s Anthony Fasano had just two catches on the day, but he hauled in a pair of TD passes in the Fins 27-26 win at Jacksonville.
Originally posted here by Andrew Ryan of BangTheBook.com
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