Sportsbetting3’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback
Week Eight of the NFL was highlighted by two improbable comebacks, one orchestrated by Eli Manning, the other by Joe Flacco and the Ravens. The 49ers are 7-1 playing (8-0 ATS) solid defense and not allowing Alex Smith to beat them. San Francisco can clinch their division by Thanksgiving and looks like the could finish 13-3 in Jom Harbaugh’s first year as coach. The Packers are 8-0 and half way home to a perfect season. In just eight games, Aaron Rodgers has a veritable stranglehold on the MVP. He’s thrown 23 TDs vs just 4 Ints, four of those scores coming in a 45-38 win over the Chargers. In the Suck for Luck Sweepstakes, Miami notched their first win with a 31-3 over the Chiefs. The Colts continued their march to O-FER by getting throttled by the Falcons 31-7.
A couple of nuggets from my buddy the Armadillo before we get to individual games. The San Francisco 49ers are +12 in the turnover wars and have has a least two takeaways in every game but their win over Detroit. The Redskins are 0-5 since their bye, getting outscored 55-12 in the first half. The Pats have eight turnovers in their last two home games, six in their other games combined. Albert Haynesworth was cut by New England after 132 plays and just six tackles. The Under is 12-6 in NFC divisional games.
Giants 24 Pats 20
In a game eerily simialar to Super Bowl 42, Eli Manning led the Giants on an 80 yard scoring drive in 1:21 capping the drive off with a one-yard pass to Jake Ballard for the score with 15 seconds left. It’s becoming more and more apparent that New England’s defense is not up to a Super Bowl run and you have to question at this point as to whether the Pats will make the playoffs. Think Tom Coughlin can’t coach ??? Just take a look at the Giants injury report. The G-Men had no right going up to Boston and coming away with a win. They did.
Ravens 23 Steelers 20
In the day’s second improbable final minute comeback, Joe Flacco drove the Ravens 92 yards in 2:16 and no time outs to complete a season sweep of the Pittsburg Steelers. Flacco hit an inexplicably wide open Torry Smith with a 26-yard pass with just 8-seconds left for the win. You have to wonder about both teams down the line, Baltimore for their inconsistencey, the Steelers for not being able being able to close out a division rival in a must win division game. This was a tough beat if you had the Steerlers or the Under. Baltimore converted 14 of 21 3rd-downs.
Bears 30 Eagles 24
The Eagles looked good coming out of the bye and blowing out the Dallas Cowboys. Now, after Monday night’s loss to the Bears, Philadelphia has been effectively eliminated from the playoffs. The Bears were the right side of this game all day long. Chicago dominated the first half by running the ball with Matt Forte (24-133) and Jay Cutler’s excellent game management. The Eagles has 4Q leads in four of their five losses.
Packers 45 Chargers 38
In what was though of as a possible Super Bowl preview, Aaron Rodgers won his personal battle with Philip Rivers as the Packer remained unbeaten. Rivers threw two key first-quarter pick sixes to put the Chargers in a hole from which they were unable to recover. Rodgers was 21-24 for 247 yards and four scores. He didn’t turn the ball over and now has 23 TD passes vs 4 picks at the halfway mark. At this point, the two biggest obstacles to a perfect Packer season is their Thanksgiving matchup with the Lions in Detroit and an away game with the Giants at the Meadowlands.