|Written by David Michaels|
Bet on the NFLThe first week of action in the NFL is under wraps. The season started out with some rather close games and a few games that brought some joy to some fans and some that made some fans look forward to the draft already.
Bengals, Ravens Trade Big Passes
The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-16 in a game that had two quick lead changes late in the match. The Ravens' Joe Flacco had an 80-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith with about six minutes left in the game to give his team the lead. The Bengals responded one minute later as Andy Dalton put the Bengals up for good with a 77-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green. The Bengals beat their +2.5 sportsbook odds but were short of the 43.5 total.
Falcons Are Saved Twice
The Atlanta Falcons had to work for it but they beat the New Orleans Saints 37-34 in overtime. The Falcons had -2 odds while the game had a 52 over/under. The Falcons made a comeback in the last two minutes after the Saints' Mark Ingram took a short touchdown run. The Falcons' Matt Bryant had a 51-yard field goal at the end of regulation. The Saints' Marques Colston fumbled a catch in overtime, thus leading to Bryant's 52-yard field goal to get a win.
Jaguars Made a Scare
Although the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-17, the Jaguars did try to pull off an upset. Allen Hurns had two touchdown catches for the Jaguars in the first seven eight minutes of the game. The Jaguars had a 17-0 lead at the half but the Eagles scored 34 unanswered points to preserve the team's -11. They barely missed the point line of 52.5.
Bills Grab An Upset
The Chicago Bears were -6.5 favorites but they ended up losing to the Buffalo Bills in overtime 23-20. The Bears made an attempt to cover to win with a touchdown in overtime but turned it over on downs, thus giving the Bills the ability to win the game through a field goal.
Cardinals Come Back
The Arizona Cardinals were -3.5 favorites against the San Diego Chargers. While the Cardinals only only won 18-17, the Chargers had a real chance to win. The Cardinals had two touchdown passes from Carson Palmer to give the team the win. This came in spite of the team failing on two consecutive two-point conversions.
The Long Rams Season Begins
While many of these games were rather close, there were a few blowouts. None were as big as the St. Louis Rams losing by nearly thirty points to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings won 34-6 in spite of the Rams having -5 odds. The Rams were sacked five times while the Vikings got an 81-yard interception return for a touchdown from Harrison Smith.
Texans Fare Better
The Houston Texans need just one more win in order to match the team's win total from last year. The Texans got a 17-6 win over the Washington Redskins. The Texans had a -2.5 line for the game. This all came in spite of Jadeveon Clowney suffering an injury and leaving the game.
Cowboys Are Picked Often
The Dallas Cowboys had a very difficult time in their game against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers were -3.5 favorites, making them a rarity among teams as one of the few road teams that were favored to win their games. The 48.5 point total was just barely missed but the 49ers got over the spread with a 28-17 win. This came thanks to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo throwing three interceptions. Chris Culliver also had a fumble return for a touchdown within the first minute of the game to give the 49ers the advantage that they needed.
The last big story came from the Seattle Seahawks as they opened the season against the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks appear to have avoided the Super Bowl hangover by beating the Packers 36-16. The team beat the -5 line and went over the 45 point total for the game. This came from the Seahawks continuing to show their defensive prowess. The Packers' Aaron Rodgers was sacked three times. One of those sacks entailed a Packers lineman recovering the fumble but being tackled in the end zone for a safety. This actually come not long after the Seahawks' Byron Maxwell got an interception.
The second week of NFL action will include many other games of interest. These include Pittsburgh-Baltimore on a Thursday night, San Diego-Seattle, San Francisco-Chicago on Sunday night and a Monday night match with Indianapolis and Philadelphia. Check out all of the odds throughou the week by vising our online sportsbook page, and keep up with all of the latest NFL news and game previews.