NFL Betting - Week 10 Wrap Up

Bengals vs. Giants in week 10

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 7:50 PM GMT

The NFL odds makers got it wrong last week as underdogs not only covered the number in bunches but also proved to be money line winners as well! Let’s discuss this past NFL week.

Dog Day Afternoon

If you decided to include underdogs in your week 10 NFL picks then you, my friend, have impeccable timing. The underdogs not only covered in 11 of 14 contests but nine of them won their games outright! It was a dog day afternoon indeed and the betting trend continued on Monday night when the Cincinnati Bengals, originally installed as 2 ½ point underdogs by the NFL odds makers - though that line plummeted to a pick in many shops at kickoff, technically covered the number when they fell 21-20 to the Giants on the road.

The only favorites that covered the point spread were the Baltimore Ravens in their 28-7 shellacking of the Browns, the Philadelphia Eagles' 24-15 victory over the Falcons, and the Washington Redskins' 26-20 win as 2 ½ point home faves over the Vikings. It was not a good week to be a chalk-eater to be sure and there were three division leaders who felt the sting as well. Though the losses by the NFC North Vikings and the NFC South Falcons hardly constituted upsets as both were small road dogs (and two of three underdogs that did not cover), the same cannot be said of the AFC East perennial champion New England Patriots.

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The Pats held home field advantage as touchdown favorites over their NFC West rivals, the Seattle Seahawks was the most stunning upset of the week. Many of the pundits did not give the Hawks enough credit, coming off a short week and a cross-country trip to visit a top team coming off a bye week. But after New England's opening drive resulting in a touchdown, it was all Seattle until the final drive of the game when the Patriots found themselves in virtually identical circumstances as their Super Bowl opponents from two years ago. The Pats were on the Seattle two-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the game with all four downs in their pockets. In the end, the Seahawks executed a phenomenal goal line stand, reminiscent of the Patriots' defensive masterpiece in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLIX. In the end, the Seahawks won the game 31-24 and not only covered the number but also rewarded those who bet them on the money line as +285 road pups.

Though the fact that Seattle would cover the number was never in doubt at the end, their victory cost all those who included New England in their two and three team teasers a bundle of dough. Bad beats, they happen folks.

Swinger's Top 10 NFL Power Rankings

  1. Dallas Cowboys (8-1 SU, 8-1 ATS)

  2. Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1 SU, 8-1 ATS)

  3. New England Patriots (7-2 SU, 7-2 ATS)

  4. Oakland Raiders (7-2 SU, 6-3 ATS)

  5. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2 SU, 4-5 ATS)

  6. Denver Broncos (7-3 SU, 7-3 ATS)

  7. NY Giants (6-3 SU, 4-3-2 ATS)

  8. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4 SU, 5-4 ATS)

  9. Washington Redskins (5-3-1 SU, 6-3 ATS)

  10. Atlanta Falcons (6-4 SU, 6-4 ATS)