Another superb football campaign has passed us by and we're already counting down the days until OTA's start up in late April. Until then, check out where the money was this past season.
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Indianapolis Colts (11-5 SU, 11-5 ATS)
Widely expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this past season, even with rookie sensation Andrew Luck at the helm, the Colts blew all expectations out of the water.
Luck threw for 4374 yards and 23 TDs and made countless big plays throughout the year, leading the Colts to an unlikely playoff berth. Impressive performances included victories over Green Bay (30-27), Houston (28-16) and Minnesota (23-20), while Indianapolis closed things out by going 9-2 ATS over their last 11 regular season matchups.
Seattle Seahawks (11-5 SU, 11-5 ATS)
Though much of the hype surrounded Luck and Robert Griffin III, we need not forget just how good Russell Wilson was throughout the season. He outright won the job during training camp and never looked back.
With Wilson as the catalyst, Seattle notched statement wins over the likes of San Francisco, New England, Green Bay and Chicago in the regular season and then went on to reach the divisional round, where they lost to Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in one of the more entertaining playoff clashes.
Washington Redskins (10-6 SU, 11-5 ATS)
Yes sir, another team led by a rookie QB. The Redskins got even more than they could have bargained for with Griffin III, whose play earned him the AP Rookie of the Year award.
Most of the magic came in the second half of the season, especially after Washington's BYE in Week 9. The Redskins went into their week off with underwhelming 3-6 SU and 4-5 ATS records, but then reeled off seven straight wins, both straight up and against the spread, to finish off the regular season. The future's certainly bright for RGIII and Washington.
St. Louis Rams (7-8-1 SU, 11-5 ATS)
We were impressed by the job Jeff Fisher did with this crew in his first season in charge. The Rams proved to be a tough out week in and week out and even managed victories over the likes of San Francisco and Seattle.
The key to St. Louis' ATS success this season? They were fantastic on the road, as they covered in seven of eight contests outside of Edward Jones Dome. The highlight was holding the 49ers to a tie in Week 10.
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Philadelphia Eagles (4-12 SU, 3-12-1 ATS)
Yikes. It's hard to find anything positive to say about the Eagles' season. The only good thing to come out of it was the hiring of Chip Kelly.
Kansas City Chiefs (2-14 SU, 5-11 ATS)
The Chiefs continue to stink up the joint year after year and it came as no surprise that changes were made at both head coach and GM. Can Andy Reid do any better?
Oakland Raiders (4-12 SU, 5-11 ATS)
Another season to forget for the Raiders, who closed out the season losing eight of their last nine. During that span they went 2-7 ATS.
Detroit Lions (4-12 SU, 6-10 ATS)
Some thought Detroit could make some legitimate noise this season and things weren't looking too terrible when they were 4-4 SU. The Lions then proceeded to lose all eight of their remaining games.