Week 2 was a bloodbath for the public. Everything that they won in Week 1 they gave back in Week 2. And that’s because absolutely nothing made sense. The St. Louis Rams beat the NFC champions in Week 1 and then lost to the hapless Washington Redskins in Week 2. The San Francisco 49ers looked unstoppable in Week 2 and then got flattened in Pittsburgh in Week 2. The Tennessee Titans looked amazing in Week 1 and the Cleveland Browns looked horrid, yet the opposite proved true in Week 2. Here’s a recap of the bad beats and where the books lost:
Ravens Slipup On West Coast
The Ravens were battling uphill all day in Oakland. Their defense simply didn’t show up and they were trailing the whole day. However, late in the fourth quarter, they had a chance to take control of the game and even cover the NFL odds. Tied 30-30 with just over two minutes to go, quarterback Joe Flacco barely overthrew a wide open Steve Smith Sr. in the end zone and the Ravens ended up settling for a field goal to go ahead 33-30. Even so, people with Ravens moneyline and teasers figured to be in good shape, right? The Raiders aren’t going to engineer a two-minute drill, right? Wrong. Derek Carr drove the Raiders down the field and into the endzone to give Oakland the 37-33 victory. Very disappointing if you had the Ravens in teasers, parlays or your suicide pool.
Saints Kicking Woes
Sure, the Saints failed on many fronts on Sunday but expect kicker Zach Hocker to take some heat. He missed a makeable field goal and an extra point in what proved to be a seven-point loss. Those extra points would have come in handy when the Saints were on the Bucs 27-yard-line at the end of the game.
Giants Blow Another Lead
Ok, so clock management and bad defense was the issue in Week 1 but what’s the excuse in Week 2? The Giants entered the fourth quarter with a 20-10 lead over the Atlanta Falcons. If you had the Giants laying -3, you’re probably feeling pretty good about yourself. And then they allowed two fourth quarter touchdowns, one of which came when Eli Manning fumbled on the Falcons eight-yard-line. It was a pathetic follow up by the Giants as they’ve now blown wins in both weeks.
Books Lost On
To start, it’s worth stating that this was a great day for the books. There were a number of square bets and mostly all of them lost. The public backed the Saint with their NFL picks – especially in teasers – but that was a loss. The Ravens was the same story. The Rams were a popular play as a small road fav too. And don’t forget about the Titans. People piled in on them all week after their Week 1 performance but they were handled by the Cleveland Browns. Here’s a couple of games the books probably lost:
Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears
The public liked the Cardinals in this one a little bit and proved to be right. Chicago was not in this game at all after the second quarter, eventually losing 48-23. The Cardinals continue to be underrated and undervalued but they’re now 23-11 under Bruce Arians.
Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Giants
Another game where the public was right (a little bit) was the Falcons. After everyone saw the New York Giants flop on Sunday Night Football and the Atlanta Falcons succeed on Monday Night Football, it made sense that they had faith in the Dirty Birds plus the points.