Cowboys-Saints Could Be an Explosive “Fab Five” Pro Football Betting Match up in the NFL in Week 4
By Charles Jay
It’s Week 4 in the Pro Football Betting Season and we have already seen our share of upsets against the spread. Here’s a look at five interesting betting match ups for the upcoming week in the NFL:
New Orleans Saints are laying 3 at Dallas Cowboys
The New Orleans Saints have now chalked up a win on the board, but it was definitely not easy. Now they have to expand on any momentum that may have created as they visit AT&T Stadium to take on the Dallas Cowboys in the Sunday night game that is televised on NBC (8:30 PM ET). In the latest pro football betting odds as they have been posted at VietBet, the Saints are a three-point road favorite (at -120).
The Saints got a point spread cover last Sunday, but they weren’t necessarily that impressive. They had a Minnesota Vikings team that was missing Adrian Peterson, and on top of that they lost Matt Cassel rather early in the game, having to go with rookie Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. The normally high-powered Saints had been 16-0-1 against the spread in their previous 17 games at the Superdome with Sean Payton on the sidelines and Drew Brees at quarterback, and there were a lot of blowouts along the way, but it didn’t happen here, although as we mentioned, the 20-9 final covered against the pro football betting odds.
The Cowboys are a team that should be inspired, because they came back from a 21-0 deficit to beat the St. Louis Rams. Of course, they were able to do that against a team using a rookie quarterback, and they will be encountering someone much more formidable in Brees.
Green Bay Packers are 1.5 point favorites at Chicago Bears
The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears meet up at Soldier Field, in a game that begins at 1 PM ET. And those people who saw last Monday night’s game, as the Bears beat the New York Jets know that this is a defense that is all banged up. In last year’s two meetings, Green Bay rushed for 359 yards. Interestingly enough, Chicago’s patchwork defensive line showed some signs of progress against the Jets, who we know love to run the ball. And Eddie Lacy has been dealing with the after-effects of a concussion for Green Bay. We must admit to being surprised by the Packers’ lack of energy in a revenge situation at Detroit last week, where Aaron Rogers and his mates had just 223 yards of offense and seven points. But the Packers are favored by a point and a half in the latest pro football betting odds at VietBet.
Philadelphia Eagles are getting 4.5 points at San Francisco 49ers
We encounter a very interesting match up in the Bay Area at 4:25 PM ET, as the San Francisco 49ers, who have scored a combined total of three points in the second half, meet up with the Philadelphia Eagles, who have come back from double-digit deficits in all three games this season. We already knew that San Francisco was a team that had a different defense than it had in the past, because of player departures in the secondary, as well as an injury to Novorro Bowman and a suspension to Aldon Smith. There is all of that to worry about, plus the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense, so obviously the objective of San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is to establish the running attack and keep the Philly offense off the field is much as possible. The Niners, playing their second game at the brand-new Levi’s Stadium, are 4.5-point favorites in the latest pro football betting line at VietBet.
Carolina Panthers are getting 3 at Baltimore Ravens
We know that the game between the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens, which begins at 1 PM ET at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore has the potential to be a very good matchup, although it may not be that pretty. Both of these teams have shown a tendency to be inconsistent on offense, and some football bettors believe that Carolina’s weaknesses may have been exposed by Pittsburgh in last Sunday night’s game, where they were thoroughly dominated in the second half. Remember that Steve Smith is not a part of the Panthers’ receiving corps anymore; he is now making big plays for the Ravens, who also got great work in the backfield from Lorenzo Taliaferro last week, as the rookie rushed for 91 yards. The sting of the Ray Rice incident may be fading by now, as Baltimore has won its last two games, including a rather dramatic comeback this past Sunday against Cleveland. The Ravens are three-point favorite at VietBet, carrying a price of -130.
Miami Dolphins are laying 3.5 at Oakland Raiders (in London)
The game between the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders may not be a “fabulous” matchup by anyone’s standard, but it is worth noting for couple of reasons. One is that it will be played at Wembley Stadium in London, bringing into question the respective travel difficulties of either team, and also, there happens to be some controversy swirling around the Dolphins these days. Players were “irate” at the defensive game plan that was put together for last week’s 34-15 loss to Kansas City, and made sure a lot of people knew about it. Now, Ryan Tannehill is apparently miffed that coach Joe Philbin won’t reaffirm that he is going to be the starting quarterback for this game. When the nitpicking starts, that’s when you know there are internal problems. The Dolphins are fundamentally a better team, and keep in mind that Oakland is starting rookie quarterback Derek Carr, and Miami is currently a 3.5-point favorite in the pro football betting odds.
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