Attached is the 2011 Handy Dandy Bettors Guide to the NFL games for the VEGAS BABY weekend (assuming they play). Some interesting matchups as always.
In the NFL last year - 1) who had the worst record against the spread and 2) who had the best record ATS? - Answer below.
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Calvin showed his potential early in his career. Look at this video of a catch his freshman year. Wow.
CJ as a frosh
Makes you ready for some footbaaaall!
Buffalo HC Chan Gailey returns to Dallas where he was HC from 1998-9. Fired there after 2 mediocre years he landed for a time as HC at Georgia Tech - where he was medicore to OK as well. Dallas showed marked improvement last year after firing former HC Wade Phillips. Bum's boy started out the year 1-7 before getting the
axe. Replacement HC Jason Garrett then went 5-3 over the back half of the year.
New Orleans squares off against Atlanta which should be an important game in determining the NFC South. Atlanta bet the farm - deciding they are a WR away from the Super Bowl - mortgaging their future to get Julio Jones (Alabama). Last I saw the Falcon's WRs were not on the field when Green Bay was hanging 48 cheddars on them in the playoffs.
The Jets host the Pats in what has become a very heated rivalry again. Motormouth Rex Ryan is always good for a few good quotes before the game.
Pat's Time Zone Angle may come into play as Arizona gets an early wake up call - traveling 2 time zones east to play Philly in a 1:00 game.
Most of the matchups have been fairly even against the spread over the last 6 years. Two matchups have shown a decided trend however.
Pittsburgh is 8-4 ATS against the Bungles since 2005. Cincy may be led by a rookie QB (Andy Dalton - TCU) if Carson Palmer bolts. Dalton maybe throwing to another rookie at WR (AJ Green - Georgia). If your two of your best offensive weapons are rookies - I like Pittsburgh's defense to continue the winning trend.
Also, The Giants are 3-0 ATS versus the Niners. San Francisco could also be headed towards QB troubles. Alex Smith has been a bust so far. But do you throw 2nd round draft choice Colin Kaepernick (Nevada) to the wolves against a revitalized Giants defense? New SF HC Jim Harbaugh may wish he stayed at Stanford for another year (and no - he as never going to Michigan).
When you're bad - you're bad. Carolina not only had the worst record last year winning the rights to draft Cam Newton (big mistake but I'm supposed to be for all things Auburn now - so I just smile) but they also had the worst record ATS - going 4-12. No matter how many points the Panthers got they couldn't play with the rest of the league. Arizona was close behind going 4-11-1.
Before I announce the who had the best record, however, I want to make sure you are sitting down....OK good. Now grab the desk or table in front of you....ready? OK
- here it is.....
It was the Detroit Lions! That's right - The Lions were an amazing 12-4 against the spread in 2010. After years of total ineptitude, Detroit was spotted plenty of points last year and made the best of it. But, by winning their last 4 games and with the draftniks crowing about the Lions draft (I liked it too) the Lions will have to win their games the old fashioned way - on the field and straight up. No more points for you Lion fans.
Next month I will send out the NCAA games for the VEGAS BABY weekend. Some good matchups there too.
Remember - the fun starts November 11 (that's 11/11/11) at the Las Vegas Hilton.