Gambling recap

Week 7 off to a hot start: Unlike the Atlanta offense

Zeke Elliot and the Cowboys had a big day. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Week 7 went somewhat back to normality as the favorites finally decided to show up.

My Play action or pass went 4-1-1 in week 7:

Buffalo-3 PUSH

Denver-1 LOSS

Cowboys Team Total Over 26.5 WIN

Seahawks/ Giants under 40.5 WIN

Rams-3 WIN

Teaser of the week(1-0): Tennesee-1 /Seattle Pick WIN

Pass: Packers+4.5

We felt, this was an overreaction but decided to pass because of so much unknown on both sides of the ball for the Packers.

Week 7 from the cashier's window:

Most bet teams

80% Titans

77% Panthers

73% Cowboys

72% Jags

72% Saints

Favorites went 9-4-2 ATS

In a week which broke the trend of 2017, the favorites dominated going 12-3 straight up.

Biggest Favorite to cover: Cowboys -6.5

In a game, that many touts predicted the 49ers to keep it close in, the Cowboys had something else to say about it. This game turned quickly, from a 49ers first-quarter punt return fumble, setting up Ezekiel Elliott for his first score of the day. Dallas never looked back as Elliott ran for 147 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns and also caught a screen pass that broke for a 72-yard breathtaking score. Dak Prescott also had a great day, tallying four scores while getting Dez Bryant and Jason Witten involved. Coming off a bye, this was a much-needed win for a Dallas team that plays Washington, Kansas City, Atlanta and the Eagles in its next four games.

Honorable mention: Eagles -5.5

Carson Wentz continues to shine and show growth. Can he be one of the next guys to be the face of the NFL?

Biggest Underdogs to Win Outright Bears-Raiders: +3 (+130)

"Money" Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears strike again or did he? In a game where he went 4-7 with 107 yards, can we credit him for this upset? Let's talk about 4th round Alabama Rookie Eddie Jackson and a story about not "giving up." A year to the day October 22, 2016, Jackson broke his leg, in what would be his last game with the Crimson Tide. One year later, on the anniversary of that tragic injury, he scored two 75 plus yard touchdowns, to become the first NFL defensive player to do so. Never give up!

The Raiders (+3), stunned the Chiefs in the closing moments of the Thursday night thriller to knock the Chiefs to 5-2 giving them their second loss in a row. Just a few weeks ago, the public was raving about how Kansas City was in a league of their own? Are they hands down still the best team now? The loss of Eric Berry cannot be discounted, as Marcus Peters getting torched has become a weekly trend leaving the secondary in doubt. Big test this week for the Chiefs as they receive the struggling Broncos, in a Monday night AFC West showdown.


The Over/ Under was 7-8 in Week 7. The lowest total on the board and perhaps the worse bad beat coming in the Baltimore game where the Ravens scored a meaningless touchdown as time expired to push the total over 37.5. (24-16.)

The "Over" is now 13-10 in primetime games with a winning percentage of 56.6%. An outstanding number for bettors,  chasers and action junkies going into those primetime games. This figure surpasses the mark for 2016 (52%) and 2015 (41.7%.)


Just how significant is the dropoff from the spectacular offense last year to the 2017 Falcons? In 2016, the Falcons had a point differential of +136, this year's Atlanta team -4. So, who does the dramatic decline fall on? Other than last year, Matt Ryan is the same player he has been throughout his career with an 89.3 passer rating, averaging 7.8 yards per pass. Going up vs. a defense that had allowed 300 plus passing yards to every quarterback they faced this year, Ryan turned in a less than stellar performance going  23-33 for 233 yards and a touchdown. A late-game score that should be credited as half an interception, if it wasn't for Julio Jones being a grown man and snatching it away from the Patriot defensive back. This ugly performance came vs. a team’s defense that allowed 23 first downs and 408 yards to the New York Jets. The Atlanta offense has fallen off in pretty much every offensive category since the change at OC from Kyle Shanahan to Steve Sarkisian. The Falcons were in the red zone on four occasions and came out with 0 points. They have only managed to score 7 points in the last six quarters.

Points Per Game .   2016   33.8

                                   2017   21.3


Yards Per Game     2016   416

                                   2017   378


Yards Per Play         2016   6.7

                                    2017   6.2

Was last year a fluke for a team that was 18-30 the three previous seasons?

Is international travel a factor?

Yes, we know both teams have to deal with it, but the question is how? This week’s edition of overseas NFL brought us the Cardinals vs. the Rams. The way these two arrived was utterly different. The Cardinals, a team who hadn't played overseas since 2005, chose to travel early. Veteran running back Adrian Peterson, advised the group that they should leave early, as it was his second time making the trip overseas in 3 weeks and he believed that was the factor a few weeks back when his team beat a tired Miami squad that arrived late, 20-0. On the other hand, a group that hadn't traveled since 2005 and with some players on the rosters first trip ever to London, you have to think that some site seeing and a few other things non-football would cross the mind on this so-called business trip. The Rams instead opted to stay in Jacksonville at their temporary headquarters after beating the Jaguars. The team relaxed for a week on a five-star resort featuring a golf course and shorefront rooms that overlooked Ponte Vedra Beach. The Rams flew out later in the week and are quoted saying, "This was the blueprint on how the travel week should be done, it gave us a chance to bond without returning home." The result: a dismantling of the Cardinals 33-0.  

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Nick Caserio's history of drafting injury prone players has become a problem. Composite Getty Image.

Nick Caserio was hired to serve as the general manager (GM) of the Texans on January 7, 2021. Some saw it as another nod to the organization's obsession with the Patriots. Others saw it as the team finally getting their guy after pursuing him previously. They were even hit with a tampering charge while trying to talk to him about the job. Since he's been on the job, there have been highs and lows.

Recently, the news about Kenyon Green and Derek Stingley Jr put a stain on his tenure. Green was placed on season-ending injured reserve (IR) and Stingley Jr is expected to be placed on IR, likely missing six to eight weeks, per Aaron Wilson. Both guys were Caserio's 2022 first rounders. Both guys are starting to look like busts and have fans a little more than just upset.

Green's case was curious because he was said to have needed surgery before he tore his labrum during the Saints preseason game. He had knee surgery this past offseason. There were knee injury concerns when he was coming out of A&M. Adding to his injuries, Green has played poorly. To make matters worse, the Chargers drafted fellow guard Zion Johnson two picks later. Johnson played all 17 games last season as a rookie at right guard and has moved to left guard this season. The pick used to draft Green was part of a trade back with the Eagles. They used the 13th overall pick to take Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis, a guy at a position this team could desperately use.

Stingley Jr was a highly touted recruit coming into LSU as a freshman. He played as well as any corner in the country that year. Oh, and they won a national title with arguably one of the best teams in college football history. His net two years in Baton Rouge were marred with injuries. Some believed his junior year was more him holding back to stay healthy for the draft. It worked because he was taken third overall, one spot ahead of Sauce Gardner. Gardner went on to be an All Pro as a rookie. While he's surrounded by more talent on the Jets' defense, people will forever link them because Stingley Jr hasn't lived up to expectations. He missed six games last season and is set to miss at least that many this season. When he has played, he's looked okay. “Okay” isn't what you want from a guy drafted third overall ahead of the other guy who was widely considered better than him.

For the 2021 draft, Caserio was handcuffed. He had no first or second rounders, and made a few trades that lessened his draft pool from eight to five picks. Of the five guys drafted that year, only Nico Collins seems to be a player. The 2022 draft was more productive. Although Green and Stingley Jr were the headliners and haven't played up to the hype, the others are carrying the load. Jalen Pitre and Dameon PIerce alone make that draft class dope. This past draft was seen as the one to save the franchise so to speak. Getting C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson Jr got the team a franchise quarterback and edge rusher with picks two and three overall. The price paid to move back up to three was hefty and puts more scrutiny on Anderson Jr. They appear, so far, to have also found a couple other nice players. Tank Dell being the hidden gem of this class.

While people can't, and shouldn't, base Caserio's performance strictly off of the guys he's drafted, one must call it into question. The '21 draft was a wash. The '22 draft looks suspect, but has some redeeming qualities. The '23 draft will most likely be his saving grace. But should it? Former Texans GM Rick Smith nailed almost every first rounder he drafted. Even he was almost run out of town because folks didn't like what he did. Why should Caserio be any different? So what if he cleaned up the mess by the previous regime! That's what he was hired to do!

“Keep that same energy!” That phrase is used when people try to hold others to different standards. Where's that energy everyone had for Bill O'Brien, Jack Easterby, Rick Smith, Gary Kubiak, David Culley, and Lovie Smith? When others weren't performing well, their heads were called for. I see some people holding Caserio accountable. For the most part, it appears as if he's getting a bit of a pass. I'll be interested to see if this continues should the team has another subpar season. If that pick they traded to the Cardinals is another top 10 pick and the Browns pick the Texans own isn't...if Green can't come back and/or Stingley Jr doesn't show any signs of being a lockdown corner...then what? Let's hope none of this comes to fruition. If it does, we'll have to revisit this conversation.

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