Hopefully, those of you who had punts on the weekend just past for the NFL gridiron markets made out well.
Ahead of the first game, the Kansas City Chiefs were only 4.5-point favourites to the Indianapolis Colts. That one was pretty easy and the Chiefs embarrassed the Colts and won by 18 points 31 – 13, covering the spread with room to spare.
Next up, the Los Angeles Rams had no problems dispatching the Dallas Cowboys 30 – 22. The Rams surged early on offense and were able to choke the Cowboys’ offense, but the Cowboys came within a point of being inside the 7-point spread most of the bookies were quoting.
The lead game for the next day was the other Los Angeles team, the Chargers (nee Sand Diego), being dismantle by the New England Patriots. It was positively painful to watch and there was never any question of the outcome from the early moments of the game. New England prevailed 41 – 28 and by the middle of the third quarter, the announcers were wondering in Bill Belichick would lift Tom Brady for a spell and to avoid risking an injury. By that juncture of the game, all Brady had to do was hand the ball to one of his running backs, so there was little threat to his fitness.
Pre-game markets favoured the Patriots by four points, so anyone who had the clairvoyance to pick New England had a sure winner right off.
The final game of the weekend featured the Philadelphia Eagles down in New Orleans. Last year’s champions played well and even had an opportunity late in the game for a come-from-behind win, until a Nick Foles pass slipped through the hands of the usually reliable Alshon Jefferies and deflected into the hands of the Saints’ defense.
The final score was 20 – 14 Saints. Pre-game markets favoured the Saints by eight points, so anyone who took the Saints for the win and to cover was left out in the cold.
The two Conference Championship games are next weekend and both games will find the numbers one and two seeds playing to earn a Super Bowl Berth.