The weekend of the underdogs

This past week, every football fan in America had a conversation that went a little something like this:

Football Fan A: “Hey, did you catch the Giants’ 44-7 blowout of the Raiders? I seriously think JaMarcus Russell was dead on the field.”

Football Fan B: “No, I didn’t, but I’ve noticed that there are an inordinate amount of bad teams this year. Seriously. Off the top of my head, I can name nine: Rams, Redskins, Chiefs, Raiders, Browns, Titans, Panthers, Bills and Bucs — and I didn’t even mention the Lions.”

Football Fan A: “Yeah, I’ve noticed that, too. It seems like every other game is a 28-point embarrassment, where you’re wondering if Todd Haley or Raheem Morris will get fired on the sideline just to keep things interesting.”

Football Fan B: “Oakland plays Philly this week. That should be fun…”

Indeed, through five weeks of the NFL season, the better teams weren’t just winning; they were winning by alarming margins. In fact, the St. Louis Rams’ average margin of defeat in those five weeks was an astounding 22.4 points.

Las Vegas responded by understandably inflating the betting lines. The Ravens-Browns game in Week 3 had a two-touchdown spread in some places. The line for the 49ers-Rams game in Week 4 was in double digits, too. Week 5 saw four huge lines: Steelers (-10

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Aug 11th, 7:00 PM

NY Giants +2 -110

New England -2 -110

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Aug 11th, 7:30 PM

Tennessee +2.5 -110

Baltimore -2.5 -110

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Aug 12th, 6:00 PM

Atlanta +2.5 -115

Detroit -2.5 -115

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Aug 12th, 7:00 PM

Cleveland +1.5 -110

Jacksonville -1.5 -110

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Aug 12th, 7:30 PM

NY Jets +1.5 -115

Philadelphia -1.5 -115

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Aug 12th, 7:30 PM

Arizona +2.5 -110

Cincinnati -2.5 -110

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Aug 12th, 8:30 PM

Green Bay +3 -110

San Francisco -3 -110

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Aug 13th, 1:00 PM

Kansas City +1 -110

Chicago -1 -110

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Aug 13th, 1:00 PM

Carolina +2.5 -110

Washington -2.5 -110

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Aug 13th, 4:00 PM

Indianapolis +3.5 -110

Buffalo -3.5 -110

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Aug 13th, 7:00 PM

Seattle +3 -110

Pittsburgh -3 -110

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Aug 13th, 7:30 PM

Miami -1 -110

Tampa Bay +1 -110

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Aug 13th, 8:00 PM

New Orleans -1 -110

Houston +1 -110

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Aug 13th, 9:00 PM

Dallas +2 -110

Denver -2 -110

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Aug 13th, 10:00 PM

LA Rams +2.5 -110

LA Chargers -2.5 -110

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Aug 14th, 4:25 PM

Minnesota +2.5 -110

Las Vegas -2.5 -110

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Aug 18th, 8:00 PM

Chicago

Seattle

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