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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Nov 29th, 8:15 PM

Seattle -3.5 -110

Washington +3.5 -110

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Dec 2nd, 8:20 PM

Dallas -5 -110

New Orleans +5 -110

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Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis -7 -110

Houston +7 -110

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Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Arizona -7 -110

Chicago +7 -110

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Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

NY Giants +2.5 -120

Miami -2.5 -120

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Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Minnesota -7.5 -110

Detroit +7.5 -110

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Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Philadelphia -6.5 -110

NY Jets +6.5 -110

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Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

LA Chargers +1.5 -110

Cincinnati -1.5 -110

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Dec 5th, 1:00 PM

Tampa Bay -9.5 -110

Atlanta +9.5 -110

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Dec 5th, 4:05 PM

Washington +1.5 -110

Las Vegas -1.5 -110

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Dec 5th, 4:05 PM

Jacksonville +12 -110

LA Rams -12 -110

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Dec 5th, 4:25 PM

Baltimore -3 -120

Pittsburgh +3 -120

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Dec 5th, 4:25 PM

San Francisco -3 -110

Seattle +3 -110

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Dec 5th, 8:20 PM

Denver +9.5 -111

Kansas City -9.5 -111

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Dec 6th, 8:15 PM

New England +3.5 -110

Buffalo -3.5 -110

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