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Week 4 NFL Betting - Top 5 Things We Learned About The NFC

Posted by Brett Nielson on 10/5/2010 5:37:35 PM

So I'm still upset that the Packers let their NFL betting Monday Night victory slip away, losing to the Chicago Bears and the referees. Green Bay fell 20-17 to the Bears, after committing a Green Bay Packers team record, 18 penalties.

Without further adieu, here are the top 5 things we have learned about the NFC this week:

1.Brett Favre has officially decayed

Favre's first drive against the Detroit Lions lasted just 4 plays after gaining only 17 yards. His second drive resulted in a punt, as the Vikings offense stumbled 11 yards. The Vikings third drive, Favre threw an interception on the first play. He ended the NFL betting game with a 68.4 passer rating, throwing two picks. In what was supposed to be a dismantling of the Lions, Brett Favre showed that his days as a top-tier NFL quarterback are simply gone.

2.Detroit is a competitor in the NFC North bet division

The Lions are better than their misleading 0-3 record. In their first game, they lost to the Chicago Bears because of an atrocious call by the referees that literally made Calvin Johnson cry on the field. In Week 2, Detroit lost 35-32 to the Eagles.

This week, the cursed Lions fell 24-10 to Minnesota due to an untimely injury to stud rookie running back Jahvid Best. The first year tailback left the game in the third quarter with a toe injury. Before Best's exit, Detroit was only losing 14-10, and playing well.

The Lions have a lot of potential to do some damage this year. With a healthy Calvin Johnson, an electrifying Jahvid Best, and (when he returns from his shoulder injury) a promising young quarterback in Matthew Stafford, Detroit still has a shot at an 8-8 record, at least.

3.If they stay healthy, Atlanta is the best team in the NFC

The Falcons proved to have some worth by beating the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome this week. Last NFL betting year, Atlanta was plagued by injuries, finishing the regular season with a disappointing 9-7 record. Matt Ryan suffered from turf toe midway through the season, running back Michael Turner missed half the season, and top wide receiver Roddy White wounded his knee late in the season.

This season, however, Altanta is one hundred percent healthy and after losing by a 50-yard touchdown run in overtime to the Steelers in Week 1, the Falcons bounced back with a 41-7 demolishing of the Arizona Cardinals. In Week 3, Atlanta beat the Saints 27-24 in an overtime thriller on the road. Watch out, New Orleans, you're not the only top dog in the NFC South anymore.

4. Still don't like Jay Cutler

On the last drive of Monday night's Bears vs. Packers NFL betting matchup, I witnessed Jay Cutler pass for 40 yards, throw an interception which was nullified by a pass interference call, gain 24 more yards on a second pass interference call, and Robbie Gould kick a 42-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the game for the win. When it was all over, I watched Cutler walk off the field with his cap on backwards, feeling like he was the best thing since #2 pencils.

I give my apologies to any Bears supporters and fans of Jay Cutler for trashing your beloved quarterback. I am sorry but, will see how he performs when Chicago is fighting for a playoff berth.

5. An 8-8 team might win the NFC West this year

The NFC West is hands down the worst division in NFL betting. Last year's division leader, the Arizona Cardinals are 2-1,defeating the St. Louis Rams 17-13 and the Oakland Raiders 24-23. The Falcons were the Cardinal only real competition so far and Atlanta got smacked losing 41-7 two weeks ago.

The 49ers, which were slated by many NFL bettors to take the division in 2010, have started their NFL betting season with three consecutive losses. San Francisco recently fired their offensive coordinator after scoring only 38 points in three games. Expect this team to be a mess at least for the next couple of weeks, as the squad will need time to adjust to their offensive system.

The Seahawks, meanwhile, are actually showing some upside in the NFC West this NFL betting season. They retain a 2-1 record, beating San Francisco 31-6 in Week 1 and San Diego 27-20 this past Sunday. However, even Seattle won't be able to contend when the competition gets tough. Pete Carroll's boys hardly have an offense, with lead tailback Justin Forsett averaging 50 yards per game and 35-year-old quarterback Matt Hasselbeck sporting a 75.4 passer rating with five interceptions thrown already this NFL betting season.

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