There were a few crazy results in Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season and millions of dollars changed hands at offshore sportsbooks taking American players on Sunday, mostly going into the pockets of anyone who hammered the Tampa Bay moneyline on the road against the Rams. They hit the field like a house on fire scoring three quick touchdowns to grab a lead they never relinquished, notching 55 points by the time the final whistle was blown. It looks like Los Angeles might have a few chinks in their armour that need addressing sooner rather than later.
Another surprising score was lodged in Baltimore as the Ravens fell to the surging Browns 25-40. Cleveland running back Nick Chubb went off for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns as they kept their pedal on the gas for the entire afternoon. The “experts” who were picking Baltimore to be in the AFC Championship game this year have all fallen silent…for now.
Many were surprised the Titans marched into Atlanta and smashed the Falcons 24-10, but those gamblers who looked at the -3.5 spread for the hosts knew it would be close. When professional lines makers set the numbers they always start by giving the home team 3 points and then make their adjustments from there. It’s hard to say if Tennessee is better than we thought or the Falcons are worse than we thought, although we’ll know either way in a few weeks.
A few other eyebrow raising scores from Week 4 were the Raiders winning in Indianapolis 31-24 after the Colts were favored by 5, and the Panthers also winning on the road 16-10 in Houston after the Texans were at -5.5 at kickoff. Some might say that the Saints home win over the Cowboys was an “upset” but those people obviously don’t remember what Teddy Bridgewater is capable of. Dallas being favored by 2.5 points was just the fuel the Saints needed to get angry and hold on for the win. You gotta protect your house!
On to Week 5…