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NFL Football Power Rankings for Week 4 NFL
1: Tennessee Titans (3-0 ATS, 3-0 SU) There is no doubt that the Titans have been the most clutch team for NFL bettors this year. They beat both Jacksonville and Cincinnati outright as underdogs, and then crushed the Texans 31-12 last week as 4.5-point favorites. However, Week 4 has been awful to Tennessee of late. They’re just 1-9 ATS in their L/10 Week 4 games.
Next Up: Home vs. Vikings (-3)
2: Philadelphia Eagles (3-0 ATS, 2-1 SU) The Eagles have a good gripe for the top spot in the power poll as well. Last week, they knocked off Pittsburgh 15-6 as 3.5-point home favorites. They’re now 5-1 ATS in their L/6 games overall.
Next Up: Away @ Bears (-3.5)
3: Dallas Cowboys (2-1 ATS, 3-0 SU) The Cowboys could be the best team in the NFL, but they’re not spotless for their football bettors. Still, at 2-1, Dallas has been impressive, especially after they covered the spread as short favorites in Green Bay on Sunday Night Football last week. They have a hefty spread to cover this week at home against the Skins.
Next Up: Home vs. Redskins (-11)
4: Baltimore Ravens (2-0 ATS, 2-0 SU) There hasn’t been much respect for the Ravens yet in ’08, and no wonder. They went 3-13 ATS last season. The Joe Flacco era has begun with a bang this year though, as Baltimore is 2-0 and has beaten the spread by an average of 12-points per game.
Next Up: Away @ Steelers (+8)
5: Buffalo Bills (2-1 ATS, 3-0 SU) With Tom Brady on the sidelines for the season, the Bills have a great shot to win the AFC East. Even though they didn’t cover the 10-point spread against Oakland last week, they’re still a very impressive 2-1 ATS. The loss snapped a streak of six out of seven covers dating back to last year.
Next Up: Away @ Rams (-9.5)
6: New York Giants (2-1 ATS, 3-0 SU) The defending champs opened the season with two very impressive covers against Washington and St. Louis. Last week, they almost tripped up against the Bengals, needing overtime to take out Cincy. The ATS defeat snapped the league’s longest streak of covering the spread at eight games.
Next Up: Bye
7: Atlanta Falcons (2-1 ATS, 2-1 SU) Give credit to Matt Ryan and the Falcons for tallying two very impressive victories in their first three games of the season. They whooped Detroit and Kansas City by an average of 17.5 ppg ATS. Now they head to Carolina, a place where they won 20-13 as 3.5-point underdogs a year ago.
Next Up: Away @ Panthers (+7)
8: Green Bay Packers (2-1 ATS, 2-1 SU) The Pack ran into a buzz saw last Sunday night against the Cowboys, but that shouldn’t take away from their first two covers of the season. Good news for Green Bay fans is that two NFC South teams are on the horizon. They’re 7-1 ATS in their L/8 games against the division.
Next Up: Away @ Buccaneers (+1)
9: Oakland Raiders (2-1 ATS, 1-2 SU) Even though Lane Kiffin is clearly in his last days as the head coach in Oakland, his team has responded to the controversy by covering back-to-back games. Their luck could run out this week, as the visiting Chargers are 9-1 ATS against the silver and black over the L/5 years.
Next Up: Home vs. Chargers (+9)
10: Denver Broncos (1-1-1 ATS, 3-0 SU) Broncos bettors have deserved better luck this season. After pushing the spread against the Chargers in Week 2, they had the Saints dominated last week, only to let New Orleans hit the backdoor with a 13-3 rally to end the game. Denver covered the spread against this week’s opponent, Kansas City, in both of their match-ups last season.
Next Up: Away @ Chiefs (-9.5)
11: San Francisco 49ers (2-1 ATS, 2-1 SU) After dropping their opening game at home to Arizona, the Niners suddenly look like a legitimate NFC West contender. They’ve scored 30+ points in each of their L/2 games, both wins and both covers. San Fran is just 2-9 ATS in their L/11 meetings with their next opponent, New Orleans.
Next Up: Away @ Saints (+6)
12: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1 ATS, 2-1 SU) All looked lost for Bucs bettors last week when they trailed the Bears in the “Windy City” by two scores late in the 4th. QB Brian Griese rallied the troops for an OT victory, the second straight Bucs cover.
Next Up: Home vs. Packers (-1)
13: Chicago Bears (1-1-1 ATS, 1-2 SU) The Bears successfully snapped defeat from the jaws of victory against the Bucs last Sunday, and now are stuck facing the red hot Eagles this week. Soldier Field hasn’t been kind to Chicago bettors of late, as they are just 4-10 ATS in their L/14 home games.
Next Up: Home vs. Eagles (+3.5)
14: Arizona Cardinals (2-1 ATS, 2-1 SU) The Cardinals took advantage of a weak schedule to move to 2-0 SU and ATS, but ran into trouble last week in Washington. They never led against the Redskins, and never had much of a chance to cover the spread at +3. Things may not get easier this week in New York, as the Cards are 4-8 ATS in their L/12 against the AFC East.
Next Up: Away @ Jets (+1)
15: Washington Redskins (2-1 ATS, 2-1 SU) Back-to-back covers as short favorites has to give Washington some confidence after getting throttled 16-7 in the Meadowlands on opening night. The loss snapped a streak of three consecutive covers against the NFC East. The Skins will hope to return to their winning ways against the Cowboys and Eagles the next two weeks.
Next Up: Away @ Cowboys (+11)
16: New Orleans Saints (2-1 ATS, 1-2 SU) The Saints might have fallen a Martin Gramatica field goal short of beating the Broncos last week, but they did stay within the 5-points for their football bettors. TE Jeremy Shockey was added to a lengthy injury list this week, so covering six-points against San Fran might be difficult.
Next Up: Home vs. 49ers (-6)
17: Carolina Panthers (1-1-1 ATS, 2-1 SU) It appears as though the Panthers have crashed back to reality after opening up the season with a resounding win against San Diego. After leading 10-0 in Minnesota, the Vikes rolled off 20 straight points, costing Panthers bettors a sure-fire winning ticket. Carolina is just 3-7-1 in their L/11 home games.
Next Up: Home vs. Falcons (-7)
18: Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2 ATS, 1-2 SU) It was a must-win game for the 0-2 Jags in Indianapolis last week, and football bettors got just what the doctor ordered. Jacksonville won 23-21 on a game-winning field goal as time expired, and will hope to keep their streak going against lowly Houston this week.
Next Up: Home vs. Texans (-9)
19: San Diego Chargers (1-1-1 ATS, 1-2 SU) After two very lackluster performances, the Chargers of old finally made their first appearance on Monday Night Football against the Jets. Though many thought they were ripe to be upset, San Diego not only beat New York, but beat them senseless. They’ll hope to keep that momentum going in Oakland this week, a place where they have covered six straight games.
Next Up: Away @ Raiders (-9)
20: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2 ATS, 2-1 SU) In their L/2 games, both on the road, Pittsburgh has only managed to score 16 total points. Football bettors could be in for another long week, as the Steelers have only beaten the NFL betting line once in their L/6 meetings.
Next Up: Home vs. Ravens (-6)
21: Indianapolis Colts (1-2 ATS, 1-2 SU) It’s been a very frustrating season for Indy bettors this season, particularly in their new home, Lucas Oil Stadium. Their loss to Jacksonville last week marked their second consecutive home loss. The last time the Colts lost back-to-back home games was in 2001.
Next Up: Bye
22: Miami Dolphins (1-2 ATS, 1-2 SU) Hello Miami! The Fins hadn’t showed a pulse in almost two years, but on Sunday, they posted a tremendous victory over the Pats as 12.5-point underdogs. They could be in a decent spot to pick up another ‘W’ after their bye week, as they are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their L/6 meetings against the Chargers, whom they’ll meet in two weeks.
Next Up: Bye
23: New England Patriots (1-2 ATS, 2-1 SU) The NFL’s longest winning streak came to a close against the Dolphins last week, and boy was it a disappointment. They were -12.5 and got whooped by 25 points against the winless Fins. Fortunately, they have a bye week to lick their wounds, but they’re out on the West coast the two weeks to follow.
Next Up: Bye
24: Minnesota Vikings (1-2 ATS, 1-2 SU) Minnesota bettors picked up their first ‘W’ of the season when they took out the Panthers 20-10 as 3.5-point favorites last Sunday. The Vikes rarely play next week’s opponent, Tennessee, but are 4-0 SU and ATS against the Titans since ’98.
Next Up: Away @ Titans (+3)
25: New York Jets (1-2 ATS, 1-2 SU) Brett Favre is battling an ankle injury, and the Jets don’t appear to be ready for lift-off any time in the near future. The last two weeks, they have failed to cover the spread by an average of nine ppg. They return home this week, and that probably means more bad news. New York is just 2-6-1 ATS in their L/8 home games.
Next Up: Home vs. Cardinals (-1)
26: Seattle Seahawks (1-2 ATS, 1-2 SU) After failing to cover the teaser number in either of their first two games, the Seahawks responded by destroying the Rams 37-13 at home last Sunday. That broke a spurt of four out of five regular season games where they failed to cover.
Next Up: Bye
27: Cincinnati Bengals (1-2 ATS, 0-3 SU) The Bengals might be one of the worst five teams in football, but at least they can say that they pushed the defending champs to the brink. They never trailed the 13-point spread against the G-Men last weekend, giving Cincy bettors their first cover of the season. In their L/7 games after covering the spread, the Bengals are just 1-6 ATS.
Next Up: Home vs. Browns (-3.5)
28: Cleveland Browns (1-2 ATS, 0-3 SU) Last year might’ve been a dream for Cleveland bettors, going 12-4 ATS, but 2008 hasn’t seen that luck continue. The Browns are 1-2 ATS and haven’t had a real chance of producing a straight up ‘W’ yet. As a result, NFL bettors might get their first look at Brady Quinn as a starting QB sooner than later.
Next Up: Away @ Bengals (+3.5)
29: Houston Texans (0-2 ATS, 0-2 SU) Texans bettors deserved much better than a 19-point defeat in Tennessee last weekend. They came up empty on several red zone trips in the second half, which was capped off by a 99-yard INT return for a touchdown on the final meaningful drive of the game. They’ve now failed to cover in eight of their L/9 road games.
Next Up: Away @ Jaguars (+9)
30: Kansas City Chiefs (1-2 ATS, 0-3 SU) There really appears to be no hope for the Chiefs this year. KC bettors got fortunate with the injury to Tom Brady in Week 1, but they haven’t even come close to covering a spread since. Last week in Atlanta, they lost by 24 as 6.5-point underdogs. No one should mention to HC Herm Edwards that they lost to Denver 41-7 the last time they hooked up…
Next Up: Home vs. Broncos (+9.5)
31: Detroit Lions (0-3 ATS, 0-3 SU) The only thing giving the Lions the nod over St. Louis is the fact that they finally fired Matt Millen. There’s more good news in Detroit this week too… Even the Lions should figure out how to avoid a loss to the bye week.
Next Up: Bye
32: St. Louis Rams (0-3 ATS, 0-3 SU) Sports bettors who have been super teasing the Rams every week aren’t very happy right now. Not only has St. Louis gone 0-3 ATS, they’ve failed to cover each of those games by at least 13-points. The good news is if they lose to Buffalo this week by the same margin as they did the last time they played each other, Rams bettors will only lose by 11.5-points.
Next Up: Home vs. Bills (+9.5)