Believe it or not, most NFL teams are already through their first quarter of the season. The Giants looked to be well on their way to another losing record, but with a win over the Redskins in Week 4, they are 2-0 in the Daniel Jones era and 2-2 for the season. The Bears took care of business against their own division rival, beating the Vikings despite losing QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder). In yet another brutal loss for the Broncos, the Jaguars came back from an 11-point deficit at halftime to pull off an upset win that evened their record at 2-2.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DraftKings Sportsbook users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.
1) Philadelphia Eagles (1-0 Straight Up)
2) New Orleans Saints (1-0 SU)
3) Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0 SU)
4) Cleveland Browns (1-0 SU)
5) Penn State (1-0 SU)
6) Ohio State (1-0 SU)
7) New York Giants (1-0 SU)
8) Chicago Bears (1-0 SU)
9) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0 SU)
10) Odds Boost: Carson Wentz to record 3 or more touchdowns & Eagles to win (9/26)
Eagles Deal Packers Their First LossThe Packers stormed out of the gate with a 3-0 record, which included winning two games within their division versus the Bears and Vikings. They looked to keep things rolling at home against the Eagles, who barely beat the Redskins in Week 1 before losing their next two matchups. Keeping those results in mind, it wasn’t a surprise to see the Eagles enter this contest as 3.5-point underdogs and +160 to win.
Offense was not difficult to come by in this game. The Eagles carried a 21-20 lead into the half, led by two touchdown passes from Carson Wentz. That was of particular intrigue considering there was an odds boost from +700 to +850 for Wentz to record three or more touchdowns and the Eagles to win. He quickly took care of his part with an early third quarter touchdown pass to Jordan Howard. After the Packers tied things up, Howard ran in another score in the fourth quarter, which propelled the Eagles to the upset victory and some big payouts for DKSB users.
Saints Win Yet Again Without BreesThe Saints passed their first test without Drew Brees (thumb), defeating the Seahawks by six points on the road in Week 3. Despite that impressive performance, they were still 3.0 point underdogs (+135 ML) for their Week 4 matchup at home against the Cowboys. Dallas couldn’t have looked much better on its way to a 3-0 start, but it should be noted that the Cowboys defeated inferior teams in the Giants, Redskins and Dolphins.
If you like offense, this was not the game for you. Neither team scored a touchdown in the first half, leaving the Saints with a 9-3 lead. The Cowboys found the end zone in the third quarter on a one-yard touchdown run from Ezekiel Elliott, which would end up being the only touchdown of the game. However, K Will Lutz connected on his fourth field goal early in the fourth quarter and the Saints’ defense made it hold up on their way to a 12-10.
Steelers Embarrass Bengals On Monday NightAs far as exciting matchups go, the Monday night contest between two winless teams in the Steelers and Bengals left a lot to be desired. The Bengals’ offensive line is a disaster and the Steelers suffered a significant blow when Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) was lost for the season, so neither team has a lot to be positive about, either. With the Steelers being the home team, they entered as 3.5 point favorites (-182 ML).
This game was never really in doubt for those who backed the Steelers. The Bengals couldn’t generate anything on offense and were down 24-3 after three quarters. Not only did QB Mason Rudolph record two touchdown passes, but RB James Conner had an excellent performance with 125 total yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton was just 21-or-37 for 171 yards and an interception, which was one of the main reasons why the Steelers emerged with a 24-point victory.
Browns’ Offense Comes Alive vs. RavensMake no mistake about it, the Browns are expected to make the playoffs this season. With Baker Mayfield at quarterback and Odell Beckham Jr. coming over from the Giants, they have the potential to be an explosive offense. However, their offensive line was suspect through their first three games, which contributed to them scoring just 49 total points. The Ravens have shown to be explosive in the early going, which left the Browns as 7.5-point underdogs (+280 ML) heading into their matchup.
While Mayfield didn’t play poorly, this game was all about RB Nick Chubb. He ate up the Ravens on the ground, finishing with 165 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. His third score put the Browns up 30-18 and they eventually went on to the commanding 40-25 win, which left them tied with the Ravens for the lead in the AFC North.
Penn State and Ohio State Steamroll Inferior FoesThere were plenty of lopsided scores across college football last week, one of which came in Penn State’s game against Maryland, They were 6.5-point favorites (-240 ML) heading into the contest and stormed out to a 38-0 lead at the half on the strength of three passing touchdowns and one rushing score from Sean Clifford. They went on to score 21 more points in the second half in what turned out to be a 59-0 route.
In another game that had the makings of a blowout, Ohio State entered as 17-point favorites (-175 ML) for their matchup against Nebraska. They didn’t disappoint by also compiling a 38-0 lead at halftime. Nebraska couldn’t slow them down on the ground giving up 368 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries in what turned out to be a 48-7 win for Ohio State.
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