The NFL once again dominated the headlines last week. The Rams pulled off a win against a Bears team that once against struggled offensively on their way to just seven points. The Chiefs, Cowboys and Saints all improved their records with wins on the road. Meanwhile, the Browns took care of business with a win over the Steelers at home in a game that was marred by a brawl at the end.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DKSB 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 from Nov. 13 – Nov. 19.
1) New England Patriots (1-0 Straight Up)
2) New York Jets (1-0 SU)
3) Los Angeles Rams (1-0 SU)
4) Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 SU)
5) Dallas Cowboys (1-0 SU)
6) New Orleans Saints (1-0 SU)
7) Atlanta Falcons (1-0 SU)
8) Cleveland Browns (1-0 SU)
9) Baltimore Ravens (1-0 SU)
10) Indianapolis Colts (1-0 SU)
Patriots Win Defensive Slug-fest Versus EaglesComing off of their bye week, the Patriots looked to get back on track with a win on the road against the Eagles. Despite falling to the Ravens in their last contest, the Patriots have still been one of the most dominant teams in the league. Therefore, it was no surprise that they entered their matchup against the Eagles as four-point favorites (-205 money line) despite playing in the unfriendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field.
There wasn’t a lot of scoring to speak of in this game. The Eagles recorded the only touchdown of the first half and entered the break with a 10-9 lead. The Patriots then took the lead on a touchdown pass from wide receiver Julian Edelman to Phillip Dorsett on a trick play. They also converted the two-point try, making the score 17-10. However, that would be all of the scoring from both sides, leading to a little extra cash in the pockets of those who backed the favorites.
Darnold’s Four Touchdowns Lead Jets Past RedskinsIt’s been a lost season for the Jets, who were decimated by injuries at quarterback in the early going. They carried a 2-7 record into Week 11, although they were facing another struggling team in the Redskins, who were even worse off at 1-8. With this game being played in Washington, the Jets found themselves as two-point underdogs (+112 ML).
This game was never really in doubt for those who placed a wager on the Jets. Sam Darnold recorded three touchdown passes in the first half and another early in the third quarter to give the Jets a 27-3 lead. After Le’Veon Bell made it 34-3 on a one-yard touchdown run, the Redskins tried to mount a comeback with two late touchdowns. However, the hole was ultimately too deep for them to climb out of, leaving the Jets with a 34-17 win.
Falcons’ Defense Stifles PanthersThe Falcons pulled off one of the bigger surprises of the season two weeks ago when they beat the Saints, 26-9. Still, with a 2-7 record for the season, they were 3.5-point underdogs (+165 ML) for their road matchup against the Panthers in Week 11, who have been paced by star running back Christian McCaffrey all season.
Like they did against the Saints, the Falcons’ defense stepped up to lead them to victory. They picked off Panthers’ quarterback Kyle Allen four times, holding the team to three points the entire game. Their special teams also chipped in with a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown by Kenjon Barner. When the dust finally settled, the Falcons pulled off yet another road upset with a 29-3 win.
Colts Beat Jaguars Despite Losing MackAfter an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins, the Colts were ecstatic to get Jacoby Brissett back against the Jaguars. He’s helped stabilize the team after Andrew Luck’s surprising retirement during the preseason, leading them to a 5-4 record entering their matchup with the Jaguars. With Brissett back under center, the Colts found themselves as 2.5-point favorites (-137 ML).
Scoring was difficult to come by early with the Colts entering halftime with a 10-7 lead. Their touchdown came from Marlon Mack, who would later leave the game with a broken hand. While losing him was big, the Colts still used a strong second half to win this one going away. Brissett started off the third quarter with a touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson and then followed it up with a five-yard touchdown run of his own. Nyheim Hines added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter and the Colts eventually pulled off an impressive 20-point win.
Jackson Leads Ravens To Decisive Victory Over TexansThe Ravens are putting themselves on track to do some damage during the AFC playoffs. After beating the Patriots in Week 9, they then blew out the Bengals in Week 10 to improve their record to 7-2 heading into a tough matchup with the Texans. The game being played in Baltimore figured to work in the Ravens’ favor and was part of the reason why they were listed as 4.5-point favorites (-240 ML).
The Texans have played well, but they were no match for the Ravens. Deshaun Watson couldn’t get anything going on offense, throwing for 169 yards and an interception. Meanwhile, Lamar Jackson was once again a monster with four touchdown passes. Although the Texans did break the shutout on a 41-yard rushing touchdown from Carlos Hyde in the fourth quarter, the Texans still waltzed their way to the 41-7 win.
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