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Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs combine for record night on MNF


A game that Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff fittingly called “four quarters of craziness” earned multiple entries in the NFL record book as the Rams won an epic battle with the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51.

The highest-scoring game in Monday Night Football history saw a back-and-forth battle that ended with the Chiefs becoming the first team in NFL history to score 50 or more points and lose.

The 105 combined points — which blew past the lofty over-under of 64 set by sportsbooks — was the third-highest total ever for an NFL game, surpassed only by the Washington Redskins over the New York Giants 72-41 in 1966, and the Cincinnati Bengals over the Cleveland Browns 58-48 in 2004.

“It was a whirlwind,” said Rams coach Sean McVay. “I feel like I might need a couple beverages to relax tonight. But it was great. This is what you love so much about the game.”

Among other notable numbers:

— It was the fourth time this season a team lost when scoring 40 or more points, the most such instances in a season in the Super Bowl era.

— Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the first to throw six TD passes in a Monday night game.

— Goff threw for 413 yards and had a QB rating of 117.1, but Mahomes topped him with 478 yards and a 117.6 rating.

— Mahomes is the first player with five passing touchdowns and five turnovers in a game since Gus Frerotte in 2000.

— The Chiefs are averaging more points per game in losses (45.5) than in wins (34.8) this season.

— Rams LB Samson Ebukam is the first player since sacks became official in 1982 to record a sack, interception and multiple touchdowns in a single game.

— Rams TE Gerald Everett was an unlikely hero, scoring the Rams’ final two touchdowns, with all three of his catches coming in the fourth quarter. He had had only three fourth-quarter catches in his first 26 career games.

— Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill topped all receivers with 215 yards (two TDs), becoming the first KC player with a 200-yard receiving game since Stephone Paige on Sep. 17, 1990.

— There were 14 combined touchdowns in this game. The Buffalo Bills have scored 13 touchdowns all season.



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Lamar Jackson torches Bengals for Ravens’ QB single-game record 117 rushing yards


BALTIMORE — In his first NFL start, Lamar Jackson provided a jolt of electricity to a struggling offense, ended a three-game losing streak and essentially saved the Baltimore Ravens‘ season.

Showing Michael Vick-like explosiveness, Jackson ran for 117 yards and threw for 150 as the Baltimore Ravens delivered a much-needed 24-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium.

Jackson, the rookie first-round pick, accounted for 66 percent of Baltimore’s offense in replacing Joe Flacco, whose 41-game consecutive start streak ended due to a hip injury.

Three days removed from going to the hospital because of an illness, Jackson became the first NFL quarterback since 2016 to rush for 100 yards in a game. The last to do so was Colin Kaepernick (113 yards). His 117 yards also set a new single-game rushing record for Ravens quarterbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The previous high was 65 by Tyrod Taylor on Dec. 30, 2012 against the Bengals.

In delivering the Ravens’ first win in 35 days, Jackson showed speed to get to edges, elusiveness in the pocket and the ability to hit targets over the middle with quick-hitting passes against the NFL’s worst defense. He finished with 13-of-19 passing and ran the ball 27 times.

Jackson’s impressive starting debut was certainly timely. The Ravens (5-5) are now tied with the Bengals, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins for the AFC’s No. 6 and final playoff spot. A loss to Cincinnati would’ve plummeted the Ravens’ playoff chances to 7.7 percent, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.

There were some growing pains along the way for Jackson, the youngest quarterback to ever start a game for Baltimore at 21 years old. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner fumbled a shotgun snap (which he recovered) and he hit an offensive lineman’s helmet with a sidearm pass.

His biggest mistake came on the first drive of the second half, when Jackson faked out Carlos Dunlap and then threw an interception. The Bengals converted that turnover into a touchdown and eventually took a 21-13 lead.

Jackson rebounded on his next two drives, guiding Baltimore to a touchdown and a field goal to take a 24-21 lead in the fourth quarter. On those two series, Jackson completed 4 of 5 passes for 58 yards and ran for 23 yards on four carries.

Walking on the field to a resounding cheer to start the game, Jackson began with a bang, leading a 75-yard touchdown drive on his first series. Not attempting a pass, he ran five times for 46 yards, tying the most carries by a quarterback on an opening drive since 2001 (Alex Smith had five in 2013).

How fast is Jackson? According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Jackson hit a max speed of 10 miles per hour, the most on a single drive by a quarterback this season, on his five runs in the opening series. The previous high was 4 mph by Dak Prescott in Week 6.

By the middle of the third quarter, Jackson had set the Ravens’ franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback. By the end of the third quarter, Jackson had eclipsed 100 yards.

The question now is which quarterback leads the Ravens going forward. Flacco will not require surgery on his injured hip, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He could miss the Ravens’ game at home Nov. 25 against the Raiders as well, according to the source, but is not expected to miss time beyond that.



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Patrick Mahomes offered free ketchup for life if he throws record 57 TDs


Patrick Mahomes might have ketchup for life if he’s able to set a single-season record with 57 touchdown passes this season.

Heinz Ketchup, which has used “57 varieties” in its advertising, tweeted the promise to Mahomes on Thursday after the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback told ESPN’s Seth Wickersham of his love of the condiment, even putting it on steak.

ESPN has reached out to Heinz for further comment.

Mahomes has 31 touchdown passes this season, already setting the Chiefs’ single-season franchise record through 10 games. Peyton Manning holds the NFL’s single-season record for touchdown passes with 55 in the 2013 season.

Mahomes told reporters Thursday that he’d be willing to share the wealth if he were to receive ketchup for life.

“I’m not opposed to it,” he said, when asked if he’d want ketchup for life. “If it happens and I get ketchup for life, I’ll be sure to share it with some of the offensive linemen.”

Mahomes also said Thursday that he likes to put ketchup on another favorite dish when asked about putting ketchup on steak.

“I don’t think it’s that weird but I put it on my macaroni and cheese. People seem to think that’s a weird thing. Some people think that’s disgusting but it’s good to me,” he said.

ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.





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Steelers, Panthers set record by scoring three touchdowns in 23 seconds


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game did something no two teams had done in the Super Bowl era.

They combined for three touchdowns in 23 seconds, a record for the shortest span, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The previous record for three touchdowns was 26 seconds by the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders in 2008.

The Panthers used 4:31 on their opening possession, scoring on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to running back Christian McCaffrey at the 10:29 mark.

On Pittsburgh’s first play after a touchback on the kickoff, Ben Roethlisberger connected with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 75-yard touchdown that took 11 seconds.

And on Carolina’s next play from scrimmage, Newton was intercepted by linebacker Vince Williams, who returned the pick 17 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-7 with 10:05 left in the first quarter.

Pittsburgh led 31-14 at halftime, tying for the most points the Panthers have given up in a half in team history.



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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady favored for record 56th straight game


Tom Brady has set plenty of records in his illustrious career. He’ll add one more on Sunday night, courtesy of Las Vegas oddsmakers.



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New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees journey to breaking NFL all-time career passing yardage record


11/4/01: Week 8 vs. Chiefs

After being drafted with the first pick in Round 2, Brees, 22, plays in just one game as a rookie with the Chargers. He comes off the bench to replace an injured Doug Flutie. The first time he drops back to pass, he fumbles (and recovers). But he rallies and leads the Chargers back from a 19-0 deficit. His first completion is a 7-yard pass to RB Terrell Fletcher. And his first touchdown pass is a 20-yarder to WR Freddie Jones that gives San Diego a 20-19 lead before a 25-20 loss.

9/29/02: Week 4 vs. Patriots

Brees earns a starting job in his second season — and he wins his first four games, including a 21-14 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champs and a fellow young quarterback named Tom Brady. He ends the season with 3,284 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Head-to-Head: Brees vs. Brady

In five meetings between the future Hall of Fame QBs, Brees holds the advantage over New England’s Tom Brady in multiple categories. Brady does have the lead in Super Bowl titles, 5-1.

9/28/03: Week 4 at Raiders

The Chargers quarterback completes a 17-yard pass to tight end Antonio Gates in the third quarter of a Week 4 loss at Oakland, the start of a prolific pairing. Brees and Gates hooked up for 180 catches, 2,279 yards and 23 touchdowns from 2003 to ’05.

11/2/03: Week 8 at Bears

Brees is stuck on this number, 4,955, for six weeks after he gets benched during a Week 9 loss at Chicago and temporarily loses his job to Flutie. The Chargers started 1-7, and Brees wrote in his autobiography that he was “more disheartened than I have ever been” during that stretch.

10/3/04: Week 4 vs. Titans

This game has long been a career turning point for Brees. After a 1-2 start and some early struggles in Week 4, coach Marty Schottenheimer tells Brees he is one drive away from being replaced by first-round draft pick Philip Rivers. Brees responds by leading the Chargers to a 38-17 rout and a 12-4 record. He makes his first Pro Bowl and is named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Career Stats With Current Teams

The makings of a rivalry were all there when the Chargers made a draft-day trade in 2004 to bring in the quarterback out of NC State, though it never turned into that, as Rivers would spend two years behind Brees. Here are their numbers with the Saints and Chargers, respectively.

12/31/05: Week 17 vs. Broncos

Brees’ tenure in San Diego ends in devastating fashion when he suffers a 360-degree labrum tear and rotator-cuff damage in his throwing shoulder while trying to recover a fumble. The Chargers finish 9-7, and they’re willing to let Brees go since they have Rivers. Only the Saints (with first-year coach Sean Payton) and Dolphins court Brees in free agency. But the Dolphins bow out over medical concerns while the Saints offer a six-year, $60 million deal with $10 million guaranteed.

Dr. James Andrews, who performs the surgery on Brees:

“All expectations were that he had a career-ending shoulder injury. But he had such a good work ethic … He was an unbelievable comeback. And he’s still playing.”

9/10/06: Week 1 at Browns

Brees’ first completion with the Saints is an 11-yard pass to rookie RB Reggie Bush on third-and-10. His first touchdown pass is a 12-yarder to rookie WR Marques Colston in the third quarter. And the Saints kick off with a stunning 3-0 start. A funny side note: Brees still has a ball commemorating that first TD pass — and Colston’s first name is spelled wrong. Colston was an unheralded seventh-round pick, but he went on to catch 706 passes for 9,709 yards and 72 TDs from Brees.

Two Teams, Two Sets of Stats

Brees’ career with New Orleans stands out in a big way from his short time in San Diego. Here are his stats with each team, including 13 seasons and a Super Bowl title with the Saints (at left) and five seasons with the Chargers.

End of 2006 season

Brees ends his first season in New Orleans with a career-high 4,418 passing yards (a number he has since topped nine times). And the Saints stunningly reach the NFC Championship Game just one year removed from a 3-13 season before losing at Chicago. Brees is a co-recipient of the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award to recognize all that he did both on and off the field to help revive New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Brees on overcoming his height:

“A lot of it is feel as opposed to actual vision. People may not believe it, and maybe it’s different for taller guys — I don’t know — but there’s times where I don’t see it. I can’t see it visually with my eyes. But I can feel it.”

10/26/08: Week 8 vs. Chargers

Traveling across the globe, Brees gets his first chance at revenge against his former team at London’s Wembley Stadium. He throws for 339 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 37-32 win. Brees has never lost to the Chargers in three meetings since he left the team.

12/28/08: Week 17 vs. Panthers

Brees becomes just the second player in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season — falling 15 yards short of Dan Marino’s former record of 5,084 yards. Brees goes on to surpass 5,000 yards four more times in his career (5,476 in 2011, 5,177 in 2012, 5,162 in 2013 and 5,208 in 2016). No other quarterback has ever done it twice.

Most 5,000-yard seasons

The Saints quarterback has five of the nine 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history, last surpassing the mark following the 2016 season.

9/13/09: Week 1 vs. Lions

A sign of great things to come: Brees starts the season with the first six-TD performance of his career, throwing for 358 yards in a 45-27 rout of Detroit. And the Saints keep rolling after that, starting 13-0 before ultimately winning the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

10/25/09: Week 7 at Dolphins

The 6-foot-tall Brees leaps over the goal line for a first-half touchdown and shows off his hops again by dunking over the goal post following a second-half touchdown run.

Brees when asked if he was surprised he had that dunk in him:

“There are times in a game when a team needs an emotional lift … and I felt like I had to do something to get everybody hyped up. Obviously, you don’t see that a lot from a 6-foot guy.”

11/30/09: Week 12 vs. Patriots

This proves to be the signature performance of Brees’ career — in the regular season, anyway. On MNF against Brady, Brees scores a perfect passer rating of 158.3, completing 18 of 23 passes for 371 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 38-17 win. It remains the only perfect passer rating of Brees’ career, and some analysts have called it the best single-game statistical performance in NFL history considering the stakes and results.

Brady on Brees:

“He’s got everything it takes. I think that’s why he’s thrown for 5,000 yards five times.”

2009: End of regular season

Brees sets the NFL record for single-season completion percentage (70.62) — a record he later topped in 2011 and again in 2017. Then he is nearly perfect in the playoffs, with eight touchdowns and zero interceptions as he becomes the Super Bowl MVP. His signature drive comes in the fourth quarter of New Orleans’ 31-17 win against the Colts, as he completes all eight pass attempts to eight different wide receivers, including a touchdown to Jeremy Shockey and a two-point conversion to Lance Moore.

10/17/10: Week 6 at Buccaneers

Brees completes his first pass to rookie tight end Jimmy Graham — another former basketball player like Gates. The duo went on to combine for 383 catches, 4,725 yards and 51 touchdowns from 2010 to ’14.

1,000-yard seasons with Brees

Here are all the wide receivers, from both the Saints and Chargers, who have had 1,000-yard seasons on passes from Brees.

10/23/11: Week 7 vs. Colts

The Saints’ offense sets an NFL record with 7,474 yards in 2011 that stands to this day. They were never more dominant than this Sunday prime-time game, beating Indianapolis 62-7. Brees has five TDs and completes 31 of 35 passes for a completion percentage of 88.6 — the highest of his career.

Time needed to break passing record

Here are all of the QBs on the Saints’ 2018 schedule. Their projections are based on each of their career passing yards per game as a starter and assuming no missed games.

Name, Age Games Year
Ryan Fitzpatrick, 35 202 2030
Tyrod Taylor, 29 308 2037
Matt Ryan, 33 109 2025
Eli Manning, 37 79 2023
Alex Smith, 34 187 2029
Joe Flacco, 33 150 2027
Kirk Cousins, 30 197 2030
Jared Goff, 23 297 2036
Andy Dalton, 30 193 2030
Carson Wentz, 25 264 2034
Dak Prescott, 25 293 2036
Jameis Winston, 24 232 2032
Cam Newton, 29 200 2030
Ben Roethlisberger, 36 78 2023

12/26/11: Week 16 vs. Falcons

Not only does Brees break Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage record — he shatters it. Brees passed Marino in Week 16 before finishing the season with 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. “There may be only one name that goes in the record book, but it’s all about you guys,” Brees says during a postgame speech in the locker room, crediting everyone from teammates to coaches, owners, equipment managers and trainers.

Record Seasons: Brees and Marino

The Dolphins’ Marino carries the single-season passing yardage record for 27 long seasons — until Brees passes him in 2011. Here’s a look at each of their record-breaking seasons.

110.6

Passer rating

108.9

10/7/12: Week 5 vs. Chargers

This becomes a lost season for the Saints in the wake of Bountygate, but Brees sets one of his most impressive records along the way, breaking Johnny Unitas’ 42-year-old mark of 48 straight games with a touchdown pass. Brees breaks it with a 40-yard TD pass to longtime Saints WR Devery Henderson — against his former team, the Chargers, no less.

11/30/14: Week 13 at Steelers

Brees throws for 257 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions against Pittsburgh. He has thrown for at least five TD passes 10 times in his career (most in NFL history) — and he ranks fourth in NFL history with 496 TD passes for his career. He’s 43 behind Manning for first place all time.

Brees’ Passing Touchdowns by game

In nearly half of the games Brees has played in during his 18-year career, he has thrown for a touchdown or two. Here is a breakdown of Brees’ TD games.

9/27/15: Week 3 at Panthers

For the first time since high school, Brees misses a game because of injury after suffering a bruised rotator cuff. Brees returns the next week and still leads the NFL with 4,870 yards for the 2015 season.

11/1/15: Week 8 vs. Giants

Brees provides one of the most memorable moments of his career, becoming the eighth player in NFL history to throw seven touchdown passes in a game to outduel Eli Manning and his six TD passes in a 52-49 thriller. Brees completes 39 of 50 passes for 505 yards — the second-highest total of his career.

Brees’ single-game passing ranks

The total number of games Brees threw for each yardage category, and where he ranks among quarterbacks all time in that category.

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9/11/16: Week 1 vs. Raiders

Brees opens the season with the longest pass of his career, a 98-yard touchdown to dynamic speedster Brandin Cooks. The duo also connects on an 87-yard TD later this season — the second-longest pass of Brees’ career.

Brees’ career completion percentages

2001 55.6 59.000
2002 60.8 59.6
2003 57.6 58.8
2004 65.5 59.8
2005 64.6 59.5
2006 64.3 59.8
2007 67.5 61.2
2008 65 61
2009 70.6 60.9
2010 68.1 60.8
2011 71.2 60.1
2012 63 60.9
2013 68.6 61.2
2014 69.2 62.6
2015 68.3 63
2016 70 63
2017 72 62.1

End of 2017 regular season

The Saints return to the playoffs after a three-year drought, thanks to one of the best rookie classes in NFL history. Brees finishes with the fewest attempts (536), yards (4,334), touchdowns (23) and interceptions (8) of his 12-year tenure in New Orleans — while setting the NFL record for completion percentage for the third time (72.0 percent). Brees also ranks first in NFL history for career completion percentage at 67.1 percent.

9/23/18: Week 3 at Falcons

Brees proves he has some “Superman” left in him when needed, leading the Saints to a thrilling 43-37 overtime victory with three TD passes and two TD runs — including an improbable spin move out of a sure tackle late in the fourth quarter. Brees has had 42 comebacks in the fourth quarter or overtime in his 18-year pro career.

Brees vs. Manning: Yards By Age

For the past three seasons, this record has been held by two-time Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning, who retired in March 2016 after 18 NFL seasons. As the 39-year-old Brees continues on in his 18th season himself, here are the career passing yards by age for each quarterback.

20,645

25-30 years

21,639

24,823

30-35 years

20,902

Evolution of passing yards record

A look at the NFL’s career passing yards leaders, their total yards and the years they each held the record.

Name Yards Years Total
Peyton Manning 71,940 2015-18 3
Brett Favre 71,838 2007-15 8
Dan Marino 61,361 1995-07 12
Fran Tarkenton 47,003 1976-95 19
Johnny Unitas 40,239 1966-76 10
Y.A. Tittle 28,339 1964-66 2
Bobby Layne 26,768 1959-64 5
Sammy Baugh 21,886 1943-59 16
Arnie Herber 8,041 1932-43 11



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Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ad results in ‘record engagement’ says CEO Mark Parker


Nike CEO Mark Parker on Tuesday said the company’s use of Colin Kaepernick in the brand’s recent “Just Do It” spots has resulted in “record engagement with the brand.”

“We feel very good and are very proud of the work we’ve been doing,” Parker said, speaking on the company’s quarterly earnings call. “We know it’s resonating quite strongly with consumers here in North America and around the world.”

Nike announced on the earnings call that its revenue over the past three months, a period which ran until Aug. 31, was up 9 percent to $9.9 billion. The last day included was days before the first Kaepernick spots appeared.

Since the Kaepernick ads ran, Nike’s stock has risen 6.25 percent, adding $6.38 billion to the company’s value, though it’s obviously inconclusive how much of that, if any, is due to Kaepernick. Nike stock, after earnings were announced, fell more than 4 percent after hours.

At least three analysts this month have raised the target price on Nike’s stock.

Last week, Beth Comstock, a director on the Nike board, said on CNBC that she and others were informed of Nike’s decision to use the football player-turned-activist, but that neither she nor others on the board had veto power over the campaign. The ad would proceed.

The first ad, a digital ad that appeared on social media and on select billboards, debuted on Labor Day afternoon, Sept. 2. A larger “Just Do It” spot with Kaepernick’s voice aired three days later.

Nike, the official apparel sponsor of the NFL, did not notify league officials that the ads would appear. Kaepernick currently is suing the league’s owners for collusion, alleging that there was some conspiring between parties to keep him out of the league following his kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 season.



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Patrick Mahomes sets 3-game NFL touchdown record with 10th score


PITTSBURGH — The Kansas City Chiefs expected a lot from Patrick Mahomes after installing him as their starting quarterback this season. But they didn’t quite expect all that he’s delivered thus far, including Sunday’s 42-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I don’t think that you could expect more from anyone,” said wide receiver Chris Conley, who caught one of Mahomes’ team-record-tying six touchdown passes on Sunday. “Pat’s come here and handled himself extremely well. The level of confidence and poise that this kid has … I haven’t seen it anywhere. He’s continued to go in, learn and get better every day and then come out on the field and execute.

“You can’t ask him to do anything else. He’s handled the times where he’s made the plays really well. He’s handled the times where he hasn’t. That speaks volumes.”

Mahomes was close to flawless on Sunday, when he threw more touchdown passes than incompletions (five). He was 23-of-28 for 326 yards and a passer rating of 154.8, or less than four points from the highest possible number.

Mahomes, who threw four touchdown passes last week in Kansas City’s season-opening win over the Los Angeles Chargers, set an NFL mark for scoring throws in the first three games of a career. He started the final regular-season game as a rookie last season but didn’t throw for a touchdown. The old record was eight, shared by Marcus Mariota and Mark Rypien.

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Patrick Mahomes talks up all the options the Chiefs have on offense.

He’s also only the second quarterback to throw at least four TD passes in each of the first two games of a season. Drew Bledsoe of the New England Patriots in 1997 is the other.

“You never expect to have 10 touchdowns at this point in the season,” Mahomes said. “But I knew what this offense with the weapons we had and the scheme coach [Andy] Reid is drawing up that we had a chance to be really, really good. The possibilities are endless.

“We’re not done. This is just a start. It’s just the beginning of the season.”

Mahomes moved the ball around well. Tight end Travis Kelce and wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill each had at least five catches. Kelce and Watkins each had at least 100 receiving yards, while Hill finished with 90.

Five players had at least one touchdown catch, with Kelce leading the way with two.

“I see Pat doing this all season long,” Kelce said. “He’s got the confidence, and as long as we give him time and get open as wideouts, tight ends and running backs, he’s going to get the best of everyone.”



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Everything you need to know about betting the NFL this season from Super Bowl bets to every coach’s record ATS


The point spread was invented in the early 1940s by math teacher-turned-bookmaker Charles McNeil. It is the great equalizer of the NFL.

In fact, over the last 15 regular seasons, NFL favorites have gone 1,859-1,860 against the spread, with 111 pushes, according to odds database BetLabsSports.com.

Also during that timeframe, 1,890 games have gone over the total and 1,886 have stayed under the total, with 64 games landing squarely on the over/under.

What we’re trying to say is that it’s very difficult to bet on the NFL. Good luck taking on the oddsmakers who have produced the above results.

As we enter the first NFL season with expanded legalized sports betting in the U.S., here are some numbers and notes to know as you make your bets:


Where the money is going

• More bets have been placed on the Los Angeles Rams to win the Super Bowl than any other team at the Westgate SuperBook. The Green Bay Packers have attracted the second-most Super Bowl bets, followed by the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers.

• More money has been bet on the Packers to win the Super Bowl than has been bet on any other team at the SuperBook. The Rams have attracted the second-most money, followed by the Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles.

• Station Casinos’ largest Super Bowl liability is on the Cleveland Browns. A Browns’ Super Bowl victory would be five times worse than any other team for Stations’ sportsbook.

• At the new FanDuel sportsbook located at the Meadowlands racetrack, across the parking lot from MetLife Stadium, more bets have been placed on the New York Giants to win the Super Bowl than any other team.

The Buffalo Bills have attracted the fewest bets of any team to win the Super Bowl at the Meadowlands sportsbook.

Notable Super Bowl bets at William Hill

• $12,000 on the Falcons at 22-1. Would net $264,000.
• $10,000 on the Raiders at 20-1. Would net $200,000
• $5,000 on the Lions at 40-1. Would net $200,000
• $4,000 on the Titans at 50-1. Would net $200,000
• $1,000 on the Jets at 100-1. Would net $100,000
• $1,000 on the Browns at 100-1. Would net $100,000

• “Train wreck:” That’s how one Las Vegas oddsmaker described Bills’ season. In fact, the SuperBook intentionally dropped the Bills’ win total down to 5.5, the lowest number in town, to encourage bets on the over. “We’re daring people to bet over on the Bills,” said Ed Salmons, head football oddsmaker at the SuperBook.

• Favorites are 97-66-5 ATS on Thursdays since 2003.

• The Patriots are 69-46-5 ATS at home and 72-42-3 ATS on the road since 2003.

• Six times more bets have been placed on the New Orleans Saints to go over their season-win total of 9.5 than have been placed on the under at Caesars sportsbooks. There have been six times more bets on the Denver Broncos (7.5) and Houston Texans (9) to go under their season-win totals than there have been on the overs.

• More bets have been placed and more money has been wagered on the Giants to win the Super Bowl than any other team at the DraftKings sportsbook in New Jersey. The Giants are also No. 1 in overall Super Bowl bets at the FanDuel sportsbook at the Meadowlands, although more money has been bet on the Saints than any other team.

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have attracted the fewest bets and the least amount of money to win the Super Bowl at DraftKings.

Week 1 notes

Falcons at Eagles (-2.5, 45): At DraftKings in New Jersey, 87 percent of the money wagered is on the underdog Falcons. FanDuel is seeing similar lopsided action on Atlanta, with 86 percent of the money bet on the game backing the Falcons.

Jaguars (-3, 43.5) at Giants: At DraftKings, 71 percent of the money is on the Giants, while 76 percent of the money is on New York at FanDuel.

Jets at Lions (-6.5, 45): Only 43 percent of the bets at FanDuel are on the Jets, but 84 percent of the money is on New York.

Buccaneers at Saints (-9.5, 49.5): Including spread bets and parlays, there are five times more bets on the Saints than the Bucs at Caesars sportsbooks in Nevada, the most lopsided ticket count of any Week 1 game.


By the numbers

10: The number of teams that have better odds to win the Super Bowl than the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. The Eagles are 14-1. The Patriots are the favorites at 6-1.

There have been more bets on the New York Giants to win the Super Bowl than there have been on the Eagles.

• $4,000: The amount of the bet placed on the Washington Redskins to win the Super Bowl, at 100-1 odds, at a William Hill book in late June. The ticket would net $400,000, the book’s largest liability on a single ticket.

$240,000: The amount on bettor placed on the Minnesota Vikings at -200 to make the postseason at the SuperBook.

• 137: The number of games that stayed under the total during the regular season last year, the most in at least the last 15 seasons.

• 43.44: The average number of points per game last season, a four-year low. The average over/under last year was 44.11, also a four-year low.

• 117: The number of games over the last four regular seasons that have ended with a margin of victory of 3.

• 158: The number of games with a closing point spread of 3. The favorites went 72-71-15 ATS in those games.

• 70: The number of games the last three regular seasons that have ended with a margin of victory of 7.

• 80: The number of games the last three regular seasons that have had a closing spread of 7. Favorites went 33-31-6 ATS in those games.

• 52.7: The percentage of games the favorite covered during the 2017-18 regular season, the second-best rate in the last 15 seasons.

• 53.0: The percentage of games that have gone over the total in October, the highest percentage of overs for any month during the regular season over the last 15 seasons.

• 52.1: The percentage of games that have stayed under the total in December, the highest percentage of unders of any month during the regular season over the last 15 seasons.

• 54.1: The percentage of Week 1 games that have stayed under the total since 2003.

• 73: The number of outright upsets by underdogs during the regular season last year, the third-fewest of any season since 2003.

• 52.7: The percentage of games the favorite covered during the 2017-18 regular season, the second-best rate in the last 15 seasons.

• 53.0: The percentage of games that have gone over the total in October, the highest percentage of overs for any month during the regular season over the last 15 seasons.

• 52.1: The percentage of games that have stayed under the total in December, the highest percentage of unders of any month during the regular season over the last 15 seasons.

• 54.1: The percentage of Week 1 games that have stayed under the total since 2003.

• 55.8: The percentage of first halves that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has covered the spread in during the last 15 seasons.

• 38-22-4: The Houston Texans‘ record against the spread in second halves under coach Bill O’Brien, the best such mark of any current head coach.

• 16-29-3: Browns’ coach Hue Jackson’s record against the spread in second halves, the worst such mark of any current head coach.

• 71.8: Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s ATS winning percentage as an underdog over last 15 seasons, the best such mark of any current head coach with at least three years experience.

38.0: Jaguars coach Gus Bradley’s ATS winning percentage as an underdog over the last 15 seasons, the worst such mark of any current head coach with at least three years of experience.


By the numbers: sports betting legalization

• 5 – The number of states with legal sportsbooks heading into the NFL season. In addition to Nevada, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey and West Virginia are offering Las Vegas-style sports betting at some casinos and racetracks. You can even bet on your phone in New Jersey, even from the parking lot of MetLife Stadium, where the New York Giants are home underdogs to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Sunday’s opener.

• There are minimal differences in the point spreads in different states. The Giants are 3-point underdogs at books in New Jersey and Nevada.

• Pennsylvania and Rhode Island are expected to be among the next states to enter the bookmaking game, potentially before the Super Bowl.

• 0 – The number of losing Septembers that Nevada sportsbooks haves suffered in the last 30 years, according to state gaming control.

• $1.35 million – The net win from sports bets the FanDuel sportsbook at the Meadowlands in the 17 days it operated in July.

• 2021 – The year New Jersey’s regulated sports betting market is expected to surpass Nevada’s in terms of sportsbook win. In 2017, Nevada books enjoyed an all-time high $248.7 million net win off of $4.8 billion in bets. Research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming projects New Jersey books could be in store for a $442 million net win in 2021, eclipsing Nevada’s win along the way.


Coaching nuggets

• Ravens coach John Harbaugh is 7-3 ATS in season openers.

• Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has the best winning percentage against the spread (68.3 percent) of any active head coach.

• Cleveland’s Hue Jackson is the only active coach with at least two seasons under his belt to have winning percentage against the spread of less than 40 percent.

• The Cowboys are 23-36-1 ATS at home under coach Jason Garrett, the worst such mark of any current head coach.

• The visiting team on Thursday games are 75-87-5 ATS since 2003.

• The Texans are 4-0 ATS after a bye under coach Bill O’Brien.

• The Ravens are 8-3 ATS after a bye under coach John Harbaugh.

• The Packers 10-4-1 ATS after a bye under coach Mike McCarthy.

• 10-6: Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s straight-up record as an underdog.

• 7-36: Browns coach Hue Jackson’s straight-up record as an underdog.



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