Football betting fans have been stunned by the 4-0 start of the Denver Broncos while the New England Patriots are 3-1 but have covered just 2 of those NFL betting matchups. New England opened as a 3-point chalk for this one with a total of 41.
The Denver Broncos have demonstrated just how quickly football betting fortunes and perceptions can change. Just one month ago the Broncos were the laughing stock of NFL betting as they were seemingly about to implode under new wonder boy head coach Josh McDaniels. Star quarterback Jay Cutler was traded to Chicago and the football betting prospects for Denver looked bleak. That all changed on September 13 at Cincinnati, however, as lady luck smiled upon McDaniels and his Broncos as they scored a 12-7 football betting miracle win at Cincinnati as Brandon Stokley caught a deflected pass from quarterback Kyle Orton and took it all the way for an 87 yard touchdown with 11 seconds remaining. Denver simply hasn’t been the same football betting commodity since that moment.
Orton has long been derided in football betting circles and was considered a considerable downgrade from Cutler but so far he has silenced his critics with a stellar 97.7 quarterback rating and a 5/0 touchdown to interception ratio.
McDaniels arrived in Denver for the 2009 football betting season after serving as offensive coordinator at New England. His Broncos rank a solid 9th in NFL betting for total yardage. This big football betting improvement for Denver has been their defense, however, as it ranks 2nd in total yards allowed and best in the league for points permitted.
The New England Patriots are coming off their most impressive football betting win of the season last week as they beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-21 as 1-point home favorites. The Patriots rank in the top 10 of the football betting stats for both offense and defense but quarterback Tom Brady has not played up to his past level so far as he has a very ordinary 83.7 QB rating. Brady was sharp against the tough Raven defense last week, however, with 258 yards, 1 TD pass, and no interceptions.
McDaniels would love to beat his old boss Bill Belichick but the Pats will be motivated to show Denver just who is boss in the AFC.