This past week I went 2-0 and 1-1 against the spread. On the season I’m now 10-5 overall and 1-4 against the spread. In the early game, the Patriots blew the Dolphins out of the water 41-13, the Patriots got on the board first and allowed the Dolphins to hang around until the third quarter when a 24 point explosion from the Patriots iced the game. The Patriots clinched their 6th straight AFC East title with the victory and kept their hopes for home field advantage alive. The Patriots averaged 13.7 yards a receptions to 11.9 yards for the Dolphins. The two leading receivers were Mike Wallace for the Dolphins with 104 yards and Rob Gronkowski with 96 yards for the Patriots, but the nearly 2.0 yards difference in average per catch is telling, Ryan Tannehill had 8 more completions than Tom Brady, threw the ball 12 more times than Brady and only picked up 21 yards more than Brady, on those extra 8 completions Tannehill averaged 3.8 yards a catch, that is 0.9 yards less than they were averaging as a team coming into the game. So the Patriots were giving 7 1/2 at home and they more than covered the bet giving me by first win against the spread bringing my record to 1-3 and gave me an early 9-5 overall record
In the late game, the Lions with their victory over the Vikings in addition to the Bills knocking off the Packers the Detroit Lions with the tiebreaker over Green Bay slide back into first place in the NFC North. The Lions lost starting tackle LaAdrian Waddle and the Lions reverted back to form as they had to pull out another late victory from behind. As usual the Lions defense didn’t bother to show up in the first quarter and once again after spotting the Vikings 14 points the Lions defense decided it was time to come play. The Vikings Blair Walsh helped out by missing an early field goal, having a late field goal blocked and then missing short as time expired on what would have been NFL record 68 yard game winning field goal. The Lions offense was the less than impressive, their longest passing play was a 23 yard pass to Calvin Johnson and their longest run of the day a 15 yard scamper by Joique Bell. The Lions play next on Sunday at Soldier Field against the Bears, they staked the Bears to a 14-3 lead on Thanksgiving before turning it around. The Lions offense needs to show up and the Lions defense needs to make its appearance before the midway point of the second quarter in the Lions are going to have any hope of playing for the division when they finish off the season against the Packers at Lambeau Field. As you can imagine the Lions didn’t cover with a 16-14 victory dropping my record against the spread to 1-4 but bringing my overall record up to 10-5.