Last week’s two biggest upset makers collide in Carolinas. The Bears avenged their Super Bowl loss to the Colts with a shocking win at Indianapolis while the Panthers pounced on the Chargers in a stirring last-play-of-the-game win at San Diego. What to do for an encore? If you’re Carolina head coach John Fox the plan would be avoid the dreaded FAVORITE moniker as his team is 1-11 SU and 0-12 ATS in its franchise history when laying points against a .500 or better opponent in Games 1 thru 6. Bears’ boss Lovie Smith counters at 5-1 ATS as an NFL head coach when facing a foe off a SU underdog win, including 5-0 SU and ATS away Now, where else can you find info like that other than the PLAYBOOK? No deliberating here, It’s Da Bears.
Shame on the oddsmakers. The Lions took another of their famous roaddumps when they lost in Atlanta as 3.5-point favorites last Sunday. Like Peter,Paul and Mary said, “When will they ever learn?” They sing a different tune at home, however. It’s here where they are 7-0 ATS in September off a non-division SU and ATS loss. They are also 15-2 ATS at home as a division dog or favorite of 4 or less points after allowing more than 28 points in their last game. The Pack attack lacks in division games when coming off a division battle. That’s confirmed by its 0-8-1 ATS mark when taking on a sub .500
division rival that lost its last game SU as a favorite. Monday night hangover at its best here today.
Running Totals Week One: 1-1