Any Baltimore backer who thought they were on their way to an easy victory after the Ravens took a 17-3 lead must not have read my last two NFL summaries as the Bengals put together a very impressive bookend possessions around halftime.
On the front side of the half, the Bengals took the ball with 5:34 remaining in the half and went on a 13-play 81 yard touchdown drive. While the drive did not start as a classic bookend, just as with the Steelers the night before, as they neared mid-field, it was certainly a good time to back the Bengals with very nice long odds.
Following halftime, the Bengals moved 79 yards in 12 plays to the Ravens 1 yard line before settling for a field goal. This moved the odds to even, providing a nice opportunity to green up.
Although the Ravens did not have a real snap for 52 minutes of actual time and over 11 minutes of football time, it was a good opportunity to slant your green numbers to Baltimore as they moved the ball well in all of their previous possessions. Such a strategy of putting most of your green numbers on the better team with near even money worked out well as they responded with two touchdowns and a field goal in their next three possessions to cruise to victory in the end.
Much like last night, this game demonstrated how money could be made backing either side as long as the timing on both entering and exiting a trade is strategically implemented.
In the night’s second nationally televised game, an injury to Oakland’s long snapper helped San Diego put the game away.
With San Diego holding a 10 to 6 lead, Oakland was punting near midfield providing an opportunity to pin the Chargers deep. However, the Raiders fill-in snapper rolled the ball back to the punter who had to eat the ball. The Chargers turned the error into a field goal to take a seven-point lead.
After stopping the Raiders on their next possession, the Chargers likely were encouraged to put on a punt block strategy due to an expected bad snap. Although the snap was good, Oakland missed a block, enabling the Chargers to block the punt and cash in another field goal.
Two drives latter, Oakland once again rolled the snap on a punt to provide San Diego another field goal that put the game well in hand.
The lesson in this game is to avoid backing teams when obvious signs of danger are present. ignoring injuries to unappreciated players such as snappers, kickers, and cornerbacks can lead to expensive lessons.