WEEK 8 NFL REVIEW: BY THE NUMBERS
By: Ben Lipson
Special to ProFootballGuru.com
The Dallas/Detroit thriller overshadowed the rest of the NFL action in week 8. Let’s look back at what we learned from the live prediction game at SportsTradex.
Week 8 Key Matchups with probability to win at kickoff:
Jets (40%) – Bengals (60%) Winner: Bengals
Redskins (21%) – Broncos (79%) Winner: Broncos
Cowboys (46%) – Lions (54%) Winner: Lions
Eagles (60%) – Giants (40%) Winner: Giants
This Just In, Calvin Johnson Is Pretty Good: The theme of our Week 8 review is “thanks for stating the obvious.” Dez Bryant’s sideline outburst overshadowed a great comeback for the Lions and possibly an even better individual performance by the best receiver on the planet. The Lions got the ball with just over a minute left in the game and no timeouts. Most statistical sources put 1% odds on the Lions winning the game from that point. SportsTradex gave Detroit slightly better chances (3%). There are a few teams – Green Bay, New England, Seattle--that tend to get preferential treatment in such situations. The combination of Stafford and Johnson earned the right to join that class.
It’s The Quarterback Stupid: With all the talk of the NFL as a passing league, the Eagles-Giants game provided a forceful demonstration of the relationship between QB and winning. Vick exited the game with a hamstring injury and the Eagles immediately dropped from 40% to 15% in the real time prediction game at Sports Tradex. Despite the close score, fans doubted Matt Barkley’s ability to lead the Eagles offense. Barkley validated that position with a costly lost fumble in the red zone.
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