Bettors - And Announcers - Love Favre
by SPORTSBETTING.COM - 11/28/2007
Brett Favre is one of the best to ever play the game, no question about it. He set another Green Bay Packers record on Thanksgiving in the team's 37-26 triumph over the Detroit Lions by recording 20-straight completions (besting the previous mark of 18). It came as quite a surprise to the announcers that Favre didn't already posses the record to start with.
Truth be told, finding a Packers' quarterback record not held by Favre would certainly present a challenge, but that's not really the point of this ramble. This is for those that happened to catch the not-so-subtle attempt at humor by announcer Joe Buck as he cut short the endless amount of compliments that he and Troy Aikman were in the midst of coating on Favre.
At one point Buck asked Aikman if he thought some announcers were a little too mushy in their adoration of Favre, only to follow up that question with another series of compliments in which he talked about how the lights gleamed off Favre's helmet. He sounded more like a teenage girl with a crush than a professional announcer.
If nothing more, Buck's dry sense of sarcasm really helped set the tone for a great long weekend of football that once again reinforced the adage of how "any given Sunday" can provide bettors with just as many chances to profit as it does gray hairs.
Take the 49ers, for example, ended up scoring more points in their Sunday afternoon clash with the Cardinals than they had in their previous four games combined. Or the Minnesota Vikings, registering the team's highest point production in almost four years against a normally stout Giants defensive unit that had held six of its past eight opponents to fewer than 20 points. And it would be hard to forget Devin Hester's performance, keeping the Chicago Bears' slim playoff hopes alive with his electric ability to sway the tide of a game through virtually unstoppable return skills.
It was quite a week, and much in the way an aperitif is used to cap off a fine dining experience, it was almost as if the league decided that the sixteenth game of Week 12 needed to be a soothing experience; something to help send fans off to bed. Cue the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Monday Night snooze-fest that closed off the week set a record for going the furthest into a game without either side scoring (it had been 65 years since the Detroit Lions and New York Giants completed the NFL's last scoreless tie).
The only real suspense in this Mud Bowl, though, other than wondering if one of the teams could eventually score and put an end to the misery of all the fans watching in TV land, was the possibility that Miami might actually record its first win of the season. Alas, a Dolphin team featuring a rookie QB handing off a ball to a fourth-string RB with even less experience could not get it done in the clutch and Miami has tread one step closer to immortality, falling to 0-11.
Looking at the remaining schedule, it is just as possible that Miami could go winless on the year as it is that they could win four out of their next five games. The Dolphins have lost six of their games by three points, making them prime candidates to pull out a win this week over the New York Jets or the following week in Buffalo. But on the other hand, three of Miami's next five games are divisional and they finish the season against a Bengals team that has suddenly come back to life and could be fighting for a Wild Card spot by Week 17.
You have to stay alert this week, as the NFL kicks off its late season Thursday night schedule. Opening the weekday feature game is a much-anticipated collision between the NFC's two best teams, as Dallas hosts Green Bay as a 6.5 point favorite. The total has been set at 51.5. It should be a great matchup to set the table for another exciting week of NFL action.
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