Patriots Survive Near-Death Experience Against the Ravens
On the surface it’s easy to understand why the New England Patriots ’went into Saturday’s AFC Divisional Round game as seven point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens.
New England dominated the AFC for most of the 2014 season and coasted to their No. 1 postseason seed while the Ravens needed help to play January football. Also, the Patriots reigned supreme on their home field in 2014, outscoring opponents by an average of 16-points per game.
So, how did the Ravens come within five minutes of knocking New England out of another Super Bowl run? From a Quality Stats analysis this game was the prime candidate of the four NFL Divisional Round contests to produce an upset…
Redskins End the Eagles 2014 Season: Autopsy of an Upset
The Washington Redskins’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday night is an instance of even the blind squirrel finding the occasional nut…
Chargers Slip Past Ravens for a Big Win: Autopsy of an Upset
The Ravens controlled the game nearly the entire day before the Chargers scored 21 fourth quarter points to steal a victory.
The Ravens were 4-1 at home this season and 13-4 at home against AFC West competition since moving to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996. A win against the San Diego Chargers would have kept them in contention for the AFC North title while putting them in the driver’s seat for an AFC wild card slot heading into the final four weeks of the season.
The Chargers were riding a two game win streak to climb back into playoff contention but still went into the Sunday’s contest as five-and-a-half point underdogs…
Browns Take Revenge on Bengals: Autopsy of an Upset
The shadows of past greatness are beginning to awaken in Cleveland. Paul Brown in his trademark hat roaming the sidelines, Otto Graham dropping back to pass, Jim Brown laying bone-crushing hits on would-be tacklers, now the 2014 Cleveland Browns are 6-3 and all alone atop the AFC North Division after smothering the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 in Week 10…
Bills Dominate the Jets in New York: Autopsy of an Upset
It’s surprising how many times you can scan through point spreads for Sunday’s games and find that the oddsmakers and betting public have completely missed the boat. The New York Jets opened the week as three point favorites against the Buffalo Bills and that line stayed steady right up to kickoff.
Unfortunately for the Jets, Buffalo wasn’t paying attention. They improved their record to 5-3 by riding six New York turnovers to a dominating 43-23 victory…
Cowboys Ground the Seahawks: Autopsy of an Upset
The Dallas Cowboys went into their game against the Seahawks in Seattle as anywhere from 8 to 10 point underdogs. Fans should have known better.
It doesn’t take a skilled game coroner to explain how Dallas was able to win that convincingly. Any cut-rate coroner with an X-acto knife for a scalpel can see that the Cowboys dominated the final stats lines on both sides of the ball. What does need to be questioned is how a team with a 4-1 record and tied for first place in its division goes into anyone’s stadium, even the defending Super Bowl Champion’s, as a touchdown-plus underdog?