NFL Week 4: Mismatch at Mile High
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning bemoaned the league's schedule-makers because his high-flying Broncos played at home Monday night and Sunday will host the Philadelphia Eagles, who have had 12 days off. The veteran quarterback failed to chastise those same schedulers for giving the Eagles three games over 11 days to start the season.
According to OddsShark.com's power rankings, it shouldn't matter, as it's the biggest mismatch on the board, with the Broncos checking in at No. 3 and the Eagles ranked 31st. Bettors don't seem to care, either, as the Broncos have gone from laying 7.5 points to -12 at 5Dimes. The line movement should be of no surprise, as Philly brings the league's 30th-ranked defense to the Mile High City to face the league's top-ranked offensive machine.
The next biggest mismatch for Sunday is the "Battle of Ohio," where the No. 5 Cincinnati Bengals are set to visit the Cleveland Browns, ranked 26th overall. The Bengals check in after allowing 30 straight points, and then overcoming a 16-point deficit and four turnovers to stun the Green Bay Packers last week. And while the Bengals have a chance to go 2-0 in the AFC North, make note these rivals split out last season, with both teams winning at home. Cincinnati is laying -4 to the Browns.
The winless Washington Redskins are still in the Top 10, ranked 9th, and travel across the country to play No. 27 Oakland, where the Raiders are probably still licking their wounds after being humiliated by Manning and the Broncos last Monday. Matt Flynn could start at quarterback for the Raiders if Terrelle Pryor doesn't return from a concussion. Flynn threw for 731 yards and nine touchdowns in two career starts with Green Bay. The Redskins are currently -3.5 at 5Dimes.
As for the consensus plays at OddsShark, two games find 65 percent on one side, with bettors choosing the San Francisco 49ers (-3) at St. Louis in tonight's game and also on the Indianapolis Colts (-9.5) at AFC South-rival Jacksonville. The Bengals have the interest of 63 percent of the voters in the "Battle of Ohio."