Top 5 bad beats of the football season, after the NFL playoffs
Frank Schwab is counting the worst beats of regular NFL and college football seasonsâ¦ we still can’t get over those bad beats. Frank also has some valuable picks for the Super Bowl and NFL conference title races.
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– Welcome to Yahoo Sportsbook Daily. It is January 10, 2022. I am your betting guide, Frank Schwab. And today we’re going to greet the regular season with the worst beats of the year and some future play-offs for the NFL as well. Let’s take a look at the five best bad beats of the football season. Hope you don’t have traumatic flashbacks, but you probably will because you were probably on at least one of these games.
Let’s start with number five. We need to move on to Bears, Vikings on Monday Night Football week 15 of the NFL season. If you had the Bears plus 7, plus 7, and 1/2, you finally had a touchdown you needed at the end of the game. The Bears struggled so hard in the red zone to score, but you finally got that touchdown, the last play of the game. Justin Fields hits Jesper Horsted for a touchdown on the last play of the game.
But remember, the NFL has the rule that you don’t have to score an extra point if it doesn’t matter. The game ends 17-9. If you had that ticket to the Bears, you’ll just be left frustrated at the end of this game. A tough one for all the Bears fans out there.
At number four we go to the college game. Kentucky somehow covered against Georgia, they’re over 21 and 1/2. And Georgia led 30-7 with 11:27 left on the clock. Remember, Georgia has the best defense in college football. But the ensuing ride through Kentucky takes 11 minutes and 23 seconds. Kentucky converted a third down and a fourth down, a few more third downs, another fourth down. The Georgian defense simply could not leave the field, then [? London ?] Robinson scored on third base from the 1-yard line in the dying seconds. A really, really tough beat if you had Georgia minus 21 and 1/2 that day, I’ll tell you.
Coming back to number three, we go back to the NFL opener – week one, San Francisco to Detroit. The 49ers were leading 31-10 at halftime, 38-10 with less than five minutes left in the third quarter. You’ve completed this one if you’re on the 49ers in this game, right?
But instead, the Lions come back and lose by just eight points. They scored two touchdowns in the last minute and 53. They needed the two two-run conversions to cover, and – much to the chagrin of the San Francisco fans – they have them both. A successful in-play kick from Detroit with a sloppy fumble from George Kittle, who has some of the best hands in football, is also to blame for this one. A really, really tough beat if you had the 49ers all through the first week.
Back to the college game for number two, and it’s Boise State minus 13 and 1/2. They lead 16 in the dying seconds of this game. Wyoming had done nothing, they are led 23-7, back on their own territory. You have nothing to fear, do you? Wrong. The Wyoming Cowboys had a short pass and the receiver was running down the field. Boise State doesn’t have much of an interest in going after him.
It’s the end of the game, the last seconds. Go all the way, lodge for the touchdown, and somehow those Boise State minus 13 and 1/2 tickets are ripped apart with one of the most unlikely touchdowns of the football season. scholar in that bad beat segment.
But number one, there was no doubt about this one – Florida State, Clemson. Let’s set the scene here. If you were under 47 and 1/2 or the state of Florida over 9 and 1/2, you are fine. Last part of the game, just the time elapsed. And oh my gosh we’re getting one of the worst sideways play ever.
We all hate it – ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt has skillfully dubbed it pitchy, pitchy, woo, woo. There you go … Clemson completes down the field, then starts playing the field back, back, back. And you go back to your own territory until finally there is an escape. Clemson picks it up, gets pushed into the end zone, basically. Not only did that ruin the underside, but it also ruined all of the Florida State Notes plus 9 and 1/2 because Clemson got past that. They cover.
What a bad beat. Both bad beats in one piece. Hope you haven’t played around with it. It would have been really disgusting. But one of the bad beats you will ever see and definitely the worst of this regular football season.
Now on to some futures for the NFL playoffs, and we’ll start with the Super Bowl winners. I have a few here that I like – the Dallas Cowboys definitely stand out at 12-1. The Cowboys were everyone’s favorite team a few weeks ago after beating Washington in a nationally televised game. Then they came back and lost to the Cardinals. Look, that’s not a bad loss. Even at home, the Cardinals are a quality team. Maybe they didn’t look like that in Week 18. The Cardinals aren’t a bad team, it’s not a bad loss. The Cowboys got back on track in Week 18 by beating a resting Philadelphia team.
And I still believe the Cowboys can get away. All the ingredients are there, we know the reverse. And the 12-1 odds here are pretty good. You give them a better chance than the Packers, Rams, Buccaneers, and I don’t think that’s the right price. I think the Cowboys 12-1 you’ll be happy to hold this ticket. I think the Cowboys can do a race here, that’s really good value for them.
I also want to salute the Tennessee Titans. Look, nobody wants to pick the Titans during the Super Bowl, do they? But the point is, they’re the AFC’s number one seed and they are for a reason. Could get Derrick Henry back, they’re two home Super Bowl wins, and one over 800 – which is tied for fourth best odds in the NFL – I think they’re a little underrated. Not crazy then, but the Titans have been disrespectful all season. I did too, but getting Derrick Henry back is a big deal for them.
And again, when you’re the only seed, you have a big advantage. From 1990 to 2019, 80% of Super Bowl teams were from teams that achieved the [? buy. ?] Now only one team in each conference gets this benefit. The Titans have that advantage in the AFC. Do I expect them to win the Super Bowl? Not necessarily, but plus 800 is pretty good on any number one seed, so I’d actually hit a ticket to the Titans here.
I want to do another game too, and it’s the Bengals plus 900 that win the AFC. The Bengals have the advantage of having a race. We saw quarterback Joe Burrow really warm up late in the season. He has arms around him. Their defense is a bit underestimated. The Bengals here at over 900, tied for the fourth best odds in the AFC, I think this team is valuable. It’s a fun ticket to have because this team from Cincinnati could have a race. They really could go, a fun team to root for. And if Joe Burrow is going to continue the game he showed late in the season, I think the Bengals AFC 9-1 ticket has a chance to cash.
So to recap, here’s what we have. Dallas 12-1 to win a Super Bowl, a little bet on the Titans over 800 – just because they’re the number one seed I would take just about any number one seed to 8- 1 – and also the Bengals 9-1 to win the AFC. Hoping they will continue their hot streak from the end of the season. You can follow me on Twitter via @YahooSchwab and follow all of our content on Yahoo Sportsbook.
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