Four NFL teams letting down bettors in the second half
Football is a tale of two halves. And luckily for NFL bettors, most books offer first and second half lines.
Some teams have been very "Jekyll and Hyde" this season, looking sharp through two quarters and then running out of steam in the final 30 minutes. Here are four teams playing two very different halves so far this year:
Atlanta Falcons (1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS)
The Falcons have been fast and furious in the opening two frames, averaging 15.7 points while allowing just 8.7. But when half time hits, all the air is let out of Atlanta. It’s getting outscored 16-8 in the second half this season, which has come back to bite the Falcons in their two losses. Atlanta is a 1-point home favorite hosting New England Sunday night.
Green Bay Packers (1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS)
The Packers have a week off this Sunday and hopefully Mike McCarthy can come up with a killer halftime speech to keep the juices flowing in the final two quarters. The Cheese has gone bad in the championship rounds, getting outscored 20-14 in the second half after out-dueling opponents 18-9.3 in the opening two frames. Green Bay is on a bye week and takes on Detroit in Week 5.
San Diego Chargers (1-2 SU, 2-0-1 ATS)
The Bolts blew a big first-half lead against the Texans on Monday Night Football in Week 1, setting the tone for the rest of the season. San Diego, which has outscored foes 14.7-9 in the first half, is getting rolled 18-11.3 in the last two quarters. The Chargers host Dallas – another two-faced team – as 1-point pups this weekend.
New England Patriots (3-0 SU, 1-2 ATS)
Football bettors are wise to the fact that the Patriots’ 3-0 mark is about as soft as the New England morning snow. But, New England isn’t as nearly as split as those teams mentioned above. The Pats’ biggest culprit is it’s stumbling offense, which is outscoring rivals 15.7-6.7 in the first half but getting edged 4.7-4 in the second. New England is up against the bipolar Falcons as a rare road dog Sunday night.