Contenders and pretenders heading into week 4
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Contenders and pretenders heading into week 4
Thursday September 25th, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings are 7-2 SU and ATS in their last nine games as a home underdog. This Sunday, Minnesota will be one of two teams that has a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start when the Vikings host the Atlanta Falcons with Teddy Bridgewater under center.

Multiple prop bets are available for Bridgewater's debut. His totals are set at 220.5 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns (Over +160, Under -200), and 0.5 interceptions (Over -250, Under +195) at sportsbooks monitored by Bridgewater passed for only 150 yards and no touchdowns in nearly three quarters of action last Sunday, so many bettors will likely be leaning toward the UNDER on his stats this week.

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San Diego hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday as rookie quarterback Blake Bortles makes his first NFL start. Bortles passed for 223 yards and two touchdowns in one half of action last week against Indianapolis. In a game against the Chargers that Jacksonville will likely be trailing in, Bortles seems likely to go OVER his set totals of 250.5 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns (Over +120, Under -150), and 0.5 interceptions (Over -250, Under +195).

The result of Sunday's Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins game at Wembley Stadium in London could play a big role in which NFL coach is fired first this season. Raiders coach Dennis Allen is going off at 3/2 to be the first coach fired this season and Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is 3/1 according to sportsbooks monitored by Sunday's loser will have a very hot seat on his flight home (if he isn’t fired beforehand).

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Bettors looking to take a shot on a big payday this week can bet “Will the Eagles be trailing by 10 or more at half and come back to win Week 4?” at +2000. This scenario is indeed a long shot, but considering that Philadelphia has erased a double-digit deficit in winning all three of its games and San Francisco has blown double-digit leads in two straight losses, it may be worth a shot at 20 to 1. 

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