Week 15 NFL Trends: The 21 Club

The DirectorContributor IDecember 14, 2007

IconThere are games that always look "Tasty" ATS as a "Bullet" trend...only to "Trap" upon further review.

In 2006, The Director looked for the first time to clear the way for you to understand which team has the real "ADVANTAGE" against the "Trend."

In Week 15, The Director highlights "The 21 Club"...

Few of us remember where we were in 2003. In Atlanta, however, it seems like deja vu.

Having been upset in 2003 by 21 points at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Dan Reeves, the ATLANTA FALCONS rolled into Tampa Bay late in the season. We find ourselves here again.

With Michael Vick in jail, and Bobby Petrino headed to Arkansas, the Falcons find themselves prisoner to the Bucs' ADVANTAGE in Tampa Bay.

So to do the Arizona Cardinals, who were crushed by the New Orleans Saints by 21 in 2003. The Saints are feeling stronger than ever after sealing the Falcons in the 2007 cellar.

Having thrown for 337 yards and five interceptions last week, Kurt Warner will definitely be trying to defeat the Saints' ADVANTAGE through the air in the Superdome.

For the OAKLAND RAIDERS, this week's matchup will tell how far the have come from the 21-point loss they suffered at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts during the nightmare tenure of Norv Turner.

Taking the ADVANTAGE back from Manning and the Colts, who are looking ever so "Super," will be a tough assignment after the duo of McCown and Walter, who put up only 12 completions versus the Packers.

While the PITTSBURGH STEELERS success has been in the spotlight, few have noticed their failings versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coming off a beating at the hands of the Patriots, the Steelers, who have gone 0-3 ATS in their last three seasons versus the Jaguars, will welcome the sight of their home field for this one.

Having been able to pick up a SU victory in 2004, Ben Roethlisberger, whose 141 passing yards versus the Jags in 2006 was even less than Maddox's 151 passing yards in 2005, will try to put up the Steelers' first points after being shut out last year.


Tom Collins, I mean Todd Collins, is finally executing Gibbs' offensive scheme, posting a 144 rating on 11.2 yards per attempt for the Washington Redskins.

The NY GIANTS, who stumbled and bumbled by the Eagles, enter 4-1 ATS in their last five matchups versus the Redskins.

Tom Coughlin's team powered for 411 offensive yards here in 2006. Even more impressive has been Coughlin's ability to outscore the Redskins by average of almost 20 points per game—and holding the Skins to less than six.


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