Week 4 of the NFL season was somewhat bad beat-free compared with the previous three weeks.
When it comes to the spread, there weren't too many last-minute changes resulting in losses, instead, there were some games that were massive missed opportunities or "shake my fist" inducing.
Here, we have four games to review.
Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints
Bad Beat: Vikings -3 (Push)
This line fluctuated a bit depending on where you played at three or 3.5. Either way, there was a key play in this game that made you lose outright at -3.5 or get a push. While a push isn't a bad thing, the goal of betting is to make money.
Well, kicker Greg Joseph cost you.
With 4:15 to go in the game, the Vikings scored a go-ahead touchdown on a three-yard run from wide receiver Justin Jefferson. They were then up 25-22 with an opportunity to increase it to 26-22 following the PAT.
Usually a gimme, Joseph missed his PAT, and the Vikings were up by just a field goal.
Then, with 1:51 to go, the Saints kicked a field goal to tie the game. If you bet -3 or -3.5, you're hoping for overtime in London so the Vikings can score and win.
Instead, with 24 ticks left on the clock, Joseph remembered how to kick again, hitting a 47-yard field goal, and the Vikings won 28-25. But not before Saints kicker Wil Lutz gave us all a reason to chuckle, with the rare double doink to seal the victory for Minnesota.
Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks
Bad Beat: Lions favored for the first time in two years
The Lions have been a laughing stock in the NFL for years now. It's gotten so bad that until their 2022-23 Week 4 match-up, they hadn't been favored in a game since 2020.
They were -4.5 point favorites at home against the Seattle Seahawks, but they lost 48-45. The score was massive, and while it showed that the Lions wouldn't back down, it must've been a bummer to lose outright in the first game of the last two seasons that they were actually favored to win.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Bad Beat: Jaguars +6.5
Taking the Jaguars and the points was a gutsy call, but let's pretend you bought into the "Doug Pederson revenge game" narrative. If so, well, you were almost right.
At one point, the Jaguars were up 14-0, but the lead slowly diminished as the Eagles scored 29 unanswered.
The +6.5 for the Jaguars seemed all but gone, but with 7:19 to go in the game, they pulled within eight points.
With half of the fourth quarter to go, maybe this would re-energize the team, and we'd see them get the ball back and score. Whether they got the two-point conversion or went into overtime wouldn't have mattered, thanks to having the six and a hook.
After an 11-play, 54-yard drive that lasted 5:25, the Jaguars forced a turnover on downs. They had just under two minutes to go, but hey, they have a former No. 1 overall draft pick in Trevor Lawrence, and Pederson is back for revenge.
Nope. Didn't matter.
They fumbled on the first play and lost.
Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots
Bad Beat: Packers and Pats almost tie?
Favored by anywhere from 9.5 to 10.5, the Packers were slated to stomp the Patriots with relative ease.
The Patriots were without quarterback Mac Jones and on the road with Brian Hoyer set to start.
During the game, Hoyer left due to a concussion, so now it was Bailey Zappe's turn. At this point, down to their third-string quarterback, you're feeling pretty good if you bet the Packers minus the points.
Instead, this game couldn't have been any tighter. It went into overtime, and the Packers escaped with a win as the overtime clock expired on a Mason Crosby 31-yard field goal.
Maybe it was Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. Or, perhaps it's this Green Bay offense.
But narrowly beating a team outright after double-digits favored you, and they had to resort to their third-string guy?
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