NFL betting on a team with poor quarterbacking is a death wish for a bankroll and the ultimate exercise in NFL gambling frustration. The Cleveland Browns were a classic NFL betting example of how bad a team can be against the NFL gambling line without an effective signal caller.
Quarterback Derek Anderson was the worst rated signal caller in NFL betting last year with a 66.5 rating as the Browns covered the spread in just 6 out of 16 games. Cleveland lost 8 out of their last 9 NFL betting appearances in large part because of the ineffective play of Anderson.
He was simply unable to keep Cleveland in games or bring them back from behind. Edging out Anderson for the second worst quarterback rating in NFL betting was Ryan Fitzpatrick of the cross-state rival Cincinnati Bengals.
Fitzpatrick had a 70.0 quarterback rating as Cincinnati lost 9 out of their 16 NFL betting appearances against the spread. Tyler Thigpen was ranked 27th in NFL betting for quarterback ratings as he played most of the season for the Kansas City Chiefs, who had one of their worst seasons in team history with a 2-14 record.
That may change this year, however, as Matt Cassel arrived in the offseason from New England where he ranked 10t in NFL betting with a quarterback rating of 89.4. JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders ranked 26th overall with a 77.1 quarterback rating as the Raiders lost 9 out of 16 games against the spread including 6 out of their last 10.
With a good quarterback a team is never out of a game in pro football, especially as an underdog. A good quarterback will keep a dog “live” all game and as a viable threat to get the cash at the end, even in straight up defeat. Just as it is dangerous to bet on a bad QB it is equally dangerous to bet against a good one!
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