3 Funniest Overreactions from NFL Week 11: Titans Are Underdogs by HOW MUCH vs. Patriots?

If you think Ryan Tannehill looks disappointed following the Titans' home loss to the Texans, imagine hearing they're 6-point underdogs vs. NE!
If you think Ryan Tannehill looks disappointed following the Titans' home loss to the Texans, imagine hearing they're 6-point underdogs vs. NE! / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

With every NFL game feeling like it's a make-or-break week, it's understandable why fans can easily overreact to each blowout win like it's the Super Bowl, or gut-wrenching loss like the season is over.

The thing is, bettors do it just as much as fans.

Take Patrick Mahomes' MVP odds for example. Before the game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football, Mahomes was as high as 75/1 at WynnBET Sportsbook to take home the award after opening the season as the overwhelming favorite at +450.

Need another example? After the books opened the Los Angeles Chargers as four-point home favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers, bettors took this number as high as 6.5 following Pittsburgh's tie against the lowly Detroit Lions. Sure enough, the Steelers went on to cover in a thriller: 41-37 on Sunday night.

Here's a look at the three most laughable overreactions of Week 11 in the NFL.

Jonathan Taylor Is an MVP Candidate Now?

In case you need a reminder, Derrick Henry became just the eighth running back in NFL history to run for over 2,000 yards in a season, and didn't sniff the MVP a season ago as Aaron Rodgers took home the honors.

So after a five-touchdown performance on the road against the inconsistent Buffalo Bills, we're supposed to believe Colts back Jonathan Taylor is now a serious candidate?

Taylor is the best running back in football right now, a tremendous accomplishment in and of itself. As mentioned last week on our Bet & Breakfast podcast, when Taylor rushes for over 80 yards, the Colts are 11-0 (now 12-0 following the Bills game).

Taylor's workload is starting to look closer to Henry's, but keep in mind that Henry got to 922 rushing yards in only eight games this season. Before his 11th game where he rushed for 185, Taylor was sitting at 937.

He's in some remarkable company with his performance against Buffalo, but let's not get carried away.

The Colts are 2.5-point home dogs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Titans are Almost a Touchdown Underdog vs. the Patriots

Perhaps the oddsmakers at WynnBET caught wind of Iain MacMillan's column last week about how the Tennessee Titans are a fraudulent top seed in the AFC. But six-point road dogs against the New England Patriots?

Yes, Tennessee was due for a let-down game, especially with no Derrick Henry to carry their offense for the rest of the season, but are the Titans due this kind of disrespect?

Both the Patriots and the Titans are 7-4-0 against the spread this season, and let's not forget that New England barely beat Houston when they matched up in October, winning 25-22 after being down most of the game.

Yes, the Titans have been overvalued all season, but with dominant wins over teams like the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts, they certainly are owed more than this relative to New England.

Kirk Cousins Owns Aaron Rodgers

Our Brian Guiffra wrote about this remarkable stat that's seemed to make its way into Twitterverse this morning, and it's pretty remarkable.

Yes, the same Kirk Cousins who bettors typically auto-bet against in late afternoon and prime time games has actually surpassed the great Aaron Rodgers in 300-plus passing yard games with three touchdowns.

Minnesota, to their credit, has actually played Green Bay, amongst the rest of their competition very well at home under the Mike Zimmer era, and the sharp movement all week long reflected that. Green Bay opened as 2.5-point road favorites before the line moved a point and a half in Minnesota's direction.

Cousins has actually been very good this year. He's seventh in the NFL in passing yards, while tied for fifth with 21 passing touchdowns and holds the NFL's best touchdown/interception ratio at 21/2.

Would you still take him over Rodgers with the game on the line? Of course not, but the stat remains impressive without the mountain of hyperbole attached to it.

The Vikings hit the road this week for a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers as three-point road dogs.