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Vegas Oddsmakers Say Chiefs, Jaguars 24-Point Favorites Over Alabama Crimson Tide
It’s been a bad enough year for the poor Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars as it is. The last thing either of these one-win teams needed was some NFL coaching reject insulting them on a nationally syndicated radio show.
However, that’s what happened last week when former Washington Redskins coach and current South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier went on the Dan Patrick Show. Here’s what he said:
“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier said. “I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there, that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabama would be favored by a little bit.”
Now, Spurrier is trying to be complementary of SEC rival Alabama, here, and he doesn’t mention any NFL teams by name. But everyone knows who he was talking about when he said “a couple of those NFL teams.”
Of course, no matter how good Alabama is, saying they could beat an NFL team is pretty silly. Think about it this way:
NFL teams and fans expect that pretty much any college player selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft will make the team that drafts them. And about half of these players selected in the first round are probably expected to be starters in their first season. Not stars. Just starters.
So for Alabama to beat any NFL team, you would think they’d need to have at least 20 players on their 50+ man roster capable of being starters in the NFL right now, and 50 that could make an NFL team. And there’s just no way on earth that this is the case.
And those oddsmakers to which Spurrier refers? Yeah, they agree with me. According to R.J. Bell, a betting expert from Pregame.com, Vegas considers the Chiefs and Jaguars to be the two worst teams in the NFL, and even they would be 24-point favorites over the Alabama Crimson Tide.
So perk up Kansas City and Jacksonville. We all think you’re terrible, but only Steve Spurrier thinks you’re that terrible.
Hat Tip – [Business Insider]