This Week's Best NFL Bets


Below you'll find weekly updated NFL bets of the week. Find out what are the best NFL games to bet on today, tonight, tomorrow or this weekend.


Super Contest, week 7: To play or not to play the math…?

Friday, 23 October 2020 20:34 EST

After a washout in week 6, NFLbets got this one started right by taking the New York Giants +4½ against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night football. We were feeling good until giving this week’s My Bookie Super Challenge pick-5 contest card.

In several cases, games pitted like trend against like trend. A few like Detroit Lions +2½ at Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers +2 at New England Patriots scream “stay away!” while stuff like Cleveland Browns -3 at Cincinnati Bengals feels like a sucker bet whichever way you play.

But in the end, we gotta fill out a card, right? So this is what we came up with…

Buffalo Bills -11 at New York Jets. Mark this down in pen right now: You must bet against the Jets minus whatever points as long as Adam Gase remains head coach. And after he’s fired, stay away from Jets games for a week or two, and then get back to going against them. After the six weeks, the 2020 New York Jets perfectly resemble a 1-15 team.

Green Bay Packers -4½ at Houston Texans. This is a risky pick not because the Packers’ tenuous offense was exposed against Tampa Bay, the first above-average D they’d played thus far. – the Texans D is bottom-5 in points allowed, turnovers forced, most rushing categories, etc. – but because of the numbers. Green Bay’s record thus far is 4-1 SU/ATS; the Texans are 1-5 SU/ATS. This is why it’s called the Super Challenge, NFLbets supposes.

Arizona Cardinals +3½ vs  Seattle Seahawks. At 5-0 SU, the Seahawks aren’t necessarily *due* for a loss, but the numbers are stacking up against them and the Cardinals’ offense is not the sort Seattle wants to face right now. The Seattle D has a reputation for poor play, but the actual results have been intriguing. Yes, they’re no. 1 in allowing yardage, as the average opponent is managing to outduel Russell “I Run Up 400 Yards In My Sleep These Days” Wilson. The Seahawks rank 15th in points allowed, however, and are currently no. 1 in turnovers. The Cardinals offense has committed just 11 turnovers all season and are no. 5 in yardage per game. Arizona could very well win this one outright.

Kansas City Chiefs -9 at Denver Broncos. Guess who suddenly has the best rushing game in the NFL? Yep, the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. This is a high point spread for sure, but Denver has not yet seen runners like this yet.

Los Angeles Rams -6 vs Chicago Bears. It’s tough to back a team minus-6 with an offense that seems to have trouble scoring 6 points, but the truth is the Rams have ranked top 5 in Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA metric all season. NFLbets is banking on the mathematics over Nick Foles’s magic – at 5-1, the Bears have already exceeded their Pythagorean Expectation (PE) wins by 1.8. Plus, Aaron Donald.

–written by Os Davis


Washington vs. Cowboys Line and Betting Match-Up Week 7

Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:16 EST

NFL News and Rumors - Cowboys vs Ex-Skins

The NFC East is for any team to win. Although the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team are having bad seasons, they still have a huge chance of winning the division, which speaks volumes about how hilariously ugly things are going. Oddsmakers project a close one when the Washington Football Team (1-5) battle to halt their five-game losing streak in a pick ’em matchup with the Dallas Cowboys (2-4) on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at FedExField. The over/under is set at 46.0.

Game Info

    Game Day: Sunday, October 25, 2020
    Game Time: 1:00 PM ET
    TV Channel: FOX
    Location: Landover, MD
    Stadium: FedExField


Betting Information

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
PUSH -0.0 -110 -110 46.0 -110 -110 N/A N/A

 

Washington Betting Insights

    -Washington has compiled a losing 2-3-1 record against the spread this season.
    -Half of Washington’s games this year — three out of six — have gone over the point total.
    -Washington racks up 18 points per game, 18.3 fewer than Dallas gives up per outing (36.3).
    -Washington is 2-1 against the spread and 1-2 overall in games when it records at least 18 points.
    -When Dallas allows opponents to score no more than 28.8 points, it has a 0-4 record against the spread and a 2-2 record overall.

Cowboys Betting Insights

    -Dallas has a losing 0-6 record against the spread.
    -Four Dallas’ six games this year have gone over the point total (66.7% of its outings).
    -Dallas racks up just 1.8 more points per game (28.8) than Washington surrenders (27).
    -Dallas is 0-4 against the spread and 2-2 overall in games when it puts up at least 28.8 points.
    -Washington has a 2-1 record against the spread and a 1-2 record overall in games when it surrenders 18 points or less.

Total Facts Over/Under 46

    -Two of Washington’s games have gone over 46.0 points this season (33.3% of matchups).
    -Five of Dallas’ games have gone over 46.0 points this year (83.3% of matchups).
    -These teams score a combined 46.8 points per game, 0.8 more points than this matchup’s total.
    -Combined, these teams allow 63.3 points per game, 17.3 more points than this matchup’s total.
    -Washington has an average point total of 45 in its contests this year, 1.0 fewer point than this game’s over/under.
    -Dallas has a 65.2-point average over/under in its contests this season, 19.2 more points than this game’s total.

Washington vs Dallas: Last 5 Meetings

Dallas has a 4-1 advantage over Washington in the past five meetings between these two squads. In those games against Washington, Dallas has a 2-0 record against the spread. Dallas outscored Washington 164-94 in those five head-to-head matchups.

Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Yards Result
12/29/2019 Cowboys Cowboys -11.5 46.5 -530 +430 517-271 DAL 47-16 DAL
9/15/2019 Cowboys Washington -6 46.5 -245 +215 474-255 DAL 31-21 DAL
11/22/2018 N/A Cowboys N/A N/A N/A N/A 404-331 DAL 31-23 DAL
10/21/2018 N/A Washington N/A N/A N/A N/A 323-305 DAL 20-17 WAS
11/30/2017 N/A Cowboys N/A N/A N/A N/A 280-275 WAS 38-14 DAL


Betting Insights: Last Three Games (Both Teams)

    -Washington has gone 1-1-1 against the spread and 0-3 overall in the last three contests.
    -The under has been familiar to Washington. They have failed to reach the total two times in the last three contests.
    -Washington and its opponents have combined to score an average of 42.3 points in its last three games, 3.7 less than the 46.0 over/under in this matchup.
    -Dallas has gone 0-3 against the spread and 1-2 overall over the last three contests.
    -Dallas has hit the over two times in their last three contests.
    -Dallas has averaged a total of 68.7 combined points over its last three games, 22.7 greater than this game’s total of 46.0.

Injury Report

Washington: G Michael Liedtke: Out (Shoulder), DT Matt Ioannidis: Out (Bicep), ILB Reuben Foster: Out (Knee), OT David Sharpe: Questionable (Illness), CB Greg Stroman: Out (Foot), WR Emanuel Hall: Out (Torn Achilles), WR Kelvin Harmon: Out (Torn Acl), RB Bryce Love: Out (Knee), WR Steven Sims Jr.: Out (Toe), WR Antonio Gandy-Golden: Questionable (Hamstring), WR Isaiah Wright: Questionable (Undisclosed), TE Thaddeus Moss: Out (Undisclosed), OL Saahdiq Charles: Doubtful (Knee)

Cowboys: OLB Sean Lee: Out (Pelvis), OT Tyron Smith: Out (Neck), C Joe Looney: Out (Knee), G Zack Martin: Questionable (Concussion), OT Cameron Erving: Out (Knee), OT La’el Collins: Out (Hip), QB Dak Prescott: Out (Ankle), CB Chidobe Awuzie: Out (Hamstring), TE Blake Jarwin: Out (Acl), WR Cedrick Wilson: Questionable (Ribs), DT Trysten Hill: Out (Acl), OT Mitch Hyatt: Out (Knee), LB Azur Kamara: Out (Undisclosed)

Who to bet on?

As expected, the Cowboys are having a hard time dealing with the loss of Dak Prescott for the rest of the season, as evidenced by their 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at home in Week 6. But even if Prescott was still healthy and playing, the Cowboys would’ve still had a hard time beating the Cardinals because of their horrendous defense. The Cowboys let Kyler Murray and Kenyan Drake run circles around them while Arizona receivers had a field day toying with Dallas’ secondary. Andy Dalton, starting in place of Prescott, went 35-of-54 for a touchdown and two interceptions. It’s still too early to write off Dalton as a possible savior for Dallas’ offense. The upcoming game against Washington could get him more confidence from his team, as the Football Team is unlikely to end up on top in a possible shootout with the Cowboys. Dallas should score more than 10 points this time around against Washington’s defense that has given up at least 30 points to four of its last five opponents. With more time practicing with the starters, Dalton should be able to put up a much better performance this week for Dallas’ offense that tops in the NFL with 259.0 passing yards per game.

The Cowboys are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against Washington.

Cowboys seems to be able to put up points which is something Washington just can't do.

Expect an Under 26-12 Cowboys is our score prediction
Take the Dallas Cowboys at (+1)


Betting Giants-Eagles on Thursday Night Football: Which team wants it less?

Thursday, 22 October 2020 14:07 EST

After a one-week absence, Thursday Night Football is back – albeit with another mediocre-looking divisional matchup of low-watt offenses. Though the game itself may not be particularly scintillating, the line sure is. So let’s look into betting on…

New York Giants +5 at Philadelphia Eagles

Right. NFLbets is advising that bettors take the New York Giants +5 at Philadelphia. Now admittedly, some fraction of the impetus behind this bet is Costanza Logic, i.e. always do the opposite; if every betting instinct you have is wrong, than the opposite would be right. NFLbets’ instinct on following the math has resulted in two oh-fers in the past three weeks, thus opposite time temporarily.

Here’s the other minus for the Giants: Offensive coordinator Jason Gerrett. As Dallas Cowboys head coach, Garrett was an incredibly lucrative 6-16 SU/4-18 ATS in all games in which his team had less than seven days to prepare. To his “credit”, Garrett wasn’t even calling plays for the last few years of his tenure for either of his coordinators but this nearly unbelievable career mark must reflect on Garrett somehow. Giants bettors will have to hope that Joe Judge knows what he’s doing on just his second short week as head coach – hey, he’s 1-0 ATS in the stat so far, right…?

(And if you find NFLbets unfair for judging Garrett as incompetent based on one demonstrative stat, well, there’s a reason his offense is statistically bottom-3 in points scored, total yards, passing TDs, passing yards, rushing TDs, rushing yards, first downs, etc.)

Nevertheless, the truth is that these New York Giants are all about the defense. In three games of six has the opposition scored over 19 against the G-men in 2020 and at Dallas in week 5, one Daniel Jones fumble was returned for a TD while another set the Cowboys up on the 17. Statistically, the NY D is average in most areas except getting past the offensive line: The Giants are top-10 in tackles for loss and QB sacks – good enough to go with an injury-riddled OL which has somehow allowed more sacks than even the Cincinnati Bengals.

Speaking (writing?) of injuries, the Eagles’ subtraction is the Giants’ addition. With RB Miles Sanders and TE Zach Ertz out, the Eagles offense loses nearly 33% of its total yardage thus far.

Finally, there’s Doug Pedersen’s career mark. NFLbets typically doesn’t like using statistics such as “record against the division” – There’s just too much movement of players, coaches and coordinators to render such statistics meaningless. However, the NFC East is worthy of exception because this division has been a hallmark of disastrous incompetence since Eli Manning was considered a viable quarterback. The situation has been akin to that of the AFC East since 2003, but without the Patriots.

These numbers say that Pedersen’s Eagles are a respectable (I guess) 18-11 SU against the NFC East since 2016 – but just 13-16 ATS against teams which know the Eagles best, including a 3-5 SU/ATS record against Garrett’s Cowboys.

All in all, this game feels like confirmation that the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles simply aren’t playoff contenders; the Giants ML of +200 looks really good right about now…

 


Week 6 NFL Betting: Time to take advantage of inexplicable hype

Saturday, 17 October 2020 17:51 EST

Most of the NFL point spreads, individually speaking, are logical at the sportsbooks for week 6; however, at least two stick out like broken ribs. And if you think NFLbets is going to take advantage of the hype on a certain prospective Hall of Fame quarterback and a certain NFC North team known most for a Saturday Night Live skit about its fans, you’re absolutely correct. So let’s get to betting on…

Green Bay Packers -1½ at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFLbets has scoured the history and statistics on this one but has found nothing significant enough to dissuade us from goggling at this spread, which has shifted 2½ points since release and is still far too long.

In games following a bye week, Rodgers's Packers are a respectable 7-5 SU and a nice 8-3-1 ATS. A bit concerning, however, is his 1-4 SU/1-2-1 ATS run. Equally as concerning is the Packers’ current 4-0 SU/ATS record; NFL bettors should always seek the end of such streaks to take advantage. Could this be the reason the Packers started the week as underdogs in this game…?

While neither team has taken on many serious contenders through 4 or 5 games, the Packers have played at the proper level in running up 38.0 points per game with a statistically no. 1 offense in points, yardage, turnovers lost and time of possession. The Buccaneers looked great in betting up the “Los Angeles” Chargers in week 4 but couldn’t score three TDs at Chicago.

As we’re all well aware, opposing Aaron Rodgers at QB is Tom Brady. Since 2009, Brady has an impressive personal mark of 26-8 SU/25-7 ATS in games following a loss. Perhaps it is for this that Tampa Bay started as 1-point favorites last Monday.

But – and this is a bold statement, for sure – the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are no Belichick ‘n’ Brady Patriots. The Bucs are dead last in penalties accrued (OK, technically Tampa Bay is tied in 31st with the Arizona Cardinals, who are apparently still stamped with the Bruce Arians laissez-faire attitude) while guess which team is tops in least penalties. Meanwhile, Bucs’ rushing D has faced the least number of passing attempts all season: Great news for Aaron Jones, who gets to build on his 509 total yards and 6 touchdowns after Green Bay builds up a, likesay, 17-3 lead after two quarters.

NFLbets just isn’t seeing the Buccaneers keeping the score to within 2 points; only a peak Brady drive might save them in this game, and that Maserati left the showroom a while ago. Take the Packers -1½ at Tampa Bay.

Chicago Bears +1 at Carolina Panthers

Soooooo, is it Nick Foles…?

Seriously, NFLbets is even more baffled by this line than the Green Bay-Tampa Bay spread – and at least that one’s normalizing back in the correct team’s favor.

Through five games, the Panthers are among the NFL’s most pleasant surprises, right up there with Odell Beckham not having yet popped off about some shit. After losing fantasy master Christian McCaffrey and the first two games to open the season, the Panthers are on a 3-0 SU/ATS run. Sure, said run of at Chargers, vs Cardinals at Falcons-with-exiting-coach isn’t exactly running the gauntlet but three consecutive Ws is an impressive feat for an ostensibly rebuilding team.

NFLbets supposes the hype is keeping this point spread low; after all, the Bears are 4-1 SU/3-2 ATS and are hanging with the Packers for first place in the NFC North! Well, as the man says, curb your enthusiasm. The Bears faced (maybe) the first playoff contender yet in 2020 last week, the Buccaneers, and yet still rank a lowly 27th in offensive scoring.

On top of this is the pendular nature of luck. Already in 2020, the Bears are playing 1.6 wins above their Pythagorean Expectation (PE) wins, a metric that seeks to measure luck and other random factors assisting in a team’s fortunes. To understand what an outlier this is, consider that the 2018 “Los Angeles” Chargers went 12-4 SU based on a 7-1 away record; that team went +1.6 PE *for the season*.

Prepare for some serious exposure: We believe the Bears’ shortcomings will be bared by a surprisingly hungry Carolina side. Take the Carolina Panthers -1 vs Chicago.

NFLbets’ current record in 2020: 8-7-2.

–written by Os Davis


Super Contest, week 6: What’s up with some of these pointspreads?

Saturday, 17 October 2020 13:24 EST

Onto week 6 in My Bookie’s pick-5 Super Contest and finally can NFLbets report a decent showing, going 4-1 with the sole losing pick the SU-winning Seattle Seahawks. Sadly, week 6 appears a bit more challenging, with a half-dozen pointspreads set within the 3½-4½ range, two games which are basically “pick ´ems” and a bunch at a touchdown or more.

So after the dust settled – with Covid concerns cancelling Thursday Night Football, we got an extra day to fill this sucker out – this is what NFLbets’ card for week 6 of the Super Contest looks like.

Best Bet: Carolina Panthers -1 vs Chicago Bears. By the Pythagorean Expectation (PE) metric, the Bears are easily the most overachieving (read: lucky) team in the NFL thus far by far in 2020, with an expected 2.6 wins somehow translating into a 4-1 SU record. Meanwhile, clever NFL bettors have adjusted their takes on the upstart Panthers, who just might make the playoffs – wacky!

Green Bay Packers -1½ at Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What are we missing about the 2020 Buccaneers that the esteem from pre-game shows and bookmakers alike apparently see? Are they not tied for last in penalties, including 28 in the past three games? Is not the Bucs’ passing game average and the running game nearly non-existent? And finally, isn’t this the team that went 4-of-14 on third down last week in losing to the Bears? A long week won’t be enough for Tampa Bay against potentially the top team in the league right now.

Los Angeles Rams -3½ at San Francisco 49ers. True enough, it’s tough to bet on the inconsistently-scoring Rams offense, but the Niners are a complete mess. Forget the Super Bowl Hangover: The 2020 San Francisco 49ers have full-on Super Bowl Ebola. The defending NFC champs are 2-3 SU against a schedule that may not include any .500-or-better teams by the end of the season, and Kyle Shanahan apparently has zero confidence in any of his three quarterbacks. So what if Jimmy Garoppolo assures he’s completely recovered from an ankle injury? We’re convinced Shanahan lost his playbook sometime before last season’s playoffs and has been improvising ever since – and ad libs are no match for Aaron Donald right now.

Cincinnati Bengals +8 at Indianapolis Colts. The Colts defense has run up impressive numbers in their first five games – though, like the 49ers, the competition had been suspect until last week’s against Cleveland: Depending on how you feel about Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow may be the best QB that Indianapolis has faced this season. Whether Burrow can work miracles enough to make up for the Bengals’ shoddy offensive line is a serious question, but we believe he’ll keep his Bengals in the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers -4 vs Cleveland Browns. Six games this week are, as of Saturday, looking to kick off with pointspreads between 3½ and 4½; this is the only possible justification for NFLbets covering two on a single Super Contest card. We’re applying some reverse logic here in guessing the Steelers finish with a better record SU/ATS than the Browns; therefore, Pittsburgh should therefore defend home field in what might be a crucial game for the AFC North.

–written by Os Davis


Super-quick, brief, last-minute wacky bet for Tuesday Night Football

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:34 EST

Tuesday Night Football – what a concept! Before this week, a total of one Tuesday night game has ever been played: That was in 2010, when a December snowstorm cancelled a Sunday game in Philadelphia between the Eagles and Vikings, with the game subsequently rescheduled for the Tuesday night following.

But what else would you expect from 2020?

Adding a level of difficulty to the betting equation for this game is the surprise bye week given to the Tennessee Titans thanks to coronavirus. The relevant stat in just a situation is, naturally, useless: All-time, teams getting the Covid bye are 1-0 thus far with the Steelers’ win over the Eagles on Sunday.

On the other hand, NFLbets has been waiting to wager on a 2020 Titans game since they squeaked past the Minnesota Vikings 31-30 in week 3 to increase their SU record to 3-0 and their ATS record to 0-3. Whereas we weren’t especially enthusiastic about having to consider their odds against Pittsburgh (who would have entered a week 4 game against the Titans at 3-0 SU/2-1 ATS), but with the Buffalo Bills coming to town? We’re in.

Giving the outlier marks set by the Titans thus far, NFLbets is reverse-engineering our bets on

Buffalo Bills -4 at Tennessee Titans

The bet we’ve been waiting to make for two weeks is a crossover. Based simply on trends – and with the unknowns that covidball adds to the situation, we’re sticking with basic football-betting factors – we’re starting with the advice to take the Tennessee Titans +4 and take the Buffalo Bills ML. Unfortunately, most sportsbooks disallow parlaying a point spread and ML bet on the same game, and payouts on these bets are just -115 and -165, respectively.

Luckily, My Bookie has an out: A proposition offering called “Bills vs Titans – Game Result.” The table on this prop looks like so:

•  Bills by 6 or more: +100
•  Titans by 6 or more: +260
•  Any other result: +200

You see where we’re going with this. If NFLbets could parlay Titans +4 and Bills ML, the payout would be +200. If you take “Any other result” in the “Bills vs Titans – Game Result” prop, not only do you get the same odds, you’ve also gotten the Titans an extra 1½ points and you’re hedging against the Bills ML bet. In fact, as long as the game stays within 5 points, this 3-bet combination wins a profit.

--written by Os Davis


Week 5 NFL betting: Eagles still overrated, Panthers still underrated

Saturday, 10 October 2020 15:36 EST

Week 4 sent NFLbets plummeting back down to even on the season and while some may find the erasure of profit the end result of a Sisyphean task, NFLbets is excited to be restarting the season at 0-0 (well, technically 5-5-2, but you get the idea).

In fact, covid-cancelled games aside, week 5 is typically an ideal time to start turning a profit: Most teams are locked into their seasonal identity but the sportsbooks and/or NFL bettors may not have caught up to the season’s realities. This week, NFLbets is focusing on two games which each feature, as far as general NFL fandom is concerned, a team whose preseason forecast will likely turn out significantly incorrect.

For week 5 and a comeback, we started out ticket with…

Philadelphia Eagles +7 at Pittsburgh Steelers

Are the sportsbooks finally done living in Philadelphia’s past when making 2020 point spreads? The Eagles haven’t been a 7-point underdog at home since the last game of the ’05 season – this after going 1-2-1 SU/1-3 ATS thus far.

It’s a logical line that hasn’t budged at most sportsbooks since Monday: Virtually anywhere the bettor looks statistically, Pittsburgh appears to be a near shoo-in for the SU win at very least. For example, Carson Wentz leads the league with 7 interceptions through four games and the Eagles are second-worst in turnovers; in 2019, the Steelers defense ranked no. 1 overall in turnovers generated and no. 2 in interceptions.

As for the battle of minds on the sidelines, Doug Pederson has done well enough coaching against AFC teams in his 4-plus seasons with the Eagles – and the following statistics are cited here as a reflection of performance against teams one usually doesn’t face often – to run up a record of 10-6-1 SU/9-8 ATS. Note, however, that Pederson’s Eagles are 0-2-1 SU/0-3 ATS in their last three such games. For the Steelers, Mike Tomlin has led his guys to a nice 35-18 SU (23-20 ATS) record against NFC teams.

Throwing in, you know, actual eye test results makes this feel like a slam dunk for Steelers -7 – and we’d certainly call betting the Steelers ML within a parlay a solid investment – except for what could be Tomlin’s kryptonite: The bye week. Tomlin’s Steelers have been fine for football results following a regular-season bye week at 9-4 SU, but have disappointed NFL bettors with a 5-8 ATS mark, including the current 1-5 ATS run.

Going into week 5, of course, every NFL team has a 0-0 SU/ATS mark in games following a surprise bye week due to coronavirus, with the Steelers and Tennessee Titans acting as guinea pigs for this weirdness. But WTF can NFLbets do with this unprecedented factor? That’s right, we’re ignoring it. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers -7 at Philadelphia.

Carolina Panthers +1 at Atlanta Falcons

Even without the dominant force that is Christian McCaffrey, the 2-2 SU/ATS Panthers have got to like their chances to eke into the postseason, thanks to the existence of the brand-new no. 7 seed combined with several NFC teams playing below general expectation (e.g. Dallas, San Francisco, Arizona, New Orleans). The timing is also negative for the Falcons: With their inability to score late (the Falcons have been outscored 84-46 in second halves this season), Atlanta doesn’t want to face an offense that’s beaten their last two opponents 39-14 in the final 30 minutes – especially not with the league’s second-worst defense in points allowed and yardage allowed.

This may be the last chance to get the Panthers as an underdog, so get on the bandwagon for this Sunday at least. And with the point spread at +1, the only reason to cover Carolina plus the point is if you fervently believe the game will end in a tie – a 0.33% probability going back to 2010. At the typical sportsbook, Carolina +1 will get odds of 20/21 whereas a Carolina money-line bet will net winners 21/20 odds.

At one sportsbook, the odds are 20/21 on Panthers +1 but 21/20 on the Panthers ML: a 10% swing! So, yeah, take the Carolina Panthers ML at Atlanta.

NFLbets’ current record in 2020: 5-5-2.


NFL Odds Preview: Cincinnati Bengals +13 at Baltimore Ravens

Friday, 09 October 2020 13:29 EST

    When: Sunday, 1 PM ET
    Where: M&T Bank Stadium
    TV: CBS
    Radio: Siriusxm.com/nfl
    Stream Option: TV
    Opening NFL Lines: Cincinnati Ravens +13 at Baltimore Ravens (over/under 51)

Last season
Baltimore had the best record in the NFL in 2019 and Cincinnati the worst, so no surprise that the Ravens swept the season series. The game in Baltimore was close, though, a 23-17 final. Lamar Jackson threw for 236 yards and rushed 19 times for 152 yards and a score. The Ravens had 269 yards and two scores on the ground. Andy Dalton was the Cincinnati QB then and wasn’t good. Cincinnati also rushed for just 33 yards.

The Ravens lead the all-time series with Cincinnati, 25-23. Baltimore has won five of the past eight meetings (including three straight). Under Coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens are 12-12 vs. the Bengals. Since 2010, 14 of the teams’ 19 meetings have been one-score decisions, by eight or fewer points.

Why Bet on Cincinnati? | 2020 NFL Expert Analysis
Heisman winner Joe Burrow comes off his first NFL victory last week, 33-25 over Jacksonville. Burrow completed 25-of-36 passes for 300 yards with a touchdown and an interception – Burrow became the first rookie QB to ever throw for 300 yards in three straight games. His touchdown was a checkdown to Joe Mixon, who scored all three of the Bengals’ TDs. Through four games, Burrow is on pace for 4,484 yards with a 24:8 TD/INT ratio.

Burrow and the Bengals’ offense stole the show against Jacksonville by posting 500 yards of offense, including 205 on the ground and 300 through the air. It was just the fourth time in team history, and the first since the 1988 season, that the Bengals recorded at least 200 rushing yards and 300 passing yards in a game. However, the Bengals need to care for the franchise guy much better, given Burrow has been sacked 15 times. Only the Texans’ Deshaun Watson has been dropped more after four games (16).

Mixon became the first Bengal since Giovani Bernard in 2013 to score both a rushing and receiving TD in the same game. He also posted a season-high 181 yards from scrimmage against the Jaguars, including 151 on the ground and 30 through the air.

This will be Burrow’s first-ever start against fellow Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, last year’s NFL MVP.

It will mark the fifth instance in NFL history in which the reigning league MVP and the most recent No. 1 overall pick meet as starting quarterbacks. The reigning MVP has won three of the previous four meetings.​

Why Bet on Baltimore? | 2020 NFL Expert Analysis
The Ravens had little trouble winning 31-17 at Washington last week. Lamar Jackson completed 14-of-21 passes for 193 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, adding seven rushes for 53 yards and a touchdown. His day was highlighted by a career-long 50-yard rushing score. Jackson, with the Ravens up big, watched the final few drives from the bench.

Both of Jackson’s TD passes last week were to tight end Mark Andrews. Dating to the start of last season, he has an NFL-best 14 receiving TDs. He has tallied 4 this season, tying (four players) for the NFL’s second most, entering Week 5.

Jackson was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday this week with a knee injury, only the third and fourth missed practices of his NFL career, but he will play. The team is simply being cautious. As noted above, Jackson and Burrow were both Class of 2015 recruits but not considered sure-fire stars. Burrow barely cracked the ESPN 300 ranking that year at No. 298 and Jackson didn’t make it at all.

Even though Jackson has been in the league for three years, he’s about a month younger than Burrow. The two have never met personally, much less in a game. Jackson is 3-0 vs. Cincinnati. In those games, these games, Jackson is 49-of-69 passing (71.0%) for 609 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT (106.5 rating). He has also rushed for 336 yards and 2 TDs.

Since Jackson became Baltimore’s starter on 11/18/18 vs. Cincinnati, the Ravens have rushed for at least 200 yards in 15 games. This output triples the NFL’s next best figure. Two of Baltimore’s 200-yard games have come vs. the Bengals.

For the eighth time (2009-12, 2014, 2016 & 2018) in head coach John Harbaugh’s 13 seasons, the Ravens are off to a 3-1 start. Baltimore is 26-11 vs. the AFC North under Harbaugh.
Game Trends

    Underdogs are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games.
    Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
    The over is 4-1 in the last 5 games.
    The road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
    Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Baltimore.

Expert Prediction
Baltimore Ravens 33, Cincinnati Bengals 23.


Week 4 NFL betting: Forget home/away and bet big favorites

Saturday, 03 October 2020 13:28 EST

Week 4 NFL bettingThanks a lot, coronavirus and/or NFL. Thanks to an outbreak among Tennessee Titans players and staff members, the single easiest no-brainer pick we’ve seen since Jon Gruden coached his first game in London – taking the 0-3 ATS Titans plus the points while going against the 3-0 SU Titans on the money line – is gone, leaving a slate of 15 pretty uninspiring lines.

(Lots of good material for teasers, though…)

But of course we’re betting some old-fashioned point spreads, too. Extracting some diamonds from the rough, we’re taking as our Pick of the Week…

Arizona Cardinals -3½ at Carolina Panthers

First off, with so much east-west-east crisscrossing going on this season – this week, seven teams traveled west-to-east or vice versa – we’re just factoring right out any sort of advantage/disadvantage in this area.

As for this particular game, NFLbets admits surprise at the Panthers’ resistance to what seems to be an inevitable rebuild and for winning without Christian McCaffrey in a 21-16 win over the “Los Angeles” Chargers. But we’re just not feeling the same love for the plucky NFC South team that the sportsbooks apparently do: The Carolina offense was outgained by 136 yards and were gifted with four turnovers. If the Panthers are depending on this sort of sloppiness from the Cardinals this week, they’re out of luck.

In Kyler Murray’s 19 games as a starter, Arizona has given up 3 or more turnovers three times – and Murray has thrown three interceptions in a game just twice. Subjectively speaking, Murray may have turned in his worst performance to date against the Detroit Lions last week, but nevertheless passed for two TDs and ran for a third, while the Cardinals’ total offensive production was about 46 yards lower than their season average thus far.

NFLbets is chalking up last week’s results for the Panthers and Cardinals to anomalies – or rather statistical probability, i.e. games like these are why 16-0 and 0-16 seasons are so rare. The truth is the Cardinals are the better team; a 3½-point spread isn’t great for NFL bettors, but NFLbets says the Cards are a least a touchdown better. Take the Arizona Cardinals -3½ at Carolina.

New York Giants +13½ at Los Angeles Rams
Baltimore Ravens -14½ at Washington FT

Double-digit point spreads such as these may appear intimidating, but numbers show that wagering these games is no more challenging than considering any other bet.

Since 2010, 115 regular-season games have gone off with a pointspread of 13 or more; in these games, the favorite is an expected 102-12-1 SU, but more importantly a respectable 55-60 ATS for a win rate of 47.8%. And if you’re even thinking about betting on the Washington Football Team, think again: Not only are home underdogs of 13 or more points a poor 5-9 ATS, the only SU win was by the St. Louis Rams in 2011.

McVay’s Rams have only faced double-digit handicaps twice, both in December 2018; for what it’s worth, L.A. won both SU/ATS. John Harbaugh’s Ravens, incredibly enough, have never faced a handicap this high. In fact, before this week, Baltimore’d only been double-digit regular-season favorites twice, both in December ’15. Crazy!

Serious statistics aside, the case for betting the favorites in both games is simple. In the case of the Rams, well … have you seen the Giants play? With Saquon Barkley removed from the equation, Jason Garrett has been fantastic as offensive coordinator – for those betting against the Giants. So far, they’re 9 points per game less productive than last year’s average offense. “Additionally”, in finest recent Giants tradition, this season’s OL is not so much protective as decorative; go ahead, guess who’s ranked dead last in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric – and by a wide margin, too. These guys are going to try and score on Aaron Donald & Co.? Come on … Take the Los Angeles Rams -13½ vs the Giants.

For the Ravens, we’re betting on the Billy Hoyle philosophy: They play better when they’re pissed off. The Chiefs handed Baltimore a frustrating defeat on Monday Night Football – frustrating not necessarily because of the L, but in that their pretty hellacious defense was so thoroughly toyed with. Short week or no, Washington FT and their 28th “best” offensive line do not want to be facing these Ravens right now. Take the Baltimore Ravens -14½ at Washington.

NFLbets’ current record in 2020: 5-2-2.

–written by Os Davis


Super Contest, week 4: Covid’s shadow makes NFLbets’ futility even gloomier

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 16:45 EST

And now come the consequences.

Once again faced with a crisis in health matters, the NFL took a blasé attitude toward coronavirus outbreaks among its players – the first game has already been cancelled: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans has been postponed to “Monday or Tuesday.” As though we needed more variables and weirdness for this game. The sportsbooks – My Bookie included – have currently taken the previous line of Steelers -2, and for now the game is OB.

Additionally, the date for the Minnesota Vikings’ week 4 home game against the Houston Texans is also in doubt. After losing SU/winning ATS against Tennessee last week, Minnesota management thought it expedient to shut down training facilities (!) for two days as well as test anyone involved with the team daily.No matter the particular upshot of the Vikings situation, this does not bode well, and the Titans will certainly hardly be an isolated incident.

Meanwhile, NFLbets is ready to concede the season in the My Bookie Super Contest and, after a showing poor enough in the first three weeks to make winning the quarterly prize for high score impossible, week 4 is a bit of a throwaway. Unless we make a huge comeback on the season, which would, of necessity, have to happen starting now.

So here goes nothing (maybe literally if enough of these games get cancelled), namely our 5-pick Super Contest card.

Houston Texans -4 vs Minnesota Vikings – if you can get it. NFLbets got this pick in before the sportsbooks reacted to the Vikings’ practice-facility decision and remains happy to give the 4. In a game between two winless teams, don’t you just pick the superior side and give whatever points? Not sure that’s any sort of official rule, but we’re running with it. Again, if the game goes off...

Cincinnati Bengals -3 vs Jacksonville Jaguars. As with the above, in a game between two winless teams, you – wait, what? The Jaguars won a game? That’s even more reason to take the Bengals then: At 1-3, the Jags would be right on pace for 4-12, which feels about right. Besides, how has Joe Burrow not won a game yet?

Los Angeles Rams -13 vs New York Giants. Two TDs is a lot to give but for the 2020 New York Giants, it’s also a lot to ask. Hell, the Giants are averaging 12.67 points per after three games and going back to last season have scored more than 17 twice in the past 9 games. The only way the Rams don’t destroy the Giants-going-west-to-east is because they’re not taking things seriously. And we’re thinking L.A. will after last week’s yoyo debacle.

Green Bay Packers -7½ vs Atlanta Falcons. Maybe NFLbets is overcompensating here after two consecutive betting burns delivered by Falcons chokes, but it’s doubtful. The Packers offense looks to be the NFL’s second-best going into week 4, and the demoralization in the Atlanta camp must be high, wouldn’t you think…?

San Francisco 49ers -7 vs Philadelphia Eagles. Going back to week 16 of 2019, nothing much convinces me that these Eagles can keep a game close with a .400 team or better. On the other side, Nick Mullens couldn’t have chosen a better week to have to play starting QB and get warmed up for a team more competent than the Jets or Giants, but about as deflated as the Falcons.

–written by Os Davis

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