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NFL Trends, Part 1

   by Al McMordie - 08/16/2005

It may be hot in August, but just think how hot it is in NFL training camps. There are hundreds of things that sports handicappers put together for football season. Scheduling and revenge spots, coaching changes, matchups, offensive and defensive upgrades, and betting angles are just a few things that handicappers and oddsmakers spend the summer analyzing in preparation for the upcoming season. It’s a constant battle between the oddsmakers and professional bettors to find that winning edge. To get you started, here are a few spread trends to mull over on NFL teams.

Minnesota: Playing indoors on artificial turf presents a challenge for Minnesota when they have to travel and, many times, play on grass. On the road since 1999, Minnesota 17-35 straight up and 19-32-1 against the spread.

Denver: If you can’t stand the heat….The Broncos are 5-10-1 SU, 4-12 ATS the last 16 games as an underdog. It doesn’t help the comeback trail to have jittery Jake Plummer running the offense, either.

Chicago: The Bears are average at home the last 24 games at 11-13 SU/ATS. But on the road they are 5-19 SU, 9-15 ATS the last 24.

Carolina: John Fox and the Panthers look for a bounce-back season in 2005. Carolina carries a 14-14 SU, 20-7-1 ATS run as an underdog into the new season.

Giants: The Giants have been money-burners at home of late, on a 11-20-1 spread run at home.

Jets: When the going gets tough, Part II: Sorry, Chad, but Herman Edwards’ Jets are 21-6 SU, 17-9-1 ATS as a favorite, 6-18 SU, 9-12-2 ATS as a dog.

Oakland: “Just win, baby,â€쳌 hasn’t worked on the road as Oakland is a miserable 2-15 SU, 5-12 ATS away from home the last 17 games.

Good luck, as always...Al McMordie

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