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NFL Trends, Part 2
by Al McMordie - 08/17/2005
Earlier this week I looked at some betting trends to keep an eye on for the upcoming NFL schedule. Here are some more:
Eagles: Philadelphia, under Andy Reid, has been a warrior on the road. The Eagles are 32-11 straight-up (SU) and 30-13 against the spread (ATS) in their last 43 road games! Philadelphia is also 19-7-2 ATS in its last 28 games as an underdog, and 29-13-2 ATS over its last 44 games as a dog. Donâ€™t mess with these Eagles as a road dog.
Rams: St. Louis, on the other hand, is a team built for speed on the artificial home turf of its domed stadium. The Rams, under Mike Martz, are 8-18 SU and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games on the road. This is an example of a team to look to play ON when it's at home, but to FADE on the road.
49ers: Last year was a supreme downer for the once-proud Niners. But their decline was not new -- at least if you looked at their play away from home. Since 1999, San Francisco is 15-35 SU and 17-30-3 ATS on the road.
Jaguars: Jack Del Rio likes tough defense and a clouds-of-dust offense. Jacksonville was 12-4 'under' the total last season.
Colts: Is Tony Dungy a big-game coach? I don't think so. The Colts were 13-2 SU and 10-5 ATS as a favorite last season, but 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS as a dog.
Patriots: New England has the toughest home field edge in the NFL at 31-4 SU and 25-8-2 ATS in its last 35 home games.
Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.