NFL Lessons Learned Week 13

Last Updated: 2017-12-04

The pro football season only has a few weeks, but it is never too late to review the games and learn some things that could be helpful in the future when making a profit. Lessons learned focuses on the things that happened during the week of the NFL that could be things that would be noticed or even avoided in the future when making a bet on the NFL game. Some football handicappers may feel like this is a waste of time, but anytime that you can identify a wagering angle that pays off at the betting window; it is never a waste of time. We have once again done the homework for you and we have found plenty of reasons to take note this week in the National Football League. With no further waiting here is the NFL lessons learned for week 13.

Favorites Cool Down

For weeks the favorites have been crushing it at the betting window. In fact favorites have hit over 70 percent in the last few weeks and the public had been dominating the sportsbooks. Although big favorites like the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars covered big numbers against weaker opponents, the favorites did not win out in week 13 of the season. The underdogs were 8-7 against the spread (ATS) heading into the Monday night football game which snapped the six week winning streak of favorites. Favorites still lead 97-85-8 ATS (53.3%) on the season.

Making Sports Betting Legal

On Monday the Supreme Court heard the New Jersey sports betting case to try and make sports betting legalized. Eighteen states are supporting New Jersey and the states right to have sports betting. The results were fairly optimistic and although the decision will not be passed down until as early as February or as late as June, many believe that after hearing the case today sports betting will be legal in the United States before next season of the NFL kicks off. Many believe that sports betting will be legal by next summer. Stay tuned for this story that will literally change the landscape of sports betting.

Eagles Grounded in Seattle

The Philadelphia Eagles lost in Seattle in the Sunday night football game. Many believe that the Seahawks exposed the Eagles and that this team is beatable. But if you look at the box score you might see that the Eagles played well despite losing. The Eagles out gained the Seahawks 425-310 and that usually will mean that the team won, but the Eagles got hurt on two drives. They had a 16-play drive that ended with a field goal and they had another 11 play 74 yard drive that ended with a turnover. The Seahawks get all of the credit for the win, but the Eagles cost themselves in this game. That is why looking at box scores when researching games is paramount to picking winners in the future.

Pointing Out the Obvious

When it comes to handicapping football there are many different stats to pay attention to and one of them is point differential. Only five teams in the NFL have a point differential greater than plus-100. The Eagles +146, Rams +139, Patriots +125, Jaguars +121 and Saints +110. This may seem like an obvious stat to track, but all of these teams have a winning record against the spread. Combined these teams are 40-20 against the spread on the season. Catching on and following these trends early could result in big paydays at the betting window.

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