I’m giddy like just a little college woman. I can already scent the chilly beer and scorching wings as we sit with small teams of buddies at our favourite native watering holes or our front room, watching the video games and cheesing on one another over our fantasy leagues and dangerous beats.
Talking of dangerous beats, there shall be none of these right here!
As we speak, let’s have a look at a few marquee Week 1 matchups and assess how a lot worth there’s in opposition to the betting traces in your NFL picks.
Let’s begin with the primary recreation of the common season.
Let me preface by stating that I did take the Buccaneers in opposition to the unfold on this one. That mentioned, I knew this line was going to climb, and I purchased in in opposition to the bookies at -6.5. I nonetheless love the worth that Brady and the Bucs supply in opposition to the chances under a landing. However know that the road has moved to seven and a hook, the unfold worth isn’t as definitive.
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— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 2, 2021
If we have a look at the adjusted FPI, with only a 2-point dwelling benefit—sometimes, it’s 2.31 however was practically non-existent in 2020 due to restricted attendance—the Cowboys are 0.8, and the Bucs are 5.3. This leaves us with a bonus of 6.5 factors, favoring the Bucs. My very own line that I made months in the past sat round 7.5, So I used to be pleased to take the road at -6.5. However now that the betting traces have artificially grown to 7.5 your taking a look at a coin toss.
For me, the primary rule of betting—and take this to coronary heart—is you aren’t betting for one workforce in opposition to one other. Overlook all of that. You might be betting in opposition to the numbers set by a given sportsbook and will by no means place a wager in opposition to a line that you may’t discover a definitive edge in opposition to. Though I imagine the Bucs will win, and maybe even by greater than a landing, I can’t make a definitive case for an 8-point or extra win.
At some websites, you may’t even purchase the road under -7, and it’s chalky. At 5Dimes, you may get -7 (-130), however that’s manner an excessive amount of juice for a half-point. On the flip aspect, you would get America’s workforce +9 (-125). I see extra worth there, however it’s risking extra.
For me, there are too many query marks concerning the protection. They’ve a destructive FPI and are taking part in in opposition to virtually the very same workforce that simply gained the tremendous bowl. A potent offense and nice protection going in opposition to a doubtlessly explosive offense with many variables and a substandard protection. Does this sound like a definitive cause to take the Cowboys to cowl, even at +8 or +9?
The NFL pick is the Bucs win and canopy as much as a TD. For those who can’t discover the Bucs -6.5, don’t play.
If there’s one thing Jon Gruden is known for, it’s hanging arduous early. He tends to win the primary preseason recreation of the yr and the yr’s first regular-season recreation. Are the Ravens a greater workforce?
Will they go a lot additional than the Raiders this yr?
Will they win in Las Vegas?
Will they win by 5 factors?
Most likely not.
After we consider Gruden’s potential to beat good groups early within the season, then the FPI itself, we truly discover tons of worth for the Raiders in opposition to this level unfold. The road is listed at +4.5, however for simply 5 cents off the traditional vigorish, you should purchase the road to +5, permitting for only a tad extra push safety.
The Raiders have a -2.5 FPI, however once we give them a pair again for taking part in in Vegas, we find yourself at -0.5. The Obsidian Birds have an FPI of three.7, so we find yourself with a margin of 4.2. Spherical down, and we’re at a 4-point unfold.
The NFL Choose: Take the Raiders +5 to get the again door cowl. When the Ravens win by a subject objective in Vegas, you’ll thank me.