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Week 9 NFL favorites went 7-7 SU and 6-8 against the spread. For the season, betting favorites are 61-64-5 ATS. Last season betting favorites went 123-128-7 ATS (48%). A few close wins or losses could have the overall records slightly different based on closing lines and sportsbook. Five division games in Week 9 and division underdogs went 3-2 SU and ATS. Home underdogs went 0-3 SU and ATS, and for the season home underdogs are 15-24 SU and 20-18-1 ATS. Scoring was up slightly from the previous two weeks, yet totals still went 5-9 O/U and are 65-63-2 YTD. There have been 5,795 points scored through 9 weeks for an average of 44.5 ppg. We had another winning week going 3-1 on Sunday with a pair of outright underdog winners on the Bengals and Dolphins and our lone loss on the Steelers/Ravens game under 42.5. Baltimore’s last second touchdown in a 23-20 win was tough to take in a game that featured no first half touchdowns and was 16-6 at one point in the fourth quarter.
Teams that had meaningful rushing advantage over their opponents (30 or more yards) went 9-1 ATS in Week 9. Those rushing guidelines have now gone 65-24-2 ATS (73%); nearly up to the 10-year average of 76%. Strong running games have really led the way to victories the past four weeks; and if you’ve been able to project the rushing advantage as discussed, you’re making plenty of money. Over the last four weeks, teams that have outrushed their opponent by 30 or more yards have gone 31-4-2 ATS. The Broncos (299 yards, 7.9 ypr), Texans (261, 6.5), Saints (195), Bears (164) and Falcons (163) were all big ground gainers in in victory. The Browns (44) and Redskins (52) had the two worst rushing weeks, and you see how they did in defeat while losing for their betting backers.
Turnovers were also costly to the Raiders and Chargers with both teams suffering a 3-0 turnover differential in defeat. For the record, teams with a negative turnover margin of -3 or greater are now 1-16 ATS this season (0-17 SU). Teams with a -2 turnover differential are 5-28-1 ATS. So the impact of turnovers is significant, and actually hitting at a higher rate than the 91-92% history of -3 turnovers and approximately 80% for teams that are exactly -2 in the turnover column.
Note that the four biggest passing days belonged to the Patriots, Steelers, Raiders, and Chargers and those teams went 0-4 SU and 0-4 ATS. So what matters more, passing or rushing the ball in the NFL? Fans love to see the ball in the air and the great passing from premier quarterbacks. While few teams have great signal callers, we’re seeing a team like New England now struggle more without a adequate ground game or defense capable of stopping the run.
I have a proprietary database since 2000 showing rushing, passing and other stats of record, and projecting rushing success is one of the key statistical categories in ultimate pointspread winners. No other handicapper in the nation will provide you historically proven statistical insight and in-depth rushing information to obtain relevant results (ATS).
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