Sports Bet Review (NFL Week 1, 2020)

  1. W – GB +2.5 @ MIN (-110)
    The Packers were in control for the entirety of this Divisional Showdown with Aaron Rodgers passing for four touchdowns, and the final score of 43-34 covers up a game that was far less competitive than the final result. Both of these teams look like they’ll be able to score, and both defenses got gassed late in the game.
  2. L – DET -2.5 @ CHI (-110)
    The ejection of Jamie Collins in the first half was a bad omen for the outcome of the game. I consider this loss a “bad beat” with the Lions leading the way until late in the game. Even then, rookie DeAndre Swift had the perfect pass to him in the end zone, but failed to secure the ball costing the Lions the game and the cover. I don’t buy the Bears late game surge, and once Kenny Golladay is back I believe the Lions Offense will come roaring back.
  3. L – TB +3.5 @ NO (-115)
    After the first touchdown drive everything went wrong for the Buccaneers, getting outclassed by the Saints who clearly knew how to play together. Meanwhile, the offense for Tampa Bay looked inconsistent and it was riddled with sloppy penalties and unforced errors. The Saints appear to be the real deal, but against a weaker opponent I have confidence in the Bucs to cover in the future.
  4. W – TB @ NO Over 49.5 (-110)
    Both teams started the game off strong and opportune Special Teams lapses and a pick six led to quick scoring for the Saints in the second half that quickly sealed this bet despite the game itself being less than competitive. I like both of these teams’ ability to score in bunches, and will be looking for it in the coming weeks.
  5. W – LAS @ CAR Over 48 (-110)
    This was a last minute bet on Sunday morning (something that I don’t typically advocate for). However, the lack of defensive prowess for either of these teams along with a very manageable total led me to slam the over. Very quickly both teams were able to produce offense on the ground and with massive chunk plays in the pass game.

Including the 1-1 record from the Thursday night game our overall season record stands at 5-3. We are up 2 units.

Sports Bet Preview (NFL Week 1, 2020)

This week really sneaked up on me. Without preseason we’ve been thrust directly into prime betting season with regular season NFL football. The beginning of the year is the most exciting, before Vegas really gets attuned to the lines, and there’s softness (or at least my perception of softness) to take advantage of. I have some strong preseason stances that I’m looking to cash in on here until the linesmakers catch up.

Note the below features a retrospective of the Thursday night game, and a preview of the Sunday slate.

  1. HOU @ KC -9 (-110)
    Kansas City did nothing in the off season to indicate that they wouldn’t be contending for a back to back Super Bowl, meanwhile, the Texans lost their most valuable offensive weapon and didn’t seem to make any substantial changes that would allow them to stand up to the Chiefs offense. In recent years the Super Bowl Champion has covered the spread in their first game back, and this match up seemed especially assured.
  2. HOU @ KC Over 54.5 (-110)
    Between sloppy defense with poor tackling from a short off season, and at least one offensively elite team I figured that any over would be fairly safe. As it often goes, the first half missed field goal from the Texans was a very poor omen. Further, a missed two point conversion and CEH’s failure to hit pay dirt on the Chief’s final offensive drive (rather settling for a field goal) secured this bet’s fate. Unfortunately, getting in on a bad line (with the total of this game closing at 53.5) makes this one sting even more.
  3. GB +2.5 @ MIN (-110)
    The Vikings were hit particularly hard with opt-outs this season. I also believe this division in general to be incredibly murky, with no expectation of who will take the division crown. That being said, I’ll take the free points and the Packers (led by the Aaron Rodgers revenge tour) in what will be a very close match up in Minnesota.
  4. DET -2.5 @ CHI (-110)
    Matthew Stafford is fully healthy and ready to pickup where he left off last season where he was having a career year. Kenny Golladay’s injury is a hit, but I think the Lion still have sufficient firepower to outpace the Turbisky-led Bears offense by 3 points to secure this win.
  5. TB +3.5 @ NO (-115)
    In Tom Brady’s first game for the Buccaneers I expect there to be fireworks. The Saints typically start seasons slower than other, and the off season has been abuzz with inadvisable impromptu Buccaneer practices. The absence of (or at least a significantly limited) Mike Evans would typically give me pause, but the Buccaneers have so many weapons that Evans as a decoy should be enough to cover this bet.
  6. TB @ NO Over 49.5 (-110)
    Similar to the above, I think the game will be a close win or loss regardless of outcome. To get to this outcome I imagine both teams trading blows for the entirety of the game. This line has fallen to 47.5 since I’ve taken this wager, and I may put even more down at this point.

Sports Bet Review (NFL Conference Championship Round, 2019)

1) Patrick Mahomes Over 30.5 Rushing Yards (+200)The Chiefs always design a couple rush plays for Mahomes given his athleticism and his background in baseball (giving more confidence in his ability to slide). A long rushing TD sealed this bet, but beyond that, there were several other opportunities for additional rushing yards. I like Mahomes for rushing yards in the Super Bowl as it seems like a consistent plus play for the Chiefs that they often pull out in a pinch. The 49ers also struggle against mobile QBs.

2) Ryan Tannehill Longest Pass Completion Over 39.5 Yards (+110)The game script was perfect for this bet for much of the game. The Chiefs came out of the gates slowly, but showed their offensive consistency after a shaky first 12 minutes. Tannehill had to play catchup through the air, but failed to consistently sustain drives. A wasted third quarter could’ve been saved by the desperation drive at the end of the fourth, but the Chiefs defense was able to hold the Titans inexperienced wide receivers in check. This bet still feels good, it’s a shame Tannehill was unable to capitalize on the seemingly-solid opportunity.

3) Ryan Tannehill Over 30.5 Rushing Yards (+200)This game got out of hand quickly for the Titans after a quick start. The Chiefs run defense was more disciplined than expected, and opportunities for running in general were few and far between given the game script that occurred here. The good news is that I only sprinkled a little down on this bet (I should start marking units), so it doesn’t sting too badly.

4) SF vs. GB No Team to Score 3 Consecutive Scores (+160)What seemed like a good idea during an early morning conversation turned sour after the 49ers completely dominated the first half. The Packers only drive into 49er’s territory ended with a turnover, and the 49ers rushed to far too much success. I don’t think I’ll take this kind of bet again moving forward.

5) SF vs. GB Over 5.5 Total QB Sacks (+110)The game ended with 4 overall sacks. The 49ers generated a lot of pressure, especially in the first quarter, but it mostly stayed as pressure. The Packers failed to generate much of anything on defense, but also had very few opportunities for sacks with Garoppolo only dropping back 8 times. Only a light bet on this one, so not a significant loss.

6) George Kittle to Score a TD (+120)Kittle came into the game more limited than I expected. While he was still able to make a major impact in the run game, his involvement in the pass game was nearly nonexistent. A large part of this was game script, with the 49ers going up big early, and Garoppolo not needing to attempt 10 passes until the 4th quarter. After only one catch (and target) this has taught me to take injury reports a bit more seriously. Akin to the previous bet, not a lot wagered on this one.

7) KC -1 vs. TEN, SF -1.5 vs. GB (-110)This was the main course of the weekend, with a double wager placed on this teaser. The Chiefs slow start made this one to sweat out, but ultimately the game was securely in their control for the second half.

As for the 49ers game, Mostert rushed 29 times for 220 yards and 4 TDS. Garoppolo was basically a handoff machine, and the Packers failed to stifle the 49ers rushing offense. The second half of the game felt like a formality after the Niners shutout the Packers 27-0 in the first.

A Chiefs/49ers Super Bowl was probably the ideal outcome for this weekend, giving us the best offense vs. the best defense. The over will likely be a good bet for the big game.

Overall, I end the week very slightly up, with a high odds bet, as well as my main teaser hitting.

Sports Bet Preview (NFL Conference Championship Round, 2019)

1) KC -1 vs. TEN, SF -1.5 vs. GB (-110)

With only 2 games on the board this week, I’m not reinventing the wheel with this teaser. The Chiefs looked to knock the rust off last week. With a fully loaded offense, and the return of Jones on Defense to help fight off Derrick Henry, the Titans will need Ryan Tannehill to throw much more than 80 yards if they want to win this game. Further, this will mark the 4th consecutive road game for the Titans. I don’t see the Titans keeping up with the Chiefs, and with this line teased down to one, I feel good about this leg. It would take a historic performance for the Titans to steal this game.

The narrative is one of revenge for the Packers, both for the earlier shellacking handed to them in Week 12, and for the Niners not drafting Aaron Rodgers in 2005 (I can’t believe this is still a talking point). While revenge is on the mind, the Niners handily won the past matchup without Dee Ford or Kwon Alexander, both of whom have returned and are massive impact players on defense. This time around, the Niners are the team with extra rest (albeit only a day vs. the week bye the Packers had previously), which just gives Shannahan another day to scheme against a top-heavy Packers Defense.

As much as the NFL is clamoring for a rematch of SB1 for this 100th season, I just don’t see that working out.