Week 8 of the NFL season is this weekend. Although the corona-virus has presented play with numerous amounts of speed bumps competition has continued on – for better or worse… The BIG10 football conference has finally resumed play after taking a more conservative stance as far as athletic competition is concerned. However, the conservative efforts may have been all for not. Just this past week, the Wisconsin vs. Nebraska game has been postponed due to a an outbreak among Badger athletes and coaches. With so many postponements/cancellations occurring over the NFL and NCAAF landscape, schools and franchises are beginning to crack down on safety measures and protocols to keep their seasons in tact and unfold as smooth as possible. In fact, the Carolina Panthers organization released CB Josh Hawkins after recorded on video dancing in a crowded restaurant without wearing a mask. This is a classic example of a “zero tolerance policy.”
Aside from the virus in general, let’s get to some NFL mid season gambling trends. We are basically half way through the season and by now we have a very solid sample size on each team and their superiority/inferiority along with their respective identities. Side note: I have the TV on here in front of me and I just glanced upon an absurd stat that flashed on ESPN. This season, the New York Jets have a point differential of -118. Take a guess at what the point differential that the rest of the league has compiled over the course of the season??? +118. To put this in perspective, the team with the second worst point differential in the NFL is the Dallas Cowboys at -67. Yikes. Anyways, if you’re like myself, I have struggled this year in terms of my NFL plays. Let’s get into some of the betting trends that have presented themselves thus far during the 2020 NFL season. Thus far, road teams are covering 55% ATS; couple that with underdogs are also covering 55% of the games. What does this tell us? Ding, ding, ding: Look at making your plays on those road underdogs. In fact, they are 58% ATS this NFL season. I agree, it is very hard to take underdogs, especially when you know that they are those so called inferior opponents. However, keep in mind that these are all professionals (specifically in the NFL).
The first version of the NFL mock draft has been released, and here is what CBS Sports has… Spoiler Alert: the Jets are the presumed number one overall pick! Despite the recent Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence positive COVID-19 test, the New York Jets are sure to move on from previous first round pick (Sam Darnold) and acquire Lawrence to begin their rebuilding process. Click the link below to take a look at the first version of the 2021 NFL Draft.