The OVER is making many happy bettors this season as they keep cashing in. The Oakland Raiders are the league’s best ATS thus far, but things chance quickly in the NFL.
For those bettors who like points and take the OVER, Week 11 in the NFL was just what the doctor ordered.
Prior to Monday Night’s game between New England and Carolina, 9 of the 14 games played, all cleared the number. Through, the action on Sunday the OVER for the season is 87-71-3, which is a solid win rate of 55.1%.
Baltimore and the Bears went to overtime to get the OVER and the Cardinals and Jaguars finished on the OVER by a single point. However, the other seven games all were nine points or more above the number.
Raiders Love the Spread
With their win on Sunday at Houston 28-23, Oakland improved its record to 7-3 ATS this season, which ties the Dallas Cowboys for the best in the NFL.
The Raiders have two more point covers thus far in the season, then they had in all of last season, when they finished the season 5-10-1 ATS.
What has been impressive is Oakland covering the spread when an underdog. Thus far, the Raiders are 6-2 in that role.
Houston, with the loss, dropped to 2-8 ATS, after losing the game outright when they were laying 11 points. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the Texans combined to go 22-12-2 ATS.
Also at 2-8 ATS, after Sunday losses were the Falcons and Jaguars.
Minnesota Giving Up Big Points
With a league of 32 teams and a total and side on each game, teams tend to make a mark in a certain niche for handicappers. The Minnesota Vikings for example have cashed on the OVER in 8 of their 10 games this season, Just the Rams and the Broncos have as many OVER games as the Vikings.
The Vikings are not a huge scoring machine; it is their defense that is allowing opponents to score. In Minnesota’s 10 games, the defense has allowed 23 points or more in all three and an average of 32 points per game over the season thus far.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a hot streak. After not winning straight up or covering in any of their first four games this season, the Steelers are now 4-2 SU and ATS, with two outright wins as a dog.
This week, the Steelers opened as a dog of 2 points playing at Cleveland. If the line stays the same, it would be the first time in 10 seasons, that Pittsburgh would have been the dog in a game versus Cleveland.
Over, under, SU or ATS the possibilities are endless and the numbers just get more jumbled as the weeks go one.