Sunday in the NFL is Championship day with the AFC and NFC holding their Conference championship games. Sunday in the NFL is also a great day to be an underdog lover. Those who bet the ‘dogs, and we do not mean the Greyhounds, are excited about this weekend’s two NFL matchups.
The postseason has been kind to the ‘dogs thus far. The Colts, Chargers and Saints won outright on wildcard weekend. The Packers did not hurt since no money was lost on the push against the 49ers.
Last week during the divisional round, the Chargers and Saints cashed out as dogs, giving the underdogs a record of 5-2-1 ATS in eight games during the post season.
Now, two of the best teams in football the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots are getting points.
Both teams have lost just 4 games all season outright. Last week New England as a favorite -7, routed Indianapolis 43-22, while San Francisco -1.5 showed the Carolina Panthers a thing or two about “playoff experience.”
The Panthers and Colts are talented teams and better than the average ‘dog. The two teams were very solid choices as underdogs, but this weekend the two underdogs in the championship games are first class.
Patriots’ bettors will remember when New England was a 10-point underdog to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game of 2001 and cashed in. In addition, those same dog bettors took the Patriots plus 14 points against St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI and rejoiced when the Pats won outright on a field goal by Adam Vinatieri.
Fast forward to the present, the Patriots are underdogs on Sunday by 5.5 points at Denver even though New England is 4-0 SU against the Broncos over the past 4 games the two have played head to head. Another figure not to be overlooked is that New England is 29-13-1 against the number as an underdog since 2001 when Tom Brady took over as a starter.
This season the Pats are just 2-2 ATS as underdogs, but giving over a field goal to coach Bill Belichick and Brady just seems too good to be true.
The 49ers are not used to being on the underdog side of things. San Francisco has been favored in most of their games since the team hired Jim Harbaugh as head coach three years ago.
In the three seasons Harbaugh has been coaching in San Francisco, his team is 41-13-1 SU and 33-18-4 ATS. On the very infrequent occasions that the 49ers have been given the title “underdog,” San Francisco has played well at 7-3-2 ATS.
This Sunday, San Francisco is a road dog by 3.5 points in Seattle. In a big game, on the road, with coach like Harbaugh, it will be good to be an underdog bettor in Seattle.
However, that happiness of an underdog bettor on Sunday can quickly vanish in just one play.