The dogs were barking in 2009
17 weeks, 256 games and plenty of last-second heroics to make your head spin.
The 2009 NFL regular season may have come to a close last Sunday, but the real action is just getting started as the playoffs get underway this Saturday at 4:30pm eastern when the Cincinnati Bengals host the New York Jets.
Rest assured Las Vegas will be ready.
There are several factors you should take into account when “picking” an NFL game, such as home and road records, quality of competition and which direction the public money is heading.
But in addition to some of the aforementioned factors, I decided to put together a chart to give you guys an idea of how every NFL team performed this season against the spread (ATS), home and away and as a favorite or an underdog.
Guess what? After 256 NFL games, the underdogs came out on top.
Teams getting points in 2009 finished the regular season 127-119-8 (.516). You may have noticed that record adds up to only 254 games. If so, good catch. If not, don’t worry about it because this isn’t high school and I’m not handing out grades (otherwise I’d have to give myself a D+ at best, the same mark I got in 12th grade Calculus). The reason for the two-game discrepancy is that those two missing games posted an even spread (push) at kickoff.
Think of it like this: If you would have bet $110 to win $100 (-110) on every NFL underdog this season, you would have lost only $390 on the year. Not terrible considering you bet $100 on 254 games.
However, losing $390 is no feather in your cap, either. It all comes down to winning. And on Friday morning, I’ll be posting an article breaking down all four wild card games, the lines and what to look for.
For now, check out the chart and hit me up on Twitter with your feedback.