The New York Giants kicked off last weekend’s NFL action with a home win and ATS cover, earning their first victory of the season against the Washington Redskins. Overall the betting stats were pretty even this past weekend, with home teams going 7-9 against the spread and favorites going 8-8 ATS.
Home underdogs were also split with Tennessee losing outright against the Colts but covering the spread in their two-point defeat as a three-point home underdog. The only other home dog this past weekend saw Detroit get lit up by the Denver Broncos in a straight up and ATS loss.
Over players went 8-6 on Sunday, but cashed in on both the Thursday night and Monday night football games for a 10-6 overall record.
There were a few teams that impressed us this week and through the first three weeks overall. The Atlanta Falcons have been on our radar ever since we saw their up-tempo offense in the preseason, and they have opened the year with three consecutive wins. Even more impressive is the fact that all three of those victories came in the underdog role, including their most recent – an 11-point win at Dallas as a small road dog. They will be favored for the first time this season on Sunday when they host Houston as a 6.5-point favorite.
Arizona is another team that is off to a fast start, not only winning each of their first three games but winning big. All three of the Cardinals victories have come by double-digits, and while we were skeptical of how their defense would fare this season after losing their defensive coordinator, it was clear after two early pick-sixes that this team is going to be feared as long as QB Carson Palmer can stay healthy.
The online sportsbooks listed Seattle as a monster 16-point favorite at home this past Sunday against Chicago despite Seattle losing each of their first two games. The linesmaker was vindicated in that decision as the Bears were shut out 26-0. Seattle has enjoyed one of the best home field advantages in the entire league in the last few years, and it looks like that will continue this year as well. Seattle is a big 9.5-point favorite at home this Monday night against a winless Lions team.
Things are starting to take shape in the AFC North, but not as many expected at the beginning of the season. Pittsburgh finally got RB Le’Veon Bell back from suspension, but then lost QB Big Ben for at least four weeks and possibly more with a nasty leg injury.
Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals are 3-0 and alone at the top of the AFC North Division after winning in Baltimore this past Sunday, sending the Ravens to a 0-3 start. The Bengals are a 4-point home favorite against Kansas City, while winless Baltimore is a 2.5-point favorite at Pittsburgh, where Mike Vick will get the starting nod behind center.
We’ll be back to review key information and NFL betting trends in the coming weeks.