See spot. See spot bet: This week's best spot bet opportunities

Sep 9, 2013 |
Andrew Luck and the Colts could get caught looking ahead to Week 3.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Andrew Luck and the Colts could get caught looking ahead to Week 3.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Spot bets are a classic handicapping practice that has proven profitable no matter what sport you’re betting. Whether it’s a team looking past this week’s opponent, one coming off a hard-fought victory, or a rough patch of schedule, bettors can find value picking their spots.

Lookahead spot

It was more of the same for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1. A year after squeaking out so many close wins on last-minute drives, Indianapolis and QB Andrew Luck put together another come-from-behind victory versus Oakland Sunday.

Some say these nail bitters prove the Colts don’t belong in the Super Bowl conversation. Indy will get the chance to prove those doubters wrong when they tangle with San Francisco in Week 3. However, lurking in a potential lookahead spot are the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. Miami rolled Cleveland in its opener and its defense picked off three passes and forced two fumbles in the win. The Fins are getting a field goal on the road.

Letdown spot

One of the big shockers from Week 2 of the college football season was Illinois’ 45-17 thrashing of Cincinnati. Books had the Illini pegged as 7.5-point home underdogs before things took a bad turn for the Bearcats. The momentum swung when a Cincy TD run was called back in the third quarter and QB Munchie Legaux was knocked out of the game in the fourth.

Illinois took full advantage and heads into Week 3’s date with Washington at a surprising 2-0. Oddsmakers opened the Illini as 8-point home dogs and sharp money chased that spread all the way to +10.5. It seems the wiseguys are also expecting a letdown from Illinois in Week 3.

Schedule spot

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up a nine-game road trip with an interleague set against the Texas Rangers this week. The Pirates, reeling from a draining three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals (going 0-3), will get no mercy from the Rangers or the scorching Texas sun.

Temperatures in Arlington are expected to hit the high 90s during the Bucs’ stay, especially during the final game of the series Wednesday. East Coast clubs have notoriously wilted in the Texas heat and you can expect Pittsburgh to be running on fumes during this interleague showdown.
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