Spot bets are a classic handicapping practice that have 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.
History could repeat itself when the Atlanta Falcons visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as 1-point road favorites in Week 11 of the upcoming NFL season. Last year, the Falcons squeaked out a 24-23 win at Raymond James Stadium, pushing with the 1-point closing spread in Week 12. That game happened to precede a Thursday Night Football showdown with the rival New Orleans Saints.
Atlanta finds itself in the exact same lookahead spot in Week 11, tagged once again as a 1-point road favorite at Tampa Bay before a short week of preparation for the Saints on Thursday night in Week 12. The Bucs gave the Falcons trouble last year, handing them their lone home loss in Week 17 (with all the starters in action) and covering for those who grabbed Tampa Bay +2 early at home in Week 12.
No matter which side of the border you reside, you’ve seen the massive devastation caused by flooding in the Calgary, Alberta area over the past week. The last thing on peoples’ minds is the start of the CFL season. The Calgary Stampeders open the schedule against the BC Lions at home Friday, with oddsmakers tabbing the Stamps as 3-point chalk. Some may point to the New Orleans Saints’ thrilling home opener following Hurricane Katrina in 2006 as an example of how a team can lift the spirits of an entire city. However, that game came a year after the events of Katrina.
Parts of Calgary and its surrounding areas are still fighting off the floods. While McMahon Stadium was untouched, many of the roadways and transportation to the game are down and players living in the downtown core have had their homes evacuated. The team has tried to go about its business as usual, but no one would blame the Stamps for a lack of focus in Week 1.
The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox put in double duty this week, playing two games Friday – at 5:10 p.m. ET and 8:40 p.m. ET at U.S. Cellular Field. The Indians are second and chasing the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central while the White Sox are 10.5 games back of the Tigers in last place. Cleveland and Chicago have met five times already this year, with the Tribe holding a 3-2 edge.
The two division rivals played a doubleheader last May, with Cleveland winning both games. In fact, the Indians have been one of the best doubleheader bets in baseball since 2010. They’ve gone 13-3 in that span while the White Sox are 7-5 in that same stretch.