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.
Neither the Broncos nor the Jaguars have shown any reason for bettors to doubt Denver’s ability to cover this historic spread. Peyton Manning & Co. posted 51 points in a shootout in Dallas while Jacksonville made St. Louis look like…, well, Denver in a 34-20 loss Sunday. While the points are stacked against the Broncos, the odds seem to be in their favor.
Denver, however, is coming off a huge emotional win versus the Cowboys, its only close call of the season, and will also be looking past the Jaguars – the dreaded sandwich spot, a perfect storm for situational bettors. The Broncos have a trip to Indianapolis for Manning’s homecoming in Week 7 – his first game against the Colts since they cut ties and sided with QB Andrew Luck. It seems like the only ones stopping Denver from covering this pile of chalk is itself.
For some smart kids, the Stanford Cardinal could get caught doing something very dumb this weekend. Stanford has a trip to Utah, to face the 3-2 Utes Saturday afternoon. The Cardinal, set as 8-point road favorites, are coming off a big win over Washington and have a huge meeting with UCLA in Week 8. But first, a trip to the Beehive State, which could end up being a hornet’s nest for Stanford.
Utah is coming off a tough loss to UCLA last Thursday but has had extra time to prepare for the Cardinal. The Utes have the offensive firepower to keep pace with their Pac-12 rivals and have been able to keep QB Travis Wilson relatively clean, giving up seven sacks in five games. It’s not going to be California weather in Utah this weekend, either. Temperatures will be in the low 50s – a pale comparison from the high 70s in Palo Alto.
The Ottawa Senators are a long way away from Canada’s capital this week, hitting the West Coast for games against Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, and Phoenix over the next seven days. The Sens open this road trip in L.A. Wednesday then play three games in four days from Saturday to Tuesday. Ottawa has yet to play at home, with its first two games on the road, and will have played 17 percent of its road schedule when it gets back from this trip on Oct. 17.
According to Ottawa blog, Sens Shots, the team has only done this type of road trip three times since the 2004-05 lockout and has failed to come away with more than three of the eight available points each trip. Overall, the Senators have earned seven of a possible 24 points in those games. In January 2012, they went 1-3 versus former Pacific Division foes during that away stretch.